Doc Rivers spoke to the media and commented on the trade. He spoke at length about why Paul left, his relationship with Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Austin Rivers. He defended his players saying that Paul left to go play with Harden because he wanted to. This was most likely in response to reports Wednesday that Paul left due to issues with teammates and the coaching staff. “At the end of the day, when you lose a CP, it’s a big loss. I thank him for the years he was here. He left because he wanted to be with James Harden. Let’s not get that twisted. I wish him well. I have no problem with that. Do I disagree? Yeah, I think he would have been better served here. But that’s not for me. That’s CP to decide and he decided against that. We’ve heard all the stories about Blake and DJ and Austin. I can’t comment just on Austin because it’s just not right. We’ve heard he left because of all three today. He left because of DJ, he left because of Blake and now he left because of Austin. We know he didn’t leave because of that. There is a lot of speculation on why he left. The one thing I know is he didn’t leave because of any of those three guys. He left because he felt like he would have a better chance to win somewhere else.”
April 10, 2021 | 8:32 pm EDT Update
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Thursday when the Lakers return to L.A. and could return to play in the next 7-10 days, reports @Adrian Wojnarowski on @NBACountdown
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams didn’t name names, but said he warned some Suns free agents about coming to Phoenix because of how much depth they had and the minutes crunch that comes with that. They still wanted to come here anyway
Justin Grasso: Doc Rivers says he’s not sure when Anthony Tolliver will join the team. Said “Maybe in Dallas,” but if not, when the team returns home. Rivers isn’t sure how much he’ll play when he joins the team. Didn’t sound like he plans to play him much.
Jason Quick: Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Jusuf Nurkic will play Sunday against Miami and that Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will play tonight against Detroit. Nurkic being held out tonight was for precautionary reasons after his knee swelled last week.