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
September 24, 2021 | 5:26 am EDT Update
Former EuroLeague center Tarik Black is back in the NBA. According to a tweet from the player’s agency Priority Sports, Black signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets to return to the league after spending the last three seasons in Europe.
Grizzlies PR: The @memgrizz today announced the team’s 2021 training camp roster. Memphis converted Yves Pons to a two-way contract and signed Shaq Buchanan and Sean McDermott. In addition, the Grizzlies waived Carsen Edwards and Daniel Oturu.
Kristaps Porzingis is entering his third full season with the Dallas Mavericks and is hoping for a fresh start under Jason Kidd after the team parted ways with Rick Carlisle. “I’ll say this: at the end of last year Porzingis wanted to be traded,” said Tim MacMahon on The Hoop Collective Podcast. “My understanding is he feels like he has a fresh start with the coaching change. He’s had the healthy offseason. He’s been able to work, not just on his game but on his body some more. That he’s coming back with a refreshed feel. “At the end of last year, he wasn’t going to come out and ask for a trade. He’s smart enough to understand the optics.”
“He’s already done that once,” replied Brian Windhorst. “But at the end of last year when he stood in the corner and checked the wind for an entire playoff series, he was hoping to be traded,” added MacMahon. “From what I gather, he’s coming back optimistic now.”
The team themselves have never addressed those reports, but during his customary preseason media availability, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka did push back on the sentiment of them nonetheless, disputing the premise of a question about whether keeping Talen Horton-Tucker or Caruso was “an either/or decision” for the team. “We made an aggressive attempt to re-sign Alex Caruso, and we made an aggressive attempt to keep Talen,” Pelinka said on Thursday. “That’s the thing with unrestricted free agency is that you can be in the mix, but players control the ultimate choice.”
“Alex was tremendous here as a championship player, and we’ll be forever grateful for his contributions and his growth,” Pelinka said. “Seeing him go from a G Leaguer, to a two-way (player), to an elite player was something we’ll always be proud of. But he had choices and he chose another team. We pursued him and wanted to keep him, same with Talen, and obviously came to a deal with Talen, and Alex moved on.”
The 6-9 James was listed as weighing 250 pounds last season. Entering his 19th season in the NBA and turning 37 in December, James felt he needed to make a change. “I think the thing that stands out is his fitness level, and he’s slimmed up,” Pelinka said on a videoconference call with reporters Thursday afternoon. “I think … we all know LeBron studies the greats and he adds things into his game and I think going into this stage of his career he’s made a decision to come back a little bit leaner and I think that’s going to translate in explosiveness and quickness.”