Dave McMenamin: Avery Bradley (knee) is out tomorrow vs LAC, per Frank Vogel. The coach also said Kendrick Nunn (knee) has begun the ramp-up process again, but remains out. Carmelo Anthony (hamstring) was a full practice participant and is probable. Anthony Davis (foot) is off his crutches.
Dave McMenamin: Frank Vogel says it’s “likely” Kendrick Nunn will not be able to make his season debut before March, however he said there is still optimism that Nunn will play sometime this season.
Mike Trudell: Spoelstra on Kendrick Nunn and what LAL have been missing: “He has that scoring punch, he can do it at all three levels. He ignitable. He can make plays off the dribble.” Added that it’s quite a “bummer” that his knee has kept him off the floor all season.
Ryan Ward: Frank Vogel says Kendrick Nunn is "working hard" to get back. "We're all eager to get him out there."
Kendrick Nunn: Lake Show I promise I want to be out there helping my team. Stay patient with me. This process has been just as frustrating for me. I’ll return as soon as I’m healthy! It’ll be worth the wait 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Bill Oram: Frank Vogel said it’s “probably not” likely to see Kendrick Nunn play this year — then quickly clarifies he means 2021, not the end of the basketball season.
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel says Kendrick Nunn now has a bone bruise in his knee that will be reevaluated in two to three weeks.
Brady Hawk: Erik Spoelstra on Kendrick Nunn being ruled out with neck spasms instead of the elbow injury: "It just stiffened up a lot in the last two days." @5ReasonsSports
Ira Winderman: Kendrick Nunn (Achilles) listed as questionable for Heat for 8 p.m. vs. Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena. Justise Winslow (back) still out. Butler and Dragic off Heat injury list. Okpala and Alexander remain in G League.
July 4, 2022 | 5:27 am EDT Update
“The Lakers have yet, I’m told, to be aggressive in trying to put a deal together to get [Kyrie] from Brooklyn. That may come, that may evolve with time. But so far right now, there’s no traction really on deals with either Irving or Durant.” 🗣️ @wojespn
John Clark: I’m told despite reports, the Sixers are not pursuing Kyrie Irving I’m told there were discussions internally about Kyrie and other players, but the Sixers never entered into actual talks with Brooklyn As far as Kevin Durant, remember he has a big say in where he will wind up
Those who know Durant cite two primary factors: a rocky Nets season that ended in a first-round playoff sweep; and the franchise’s soured relationship with Irving, his close friend. Durant doesn’t see much hope for a revival under the circumstances, those sources say. And he’s unhappy that his friend is unhappy.
As one insider sympathetic to Durant noted, “Kyrie sabotaged everything,” but Durant is reacting more to the effects than the cause, and he now views the Nets as unsalvageable. “There’s no use in (him) taking sides when it’s all too far gone,” the person said. In essence, the Nets were right in principle, but wrong in practical terms, failing to understand that making Irving upset “was going to drive Kevin away.” It’s instructive to note that for all the chaos, all the havoc and all the stress, Durant still wants to play with Irving, according to league insiders.
Chris Fedor on Collin Sexton: The Dallas Mavericks have been rumored as a team that may have interest because they lost Jalen Brunson. They don’t have cap space. So it would have to be a sign-and-trade worked out with the Cavs. And I’m told that the Cavs are not very attracted to any of the pieces that Dallas would be willing to send back to them in a potential sign-and-trade.
The difference in the tax penalty — somewhere around $15 million extra in the immediate, a whole lot more throughout a longer-term deal — caused Lacob and the Warriors to balk. It stung several in the organization, per sources. They’d found Payton and grown to not only love the person but also understand the value of his unique skill set. It translated to winning. For the first time, they’d failed to retain one of their own due to an unwillingness to meet a financial demand.