Warriors forwards Draymond Green and Kevin Durant respectfully declined to speak too much about McCaw’s two-year saga with the Warriors that will likely end after rejecting their $1.7 million qualifying offer and two-year, $5.2 million deal. Both of them walked away after fielding a handful of questions related to McCaw, his prolonged holdout and how much contact they had with him during his unresolved free agency from July through the first three months of the 2019-20 regular season. They simply followed the unspoken rule in professional sports not to comment on other players’ business matters. Said Durant: “It’s not my forte. I just hoop.” Said Green: “That’s good for him, if that’s what he wanted. So we’ll just wait and see what our organization does and go from there.”
June 18, 2021 | 9:05 pm EDT Update
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on the Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley injury situations: “They won’t be put there if there’s a chance they could further hurt themselves. … The impact that they have, even if they’re not at their best, is substantial.”
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on the Jazz’s mentality heading into Game 6: “I’m confident in our group. We’ve been through a lot. I can’t remember another group of that I’ve been with that’s had a flock of birds hit their plane. … These guys know what’s at stake and they’re ready.”
Roughly an hour later Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki officially returned to the franchise fold, as an advisor in the search for a new general manager and coach. Owner Mark Cuban told The News that Nowitzki will “be involved in the entire process. “His insights and input are of course invaluable,” Cuban said. “And I’m excited that he is involved.” In case there was any doubt about the order of the search, Cuban made it crystal clear. “First GM, then coach.”
June 18, 2021 | 8:27 pm EDT Update
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue on the Clippers’ this morning at shootaround: “Everyone’s locked in and focused. We understand we won a big game in Utah but the series is not over.” Lue says Utah is number one for a reason and he’s banking on Conley playing tonight.