“Everybody knows the assets that we have and the young players that we have,” Ainge added in another part of the chat. “So I think that’s the challenge. In any conversation we have the price is a lot because of what we have in the bank. So I think that’s the challenge we’re facing. And we’re trying to stick to our plan. If a deal comes along where the price to add someone to the team who is more long-term as opposed to someone who is just the last 25 games of the season, we have more interest in that than we do in finding a Band-Aid.”
April 27, 2017 | 6:04 am EDT Update
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers fully expects Steve Kerr to find a solution to his debilitating health issues and be back on the bench without being forced out of coaching altogether because of complications from two back surgeries. It just might not be right away. Myers says, “What he’s facing is fixable.” The 51-year-old Kerr plans to be examined at Stanford this week and is away from the team until he feels well enough to return.
Veteran forward Nick Collison said Wednesday he plans to continue his playing career. “I wasn’t sure going into the season how I would feel at the end of the year, but I still enjoy playing, and I enjoy being around the group,” Collison said. “I enjoy being on the team, and I still think I have something to offer.”
The Thunder will go its separate ways for the offseason, but one player will be back in an Oklahoma City uniform this summer. Rookie Domantas Sabonis plans to play for the Thunder’s team at the Orlando Pro Summer League in July.
“It’s the same thing I went through,” Wall told The Vertical of Beal’s steady climb. “A lot of people get success later on, and a lot of us get it late. Both of us are getting it late in our career, but that doesn’t define what you did early in our career, because we still showed glimpses. We just never were healthy and never had a great team. He put in the work and is deserving of everything he’s got. All you can do is keep going up. And all we can do is keep getting better and better as a tandem.”
When a reporter asked Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg if Isaiah Thomas carried the ball during the Boston Celtics’ Game 5 win on Wednesday night, Hoiberg abruptly stood up and left the podium. “No,” was all he said before getting up and walking away.