Initial indications, though, suggest that Casey will indeed be back next season, according to the latest whispers on the Toronto grapevine. The fact Ujiri scheduled his end-of-season press conference for Tuesday, instead of taking an extra week to evaluate things like Sam Presti did in Oklahoma City, would also seem to bode well for Casey.
May 5, 2016 | 4:04 pm EDT Update
Candace Buckner: Because Bird did not pick up Hill’s option, #Pacers can now only bring him back for $2.35M. Hill has far exceeded that in worth. I wouldn’t be surprised if Solo Hill is a first-week guy in free agency (signs with another team quickly)… he’s done that much for his worth
Monte Poole: Warriors are scrimmaging, as coach Steve Kerr indicated. It must be a good one, as now approaching 2 hours. No word yet on Steph Curry.
The Washington Wizards announced that point guard John Wall underwent surgery on both knees Thursday morning in Cleveland and will begin a rehabilitation process immediately. Wall is expected to be ready for the start of next season, but his status for training camp is unknown and he won’t be available to play for Team USA in the Olympics this summer. Wall was one of 31 finalists for the 12-man roster headed to Rio Janeiro in August but was considered a longshot to make the team.
Wall attended the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Game 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night before he had loose particles taken out of his right knee and calcium deposits removed from his left patella tendon by Dr. Richard D. Parker at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount the next morning. The right knee procedure – known as an arthroscopic lavage – is considered routine and relatively minor, but the operation on the left knee would’ve wiped Wall out for months had he undergone the surgery during the season.
Vogel tried to talk Bird out of his decision, Bird said, but ultimately Bird decided it was time for a new voice. Dimissing Vogel is Bird’s prerogative, but, hey, come on, do it with some class, huh? Letting Vogel twist in the wind for days was embarrassing, and it didn’t go unnoticed. “So [expletive] up,” a head coach told The Vertical. “Complete garbage,” said a high-ranking NBA executive. “You want to go in a different direction, do it with some dignity.” Vogel won’t hit back, of course. It’s not his style. He’ll thank Indiana, thank Bird, and move on.