As for Paul’s departure, Rivers said he resented the idea that personal issues with his son, Austin Rivers, or Griffin and Jordan played a key role in it. “Let’s not make this story about Blake and DJ and Austin. This story is about Chris leaving. He is the one that decided to leave,” Rivers said. “That doesn’t make him a villain. He had the right to do that. And I have no problem with that. That’s what free agency is.
April 10, 2021 | 9:06 pm EDT Update
Barry Jackson: I asked Spoelstra if Oladipo will play again this season. He declined to answer directly, reiterating that he has no update and Heat still gathering information on the injury.
Chase Hughes: Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook comes to the practice facility “every off-day” and often returns each night to get treatment and put up shots. “[His teammates] see that, they hear about it.”
Fred Katz: Scott Brooks says Bradley Beal’s back injury is not related to the hip injury he’s been dealing with. Brooks says he doesn’t think the back injury is going to be lasting, that he could be back Monday.
James Edwards III: Dwane Casey on increased playing time for Sekou Doumbouya: “He’s earning minutes. He’s playing well. A lot of it is the seriousness to his approach. He’s putting in the works. He’s beginning to understand what it takes to earn minutes.”