Mark Medina: Stephen Curry on losing Klay Thompson for another year: “It’s tough. There was no way around it. There was a lot of excitement and anticipation with getting him back.” Steph called Klay’s latest injury “a gut punch.”
June 25, 2022 | 1:38 pm EDT Update
Sean Highkin: Joe Cronin: “This is a good day for the Trail Blazers. It was a long season for us. We lost a lot of games, but this is the result. We were able to get into the draft and select two players we think are very talented.”
Sean Highkin: Joe Cronin on Shaedon Sharpe: “He was our guy all along. We weren’t confident he’d be there at 7. There were a few teams ahead of us that thought could take him. You’re waiting and waiting, and then when you hear a certain name called and your guy gets to you, it creates energy.”
Sean Highkin: Chauncey Billups on Shaedon Sharpe: “I didn’t see him play as much, other than our scouts showing me some of his high-school clips. Just an incredible talent. Uber talent. Can do it all. We watched him work out in Chicago and we all left there kind of amazed.”
June 25, 2022 | 12:40 pm EDT Update
The Rockets will pick up their option on the third season of forward Jae’Sean Tate’s contract by Wednesday’s deadline, a person with knowledge of the decision said. Tate will earn $1.9 million in the final season of the contract he signed as an undrafted free agent.