According to sources, there is sentiment inside the the Heat to take the final four years and $171 million of injured point guard John Wall’s contract if it would allow Miami to land Beal, who is eligible for free agency in the summer of 2021. But Washington appears unwilling to do that at this time.
Meanwhile, even though the Heat has displayed strong interest in trading for Washington guard Bradley Beal, Wizards vice president/basketball operations Tommy Sheppard told The Athletic that Washington has given no thought to trading Beal. “Not at all,” Sheppard said. “It’s never crossed our mind. Bradley is somebody we’re building around. He’s been involved with everything we’re doing in the draft, free agency. We need his opinion. We want this team to be a reflection of what he is all about.”
April 17, 2021 | 8:01 pm EDT Update
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said it’s “unlikely” that Anthony Davis plays in Monday’s game against Utah, but they’ll “see where he’s at” presumably after he gets some more work in tomorrow at the practice facility.
Mike Trudell: Andre Drummond said his toe may get sore from time to time moving forward until it’s fully healed, but overall he’s not worried about it and has it under control. Didn’t seem to impact him today (27 points on 10 of 15 FG’s and 7 of 8 FT’s, 8 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block).
Anthony Slater: Warriors just announced that Eric Paschall has begun controlled individual workouts in the Bay Area and the team hopes to get him back in team practice when they return from the road trip next week. He’s been out with a hip flexor strain.
April 17, 2021 | 7:49 pm EDT Update
Jovan Buha: Final: Lakers 127, Jazz 115 (OT) The Lakers improve to 35-22 and 17-12 at home. They’re 1.5 games back of Denver for the West’s No. 4 seed. Andre Drummond had 27 points. KCP and Dennis Schröder each had 25 points. Up next: vs. Utah on Monday.