Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says Elfrid Payton will work out his ankle tomorrow to see if he can play against the Magic
Jonathan Feigen: Add another name to the Pelicans injury list. Elfrid Payton is out with a sprained right ankle. That makes five guys out vs. the Rockets; Davis, Mirotic, Randle, Moore and Payton.
Oleh Kosel: The Pelicans are 9-3 when Elfrid Payton has scored 9+ points, but consistency has been an issue of late. According to Gentry, Payton's pinky finger is still not close to 100%. "That hand still bothers him & he doesn't put the ball down with his left hand as much as he used to."
Will Guillory: Expect Gentry to play Payton somewhere between 25-30 minutes tonight. He wants to ease him back after being out for so long
Will Guillory: Source: Pelicans are hopeful Elfrid Payton will make his return from a broken finger next week. He still has some work to do, but this fits into the initial timetable he was given of a six-week recovery.
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says Elfrid Payton will have surgery on his broken left pinky. Timetable for return will be determined after
Jim Eichenhofer: Hard to believe some of the injury luck with this team at times. Elfrid Payton had played in 305 out of a possible 328 games of his four-year #NBA career prior to 2018-19, but just missed nine games with ankle sprain and now has broken finger only 8 minutes into return from it
Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry pregame on return of Elfrid Payton vs. NY: "It gets us the team that started out the year playing at a really great pace and him distributing the ball. Basically, what it does is puts guys back in the role that we anticipated them having at the start of the year."
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry said he “anticipates” Elfrid Payton playing tonight. But still questionable at this point.
Jim Eichenhofer: Elfrid Payton, who is listed as questionable Friday vs. Knicks, on his emotions about a potential return to the court: "Super excited. I feel like we were in such a good rhythm before I went out. Just trying to get that back." #Pelicans went 4-0 in the full games he played
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry told reporters in Minnesota that PG Elfrid Payton (out, ankle) is "really close" to returning and that "it would be ridiculous to take any chance at all". Gentry said that ultimately the decision was his.
Payton has been upgraded on the team’s injury report a couple times this week and was deemed a game-time decision to play Saturday against Phoenix, which would be his first game action in exactly two weeks. “We’ll have to see,” fourth-year head coach Alvin Gentry said after Friday practice of Payton’s status. “He’s going to do some other stuff (physically to test whether Payton can play). He’s a game-time decision. He’s made progress.”
Will Guillory: Elfrid Payton and Nikola Mirotic are both listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Phoenix Suns due to right ankle sprains pic.twitter.com/u2rOax0xCL
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says he doesn't expect Elfrid Payton to play Wednesday night but Saturday is a real possibility.
Scott Bordow: Sounds like Devin Booker, TJ Warren, Elfrid Payton, Len all out. Triano expects same lineup as he had against Golden State
Jonathan Feigen: Add Elfrid Payton and T.J. Warren to the Suns' out list tonight. As mentioned earlier, Devin Booker and Alex Len are out vs. Rockets tonight.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is expected to play tonight against the Warriors, Frank Vogel said.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton will not play tonight against the Denver Nuggets, the Magic have announced. Payton continues to be bothered by a sore left hamstring.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) will not play tonight against the Celtics, Frank Vogel said.
Josh Robbins: Frank Vogel said Elfrid Payton, as expected, also will be out tomorrow night in New Orleans due to his hamstring injury.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed point guard Elfrid Payton as out for Sunday's game in Charlotte. Payton has an injured left hamstring.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon (ankle) is unlikely to play tonight. Elfrid Payton (hamstring) also is out, as disclosed previously.
August 17, 2022 | 4:55 am EDT Update
With the start of training camp just six weeks away, league sources continue to insist that the Celtics are not close to a deal that would bring Kevin Durant to Boston, and that there have not even been any real discussions of substance.
NBA analyst Brian Windhorst discussed the trade situation earlier this week on ESPN’s Get Up. Windhorst inferred that Durant has lost all of the leverage in the trade talks but so did the Nets. “The dynamic around Kevin Durant hasn’t changed at all. There hasn’t been an urgency in trade talks. There hasn’t been a change in strategy by the Brooklyn Nets,” said Windhorst. Windhorst reported, “I think what we have here is really a study of leverage. First off, the Nets do not have leverage in trade talks with other teams. They are not giving them the offers that they want. They see no reason to increase them. So, they’re not making any progress there. Kevin Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets. He is asking for things: ‘Get me traded. Fire the coach. Fire the GM.’ He is being told no. So, when you have denied leverage, you have a stalemate.”
While Kevin Durant continues to prefer a trade from the Brooklyn Nets and the trade offers the team has received haven’t satisfied them, the two parties have remained in limbo throughout the offseason. The Nets will continue to listen to trade offers, but they are also hoping Durant changes his mind and gives their team another chance this season. “What’s kind of developed over those 47 days is we now kind of have two different negotiations,” said Brian Windhorst on NBA Today on Tuesday. “One, of course, is with all those teams interested in Kevin Durant and the Nets. We just haven’t seen significant traction with any of those deals. The Nets’ asking price is very high. Their leverage for getting those teams who are interested in offering so much just hasn’t materialized.
“The other negotiation that is now developing is between Durant and the Nets. That separate negotiation about what it would like for him to come back. That’s what a big part of the discussion he had with owner Joe Tsai in London about 10, 11 days ago was. Joe Tsai and the Nets believe they have a really good team. They don’t believe they have a good trade for Kevin Durant. They want him to consider coming back. But Durant has very clearly made it known he doesn’t want to play for the Nets under the current situation with the current coach and current GM.
That leaves three roster spots, and the Celtics will be required to fill at least two of them. League sources said the preseason essentially will serve as a final audition for a collection of veterans seeking a new opportunity. Rookie guard JD Davison and veteran forward Mfiondu Kabengele will be in training camp on their two-way contracts.
Speculation ran rampant: pundits and fans alike wondered whether he had any desire to play on the team, whether he’d be the first player in NBA history to turn down a max rookie extension, whether he’d prove one of the most significant busts in NBA draft history. Much of the chatter focused uncomfortably on his size. As he’s so often done during difficult times, Williamson turned to his favorite show for guidance. I ask if there’s a point in Naruto’s story that he feels is synonymous with where he is right now. His answer is immediate. “It’s when Sasuke was going rogue,” he says, referring to Naruto’s close friend and rival. “All of Naruto’s friends and teammates came to him like, ‘Dude, you’re gonna have to make tough decisions if you really want to be Hokage.’”