May 25, 2022 | 6:47 pm EDT Update
Multiple sources tell cleveland.com that the Cavs using the 39th pick — and that player making the roster — is a “50-50 proposition.” When it comes to the 56th selection, it’s highly likely a draft-and-stash international prospect — allowing Cleveland to control the player’s rights but not having him occupy a roster spot because of the team’s current number crunch.
When ESPN announced its new “NBA Countdown” crew in October, it said, “Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson will frequently appear as an analyst and will join the team for marquee events throughout the regular season, NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals.” Johnson appeared on one show in early March. That’s it. From what we are told, he is not expected to be on during the Finals. He hasn’t been on any of ABC/ESPN’s marquee events.
ESPN provided a statement from Dave Roberts, the head of NBA and studio production for the network. “There have been unexpected scheduling conflicts as Magic continues to expand his business commitments,” Roberts said. “While our new ‘NBA Countdown’ team has been exceptional this season, we have a great relationship with Magic and the door is always open to work together.”
May 25, 2022 | 6:09 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: The Lakers interviewed former Blazers coach Terry Stotts for franchise’s head coaching job in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Two more assistants will meet with LA in near future — Golden State’s Kenny Atkinson and Milwaukee’s Darvin Ham.