Eric Woodyard: Donovan Mitchell is doubtful with flu-like symptoms tonight. Alec Burks will start in his place.
May 26, 2019 | 6:44 pm EDT Update
Dennis Robertson, referred predominantly in NBA circles as “Uncle Dennis,” is the uncle of Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard. Robertson is Leonard’s primary career and business strategist who generally avoids speaking publicly, similar to the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
As reported at the time, Leonard originally wasn’t keen on relocating to Toronto, but Robertson explained Leonard’s thought process at the time. “When you are initially traded somewhere you didn’t asked to be, you don’t want to accept it,” Robertson told Yahoo Sports. “But once you get through that period, the focus then turns to giving your all and performing at a high level. It never had anything to do with the city of Toronto. It wasn’t. Toronto is a beautiful city. Kawhi has often spoke highly of Toronto. It’s a beautiful place. That was just an initial reaction, which is normal. But we’re enjoying this run and looking forward to the Finals.”
Much of the NBA Finals chatter will be about what takes place after the series because the matchup features three of the top pending free agents in Leonard, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. “I can’t get into other free agents and other teams, but for Kawhi, he’s going to take it one day and one game at a time,” Robertson told Yahoo Sports. “We have a championship opportunity in front of us. We’re not thinking about free agency; it’s the Warriors [right now]. Once we get through the season, we’ll turn our attention to free agency. But we’re just having fun right now. This has been a great year.”
Ryan Wolstat: Marc Gasol on being a Laker, briefly: “Yeah for a few, couple of months I was, I guess. They sent me oversized sweaters and stuff. You could say I was a Laker (laughs). I was not on the payroll though.” Said he visited Pau at Finals to soak it all in once back in the day.
Jon Rothstein: Sources: Nik Popovic is expected to return to Boston College next season. Was an early entrant to the 2019 NBA Draft.
Jeff Goodman: Troy Baxter Jr will remove his name from the NBA draft before the May 29th deadline but will continue to pursue professional opportunities, Florida Gulf Coast coach Michael Fly told @Stadium.
Josh Newman: Jackson Memorial graduate Eric Carter will work out for the Sixers on June 5, I’m told. 16 points and 10 boards as a senior at Delaware. Carter is going to make a little money next winter, nice to see him get a look from one of the local teams.
May 26, 2019 | 5:41 pm EDT Update
Iguodala has averaged nearly 30 minutes over his last four games. Now, after a calf injury kept him out of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, Iguodala believes his health will be fine, even if his years in the league are numbered. “Just a lot of minutes and overuse. I’m old,” Iguodala said after practice Saturday.