Eric Koreen: VanVleet says he hates wearing a mouthguard, all kids should wear them, but now he's going to have to. He says he will probably toss it at some point during game. Says he continues to have no concussion symptoms. Eye is a bit blurry, but he's had worse
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet needed seven stitches after taking an elbow to the face in the fourth quarter on Friday, but he was more upset about damaging a tooth. "If that's what being a Canadian is, I don't think I want it," VanVleet said with a smile after the game. "You know I don't play hockey, I've got a lot of respect for those guys and what they do, but you know, losing a tooth is not fun. Obviously, the stitches I could deal with, but I was more upset that I could have the remnants of my teeth floating around in my mouth as I was laying there on the ground."
Doug Smith: Couple of injury report changes for the Raptors today in Detroit Kyle Lowry goes to "doubtful" from "questionable" Fred VanVleet goes to "probable" from "questionable" And, both, really, are day-to-day in the grand scheme of things, as we all are
Doug Smith: Raptors list Lowry and VanVleet as questionable for Sunday in Detroit but nary a word about "load management" going into the start of the back-to-back. It's early, though
Josh Lewenberg: VanVleet jokes he's gotta make up for lost time: "I'm going to shoot a lot when I get back. I've been joking with the guys that I got 5 weeks of shots coming, so when I get it they better just go for the rebound."
Josh Lewenberg: Lowry and Green are both listed as questionable for tonight's game vs the Lakers with left ankle sprains. VanVleet is still out but Nurse hopes to have him back in the next week. Ibaka begins serving his 3-game suspension.
Ryan Wolstat: Per the Raptors and a good idea why Lin signing was an even better idea: "Fred VanVleet is out with a partial ligament injury to his left thumb. VanVleet will wear a splint for approximately 3 weeks. The injury occurred in the 2nd quarter of Saturday’s victory at NYK."
Ryan Wolstat: Fred VanVleet said he felt a tingling and wanted to stay down and catch his bearings. Says he thinks it's minor though. Just the latest in a long line of bumps and bruises.
Ryan Wolstat: VanVleet said all of the injuries are just one of those things. Have had unbelievable health as a team past few years (one of healthiest in the NBA in that span) now things are going the other way. He said rather have them now than in April though.
Malika Andrews: Kawhi Leonard is starting for Toronto tonight. Fred VanVleet (toe) and OG Anunoby (personal reasons) are out.
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors are starting Wright, Green, Powell, Siakam and Ibaka vs Melbourne tonight. Leonard (rest), Lowry (rest), Miles (rest), VanVleet (hammy stiffness) and Anunoby (personal) out.
Candace Buckner: #Raptors backup PG Fred Van Fleet is available tonight for Game 6 and Casey says they will get him in.
Eric Koreen: OG will play. VanVleet won't play. "The medical people are still holding him out," says Casey.
Michael Grange: Fred VanVleet on his shoulder: “I can shoot through the pain, but passing, dribbling, running, fighting through screens, a little bit of everything was juncomfortable & pain is probably not the problem, just lack of range & strength would probably be the other biggest thing.”
Josh Lewenberg: Some VanVleet math: he says he was at -100% when he hurt the shoulder, got back to 0, which felt like 100% and is why he played in G2. He's getting better, but still limited. "Me at 50% won’t help anybody. I tried. It didn’t go as planned. Now I’ve got to get back right.”
Eric Koreen: Although Dwane Casey termed him as day-to-day yesterday, Fred VanVleet is listed as doubtful for Game 4. Don’t expect him to play.
Michael Grange: Fred VanVleet - doubtful for Game 4 - sustained a sprain to his AC joint on his right shoulder April 11th. Laymen's term: separated shoulder. Likely Grade I or Grade II. There is no magical way to heal it. It is usually a minimum 2-week recovery and we are at Day 11.
Michael Grange: Raptors are holding out Fred VanVleet in Game 3 to give his shoulder more time, says Casey.
Eric Koreen: In regards to team’s approach with FVV tonight, Dwane Casey offered a “We’ll see.” I’ll have to get out my medical glossary for the one.
Eric Smith: The official word on Van Vleet from Casey is "we'll see". So...call it questionable...call it a game time decision...whatever ya like...we are all still in a holding pattern with FVV's status/availability for tonight's game 3.
Ryan Wolstat: VanVleet said he wasn’t quite right. Coaching staff made right call to take him off said he’s come. A long way and improved quicker than Raptors thought he would.
Josh Lewenberg: VanVleet on his injury: "I've come a long way in a week, I'll tell you that much. I'm not trying to give you guys all the information, but I'm recovering a little faster than they thought I would or should."
Ryan Wolstat: Casey says VanVleet just wasn’t ready. Said he tried to play, tough kid but “Mother Nature told him to take his time, let him heal a bit more.”
Josh Lewenberg: Casey says VanVleet won't be out long. "He feels so much better today, without pain. We don't expect it to be a long-term thing"
Josh Lewenberg: Casey says X-rays on VanVleet's right shoulder came back clean but he's still sore, calls him day-to-day. Unsure about his status for Saturday's Game 1.
Josh Lewenberg: Casey said VanVleet could have played if they needed him, so precautionary thing with a tight back. Bebe will have tests done on his hamstring.
September 16, 2021 | 12:42 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Free agent center Jahlil Okafor is signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Atlanta Hawks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
The Cairns Taipans have announced that high-flying import Cameron Oliver will not be returning to the NBL this season, and instead accept an Exhibit 10 contract in California. The club originally signed Oliver with the intentions of providing him with a pathway to a higher level and are thrilled that he is one step closer to the NBA. After a stellar debut with the Taipans, Oliver committed to a new two-year deal in 2020. His second season with the club was cut short due to family reasons, which the club accepted and provided him with a release to return home to the US. He received a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets towards the end of the 2020-21 NBA season and in August suited up for the Golden State Warriors at Summer League.
“This is such a positive outcome. Cam said that he has never felt this close to his NBA dream, and this is exactly what we want. It speaks volumes of the Taipans organisation because they took a chance on him and look where he is now,” said Coach Forde. “I came into this role knowing that Cam was on the fringe of the NBA – so we have been diligently planning for this possibility and it’s fortunate it’s at this time, during the pre-season. We’ve been prepared for all scenarios but now we can progress forward with certainty. “I’m so happy for him, the team are extremely proud of him and now we get to move forward, sign another talented player and focus on winning a Championship for Cairns.”
Garza, who was the 52nd overall pick, was named to the All-Summer League second team after averaging 15 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and one blocked shot in five games with the Pistons. He finished off his stay in Las Vegas with his best game, recording 21 points and 15 rebounds. According to Ian Begley of SNY, the Pistons are expected to convert Garza’s two-way contract to a standard NBA deal prior to the start of the season. Detroit would then have an open two-way spot they could use to sign an additional player.
Scott Agness: The Pacers have applied for the NBA’s Disabled Player Exception, league source told @FieldhouseFiles. It would allow them to add another player after guard Edmond Sumner had surgery this week to repair a torn left Achilles.
What is your take on the Zach LaVine FA rumors in 2022? How realistic is it for the Celtics financially and roster wise? Thanks, Jeff. Brian Robb: LaVine is a name that has been floated for a little bit as a potential target for Boston if Bradley Beal elects to stay put in Washington. His age and position do line up fairly well among Boston’s current group, however, there are some significant obstacles in any pursuit of the shooting guard during the next year.
A potential Celtics free agent target could be Chicago’s Zach LaVine, who is entering the final year of his contract. He will have to prove he can lead the Bulls to the playoffs before a contract extension. LaVine changed representation recently and signed with Klutch Sports, which is usually the move for players who want to maximize their free agent potential. LaVine, 26, just coming off helping Team USA to the gold medal, will ask for a maximum contract in the open market. The Olympic experience may have enhanced LaVine’s value because he was asked to be a three-and-D player, sparking the Americans with his full-court defense and ability to run the floor. In the case that Bradley Beal decides to stay in Washington, LaVine could be the Celtics’ No. 1 target. The Bulls, who added DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball in the offseason, have full intentions to be a factor in the Eastern Conference .
What trade value would Schroeder have at the deadline for a contending team? C’s will be good this season, so probably won’t happen, but would Schroeder command a protected 1st or good young player? — Mr. Positive. Brian Robb: I think that either of those returns would probably be a very best-case scenario. The good news for Boston when it comes to Schroder’s trade value is that his contract is very cheap so it would be very easy for a team to add him without going over their budget. The problem for Brad Stevens is that Schroder does not have any Bird Rights after signing a one-year deal. That means any team that trades for him will need to use their own cap space to re-sign him. Most playoff teams are capped out for next summer already so that should limit a potential return in the event the Celtics decide to move on. If some team gets desperate, perhaps a late first-round pick could be in play but a couple of second-round picks and/or an unproven young player with promise seems more likely if Schroder has a good first half of the year and Boston wants to move on.