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Amir Johnson (shoulder) said he is feeling better but will be a game-time decision for Game 4 vs. Cleveland on Tuesday.

Johnson initially injured the shoulder early in Game 3. He was able to return but was clearly limited. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday morning, Johnson stated that he has increased mobility in the shoulder area and that he will participate in shootaround and pre-game warmups before a decision on his availability is made. If Johnson is unable to play, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko would see an uptick in minutes. It's also possible that coach Brad Stevens slides Gerald Green into the starting lineup.
May 23 - 11:37 AM

The Magic formally announced Tuesday that they have hired Jeff Weltman as their new president of basketball operations.

Weltman had previously worked for the Bucks, Pistons and Clippers earlier in his career. He spent the past four seasons in Toronto, working alongside Raptors president Masai Ujiri. "Jeff brings tremendous experience and a team-first approach to our president of basketball operations position," Magic CEO Alex Martins said in a statement.
May 23 - 11:14 AM

Deron Williams (illness) missed shootaround on Tuesday morning but is expected to play in Game 4 vs. Boston Tuesday night.

Williams' performance has been mostly disappointing this postseason. Over the Cavs last seven games, he is averaging 3.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 14.8 minutes, while shooting 37.0 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from downtown. In the first three games of the ECF, Williams is just 2-of-11 from the field. The Cavs have been able to cruise through the East with little help from their bench but will need D-Will and company to step up if they hope to take home another title.
May 23 - 10:58 AM

Steve Kerr is still in pain and unlikely to return to full-time coaching duties during the NBA Finals.

Unfortunately, the procedure Kerr underwent at the Duke Spine Center back on May 5th did not deliver the relief he had been hoping for. Kerr has been able to assist acting head coach Mike Brown by watching the games remotely and breaking down film, but obviously would prefer to be on the floor with his team. "I wish I could be out there with them," said Kerr. "And maybe I will. I don’t know. We’ll see."
May 23 - 10:47 AM

Draft prospect Josh Jackson has been ordered to attend anger management classes and refrain from alcohol as part of a diversion agreement he signed back in April.

According to the report, Jackson was originally charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after prosecutors alleged he kicked the driver’s door and rear taillight of a car driven by KU women’s basketball player McKenzie Calvert during the early morning hours of Dec. 9. As part of the diversion, Jackson also agreed to write a letter of apology to the victim and complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service. Jackson is expected to be a top-5 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
May 23 - 9:48 AM

ESPN is reporting that the Knicks would like to re-engage the Minnesota Timberwolves in trade talks involving Ricky Rubio this offseason.

The Knicks and Wolves were purportedly close to swapping Derrick Rose for Rubio at the trade deadline back in February, before that deal dissolved. Over the second half of last season, Rubio played some of the best basketball of his career. In 24 games after the All-Star break, Rubio averaged 16.0 points, 10.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds. Rose ended up tearing his meniscus. Also, Rose is now a free agent, so it is unknown what the Knicks could offer that would entice the Wolves to part with Rubio.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:30 AM

The Knicks have shown preliminary interest in free agent P.J. Tucker, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

The Knicks were terrible defensively last season, allowing 108.7 points per 100 possessions and ranking 25th in the league in defensive efficiency. Thus, it makes sense they would target a defensive stalwart such as Tucker. The problem for New York is that they will likely have to overpay Tucker to get him to sign in NYC. Tucker will have plenty of interested suitors and, at age 32, it's probably safe to assume he'd prefer to play for a contender at this stage of his career.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:22 AM

Patrick McCaw tweaked his right ankle in Monday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, but he later returned and finished with six points (2-of-4 shooting), four rebounds, two assists, one block and two triples in 17 minutes.

He had his ankle re-taped and seemed fine after returning, but he gets nine days off to recover anyways. The Spurs went super small tonight with Jonathon Simmons at the four, so McCaw replaced JaVale McGee in the first unit with Zaza Pachulia (heel) out again. Andre Iguodala should be much healthier for the NBA Finals and will take on a larger role, so McCaw's minutes may trend down in the NBA Finals.
May 23 - 12:31 AM

Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) played 22 minutes in Monday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, finishing with seven points (3-of-6 FGs), six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers.

Iguodala was considered probable to play, and while he didn't have a formal minutes cap, it's obvious that the Warriors were keeping an eye on his workload. The Warriors will need Iguodala's minutes to be in the 30s with a potential matchup with LeBron James and the Cavs looming, but luckily he gets nine days off to get back to 100 percent.
May 23 - 12:24 AM

Manu Ginobili scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with seven assists, one rebound, three steals and one 3-pointer in Monday's 129-115 Game 4 loss as the Spurs were eliminated from the postseason.

Making his first playoff start since 2013, Ginobili became the 24th player in NBA history to score 3,000+ postseason points. Ginobili will be 40 years old in July, but he hasn't decided if his NBA career is over -- he said he will take 3-4 weeks to discuss it over with his family. "I'll have to choose between two truly wonderful options," he said. One of the craftiest players in NBA history and a four-time champion, Ginobili should have a spot in the Hall of Fame waiting for him regardless of what he decides.
May 23 - 12:21 AM

Klay Thompson's struggles continued in Monday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, scoring 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting.

He grabbed six rebounds with one assist and one triple in 34 minutes. Thompson hasn't been himself in the postseason with averages of 14.4 points on 38.3 percent shooting, a far cry from his regular season scoring average of 22.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting. With nine days off until the NBA Finals, Thompson's struggles will be a major talking point with a potential matchup with the Cavaliers looming.
May 23 - 12:08 AM

Stephen Curry dropped a game-high 36 points in Monday's 129-115 Game 4 win as the Warriors swept the Spurs.

The Warriors will be back in the finals for the third year in a row. Curry shot 14-of-24 from the field with six rebounds, five assists and five 3-pointers and has never looked better, averaging 27.9 points per game in his previous 11 playoff games. Curry said after Game 3 that he's been battling a sore right (shooting) elbow for a little while, so the extra time off will be key -- Game 1 of the NBA Finals isn't until June 1. He will be looking to redeem himself after a poor showing in the Finals in 2015-16.
May 22 - 11:54 PM

Patty Mills scored 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting in Monday's Game 4 loss, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and three triples in 30 minutes.

He's going to be kicking himself all summer because he was very disappointing in this series, but Mills did have a solid 2016-17 campaign with regular-season averages of 9.5 points, 3.5 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 44.0 percent shooting in 21.9 minutes per game. The PG will hit free agency this summer and turns 29 in July, so he can expect a massive raise after playing for just $3.5 million this season. Dejounte Murray is probably ready to take on more responsibility in San Antonio, so it's not a lock that Mills will be back with the Spurs.
May 22 - 11:46 PM

Jonathon Simmons scored 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors as the Spurs were eliminated from the postseason.

Simmons logged 25 minutes as a small-ball four, adding five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer. You could argue that Simmons was San Antonio's most important player in the postseason not named Kawhi Leonard (ankle), so he can look forward to a significant pay raise this summer. Simmons is a restricted free agent, but the Spurs won't have much financial flexibility to bring him back unless Pau Gasol opts out. The Spurs may end up having to choose between Patty Mills or Simmons, but a move away from San Antonio would likely be good news for his fantasy value.
May 22 - 11:42 PM

Dejounte Murray was impressive in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors, finishing with nine points (2-of-7 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), seven assists, two rebounds and five steals in 29 minutes.

He also set a new Spurs record for most steals in a playoff game (5), passing Manu Ginobili (4). Coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs are very high on the 20-year-old PG and he could potentially be the starter on opening night next season -- Tony Parker (quad) isn't going to be ready to go right away and Patty Mills becomes a free agent this summer. Expect Murray to light it up at the summer league.
May 22 - 11:37 PM



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