Paul Pierce may opt out with the Wizards and sign with the Clippers.
It could be for less money in order to join coach Doc Rivers and assistant coach Sam Cassell. Pierce was distraught after his loss to the Hawks and still hasn't made it clear if he'll be back next season. To be clear, this is just a rumor and Pierce has not said anything about joining up with the Clippers.
Draymond Green said seeing Houston's fans leave early during a blowout is "the best feeling in the world."
Yep, that sounds like a Draymond thing to say and he's expecting a better game from Houston tonight. "Because of the embarrassment factor of last game, they're going to come out fighting," Green said. The Rockets will need to get Dray into foul trouble in order to have success tonight.
Marreese Speights (right calf) advanced to running the stairs on Monday.
He's still out for Game 4, but could get back to court work in the next day or two. Speights could be ready for the NBA Finals, but obviously the Warriors may not need him. Festus Ezeli has really stepped up for the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
LeBron James said on Monday Tristan Thompson "should probably be a Cavalier for the rest of his life."
He's a restricted free agent and the Cavs are likely going to bring him back based on his outstanding postseason. While Thompson's offensive ability away from the basket is a little behind schedule, he's really taken off in the paint on both ends. Expect him to get big minutes following his 42.0 minutes per game in his last three outings.
Kyrie Irving (knee) will be a game-time decision to play against the Hawks in Game 4 on Tuesday.
The medical staff wants repeated good days out of Irving in practice before they're comfortable putting him on the floor for game action. Of course, the Cavs have to factor in risk vs. reward with Irving because they haven't needed him in this series to get to a 3-0 lead. If he's out again, he'll have about two weeks of time to rest. Matthew Dellavedova will likely get another chance to handle the point.
Harrison Barnes has drawn praise from the Warriors coaching staff for his ability to defend in the low post.
"There are only so many wings that can guard the post," says Luke Walton. "You have to be very strong. He’s not only very strong, to the core strong, but he’s very quick," Walton added. Defensive guru Ron Adams had this to say, ""I think the way our game is progressing it’s going to be demanded of a lot of people." Barnes has been excellent in the postseason, even if his teammates are garnering the majority of the headlines.
The Pacers and Luis Scola are mutually interested in working out a new contract.
"We'll see how it goes," Larry Bird said. Scola would be a solid bench presence for the Pacers, but it's not clear how close the two sides may be in seeing eye-to-eye on the value of a new deal for the 35-year-old big man.
Ahead of the June NBA draft, Stanley Johnson is priding himself on his defensive versatility.
"I can guard fours. I can guard Draymond Green. I can guard Kawhi Leonard. I can guard Mike Conley — I can stay with him at least," he said. "You guard people in stints, I can definitely stint the minutes for sure." Johnson did suggest he'd have some issues against bigger fours like Zach Randolph, but he also said he didn't get to show off his full set of skills while at Arizona. Johnson is a slam dunk to be selected inside the top 10 picks on draft day.