Shams Charania: Celtics guard Payton Pritchard has a Grade 1 MCL sprain in right knee and expected to return to on-court activities in two weeks.
Oregon Ducks guard Payton Pritchard said Friday that he has played his last game for the Ducks, even if he is granted another year of eligibility. Asked directly if he’d come back for a fifth year if given the opportunity to do so, the Pac-12 player of the year said it’s his time to go. “As much as I love Coach and being an Oregon Duck,” Pritchard said. “It’s time to go,” coach Dana Altman said.
According to sources, Oregon rising-senior point guard Payton Pritchard has elected to return to Oregon for his final season of basketball.
John Canzano: Oregon Ducks guard Payton Pritchard tells me will declare for NBA Draft, and get feedback.
Payton Pritchard is in line to be Oregon’s lone senior next season, provided the point guard elects to return for another year. The West Linn native is weighing whether to test the waters of the NBA Draft. “That will definitely be an option,” Pritchard said after Oregon’s 53-49 loss to Virginia in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.
March 6, 2021 | 9:32 pm EST Update
Hall of Fame guard Gary Payton has not been shy about his desire to dive back into the NBA—as a coach. He told Yahoo! Sports last October that he had conversations about joining a coaching staff, “but the timing wasn’t right. I believe I now am ready to coach.” He did not, in the end, join a staff for this season, but now Payton says something is in the works and that could change shortly.
He was coy with specifics, but when asked, he told me about his desire to coach, “It is still the case. I got a surprise coming for a lot of people pretty soon. I don’t want to announce it right now, but you’ll see it pretty soon in the next couple of weeks, I hope everybody will be excited about it.”
He didn’t name any teams, but Payton has said he would like to work with young players, and logical speculation would hold that he could land in Atlanta to mentor star guard Trae Young. Payton’s old teammate and close friend, Nate McMillan, took over the Hawks job after Lloyd Pierce was fired this week. Another possibility would be Detroit, where coach Dwane Casey is overseeing a rebuilding project with a slew of young players for the Pistons. Casey was an assistant coach for Payton’s great Supersonics teams in the 1990s.
Cody Taylor: The NBA G League Ignite have clinched a playoff berth with tonight’s 127-92 win over the Austin Spurs. The group will play at least one more game this season as the playoffs begin on Monday.
Troy Brown: Please help me find my dog, Dex. He’s been missing since yesterday (March 5th). He went missing in the Kalorama neighborhood near 2535 Belmont Rd NW in DC. He’s an extremely friendly dog but he’s probably scared… only weighs about 15 pounds. He has tan and white fur.
March 6, 2021 | 6:25 pm EST Update
Law Murray: Silver says that 25 percent of NBA players come from out of United States, promotes G-League/G-League Ignite as a paid option for some talents while league continues to discuss one-and-done rule