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The Jazz denied a report of a first-round guarantee given to D.J. Wilson.

There is really only one answer for the Jazz here, so this doesn't mean too much. The original report from the Detroit News said they've heard the Jazz gave Wilson a first-round promise. The Jazz have the 30th pick from a salary dump with the Warriors a few years ago to go with their No. 24 pick. Wilson wasn't 100 percent sure earlier this year and may have wanted to come back for his senior year. He brings a little bit of everything with 1.1 treys made per game to go with his 83.3 percent from the line as a shooter, and he did block 1.5 shots per game in his third year at Michigan.
May 27 - 10:41 PM

Davis Bertans is expected to be "part of the future foundation" for the Spurs, according to beat writer Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News.

The rookie made a splash in the playoffs for the Spurs and looks like he'll be getting more minutes in 2017-18. While he didn't have a huge impact all year, Bertans ranked first in true shooting percentage among rookies with at least 30 games played in the regular season. If the Spurs lose some depth, Bertans could wind up getting more minutes at both forward spots.
May 27 - 7:54 PM

Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through all parts of the three practices on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

He is basically back to being healthy and is on track to start on Thursday. Coach Mike Brown said Zaza ran and did scrimmage over the past three days, and Zaza definitely appreciated the time off. "It’s good that we have one week off," Pachulia said. "That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team." The Warriors may have saved up Andre Iguodala more in the early rounds, so he could take some of Zaza's minutes.
May 27 - 6:22 PM

Kevin Love said he doesn't think the Cavs are underdogs in the NBA Finals.

Of course, it's not like he's going to say the Cavs are underdogs to give a new version of the Chris Paul clip from the Utah series. Love said he thought the underdog angle could be used as motivation, though. Coach Tyronn Lue also said he's not worried about the Las Vegas odds and that the team shouldn't need any motivation from that. Love's defense has vastly improved lately and it'll be interesting to see how much he's used at center against the Warriors.
May 27 - 5:26 PM

The Warriors have practiced the past three days, they will take off on Sunday, and then practice on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

They aren't taking too much time off excluding the Sunday, so they should be up to speed on preparation for the Cavs on Thursday. As of Saturday, coach Steve Kerr is still not ready to coach, but he is getting closer to a return.
May 27 - 5:17 PM

It could be tough for the Clippers to keep J.J. Redick and Luc Mbah a Moute, according to Bobby Marks of The Vertical.

Basically, it'll be tough to bring those two back after the Clippers agreed to deals with Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson last summer. Mbah a Moute is fully expected to opt out of his 2017-18 player option to make him an unrestricted free agent at age 30. LMAM had a positive year as a defender and he should be a target for several teams.
May 27 - 1:12 PM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee (knee) is expected to resume basketball activities in 6-8 weeks.

In case you missed it on Friday, he doesn't need surgery for his partially torn patellar tendon. Lee has a $1.6 million player option coming up, so he should be close to ready for basketball activities on July 1. He's said he likes playing in San Antonio after he wasn't in great physical shape while with the Celtics, so Lee may choose to pick up the option.
May 27 - 12:29 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge acknowledged that there could be some "significant change" in Boston in the near future.

Ainge understands that Celtics can't simply stand pat and expect to reach that next level of championship contention. That means he will be forced into some very difficult decisions. "I know that we’re good. I know that we’re not great," said Ainge. "I know that we still have more to do, and, you know, that next step is by far the hardest." Ainge also understands he may have to exercise some patience. "Just because you’re one piece away doesn’t mean you can get it."
May 27 - 11:44 AM

Frank Ntilikina's team advanced to the French league semifinals, meaning he will not begin working out for NBA teams until next week at the earliest.

Ntilikina's Strasbourg squad beat Pau-Lacq-Orthez to move onto the next round. After struggling mightily (a combined five points and four assists) in the first two games of the series, Ntilikina played far better in the deciding contest, finishing with seven points (on 3-of-6 shooting), two assists, five rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes. Ntilikina is projected to be a top-10 pick in the 2017 draft. Lottery teams looking forward to getting a close look at him in private workouts will have to wait a bit longer.
May 27 - 10:26 AM

Wade Baldwin has an opportunity to prove he can handle more minutes next season by playing well in summer league action.

When the Grizz selected Baldwin with the 17th pick in last year's draft, they assumed he would settle in as Mike Conley's backup. However, Baldwin was beaten out by Andrew Harrison for the primary backup point guard gig. Baldwin has the talent to be a significant contributor but needs to improve his focus and consistency. He shot just 31.6 percent from the floor and 13.6 percent from 3-point range as a rookie. Baldwin obviously needs to work on his jumper this offseason.
Source: NBA.com
May 27 - 10:08 AM

Speaking with reporters on Friday, Isaiah Thomas reiterated his desire to stay in Boston.

"Boston's changed my career, changed my life. I would love to win championships here," said Thomas. GM Danny Ainge and the Celtics have some tough decisions to make over the next year. Thomas has just one season left on his contract before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2018. Would Boston be willing to pay Thomas upwards of $175 million to sign him to a long-term extension before he hits free agency? Might they consider trading him, especially now that Boston has the No. 1 pick in the draft and is expected to take PG Markelle Fultz? Stay tuned.
May 27 - 9:23 AM

Matt Barnes said that he does not plan on retiring at the end of the season.

This is Barnes' 14th season in the league. He has played for nine teams. "I think I’ve still got a little bit left in the tank," Barnes said. "Obviously, I’d like to come back here and finish up here, but I feel like I’ve got another year or two left in the tank." He has likely played well enough this season to earn a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum next season.
May 27 - 9:07 AM

The Spurs are "exploring the feasibility" of making a free-agent run at Chris Paul, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

It's not going to be easy for the Spurs to keep Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge as two of their big three. If they do make a run at CP3, it likely means they'll have a really tough time bringing back Jonathon Simmons and some of their other veterans. The Clippers are still considered as the heavy favorite to bring CP3 back, but this will be a story to watch.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 10:28 PM

The Clippers are "widely regarded as strong favorites" to retain Blake Griffin (toe), according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Spurs are expected to pursue Chris Paul, which may also affect Griffin's decision to stay with the Clippers. The Clips will be able to offer Griffin more money when free agency starts on July 1. Griffin's durability has fallen off with only 35 games played in 2015-16 and 61 games in 2016-17 before a plantar plate injury ended his playoff run.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 10:24 PM

The Celtics are "focused on landing an All-Star caliber talent in the frontcourt," according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.

According to the report, the Celtics may try to go after Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward or another target. The Celtics have some cap space along with a litany of draft picks, including the top pick in June. After getting thumped against the Cavs and coach Brad Stevens still trying to figure out who to play next to Al Horford, Boston could make a move.
Source: CSNNE
May 26 - 9:50 PM



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