Andrew Greif: Mike Conley on Kawhi: "First off that's not news you want to hear at any point. ... You feel for anyone with an injury. ... It'll be a tough situation for them."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr., (hamstring) will miss Game 5 vs. the Clippers tonight, sources tell ESPN.
Ben Anderson: Quin Snyder on Mike Conley's hamstring injury: "He's making progress. As far as the exact position of where he is in that process that is a day to day thing."
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on Mike Conley's status: "He's making progress. As far as the exact position he's in in terms of that progress, that's a day-to-day thing. I don't comment on individual injuries. … We all know he wants to be back and that's what he's working towards."
Tim MacMahon: Jazz PG Mike Conley Jr. (mild right hamstring strain) is listed as questionable again for Game 4 vs. Clippers. He has been ruled out the morning of the previous three games in the series.
Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley Jr. will miss his third consecutive game due to a right hamstring strain, the team announced Saturday. Conley suffered the injury during the first half of Utah's series-ending win over the Memphis Grizzlies on June 2 and has yet to play in the Western Conference semifinals against the LA Clippers. The Jazz have a 2-0 series lead entering Saturday night's Game 3 at Staples Center.
Andy Larsen: Mike Conley is listed as questionable for Game 3. (Donovan Mitchell isn’t on the report at all, for those concerned.)
Ben Anderson: The @Utah Jazz were 8-2 this season when Mike Conley didn't play but Donovan Mitchell did. The two losses came against the Washington Wizards.
Tim MacMahon: Jazz PG Mike Conley Jr. (mild right hamstring strain) is out for Game 1 tonight against the Clippers, per the team.
Eric Walden: Mike Conley: "End of 1Q, I felt a little tug in my hammy, came to the bench, made the staff aware, told them I'd try to play through it. It just kept getting sorer. … Seeing how the game was going, and that we might have some days off coming up, pulled the plug tonight."
Eric Walden: Mike Conley said he got hurt in the last 45 seconds of the Jazz's game against the T-wolves, had trainers check it out postgame. Said he's mostly been working on strength training the past few weeks.
Ben Anderson: Mike Conley is listed as questionable tomorrow for the @Utah Jazz against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Eric Walden: Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley remain OUT Friday vs. the Nuggets. Juwan Morgan is also OUT (right heel soreness). But Udoka Azubuike is PROBABLE after missing most of the season with a right ankle sprain.
Mike Conley subbed out of the game during a timeout at the 6:58 mark of the third and later headed to the locker room. The Jazz announced during the fourth quarter that Conley would not return because of tightness in his right hamstring. There was no immediate update after the game as to the severity of Conley’s hamstring issue or his availability for Sunday’s game on the road against the Indiana Pacers. “We’ll have to wait to get an assessment on where he is from our health and performance staff,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said.
Last season during Conley’s absence, the Jazz went on a 10-game win streak, and Conley has admitted time and time again that he struggled through most of the 2019-20 campaign. This season however, Conley has been playing some of the best basketball of his career and has been a difference-maker for the Jazz. “Mike just has a way of being out there and kind of calming stuff,” Donovan Mitchell said of his teammate after the game on Friday. “We definitely missed that presence on the offensive end, the offensive mind that he has. That was definitely one thing we definitely missed coming down the stretch, just to kind of settle this down in certain instances.”
Stadium: Just in: Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. will return from monthlong absence Saturday vs. Kings, NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports. "I'm told the plan is for Conley to come off the bench in his return and have a minutes restriction."
Eric Walden: Mike Conley, on the rehab process: “Obviously, it’s been a little bit draining because you want to be a part of success. ... For the most part, the last couple weeks I’ve felt fine. It’s hard to tell somebody not to do something when you feel like you can run through a wall.” pic.twitter.com/7PNNnLh8cZ
Shams Charania: Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. is expected to miss multiple games with his reaggravated left hamstring and could miss multiple weeks, league sources tell me and @Tony Jones.
Andy Larsen: Mike Conley is working out in today’s practice, has been made available to media afterwards. A good sign for his return Tuesday.
David Cobb: No Mike Conley for Memphis tonight. No Joakim Noah. JB Bickerstaff unsure if Conley will play in the final two.
Michael Wallace: Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff said after today's shootaround that Mike Conley (ankle) and Joakim Noah (knee) are out for tonight's game against the Mavs.
Michael Wallace: Bickerstaff confirms Conley and Noah are out for tonight's game against the Blazers. pic.twitter.com/uAB17hVElE
Clay Bailey: Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will not reclaim his title as the franchise's leading scorer against OKC. Conley sitting out tonight with left thigh soreness.
John Denton: In addition to Mike Conley (doubtful), Avery Bradley (out), CJ Miles (out), Kyle Anderson (out) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (out) on @Memphis Grizzlies injury list for tonight’s game vs. @Orlando Magic, C Joakim Noah (right knee soreness) has been added. He is listed as questionable.
Michael Wallace: Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff said Mike Conley is out tonight with an illness. Delon Wright could step in as starting PG.
Omari Sanfoka II: Mike Conley is questionable tonight with illness. If he doesn't play, it'll open up more time for Delon Wright, who the Grizzlies are high on after trading for him last week
David Cobb: Looks like the Grizzlies will have Jaren Jackson Jr. back in the lineup at New York tomorrow. He’s listed as probable. Mike Conley is still listed as questionable.
Michael Wallace: There's chatter about reasons for Conley sitting tonight vs Hornets amid trade speculation. Conley's legitimately dealing with soreness from what I see and hear directly from him. Nothing major, but needed a night off. On another note, hearing nothing's imminent on Conley trade.
David Cobb: Mike Conley (knee soreness) and Kyle Anderson (shoulder soreness) are both out tonight for the Grizzlies, as is Omri Casspi. Garrett Temple is not expected to play, either.
Omari Sanfoka II: Dillon Brooks, Mike Conley and JaMychal Green are officially good to go tonight against the Lakers. No Omri Casspi or Joakim Noah
Omari Sanfoka II: JaMychal Green joins Omri Casspi and Joakim Noah as "questionable" for tomorrow's game against the Kings. Sore hamstring. Mike Conley and Kyle Anderson, who both played last night, are probable
Danny Marang: Conley and Noah are currently listed as day-to-day, should get word here pretty soon on whether or not they'll be able to go. Conley had the hamstring act up on him last time Portland met Memphis.
David Cobb: Today’s shootaround was just “a little different” for Mike Conley with his tweaked hamstring, according to J.B. Bickerstaff. Says he’s still being worked on. Questionable for tip vs. Golden State.
Monte Poole: Mike Conley (hamstring) will be a game-time decision, per Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff. Trainers pregame task is to prep Conley.
Omari Sanfoka II: Mike Conley's finger is still sore, but the swelling went down some, per JB Bickerstaff
David Cobb: J.B. Bickerstaff says Mike Conley’s finger is “a little sore, a little stiff,” but nothing that will keep him off the court tonight. “Tough situations, Mike shows up to play. We don’t expect anything less tonight.”
The players played alongside rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., about whom Anderson raved, “It’s funny; he can’t even control his body. He’s so big and athletic he’s blocking shots with his elbows!” Anderson also said Conley and Chandler Parsons looked “game-ready.”
Eli Savoie: Mike Conley tells us on the show he's been playing 5 on 5 and going through workouts with the other guys without skipping anything. Been part of every drill to get ready for the season.
Will Mike Conley be healthy for training camp? JB Bickerstaff: "There's no doubt about it. Mike's been playing pick up, those types of things. Chandler’s been playing pick up … For the first time in a long time, we’re looking at walking into training camp with healthy bodies and healthy, high caliber players. Not just guys who would be your 13th or 14th man. We’ve got our studs healthy, which we’re looking forward to."
Mike Conley expects the Memphis Grizzlies to clear him for full-contact drills at some point this month, ending a frustrating ordeal with his left Achilles that cost him a year of his prime and the coach who helped him become a more complete offensive player. Family time was fun and the daddy-day-care responsibilities helped him overcome the agonizing waiting game of the past nine months, but it also made Conley more appreciative of the game he otherwise would’ve taken for granted. “It’s like I lost my wallet, got it back and now I can do something with it,” Conley told Yahoo Sports at the USA Basketball minicamp last month.
“We’re doing the right things. Taking things slow. And giving me time to really be ready to go for training camp. Mentally, I’m there. I’m ready. Physically, I feel good. It’s just my body has to catch up,” Conley told Yahoo Sports. “Being a dad, being low-key out of the way, it gave me a perspective like, ‘Hey. This is great, I get to spend time with my kids, even though this is a down part of my career.’ But also at the same time, I’ve got a new re-tooled drive. … Knowing that I took care of the issue, we got the issue figured out, hopefully, going forward, I won’t have any flare-ups. I can just play basketball like I’m used to playing and I’ve got a free year, another year, added to my career, so I’m excited.”
Memphis Grizzlies star Mike Conley wasn't able to fully participate in Team USA training camp this week as he continues to recover from heel surgery last January. But he says he's feeling good and still on course to be ready by training camp in September.
"I'm doing really well. I wish I could've participated in contact stuff," Conley said. "I think I could, but we're being cautious and allowing me to get a full summer of rehab. I should be ready to go by training camp -- I expect to be ready."
"With anything dealing with Achilles, it takes time and you got to be patient to deal with it," Conley said. "Right now, it's all starting to come together. I'm so used to making a move and I expect pain. I got used to pain with some of the moves. Now I make the moves and there's nothing there, so that's exciting."
Michael Wallace: A side note from today's draft workout availability, Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace said Parsons (knee rehab/treatment) and Conley (Achilles surgery rehab) both "progressing well in vigorous rehab programs. So far, so good." Conley and Parsons on schedule for full go training camp.
Ronald Tillery: Mike Conley talking about recovery from heel surgery on Grizzlies broadcast: "I've been out of the boot for about 2 1/2 weeks. We're being cautious but I'm anxious to get out there."
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley shared a hilarious video of himself post-surgery on Wednesday. Conley had to have a heel surgery that ended his season. Afterwards, he was singing Carry On My Wayward Son for some reason. He doesn’t even know why.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley simply wants to be pain free for a change. That just wasn’t going to be possible unless he agreed to season-ending surgery to repair his left heel. “I’ve had this for three years. All the way back three years ago one of the doctors said eventually you’ll need to have this heel shaved down,” Conley said Tuesday. “I didn’t want to do it. I wanted to exhaust every option before going to that extent.”
Conley will soon undergo a procedure that smooths a small bone protrusion in his left heel. The team insists that Conley will be healthy before the Grizzlies open training camp in the fall. Conley said he’ll be ready for basketball activities around late May or early June. “That was the point of emphasis,” Conley said. “We wanted to try to get it done so I could have a normal summer.”
Michael Wallace: Tyreke Evans, who returned to practice Sunday after a week-long illness, on moving forward without Mike Conley for the rest of the season: “He’s making the right decision, and I hope he comes back better than ever.”
September 18, 2021 | 9:28 pm EDT Update
The Houston Rockets have waived forward Tyler Bey. This waiver was necessary to create the roster spot for Houston to re-sign Dante Exum. The Rockets signed Bey to a fully non-guaranteed training camp contract in late-August.
September 18, 2021 | 5:41 pm EDT Update
You’re here for at least the next five years now that you’ve signed an extension. Do you allow yourself to think – or dream – about what might come over that time span since you’ve talked openly about wanting to win a title in New York? Have you allowed yourself to think about how things might progress? Julius Randle: Obviously, it’s a process. Everything is a process. We’ve been building this from the ground up. But for me, personally, that is the expectation (winning a title in New York). That’s what I want to happen within that time frame. There’s a lot of things, factors that go into that. So obviously you’ve got to weigh that stuff in.
Julius Randle: But as far as myself, I know Thibs (Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau) is thinking (it as well), it’s just win at all costs. For me personally, that’s just how I prepare myself. I prepare myself to compete at the highest level of our game. Like I said, there’s a lot of factors (that go into winning an NBA title). But I trust Leon (Knicks president Leon Rose), I trust Thibs, Wes (Knicks vice president William Wesley), our coaches, Scott (Knicks GM Scott Perry) – all these guys, I trust. That was part of my process in thinking of signing the extension and that’s my goal, that’s our goal as a team and the guys that are around us. We want to be able to say that we won a championship here in New York. I don’t think there’s any better feeling than that.
Did you guys see the video clip of Trae Young at the Garden with WWE? Do you care about that stuff? Julius Randle: Yeah I see it. But honestly, I don’t care. Obviously, that’s (for) entertainment purposes and all that (stuff), so I let people enjoy it. For me, honestly, I don’t care. I honestly didn’t even watch it. Knicks fans, they’re going to make a big deal out of it – they didn’t like it (laughs). But it’s all fun and games and hopefully they enjoyed it.
September 18, 2021 | 12:10 pm EDT Update
The Rockets have officially re-signed guard Dante Exum and waived Tyler Bey to create a roster space for him, according to the NBA’s transactions log. Hoops Rumors’ JD Shaw was the first to report the Bey transaction (Twitter link). With John Wall not expected to play for the team this season as it seeks to trade him, the Rockets were in the market for another point guard. The Rockets’ interest in Exum surfaced on Tuesday.
When the Timberwolves traded up to get Leandro Bolmaro last November in the 2020 NBA Draft (yes, it was less than a year ago… it still feels weird), the question was would it be a year or two before Bolmaro came over from Barcelona to play in the NBA. The answer is one. Minnesota reached a deal and Bolmaro will be with the Timberwolves in training camp, the team announced Saturday. This is not a surprise; he was expected to come over this season. He will be playing on a rookie scale contract.