Dane Moore: Karl-Anthony Towns is PROBABLE to play tonight against Denver. Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose are questionable. Robert Covington and Luol Deng are both out.
Jon Krawczynski: In Denver, Ryan Saunders says Towns and Wiggins will go through shootaround and warmups before deciding if they will play
Dane Moore: Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns are questionable for the Wolves game at Denver tomorrow. Robert Covington and Luol Deng will be out again. That will be Covington’s 31st game missed in a row.
Christopher Hine: Ryan Saunders said Towns’ injury was a re-aggravation of some knee soreness that was lingering. He will go through warmups before seeing if he can play. Wiggins is out again. Bates-Diop to start again
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.
July 28, 2021 | 2:57 pm EDT Update
The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams interested in trading for Brooklyn’s Landry Shamet ahead of Thursday’s draft, per SNY sources. Several teams have communicated with the Nets about possible trades for Shamet. Most of those scenarios involve the Nets receiving the team’s first-round pick.
If Brooklyn moves Shamet, you’d think that the club would be looking for shooting. Shamet, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is extension eligible this offseason, shot 41 percent from the floor last season. It’s worth noting that the Knicks had interest in acquiring Shamet in the trade that sent Marcus Morris Sr. to the Clippers. New York could send Brooklyn pick No. 19 or No. 21 and absorb Shamet’s deal into cap space (depending on the timing of the trade). The Pelicans, owners of the No. 17 pick, also have been interested in Shamet, per sources.
In addition to Shamet, teams have also had conversations with Brooklyn about trades involving DeAndre Jordan, sources confirm. One of those discussions was around a three-team trade, sources said, but it’s unclear if there had been any traction in those talks.
David Aldridge: Tommy Sheppard says neither Bradley Beal nor his representatives have requested a trade. He says he continues to believe that there are FAs who would “love” to play with Beal & Russell Westbrook, though the Wiz only have the non-taxpayer MLE when free agency starts this weekend.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have shown more willingness to move out of the top-3 than either the Detroit Pistons or Houston Rockets. The Cavaliers are further along in their hopes of competing for a playoff spot than either the Pistons or Rockets. If the Oklahoma City Thunder are able to move up, the Cavaliers are the most likely trade partner. The question is whether the Thunder would agree to send Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in a package for No. 3. “I’d personally stay where I’m at and take Evan Mobley or Jalen Green,” one GM said. “As much as I love Shai, he’s not quite at the same level those guys are and the Cavs really need a star.”
Caruso projects to perform at the level of a $7.5 million player, according to ProFitX. His performance in 2020-21 was that of an $8.9 million player, which would make a $7.5 million salary very team-friendly for the Lakers. They have his Bird rights so they can match any offer he gets, but his projected salary range makes a lot of sense for the Lakers considering they could have a very high luxury tax bill if they re-sign most of their free agents.
After making the minimum salary in his first two years, Talen Horton-Tucker is set to get a big raise. ProFitX projects Horton-Tucker’s production next season to that of a $11.2 million player, which would technically make him a bargain since he can’t earn that amount next season. His starting salary in 2020-21 cannot be greater than either the projected $10.5 million the Lakers can offer him via Early Bird rights, or the $9.5 million NT-MLE other teams are limited to offering him due to the Gilbert Arenas Provision.