March 4, 2019, 1:43 pmAmir Johnson - C/F - Philadelphia Sixers
Amir Johnson (upper back tightness) missed practice on Monday.
Johnson missed Saturday's game vs. the Warriors with this same injury so his status in Tuesday's game vs. the Magic isn't looking too good. He should be considered questionable as of right now. Johnson has only appeared in two games over the past month and he's only averaging 8.9 minutes in those games. He's the 370th-ranked player on the season and shouldn't be owned in any leagues.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 2:14 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - Los Angeles Lakers
According to Ramona Shelburne on ESPN, Anthony Davis intends to keep the $4 million he is due for the trade bonus, but things can always change.
While it is Davis' money and it is hard for anyone to tell another person to decline what is theirs, receiving the trade bonus would make the team's life much harder in free agency. With that said, Davis can make more money in endorsements and outside his NBA salary now that he is in LaLa Land with LeBron James. We'll see what happens, but conventional wisdom would say that AD will give his team more flexibility to provide himself with a better chance at a ring.
Source: Ramona Shelburne on ESPN
June 18, 2019, 2:05 pmAaron Brooks - Team - Minnesota Timberwolves
After signing LaMelo Ball on Monday, the Illawarra Hawks of the Australian NBL announced the signing of Aaron Brooks on Tuesday.
The former Oregon standout was a 10-year NBA vet who last appeared with the Wolves in the 2017-18 NBA season. Brooks is 34 years old and once put up 19.6 ppg with the Rockets in the 2009-10 season. While he doesn't offer NBA teams much at this stage in his career, he can probably still get buckets in Australia.
Source: Olgun Uluc on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 1:54 pmJordan Poole - Team - College
Ex-Michigan star guard Jordan Poole wrapped up his pre-draft workouts with a final workout with the Warriors, who own the 28th pick, on Tuesday.
The Warriors have been conducting as many workouts as they could in the days since the NBA Finals ended. Warriors GM Bob Myers has shown to go with the best player available approach in recent years, and it is likely that he goes that route again. The Warriors have made quite a few savvy picks in the later rounds, and with the Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson injuries, this year’s pick has the chance at a more sizable role than the last few had.
Source: Gery Woelful on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 1:45 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
According to Adam Himmlsbach of the Boston Globe, the Celtics and Kyrie Irving have had little, if any, communication with each other the past few weeks.
On Monday it was reported that Irving and the Celtics office would meet soon to discuss his future, but this report adds even more doubt to Irving staying with the team. Along with the minimal communication, Irving has given no indications that he plans to stay. The Nets, Lakers and even the Knicks remain the most likely destination for the All-Star PG.
Source: The Boston Globe
June 18, 2019, 1:37 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
The Celtics had a -9.8 net rating after the All-Star break when Al Horford was off the court.
It's safe to assume that the Celtics will do what they can to bring Horford back to the team after he entered free agency by declining his player option. With Kyrie Irving widely expected to move on, the Celtics can ill afford to lose both of their two best players in the same offseason.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 1:28 pmR.J. Barrett - Team - College
R.J. Barrett has been working on improving his jumper and shot off the dribble with his new shooting coach.
Barrett is widely expected to be amongst the top three picks in the NBA Draft on Thursday. Coming into Duke, he was widely considered to be the top prospect in the country but wound up being overshadowed by fellow teammate Zion Williamson. Barrett has the potential to be the best player in this draft, and improving his shot is just the first step in that direction. We will find out which uniform he’ll be donning in a couple short days.
June 18, 2019, 1:18 pmAntony Ressler - Team - Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have been aggressive in exploring trade packages of the No. 8 and 10 picks in order to move up in the draft.
The Pelicans and Knicks are two teams the Hawks have been talking to and it was reported that the Knicks rebuffed the offer while the Pelicans have engaged. The Pelicans are also looking to move up in the draft as well. There are a lot of moving parts in the early parts of this draft outside of Zion Williamson at number one.
Source: Jonathan Givony on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 12:54 pmMarkelle Fultz - G - Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz has been in Orlando working out and the Magic coaches are "very excited" about the progress he has made and where he is at.
Fultz' career to this point is best classified as flat-out weird. Since being taken with the #1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, Fultz has barely played because of a shoulder condition that's full details remain mysterious or misconstrued to this day. After being dealt to the Magic midseason for not much in return, Fultz is looking to prove his health and recapture the hype he had coming into the NBA. Expect more updates about his progress all offseason.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 12:41 pmDarius Garland - G - College
The Knicks, who have the number three pick in the NBA Draft, are hosting Darius Garland for a last-minute workout on Wednesday.
It has been widely expected that the Knicks were going to go with Duke’s R.J. Barrett with the 3rd pick, but there remains many moving parts leading up to Thursday’s draft. The Pelicans could move up from number four by trading with the Grizzlies, which would make Barrett potentially unavailable and Ja Morant in play for the Knicks in this scenario. One of Garland, Morant and Barrett will likely become the new face of the Knicks in a few days. We are in for an exciting night on Thursday.
Source: Draft Express on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 11:48 amAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that All-Star center Al Horford will decline to exercise his $30.1 million option for the 2019-20 season and become an unrestricted free agent.
While Horford will move into the free-agent marketplace on June 30th, there is motivation for both him and the Celtics to work toward an agreement on a new long-term contract. The versatile big man averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Celtics this past season, his third with Boston since signing a four-year $113 million free-agent deal.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter