Chris Forsberg: Is Marcus Smart confident he‚Äôll be back in playoffs? ‚ÄúI am confident … I‚Äôm real real real excited and eager to get back out there, whenever that is. Hopefully sooner than later.‚ÄĚ It was Smart and Hayward working out together today in Waltham. ‚ÄúI got a workout partner.‚ÄĚ
May 22, 2018 | 6:19 pm EDT Update
As far as potential trade partners for Whiteside, Dallas ‚ÄĒ a team that tried to sign Whiteside in the past ‚ÄĒ appears inclined instead to pursue impending free agent big men. According to The Ringer, Dallas is expected to pursue DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins and restricted free agent Julius Randle. From the Heat’s standpoint, there remains sentiment internally toward moving on from Whiteside.
The Heat will closely monitor the Kawhi Leonard situation, and the San Antonio Express News reports the Spurs hope to meet with Leonard and his representatives soon in a bid to repair their strained relationship (resulting from different approaches on treatment of a quad injury) and potentially offer Leonard a five-year $219 million supermax contract that he will be eligible to receive starting July 1. The Express News reported that the Spurs will be forced to explore trading Leonard if ‚Äúattempts to patch up the relationship fail.‚ÄĚ A Heat package could include all or some combination of Dragic, Richardson, Winslow and Adebayo.
Which team makes you work harder: the Celtics or Cavs? CJ McCollum: ‚ÄúCleveland is one of the worst defensive teams I‚Äôve ever played against, honestly. I think it‚Äôs just the spacing. They have a lot of players on their roster throughout the season, so terminologies not the same, the continuity isn‚Äôt always there. Think about how many players they‚Äôve had on their roster the last 3 or 4 years. They‚Äôre literally in-and-out, new guys every year. So it‚Äôs hard to be on a string and be united as one when you have all that uncertainty on, ‚ÄėHey, if things don‚Äôt go well, I might get shipped out.‚Äô So I think that‚Äôs one of the reasons why their defense has been up and down. But then when it‚Äôs time to lock in and focus on one team, their defense is a lot better.‚ÄĚ
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kyle Kuzma has added muscle and says Lonzo Ball has been in the weight room: ‚ÄúHe has been in there pretty much every day I have been. You can tell he is taking the weight room a lot more serious and that is going to help him recover faster and hopefully be on the court more.‚ÄĚ
Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Troy Williams, Damyean Dotson and Isaiah Hicks all participated in a group workout in front of new Knicks coach David Fizdale earlier this week, per a league source. Also in the gym that day? Michael Beasley, who will be a free agent this summer. Beasley, per a source, was just working out at the facility and didn’t participate in the group workout. It’s not unusual for players in New York to work out at the team facility but it’s noteworthy in this case because the Knicks have a new coach. The NY Post reported earlier this week that the younger players would be working out in a group setting for Fizdale.