NBA Player News

Friday, April 18

  • 04/18/14 - 11:50AM ETKendall Marshall : Lakers to Pick Up Option
    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.
  • 04/18/14 - 9:52AM ETGiannis Antetokounmpo : Plans To Add Offseason Muscle
    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.
  • 04/18/14 - 8:49AM ETShaun Livingston : (Toe) Practices Friday
    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.
  • 04/17/14 - 4:22PM ETDwyane Wade : (Knee) Feels Better Going Into Playoffs
    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.

Wednesday, April 16

  • 04/16/14 - 8:10PM ETDwayne Wade : (Hamstring) Scores 16 In Finale
    Wade scored 16 points (6-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT) to go along with four assists and two rebounds against the Sixers on Wednesday night.
    Prior to Saturday, Wade had missed nine straight games nursing a hamstring injury. Since then, he's averaged 16.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 21 minutes over three games. It's hard to get a real read on him considering these games didn't mean anything and LeBron missed two of them. But he looks healthy for what it's worth and with a few days off before Game 1, he should be as close to 100 percent as he's going to get.
  • 04/16/14 - 6:10PM ETRudy Gay : (Back) Will Play Wednesday
    Gay (back) will play Wednesday against the Suns, Cowbell Kingdom reports.
    After missing three of the last four games, including Sunday's win over Minnesota, Gay will take the floor for Sacramento's season finale. Gay last played Saturday versus the Clippers, scoring 16 points (6-18 FG) in 34 minutes.
  • 04/16/14 - 5:49PM ETLaMarcus Aldridge : (Rest) Out Wednesday
    Aldridge (rest) will not play in Wednesday's season finale against the Clippers, CSN Northwest reports.
    The Blazers will rest their All-Star, as they're locked into a first-round matchup with the Rockets as the five seed out West. Aldridge will finish the regular season with averages of 23.2 points (career high) and 11.1 rebounds (career high) while shooting 45.8 percent from the field.
  • 04/16/14 - 4:45PM ETLamar Odom : Signs With The Knicks
    Odom signed a contract with the Knicks on Wednesday, the New York Post reports.
    While Odom will not play in Wednesday's finale, unfortunately, he'll be a part of the team over the summer, giving management a chance to evaluate his progress since falling out of the league. Odom thrived under Phil Jackson as a member of the Lakers, and with Jackson now in a front office role with New York, he may look to revive the athletic forward's career.
  • 04/16/14 - 4:29PM ETMarvin Williams : (Knee) Will Not Play Wednesday
    Williams (knee) will not play in Wednesday's season finale against the Wolves.
    Williams joins Enes Kanter (quad) on the sidelines for the final game of the season. It will be the fourth straight absence for Williams, as he continues to deal with a bone bruise in his left knee.
  • 04/16/14 - 4:04PM ETAlan Anderson : (Abdomen) Available Wednesday
    Anderson (abdomen) is available on a limited basis Wednesday against the Cavs, the New York Post reports.
    An abdominal strain has kept Anderson out of the last three games, but he'll be available on a limited basis for the season finale. With the Nets only dressing eight total players (including Anderson), it figures to be a busy night for the backcourt of Jorge Gutierrez, Marcus Thornton and Marquis Teague.
  • 04/16/14 - 3:45PM ETMarco Belinelli : (Rest) Out For Wednesday's Finale
    Belinelli (rest) will not play in Wednesday's season finale against the Lakers, Project Spurs reports.
    It's simply a day off for Belinelli, who will conclude the season averaging 11.4 points on a career-high 48.5 percent shooting. The Italian also shot a career-best 43.0 percent from beyond the arc.
  • 04/16/14 - 3:42PM ETTim Duncan : (Rest) Won't Play Wednesday
    Duncan (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Lakers, Project Spurs reports.
    To no one's surprise, the veteran will be held out of the lineup for Wednesday's season finale with the Spurs holding a four-game lead over Oklahoma City for the top seed in the West. Boris Diaw or Jeff Ayres figure to get the start in his place. Duncan will end his 17th NBA season with averages of 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes.
  • 04/16/14 - 3:26PM ETAmar'e Stoudemire : (Knee) Will Start Wednesday
    Stoudemire (knee) is in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Raptors.
    Initially expected not to play in the season finale, Stoudemire's back is apparently feeling well enough, and the veteran will start in the frontcourt alongside Cole Aldrich. Stoudemire has played in each of New York's last six games, averaging 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 66.0 percent from the field in 29.2 minutes over that span.
  • 04/16/14 - 2:58PM ETKris Humphries : (Knee) Out Wednesday
    Humphries (knee) will miss the Celtics' season finale against the Wizards on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
    This will be Humphries third straight game that he will miss due to knee tendinitis. With Jared Sullinger also out due to an ankle injury, Kelly Olyny and Brandon Bass should see heavy run on Wednesday.
  • 04/16/14 - 2:52PM ETJared Sullinger : (Ankle) Out Wednesday
    Sullinger (ankle) will miss the Celtics' regular season finale against the Wizards, the team's official site reports.
    Sullinger has missed the Celtics' last two game and will now miss his third. Sullinger averaged 13.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in 27.6 minutes of action, including 44 starts.
  • 04/16/14 - 2:50PM ETRajon Rondo : (Hamstring) To Miss Wednesday
    Rondo (hamstring) will not play in the Celtics' season finale against the Wizards, the team's official site reports.
    Rondo returned to action Monday after missing a few games during the weekend prior. However, a sore left hamstring will hold him out of Wednesday's game. Rondo played in just 30 games this season, averaging 11.7 points, 9.8 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Celtics.
  • 04/16/14 - 2:20PM ETJameer Nelson : (Groin) Out Wednesday
    Nelson (groin) will not play in the Magic's season finale on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
    There was hope that Nelson would be able to suit up in possibly his last game as a member of the Magic, but will miss with the groin injury. Victor Oladipo will start at point guard again while Nelson sits. Nelson finishes the season averaging 12.1 points, seven assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game.
  • 04/16/14 - 11:49AM ETChris Paul : Did Not Travel With Team
    Paul did not travel with the team for their final regular season game in Portland Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports.
    It appears that Paul will get the night off to rest up for the playoffs. It is likely that Darren Collison will get the start at point guard in Paul's absence.
  • 04/16/14 - 11:03AM ETStephen Curry : (Rest) Will Sit Out Wednesday
    Curry (rest) will sit out Wednesday's regular season finale against the Nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
    Curry will get an extra day to rest before the start of the playoffs. Steve Blake will start in his place.
  • 04/16/14 - 10:57AM ETDavid Lee : (Rest) Will Sit Wednesday
    Lee (rest) will sit out Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
    Lee will get a night off in preparation for the playoffs. Look for Marreese Speights to pick up most of the minutes left in his absence.
  • 04/16/14 - 10:51AM ETChandler Parsons : (Rest) Will Not Play Wednesday
    Coach Kevin McHale says that Parsons will not play in Wednesday regular season finale against the Pelicans in order to rest for the playoffs, the Rockets' official twitter reports.
    With a playoff spot all locked up, the Rockets will rest both Parsons and James Harden Wednesday. Expect the likes of Francisco Garcia, Jordan Hamilton, and Omri Casspi to get extended minutes in their absence.
  • 04/16/14 - 10:07AM ETJames Harden : (Rest) To Sit Wednesday
    Harden (rest) will sit out the Rockets' regular season finale on Wednesday.
    Harden will get a day off to prepare for the Rockets' playoff run. He will finish the 2013-14 regular season averaging 25.4 points, 6.1 assists and 4.7 boards in 38 minutes.
  • 04/16/14 - 9:31AM ETJoe Johnson : Out Wednesday
    Johnson (calf) is out for the team's regular season finale on Wednesday, ESPN New York reports.
    It seems the Nets are less worried about their seed and more about resting their players for the playoffs as Johnson is one of four players sitting on Wednesday. The veteran guard will finish the regular season averaging 15.8 points, 2.7 assists, and 3.4 boards in 33 minutes.
  • 04/16/14 - 8:51AM ETD.J. Augustin : (Personal) Will Play Wednesday
    Augustin (personal) will rejoin the team on Wednesday for the season finale following the birth of his son, the Chicago Tribune reports.
    Augustin missed Monday's game for the birth of his son but will play again Wednesday. He has averaged 20.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 30 minutes over the past four games, and will look to keep things rolling heading into the playoffs.
  • 04/16/14 - 8:44AM ETAnthony Bennett : (Knee) Could Play Wednesday
    Bennett (knee) could play Wednesday after participating in the team's contact practice on Tuesday, The News-Herald reports.
    Bennett hasn't played in a game since March 8, but he could take the floor for the team's season finale. The game has no purpose for the team, so they wouldn't risk Bennett's future health at this point. He will look to live up to the first overall draft status in 2014-15 after a disappointing rookie season.
  • 04/16/14 - 8:05AM ETLeBron James : (Rest) Out Wednesday
    James (rest) will sit out the team's regular season finale Wednesday.
    The Heat's priority of health over seed was evident when they sat both James and Bosh on Monday, so sitting them Wednesday is no surprise. James should be well rested going into the Heat's playoff run.
  • 04/16/14 - 7:57AM ETDwyane Wade : Expected To Play Wednesday
    Wade will likely suit up for the Heat in their final regular season on Wednesday, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
    Wade has been playing limited minutes in the last two games and sat out the nine previous to that. It seems as though he will work in some minutes on the season finale, but since the Heat have nothing to play for, he will probably play limited minutes again.
  • 04/16/14 - 7:01AM ETJameer Nelson : Not Ruled Out For Wednesday
    Nelson (groin) has sat out the last two games, but he has not been ruled out of playing Wednesday, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
    Nelson has one more year on his contract, but of the $10 million he'd make next season, only $2 million is guaranteed, which could lead to the team waiving Nelson or using his contract as a trade chip this offseason. Considering that Wednesday might be his last game as a member of the Magic, we're expecting that Nelson will play.
  • 04/16/14 - 6:16AM ETBlake Griffin : (Suspension) Will Not Play Wednesday
    Griffin (suspension) will not travel with the team to Portland for their game Wednesday, the Clippers' official site reports.
    Griffin was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season Tuesday and will be suspended for Wednesday's game. While it may have been possible for Griffin to ask the league to rescind the foul and clear him to play Wednesday, the Clippers aren't even pursuing that route. They chose to leave Griffin home so that he didn't even have to travel with the team. Given that he suffered from back spasms a couple weeks ago, it's not a bad thing that Griffin get some rest heading into the playoffs.
 
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