Drew Schiller: Bob Myers just now on @957thegame about Justinian Jessup’s possible role with the Warriors in 2021-22: “We’ll see. I think the plan is for him to come over for Summer League. Then we can make that call as far as can he be helpful next year.”
Midway through the NBL season, the Warriors decided to send a scout, Michael Lee, to Australia to oversee Justinian Jessup's development; a show of faith from the franchise that lifted the 22-year-old's spirits. "It boosted it a lot," Jessup said of how the Warriors' decision helped his confidence. "I guess it is a little reassuring that they're serious about me as a prospect... It helped my confidence a lot, and just gave me a little comfort, I guess. But, at the same time, I'm still trying to be where my feet are and focus on this season, and just stay present in this year."
Justinian Jessup: “I think it's gonna prepare me a lot. Every (NBL) team has those fringe NBA guys, or guys who have made stops in the NBA. Playing against those dudes and being able to produce against those teams and those guys just, once again, gives me more confidence. It's another stepping stone along to the path to where I wanna go."
The Golden State Warriors have sent a scout to Australia to monitor the development of Justinian Jessup, league sources told ESPN. Jessup, who was taken by the Warriors with the 51st overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, was stashed with the NBL's Illawarra Hawks for the 2021 season and has impressed the franchise's executives to the point where they've decided to more closely oversee his progress.
During his time in Australia, the scout -- who's currently in mandatory hotel quarantine, sources said -- will also be conducting the regular duties of his job, evaluating talent across the NBL. He'll only be authorized to attend Hawks practices that would be open to all scouts, per NBA guidelines.
The move from the Warriors isn't completely unprecedented for an NBA team. The New Orleans Pelicans have an Australian-based scout who liaises with Didi Louzada, whom the franchise drafted in 2019 with the 35th overall pick.
Head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers are kept up to date on Jessup’s development, receiving daily briefs and tuning into recordings of his games when time allows.
September 23, 2021 | 2:02 am EDT Update
The Warriors recently connected Wiggins with an Oakland doctor who understands issues surrounding vaccine hesitancy, sources said. The doctor explained the suffering and deaths she has witnessed in patients who contracted the coronavirus, sources said, but Wiggins remains unmoved in his decision against vaccination.
San Francisco requires full vaccination to be allowed indoors for entertainment, including large events like NBA games at 18,000-seat Chase Center. New York City is the only other NBA market currently facing such restrictions. League sources believe the NBA will grant Wiggins a religious exemption, but San Francisco has the power to override it inside the city.
Though it doesn’t look good right now, the Sixers continue to insist that their preferred outcome at this point is to bring Simmons back and try to work through this. Embiid has publicly stumped for Simmons and privately insisted they can turn this around if they simply get him back in the gym and around the team. Rivers does not believe this will be an issue in the locker room, using an example from his own playing days to show these situations can be rectified.
The Simmons-Rivers relationship has been one of many issues in question as this has played out over the summer. Sources with knowledge of the situation have noted throughout the offseason that mending that relationship would be one of the most important steps toward potentially making this work, even if temporarily, and there has been little-to-no progress on that front. Simmons’ buy-in has been described as “low” or “non-existent” by team sources in recent weeks, with the head coach and player rarely speaking since the season ended in late June.
Vogel hopped on Spectrum’s “LakeShow” podcast on Wednesday and shed some light on AD’s apparent physical transformation this summer. Clearly, Davis’ new look has Vogel feeling particularly optimistic about the upcoming season. “He put a lot of work this off-season into his body, a lot of work,” Vogel said. “We had a moment maybe two weeks ago, where he had been training at home and we had a lot of conversations about concerns we have with our team … And (AD) comes in for a workout, the first time we’ve seen him for a while, and his body looked imposing. And we all just looked at each other like, ‘We’re going to be really good this year. Just looking at that guy right there, we’re going to be really good this year.’”
A NBA team parting ways with its president of basketball operations a week before training camp would be remarkable in any circumstances, but the Minnesota Timberwolves’ decision to move on from president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas was even more notable for one simple reason; they forgot how to spell their own franchise name. In both a statement (which was quoted verbatim by several reporters, including the spelling mistake) and a release, they called themselves the “Timberwovles”: