People throughout the league had indicated just after the New Year that the Clippers were making Blake Griffin available in potential trade scenarios. But this specific deal didn’t come to fruition until near the end of the month. And Gores didn’t hesitate when the proposed deal was put on his table. “Don’t really want to get into internal discussions,” Stan Van Gundy said, “but it didn’t take much selling. Tom was all for it.” Said Tom Gores: “I was involved from the beginning of the discussions. Once we realized this was a real deal, that it was a real opportunity, I told our guys we should get it done. Keep our young guys, keep some flexibility, but get it done.”
May 12, 2021 | 1:37 pm EDT Update
Michael Singer: There’s this weird narrative that Nikola Jokic won’t lean into the MVP race, when yest., on the record, he finally put himself out there: “I can just say that this season is probably the best season I’ve had in my life.” On MVP, he went even further: “If it happens, it happens.”
Malika Andrews: James Harden is listed as probable for tonight’s game against the Spurs. Kyrie Irving is Questionable with a facial contusion. Kevin Durant is available, despite it being the second night of a back-to-back.
Kevin Chouinard: Hawks say De’Andre Hunter (injury management, right knee) and Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) are out tonight. Tony Snell and Kevin Huerter came off the list.