July 11, 2018, 8:40 amClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
The Rockets on July 1st offered $85 million over five years to Clint Capela, with the contract potentially reaching $90 million with incentives.
While the Rockets’ negotiations with the center remain at a stalemate, their offer has been much closer to his demands than it had been described in recent days. Still, it falls short of the contracts received by Rudy Gobert (four years, $102 million) and Steven Adams (four years, $100 million) in 2016, as Capela’s representatives have sought a deal similar to those contracts. The only teams with significant cap room (at least $15 million) remaining are the Hawks, the Bulls and the Kings but all of them could only offer up to four years. The Rockets remain confident they will sign Capela but the young center could opt to sign his qualifying offer of $4.7 million, a move that would allow him to veto any trade and become an unrestricted free agent next season.
Source: Houston Chronicle
April 19, 2019, 3:37 pmKyle Korver - G/F - Utah Jazz
Kyle Korver (right knee soreness) has increased his practice participation and is feeling good ahead of Game 3.
Korver has logged under 13 minutes combined in the series' first two contests and the Jazz offense has struggled mightily, with bricked open threes becoming an ongoing issue. Today, Korver said, "I did the most today in practice that I’ve done in a bunch of weeks, so I’ll be ready." We'll see if he can make a bigger impact as the series shifts to Utah.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 3:20 pmKemba Walker - G - Charlotte Hornets
Kemba Walker reportedly soured on the Hornets after their plan to acquire Marc Gasol fell through, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Walker was apparently deflated by Charlotte's lack of moves at the deadline. The deal for Gasol was apparently centered around Bismack Biyombo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and a first-rounder but the teams couldn't work through the protections on the pick. That's a fair move for the Hornets, as a playoff berth that resulted in a quick exit might not have been enough to entice Walker to stay anyway, and losing Walker and a lightly protected first-round pick, either this year or in the future, would've been catastrophic. Memphis got a far superior package from the Raptors to boot. Walker has been fairly insistent that he wants to stay in Charlotte but recent reports give off the vibe that he'll be heading elsewhere this summer. The team's inability to become a consistent playoff team appears to be the big factor in his potential departure.
Source: The Woj Pod
April 19, 2019, 2:47 pmEd Davis - C - Brooklyn Nets
Ed Davis has been ruled out for Saturday's Game 4 against the Sixers.
Davis has been nursing this ankle issue for a while now. This will really put the onus on Jarrett Allen to step up and be huge for the Nets to have a chance. Davis is the only one physical enough to body up to Joel Embiid if he does get back on the court in Game 4.
Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 2:40 pmJoel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) is questionable for Saturday's Game 4 against the Nets.
This isn't surprising at all after Embiid sat out Game 3. The Sixers won that game, so seeing Embiid sit out another one wouldn't be unprecedented. The Sixers clearly have the talent to put the Nets away without their best player. We'll have to see if this status improves before Saturday's tipoff.
April 19, 2019, 2:34 pmKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
The NBA rescinded the double-technicals handed out to JaMychal Green and Kevin Durant in Thursday's Game 3.
The main impact of this is on Durant's side, who was sitting on two technicals before this one and he would face a suspension if he picked up four more over the course of the playoffs. It seems like a lofty number to begin with, but it's a good thing to keep in check.
Source: Kyle Goon on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 2:30 pmEnes Kanter - C - Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter said on Friday that his right hand is "feeling better, but isn't at 100%."
Kanter continues to play through some discomfort in his right hand, but this is to be expected given the gravity of the setting. It's the end of the season, anyone that's playing at 100% isn't playing hard enough.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 11:24 amMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (torn oblique) said he is nowhere near returning, but is "ecstatic" with the progress he has made.
Smart was spotted putting up some light shots during morning shootaround and said he will probably begin jogging in the next couple weeks. Jaylen Brown should continue to start in place of Smart.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 11:17 amTyronn Lue - Team - Cleveland Cavaliers
Lakers GM Rob Pelinka is expected to meet with Tyronn Lue in regards to the vacant head coaching position on Friday.
Monty Williams and Lue figure to be the favorites for the head coaching position. Each coach brings a valuable relationship to the table: Williams coached and has a relationship with Anthony Davis, who has mentioned the Lakers being one of his preferred destinations and Lue coached LeBron James and the Cavs to a championship in 2016. Pelinka is expected to meet with Williams again following the Sixers’ playoff run.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 11:06 amPatrick McCaw - SG/SF - Toronto Raptors
Patrick McCaw (right thumb sprain) is probable for Game 3 versus the Magic.
McCaw provides extra depth on the wing for the Raptors, but he is not expected to come out of the gate playing a major role. If he does enter to rotation he would likely take minutes from Jodie Meeks and Jeremy Lin.
Source: Eric Koreen on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 1:29 amLou Williams - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams was held in check in Thursday's 105-132 Game 3 loss to the Warriors with 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting to go with two rebounds, six assists and a 3-pointer.
It was clear from the beginning that the Warriors' defensive scheme would revolve around making life difficult for Williams and it worked. His scoring line doesn't look too bad thanks to garbage time, but Williams couldn't get anything going from the moment he checked into the game. They wanted to give Sweet Lou less control of the ball and force him to rely on his teammates and unfortunately, his teammates came up short. If Lou can get some outside help from anyone else besides Montrezl Harrell, the Clippers have an outside shot, but if not, this series will be over shortly.