Dave McMenamin: The Lakers say Anthony Davis is available to play tonight and will return from a five-game absence against Boston.
Tania Ganguli: The Lakers are listing Anthony Davis as questionable for tomorrow’s game in Boston. Although Frank Vogel had indicated Davis might work out this morning before the team flew, the Lakers say that didn’t happen.
Davis did go through an individual workout on the court after practice, however, mixing in light sprinting and spot shooting in a full-court drill with several members of the Lakers coaching staff. The eight-year veteran is expected to make his decision to return Saturday based on how he responds to his pregame workout, a league source told ESPN.
Melissa Rohlin: Anthony Davis: "I'm a lot closer than I was three days ago and I made some more progress today. When I feel like I'm able to get back to my old self and do the moves that I've always done and be successful at it, then that's when I'll be able to get back on the floor."
Mike Trudell: Anthony Davis: “I’m progressing very well ... every day is getting better.” He’s hopeful to do more on the court before the game tomorrow, as today was mostly light shooting. He was relieved that all the testing came back negative, and his return is just based on how he feels.
Lakers star Anthony Davis will sit out against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday at Staples Center, marking the third consecutive game he will miss because of continued discomfort around his tailbone. “Closer than the other night, but still some soreness, ” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Still not ready.”
Davis injured his lower tailbone in the second half of last week’s win against the New York Knicks. Davis has rested and received treatment, but it is unclear to what extent the Lakers will consider Davis fully healthy before clearing him to play. “I don’t know if it will be 100 percent,” Vogel said. “It’s going to be day to day and we’ll communicate with the medical team. We want him as pain-free as possible. But I don’t know if that is 100 percent or 99 percent. They’ll tell me when he’s ready.”
Shams Charania: MRI results on Lakers star Anthony Davis’ lower back injury returned clean and he plans to travel with team on two-game road trip (Dallas, OKC), league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: After scary fall Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Davis underwent MRI that showed lower back injury is a bruise, league sources said. Positive news for Davis and the Lakers.
Mark Medina: Lakers say that the MRI for Anthony Davis revealed a gluteus maximus contusion. Davis will travel for Lakers' upcoming two-day trip in Dallas & OKC. Lakers listing Davis as questionable for Mavs game on Friday.
Chris Haynes: Anthony Davis was escorted out of the arena laying on the bed of a motor carrier. “I’m fine,” he told Yahoo Sports while acknowledging he’ll miss some time.
Jeff Stotts: Re: Anthony Davis: While there have been exceptions, the average missed time for an in-season tailbone contusion is roughly two games. A true fracture would require additional time. Hoping AD is back in action soon.
Anthony Davis left the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the New York Knicks in the third quarter Tuesday night after he bruised his lower back in a painful fall to the court. Davis was injured when he fell awkwardly while trying to block the shot of New York's Julius Randle. Davis pounded the court in obvious pain after his hard landing, and he stayed down for about two minutes in a hushed Staples Center. Davis eventually rose with help from his teammates, and he walked to the Lakers' dressing room slowly, but under his own power.
Davis' agent, Rich Paul, emerged from the Lakers' locker room after the injury and said X-rays on Davis' back were negative, but the superstar is feeling sore. The Lakers described the injury as a bruised sacrum -- the lower part of the spine near the tailbone. Davis was able to walk in the player tunnel at Staples Center as the initial shock of the fall wore off, a source told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. The plan is for Davis to undergo an MRI on Tuesday night, and he is expected to miss the upcoming road trip in Dallas & Oklahoma City to rehab.
Dave McMenamin: When talking about the Lakers' needed next-man-up mentality in Anthony Davis' potential absence, Alex Caruso referenced this scene from 'Remember the Titans.' Look at AC Fresh, already helping Frank Vogel find motivating clips for the next film session: youtube.com/watch?v=Tlccav…
Mike Bresnahan: Anthony Davis is listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs. Dallas because of soreness in his right shoulder. LeBron James (sore groin) and Kyle Kuzma (sprained ankle) are listed as probable for the game.
Brett Dawson: LeBron James has a groin contusion and is questionable for tomorrow but will make the trip to Portland. Anthony Davis (sore right knee) is probable.
Mike Trudell: Vogel, asked about AD laboring in the second half presumably with his knee, said AD “tweaked it” but that he “felt good enough to go back in the game.” We’ll see what Davis says at his locker in a bit.
Kyle Goon: AD on his knee tweak: "Plenty of time to get it back right. Obviously the game just ended so we’ve got to see how it feels overnight. But hopefully nothing significant happens, we’ll get some treatment on it and continue to move forward."
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma (ankle sprain) has been ruled OUT for #Lakers vs. #Pacers. Anthony Davis is QUESTIONABLE (ankle sprain) pic.twitter.com/mHpKQOxIcB
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis, who turned his right ankle late in Sunday’s win over Atlanta, is “trying to play” in Tuesday’s game in IND, a league source tells ESPN. He’s approaching his treatment with the goal of being in the lineup as the Lakers try for their 15th straight road win.
Mark Medina: Lakers technically listing Anthony Davis as probable for tonight vs Spurs. But AD expects he will play
Harrison Faigen: Anthony Davis went through shootaround today and says he's going to shootaround pregame and decide if he'll play then (Vogel is optimistic he will). AD said right now the ribs are bothering him more than the shoulder, but that both are still lingering.
Mark Medina: Frank Vogel not concerned about opponents being more physical on Anthony Davis given his injuries. Vogel optimistic that AD will play on Friday vs Kings
Mark Medina: Frank Vogel said x-rays on Anthony Davis’ ribs turned out negative. But AD sitting out tonight with soreness with his shoulder and rib
Chris Haynes: Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis (shoulder and rib soreness) will not play tonight against the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Brad Turner: After getting X-rays on his ribs (right side) after game Tuesday night that were negative, all signs point to the Lakers holding out Anthony Davis for Wednesday night’s game vs. Warriors at Staples Center, per source. Davis also been dealing with right shoulder issues.
Bill Oram: Anthony Davis on his lingering shoulder issue: "There’s really never a play I don’t feel it. But I’m going to go out there and play, I try not to let it affect my game. I just play through it and then worry about taking care of it after the game."
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis jammed his shoulder late in Sunday’s win over CHA, getting caught on the rim during a failed dunk attempt. A league source told ESPN that Davis experienced tightness in the days that followed but was cleared by the Lakers medical staff to play.
Harrison Faigen: Anthony Davis on his shoulder (via @SpectrumSN) “I’m fine. Obviously it’s still a little sore, it go hit a couple times tonight, but we’ve got a couple days before we play again, so hopefully it feels a lot better."
Mark Medina: Anthony Davis with some range. FWIW, he has kinesio tape on his right shoulder pic.twitter.com/4CfIkEsFIw
Reporter: “How’s the shoulder? Any concerns?” @AntDavis23 : “My Shoulder? What’s wrong w/ my shoulder?...Oh no, there’s nothing wrong with my shoulder.”
A day after the MRI on Anthony Davis’ thumb came back showing nothing further than the original diagnosis of a sprain, the All-Star practiced in full on Tuesday and said he hopes to make his Staples Center debut on Wednesday evening. “I kinda knew (it wasn’t serious),” said Davis. “I knew it was just a jam … it felt fine at practice today.”
Davis said the thumb got hit a few times at practice today, but that’s what he wanted, in order to tough it out. The plan is to see how he feels tomorrow prior to the game, and if it continues to feel good, he’ll play. Head coach Frank Vogel said he didn’t see any limitations for Davis in practice, but will wait until Wednesday afternoon to determine if he’ll play against the Warriors. “We’re going to be safe and see how he feels tomorrow,” said Vogel.
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers announce that Anthony Davis is considered day-to-day with his sprained right thumb. The season opener vs. LAC is in 8 days.
Adrian Wojnarowski: MRI on right thumb of Anthony Davis returned clean today, league source tells ESPN.
Anthony Davis sprained his right thumb in the first half of the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday and will not return, according to the team. Davis suffered the injury swatting at the ball midway through the first quarter. He started at center as the Lakers employed a small-ball lineup while surrounding him with LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Danny Green.
Bill Oram: Lakers say Anthony Davis will undergo diagnostic testing on his right thumb upon the team's return to Los Angeles.
Tania Ganguli: Anthony Davis will have diagnostic tests for his sprained right thumb upon his return to Los Angeles. There is no x-Ray machine at the Shenzhen arena.
In two preseason games, Davis was averaging 19 points on 50 percent shooting, 6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a block in 22 minutes per game. The Lakers will fly back to the United States after Saturday's game. Their next preseason game is Monday against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.
Will Guillory: Anthony Davis will not play tonight vs. Warriors, per Alvin Gentry. That's all, folks.
Jim Eichenhofer: Some #Pelicans injury updates: Miller likely out for season; Jackson status is TBD, hopeful he can clear concussion protocol soon enough to play again this season; Moore probably out for season. Anthony Davis (back) likely to be a game-time decision Sunday vs. Lakers
Will Guillory: Elfrid Payton has been added to the injury report with a right wrist contusion. He's questionable. Anthony Davis is also listed as probable with lower back spasms. pic.twitter.com/sl1W6TqLL0
Will Guillory: The Pelicans listed Anthony Davis and E'Twaun Moore as out for tonight's game in Denver. pic.twitter.com/BC6KATSTRh
Scott Kushner: I just spoke to AD. He said the plan was to just play a limited amount so he wouldn’t “mess the shoulder up” any further. But he said of the shoulder, “it’s fine”. He also said he expects to play when the Pelicans’ schedule resumes next week and will play his normal workload.
Ramona Shelburne: As @Adrian Wojnarowski noted, Pels owner was livid at the scene last night. According to a source, it was communicated to Demps that AD and Rich Paul left to get an MRI on his shoulder, but that message was not relayed to head coach Alvin Gentry. He found out from a reporter’s Q
Ramona Shelburne: Later that night, AD texted Gentry to explain that he’d left to get an MRI on the shoulder, according to a source.
Sam Amick: After an MRI tonight, Anthony Davis’ left shoulder that forced him to leave the game against OKC has been deemed a muscle contusion, source tells @TheAthleticNBA. Unclear as yet if he’ll miss the All-Star game. Depends on how he feels in the coming days.
Tim MacMahon: Alvin Gentry mentioned Anthony Davis left the building after injuring his shoulder. Asked if that bothered him, he said: “I’m going to talk about the guys who played the game. They did a great job. We found a way to win the game. That’s what’s important.”
Despite Anthony Davis being listed as questionable headed into Wednesday's matchup against the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the team plans to sit the five-time All-Star center until after Thursday's trade deadline. "He is [available], but we're not going to play him until after the trading deadline," Gentry said. "I think everybody can understand that."
"Obviously, it's on everyone's mind," Gentry said. "But we just try to put it on the backburner, and focus on the task at hand. I think everything kind of clears up [after Davis is traded], at least for a while. And you can go back to I guess whatever our new normal is going to be. It's just part of it. It's part of the business, and you just deal with it like you would anything else."
Shams Charania: Sources: Anthony Davis has been medically cleared to play from his left index finger fracture, but the New Orleans Pelicans do not intend to play him before Thursday's trade deadline. Davis is expected to be inactive against the Bulls on Wednesday night.
Shams Charania: The Pelicans will re-evaluate their position on sitting Davis if and when the deadline passes with no deal, league sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Pelicans listing Anthony Davis as questionable for Wednesday's game with Chicago.
Oleh Kosel: When Alvin Gentry was prodded further for an answer on when/if we'll see Anthony Davis in a game on behalf of the New Orleans Pelicans, he stated, "I don’t make those decisions. I was told that he’s cleared to practice. That's what I know."
September 18, 2021 | 2:39 am EDT Update
The Bulls’ offseason overhaul couldn’t have come at a better time, as Zach LaVine is on the final year of his contract with an extension yet to be signed. But if it were up to LaVine himself, he’s reportedly all-in on staying in the Windy City. That’s according to ESPN Chicago radio analyst David Kaplan, who’s heard from sources that the All-Star doesn’t want to go anywhere. Via ESPN 1000 FM: “He has told people that I know: ‘Hey man, if they want me here, I’m not going anywhere. I’m building this thing. I’m the first guy in the door. I wanna be part of this.’”
Is KAT’s trade value at all impacted by missing the playoffs yet again? If a Simmons deal can’t get done, would you think about trading him now, considering the likelihood that you may need to next offseason? — @JWeAnd1 Definitely no interest in trading him now. Towns will have plenty of value for the foreseeable future, barring a big injury. This is a big season. I think there will be more clarity, positive or negative, when 2021-22 concludes. Then the Wolves can make a real decision on how best to move forward. But Towns remains a focal point right now. That’s not changing anytime soon.
Morey will be in a similar position to Thibs in that rival executives will try to back him into a corner and wait for things to get really uncomfortable with Simmons, thereby driving down the asking price. But Morey is much more experienced in front office work than was Thibodeau, a coach to his core who had not yet started his third season as the lead decision-maker. Those around the league believe that if there is any executive able to stomach the circus that is sure to descend upon Philly, to block out the noise that comes with this kind of drama, it’s Morey.
Ben Simmons trade buzz has been one of the offseason’s hottest storylines, but president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and the 76ers have yet to pull the trigger in a deal involving the 25-year-old three-time All-Star. Will the Aussie wear the 76ers’ red, white and blue to start the season? By a wide margin, our panel’s vote projects Simmons to remain in Philly — at least until the season tips off on Oct. 19. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 45%
Despite the on-paper match, ESPN’s NBA insider Zach Lowe took to his podcast to say there’s a slim chance of that actually happening due to the Clippers’ lack of interest in Russell Westbrook when he was available: “The Clippers were never interested in Russell Westbrook. They were a rumored Russell Westbrook trade in a few places whenever that happened. They were never interested. That was never a real thing. I think they value their optionality too much.” Lowe ultimately concluded, “I just don’t see it,” because, like Westbrook, Wall is over 30 and has a massive contract — $44 million due this season and a player option the following season for over $47 million.
The Philadelphia 76ers earn the top spot for Team Turmoil, as our experts predict which teams will be surrounded by the most drama this season. While the Ben Simmons saga lingers in Philly, the Lakers could share in the dramatics, as head coach Frank Vogel will have to incorporate former MVP Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony along with five former Laker alums. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 61 points (55.0% first-place votes)