Brett Dawson: No Paul George update from Thunder shoota…

Brett Dawson: No Paul George update from Thunder shootaround. Billy Donovan will give an update pregame.

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Erik Horne: Billy Donovan said he’s known about Paul George’s nerve issue in his foot for a while. “I think there’s times where he wishes he could push off a little better, move a little better.”
Erik Horne: I’ve been told by the Thunder the nerve issue is not connected to any previous issue PG has had. George has played through it since preseason, which indicates it’s not serious enough to where he/OKC feels he needs to sit.
He had it drained this offseason and found the source of his discomfort.  “I had a huge sac, 18 to 20 ounces of blood just sitting in the sac of my elbow, so I had that aspirated,” George said. “I was dealing with that for pretty much the whole season. That was causing a lot of frustration with shooting, and playing. To be able to shoot again, to be able to feel confident in my shot, to not have that on my mind, playing on the court … I’m great going forward.”
On May 9 he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.  “The knee is doing good,” he said in the Post story. “It still has a long way to go. … It looks like I’m doing well, but I’m still working through some stuff, and still working on trusting and putting full confidence in my leg. I’m a little ways away, but there’s no pain, there’s no swelling, there’s nothing I’m concerned about. I’m just not at the level I need to be. There’s no limitations. All it is is taking steps, all it is is progression. I’m just trying to get ready and prepare for training camp down the line.”

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Fred Katz: Paul George (right hip contusion) did not go through contact parts of Thunder practice today, per Billy Donovan. Corey Brewer (right knee sprain) went through some contact drills. Donovan said they’ll know more tomorrow.
Fred Katz: Steven Adams (left hip contusion) is available to play. Paul George (pelvic strain) a game-time decision.
Brett Dawson: Paul George will play tonight. Andre Roberson is out.
Nike designer Tony Hardman said there was a point where nobody at the brand knew if they’d be moving forward with a Paul George signature shoe or not. “You don't know if a guy is gonna come back from an injury like that,” Hardman told Sole Collector. “That's a crazy injury to try and come back from. So, even for me as a designer, it was almost like the resource was kinda put on hold for a little bit. We don't know what's gonna happen with Paul.”
“It wasn’t really on my mind whether I lost the shoe or if that dream was out the window or not,” George told Sole Collector. “During that time period I was more concerned that my job was at stake.” In retrospect, Hardman calls the injury a blessing in disguise in that it gave the design team more time to get to know George. It also pushed back the debut date of the Nike PG1 shoe, which was originally scheduled to release in 2016.
Nate Taylor: The Pacers have announced that Paul George (left ankle) & Kevin Seraphin (left knee) are out the next 3 games. Paul George & Kevin Seraphin will miss tonight's game, Sunday’s game against the Clippers & Wednesday’s game against the Trail Blazers.
McMillan gave no indication Saturday that George’s injuries would force him to miss a significant amount of time. George is hopeful he will be in uniform Monday when the Pacers face the Orlando Magic. “It’s a day-to-day thing,” George said. “It’s just a little soreness. I hoping tomorrow that it feels a lot better.”
George, who leads the Pacers with 21.9 points per game, watched Saturday’s game from the bench in a dark gray suit jacket. “I really couldn’t move off of (my left ankle), I couldn’t turn my ankle, I couldn’t cut if I wanted to,” George said. “I had a hard time walking this morning. I knew I probably wasn’t going to be able to go tonight, but I gave it a shot.”
Paul George was ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse due to a sore left ankle. The decision was announced about 70 minutes before tip-off. The injury occurred during Friday’s overtime loss at Philadelphia. “The ankle (swelled) up today,” Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said an hour and 45 minutes before the game, and before it was announced that George would not play.
Kyrie Irving, however, had the most unrestrained, emotional reaction to George’s leg snapping, an incident that no one in the arena could fully comprehend. Unable to watch, Irving buried his head in the chest of his father, Drederick, and began to cry uncontrollably. “I don’t think I really understood the magnitude of it, what transpired. I’m thinking, like, when is he going to be back?” Irving recalled this week as the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team held training camp for the Rio Games. “In that moment, I don’t know the injury. I don’t know what happened. I knew it was pretty gruesome.”
“It feels like, what can you do?” Krzyzewski said of that moment, but the words eventually came. ” ‘We want you in 2016.’ Jerry and I both said that, ‘We know you’re going to recover.’ We didn’t know if he would.”
Colangelo said the incentivized gesture USA Basketball extended in the aftermath of George’s injury was the “right thing to do,” but George also rewarded that blind faith, making easy the decision to add him to the 12-man roster. “I’m here for a reason,” George told The Vertical. “I’m not just a guy that Coach K brought along.”
No such store existed. If George were going to return, he would have to work his way back. Which he has, after two years, a season-and-a-sliver with the Pacers and a whole lot of changes for him and his team. And this week, a media gauntlet reminding him constantly, in their grasp for perspective and an angle, of the shock, fear, pain, uncertainty and work it took to finally get back. "I'm telling reporters I'm done answering that one," George said.
"We're not forced to play for our country. We do it because we want to," George said, "I think that's the story that's not being told. We want to represent our country, same way guys in the military, in the Navy, in the Army. They're not forced to be in it. They do it because they want to defend their country. So it's hard to say -- injuries, death for what they do -- it's part of it, unfortunately."
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However, the speculation is the Pels have the opposite plan in mind: That they want to pursue Toronto guard Kyle Lowry in free agency, and now have the ammunition to outbid anybody if need be. (Sources also tell The Athletic the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat will be major suitors for Lowry, with Dallas trying to clear more room to give itself a leg up).
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However, Memphis may not be done dealing. Sources tell The Athletic the Grizzlies are also discussing deals involving their surfeit of perimeter players. Additionally, Bledsoe is unlikely to be in Memphis’s plans and could be bought out or stretched; the latter would give Memphis $14 million in cap room, though it might overly complicate future seasons once Jaren Jackson, Jr. and Ja Morant have extensions on the books. (A perhaps more valid thought is once the deal is completed, Memphis could turn and swap Bledsoe and Jon Konchar to Sacramento for Buddy Hield.)
League sources say the Kings continue to be active in shopping this pick, Buddy Hield, and Marvin Bagley in separate deals. A Sacramento shake-up seems inevitable, but keeping this choice provides a range of options. The Kings have a lot of interest in Franz Wagner, but they could also go with Sengun, who won Turkish league MVP at just 18 years old. He’s a low-post scorer with the touch to someday become a threat from 3. Passing is his best skill; pairing him with De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton could lead to exciting results.

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On Sunday, ESPN reported “the Jazz reportedly have some luxury tax concerns” and may look to move a veteran like Joe Ingles for a pick. The Action Network’s Matt Moore said the Jazz are “eager” to move Derrick Favors and would attach this pick to do so. League sources have told me the same. If Utah elects to retain this selection, or add another, Sharpe is a perfect target. He’s a tough big who could back up Rudy Gobert and provide some small-ball 5 potential with his versatility.
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It would be a surprise if the Pistons don’t keep this pick and draft Cunningham, but league sources say that Jalen Green had an outstanding workout with Detroit last week. The front office will mull trading down if teams keep making offers, but teams will have to pay a significant price to move up. Unless things quickly change in the next 48 hours, expect Cunningham to bring his versatile talents to the Motor City.
League sources don’t expect Davion Mitchell to be the selection here. Giddey is believed around the league to be one of the Warriors’ main targets, though Jonathan Kuminga and Keon Johnson, among others, are in the conversation. It’ll be interesting to see how the board falls if Giddey is indeed the pick, especially considering Memphis is reportedly into him at no. 10. For the Warriors, he could provide size and playmaking ability, valuable skills in an offense that shares the ball.