Ohm Youngmisuk: Erik Spoelstra says “I can see the anguish literally in their eyes” with Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic lobbying to play in Game 3. But Spoelstra says this is the most responsible thing to do for the Heat by ruling both out.
Tim Reynolds: Bam Adebayo (neck) and Goran Dragic (plantar fascia) are out of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, source tells AP.
Shams Charania: Miami’s Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic being listed doubtful for Game 3 of NBA Finals against the Lakers, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo, who suffered a neck strain in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, told Yahoo Sports on Friday night that he plans to return for Game 3. “Yes, I believe I’ll be in the lineup,” Adebayo told Yahoo Sports after missing the Los Angeles Lakers’ 124-114 victory that gave them a 2-0 series lead. “I’m feeling better. I believe I’ll play.”
Ira Winderman: Now officially official: Bam Adebayo (neck) and Goran Dragic (foot) have been officially downgraded to out for tonight vs. Lakers.
Harrison Faigen: Erik Spoelstra said he had to "play the role of not just coach, but parent these last 24 hours" because Goran and Bam were both lobbying so hard to play. "I ultimately had to take the decision out of their hands for tonight."
Ira Winderman: Frank Vogel on having to face a 3-point-shooting big man (Olynyk, Leonard), "Well it definitely presents a different challenge than Bam would." Says Lakers can always downside if needed.
Tim Reynolds: Bam Adebayo is getting "as much treatment as can be done" with hopes of a return in this series, AP is told. For context on the severity of his neck/shoulder issues: There have been at least a half-dozen games in his career where he played through things that would bench most.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Miami Heat All-Star Bam Adebayo (shoulder) will miss Game 2 of the NBA Finals vs. Lakers tonight, but there remains hope that he could return for Game 3 on Sunday, sources tell ESPN. The Heat have listed him as doubtful for tonight.
Ira Winderman: Heat injury report: Bam Adebayo (Neck Strain) Doubtful Goran Dragić (Left Foot Torn Plantar Fascia) Doubtful Chris Silva (Left Pubic Bone Stress Fracture) Questionable Gabe Vincent (Right Knee Soreness) Questionable) (Jimmy Butler, ankle, is not on the injury report.)
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Goran Dragic (left foot torn plantar fascia) is listed as doubtful to play in tomorrow's #NBAFinals Game 2 vs the Lakers. Bam Adebayo is also listed as doubtful after a MRI revealed a neck strain (left side). (Spoelstra says new injury for Adebayo.)
Tim Reynolds: Source says Bam Adebayo intends to play Friday in Game 2. There will be a lot of treatment in his future Thursday.
Mirjam Swanson: Spoelstra on Dragic's injury: "I don't know right now. I know he's as tough as anybody, and it's the Finals, but I don't have an update on his foot right now." On Bam's injury: "I don't have that answer right now, and then we'll reevaluate him tomorrow and see where we are."
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo not on Heat injury report for tomorrow's Game 5 vs. Celtics. Gabe Vincent (right knee soreness) is questionable. Chris Silva (groin) is out.
Tim Reynolds: Ok. The Bam story. He got dinged up in Game 3, got it aggravated tonight, he will get treatment, sources tell AP that he is fine and is playing Friday.
Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler not on the 5:30 p.m. injury report for tomorrow's 1:30 p.m. game against the Raptors. Only Heat players on report: Bam Adebayo is probable with a right quadriceps contusion. Goran Dragic is probable with upper back spasms.
Anthony Chiang: Heat injury update for tomorrow’s game vs. Magic: Kendrick Nunn, Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic questionable. Bam Adebayo (right ankle soreness) probable. Justise Winslow remains out.
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo (right hip bruise) questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Bucks. Justise Winslow (right thigh bruise) and Rodney McGruder (left knee soreness) doubtful.
Shandel Richardson: Josh Richardson will play tonight. Heat list Bam Adebayo as “available” but doubt he plays tonight vs Magic
Anthony Chiang: Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson not on injury report for tomorrow's game vs. Magic. But Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, Derrick Jones Jr. and Dion Waiters have been ruled out. Bam Adebayo is doubtful.
Barry Jackson: Adabayo, Ellington, Richardson out with injuries for Heat preseason opener at Spurs at 5. Waiters, JJ, too, of course
June 25, 2022 | 6:51 am EDT Update
But whatever the case, teams are reportedly making preparations for the Nets star potentially being available in the coming days. That’s according to ESPN insider Zach Lowe on a post-NBA draft episode of his Lowe Post podcast: “I can tell you this. This is what teams are doing. Teams are already operating under, not the assumption, but ‘we need to prepare for the contingency that Kevin Durant is available via trade in six days or seven days.’ … The whole league is now.”
Rumors have it that if Irving ends up leaving the Nets, Durant could also ask out. For Windhorst, trying to trade for KD after the Irving situation blew up would be something the Heat could do. “The godfather move is not to trade for Kyrie Irving. The godfather move is to let the Kyrie Irving situation to blow up and then wait for Kevin Durant to say he wants out of there. That’s the Miami Heat move,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s Get Up.
Woj also said that while Irving has given the Nets six NBA destinations he’d prefer if there’s no agreement, there is limited interest in him at max money. The ESPN insider said the only team with any real interest is the Lakers. Still, he argued, getting Irving a contract paying more than $6.3 million — the taxpayers MLE — seems unlikely. “This is getting acrimonious,” Woj told a panel on ESPN’s NBA analysts. “and I think that’s the concern when you look at not only Kyrie’s future in Brooklyn, but also Kevin Durant’s future and whether they can hold this thing together.”
Woj also was clear that with some of Irving’s six landing spots, not all of them reciprocate. “The interest isn’t mutual in several of these places,” Woj said. “Obviously the Lakers are the ones that loom. And will Kyrie Irving walk away from a $36.9 million player option that he can opt into and have that money guaranteed, especially after a year where he lost about $17 million by not being vaccinated last year and untold more with a sneaker deal that isn’t going to be there anymore, certainly at the level it was.”
Several teams have already been linked to a potential swoop on Kyrie if his contract negotiations with the Nets continue to deteriorate. Be that as it may, NBA analyst Chris Broussard believes that Irving’s options aren’t actually as vast as some might think: “Half of these teams don’t even want Kyrie,” Broussard said on First Things First. “I was texting with someone that works for one of these teams yesterday, ‘You want Kyrie?’ ‘No!’ It was the fastest return text I’ve ever got. And then, ‘What do you think of his wish list?’ ‘Tomfoolery & wishful thinking.’ That was the answer.”
Jake Fischer on Dejounte Murray: The Spurs have a really high asking price for him. They’ve told multiple teams that I’ve spoken to have called them that the price is a Jrue Holiday-like deal, three first-round picks seems to be the benchmark.