Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo is with the Heat in Orlando as he continues to recover from thumb surgery. He’s expected to travel to Detroit too.
Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler (tail bone), Bam Adebayo (thumb), Markieff Morris (whiplash) and Caleb Martin (protocols) not traveling with Heat to Cleveland today. Victor Oladipo is traveling with the team for the first time this season, but just to take in the road experience.
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: The expected timeline on a return for Miami's Bam Adebayo with looming thumb surgery: four-to-six weeks.
Marc Stein: The Heat announce that Bam Adebayo will require surgery and is out indefinitely after sustaining a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Ira Winderman: Heat listing as questionable for tonight in Detroit: Bam Adebayo, body soreness. Duncan Robinson, knee contusion. PJ Tucker, body soreness. Also, Marcus Garrett (wrist) is out.
Anthony Chiang: Heat starters tonight vs. Wizards: Adebayo, Tucker, Robinson, Butler and Lowry. So yes, Adebayo is playing.
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Herro (wrist bruise) and Bam Adebayo (knee bruise) questionable for tomorrow's game vs. Wizards. Markieff Morris and Victor Oladipo remain out.
Anthony Chiang: Spoelstra on Bam Adebayo's time off to recover from lingering knee bruise: "Really beneficial. What he has needed more than anything is just rest and treatment just to get the swelling down and calm it down."
Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler (sprained ankle) is questionable for tomorrow's game vs. Thunder. Bam Adebayo (knee bruise) is probable. Victor Oladipo and Markieff Morris remain out. Two-way contract guard Marcus Garrett is joining the Heat in OKC today for tomorrow's game.
Ben Anderson: No Jimmy Butler tonight, Bam Adebayo still a game time decision against the @Utah Jazz. #TakeNote | @kslsports
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo is in the Heat's starting lineup today vs. Jazz. Tyler Herro again starting in place of the injured Jimmy Butler.
Anthony Chiang: Along with Max Strus, Victor Oladipo and Marcus Garrett, the Heat has also ruled out KZ Okpala (sprained right ankle) for tonight's game vs. Mavericks. Bam Adebayo (knee bruise) still questionable.
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo listed as questionable for tomorrow's game vs. Mavericks with left knee bruise. Adebayo was able to practice today in Dallas. As you already know, Marcus Garrett, Victor Oladipo and Max Strus all out for Heat tomorrow.
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo practiced today and feels better after missing Saturday’s game because of a knee bruise, which is encouraging for tomorrow’s matchup vs. Mavericks in Dallas.
Anthony Chiang: Heat's Erik Spoelstra said Bam Adebayo is available and has been "ready for over a week." But Spoelstra said he hopes to keep Bam's on-court stints shorter than usual tonight.
Roy Parry: Magic shooting guard Terrence Ross has been moved to questionable for tonight's game against the Heat, while Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, James Ennis and Cole Anthony are out. For the Heat, Bam Adebayo and Avery Bradley are out.
Ira Winderman: Goran Dragic (foot) is listed as doubtful on Heat 5 p.m. injury report for Friday's Game 5 vs. Lakers. Bam Adebayo (neck) no longer is on the Heat injury report. Only other player listed is Gabe Vincent (knee), who is questionable.
Jared Weiss: Spoelstra says the Heat are minute to minute on deciding if Bam and Goran will play. "Bam has an intention he will warm up and pass the protocol to try to play...same with Goran." He'll find out in the next hour if they are playing.
Mirjam Swanson: Spoelstra: "Obviously they're major components ... but if neither one of them can play, our guys are steeled and ready for great competitive competition tonight." Miami showed that much last time out, of course.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Miami Heat All-Star Bam Adebayo is planning to return for Game 4 vs. the Lakers tonight, sources tell ESPN. Lakers lead series, 2-1.
Mark Medina: Bam Adebayo on his neck: "I'm getting better. It's up to the medical staff. I'm trying to get back as quickly as possible. But they're just trying to make sure I'm safe and ready to play."
Ira Winderman: Bam Adebayo, "It's been difficult for me mentally because it hurts me that I can't be out there to help my team."
Tim Reynolds: Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic are being made available to reporters today because of the NBA rules mandating access to injured players. Could Bam play tomorrow? Maybe. But him speaking today is not a hint that a return is likely.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Erik Spoelstra says “I can see the anguish literally in their eyes” with Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic lobbying to play in Game 3. But Spoelstra says this is the most responsible thing to do for the Heat by ruling both out.
Tim Reynolds: Bam Adebayo (neck) and Goran Dragic (plantar fascia) are out of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, source tells AP.
Shams Charania: Miami’s Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic being listed doubtful for Game 3 of NBA Finals against the Lakers, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo, who suffered a neck strain in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, told Yahoo Sports on Friday night that he plans to return for Game 3. “Yes, I believe I’ll be in the lineup,” Adebayo told Yahoo Sports after missing the Los Angeles Lakers’ 124-114 victory that gave them a 2-0 series lead. “I’m feeling better. I believe I’ll play.”
Ira Winderman: Now officially official: Bam Adebayo (neck) and Goran Dragic (foot) have been officially downgraded to out for tonight vs. Lakers.
Harrison Faigen: Erik Spoelstra said he had to "play the role of not just coach, but parent these last 24 hours" because Goran and Bam were both lobbying so hard to play. "I ultimately had to take the decision out of their hands for tonight."
Ira Winderman: Frank Vogel on having to face a 3-point-shooting big man (Olynyk, Leonard), "Well it definitely presents a different challenge than Bam would." Says Lakers can always downside if needed.
Tim Reynolds: Bam Adebayo is getting "as much treatment as can be done" with hopes of a return in this series, AP is told. For context on the severity of his neck/shoulder issues: There have been at least a half-dozen games in his career where he played through things that would bench most.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Miami Heat All-Star Bam Adebayo (shoulder) will miss Game 2 of the NBA Finals vs. Lakers tonight, but there remains hope that he could return for Game 3 on Sunday, sources tell ESPN. The Heat have listed him as doubtful for tonight.
Ira Winderman: Heat injury report: Bam Adebayo (Neck Strain) Doubtful Goran Dragić (Left Foot Torn Plantar Fascia) Doubtful Chris Silva (Left Pubic Bone Stress Fracture) Questionable Gabe Vincent (Right Knee Soreness) Questionable) (Jimmy Butler, ankle, is not on the injury report.)
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Goran Dragic (left foot torn plantar fascia) is listed as doubtful to play in tomorrow's #NBAFinals Game 2 vs the Lakers. Bam Adebayo is also listed as doubtful after a MRI revealed a neck strain (left side). (Spoelstra says new injury for Adebayo.)
Tim Reynolds: Source says Bam Adebayo intends to play Friday in Game 2. There will be a lot of treatment in his future Thursday.
Mirjam Swanson: Spoelstra on Dragic's injury: "I don't know right now. I know he's as tough as anybody, and it's the Finals, but I don't have an update on his foot right now." On Bam's injury: "I don't have that answer right now, and then we'll reevaluate him tomorrow and see where we are."
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo not on Heat injury report for tomorrow's Game 5 vs. Celtics. Gabe Vincent (right knee soreness) is questionable. Chris Silva (groin) is out.
Tim Reynolds: Ok. The Bam story. He got dinged up in Game 3, got it aggravated tonight, he will get treatment, sources tell AP that he is fine and is playing Friday.
Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler not on the 5:30 p.m. injury report for tomorrow's 1:30 p.m. game against the Raptors. Only Heat players on report: Bam Adebayo is probable with a right quadriceps contusion. Goran Dragic is probable with upper back spasms.
Anthony Chiang: Heat injury update for tomorrow’s game vs. Magic: Kendrick Nunn, Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic questionable. Bam Adebayo (right ankle soreness) probable. Justise Winslow remains out.
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo (right hip bruise) questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Bucks. Justise Winslow (right thigh bruise) and Rodney McGruder (left knee soreness) doubtful.
Shandel Richardson: Josh Richardson will play tonight. Heat list Bam Adebayo as “available” but doubt he plays tonight vs Magic
Anthony Chiang: Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson not on injury report for tomorrow's game vs. Magic. But Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, Derrick Jones Jr. and Dion Waiters have been ruled out. Bam Adebayo is doubtful.
Barry Jackson: Adabayo, Ellington, Richardson out with injuries for Heat preseason opener at Spurs at 5. Waiters, JJ, too, of course
July 2, 2022 | 12:52 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Darius Garland has agreed on a five-year, $193M maximum designated rookie contract extension that could be worth as much as $231M, @Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul tells ESPN. It is the largest deal in franchise history.
To be clear: There is untapped potential with both former first-round picks. Walker shot 33.2 percent on catch-and-shoot 3s last season, but he shot better than 38 percent on catch-and-shoot 3s in 2019-20 and 2020-21. Brown made 36.3 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3s last season, though he’s also had two seasons in which he shot worse than 32.2 percent (and one where he shot above 39 percent). The LeBron Bump is real. There is a long list of shooters who’ve had career seasons playing alongside James.
July 2, 2022 | 12:33 pm EDT Update
Michael Scotto: Sources: The Brooklyn Nets have rescinded the qualifying offer on forward Kessler Edwards, @HoopsHype has learned. Edwards now becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Nets retain his Non-Bird Rights and can still re-sign him.
Marc Stein: Mavericks roster note: Dallas essentially has one spot left and has weighed leaving it open, league sources say. While Dallas has shown interest in Goran Dragic, it still has a clear need for wing additions and could wait to see if an unexpected option to address that surfaces.
Clutch Points: LMAO at this Kevin Durant response 🤣💀 Kevin Durant: The ones who were locked in that gym with me know what it is, they know what I’m about. If u haven’t been in there with me, ask around. Robin Lundberg: This is vague and doesn’t address anything directly. We all know you are an awesome basketball player. Kevin Durant: What u want addressed? Robin Lundberg: Do you really want a trade from the Nets? If so, why? Was Kyrie a dealbreaker for you? If you do want a trade, do you expect to pick your destination? Thanks! Kevin Durant: Keep dreaming robin lmao. pic.twitter.com/nheFXjQrEM