Shams Charania: Statement from NBA on Kevin Durant situation: Kevin Durant has tested negative three times in the last 24 hours, including two negative PCR tests today. However, someone he interacted with this afternoon subsequently had an inconclusive test result return shortly before the game. Durant was initially held out of the game while that result was being reviewed. Under the league’s health and safety protocols, we do not require a player to be quarantined until a close contact has a confirmed positive test. During the game, a positive result was returned for the person Durant interacted with this afternoon. Once that test was confirmed positive, out of an abundance of caution, Durant was removed from the game, and contact tracing is underway to determine if he was in fact a close contact of the positive individual.
May 30, 2023 | 2:15 pm EDT Update
Top-5 draft pick candidates Amen, Ausar Thompson work out for Portland
Casey Holdahl: Portland’s May 30 workout: Amen Thompson and Ausar Thompson, both from Overtime Elite
Former 76ers player Mike Scott signed with Puerto Rican team Gigantes de Carolina for the 2023 season.
Nate Oats has one of his starters and best guards back in the fold with Alabama basketball. Mark Sears, who entered his name in the NBA Draft, has withdrawn ahead of the May 31 deadline. He took part in the draft process while maintaining his college eligibility.
May 30, 2023 | 1:29 pm EDT Update
Australian team wants to sign John Wall for next season
South East Melbourne is set to shoot its shot with five-time NBA All Star John Wall in the hope the former Washington Wizard would agree to play for the Phoenix in NBL24. Sources told Code Sports Phoenix powerbrokers have added Wall, who has a minority stake in the club and close ties to majority owner Romi Chaudhary, to their list of potential recruits as they hunt an elite import point guard.
Dante Exum had a huge European season with Partizan Belgrade although, aged just 27, the chances of him returning home are remote. But there is slightly more optimism around Wall, who sat out the 2020-21 NBA season in Houston, before appearing in 34 games with the LA Clippers last campaign. Phoenix boss Tommy Greer did not confirm if the Phoenix planned to approach Wall about spending the NBL24 summer Down Under but said the club would not hesitate if either player was to make themselves available. “If either Dante or John were ready to play in the NBL of course, we would do whatever we could to facilitate that,” Greer said.
Schuyler Callihan: Today’s NBA pre-draft workout participants for the Charlotte #Hornets: G Tyree Appleby (Wake Forest) G Mike Bothwell (Furman) G Courtney Ramey (Arizona) F Chris Livingston (Kentucky) F Nathan Mensah (San Diego State) C Charles Bediako (Alabama)