Let’s shift to free agency a few weeks later. Everyone knows what you did, taking that nearly $10-million paycut. Was it an ‘Oh, if Andre (Iguodala) needs this much, I’ll take this much’ kind of situation? How did that decision come together? DURANT: Well, I’m a smart guy and I want to keep this thing going and looking at Andre and Shaun (Livingston) and Steph (Curry) — they all should make the most money that they can make and get what they deserve. Because they were all underpaid and I knew at some point they’d want to get what they deserve. So I just took a step back and let the chips fall where they may. Then I took it in my hands. I wanted to keep the team together and I thought it was going to help the ownership bring all the guys back. And on top of that, it’s my money. It’s my decision. I can do what the hell I want with it.
December 13, 2017 | 1:04 pm EST Update
A. Sherrod Blakely: Still no official word yet on whether #Celtics Gordon Hayward is done wearing a boot. Source told NBC Sports Boston today that if not today, he’ll be done with the boot sometime “in the coming days.” But they added, no timetable for his return.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have recalled Khem Birch from the G League. So the Magic will have Birch, Jamel Artis and Adreian Payne available to play tonight. Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac and Terrence Ross are definitely out, and Arron Afflalo seems unlikely to play.
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the team assigned forward Ivan Rabb to the Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies’ NBA G League affiliate. Rabb (6-10, 220) has appeared in 11 games (nine starts) for the Hustle and has averaged 15.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.00 steals and 1.36 blocks in 28.3 minutes. The 20-year-old rookie, who was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 35th pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, has competed in two games for the Grizzlies this season, logging three minutes.
Tom Orsborn: Aldridge showed some more leadership in welcoming Leonard back with open arms last night: “It’s great. He brings so many things to the game that we don’t have right now. He’s a great defender, he can score in a number of ways and he can make plays. We definitely miss that.”
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon will not play tonight against the Clippers. He hasn’t had any setbacks, and he remains in the NBA concussion protocol.
December 13, 2017 | 11:41 am EST Update
If the team came to him with a trade, Gasol would accept it. “If they think it is best, I would do anything for this franchise,” Gasol says. Wallace and other higher-ups are adamant that is unlikely, even as the losses mount. That seems stubborn, and there is almost certainly a scenario — perhaps Conley getting reinjured, or taking longer than expected to return — where Memphis tests the market. But even in that doomsday sequence, the Grizzlies may even prefer to hold their stars out here and there in some selective tankery, nab a high draft pick, and reload for another run at 45-plus wins.