Melissa Rohlin: Gary Payton II (fractured left elbow) has started to do various light individual on-court activities and will be re-evaluated in one week. Andre Iguodala (disc injury in his neck) continues to show progress and an update will come when he’s cleared to practice.
How have you seen Andre [Iguodala] handle his different role and his injuries? Bob Myers: He’s frustrated. He wants to play. Frankly, he could help us. He’s trying to get back. Because he hasn’t been able to play, he’s used his voice and has been very vocal. He’s one of the most respected players in the league and is very, very bright. He communicates on the bench, whether it’s with our coaches, young players and our older players. That matters, especially as you go deeper in the playoffs.
Anthony Slater: Warriors announce that Andre Iguodala will be re-evaluated again in another week. So that rules him out of Games 3, 4 and 5 of this Memphis series.
Steve Kerr on how will Warriors will guard Ja Morant without GPII: “Hopefully we get Andre Iguodala back for Game 3. We’ll see how Andre (Iguodala) fares over the next few days. If not, we’ll have to mix and match. We’ll have time to figure it out.”
CJ Holmes: Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is expected to be re-evaluated on Thursday, the team says. He's missed Golden State's last two playoff games with a neck injury.
Anthony Slater: Steven Adams out for Memphis, Andre Iguodala out for the Warriors in Game 1. Ziaire Williams questionable. No surprises on Warriors side of injury report. Iguodala ruled out for first two games of this series.
Kendra Andrews: Steve Kerr says Andre Iguodala is probable for Game 3. Missed last game with neck spasms. He practiced today and is feeling “much better,” Kerr says.
Golden State: Draymond Green (left low back injury management) has been downgraded to out. Klay Thompson (right achilles tendon injury management) has been downgraded to out. Otto Porter (low back injury management) has been downgraded to out. Gary Payton II (right knee soreness) has been downgraded to questionable. Andre Iguodala (low back injury management) has been upgraded to available.
Anthony Slater: Warriors are “hopeful” that Andre Iguodala returns tomorrow in Memphis, per Kerr. They’d targeted one side of this back-to-back.
Kendra Andrews: Steve Kerr says that Andre Iguodala will be out through the All-Star break, meaning he’ll sit out tonight against the Clippers and Wednesday against the Nuggets.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala said he's "close" to a return. Dealt with persistent knee swelling early this season that caused other issues to "creep back up." Called it a "chain reaction of events." Listed as out with a left hip issue the past eight games.
Connor Letourneau: The Warriors are hopeful Andre Iguodala will return for the upcoming road trip. Not expected to play Saturday. Kerr said he made a mistake playing Iguodala 31 minutes against Indiana. "Looking back, that was too many."
Connor Letourneau: Andre Iguodala is "a possibility" for tomorrow, Kerr said. Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody are expected to re-join the Warriors for the upcoming road trip.
Kendra Andrews: Steve Kerr says he doubts Andre Iguodala will be available on Friday. He expects Damion Lee to be available.
Nick Friedell: Andre Iguodala (knee soreness) is out vs. Raptors. Kerr says Iguodala hasn’t gotten an MRI yet — they’re just monitoring the soreness. Gary Payton II also out tonight.
Ira Winderman: No Jimmy Butler for Heat tonight, flu-like symptoms. Andre Iguodala (hip) is available.
Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler has been ruled out of today's game vs. Nets with a sprained ankle. Andre Iguodala is available. Victor Oladipo also out.
Ira Winderman: Heat injury report for Friday at Minnesota: Victor Oladipo (knee soreness) out. Andre Iguodala (hip soreness) questionable. Gabe Vincent (knee soreness) probable.
Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler is listed as questionable for tonight's game vs. Grizzlies because of a right ankle sprain. Avery Bradley (right calf strain), Andre Iguodala (left hip soreness) and Moe Harkless (illness) did not travel with the Heat to Memphis and will not play tonight.
Anthony Chiang: On "The Bill Simmons Podcast," Andre Iguodala was asked about his sprained ankle. Iguodala said, "It will be where it needs to be when it needs to be there." Iguodala is listed as questionable for tonight's Game 3.
Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala says he will play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, according to Sportsnet’s Steven Loung.
Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant will not play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, but Andre Iguodala is expected to be available to play against the Toronto Raptors, coach Steve Kerr said Friday. Durant will continue rehabbing a right calf injury that has kept him out of the lineup since May 8. "Kevin's not going to play Sunday," Kerr said Friday. "I guess we've been sort of holding out hope, but I might as well just say it now. He's not practicing today. We'll have a practice tomorrow, but he's still progressing. It's near impossible for him to play on Sunday."
Whenever Durant does return, Kerr does not believe it will be in a limited role. "I don't see that," Kerr said. "When he's ready to play, we're going to play him. Maybe it will be a minutes issue based on his conditioning for not having played in a month or whatever it is, but we'll just have to wait and see. Once he's ready to play, he'll play. And then [Warriors director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] and I will discuss what a plan would be in terms of how many minutes and all that stuff."
Iguodala, who sat out Game 4 of the Western Conference finals because of the same injury, played 29 minutes and tweaked the calf with 1:55 remaining in the Warriors' 118-109 loss in Game 1 on Thursday. The veteran swingman limped down the floor after coming down awkwardly on his leg, but the Warriors are confident he will be ready for Game 2. "Andre had an MRI this morning," Kerr said. "And seems to be doing well. ... He said he felt pretty good."
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala isn’t concerned about an apparent leg injury he sustained late in Thursday night’s Game 1 loss to the Raptors in the NBA Finals. “I’ll be all right,” Iguodala said. “Just bumps and bruises of the game. You can paint it as an excuse, but you have to keep going.”
Iguodala has averaged nearly 30 minutes over his last four games. Now, after a calf injury kept him out of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, Iguodala believes his health will be fine, even if his years in the league are numbered. “Just a lot of minutes and overuse. I’m old,” Iguodala said after practice Saturday.
Andre Iguodala: “It just flared up real quick, but we have a good training staff. When you’ve been playing for five long seasons, it’s bound to come up. It’s rare that you see it. It’s hard for it to be realized. My career is almost over, anyway. So I don’t really care.”
Monte Poole: Andre Iguodala (calf soreness) was held out for second straight day, per Steve Kerr. Team still expects him to be ready for Game 1 of The Finals.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala didn’t practice today, but “we expect him to be OK by Game 1,” Steve Kerr said.
Chris Haynes: Golden State will start Alfonzo McKinnie in place of injured Andre Iguodala tonight at Portland, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Nick Friedell: Kerr reiterates that Alfonzo McKinnie and Jonas Jerebko will definitely get more minutes with Iguodala out tonight. Kerr won’t reveal starters until closer to game time.
Monte Poole: Update: Warriors G/F Andre Iguodala (L leg tightness) was listed as questionable and has been declared out.
Connor Letourneau: Andre Iguodala is still listed as questionable for Game 4. Expect to have an update pregame.
Nick Friedell: Warriors say MRI on Andre Iguodala’s calf injury came back clean. He is questionable for Game 4 on Monday night.
Mark Medina: Andre Iguodala to receive MRI on his left calf on Sunday. Iguodala appeared in a good mood afterwards and was not walking around with a noticeable limp. But we'll see bayareane.ws/2YBYXsY
Nick Friedell: Andre Iguodala (knee hyperextension) is probable for Game 5, according to Steve Kerr.
Tim Kawakami: He iced it for a while after the game and had a limp when he took the wrap off, but it wasn't too bad. Obviously the big question is how he feels when he wakes up tomorrow.
Mark Medina: Official word for tonight: Kevin Durant (flu), Klay Thompson (right knee soreness), Andre Iguodala (left toe soreness) and Andrew Bogut are all out tonight vs Pelicans
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr expects Andre Iguodala to play tomorrow in Memphis. Kerr said he hasn’t determined any rest plans yet for tomorrow
Anthony Slater: No Andrew Bogut or Andre Iguodala for the Warriors tomorrow vs Pelicans. No one else listed on current report, so I'm guessing the big rest night will come on Wednesday at Memphis.
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on the health of Iguodala and Livingston: "I think they're fine. If this were a playoff game, Andre would play. ... Same with Shaun. Shaun just knocked knees with somebody the other night. ... I feel really comfortable with where they are health-wise."
Marla Ridenour: NBA's 5:30 injury report lists #Cavs' Kevin Love (sore left shoulder) as out tonight at Golden State, along with Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins (load management), Andre Iguodala (sore left toe).
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr said he’s not worried long term about Andre Iguodala’s injury. Being cautious with him per usual. But he’ll miss tonight’s game vs Lakers and tomorrow vs Cavs in Oakland
Connor Letourneau: Andre Iguodala is officially listed as questionable for tomorrow's game vs. Denver with left toe soreness.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr called Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala probable tonight. Both need to warm up.
Andy Larsen: Andre Iguodala is listed as questionable against the Jazz tomorrow due to hamstring tightness.
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on Andre Iguodala's hamstring tightness: "Yeah, it flared up at the very end, when we took him out mid-fourth-quarter." Wants to be cautious with him.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala will miss a third straight game tonight with hip tightness. Steve Kerr: “Hopefully Monday”
June 26, 2022 | 6:52 am EDT Update
Not much of Murdock’s take was optimistic if you’re a Nets fan. Indeed, he referred to the franchise’s current situation as “destruction” in the podcast and suggested perhaps more firmly than other pundits that Durant could indeed leave. “The vision is on the verge of crumbling,” he wrote. “It didn’t have to be this way,” he said, summing up. “This team … and it’s ironic. Kevin came to reconcile relationships, build relationships with his BFF’s and it’s not working out. It’s doing the exact opposite. And you juxtapose that with Golden State winning…” “Now, you have reports that Kyrie is looking elsewhere. I made some calls. Kevin Durant has not talked to the team in weeks. I don’t think Kevin is confident in the front office right now. I don’t know if he’s at the stage of leaving but there’s a big uneasiness from not only from the Kyrie side, but the KD side as well.”
And Murdock reiterated reports that Durant, who had in the past recruited free agents, is not doing that now. “At least right now, he’s one of those guys who doesn’t want to recruit, isn’t in the position to recruit or doesn’t feel like he is a position to recruit whether you like that or not.
At the center of it, Murdock pointed out multiple times is the Nets relationship with Irving. “His biggest beef is that he feels that the front office didn’t grow to understand Kyrie, whatever that means. I would push back on that when a guy leaves for two weeks at a time … Kyrie earns the lion’s share of the blame. But I think KD believes that ‘hey, you guys didn’t understand this guy. You didn’t try to figure out where he was coming from.’”
Still, Durant believes the Nets didn’t support Irving particularly when they decided not to play him at all in October, after he refused to get vaccinated like all but a handful of NBA players, then brought him back in October. “That’s just how he feels. ‘Hey man, I brought this guy in, him and Kyrie, and the front office didn’t do enough to support him at a time when we needed to support him.”
Moreover, Murdock pointed to the Nets decision to dump Adam Harrington, their long-time assistant coach and director of development, as a big negative for KD. Durant and Harrington go back to KD’s time in Oklahoma City when Harrington was his shooting coach. “And here’s another thing, KOC, the Nets got rid of Adam Harrington. who’s very close to Kevin. He’s one of Kevin’s guys. And that had a big ripple effect on how Kevin feels about this right now. He’s still in this figure-it-out mode but there is some fire to that smoke that he’s kind of reevaluating where he stands with this.”
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving won a ring together before, and it may not have been their last … ’cause Matt Barnes tells TMZ Sports the Lakers could be smelling champagne if Kyrie Irving joins L.A. Matt — who played for the Purple and Gold for two seasons — spoke about the recent Irving rumors out at LAX this week … and he told us if Uncle Drew ends up with the Lakers, it could result in the franchise’s 18th championship.
The Hawks could still pursue Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton in free agency. Sources tell The Athletic that the Hawks’ interest in the 23-year-old would be contingent on landing him for less than a max contract. That may not be an option, as the Pistons, who have the cap space for a max contract, are expected to be aggressive in their pursuit of Ayton in free agency.