Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Aminu Al-Farouq has agreed to a four year, $30 million deal with Portland, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
April 30, 2016 | 8:57 pm EDT Update
Former Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is joining the Brooklyn Nets as the top assistant to new head coach Kenny Atkinson, league sources told The Vertical. Vaughn spent the 2015-16 season in the San Antonio Spurs’ front office as a pro personnel director.
Michael C. Wright: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich just said there won’t be “any magic tricks” in this series considering all the familiarity between San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Pop said neither team “is trying to re-invent the wheel” and that this game will come down to all the basketball things that secure wins: execution, not turning over the ball, etc.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr officially ruled guard Stephen Curry out of Game 1 on Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers, but left open a crack of hope that he could possibly play in Game 2 on Tuesday night. “I’d be shocked if he played Tuesday because he hasn’t even been out on the floor yet,” Kerr said. “I’m not going to rule him out for Tuesday, but not much of a chance he’d play then.”
Kerr did say Curry would likely get back on the floor in the next few days and it would be an easier situation to evaluate. “If he can progress throughout the week, fortunately Game 3 isn’t until Saturday,” the coach said. “Maybe we’ll get a chance to see him on the court for a couple of days and see what it looks like. That’s all I can tell you.”
During the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game, ESPN cameras showed Deason jawing at Wade, and also clearly showed Wade giving him a pretty scary death glare. During an interview with the Observer Saturday morning, Deason simply said he told Wade that the player needed to retire.