Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg says he believes Butler has elevated himself into the MVP conversation with his recent play. “I think so,” Hoiberg said. “Just what he’s done for this team. This stretch that he’s got going right now, he continues to add to his game. He’s really playing with the ball in his hands a lot now … he’s just pretty much straight up our point guard for a lot of the games right now. And he’s obviously been phenomenal.”
June 27, 2022 | 4:00 pm EDT Update
League sources reiterated Monday that the Clippers would be making a strong pitch to Wall once he makes it to the open market, with their chances of signing him said to be enhanced by the presence of coach Tyronn Lue.
There is growing pessimism, league sources say, among teams interested in pursuing Kevon Looney about the ability to pry Looney away from the newly minted champions in Golden State. Looney is increasingly expected to re-sign with the Warriors on a multiyear deal after playing a vital role in their fourth title run in a span of eight seasons.
After playing parts of two seasons in the NBA, 6-foot-10 center Donta Hall has emerged as one of Europe’s foremost rim protectors and vertical spacers with AS Monaco in the French League and EuroLeague. Hall, I’m told, is generating NBA interest after a strong season abroad.
ESPN: “[The Nets] are prepared to lose both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.” @WindhorstESPN on the state of the Nets.
Josh Lewenberg: Dillon Brooks is still recovering from a mid-season ankle sprain. The Grizzlies wanted him to stay in Memphis then travel with the team to Vegas for Summer League to continue receiving treatment/working with the trainers, I’m told. Nick Nurse hopes to touch base with him later this week
Chris Mannix: In the aftermath of Ohio tightening its abortion laws, the Cavaliers say they will “cover costs to travel outside Ohio for reproductive health care to the fullest extent permitted by state law” for company employees.
June 27, 2022 | 2:38 pm EDT Update
Brittney Griner was formally ordered to remain in custody for the duration of her criminal trial in Russia. Her detention was extended for another six months. Griner, 31, appeared in court near Moscow Monday. She was in handcuffs and looking straight ahead in photos obtained by The Associated Press.