Steve Popper: Fizdale said that the Knicks will be without Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton again tomorrow - same starting lineup as last night.
Will Guillory: Elfrid Payton has been added to the injury report with a right wrist contusion. He's questionable. Anthony Davis is also listed as probable with lower back spasms. pic.twitter.com/sl1W6TqLL0
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says Jahlil Okafor will play tonight. Elfrid Payton will probably remain out through the All-Star break
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says Elfrid Payton will work out his ankle tomorrow to see if he can play against the Magic
Jonathan Feigen: Add another name to the Pelicans injury list. Elfrid Payton is out with a sprained right ankle. That makes five guys out vs. the Rockets; Davis, Mirotic, Randle, Moore and Payton.
Oleh Kosel: The Pelicans are 9-3 when Elfrid Payton has scored 9+ points, but consistency has been an issue of late. According to Gentry, Payton's pinky finger is still not close to 100%. "That hand still bothers him & he doesn't put the ball down with his left hand as much as he used to."
Will Guillory: Expect Gentry to play Payton somewhere between 25-30 minutes tonight. He wants to ease him back after being out for so long
Will Guillory: Source: Pelicans are hopeful Elfrid Payton will make his return from a broken finger next week. He still has some work to do, but this fits into the initial timetable he was given of a six-week recovery.
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says Elfrid Payton will have surgery on his broken left pinky. Timetable for return will be determined after
Jim Eichenhofer: Hard to believe some of the injury luck with this team at times. Elfrid Payton had played in 305 out of a possible 328 games of his four-year #NBA career prior to 2018-19, but just missed nine games with ankle sprain and now has broken finger only 8 minutes into return from it
Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry pregame on return of Elfrid Payton vs. NY: "It gets us the team that started out the year playing at a really great pace and him distributing the ball. Basically, what it does is puts guys back in the role that we anticipated them having at the start of the year."
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry said he “anticipates” Elfrid Payton playing tonight. But still questionable at this point.
Jim Eichenhofer: Elfrid Payton, who is listed as questionable Friday vs. Knicks, on his emotions about a potential return to the court: "Super excited. I feel like we were in such a good rhythm before I went out. Just trying to get that back." #Pelicans went 4-0 in the full games he played
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry told reporters in Minnesota that PG Elfrid Payton (out, ankle) is "really close" to returning and that "it would be ridiculous to take any chance at all". Gentry said that ultimately the decision was his.
Payton has been upgraded on the team’s injury report a couple times this week and was deemed a game-time decision to play Saturday against Phoenix, which would be his first game action in exactly two weeks. “We’ll have to see,” fourth-year head coach Alvin Gentry said after Friday practice of Payton’s status. “He’s going to do some other stuff (physically to test whether Payton can play). He’s a game-time decision. He’s made progress.”
Will Guillory: Elfrid Payton and Nikola Mirotic are both listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Phoenix Suns due to right ankle sprains pic.twitter.com/u2rOax0xCL
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says he doesn't expect Elfrid Payton to play Wednesday night but Saturday is a real possibility.
Scott Bordow: Sounds like Devin Booker, TJ Warren, Elfrid Payton, Len all out. Triano expects same lineup as he had against Golden State
Jonathan Feigen: Add Elfrid Payton and T.J. Warren to the Suns' out list tonight. As mentioned earlier, Devin Booker and Alex Len are out vs. Rockets tonight.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is expected to play tonight against the Warriors, Frank Vogel said.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton will not play tonight against the Denver Nuggets, the Magic have announced. Payton continues to be bothered by a sore left hamstring.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) will not play tonight against the Celtics, Frank Vogel said.
Josh Robbins: Frank Vogel said Elfrid Payton, as expected, also will be out tomorrow night in New Orleans due to his hamstring injury.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed point guard Elfrid Payton as out for Sunday's game in Charlotte. Payton has an injured left hamstring.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon (ankle) is unlikely to play tonight. Elfrid Payton (hamstring) also is out, as disclosed previously.
April 19, 2021 | 8:10 am EDT Update
Chema de Lucas: Mike James will play with the Brooklyn Nets until the end of the season. Immediate incorporation. Nets interest in the CSKA Moscow player was first reported by @Eurohoopsnet.
Reigning EuroLeague scoring champion Mike James has emerged as a candidate to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Eurohoops has learned via a source. James was suspended indefinitely by CSKA Moscow in late March following an incident with team head coach Dimitris Itoudis and has headed back to his native United States. UPDATE: He will join the Nets, according to Chema de Lucas.
The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed forward Yuta Watanabe (YOU-tuh wah-tuh-NAH-bay) to a standard NBA contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Watanabe, 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, is averaging 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 13.4 minutes in 39 games (one start) as a two-way player with the Raptors this season. He is shooting .448 (56-125) from the field, including .400 (24-40) from three-point range, and has scored in double figures six times. Watanabe recorded a career-high 21 points Apr. 16 vs. Orlando.
Hasheem Thabeet is looking to make an NBA comeback, his agent Jerry Dianis told me on Saturday. The 7’3″ big-man just won MVP honors while playing in Taiwan for the Hsinchu JKO Lioneers. “Bottom line Hasheem Thabeet was given a opportunity, and he killed it,” Dianis told me. “MVP performance with career highs in points, rebounds, minutes played, assists and steals. Thabeet averaged 18.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.
To gauge who are the top international players, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators, including 10executives and five scouts. Each talent evaluator was asked to list his top five international players. The criteria included any player pro player not in the NBA right now. Some of the talent evaluators prioritized former NBA players and older veterans who are having an immediate impact on their team overseas. Others placed a higher value on younger prospects who are likely to come to the NBA in upcoming drafts. 1. Nikola Mirotic (Barcelona): The 30-year-old forward is shooting an astounding 59.7 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from beyond the arc while scoring 15.9 points per game. “He’s the guy that’s been most productive in the NBA, and someone you can put in an NBA game right now if you had to,” one NBA executive told HoopsHype.
2. Josh Giddey (Adelaide 36ers): “He has great size and excellent court vision,” an NBAexecutive told HoopsHype. “He sees the floor so well, and he’s probably too unselfish at times. His shooting will need a lot of work. He needs to become a consistent threat from three and he needs to improve at the line, but he’s playing in a tough league at a young age and he’s having success.”
3. Vasilije Micic (Anadolu Efes): The 6-foot-5 Serbian guard has his draft rights retained currently by the Thunder. While some have speculated he could make the jump to the NBA, his agent, Misko Raznatovic, denied having talks with any clubs for next season at this time. Still, Micic has drawn the attention of NBA teams with his play. “He’s almost an elite passer,” one NBAscout told HoopsHype. “He’s a good shooter, both on and off the dribble. He’s not athletic but has enough strength after his first step to get at the rim once he gets a runway. He’s very smart. His basketball IQ is off the charts.”
“With the recent conclusion of his season in Taiwan, Hasheem is an unrestricted free agent,” Dianis added. “He is in the best shape of his life as certified by his recent MVP performance. Hasheem looks forward to helping an NBA team that needs his athleticism and size off the bench. I have no doubt Hasheem will be inundated with worldwide opportunities.”