Marc Stein: The Mavs have struck 10-day deals with Ben Bentil AND Quinn Cook, according to league sources
Marc Stein: The Mavs' plan is to have deals with swingman Ben Bentil and PG Quinn Cook completed in time for both to practice Sunday, league sources say
Chris Reichert: Ben Bentil has rejoined the Fort Wayne Mad Ants after his stint in China. He will be available for the D-League Showcase per the team #NBADL
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: D-League's Ben Bentil signed short-term deal to replace injured Andray Blatche with China club Xinjiang.
Adam Johnson: Ben Bentil is headed overseas to China as an injury replacement league source tells D-League Digest. Fort Wayne does expect him back this yr
Adam Johnson: Pacers have signed Ben Bentil with a deal to play for Fort Wayne Mad Ants. First reported by @Mark Porcaro on Saturday.
May 17, 2021 | 12:14 am EDT Update
Ryan Ward: Jared Dudley on the Lakers trying to win a title as the 7th seed: “It will be the hardest challenge any team has had in NBA history.” CORRECTION: No NBA team lower than the 6th seed has won the title. 5th seed: 1969 Boston Celtics 6th seed: 1995 Houston Rockets
Dave McMenamin: Jared Dudley, without naming names, said teams were “managing” their schedules down the stretch to avoid the Lakers. He thinks it’s a bad strategy: says the Lakers will be most susceptible to an upset in the first round and will only get stronger from there.
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert, on the play-in tournament: “Those games are gonna be fun to watch. I’m excited to watch those games. And whoever we face, it’s gonna be a long journey, and we’re gonna be ready.”
Rob Schaefer: Billy Donovan described himself as “disappointed” with Bulls missing playoffs with 31-41 record. Said he’s going to assess what he could have done better. Added that the missed opportunities were most difficult thing to overcome. Being close to play-in adds to disappointment.
The executive said since James has been and still is the face of the NBA, he has exceptional clout, that he’s been granted considerably more latitude to complain about officials. “Whatever LeBron wants, LeBron gets,’’ the exec said. “He’s beyond reproach. He really is. And he knows it.’’
While James remains the king of whiners, there may be, according those surveyed, an heir apparent. That’s Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks’ abundantly talented young guard. “Don’t get me started on Doncic,’’ one scout said. “He just doesn’t stop b——g. It’s unbelievable. Every game I’ve scouted, that’s all he does.’’