Gina Mizell: Monty Williams said Chris Paul “seems to be OK” but that he doesn’t want to give an official diagnosis until he wakes up and gets it checked out again tomorrow. He said Paul told him when he returned to the bench that he still had strength in that shoulder. #Suns
Gina Mizell: Chris Paul acknowledged re-aggravating his shoulder "scared" him, and that it's "uncomfortable." But he added "I'll be all right" (no surprise there) and that he's been talking a lot to Kyle Lowry, who previously had a similar injury. #Suns
Gerald Bourguet: Devin Booker said it's unfortunate Chris Paul got hurt when he'd already been dealing with the shoulder, but he knows it wasn't a dirty play and that CP3 has been undergoing treatment around the clock. Added it was good to see him hit the FTs and show he's still got strength
Dave McMenamin: Monty Williams on the health of Chris Paul heading into Game 5: “No change, no update, nothing else to report”
Duane Rankin: "Playoff basketball." Chris Paul when asked if this series vs. #Lakers is just playoff basketball or more than that with the chippy play, back and forth. As for his right shoulder injury: "I'll be ready for the game tonight." #Suns #NBAPlayoffs
Duane Rankin: "We had a long talk." Monty Williams looked to sit Chris Paul for Game 4 after seeing him laboring with shoulder injury. Oh hell no. "I said if ya'll feel like I'm out here looking like some trash, just tell me and I'll get out. Paul played, produced and #Suns evened series. pic.twitter.com/r30S7xTc6o
Gerald Bourguet: Chris Paul said he was told the only way they can treat his shoulder by resting, so he was grateful they gave him the opportunity to test it out and give the Suns what he had
Shams Charania: Suns guard Chris Paul (shoulder) will play in Game 4 vs. Lakers.
Harrison Faigen: The Suns, meanwhile, are listing Chris Paul as questionable for Game 4 with a left shoulder contusion
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams said Chris Paul didn't do anything today. Suns gave him rest with the hopes he'll be better tomorrow. "We'll just see."
"I'm probably not the guy to talk to about cruel stuff. I know what cruel is, so it's just basketball," Williams said, alluding to a car accident that killed his wife, Ingrid, in 2016. "I know how bad he wants to win, but at the end of the day, when we get paid to do what we do, you got a beautiful wife and children with a Hall of Fame career. "He's handled these things well, and I don't doubt that Chris will come through this stronger and better. But what we're going through now is not the worst thing in the world. Now, as it relates to his career and legacy, it is hard, and I get that. To be where he is and how he's played for us, and not be able to play at the highest level, that's hard. But Chris is mentally strong -- he'll be able to handle it and help us the right way."
Gerald Bourguet: Chris Paul said he didn't re-injure his shoulder in the 4th quarter. "I got kneed in the nuts." He's not making excuses. "It's the playoffs, everybody's a little banged up."
Kellan Olson: Chris Paul is listed on the injury report with a right shoulder contusion. He's probable for the Suns tomorrow against the Lakers. No other additions for Phoenix.
Paul, who suffered a right shoulder contusion in the second quarter of the Suns' Game 1 win, wasn't on the injury report Tuesday but played with a thin wrap around much of the shoulder. He played 23 minutes, including just seven minutes in the second half, when he had one point and two assists. "I took him out, that was all me," Williams said. "Just looking at him holding his arm the way he was holding it, I just couldn't watch him run like that, trying to make plays. He battled. He's a warrior, we all know that. I just made a decision to take him out."
"He's not able to make the passes he wants. He was laboring tonight," Williams said. "I don't want to get into too many details until I talk to him about it, but you can see he wasn't even running the way he ran and dribbled the ball this morning. We're hopeful it'll get better over the next 48 hours."
Gerald Bourguet: Devin Booker on CP3: "That's Chris, man. He's gonna fight. He's a warrior out there, and I know he doesn't want anything more than to win these games." Said he's still clearly bothered by it but has a few days to rest now
Duane Rankin: Jae Crowder said Chris Paul (shoulder) is doing everything he can "behind the scenes" with treatment to be ready for Game 2 tonight. Paul isn't on the injury report as he suffered a stinger in the first half of Game 1 against the #Lakers. #Suns
Gerald Bourguet: No Chris Paul on the Suns' injury report for Game 2. LeBron James (right ankle) and Anthony Davis (right shoulder) are once again listed as probable
Duane Rankin: Phoenix #Suns: Chris Paul suffered stinger with right shoulder, according to league sources, should be good for Game 2 azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/Tokn8yPVes
When he was asked if he would be able to play in Game 2 on Tuesday night, Paul responded, “Absolutely.” But when Paul described how he felt, it didn’t sound good. “I was going up and I just remember I felt … I heard like a crack or whatever,” Paul said.
Paul will do all he can to get his body ready for Game 2. He might watch more Kobe Bryant videos. “I’ll be all right. I’ll be all right,” Paul said. “I just kept thinking to myself, ‘Get through the game.’ I got a great team around me, people that help me work on my body and stuff like that all the time, as well as the Suns organization. So, I’ll be all right.”
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams on Chris Paul: "I don't know the particulars of what happened, I just know that he was sore." Said he talked to him just now and CP3 said he's okay and will be okay going forward.
Duane Rankin: Paul is back on the court. Standing ovation. #Suns #Lakers
Duane Rankin: Chris Paul is down. It's gotten quiet for sure. LeBron scored on an offensive putback and Paul went down. "M-V-P" chants starting up. He's been down for a minute. #Suns #Lakers.
He says the only regret he’s ever had in his basketball life is that he wishes he’d taken rehab more seriously after his first major injury, a meniscus tear in 2010. “But as far as the way I play? No. If anybody doesn’t like the way I play, I don’t care. I don’t care. I play that way, and if you don’t like it then …” He trails off, then shrugs. “If I’m not on your team, then don’t pick me. Don’t play with me. That’s all there is to it.”
Tim MacMahon: Mike D'Antoni confirms that Chris Paul will return tonight against the Magic after missing 17 games due to a strained left hamstring. Paul will start, and Austin Rivers will come off the Houston bench.
Tim MacMahon: “Hallelujah,” Mike D’Antoni said of the Rockets going 12-5 without Chris Paul. “Back then, I was thinking, let’s just survive and get everybody back and make a run for it.”
Mark Berman: Mike D'Antoni says Chris Paul will be listed as questionable for tomorrow night. No longer certain he'll play against the Magic: "I thought I was sure yesterday but not 100% today." #Rockets pic.twitter.com/gMaqAssdMz
Tim MacMahon: A source says there is an "almost 100 [percent]" chance that Chris Paul returns Sunday against the Magic. The Rockets managed to go 12-5 in the five weeks that Paul missed with a strained left hamstring.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard Chris Paul out tonight vs. Raptors, D'Antoni said, but likely to return on Sunday.
Kelly Iko: Source: All signs pointing to Chris Paul (left hamstring) making his return Sunday vs. Orlando, or Tuesday vs. New Orleans.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard Chris Paul remains listed as out for Monday's game in Philadelphia. Brandon Knight upgraded to questionable.
David Hardisty: Chris Paul on his rehab: "I'm doing well. Progressing, trying to get back on the court as soon as possible, continue to listen to my body. As soon as I'm able, I will be out there." Does he have any idea when he will return? "Nope."
Coach Mike D'Antoni said over the weekend that he anticipates Gordon (right knee contusion) returning at some point this week and Paul (strained left hamstring) likely rejoining the lineup next week.
Stefano Fusaro: #Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says it will still be around 2-3 weeks until Chris Paul returns to the team from his hamstring injury. He added that they will be very careful about bringing him back too early.
Mark Berman: Chris Paul meets with the media for the first time since suffering a left hamstring injury Dec20: "I'm better than I was in Miami..Mentally I'm getting better." (Asked if he has an idea when he'll return?) "No clue..I'm trying to make sure I'm all the way healed when I come back"
Adam Wexler: #Rockets announce that Chris Paul has been diagnosed with a Grade-2 left hamstring strain. He'll be re-evaluated in approximately two weeks. @KPRC2
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets got reading on Chris Paul's MRI, but not 100 percent certain on grade until more evaluation. Expected to be Grade 2 strain, source said. Looking at 2 to 4 weeks, depending on rehab, etc.
Adrian Wojnarowski: There's optimism that Chris Paul's left hamstring injury will cost him only two-to-three weeks out of the Rockets lineup, league sources tell ESPN.
Tim Reynolds: The word on Chris Paul: "It'll be some time," Mike D'Antoni said. MRI tomorrow on the left hamstring.
Tim MacMahon: Rockets guard Chris Paul has a strained left hamstring and will not return against the Heat.
Tim MacMahon: According to info tracked by @Bobby Marks, Chris Paul has twice missed time due to a hamstring injury over last decade. He missed three games in March of last season and last two games of West finals (and would likely have missed most, if not all, of Finals if Rockets advanced).
Tim MacMahon: Chris Paul's minutes have increased significantly to 34 per game this season, his most since 2014-15. Last time a point guard age 33 or older average that many minutes was 2009-10 (Chauncey Billups and Jason Kidd).
David Hardisty: Rockets assistant Matt Brase said at halftime that the Chris Paul injury creates more opportunity for other guys. "We'll probably see more B-Knight or MCW or something like that coming in to get some extra minutes."
Jonathan Feigen: Expect Chris Paul to return tonight, Nene tomorrow for Rockets. D'Antoni availability in about 25 minutes to be sure.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guards Chris Paul (sore left leg) and Gerald Green (sore right ankle) are questionable to play Monday against the Wizards.
Kelly Iko: Chris Paul says it sounds cliche, but his hamstring injury made him stronger. pic.twitter.com/qG8UeNguDK
"It sucks because you know you could win this series if we just had one more playmaker," Gordon said after the Rockets' 101-92 loss Monday night in Game 7. "If we had Chris, if he was out there, we'd have been playing on Thursday. It's just tough."
Houston coach Mike D'Antoni bemoaned Paul's absence when asked about the Warriors' dominance in the third quarters. "That's what C.P. was so good at in two [of the] games we won," D'Antoni said. "They'd make a little run, he'd hit a 3. They make another run, and he makes another play. And you have to have those momentum changers and stoppers, and the last two games, we didn't have them."
Manu Ginobili: Feel bad that a player like CP couldn't be part of game 6 and 7. Awesome competitor and difference maker for HOU. Same for Iguodala but he's been there many times...
Ramona Shelburne: Chris Paul's hamstring injury is a Grade 2 strain, per multiple sources. For reference that's the same injury that cost James Harden almost three weeks back in January. As one source put it, "We tried everything. It's just not humanly possible."
Melissa Rohlin: Steve Kerr on the Rockets being without Chris Paul "He's one of the best players in the league...It's a huge loss for them. That doesn't mean they're not capable."
Connor Letourneau: Chris Paul is out tonight for Game 7. "Everybody came to the same conclusion," D'Antoni said. "There's just no way."
Melissa Rohlin: D'Antoni on Chris Paul: "He couldn't explode, he couldn't push off of it. Not ready. I knew it was a long shot when it happened."
July 30, 2021 | 11:19 am EDT Update
Marc Stein: Teams interested in Atlanta restricted free agent John Collins have grown increasingly pessimistic that Collins can be signed away from the Hawks, league sources say. More coming in today’s This Week In Basketball column at marcstein.substack.com
Paul has a $44.2 million player option for 21-22 with the Suns that he could decline to become an outright free agent. Paul could also pick up the option and sign an extension with the Suns. “The feeling within the league now is that Chris Paul is going to stay put in Phoenix,” said Brian Windhorst on The Hoop Collective podcast. “The belief is Chris Paul will not ever be on the open market.”
About two weeks ago, Russell Westbrook went to LeBron James’ home and together they and Anthony Davis had a conversation about the All-Star guard joining James and Davis on the Lakers. They talked about putting their egos aside and playing as one in their quest to bring the Lakers another NBA championship. Westbrook talked about how his only intention was winning and coming back home to Los Angeles to become a champion.
Westbrook had a growing desire to join James and Davis in Los Angeles to compete for a championship, sources said. He formally informed the Wizards of his desires recently, according to sources: if they could find a trade that works, Westbrook wanted to go to the Lakers.
Washington executed the deal with no issues from Beal, per sources. The three-time All-Star, who is entering the final season of his contract, has expressed no desire to leave the Wizards, according to sources. As speculation about his future has swirled, the team remains confident it can keep him for the long term. The Wizards can offer him a four-year, $180 million extension in October, but if he waits until 2022 free agency, he can sign a five-year contract for an estimated $235 million to return to Washington.
Sources say to keep an eye on 28-year-old free agent Spencer Dinwiddie, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL but averaged 20.6 points per game in 2019-20. The Wizards are above the salary cap but could try to negotiate a sign-and-trade with Dinwiddie’s incumbent team, the Nets. The other pieces from the Westbrook trade, Harrell and Kuzma alone, would not be enough for Brooklyn to accept a Dinwiddie deal, according to a source. Dinwiddie is expected to receive interest from several teams, including the Nets, Knicks, Heat and Raptors, sources said.
Chris Grenham: Former Memphis and Kansas forward Dedric Lawson is planning to play for the Celtics at summer league, per sources. I’m told his brother, KJ Lawson, will also be on Boston’s roster in Las Vegas.