June 16, 2021 | 8:28 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: Former Mavericks All-Star Michael Finley, already a member of the team’s brain trust as vice president of basketball operations, has immediately emerged as a candidate in the club’s search for a new head of basketball operations, @NYTSports has learned.
Mirjam Swanson: Tyronn Lue on Kawhi’s injury, team vibe: “Just know he has a right knee sprain — being optimistic about the situation. We understand it’s part of the game, it’s tough that it happened — all season long, we’ve been having a next-man-up-mentality.”
Mirjam Swanson: Quin Snyder on playing a Kawhi-less Clips: “Obviously sympathies, wish him a speedy recover. … the personal component always trumps that (competitive component).”
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on the Clippers adjusting without Kawhi: “No one in the world isolates at the nail better than he does. … But teams respond. And they’ll respond. Everybody playing at this time of year understands there’s a next-man-up mentality.”
Law Murray: Quin Snyder says that Jazz have already talked about how aggressive Paul George has been, mentions Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris Sr. as players Jazz expect to take on a larger role offensively