Matt Velazquez: Looks like Ersan Ilyasova is out for tonight's game as well due to illness. He had been listed as probable.
Ersan Ilyasova had surgery to repair a fractured nose on Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks announced. The veteran forward suffered the injury during practice on Sunday in Milwaukee. There's optimism that he can return after roughly 10 days, a league source told ESPN.
Matt Velazquez: Khris Middleton participated in Bucks shootaround today, Brook Lopez told assembled media. Expectation is he will be available to play tonight vs the Warriors. Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) has been upgraded to probable.
Matt Velazquez: Ersan Ilyasova took a shot to the head in Wednesday’s game and is out tonight with a mild concussion. Bud says part of the reason the Bucks recalled Christian Wood from the G League was to have 13 active players for today’s game.
Matt Velazquez: No Ilyasova, Maker, Dellavedova, Wilson or Duval for the Bucks tonight, Bud says. Ilyasova (hamstring) and Maker (knee) both have what Bud calls minor ailments. Not necessarily anything concerning, just playing it safe.
Michael Cunningham: Ilyasova officially available to play vs. SAC. Budenholzer says no specific minutes restriction but plans to 'ease him back in'
Michael Cunningham: Ilyasova (knee) out Sun. vs Bucks. Schröder (ankle) and Belinelli (Achilles) are prob.
Keith Pompey: Richaun Holmes (upper respiratory infection) and Ersan Ilyasova (hip) are available tonight vs. #MiamiHeat
August 5, 2021 | 11:03 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Ishmail Wainright has agreed to a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, his agents Deirunas Visockas and Jim Tanner of @Tandem Sports tell ESPN. Wainright has played in Europe since finishing his four-year career at Baylor in 2017, and has showed the ability to impact an NBA team with his defensive versatility.
Two other names (Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal) might be slightly more alluring, but the one significant player nearly everyone expects to be on the move this summer is Simmons, as we’ve already documented ad infinitum since The Pass. The fit with Joel Embiid seems questionable at best and both Simmons and his team would probably be better off with a new arrangement.
Luka Doncic’s disappointment with Slovenia’s loss to France in the second Olympic Games semifinal was more than obvious in the finale with the Dallas Mavericks superstar also expressing his frustration on his way to the locker room. After the end of the game, Doncic was shouting “FIBA is probably happy” while walking through the media mixed zone per ’15min’. He was also reported to shout “FIBA happened” while Slovenia big man Ziga Dimec was being asked questions about the game.
Slovenia had several complaints with the officiating and particularly with a play halfway through the fourth period and the score tied at 78 where Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot blocked Jaka Blazic’s layup attempt. Blazic protested that it was a goaltending violation and he received a technical foul.
“Probably one of the best blocks I’ve seen,” said France center Rudy Gobert — perhaps the best shot-blocker in the world these days. “Being able to grind for 40 minutes and win an Olympic game on that block, it’s just amazing. This is why you play the game. This is why you work hard, why you sacrifice time from your families, to come here and try to accomplish something and be part of those moments.”
August 5, 2021 | 10:25 am EDT Update
Marc Stein: Numerous teams had free-agent interest in Nicolas Batum after his redemptive season with the Clippers … Golden State and Dallas prime among them. Realistically no one was luring him away from Clipperland as well as he played.
If Randle continues to play as well as he did this season, the Knicks will get him at a discount, even if he stays around to make $29.5 million in the last year of his deal, which is reportedly a player option. It also allows the Knicks to put more talent around him. They passed on retaining cap space for next summer with their deals this month and are already hovering around the expected cap number, according to Spotrac. They’ll also be able to offer RJ Barrett an extension after the 2021-22 season, which will kick in after the summer of 2023.