“That’s why them getting Vooch was a really big deal,” an Eastern Conference executive said. “Players want to get paid, just like we all do. But they also want to win, and guys like Zach have been around the block long enough to know they can’t win in this league by themselves. LeBron’s the best to do it, and he couldn’t win it all by himself. Even he needed help.” The exec added, “Them getting Vooch sent a clear message to Zach that yes, Chicago is serious about trying to put together a winner here and now.”
May 8, 2021 | 8:15 pm EDT Update
It sure sounded as if Vildoza, currently in Spain, won’t be activated for the playoffs. Sources said Thibodeau was on board with the signing of the Spanish League combo guard, even if he never has seemed overly enthusiastic about overseas players. According to sources, getting through immigration amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be a process, but Vildoza will join the team in New York once he’s cleared by government officials.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed Wendell Carter Jr. (eye abrasion) as questionable to play Sunday against the Timberwolves. Listed as out are Michael Carter-Williams, James Ennis, Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac, Chuma Okeke, Otto Porter Jr. and Terrence Ross.
Scott Agness: Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson, who suffered a concussion on Apr. 29 from a Blake Griffin elbow, is back on the bench with the team for the first time (not in uniform). That’s a good sign.