October 10, 2017, 3:26 pm
The Pistsons will be without Avery Bradley for Tuesday’s game in Toronto but both Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond will return to the lineup.
Stan Van Gundy said Bradley was doubtful for this one yesterday so that’s no surprise. Jackson looked spry in his Monday debut and will look to build some positive momentum to hold off Ish Smith as much as he can. The oft-maligned point guard is looking for a bounceback season and seems to have shaken his latest injury concerns, at least for now. Drummond has been battling pink eye, which has no long-term ramifications for him.
June 18, 2019, 3:34 pmRicky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz
Ricky Rubios is expected to be a top target for the Pacers in free agency.
The Jazz informed Rubio earlier this month that he would not be a priority for them this offseason, so Rubio will be looking to don a new uniform next season. Rubio is a solid starter in this league, and is expected to get quite a bit of interest on the market as a second-tier PG.
Source: The Ringer
June 18, 2019, 3:13 pmRob Pelinka - Team - Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are discussing signing potential role-player free agents in the $10 million plus range.
The Lakers made the splash of the offseason by finally getting their hands on Anthony Davis, and now it is time to figure out who will be filling out the roster after they get an expected 3rd max player. They'll surely be looking at players who would take a 1-year deal. Some names mentioned in the link were Marcus Morris, J.J. Reddick, Patrick Beverley, Seth Curry and Danny Green. Depending on who the third star is, any of these names make sense. We'd expect J.J. Reddick's floor spacing and Patrick Beverley's tenacity to get the first calls from the Laker front office.
Source: Lakers Nation
June 18, 2019, 3:01 pmGoga Bitadze - Team - College
Goga Bitadze only worked out for the Spurs, Hawks, Pistons, Hornets and Celtics prior to the NBA draft on Thursday.
Checking in at 6’11” and 250 lbs. the 20-year old big man from Georgia is a massive individual who has been invited to the NBA Draft Green Room. The Green Room is usually reserved for lottery and mid-first round selections, so it will be interesting to find out where he lands. The Spurs have shown a willingness to draft and develop overseas prospects more than any other franchise over the years and seem like a logical landing spot, but they’d have to see the four other teams all pass on Bitadze to get that chance. We’d expect Bitadze to go to the Hornets at 12 or the Celtics at 14.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 2:47 pmBob Myers - Team - Golden State Warriors
Bob Myers said that the plan is to try and get a player who can be a “rotational guy,” and that the team will be looking for someone who can be a secondary scorer.
We saw in the NBA Finals how much the Warriors need another player who can create on offense and be a threat to score the ball. With Kevin Durant’s (torn Achilles) future uncertain and Klay Thompson (torn ACL) out for a while, the Warriors badly need someone who can put the ball in the basket to complement Stephen Curry.
Source: The Mercury News
June 18, 2019, 2:32 pmHarrison Barnes - F - Sacramento Kings
Kings forward Harrison Barnes is declining his $25.1 million player option and becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Wow. File this under one of the shockers of the offseason. With Barnes off the books, the Kings suddenly just became players in free agency, and can now look at the top-tier big men. The report also states that the Kings and Barnes are open to exploring a new contract, but we have to believe that Barnes won't come close to the $25 million he would have made with the Kings. We'll have to wait and see if Barnes regrets this decision or not.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski 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