March 22, 2019, 11:13 pmDanilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers
Danilo Gallinari put up a cool 27 points on Friday night, hitting 11-of-15 from the field and all four shots at the line while adding three rebounds, three assists, a steal and a triple.
Not to jinx anything, but it looks like Gallinari will get through the season with only one extended absence that was practically a rest day by his usual standards. He's going to end up as one of the best values in fantasy drafts, and now fantasy players can start to ponder whether he'll be worth the price next year after a big, uncharacteristically injury-free campaign.
May 21, 2019, 10:13 amDamian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Damian Lillard and the Blazers are expected to come to terms over the summer on a four-year, $191 million supermax contract extension.
Lillard would officially qualify for the supermax if he’s voted to one of the three All-NBA Teams, which is virtually a lock after a magnificent season. Dame has two years and approximately $62 million remaining on his current deal. The extension would put him under contract for the next six years, and he’d be 35 years old by the time the deal expires, perhaps solidifying his status as arguably the greatest Blazer of the franchise.
Source: Yahoo Sports
May 21, 2019, 10:01 amBrandon Ingram - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Broussard of FOX Sports is reporting that Alvin Gentry likes the idea of Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Zion Williamson, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram offensively and defensively.
During the season, the Lakers made a run at Anthony Davis with an offer that included the majority of players in their young core, from Lonzo Ball to Kyle Kuzma to Brandon Ingram to Josh Hart and that idea apparently appeals to Gentry. The Lakers of course won’t be the only ones pursuing Davis as the Celtics, the Knicks and the Nets are also expected to make an aggressive run. David Griffin will soon meet with AD and try to convince him to stay in New Orleans while the Pelicans are the only team that can offer him a supermax contract extension.
Source: Chris Broussard of FOX Sports
May 21, 2019, 9:45 amNate Tibbetts - Team - Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies have been granted permission by the Blazers to interview Nate Tibbetts for their head-coaching vacancy, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Tibbetts has interviewed for multiple coaching jobs the last couple seasons including the Cavs and the Suns. He is a former Cavs assistant and has been on Terry Stotts’ staff with the Blazers since 2013. The Grizzlies meanwhile have cast a wide net in search of a new coach and they have reportedly spoken with former Suns coach Igor Kokoskov and current Jazz assistant Alex Jensen, among others so far.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
May 21, 2019, 9:37 amLonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bulls will spend the summer seeking a starting-caliber point guard and that could mean exploring a trade for Lonzo Ball.
Mike Conley might also be in play but it’s unknown if the Bulls have any interest in him and his age suggests that he would be looking to join a contender rather than a young Chicago squad. The report suggests that Kris Dunn’s trade value is low to nonexistent, so a direct trade with the Lakers centered on Dunn and the No. 7 pick doesn’t seem feasible. However, the Bulls could be in position to facilitate a three-team deal in which the Lakers acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans.
Source: Chicago Tribune
May 21, 2019, 9:05 amJamaal Franklin - G - Sacramento Kings
Former NBA guard Jamaal Franklin will be attending a free agent mini camp with the Kings next week.
Franklin is considering making the move to Europe after five seasons in China and his agent has been already shopping him to EuroLeague teams for next season but he will try to impress NBA teams first. He has played a total of 24 games in the NBA with the Grizzlies and the Nuggets while he finished the season in the CBA averaging 32.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.8 blocks.
Source: Nicola Lupo on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 12:02 amDamian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard had his best game this series in Monday's 117-119 Game 4 loss to the Warriors with 28 points and 12 assists to go with four rebounds and four 3-pointers.
Lillard went 11-for-24 from the field and hit a signature logo 3-pointer, but in the end he couldn't convert on his layup or his 3-pointer in OT to keep the Blazers' season alive. He's been playing through a rib injury which explains why he's been a bit off on offense. Tonight he brought it all in an attempt to survive, but it just wasn't enough against the juggernaut Warriors.
May 21, 2019, 12:00 amCJ McCollum - G - Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum scored 26 points on 10-of-22 shooting with two rebounds, seven assists, a steal, two blocks and five 3-pointers in Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors.
McCollum has been the Blazers' most consistent threat on offense in this series, but he was unable to convert on some tough shots late in OT to keep the Blazers' season alive. He's improved upon last postseason, but this year ended the same as the Blazers were swept.
May 20, 2019, 11:59 pmMeyers Leonard - F/C - Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard had a career-high 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and five 3-pointers in Monday’s Game 4 loss to the Warriors.
Leonard had 25 points in the first half thanks to his 5-for-6 shooting from deep and both of those numbers already set new career-highs. Thanks to his hot hand, the Warriors had to respect him out on the 3-point line which freed up space for Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum to operate on the perimeter.
May 20, 2019, 11:58 pmAl-Farouq Aminu - F - Trail Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu scored zero points on 0-of-2 shooting with a rebound and a block in Monday's Game 4.
Aminu stunk it up again, but the Blazers didn't get much help from their bench either. Rodney Hood (40 minutes, seven points on 3-of-11 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a 3-pointer) and Evan Turner (six points on 3-of-4 shooting with two rebounds and a steal) didn't do much, showing that coach Stotts didn't have many options to choose from.
May 20, 2019, 11:56 pmStephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a 119-117 OT Game 4 on Monday with 37 points on 11-of-25 shooting with 13 rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and seven 3-pointers.
Curry put on an off-ball clinic tonight, running circles around the Blazers to get open even though he drew consistent triple-teams. Steve Kerr wanted to end this series tonight so Curry played the entire second half including OT and the move paid off. There shouldn’t be any more noise about Curry’s ability to perform in the playoffs as he destroyed the Blazers in every coverage they threw at him. It’ll be all eyes on Curry again in the Finals as they look to three-peat.