Central Notes: Pistons, Lillard, Portis, Pacers, Carter
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by Rory Maher
9m ago
No matter what happens in today’s game vs. San Antonio, the Pistons will finish with the worst record in franchise history in a season that featured a record-breaking 28-game losing streak. James L. Edwards III of The Athletic takes a look at Detroit’s disastrous 2023/24 campaign, writing that there is plenty of blame to go around. Changes could be on the horizon, however. League sources tell Edwards that owner Tom Gores is considering hiring a president of basketball operations who would potentially become GM Troy Weaver‘s new boss. While Edwards suggests that Weaver and head coach Monty Will ..read more
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Warriors Notes: Dunleavy, Trade Deadline, Green, Curry, Kuminga
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by Arthur Hill
11h ago
Warriors general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. didn’t shy away from the challenge of taking over a dynasty in decline, writes Ann Killion of The San Francisco Chronicle. When former GM Bob Myers opted to leave the organization last summer, Dunleavy inherited the job of running a team with aging veterans and a record tax bill. The results from his first year have been mixed as Golden State — two years off its last championship — needed a late surge just to secure a play-in spot. “It’s a different challenge, as opposed to taking a team at the bottom and building,” Dunleavy said. “This job is, ‘Hey ..read more
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Atlantic Notes: Embiid, Nurse, Pritchard, Robinson
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by Arthur Hill
12h ago
The Sixers avoided a potential disaster Friday night on their way to a seventh straight win, writes Tim Bontemps of ESPN. Joel Embiid, playing for the fifth time since returning from meniscus surgery, was limping and grabbing his knee after making a shot late in the second quarter. He walked to the locker room to have it examined and was able to return for the start of the second half. “They assessed him at halftime and there was no swelling, no damage, none of that kind of stuff,” coach Nick Nurse told reporters after the game (video link). “… They said he should be OK to try it, and he wante ..read more
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Lakers Notes: Play-In Picture, Vincent, Timer’s Error, Vanderbilt, LeBron
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by Arthur Hill
12h ago
There are countless ways the Western Conference standings could end up, but the Lakers‘ mission is clear heading into Sunday’s game, writes Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times. Regardless of what else happens, L.A. can secure the No. 8 seed with a victory at New Orleans. That would avoid a potential meeting with the Warriors in the 9-10 matchup with both teams’ seasons on the line. “Every game matters,” LeBron James said. “Every seed matters.” The Lakers know that from experience after rising from the seventh seed to reach the Western Conference Finals last season. Woike notes that the wor ..read more
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Raptors Re-Sign Malik Williams For The End Of The Season
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by Arthur Hill
13h ago
After his 10-day contract expired on Friday, Malik Williams has signed with the Raptors for the rest of the season, tweets Blake Murphy of SportsNet. The new deal only covers Sunday’s game and doesn’t extend to 2024/25, Murphy adds. Williams appeared in six games and made two starts for Toronto during his first 10 days with the team. He averaged 2.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per night while shooting 22% from the field. His best game was Wednesday against Brooklyn when he scored seven points and collected 14 boards in 24 minutes of action. The 25-year-old center is making his NBA ..read more
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Nets Notes: Clowney, Claxton, Finney-Smith, Thomas
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by Arthur Hill
15h ago
The late-season emergence of Noah Clowney has the Nets believing he might develop into an effective power forward alongside Nic Claxton, writes Brian Lewis of The New York Post. Clowney and Claxton have been seeing time on the court together lately in a Twin Towers look that Lewis notes is rare in Brooklyn since Sean Marks took over as general manager in 2016. “I think the league is kind of [changing] — it’s not all about small ball anymore,” Claxton said. “You see a lot of teams that have two bigs on the court. They have more size on the court. And that’s an area that we’ve really lacked in t ..read more
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Matt Ryan Gets Standard Contract From Pelicans
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by Arthur Hill
17h ago
The Pelicans have converted Matt Ryan‘s two-way contract to a standard deal, the team announced (via Twitter). No details were provided on whether his new contract will extend beyond the rest of this season, but the signing makes Ryan eligible for postseason play. New Orleans had been carrying an open roster spot, so no other move was necessary. The 26-year-old forward has appeared in 27 games in his first season with the Pelicans, averaging 5.6 points and 1.5 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per night while shooting 43.4% from the field and 45.1% from three-point range. He underwent elbow surgery in ..read more
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Raptors Notes: Trent, Quickley, Porter, Draft Pick, More
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by Luke Adams
17h ago
Last June, after Gary Trent Jr. picked up his player option for 2023/24, there were reports suggesting that he and the Raptors were nearing an agreement on a multiyear extension. That deal never come to fruition, so Trent played out the year on an expiring contract and is on track to reach unrestricted free agency this summer. As Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca writes, it’s unclear whether or not Trent will continue his career in Toronto or head elsewhere once he becomes a free agent. According to Grange, it appears both sides are open to extending the relationship, but they’ll have to agree on ..read more
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Community Shootaround: Playoff Seeding Battles
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by Luke Adams
20h ago
With all 30 NBA teams enjoying a day off on Saturday, we have just one day of regular season games remaining in 2023/24, with 15 games on Sunday’s slate. Amazingly, through 81 games, only three playoff seeds have been determined — the Celtics own the No. 1 seed in the East, the Clippers control No. 4 in the West, and the Mavericks are No. 5 in the West. We also know that the Bulls are locked into the No. 9 spot in the East and will host the No. 10 Hawks in one of next week’s play-in games. Besides that though, 15 of the 20 total top-10 seeds in the two conferences remain up for grabs, with muc ..read more
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Budenholzer, Fernandez, Young Finalists For Nets’ Coaching Job
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by Luke Adams
20h ago
Mike Budenholzer, Kings assistant Jordi Fernandez, and Suns assistant Kevin Young are finalists for the Nets‘ head coaching job, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Nets, who parted ways with Jacque Vaughn in February and replaced him with interim head coach Kevin Ollie, opted not to wait for the end of the season to begin their head coaching search. NetsDaily reported earlier today (Twitter link) that Brooklyn’s search process has been ongoing for more than a month and is believed to have been “extensive,” which Charania confirms. According to Charania, Ollie received considerati ..read more
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