When you saw that you were traded for a second-round pick, what was your reaction? Did you feel disrespected at all? Elfrid Payton: I mean… A little bit. I think a lot of other people were more upset about it than I was, though. Others took it to heart more than I did, but that’s just because of the type of person I am. I’m pretty nonchalant and I don’t really get worked up, so it wasn’t really that big of a deal to me. I’ve always felt underrated and felt like I have to prove myself. I’m the kind of player who feels like you have to prove yourself every single night – no matter what you’ve done or who you are – because in this league everyone is thinking, “What have you done for me lately?” So it wasn’t too big of a deal to me. (Long pause) It was kind of crazy, though. I’ve seen a lot of people say that it was a steal for Phoenix and stuff like that; I guess time will tell. I heard they were offered a lot more than a second-round pick [from other teams], but they just didn’t decide to do one of those other trades… I don’t know all of the details, but I know they had offers from a team in the East and a different West Coast team other than Phoenix.
May 20, 2018 | 3:05 pm EDT Update
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Tyronn Lue on LeBron James’ usage rate being lowest all postseason last night: “We put in a few new sets last night & it gave us more movement. Bron doesn’t want to move too much, so we had to make JR and G Hill do all the moving and Bron just hold the ball. (laughs)”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Kings star Bogdan Bogdanovic to Movistar on SAC taking Luka Doncic with No. 2 pick: “It will be nice to have him, but u never know. He might go No. 1”
Adam Zagoria: The Celtics on Monday will work out Purdue’s Dakota Mathias and Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo in an intriguing matchup, per source. Mathias averaged 12 ppg and shot 47 percent from three. DiVincenzo went for 31 and 5-of-7 from deep in the NCAA title game.