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Austin Rivers is starting over Mo Speights in Game 6 against the Jazz on Friday.

Coach Doc Rivers said he was going to start either Paul Pierce or Speights, but he'll go with his son. This almost certainly means Rivers will see much more than his 18 minutes in Game 5, and he could even get into the 30s. The Clippers will do their best to push the pace here and get Utah out of their halfcourt rhythm on both ends.
Apr 28 - 9:58 PM

Mo Speights will move to the bench on Friday for Game 6 against the Jazz.

He has not been very good on the defensive end and the Jazz have held their defensive integrity with Speights out there spreading the floor. He could be a DNP-CD.
Apr 28 - 9:58 PM

The Magic "have serious interest" in Kevin McHale for their team president position, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

The Magic cleaned house with their front office and are looking for a fit with coach Frank Vogel. Based on how things went for McHale in Houston with Daryl Morey, he would be going to the other end of the spectrum on several basketball strategies to work with Vogel.
Source: USA Today
Apr 28 - 7:10 PM

Jason Smith (left calf) will play against the Hawks on Friday.

He got some shots up pre-game and is calf contusion doesn't sound like it'll affect him too much. Considering how Markieff Morris has picked up five fouls in each of the last four games, this is big for the Wizards. Smith is getting some minutes at the five and he's also done really well next to the other non-Morris starters. Morris' upside in DFS takes a hit here, but he's still in play in hopes he bounces back. Smith is still a risky DFS play, unless you want to bet against Morris.
Apr 28 - 6:05 PM

Mike Conley said the No. 1 goal for the Grizzlies is to get Chandler Parsons (knee) healthy.

"Chandler Parsons is a major piece. We can't overlook that," Conley said. After getting the max, Parsons played just 34 games at just 19.9 minutes per outing with the Grizzlies. His injuries led to some fellow NBA players calling him out on Twitter for his contract not exactly looking great. Parsons will be coming at a heavy discount next year in drafts.
Apr 28 - 2:39 PM

Unrestricted free agent Zach Randolph said his goal is to stay with the Grizzlies next season.

After Z-Bo hopped around on four different teams from 2007 to 2009, he's been with the Grizzlies since 2009. Randolph's style play has become part of the culture in Memphis and he's very active in the community. He also has a good rapport with coach David Fizdale, so the 35-year-old big man is likely staying put. He won't be worth drafting in standard leagues next season.
Apr 28 - 2:36 PM

Unrestricted free agent Tony Allen (calf) is confident he will stay in Memphis next season.

"I'm not trying to break the bank," Allen said. In other words, it sounds like Allen is willing to give a hometown discount. Up until the last game of the year, Allen was fairly healthy this season with 71 games played. His calf string in the regular-season finale cost him a playoff run, but he'll be healthy before summer.
Apr 28 - 2:29 PM

Vince Carter said he wants to keep playing and staying in Memphis is up to the Grizzlies.

"It's a pleasure coming to work here with the fans, atmosphere," Carter said. He's a free agent and is 40 years old, but he did show he can still play with 12 points in 32 minutes during Game 6. If Chandler Parsons (knee) can stay on the court, Carter likely wouldn't play too much in Memphis.
Apr 28 - 2:26 PM

Coach Scott Brooks said that Ian Mahinmi (calf) will not play in Game 6 vs. the Hawks and that he is unlikely to play in Game 7 if the Wizards win on Friday.

Mahinmi has battled injuries all year and has been unable to get back on the court since straining his calf in the Wizards' second-to-last game of the regular season. Jason Smith (calf) may also miss Game 6, which means Marcin Gortat would be forced to log heavy minutes once again. The Wiz may also ask Markieff Morris to play come minutes at the center spot.
Apr 28 - 1:51 PM

Sam Dekker (hand) said that he will be available to play in Game 1 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

Dekker underwent surgery to repair his fractured left hand back on April 3rd. He is on schedule, as he was expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks. Dekker averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per contest during the regular season. However, Houston played well in the first round, eliminating the Thunder in five games. It will be difficult for Dekker to squeeze his way into coach Mike D'Antoni's eight-man rotation after the success Houston had in round one.
Apr 28 - 1:34 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rajon Rondo (thumb) remains out for Game 6 Friday vs. Boston and is unlikely to play in a potential Game 7.

Isaiah Canaan will draw another start on Friday. He is averaging 13.0 points and 1.5 assists in 35.1 minutes over the last two games. With Jimmy Butler bothered by a sore knee, Hoiberg may again have to ask Dwyane Wade, and even Paul Zipser, to bring the ball up at times.
Apr 28 - 12:48 PM

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Larry Bird is stepping down as the Pacers president of basketball operations.

Kevin Pritchard will take over basketball operations in Indiana. Woj says that "Bird is expected to continue on as a consultant, working with Pritchard and the Pacers front office." It will be interesting to see if this has any impact on Paul George's future with the Pacers.
Apr 28 - 12:42 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) only "did a little" at shootaround but, as expected, will play in Game 6 Friday night vs. Boston.

Butler and the Bulls have acknowledged that he's dealing with some soreness in his left knee. It is believed the injury was initially suffered during a collision last Sunday. After getting to the free throw line 23 times in Game 4, Butler attempted only one free throw in Game 5. Also, he had just two field goal attempts in the fourth quarter of Game 5. Chicago will likely need Butler to be extra aggressive if they want to stay alive. The question is whether or not the knee issue is hampering his ability to attack.
Apr 28 - 12:35 PM

Jason Smith (calf) says he is "feeling good" and went through shootaround but remains a game-time decision for Game 6 Friday vs. the Hawks.

Smith exited Game 5 on Wednesday due to a left calf contusion and is attempting to work his way back. He told reporters after shootaround Friday morning: "Hopefully I'll be to go tonight." If Smith is unable to suit up, Marcin Gortat will likely be asked log close to 40 minutes, just as he did in Game 5. Markieff Morris and Bojan Bogdanovic might also see an uptick in playing time if the Wiz choose to go small.
Apr 28 - 12:03 PM

Sixers president Bryan Colangelo is in Spain this week to watch Furkan Korkmaz.

Philadelphia selected Korkmaz, a 6'8" shooting guard, with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft. Korkmaz had an unmanageable $2 million buyout last summer and thus spent the season overseas. He averaged 8.4 points in 16 Turkish league games and 10.9 points (while shooting 50.0 percent from 3-point territory) in eight BCL games. Korkmaz is still under contract for the 2017-18 season. So, depending on the buyout numbers, he may have to spend another season in Europe before heading to the NBA.
Apr 28 - 11:32 AM



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