Schroeder seems much more likely to return but he could see this as his last opportunity to truly run a team full-time as he turns 28 this offseason and likely will have the momentum of a playoff run boosting his profile. Still, a return makes sense for both sides. Interestingly, the biggest risk with Caruso is that another team sees him as capable of a role larger than the Lakers can offer and pay commensurate with that increased role but the combination of title contention and their capacity to pay him using Bird rights makes Caruso likely to return as well. Here, age could work in the team’s favor as Caruso being 27 means other teams will be less tantalized that there is massive untapped long-term potential that will make him far better with them. That could stall the market a little and help the Lakers’ books.
May 8, 2021 | 6:38 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: How crazy is this run Westbrook has been on of late? He has a chance to tie Oscar Robertson’s all-time triple-double record of 181 tonight. He has been in the NBA for 13 years. And more than 11 percent of his career triple-doubles have come in the last six weeks.
Jon Krawczynski: Asked Rubio if he’d try to get @Alex Rodriguez to pay his technical fine: “I will definitely call the league to see if they can take the fine out. Should he be the one to take it? I don’t think that’s a good way to introduce myself, to be honest with you.”
Josh Lewenberg: Nurse tells a story about going fishing with Jonas Valanciunas in Lithuania one time. “I have never seen a guy so happy when he was reeling in a fish. So intense, so excited. I just told him next year when we’re out on the floor I’m going to tell you to rebound like it’s a fish.”
May 8, 2021 | 5:28 pm EDT Update
Scott Agness: Pacers assistant coach Greg Foster is back, and continues working with Goga Bitadze. They hugged before beginning pre-game warmups.