Will Guillory: Darius Miller says he’s unsure if he’ll be ready to play in Orlando. Hasn’t been able to play any 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 bc of COVID-19. I doubt we’ll see him playing if he can’t ramp up his activity really quickly.
Shams Charania: The NBA has awarded the Pelicans the $3.625M Disabled Player Exception for loss of Darius Miller, league sources say.
Shams Charania: The New Orleans Pelicans have applied for a $3.625M disabled player exception from the NBA for the projected season-ending loss of Darius Miller, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA.
Will Guillory: The Pelicans announced this morning that Darius Miller suffered a torn Achilles and underwent successful surgery to repair it. Brutal blow for the forward after he received a nice payday in free agency.
Malika Andrews: Pelicans’ Darius Miller, who suffered a torn Achilles, is scheduled to begin rehab next week. He is expected return to play in 7-8 months, a source told ESPN.
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: The Pelicans announced that Darius Miller will be out 1-2 weeks with a grade 1 left adductor strain. The injuries just keep piling up.
Will Guillory: Gentry says Darius Miller will also come back tonight after dealing with an illness recently. Nikola Mirotic is getting closer but will remain out
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says Darius Miller will sit out tonight. Solomon Hill will probably take his place in the starting lineup
June 15, 2021 | 12:30 pm EDT Update
Gary Washburn: #Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen has officially accepted an offer to join Dwane Casey’s staff with the Detroit #Pistons according to an NBA source. Allen was one of Brad Stevens’ assistants who interviewed for the BOS job.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Detroit is finalizing deals to hire three new assistants to Dwane Casey’s staff: Boston’s Jerome Allen, ex-Indiana assistant Bill Bayno and Sacramento’s Rex Kalamian, sources tell ESPN. Kalamian, Bayno worked for Casey in Toronto. Allen interviewed for Celtics HC job last week.
Sarah K. Spencer: I asked Nate McMillan what stood out to him the most about Trae Young’s performance last night (18 assists, just 2 turnovers, 25 points). “He called a lot of plays last night on his own, & we want to build off of that, giving him the freedom to call sets & get guys involved.”
June 15, 2021 | 11:37 am EDT Update
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green are among the initial commitments to Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics this summer, sources tell The Athletic. Lillard, who turns 31 on July 15, will be playing in his first Olympics after dropping out of consideration for the 2016 Rio Games, where the U.S. men’s team won its third consecutive gold medal. Green, 31, was a part of the 2016 team, which finished the tournament 8-0.
Stevens interviewed Celtics assistants Jay Larranaga, Scott Morrison and Jerome Allen and plans to broaden the search to include Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham and Billups, a person with knowledge of the process told USA TODAY Sports. ESPN reported the Celtics wanted to interview Nets assistant Ime Udoka, Dallas assistant Jamahl Mosley and Bucks assistant Charles Lee. Coaching insiders indicate the Celtics will hire externally rather than promoting from within.