04/19/14 - 7:05AM ETAndrew Bogut
: (Ribs) Out Saturday, Unlikely To Return In Postseason
Bogut (ribs) will not play Saturday and is unlikely to return during the playoffs, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Bogut is officially out indefinitely, but the feeling expressed by some of the Warriors beat writers is that he won't be able to play this postseason. The Warriors would have to get through the Clippers and then likely the Thunder just to get to the Western Conference finals. If they can make it that far, it might be possible that they could go far enough into the playoffs that Bogut could eventually return. We're not holding our breath though.
O'Neal will start at center Saturday with Andrew Bogut (ribs) sidelined, FoxNews reports.
O'Neal started 11 games at center during the regular season, averaging 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 26 minutes per game. It's possible the Warriors could extend O'Neal's minutes with the games counting for more in the playoffs, but in general, O'Neal will likely only be an option in daily leagues and in deeper playoff leagues. The Warriors are matching up against the Clippers, and most prognosticators have the Clip Mode Squad advancing.
04/19/14 - 6:42AM ETJoakim Noah
: (Personal) Missed Practice Friday
Noah missed Friday's practice to attend to a personal matter, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Noah intends to be back with the team Saturday so there's no chance that he'll be unavailable for Sunday's playoff matchup with the Wizards. This will be the first game of the series.
Calathes will be suspended 20 games for violating the league's drug policy, Yahoo Sports reports.
Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, a part of an over-the counter athletic supplement, and will serve a 20-game suspension effective immediately. Unless the Grizzlies' make the Western Conference Finals, his suspension should keep him out for the duration of the playoffs. He averaged 15 minutes for the past two weeks, and Mike Conley, Memphis' starting point guard, could play a bit more to make up for the rotation hole. The majority of Calathes' minutes should go to the little-used Beno Udrih.
Arthur (knee) is expected to exercise his player option for next season, the Denver Post reports.
If Arthur does, indeed, exercise the option, it will keep him in Denver for at least one more season while paying him $3.4 million. When asked if he's thought much about the decision, Arthur stated: "Not really. I look on coming back though. I don't see myself going anywhere. We'll see. I really want to stay, so hopefully everything works out." The former Kansas standout averaged 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 68 games this season. He sat out the final two contests with a severely bruised knee.
The Lakers plan to pick up Marshall's team option for next year, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports.
The move will cost the Lakers under one million dollars and the team needs to keep some players on the roster since they have so many upcoming free agents. In addition to making financial sense, the move will give the Lakers a decent bench point guard for the upcoming season. This past season, Marshall played in 54 games and started 45, where he averaged 8 points, and 8.8 assists in 29 minutes per game.
04/18/14 - 11:33AM ETPau Gasol
: Lakers Want Him Back
Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak indicated Friday that the team would like to bring Gasol back next season. "Absolutely he's a priority," Kupchak said. "If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board."
Gasol's 2013-14 ended early, as a bout with vertigo kept him sidelined for the last few weeks of the season. When in the lineup, though, Gasol provided his typical production, averaging 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 48.0 percent from the field. While it's unclear at this point what direction the Lakers intend to go as a franchise, it appears as though bringing back the free agent center is a distinct possibility. The 33-year-old figures to have no shortage of suitors, however.
04/18/14 - 10:08AM ETRamon Sessions
: Interested In Sticking With Bucks
Sessions, whose contract has expired and is a free agent, would welcome a return to the Bucks, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He said, "It was my first home and a team that gave me a chance when nobody else did. I want to stay loyal to them like they did to me."
The Bucks drafted Sessions with the 56th overall pick in 2007, and reacquired him in a trade deadline deal with the Bobcats. It is a good sign that he would like to come back, but with new ownership in Milwaukee, the team may decide to go in another direction. He played in 28 games with the Bucks this season, averaging 15.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 32.5 minutes. It is also interesting to note that because of the trade, Sessions played in 83 games this season.
Antetokounmpo says that he plans to work on his body and getting stronger this offseason, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He said, ""I'm going to continue working on my body for sure because I have to get a lot stronger. Coach said my progress was very nice, so I'm just going to try to get some more progress and get better, stronger and bigger."
Antetokounmpo is only 19 years old, so he still has time to grow and fill out his 6' 9.5" frame. He also said that he plans to work on his shooting, dribbling, and defensive awareness in the upcoming offseason. Antetokounmpo played in 77 games in his rookie campaign, averaging 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds. 1.9 assists, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 steals in 24.6 minutes per game.
Livingston (toe) practiced Friday and expects to play in Game 1 of Saturday's playoff series against the Raptors, ESPN New York reports.
Livingston missed the final five games of the regular season due to a sprained toe, but the time off should allow him to return for Saturday's playoff opener. Should that prove true, it's likely Livingston would reclaim his starting position, moving Andrei Kirilenko back to a reserve role.
04/18/14 - 7:43AM ETEnes Kanter
: Addresses Disappointing Season
Kanter addressed his disappointing season by saying that he should have received more playing time (26.7 minutes per game) but that he also thought his body was in better shape in past years, the Jazz's Official Site reports. In addition the third-year player mentioned that he plans on working on his three-point shooting ability during the offseason, even though he's only connected on one three-point attempt in his career.
Kanter fell below expectations despite being healthy and playing in 80 games. His team continually performed better with him on the sidelines even though he was able to produce well as an individual. This put coach Ty Corbin between a rock and a hard place which resulted in Kanter barely spending more time on the court than the bench this season. The attempt to extend his shooting range seems like it may be a bit audacious in lieu of progressing his game in the paint, but perhaps it will add a beneficial wrinkle to his repertoire that will likely be miniscule at best.
04/18/14 - 6:24AM ETAl Horford
: (Shoulder) Will Not Participate In Playoffs
Horford (shoulder) will not be able to participate at any point during the Hawks' series with the Pacers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
This news isn't too surprising considering that it has been unofficially stated up until this point. Of course, the deeper the Hawks go in the playoffs, the possibility of Horford returning grows. However, they have a daunting matchup with the Pacers and Horford would likely still be doubtful heading even further into the postseason.
Thursday, April 17
04/17/14 - 5:06PM ETTrey Burke
: (Finger) Still Stiff Despite Surgery
Burke said his surgically repaired finger remains stiff and incapable of bending fully, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. "It's still stiff," he said. "... It healed, but I'm not able to bend it all the way yet. I'm going to work on that a lot."
Burke averaged 5.7 assists per game in 32 minutes per game despite having to share distribution duties with Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks. During this offseason, Burke has said he will work on his three-point shooting, ability to finish at the rim, and his defense, admitting to currently lacking the mindset it takes to play great defense every play.
Wade (knee) says he feels better going into this postseason than he did last postseason, the Sun-Sentinal reports.
Wade missed Game 4 of the Heat's first-round series against the Bucks last season to rest his knee, but the absence may have been tied to the fact that the Heat were up 3-0 in the series and ended up sweeping the Bucks without Wade in the final game of the series. Wade averaged 22 minutes per game over the Heat's final three games of the regular season, but the minutes limit he was held to in those games will be lifted for the playoffs. If you're playing in any playoff leagues, it should be safe to draft Wade high. It appears the 28 games of rest the Heat gave Wade this season may just payoff.
04/17/14 - 4:01PM ETThaddeus Young
: Could Play Small Forward Next Season
Young could shift down and start at the small forward spot next season, Calkins Media reports.
With teams doing exit interviews, a lot of questions about next season are being asked. The Sixers are projected to have the second overall pick in this year's draft, and if they draft an impact player at power forward, there's the possibility that Young could move down to the three. Such a move would probably include Young taking even more three-pointers next season and possibly getting an extra assist or two per game, while his rebounds would likely decrease.
04/17/14 - 3:24PM ETJoel Anthony
: Exercising Player Option For 2014-15
Anthony will exercise his player option for the 2014-15 season, CSN Northwest reports.
The deadline to make such a call isn't imminent, landing on July 1, but considering he'd make substantially less on the open market than the $3.8 million he's slated to earn next season, he'll remain in green and white. Since arriving in a January deal from Miami, he's been a forgotten man, appearing in just 21 of 43 outings, while averaging one point (on 38.5 percent shooting) and 1.5 rebounds in 7.1 minutes.
04/17/14 - 2:45PM ETDanny Granger
: (Hamstring) Expects To Play In Game One
Granger (hamstring) is expected to take the court for Game 1 of Saturday's first-round series against the Warriors, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Sidelined the final nine games of the regular season due to a left hamstring strain, Granger should be available to the Clippers' wing ranks, after three weeks of inactivity. Prior to the injury, he contributed a healthy eight points (on 42.9 percent shooting), 2.3 rebounds, one three-pointer, and 0.7 assists in 16.2 minutes. Because the rotation will be full intact, though, he may not receive a consistent role right off the bat.
04/17/14 - 2:16PM ETAndrew Bynum
: (Knee) Won't Play In First Round
Bynum (knee) has been ruled out of the Pacers' first-round playoff series against the Hawks, the Pacers' official site reports.
After Indiana's first postseason practice Thursday -- minus Bynum, despite his presence on the sideline -- coach Frank Vogel said that there's "still a chance [Bynum plays in the playoffs]." If the Pacers survive the Hawks, which is expected considering the 1 versus 8 nature of the matchup, Bynum may be able to fill in as a reserve for Roy Hibbert in the second round.
04/17/14 - 12:38PM ETSteve Nash
: 3-4 Weeks From Full Health
Nash (hamstring) said in Thursday's exit interview that he's 3-to-4 weeks from getting healthy, Yahoo! Sports reports. Looking ahead to next season, he relayed, "I proved to myself I can still play at a high level. It's just how many minutes and how often. That's what I have to figure out."
Nash will do everything in his power to be injury-free heading into the fall, but at 40 years old, he's unsure if his body will hold up during another offseason of preparation for an NBA campaign. With ample cap space imminent, the Lakers' summer will be one of change, but the final season of Nash's contract guarantees he'll at least be around to lend his services at the point, if healthy.
04/17/14 - 10:48AM ET
Anthony embarked upon rehabilitation of the slight tear of the labrum in his right shoulder Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Anthony's production scaled back significantly once the injury became evident in April, during which he recorded 18.6 points (on 41.6 percent shooting), 6.4 boards, four assists, 2.2 steals, and 0.6 three-pointers in 37.4 minutes per game. Although he'll be contained to treatment on the shoulder for the next month, an exam slated for mid-May could alter the course of his offseason plans if, say, surgery is suddenly deemed appropriate for the long term. Nevertheless, there are no plans to travel that path at the moment, with the status quo reigning for one of the potential prizes of free agency this summer.
04/17/14 - 9:58AM ETEric Gordon
: Possible Bench Role In '14-15
Gordon (knee) may come off the bench next season in order for Tyreke Evans to remain in the starting five, the Pelicans' official site reports. During Thursday's set of exit interviews, coach Monty Williams confirmed the sentiment, stating, "It's a valid question."
What was eventually a season-ending knee injury for Gordon was a boon for Evans' prospects, allowing him to reestablish his ability when taking on a large portion of the ballhandling. Meanwhile, Gordon, who has started all but two of 115 appearances since joining the former Hornets prior to the lockout-shortened campaign in December of 2011, could incur a further hit to his waning relevance. On the other hand, he knocked down a career-high 39.1 percent from beyond the arc this season, with an increase in wide-open looks likely from the outside as Anthony Davis continues his development into a basketball monster. If the 25-year-old sharpshooter accepts a specific gig, New Orleans' bench would certainly profit from the viable and varied scoring option that is Gordon.
04/17/14 - 7:00AM ETKobe Bryant
: (Knee) Beginning Six-Month Training
Bryant (knee) will begin a six-month training program now that he has been cleared to shoot and run, ESPN reports.
Bryant hadn't been traveling with the team towards the end of the season as he was already focusing on next year. He has a long road to recovery which will surely be detailed along the way.