June 30, 2016, 12:49 pm
Terrence Jones will not receive a qualifying offer from the Rockets, while Donatas Motiejunas has received one and is now a restricted free agent.
The fall of Jones in Houston is mysterious and not getting a qualifying offer is just the most recent event in that sequence. They probably know more about the many ailments that Jones has faced and if there are any off-court issues pushing his drop-off. That said, the Rockets haven’t exactly been a tight ship for a while now and if a team can perform due diligence and get a green light they might see some upside here. Motiejunas’ back issues are front and center and he’ll have to prove his can stay on the floor.
April 24, 2019, 10:41 pmRoyce O'Neale - F - Utah Jazz
Royce O'Neal was very effective in 33 minutes off the bench Wednesday, scoring 18 points to go with five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.
O'Neal was a big factor for the Jazz staying competitive in this one, picking up the slack offensively for stretches of the game. The 25 year old forward saw his role increase in his second season in Utah, and figures to see more gradual increase in his next one with them.
April 24, 2019, 10:36 pmDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell has his worst shooting game of the series in Wednesday's closeout loss, scoring 12 points on 4-of-22 shooting to go with six rebounds and a steal.
Despite Mitchel''s struggles, the Jazz were able to stay in the game right up until the very end. While this series was revealing in the areas that Mitchell needs to improve, as well as flaws in Utah's offense in general, it also reveled how special of a talent he really is. He had an up and down season this year but the future is undoubtedly bright.
April 24, 2019, 10:29 pmRicky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz
Ricky Rubio scored 17 points (7-of-15 shooting) to go with 11 assists, two rebounds and three steals in Wednesday's Game 5 loss in Houston.
Rubio turned it up a notch over his last two games, double-doubling in both, but his efforts were not enough to extend the series past Game 5. The free-agent PG will now head into an off season where there will be questions abound about who the Jazz should pair with Donovan Mitchell for the long term.
April 24, 2019, 8:26 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee) underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday night.
Griffin's knee obviously dogged him during the final stretch of the regular season and throughout the Pistons' brief playoff run. The Pistons said that he isn't expected to miss any off season training and should be good to go for the start of the 2019-2020 season.
Source: Mark Stein on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 6:54 pmClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
According to head coach Mike D'Antoni, Clint Capela (illness) is feeling much better ahead of Wednesday's matchup against the Jazz.
Clint Capela has been struggling ever since he came down with this virus. He seems to be close to 100% according to his head coach. If Capela can get close to his season averages of 16.6 points on 64.8% shooting while grabbing 12.7 rebounds and blocking 1.5 shots per game, then the Jazz will have an even tougher to task to take down the Rockets on Wednesday in order to force a Game 6 back in Utah.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 3:24 pmJaMychal Green - F - Los Angeles Clippers
JaMychal Green will remain in the starting lineup in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Green logged 22 minutes in the same role in Game 4, though it's not surprising that the Clippers will stick with the same group considering Ivica Zubac's tough fit in this matchup and Montrezl Harrell's fit in his current role.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 2:11 pmNate Tibbets - Team - Trail Blazers
The Suns have been given permission to interview Blazers assistants Nate Tibbets and David Vanterpool for their vacant head coaching position.
The Cavs have already been connected to the duo from Portland, and Tibbets interviewed for the Hawks' gig last summer. The Suns reportedly fired Igor Kokoskov so they could make Philadelphia assistant Monty Williams their top target before the Lakers got too deep into talks, but Phoenix will be looking at multiple candidates. It's a nice roster to work with but we can't imagine anyone will be too eager to work with the team's ownership group.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 2:00 pmDraymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green admitted that his right wrist has been hurt for "a while."
Green added that he got hit there in Game 4 and "it pissed it off" and said that he's going to play through any pain in the postseason. It's not like teams weren't sagging off Green on the perimeter already, but if his wrist continues to hamper him in any way we may see opponents get very aggressive in their defensive efforts on Golden State's other players. Green is going to have lots of open jumpers presented to him for the rest of the postseason.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:57 pmJarrett Allen - C - Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen will work on extending his range to the 3-point line this summer.
Him and every other big man. Allen went 6-for-45 on 3-pointers this season, so he's got some work to do. He's a quality young player who can protect the rim, but Allen isn't quite strong enough to crash and bang with the league's true behemoths and not quite gifted enough offensively to be anything more than a threat on the roll. It's a great base from which to work, however, and it's good to know that Allen is going to be putting in the work to make himself more of a weapon as the Nets look to build on a nice campaign.
Source: Bryan Fonseca on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:55 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
On Wednesday Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart (torn oblique) is "doing great."
That's nice, but it's not much of an update. Smart was able to do some light shooting and treadmill work yesterday but we're still not expecting to see him until the tail end of the second round at the earliest. His tenacity and perimeter defense will be missed dearly in Boston's matchup with the Bucks.
Source: Jay King on Twitter