Denver can’t seem to find a groove. Injuries have contributed; we won’t know what this team is until Paul Millsap returns. But Wilson Chandler’s drop-off has chipped away at their depth and lineup flexibility. After years of hip issues, Chandler looks like he aged five years over one summer (at least before he broke out a bit against the Knicks on Thursday). Chandler is probably best now as a small-ball power forward, but Denver is already crowded at that position. Chandler has a $12.8 million player option for next season, and what he does with it will have a huge impact on Denver’s cap-and-tax situation. Chandler is at the age where he might opt out to secure more long-term money, but if he keeps playing like this, he may not find a long-term deal to his liking.
June 21, 2021 | 8:26 pm EDT Update
Ohm Youngmisuk: Marcus Morris is not on the latest injury report for the Clippers but Ty Lue did say he was uncertain about Morris’ knee.
Mark Medina: Clippers coach Ty Lue on Kawhi Leonard’s progress with rehab: “I really don’t know. I just get the updates that he’s out today. I just move on from there. I don’t want to question ‘When’s he coming back, or how long? Is he playing tomorrow? Is he playing tonight?’ Okay. Move on.”
Dwight Jaynes: While two candidates have been widely known as finalists for the Trail Blazers’ coaching job, NBA sources confirm they are not the only finalists. And knowing Neil Olshey, there may be a secret candidate out there who will surprise us all by getting the job.
June 21, 2021 | 7:41 pm EDT Update
Mirjam Swanson: Luke Kennard on Marcus’ role defensively: “He’s a physical defender, and that’s what we need, especially this late in the playoffs. Hopefully he’s good to go and we’ll see what he can do. But we definitely need him out there.”