Dane Moore: Andrew Wiggins is questionable to play tonight with an illness, per the team. Wiggins was at practice yesterday but wearing a hoodie — which he usually doesn’t do.
Jon Krawczynski: Teague and Wiggins both available tonight. Important with Butler gone and the Sixers guys not available
Christopher Hine: Andrew Wiggins is out tonight because of a right quad contusion (same injury that caused him to miss time recently). Wiggins was hit again there in the Lakers game
Dave McMenamin: Tom Thibodeau says Andrew Wiggins went through shootaround without any limitations. He will play against the Lakers tonight, barring any hitch in warmups.
Malika Andrews: Andrew Wiggins (right quad) is out tonight against the Bucks. Jimmy Butler will be a game time decision.
John Meyer: Andrew Wiggins has missed 1 game in his entire career (330/331) so it's weird to see him leave with an injury tonight (questionable to return: right quad contusion). Josh Okogie should see more minutes in AW's absence.
March 20, 2023 | 11:41 am EDT Update
Shaquille O'Neal undergoes hip surgery
Shaquille O’Neal sparked concern after sharing a photo of himself in a hospital bed on Sunday … but TMZ Sports has learned the NBA legend simply needed to fix a nagging injury, and he’s now doing OK. Our sources tell us the 51-year-old went under the knife over the weekend to have an issue with his hip corrected — and everything went according to plan. We’re told he’s already on the mend.
March 20, 2023 | 11:35 am EDT Update
Both Lakers and Austin Reaves interested in re-signing
Austin Reaves’ surge is setting him up for a fascinating offseason. He will be a restricted free agent this summer, and will undoubtedly have multiple suitors looking to pry him from the Lakers — especially after stat lines like Sunday’s. Both the Lakers and Reaves’ camp have interest in Reaves re-signing in Los Angeles, according to multiple league sources who were granted anonymity so that they coud speak freely. The max the Lakers can offer Reaves is a four-year, $50.8 million contract if they chose to use his Early Bird Rights, but they also have the power to match any contract he signs with another team.
The coming weeks will ultimately determine how the situation plays out. The Lakers have 10 regular-season games remaining, and possibly some postseason games as well. In the meantime, Reaves is thriving as his role expands and his confidence grows down the stretch of this season. “It’s special,” Reaves said of playing for the Lakers. “I mean, I grew up a Lakers fan. To do it for this organization, especially, is surreal. Sometimes I gotta stop and really think about what I am doing. … All I’m really happy about is the win.”
NBA Communications: Tonight, the Philadelphia 76ers can become the third team from the Eastern Conference to clinch a spot in the 2023 NBA Playoffs. The 76ers host the Chicago Bulls at 7 p.m. ET on the NBA App. Clinch scenario ⬇️
Temple University interested in hiring Sam Cassell as head coach
Michael Scotto: 76ers assistant coach Sam Cassell has drawn interest from Temple University for its head coaching job, @hoopshype has learned. At this time, however, Cassell is focused on helping the Sixers compete for a championship. Cassell has interviewed for NBA head coaching jobs in the past and is in his 14th season as an assistant coach. He also works closely with Tyrese Maxey in Philadelphia.
From a new $49 million contract to a brand ambassadorship with Visit Milwaukee, Milwaukee Bucks player Bobby Portis has embraced the title of Milwaukee’s hype man and the unofficial mayor of Milwaukee. Portis recently extended his involvement in the Milwaukee community with the launch of his new podcast “Keep It A Buck.”