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Steve Kerr said that he's still not feeling well enough to coach a game.

"I’m OK. I’m alright. I’m not well enough to coach a game," said Kerr. "I know that because I coached all 82 games and I felt OK. I’m comfortable, in a lot of pain, but I did fine. Then the first two games of the Portland series, whatever happened, things got worse. You saw me in the fourth quarter of Game 2. I could not sit still in my chair. There was that much pain. I would say I’ve gotten a little bit better." It looks like Mike Brown will be the lead coach on the sidelines for the Finals.
May 29 - 4:57 PM

Ivan Rabb will workout for the Lakers on Tuesday.

Rabb compiled averages of 14.0 points, 10.5 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.0 block and 2.2 turnovers per game on 49.0 percent shooting during his sophomore season at Cal, and he could be an option for Los Angeles when they come on the board with the No. 28 pick on draft day. He's a solid rebounder, but he'll need to completely rebuild his jumper and add some muscle to his frame to make a real impact at the NBA level.
May 29 - 3:04 PM

Jerami Grant said getting stronger is one of his top priorities this summer.

"I think they're doing a great job here of getting me stronger in certain areas," Grant said. "I think they're specific to what we want to do with my body. And on the court, being able to read the defense, slow my game down a little bit, not moving 100 miles an hour." Grant had some nice moments in OKC this season, but he only played 19.1 minutes per game with averages of 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 triples on 46.9 percent shooting. He's an elite shot blocker at the small forward position and shot 37.7 percent from beyond the arc, so the 23-year-old will be hoping that a strong offseason will help him earn a larger role in 2017-18.
Source: NewsOK
May 29 - 12:57 PM

Tony Parker (quad) told L’Equipe that he plans to make his return in January.

"I will play my best basketball when I return in January," he said. This confirms that Parker is expecting an eight month recovery after undergoing surgery to repair his ruptured left quadriceps, meaning he could miss the first couple months of the 2017-18 season. He will likely have heavy restrictions upon his return with plenty of maintenance days mixed in, so the 35-year-old veteran won't be a recommended fantasy asset next season. With Patty Mills hitting free agency, Dejounte Murray could open the season as the starting PG.
Source: EuroHoops
May 29 - 11:51 AM

Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly doesn't expect the 76ers to pursue free agent Ersan Ilyasova this summer.

Ilyasova was a great fit in Philly before his trade to Atlanta, but one of the reasons the 76ers moved on is because he's going to be looking for a longer-term contract this offseason than the 76ers were interested in offering. Ilyasova turned 30 this month and finished the season with averages of 13.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 3-pointers on 43.2 percent shooting. Expect him to draw a lot of interest from contenders this summer.
Source: CSN Philly
May 29 - 11:01 AM

The Clippers are the "overwhelming favorites to re-sign Chris Paul," according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

In case it's not obvious, the Chris Paul rumors are dominating the headlines this summer. There is some mutual interest between Paul and the Spurs, but just like Wojnarowski reported on Sunday, San Antonio would have a very difficult time making a competitive offer given their current cap situation. For now, it's hard to imagine Paul turning down a five-year offer from the Clippers that could be for $205 million.
Source: CBS Sports
May 29 - 10:41 AM

Jaylen Brown said he's "excited by the now" while discussing his future with the Celtics.

"I’m excited about this summer. I try not to look too far ahead," Brown said. "Everybody talks about the future and how much potential we have; I’m worried about the now. I want to be part of the now. That’s all I’m focused on." Brown made a name for himself in the final month of the season and played some nice defense on LeBron James in the Conference Finals, so the Celtics have every reason to be excited about his future. Jae Crowder and his bargain of a contract may be used as trade bait this summer, but Brown's ability to play multiple positions means he should be ready to step into a larger role next season.
Source: CSNNE
May 29 - 10:31 AM

UNC forward Justin Jackson is scheduled to work out for the Knicks on June 13.

The Knicks have the No. 8 pick in the draft and Jackson is projected to be a mid-first round pick. However, Ian Begley of ESPN said that the Knicks are enamored with Jackson and believes that they will consider trading for an additional pick to select him. The 6'8" two-way forward has a 6'11" wingspan and helped UNC win the NCAA Championship during his junior season, averaging 18.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.6 3-pointers.
Source: ESPN
May 29 - 10:22 AM

Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post said that the Heat may waive Josh McRoberts by using the stretch provision.

McRoberts picked up his player option last week for $6 million, but the Heat might be ready to move on from the oft-injured forward -- he has missed 146 games over the last three seasons. By using the stretch provision, the Heat would owe McRoberts $2 million over the next three seasons and would have an additional $4 million in cap space to spend this summer. With James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Willie Reed hitting free agency, the Heat could use all the space they can get.
May 29 - 10:08 AM

Adrian Wojnarowski is not expecting Chris Paul to sign with the Spurs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"[San Antonio] would have to just tear up that entire payroll," said Woj. "It's almost unlike anything the Spurs would've done or would do to even have a chance at him. I mean, they'd have to really gut the roster. And to do that for a 30-plus-year-old point guard, who has a couple great years left, there's no question -- I think there's more pressure on the Clippers to have to re-sign him than for the Spurs to turn their whole franchise over to make a run at him." CP3 would also have to give up a ton amount of money to join the Spurs, making this scenario an unlikely one.
May 28 - 6:22 PM

Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell could be an option for the Knicks with the No. 8 pick according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

This would be quite a jump for Mitchell because he's projected to go in the teens, but he certainly helped himself at the NBA combine when registered a 40.5 inch vertical leap and a 6'10" wingspan. A 6'3" combo guard, Mitchell is expected to be a point guard at the next level which Louisville coach Rick Pitino called his "natural position." He averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.4 treys during his sophomore season, leading his team to a 25-9 record.
Source: NY Post
May 28 - 11:52 AM

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Doug McDermott has the "versatility to play a little [power forward]" next season.

One of McDermott's goals this offseason is to "add strength without bulk," as he wants to match up with bigger players without sacrificing mobility. A career 39.4-percent 3-point shooter, he also said he wants to prove he's "more than a catch-and-shoot player" and wants to improve his perimeter defense. Enes Kanter is rumored to be on the trade block and Taj Gibson is a free agent this summer, so there's certainly a path to minutes if McDermott is able to play some four. His upside isn't the greatest, so fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting him to be more than a 3-point specialist at this stage of his career.
Source: NewsOK
May 28 - 11:41 AM

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has "expressed interest" in helping Ivica Zubac develop his post game.

Yes, this includes his famous skyhook that Zubac was already using during his rookie season. "He’s equipped to use it well," Abdul-Jabbar said of Zubac. "He has the length to begin with. If he can develop his shooting touch and agility, he’ll use it well." Abdul-Jabbar is expected to meet with Magic Johnson in the next couple weeks to discuss a potential role with the franchise, but this is just another reason to be excited about the 20-year-old's long-term potential. With a strong offseason, Zubac will likely be the favorite to start over Timofey Mozgov on opening night.
May 28 - 10:56 AM

Zaza Pachulia is on track to start Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

Pachulia has practiced for three days in a row and still has a few more days to get back to full strength. "It’s good that we have one week off," he said. "That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team." Anthony Slater of The Mercury News expects the center to play his normal role of about 15-20 minutes, as the Warriors could use his size to help keep Tristan Thompson off the offensive glass.
May 28 - 10:33 AM

Isaiah Thomas said he's willing to pass up an extension this summer if it means the Celtics can bring in some help in free agency.

Thomas has one year left on his deal for just $6.2 million and will be an unrestricted free agent during the summer of 2018 if he doesn't sign an extension. "We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that," Thomas said. "Anything Danny [Ainge] and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that." Thomas has joked in the past that he wants the Celtics to "bring out the Brink's truck," but it sounds like he will wait another year to give Boston as much financial flexibility as possible.
Source: ESPN
May 28 - 10:07 AM



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