Brad Townsend: Maxi Kleber still listed as questionable as of the 12:30 injury report. No Clippers report, so no injuries, as Ty Lue told us yesterday.
Brad Townsend: As noted by Rick Carlisle in his media availability this afternoon, Maxi Kleber is in fact listed as questionable in the Mavericks' media notes. And as expected, JJ Redick remains out. I bring this up because it's also worth pointing out that no other Mavericks are listed.
Brad Townsend: Only Mavs listed on injury report for tonight are Maxi Kleber, who is doubtful with the back bruise he suffered last night; and Tyrell Terry, still out due to personal reasons. No mention of Porzingis, which means the plan is for him to play tonight.
Brad Townsend: 12:30 injury report still lists Giannis as doubtful for Bucks tonight. For Dallas, Burke is probable, Kleber is questionable, out are Redick, Cauley-Stein and Terry. No mention of Porzingis, which presumably means he's available tonight.
Brad Townsend: Mavericks media notes for tomorrow's game at Houston list these players as questionable: Porzingis (right wrist sprain), Burke (left calf strain), Kleber (lower right leg soreness). Still out are Cauley-Stein, Terry and Redick.
Noah Levick: For Sixers-Mavs tomorrow, Seth Curry is listed as probable with left ankle soreness. Kristaps Porzingis (lower back tightness) and Maxi Kleber (left ankle sprain) are questionable for Dallas.
Chuck Cooperstein: Per Mavs: No Doncic (thigh) or Kleber (Knee) tomorrow in MEM. Brunson and Powell will both play. 5:00 tip @1033fmESPN
Eric Walden: Mavs’ Maxi Kleber is also out tonight, due to illness. “He’s back at the hotel throwing up,” said coach Rick Carlisle.
Dwain Price: Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) will not play tonight against the @Orlando Magic , and he also said he's "900,000 percent sure" Maxi Kleber (elbow) will play tonight.
September 18, 2021 | 2:39 am EDT Update
The Bulls’ offseason overhaul couldn’t have come at a better time, as Zach LaVine is on the final year of his contract with an extension yet to be signed. But if it were up to LaVine himself, he’s reportedly all-in on staying in the Windy City. That’s according to ESPN Chicago radio analyst David Kaplan, who’s heard from sources that the All-Star doesn’t want to go anywhere. Via ESPN 1000 FM: “He has told people that I know: ‘Hey man, if they want me here, I’m not going anywhere. I’m building this thing. I’m the first guy in the door. I wanna be part of this.’”
Is KAT’s trade value at all impacted by missing the playoffs yet again? If a Simmons deal can’t get done, would you think about trading him now, considering the likelihood that you may need to next offseason? — @JWeAnd1 Definitely no interest in trading him now. Towns will have plenty of value for the foreseeable future, barring a big injury. This is a big season. I think there will be more clarity, positive or negative, when 2021-22 concludes. Then the Wolves can make a real decision on how best to move forward. But Towns remains a focal point right now. That’s not changing anytime soon.
Morey will be in a similar position to Thibs in that rival executives will try to back him into a corner and wait for things to get really uncomfortable with Simmons, thereby driving down the asking price. But Morey is much more experienced in front office work than was Thibodeau, a coach to his core who had not yet started his third season as the lead decision-maker. Those around the league believe that if there is any executive able to stomach the circus that is sure to descend upon Philly, to block out the noise that comes with this kind of drama, it’s Morey.
Ben Simmons trade buzz has been one of the offseason’s hottest storylines, but president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and the 76ers have yet to pull the trigger in a deal involving the 25-year-old three-time All-Star. Will the Aussie wear the 76ers’ red, white and blue to start the season? By a wide margin, our panel’s vote projects Simmons to remain in Philly — at least until the season tips off on Oct. 19. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 45%
Despite the on-paper match, ESPN’s NBA insider Zach Lowe took to his podcast to say there’s a slim chance of that actually happening due to the Clippers’ lack of interest in Russell Westbrook when he was available: “The Clippers were never interested in Russell Westbrook. They were a rumored Russell Westbrook trade in a few places whenever that happened. They were never interested. That was never a real thing. I think they value their optionality too much.” Lowe ultimately concluded, “I just don’t see it,” because, like Westbrook, Wall is over 30 and has a massive contract — $44 million due this season and a player option the following season for over $47 million.
The Philadelphia 76ers earn the top spot for Team Turmoil, as our experts predict which teams will be surrounded by the most drama this season. While the Ben Simmons saga lingers in Philly, the Lakers could share in the dramatics, as head coach Frank Vogel will have to incorporate former MVP Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony along with five former Laker alums. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 61 points (55.0% first-place votes)