Mike Trudell: Andre Drummond (right big toe contusion) and Wesley Matthews (neck contusion) are questionable for Tuesday night’s game at the Raptors (played in Tampa). Toronto plays Washington tonight. Kyle Lowry is out, and Fred Van Vleet is questionable for that front end of their B2B.
Mike Trudell: Vogel said Andre Drummond is still in “a great deal of discomfort” with the toe, and is struggling to get his shoe on, so he’s “just not there yet."
Dave McMenamin: Lakers newly-acquired center Andre Drummond will miss a second straight game, today vs. the Clippers, with a torn toenail and bruised right big toe, a source with knowledge of the situation tells ESPN
Andre Drummond: Well I lost a toe nail 🙄🙄😂 but still felt incredible wearing the purple and gold!! Be back soon 💜💛 @Los Angeles Lakers
Dave McMenamin: There is optimism that Lakers center Andre Drummond will not miss more than a game or two with his right big toe injury, sources told @Adrian Wojnarowski and me. L.A. plays at Sacramento on Friday, then the Clippers in L.A. on Sunday before embarking on a five-game East Coast road trip
"I didn't really think anything of it," Drummond said. "I came back in the second quarter and it was hurting a little bit more. And then after halftime I finally took my sock off to look and my whole toenail was gone. It was all bad from there. I couldn't walk or run, so I just told coach to take me out." Frank Vogel obliged, and Drummond limped to the locker room shortly after. X-rays were negative. The Lakers said Drummond will be re-evaluated Thursday and is considered day-to-day. Their next game is Friday on the road against the Sacramento Kings.
Mark Medina: Andre Drummond "very happy to see" that x-rays came out negative. He said he'll keep icing to heal the right big toe. Drummond on level of pain: "I've lost a toe nail before, but this one was very painful." He said he can't put his shoe on. Wearing flip flops
Drummond said Bucks center Brook Lopez stepped on his foot in the first quarter, causing the injury. "I didn't really think anything of it," Drummond said. "I came back in the second quarter and it was hurting a little bit more. And then after halftime, I finally took my sock off to look and my whole toenail was gone. So, it was just all bad from there. I couldn't walk or run. So I just told Coach [Frank Vogel] to take me out."
Lakers forward Markieff Morris said he has lost a toenail before and that it was an ordeal to overcome. "I mean I played the next game, but s---, man, that s--- was like a month and a half before it started feeling better," Morris said. "Because you don't realize how much your toe is rubbing against the top of your shoes, or you're using your toe for power. ... It's a terrible thing." Said Drummond: "I've lost a toenail before. But this one was very painful."
Kelsey Russo: Larry Nance Jr. is listed as out (wrist sprain) in the #Cavs game notes for tonight against the Timberwolves. Andre Drummond (low back soreness) is listed as questionable. Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova remain out.
Kelsey Russo: The only update to the #Cavs injury report for tonight’s game against the Spurs is Andre Drummond (calf strain) is probable. OUT: Darius Garland (groin strain), Dante Exum (ankle sprain), Kevin Porter Jr. (concussion)
James Edwards III: Kalin Lucas and Isaiah Whitehead are here in Detroit. Drummond (nasal injury) is out, Smith (adductor) is questionable, Leuer (illness) is probable.
James Edwards III: Dwane Casey said Ish Smith is day-to-day, and Andre Drummond has a nasal contusion. He'll be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Andre Drummond (illness) will start tonight vs. #Hornets, along with regular DET starters: Jackson, Kennard, Bullock and Griffin. #DFS
Andre Drummond is out for Detroit's game Saturday night against Houston because of a right rib contusion. The star center played in Friday night's loss at Philadelphia , but the Pistons are holding him out against the Rockets
Andre Drummond could join the line of Detroit Pistons masked men. After Drummond had recent surgery to correct a deviated septum, a problem that’s caused him breathing issues for several years, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the Free Press on Friday that it could make Drummond more prone to a broken nose.
“The only thing is there’s a little bit of a chance that it makes you more susceptible to breaks, which he knew going, which means he may have to wear a mask, at times,” Van Gundy said outside the Quest Multisport facility. "Or if it gets hit. So we’ll see.”
Vincent Ellis: Andre Drummond tells reporters that he recently has nose surgery to repair deviated septum that he suffered in college. #Pistons
June 26, 2022 | 8:47 am EDT Update
After six seasons in the NBA, Tomas Satoransky will return to Europe and back to FC Barcelona inking a four-year contract with the Catalonia giant, according to Eurohoops sources. Satoransky, 30, will officially become an NBA free agent at the end of the month but switching sides of the Atlantic was considered probable. He was nearing a deal with Barca, as reported by Eurohoops last week, and was previously linked to back-to-back Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion Anadolu Efes as well.
“I avoid being carried away by money, it has always been about me being happy, about me fulfilling a dream. When I left Real Madrid and went to the USA, it was my dream but I also had to consider other factors, my family, what I was giving up,” he pointed out reminiscing the jump from European powerhouse Real Madrid to the Nuggets a couple of years ago, “The same applies about staying in the NBA.” “No, it wouldn’t be damaging, I don’t close any doors,” he replied to a question about maybe returning to Spain labeling Madrid as his second home, “Personally, it would be naive to be obsessed with staying in the NBA. Maybe I don’t get any offers. Real Madrid has always been like a second home for me, but I must wait. That is my only choice right now.”
June 26, 2022 | 6:52 am EDT Update
Not much of Murdock’s take was optimistic if you’re a Nets fan. Indeed, he referred to the franchise’s current situation as “destruction” in the podcast and suggested perhaps more firmly than other pundits that Durant could indeed leave. “The vision is on the verge of crumbling,” he wrote. “It didn’t have to be this way,” he said, summing up. “This team … and it’s ironic. Kevin came to reconcile relationships, build relationships with his BFF’s and it’s not working out. It’s doing the exact opposite. And you juxtapose that with Golden State winning…” “Now, you have reports that Kyrie is looking elsewhere. I made some calls. Kevin Durant has not talked to the team in weeks. I don’t think Kevin is confident in the front office right now. I don’t know if he’s at the stage of leaving but there’s a big uneasiness from not only from the Kyrie side, but the KD side as well.”
And Murdock reiterated reports that Durant, who had in the past recruited free agents, is not doing that now. “At least right now, he’s one of those guys who doesn’t want to recruit, isn’t in the position to recruit or doesn’t feel like he is a position to recruit whether you like that or not.
At the center of it, Murdock pointed out multiple times is the Nets relationship with Irving. “His biggest beef is that he feels that the front office didn’t grow to understand Kyrie, whatever that means. I would push back on that when a guy leaves for two weeks at a time … Kyrie earns the lion’s share of the blame. But I think KD believes that ‘hey, you guys didn’t understand this guy. You didn’t try to figure out where he was coming from.’”
Still, Durant believes the Nets didn’t support Irving particularly when they decided not to play him at all in October, after he refused to get vaccinated like all but a handful of NBA players, then brought him back in October. “That’s just how he feels. ‘Hey man, I brought this guy in, him and Kyrie, and the front office didn’t do enough to support him at a time when we needed to support him.”
Moreover, Murdock pointed to the Nets decision to dump Adam Harrington, their long-time assistant coach and director of development, as a big negative for KD. Durant and Harrington go back to KD’s time in Oklahoma City when Harrington was his shooting coach. “And here’s another thing, KOC, the Nets got rid of Adam Harrington. who’s very close to Kevin. He’s one of Kevin’s guys. And that had a big ripple effect on how Kevin feels about this right now. He’s still in this figure-it-out mode but there is some fire to that smoke that he’s kind of reevaluating where he stands with this.”