On Friday morning, a source informed the Deseret News that the Jazz have also banned a second fan for degrading and offensive conduct against Westbrook that took place during the 2018 postseason. “The Jazz aren’t taking these matters lightly,” the source said. Before Game 4 of Oklahoma City’s first-round playoff matchup against the Jazz, a fan called him “boy.”
June 25, 2019 | 1:15 am EDT Update
Frank Isola: Kawhi and the Clippers meeting tentatively scheduled for July 2nd is what I’m hearing. LA has a home court advantage but Toronto can get him another title next year.
While the odds-on favorites are the Clippers—fulfilling Leonard’s supposed interest in playing where he grew up—one Eastern Conference vice president says the Raptors still have a “fighting chance” to re-sign him, while a Western Conference VP says the Lakers are operating as if “they think they have a strong shot” at adding Leonard after acquiring New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis to play alongside their incumbent star, LeBron James, in a deal that can’t be officially consummated until next month.
The Knicks, sources familiar with the team’s thinking say, also believe they will get a chance to pitch Leonard on joining Durant in New York if Irving and the Nets strike a deal without Durant as part of it.
One NBA source tells me that the Mavs “don’t know yet” if they are going to be able to secure a meeting with Kawhi — though I would add, at the risk of being obvious, that they would be delighted to be involved in such a meeting I was also told it would take something “crazy” for this all to come together. “Crazy” maybe meaning that Kawhi is likely to be busy with the Raptors and the Clippers while Dallas is busy with Kemba Walker and other ideas.
Durant and Irving, league sources say, have met twice in recent weeks to discuss their desire to continue their careers on the same team, an idea forged while playing together on the U.S. national team. The first meeting took place in the Bay Area while Durant nursed a strained right calf; the second occurred in New York shortly after Durant had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Irving, meanwhile, also recently purchased a new home in South Orange, New Jersey, but league sources say he is pressing Durant to join him with the Nets and is trying to recruit Jordan as well. Durant did have his Achilles repaired by a Nets team physician, Dr. Martin O’Malley, but the New York Post’s Mark Fischer quoted one of O’Malley’s medical colleagues warning not to read too much into that.
The Knicks’ belief is if anyone in the league can come back from an Achilles tear, it is Durant. However, it’s not a no-brainer. “I wouldn’t do it,’’ one NBA talent evaluator said. “It may look good now, appear they had it right [he was coming] until the injury. But it’s hard to justify all that for maybe one good year. By the fourth year, I can see people wondering when will he come off the cap.”