Ira Winderman: Heat update: — Jimmy Butler is expected to play Tuesday. Not on Heat list of unavailable — Dion Waiters and James Johnson are both listed as out for Tuesday. That could change Tuesday. — Derrick Jones Jr listed as out due to groin. — Kelly Olynyk probable, with quad contusion.
Anthony Chiang: Left groin strain for Derrick Jones Jr. Severity of injury won’t be known until tomorrow. But hard to imagine he plays tomorrow vs. Timberwolves.
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Derrick Jones, Jr. (left leg injury) will not return to tonight's game vs the Bucks.
Tim Reynolds: Injury updates Josh Richardson has a left hip strain, will not travel and will be re-evaluated Monday. Dion Waiters has a precautionary MRI on left knee which was Negative. Probable for tomorrow. Derrick Jones Jr. has a right knee bone bruise. Questionable for tomorrow.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder expected to play tonight. Derrick Jones Jr. is out. "It's all hands on deck right now," Spoelstra said.
Barry Jackson: Derrick Jones Jr. now ruled out with knee injury, will be re-evaluated in Miami. Heat's depth, once a strength early this season, now shaky because of injury misfortune.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic (left calf strain), James Johnson (slight left AC sprain), Kelly Olynyk (right ankle sprain), Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) all QUESTIONABLE for tomorrow's game vs. Nets. Derrick Jones Jr. probable with bruised right knee.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra, "This will be a fun game for the guys playing." Of the injuries, Spoelstra said, "those won't be long-term deals."
Ira Winderman: Injuries keep piling up for Heat. Tonight vs. Suns: James Johnson – Questionable (shoulder) Rodney McGruder – Out (knee) Justise Winslow – Out (knee) Derrick Jones Jr.– Questionable (illness)
The Miami Heat return from the NBA All-Star break for the final 26 games of the regular season with a big boost in point guard Goran Dragic returning to practice from knee injury, along with forward Derrick Jones Jr. Both will travel with the team to Philadelphia and be available for Thursday’s game against the 76ers.
Ira Winderman: For those who held out early hope: Goran Dragic not on this trip with Heat. Derrick Jones Jr. also did not travel.
Tim Reynolds: Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has been diagnosed with a pair of bone bruises in his right knee, after his scary fall last night in New York. He will be re-evaluated in about six weeks and the Heat are hoping he will play again this season. This could have been much worse.
Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. was helped to the locker room early in the second quarter of Sunday night's game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden after sustaining an apparent leg injury while driving in transition. With Jones, who was fouled on the play, unable to remain in the game, he was disqualified from returning.
Anthony Chiang: Per Heat, Derrick Jones, Jr. has a right knee injury. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Derrick Jones Jr. all listed as out for Sunday’s game vs. Jazz.
Tim Reynolds: Spo says Derrick Jones Jr. had some tightness after practice yesterday and the hammy didn’t respond well today. Level of concern: “Too early to tell,” Spo says.
Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. (stomach flu) questionable for Friday vs. Pacers. Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Dwyane Wade are again out. This is Heat's lone regular-season visit, so unless Heat meet Pacers in playoffs, it means Wade won't play here again unless he changes retirement plans.
Ira Winderman: Dwyane Wade is listed as out for Friday's game, in the wake of the birth of his daughter. Derrick Jones Jr. also is listed as out due to a bruised right knee. Goran Dragic is questionable due to a sore right knee.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Winslow, Jones and Ellington will play tonight. Duncan Robinson is not with the team tonight, on his two-way contract.
Ira Winderman: MRI Wednesday on Derrick Jones Jr. came back negative, as did X-ray immediately after Tuesday's frightening tumble. So still listed with bruised right shoulder. Expectation is he will be out Friday in Washington.
Anthony Chiang: Derrick Jones Jr. took a hard fall on a tip-in attempt. He's down holding his shoulder. Does not look good at all.
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Derrick Jones, Jr. (bruised right shoulder) will not return to tonight's preseason game vs the Hornets. X-Rays returned negative.
Manny Navarro: Eric Glass says Derrick Jones Jr. (Sprained right ankle) is out Tuesday. No word yet if he will play again in summer league. Bam Adebayo expected to play Tuesday.
July 4, 2022 | 10:35 pm EDT Update
With four years left on Kevin Durant’s contract, and Kyrie Irving having opted in to the last year of his deal, the Nets have leverage and every intention of using it. And league personnel say the Nets have implied if they don’t get what they want, this could well drag on into training camp.
Nets general manager Sean Marks and owner Joe Tsai had agreed to work with Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman to try to trade him to one of his preferred landing spots. But in the end, Durant and Irving are expected to be moved where and when it works best for Nets management.
How the Nets deal with Joe Harris may be the best indicator of how they plan to proceed. He’s the longest-tenured Net, often consulted by Marks on major decisions. “I know the Nets absolutely do not want to trade Joe under any scenario,” a league source familiar with Brooklyn’s thinking told The Post. “But there are just thousands of different ways this can play out.”
Taken in the most recent draft at No. 8 overall by New Orleans, Australian product Dyson Daniels is already impressing the Pelicans’ coaching staff. “We’re playing him in scrimmages we’re putting him in multiple spots,” said Pelicans lead assistant coach Jarron Collins, who will coach in Summer League. “Obviously, he can be a primary ball-handler, he can literally play 1-4 and defend every single position.”
Standing 6′8 with a 6′11 wingspan, Daniels has physical tools to be inserted in various scenarios on the floor in various roles. “Frankly, his versatility will allow us to be creative with our lineups,” Collins said. “And his availability to us putting him in different spots.”
There’s a possibility that the son of a former New Orleans NBA great may become an LSU Tiger. LSU men’s basketball head coach Matt McMahon has given an offer to four-star recruit Andrej Stojakovic, according to a social media post from AAU team Compton Magic out of California. Andrej, the small forward who plays for the Compton AAU team and Jesuit High in California, is the son of former New Orleans, then known as Hornets, great Peja Stojakovic.
July 4, 2022 | 7:43 pm EDT Update
Victor Wembanyama has signed a two-year deal with French side Boulogne Metropolitans 92, the club officially announced Monday. 2004-born Wembanyama posted averages of 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds across 18 minutes in the French Betclic Elite in 2021-22 with LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and was voted as the league’s Rising Star.