Josh Lewenberg: DeRozan returns tonight vs Clippers. No minute restriction, Casey says. Patterson is still out with his knee injury - He's day-to-day
Michael Grange: Casey says DeRozan will be out tonight vs. NO and tomorrow vs. Celtics. Said there was swelling in ankle after Magic game.
DeMar DeRozan surveyed all that is going on with Toronto Raptors — a three-game losing streak, the team’s longest in more than a full season of NBA games; discombobulating lineups created by injuries; and now his own absence for at least two games — and he did the only thing he could. He figured out a bright side. “When it rains it pours sometimes and . . . once you get through that part of it, it always comes out to be worth it,” DeRozan said Monday, a few minutes after it was announced he would miss games Tuesday and Wednesday because of a sprained right ankle. “That’s how I always look at it. I think I’m just an optimistic type of guy and that’s how I look at everything.”
These days, Toronto Raptors director of sports science Alex McKechnie keeps a red shoelace in his pocket at all times. The Raptors wouldn’t be one win away from their first-ever trip to the Eastern Conference finals without it. During stoppages of play in Game 5, McKechnie treated guard DeMar DeRozan's injured right thumb by wrapping a red shoelace around it.
"It’s not the first time I’ve done it. I’ve done it many, many times," McKechnie said at the team’s morning shootaround Friday before Game 6 at American Airlines Arena. "I think the first thing to understand is that the process is actually a very traditional way of treating injured fingers. It’s used to create pressure and compression. You start very firm and you actually release pressure as you go through (wrapping it). Once it’s completely covered in the string of the shoelace you mobilize the joint so you actually get tissue drainage and mobilization and you get immediate recovery in range (of movement)."
July 31, 2021 | 10:53 am EDT Update
Like all teams in the NBA, the Knicks would like to add shooting this offseason. Terrence Ross is an option. Teams have discussed potential Ross trades with Orlando in recent days. Another player to keep an eye on? Evan Fournier. There has been mutual interest between Fournier and the Knicks, per SNY sources.
The biggest fish, Chris Paul, appears all but destined to return to Phoenix, sources said, on a deal that’s now widely rumored to be for at least three years, $90 million. According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, the New Orleans Pelicans did have their sights set on prying Paul away from Phoenix.
There has also been an intriguing CJ McCollum-Pascal Siakam trade framework discussed between Portland and Toronto, though talks between the teams have yet to generate significant momentum, sources said. Rival executives believe the Raptors’ selection of Scottie Barnes seemingly reinforces Siakam’s availability for trade.
Yet while New Orleans has gained momentum toward landing Lowry, the race for his services still does consist of several suitors. Miami and Dallas are expected to aggressively pursue the All-Star point guard, sources said, as Lowry’s close relationship with Heat centerpiece Jimmy Butler is often mentioned among league personnel.
With Westbrook now headed to Los Angeles, multiple league personnel contacted by B/R expect there to be significant interest from several veterans, including DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay and Carmelo Anthony, to forgo higher salary opportunities elsewhere and join the Lakers in pursuit of a championship.
Regardless of that outcome, there are strong indications from league sources that mutual interest exists between Derrick Rose and his storied hometown franchise, where he claimed league MVP honors in 2010-11. It’s unclear how Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau can stand in the way of the Bulls’ potential advances, and Chicago will need to shed contracts to bring on two ball-handlers at such expected salaries.
The reigning champion Bucks are believed to have interest in re-signing versatile defender P.J. Tucker on a deal framework of two years, $20 million, sources said. There’s also a belief that Bobby Portis and Milwaukee hope to strike a deal.