In the days leading up to the deadline, did you expect to be traded or did the move catch you off guard? Elfrid Payton: Well, my mindset this whole season has been to be ready for whatever happens. I knew a trade was possible, especially having a new GM and president of basketball operations in Orlando. Because they didn’t draft me, I always understood there was a chance that they’d want to bring in their own guy. So the whole year, I was basically prepared for anything.
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.