NBA News

Amir Johnson    F/C  Celtics

 

 

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.

Gary Washburn on Twitter

May 23 - 11:37 AM

Frank Vogel    C  Magic

 

 

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.

Orlando Sentinel

May 23 - 11:14 AM

Deron Williams    G  Cavaliers

 

 

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.

Joe Vardon on Twitter

May 23 - 10:58 AM

Steve Kerr    G  Warriors

 

 

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."

CSN Bay Area

May 23 - 10:47 AM

Josh Jackson    F  Player

 

 

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.

The Kansas City Star

May 23 - 9:48 AM

Ricky Rubio    G  Timberwolves

 

 

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.

ESPN.com

May 23 - 9:30 AM

P.J. Tucker    G/F  Raptors

 

 

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.

ESPN.com

May 23 - 9:22 AM

Patrick McCaw    G  Warriors

 

 

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.

Warriors PR on Twitter

May 23 - 12:31 AM

Andre Iguodala    G/F  Warriors

 

 

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

Kyrie Irving    G  Cavaliers

 

 

Irving totaled 42 points (15-22 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), four assists and three rebounds across 41 minutes during a 112-99 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.

RotoWire

May 23 - 12:21 AM