Brian Robb: Rozier and Theis are out due to illness tonight. Tatum (shoulder) and Smart (illness) are expected to play, per Celtics.
July 15, 2019 | 8:19 pm EDT Update
Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta was fined $25,000 by the NBA for commenting about the Russell Westbrook trade before the deal was official, sources confirmed. The league office has not announced the fine, which is for comments Fertitta made to Houston’s Fox 26 after the Rockets agreed to send Chris Paul and two future first-round picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the perennial All-Star point guard.
Tim Bontemps: The two-year deal the Celtics agreed to today with big man Vincent Poirier was for a total of $5.1 million, league sources told ESPN. Poirier averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds last season for Baskonia in 59 games between the Spanish and Euroleagues.
Ryan Ward: Jerry West on #Lakers & #Clippers: “There’s arguably 4 of the best, top 7 players in bball on respective tms, so I think the gms here in LA now are going to be fun. Anxious to watch them get after each other. It’ll be more like the playoffs every time we play them.” via @dpshow
At a post-free agency press conference Monday afternoon, Warriors general manager Bob Myers expressed concern and support for former Warriors center Ognjen Kuzmic, who reportedly suffered severe head and chest injuries in a car crash on Sunday and is in a coma.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ognjen Kuzmic,” Myers said at the end of his 22-minute scrum. “I don’t have all the details but it sounds like a very serious thing. We’re thinking about him. Hopefully he emerges okay but that’s something that was on our minds.”
In hoops, Giannis Antentokounmpo is court royalty. But in baseball, he’s a complete rookie. In fact, the 24-year-old from Greece said he’d never even touched a baseball before he did so Monday night at Yankee Stadium. The reigning NBA MVP was shocked. “It was really heavy,” Antentokounmpo told The Associated Press. “I thought it would be lighter.”