Lowry has not been definitive in discussing his impending free agency—at the All-Star game, he would only say that staying in Toronto, “would be an option.” The wrist injury that will keep him out for the rest of the regular season is a tough blow, especially because the Raptors’ future prospects will be part of Lowry’s free-agent decision. If the team stumbles in the early portion of the postseason, Lowry would be more willing to sacrifice the financial advantage the Raptors can offer to explore the market. Lowry was very interested in signing with the Lakers in 2014, but was scared off by the lack of a direction in L.A. That’s changed, and even with D’Angelo Russell in place, Lowry is expected to be a Laker target. Lowry’s hometown Sixers, badly in need of a point guard, figure to be in the mix, too. An outside contender: the Nuggets, who are expected to be aggressive in free agency this summer.
May 27, 2023 | 8:06 pm EDT Update
Bobby Manning: Malcolm Brogdon was sitting in his locker in street clothes around the time the #Celtics announced him as out. He normally warms up around this time. Between missing 2nd half in G5, sitting on the side at shootaround & not progressing too far pregame, seems like arm is that bad..
Tim Reynolds: Matthew Tkachuk, who went to school with Jayson Tatum, on who he’s rooting for tonight: “I’m rooting for my two favorite players, Jimmy Butler and Tatum. I hope they both go off tonight. … But for the whole Florida vibe, I hope this building is electric all night.”
May 27, 2023 | 7:35 pm EDT Update
Jared Weiss: Joe Mazzulla on whether Malcolm Brogdon will play tonight with his forearm soreness: “He’s gonna warm up, do his shooting time and see how he feels from there.”
Wes Goldberg: Shaquille O’Neal and Stan Van Gundy cutting it up before the game. pic.twitter.com/ZCwcP1PCvA
May 27, 2023 | 7:02 pm EDT Update
Anthony Chiang: Gabe Vincent (sprained ankle) will warm up to see if he can play, Erik Spoelstra says.
Will Guillory: Still no determination on Gabe Vincent’s status tonight, per Erik Spoelstra. Said Vincent will go thru his pregame warmup than they’ll decide. Joked that he assumes someone will tweet it before he even knows.