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Brandon Rush is active and James Michael McAdoo is inactive on Monday.

It has been the other way around in the last two games. This kind of shows coach Steve Kerr has more faith in his death lineup. Rush likely won't play unless there is foul trouble of a blowout.
May 30 - 9:00 PM

Andre Iguodala is starting for Harrison Barnes in Game 7 on Monday.

It's the right move after Iguodala played arguably one of the best defensive games one can play on Saturday. Iguodala hit 38 minutes on Saturday and should approach 40 minutes again. He'll see plenty of time on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
May 30 - 8:49 PM

Toronto GM Masai Ujiri heaped praise on Norman Powell for his performance this season.

"To have a guy that tough, that talented, forget about the value, even just—we're talking about the player. I hate to talk to players with value and their contracts and all of that. But Norm as a player for us is huge," he said. "And you see, you actually see upside in him. Worked on his shot. His shot was basically the question. And I think Norm will continue to grow. He has hunger in his eyes and I think he'll continue to grow to be a prominent player in this league."
May 30 - 11:50 AM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said Bruno Caboclo has made great progress in his game.

It must be happening in practice, because we certainly haven't seen anything that resembles "great progress" on the court in game action. The "Brazilian Kevin Durant" may still be two years away from being two years away.
May 30 - 11:45 AM

The Raptors are preparing to give Jonas Valanciunas a larger role in the offense.

Finally. Valanciunas was Toronto's best player in the postseason before sustaining his ankle injury, and at 24 years old, JV is ready to carry more weight on his shoulders. "Yes he is," GM Masai Ujiri said when asked if Valanciunas was prepared for an increased role. "Even from talking to [Casey] we feel that way, Jonas feels that way, players feel that way." After averaging career bests in points (12.8) and rebounds (9.1), expect another step forward in 2016-17.
May 30 - 11:43 AM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri acknowledged that Toronto needs help at the power forward position.

Ujiri noted that his team will need to get "creative" in order to fill the void, which could hint at a potential trade. Given that the GM said he'd be open to moving his picks, the Raptors could be in play for a draft day (or night) deal. In addition to the four, Ujiri said that Toronto needs to improve at small forward, as well.
May 30 - 11:38 AM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri hinted that re-signing Bismack Biyombo could be a difficult proposition.

"We want to bring them back," Ujiri said of Biyombo and DeMar DeRozan. "Sometimes those things are difficult or challenging." While the Raptors have a very strong chance to re-sign DeRozan, retaining Biyombo—who broke out on a national stage in the playoffs and should receive offers in free agency upwards of $10 million annually—could prove to be quite the task.
May 30 - 11:31 AM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri would not commit to giving DeMar DeRozan a max contract.

Although Ujiri made it clear the Raptors would like to re-sign DeRozan in calling it the team's "No. 1 goal," the GM refused to answer whether or not he was prepared to offer DD a max deal. "That question is for later," Ujiri said. The answer will be interpreted in a number of ways, but the reality is that there is no need for Ujiri to box himself into a corner by definitively answering one way or the other at this time. As is typical in free agency, the marketplace will determine DeRozan's value. Having said that, all signs point to a max deal.
May 30 - 11:26 AM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri expects Dwane Casey's new contract to be completed quickly.

Ujiri called Casey "our coach for the future," so we should have an official announcement on an extension in short order. Expect Casey's new deal to look a lot like the contract Terry Stotts just signed with Portland.
May 30 - 11:22 AM

Dwight Howard and the Rockets were at odds over his role during the season.

"I felt like my role was being reduced," Howard said. "I went to [Rockets general manager] Daryl [Morey] and said, 'I want to be more involved.' Daryl said, 'No, we don't want you to be.' My response was, 'Why not? Why am I here?' It was shocking to me that it came from him instead of our coach. So I said to him, 'No disrespect to what you do, but you've never played the game. I've been in this game a long time. I know what it takes to be effective.'" Howard, for his part, admitted his mistake in allowing not getting the ball to impact other areas of his play, but it's easy to understand his frustration in this situation. Given all of this combined with the fact that the Rockets are expected to hire Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, it would be nothing short of shocking to see D12 back in Houston for 2016-17 and beyond.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 10:15 AM

LeBron James recently gave a ringing endorsement for Tyronn Lue as Cleveland's head coach.

"I knew what he was capable of," James said. "I've had a long history with Coach Lue. ... I just always believed he was ready for the moment if the moment presented itself." LeBron is not alone in his assessment, and veteran James Jones—a strong voice in the locker room—had an even more emphatic stance. "Just look at him. Look at how we respond to him. He connects with us and he's done a great job of helping us connect the dots and see the plan, the vision and how every step is necessary."
May 30 - 9:56 AM

Kevin Durant said that he needs to "do a better job of making the extra pass."

"When I drive to the rim, they're bringing extra guys at me," he said. No matter what KD states, expect him to carry the load in a do-or-die Game 7 vs. Golden State on Monday in which he'll be taking plenty of shots regardless of how the Warriors defend him.
Source: NBA.com
May 30 - 9:52 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol is considering skipping the Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus.

Gasol cited uncertainty about the situation and cautioned anyone participating to "think about" the risk involved. "It wouldn't surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk," Gasol said. "We need to understand the seriousness of the situation. I feel responsible to know more about the situation and to inform everyone about it."
May 30 - 9:49 AM

P.J. Carlesimo will not be joining Philadelphia's coaching staff, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.

Stein cites "family reasons" for Carlesimo's decision, and he will remain at ESPN for the foreseeable future. Previously, the 76ers had a desire for the veteran coach to join Brett Brown's staff in the same role Mike D'Antoni—Houston's expected new head coach—had filled.
May 30 - 9:44 AM

The Heat are expected to extend a qualifying contract offer to Tyler Johnson, a move that will make him a restricted free agent.

Johnson previously said that he expects to return "barring something crazy," and we don't anticipate that happening given Johnson spent most of this year rehabbing from shoulder surgery and other teams will be limited in what they can offer the young guard.
May 30 - 9:35 AM



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