April 11, 2019, 1:11 amJakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl finished with four points, two rebounds, two assists and one block on 2-of-3 shooting in 19 minutes in Wednesday's 105-94 win over the Mavs.
Poeltl played less minutes than he did last season yet still managed to make a couple of improvements to his game. He finished this season right inside the top-215 in 9-cat leagues and dropped down to the top-240 in 8-cat leagues. If Poeltl can continue to improve over the summer, he could make another leap and garner some more opportunity come next season.
April 23, 2019, 10:06 amDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Shams Charania of the Athletic is reporting that the first two coaches the Suns will request permission to interview for their head coach opening are Monty Williams and David Vanterpool.
The Suns seem to have their eyes set to Williams as both Suns GM James Jones and VP of basketball operations Jeff Bower have worked with him in the past. Vanterpool is a former NBA journeyman who has been an assistant coach with the Blazers since 2012.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 9:57 amClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela, who had his worst performance of the season in the Rockets' Game 4 loss to the Jazz on Monday, told ESPN that he has been battling two respiratory illnesses during the series.
Capela, who missed a practice due to the illness days before the series started, said that he was diagnosed with adenovirus and a klebsiella infection during a Sunday visit to a Salt Lake City doctor. The big man was prescribed medication and eye drops while he was also told it would be another four or five days before he would be fully recovered. Capela had a season-worst scoring total on Monday while the Rockets were outscored by 20 points with him on the floor. The series moves to Houston now with Game 5 set to take place on Wednesday and with a quick turnaround it will be interesting to see whether Capela can return to his usual form.
April 23, 2019, 9:41 amJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Sean Deveney of the Sporting News is reporting that the Suns are considered the favorite to go after Jrue Holiday, should he become available by the Pelicans.
The Magic and the Bulls could also have interest but everything will depend on what new Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin decides to do in the next few weeks. If Griffin is intent on keeping Holiday, it is a signal that he will look to bring a quick turnaround for the Pelicans rather than enter a long, slogging rebuild. And if he entertains offers for him, it is certain that plenty of teams will try and trade for the 28-year-old guard, especially after a sensational year where he finished in the top-25 in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
Source: Sporting News
April 23, 2019, 8:49 amTyreke Evans - G - Indiana Pacers
Veteran swingman Tyreke Evans said that he will consider re-signing with the Pacers in free agency this summer, despite the fact that the season didn’t meet his expectations.
“The playing situation was just a little different,” Evans said. “Not how I expected it to be. I feel like I was forcing a lot when I came in.” Evans will turn 30 in September and he was hampered by knee pain throughout the season, averaging 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 68 games. He increased those averages to 15.3 points and 4.5 rebounds during the Pacers’ first-round loss to the Celtics. Overall, it was a bad fantasy year for Evans as he failed to crack the top-250 and a change of scenery might help him resurrect his career.
Source: Indy Star
April 23, 2019, 8:33 amMonty Williams - Team - Phoenix Suns
Adrian Wojnarowksi of ESPN is reporting that the timing on the dismissal of Igor Kokoskov from the Suns was partly rooted in their desire to compete against the Lakers in pursuit of Sixers assistant coach Monty Williams.
Suns GM James Jones played under Williams while he was an assistant coach with the Blazers, and new senior VP of basketball operations Jeff Bower hired Williams as head coach of the Pelicans in 2010. The Suns' next coach will be their seventh in an eight-season span which is all you need to know about the franchise’s direction. The Lakers are planning on a second meeting with Williams later this week, assuming the Sixers defeat the Nets on Tuesday to end their first-round series.
April 23, 2019, 8:22 amIgor Kokoskov - Team - Phoenix Suns
The Suns on Monday night announced that they have fired head coach Igor Kokoskov after just one year on the job.
After the end of the season, it looked like Phoenix had planned to bring Kokoskov back for a second year, especially after the team's strong play in the late stages of the calendar. “After extensive evaluation, I determined it is best to move in a different direction with our head coaching position," Suns GM James Jones said in a statement. Former GM Ryan McDonough, hired Kokoskov away from his assistant job with the Jazz last May but he was also let go nine days before the start of the season. Kokoskov has been a well-respected tactician who becomes another victim of the constant turnover in Phoenix but he should have no problem finding another job as an assistant in the near future.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 1:30 amChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul had a great Game 4 in Monday's 91-107 loss to the Jazz with 23 points on 8-of-19 shooting with eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.
Paul had a nice breakaway dunk late in the fourth, showing that he's still got the hops and his defense throughout tonight was also solid. He brought back some of his vintage layup package, but the Rockets as a whole went cold from deep late in the game and couldn't stop Donovan Mitchell's barrage in the fourth quarter.
April 23, 2019, 1:30 amJae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz
Jae Crowder finally had a strong night offensively in Monday's Game 4 with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go with four rebounds, an assist, two steals and three 3-pointers.
Crowder had 18 first half points which would have been the most he's scored in any game this series. He was on fire to start the first period and his energy levels were much higher tonight. The Jazz finally got a strong game out of Crowder on both ends of the floor and he'll have to keep nailing shots for the Jazz to drag out this series.
April 23, 2019, 1:29 amRudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert logged 24 foul-plagued minutes in Monday's Game 4 and scored four points on 2-of-4 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks.
Gobert was a net-positive whenever he was on the floor tonight and he's getting better at keeping up with Houston's guards on the perimeter. He's blocked several of James Harden's floaters over the past two games and has dominated the paint when he plays, but was limited due to fouls tonight. Derrick Favors (24 minutes, 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting with 11 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block) more than carried his weight tonight as he kept the Rockets at bay with his suffocating defense inside the paint in the final period of action.
April 23, 2019, 1:24 amClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela struggled in Monday's Game 4, scoring four points on 1-of-6 shooting with seven rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes.
Capela went 2-for-6 at the line and he was severely limited in tonight's game as he struggled with Utah's physicality. The normal lobs he received from James Harden were much more difficult to control tonight and he had trouble finishing around the rim. We expect him to be much better in the next game.