Jamie Hudson: Damian Lillard will make his return tonight. Blazers Injury Report: Derrick Jones Jr. (right hip, contusion) is probable and Zach Collins (left ankle, stress fracture) is out for tonight’s game vs. Denver.
Anthony Chiang: Heat listing Jae Crowder (sprained left ankle) and Derrick Jones Jr. (sprained left ankle) as questionable for Saturday's Game 3 vs. Pacers. KZ Okpala and Gabe Vincent remain out.
Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. on his status, "Just taking it day by day." Said he remains hopeful of playing in the series vs. Pacers.
Anthony Chiang: Per Heat: After an MRI, CT scan and concussion test, the HEAT announce that Derrick Jones, Jr. has suffered a neck strain. Jones, Jr. will be re-evaluated again over the weekend.
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra said Derrick Jones Jr. is getting a scan right now, and team is awaiting the results. Spoelstra: "Let's just wait before we speculate what it is."
Tim Reynolds: Initial signs - and we stress there are more tests to do - are positive on Derrick Jones Jr. He is getting MRI and CT scans. He does not have any numbness, also a good initial sign.
Tim Reynolds: Derrick Jones Jr. has been evaluated by doctors inside the bubble already, source tells AP. There's 2 minutes left in this game and I'd imagine Spo will have some sort of initial update in a few minutes.
Scott Agness: Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. wheeled off the court on a stretcher after ~10 minutes. His neck whipped back on a moving screen by Goga Bitadze. 1:05 left in the third quarter.
Tim Bontemps: Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. got caught on a screen by Pacers center Goga Bitadze & went down hard. He hasn’t gotten up in a few minutes. He’s being looked at by Miami’s medical staff, and a stretcher is being brought out to the court. Appeared to get hit in head/shoulder area.
Tim Reynolds: They have rolled Derrick Jones onto a backboard, securing him to it and are preparing to load him onto the stretcher. Every player - Heat and Pacers - is standing and watching. Referees too. Incredibly somber scene here.
Anthony Chiang: Heat injury report for tonight's game vs. Lakers: Derrick Jones Jr. (left hip strain) out Justise Winslow (concussion protocol) out Dion Waiters (illness) out KZ Okpala (left Achilles strain) out Daryl Macon (G League) out
Ira Winderman: Heat injury report for Thursday in Phoenix has: Derrick Jones Jr. (Left Groin Strain) Questionable Daryl Macon (G League) Out KZ Okpala (Left Achilles Strain) Out No mention of Dion Waiters
Ira Winderman: Heat update: — Jimmy Butler is expected to play Tuesday. Not on Heat list of unavailable — Dion Waiters and James Johnson are both listed as out for Tuesday. That could change Tuesday. — Derrick Jones Jr listed as out due to groin. — Kelly Olynyk probable, with quad contusion.
Anthony Chiang: Left groin strain for Derrick Jones Jr. Severity of injury won’t be known until tomorrow. But hard to imagine he plays tomorrow vs. Timberwolves.
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Derrick Jones, Jr. (left leg injury) will not return to tonight's game vs the Bucks.
Tim Reynolds: Injury updates Josh Richardson has a left hip strain, will not travel and will be re-evaluated Monday. Dion Waiters has a precautionary MRI on left knee which was Negative. Probable for tomorrow. Derrick Jones Jr. has a right knee bone bruise. Questionable for tomorrow.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder expected to play tonight. Derrick Jones Jr. is out. "It's all hands on deck right now," Spoelstra said.
Barry Jackson: Derrick Jones Jr. now ruled out with knee injury, will be re-evaluated in Miami. Heat's depth, once a strength early this season, now shaky because of injury misfortune.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic (left calf strain), James Johnson (slight left AC sprain), Kelly Olynyk (right ankle sprain), Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) all QUESTIONABLE for tomorrow's game vs. Nets. Derrick Jones Jr. probable with bruised right knee.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra, "This will be a fun game for the guys playing." Of the injuries, Spoelstra said, "those won't be long-term deals."
Ira Winderman: Injuries keep piling up for Heat. Tonight vs. Suns: James Johnson – Questionable (shoulder) Rodney McGruder – Out (knee) Justise Winslow – Out (knee) Derrick Jones Jr.– Questionable (illness)
The Miami Heat return from the NBA All-Star break for the final 26 games of the regular season with a big boost in point guard Goran Dragic returning to practice from knee injury, along with forward Derrick Jones Jr. Both will travel with the team to Philadelphia and be available for Thursday’s game against the 76ers.
Ira Winderman: For those who held out early hope: Goran Dragic not on this trip with Heat. Derrick Jones Jr. also did not travel.
Tim Reynolds: Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has been diagnosed with a pair of bone bruises in his right knee, after his scary fall last night in New York. He will be re-evaluated in about six weeks and the Heat are hoping he will play again this season. This could have been much worse.
Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. was helped to the locker room early in the second quarter of Sunday night's game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden after sustaining an apparent leg injury while driving in transition. With Jones, who was fouled on the play, unable to remain in the game, he was disqualified from returning.
Anthony Chiang: Per Heat, Derrick Jones, Jr. has a right knee injury. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Derrick Jones Jr. all listed as out for Sunday’s game vs. Jazz.
Tim Reynolds: Spo says Derrick Jones Jr. had some tightness after practice yesterday and the hammy didn’t respond well today. Level of concern: “Too early to tell,” Spo says.
Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. (stomach flu) questionable for Friday vs. Pacers. Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Dwyane Wade are again out. This is Heat's lone regular-season visit, so unless Heat meet Pacers in playoffs, it means Wade won't play here again unless he changes retirement plans.
Ira Winderman: Dwyane Wade is listed as out for Friday's game, in the wake of the birth of his daughter. Derrick Jones Jr. also is listed as out due to a bruised right knee. Goran Dragic is questionable due to a sore right knee.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Winslow, Jones and Ellington will play tonight. Duncan Robinson is not with the team tonight, on his two-way contract.
Ira Winderman: MRI Wednesday on Derrick Jones Jr. came back negative, as did X-ray immediately after Tuesday's frightening tumble. So still listed with bruised right shoulder. Expectation is he will be out Friday in Washington.
Anthony Chiang: Derrick Jones Jr. took a hard fall on a tip-in attempt. He's down holding his shoulder. Does not look good at all.
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Derrick Jones, Jr. (bruised right shoulder) will not return to tonight's preseason game vs the Hornets. X-Rays returned negative.
Manny Navarro: Eric Glass says Derrick Jones Jr. (Sprained right ankle) is out Tuesday. No word yet if he will play again in summer league. Bam Adebayo expected to play Tuesday.
September 25, 2021 | 12:12 pm EDT Update
Darren Wolfson: Sachin Gupta wants Ben Simmons. The same hurdles remain, but can he now be more creative on three-team scenarios? That still seems to be the key. But make not mistake: Gupta is all in on acquiring Ben Simmons.
Darren Wolfson: (Gupta) is going to work his ass off to try to acquire Ben Simmons and he has full authority to do so. Glen Taylor, Marc Lore, Alex Rodriguez… Trust me, they’ve given him the green light
Tommy Beer: The Knicks announced this morning they have inked Wayne Selden to a deal. He played for NY’s entry in LV summer league. Sources say it is a non-guaranteed training camp contract. The Knicks now have 20 players on their training camp roster, the max allowed by the league. .
But Len and Lopez are gone, leaving Unseld with new arrival Montrezl Harrell, from the Lakers, and slightly-less-new arrival Gafford, who joined the Wizards from the Chicago Bulls at the trade deadline last season and made an immediate impact with his energy, athleticism and ability to slam lobs. Sheppard told The Washington Post in an interview this week that the Wizards would like to add a third center to shore up the spot with Bryant not expected back until winter, but for now, Gafford is Washington’s starter.
The Heat are among the least flexible teams in the league in terms of being able to make in-season moves. After rehauling their roster to sign Lowry and Tucker, extending Butler and signing many players to minimum contracts, they only have three players on the roster that can currently be traded. Theirtrade flexibility will open up in December and January once free agents that were signed become eligible to be traded, but they severely lack tradeable salaries. After their starters, most of whom seem very likely not to be moved, their next highest salary is Tyler Herro at $4.0 million. His salary combined with several of their minimum players will heavily limit the type of return they can get in a trade. They are also just $6.6 million below the hard cap, which is another factor that could hold them back from adding significant money to the payroll.
Darren Wolfson: As for the relationship Gupta with head coach Chris Finch. They were together in Houston. I’m told they have a rock solid relationship. Gupta thinks the world of Finch, Finch thinks the world of Gupta
Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert says the NBA can come knocking on his door any time it wants … telling TMZ Sports he ain’t scared of the league’s “random” drug tests!! Of course, it’s become quite the trend in the Association — you post a jacked pic on Instagram, you get “randomly” hit up for a test.