Q: When does it really start to pick up? Some people don’t show their cards until the deadline is actually near. Tim Connelly: I think our approach is slightly different. If you’re trying to make a trade to improve your team, the earlier you get that guy, the better. That’s how we view things. I don’t know if that’s shared [by others]. You put self-imposed pressure by waiting. Sometimes you get something more up against the clock, but I think more often than not, the more clear-headed and less emotional you are, the better deals you make. We’re an organization that would not be reluctant to make a move earlier.
March 21, 2023 | 12:41 pm EDT Update
Keldon Johnson won't play against Pelicans
San Antonio: Keldon Johnson (neck sprain) has been downgraded to out for Tuesday’s game against New Orleans. Tre Jones (right hamstring contusion) and Doug McDermott (right hip contusion) are available.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets assign TyTy Washington to the RGV Vipers in the G League. He did not play during last week’s assignment because of migraines and was a DNP vs. Warriors last night. He is, however, loading up on frequent flier miles.
Michael Grange: Scottie Barnes (wrist) did not practice for Raptors today. No word (yet) on status vs. Pacers on Wednesday.
Josh Lewenberg: Nurse said that the MRI on Barnes’ injured wrist came back clean but it’s still sore. He’ll have some more testing done today. For now, he’s day-to-day. Likely questionable vs Indy tomorrow.
Graham Coffey: UGA Basketball’s Terry Roberts has declared for the NBA Draft per a post on his Instagram account. Roberts led UGA in scoring this year with 13.2 points per game
Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman have invested in TMRW Sports, the latest prominent celebrities to back the platform launched last year by golfers Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Durant and Kleiman are participating through their fund, Thirty Five Ventures, while Wade and O’Neal are investing on their own.
March 21, 2023 | 11:07 am EDT Update
Josh Hart hopes to sign a long-term deal with New York
New York is 12-4 since acquiring Josh Hart, who told Andscape that he hopes to sign a long-term deal with the Knicks. His wife is on board with that decision, too. “I want bigger things for my wife and myself,” Hart said. “Just find a home somewhere where we are valued and really like living there. And I think that can be New York. I would love for it to be New York and hopefully the organization feels the same way. Coming up, this contract is hopefully my biggest one, one where I’m making sure my family’s fully taken care of. So, I’ve also got to take that into account, too.”