Eric Koreen: The @Eric Koreen curse: Yuta Watanabe is questionable for tonight’s game with a left ankle sprain.
Peter Edmiston: According to the Japan Basketball Association, Grizzlies forward Yuta Watanabe suffered a mild right ankle sprain during training camp, in preparation for the FIBA World Cup later this month. No timetable announced from them for his recovery. hochi.news/articles/20190…
Michael Wallace: Also, Yuta @wacchi1013 Watanabe (shoulder) will make his long-awaited @Memphis Grizzlies debut in the back-to-back weekend set that starts Friday vs the Hawks. A deep and patient Japanese media contingent has been waiting two weeks for this. Looking forward to it.
Michael Wallace: The @Memphis Grizzlies injury report for Tuesday's preseason debut against the Rockets has MarShon Brooks (illness), @Ivan Rabb Rabb (concussion) and @Yuta Watanabe (shoulder) as out, with Markel Crawford (heel) as questionable and Omri @Omri Casspi (calf) as probable.
January 27, 2022 | 3:41 am EST Update
The incessant buzz around the league is that there are those in Mitchell’s circle who believe he is too big of a star for Salt Lake City. Further, some say it’s only a matter of time before he joins former Creative Artists Agency agent and current New York Knicks president Leon Rose “They’re a first-round exit from Donovan being in New York,” an Eastern Conference scout said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: James Harden has repeatedly told management, ownership, you know, those in the organization that he is committed to being a Net that he wants to win a championship there and, and more than that, the Big Three in Brooklyn, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving… What they say publicly, they also say privately, which is, when they’re together, they believe they’re unstoppable and that the Nets are going to get that group back.
Harden can opt out of the 2022-23 season to become a free agent and sign elsewhere or the Nets could agree to a sign-and-trade deal in which Harden opts into the final year of his contract with plans to sign a long-term deal with his new team in 2023. ESPN’s front-office insider Bobby Marks projects only the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs to have cap space this offseason.
As much as NBL teams would love to have Baynes clogging up the key, Hoops Heaven reached out to the Baynes camp and was told he is still hard at work building up his body and won’t be playing for anyone this season. Baynes has all his focus on playing in the NBA next season and isn’t considering the NBL. NBA teams would love to have a rim defender and rebounder of Baynes’ quality next season; let’s hope he can regain the match fitness and strength to make this a reality.
Kellan Olson: Devin Booker on potentially starting in the All-Star Game: “I’m not worried about that anymore. I’m in a different phase of my career. Like Chris said after another game, we’re worried about getting coach in the All-Star Game. That’s our main objective.”