Dave McMenamin: Abdel Nader (knee) is cleared to play in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. “I expect him to play well,” Suns coach Monty Williams said of Nader, who has been out since late March.
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Shams Charania: Suns forward Abdel Nader has been fully cleared from his April knee procedure and is expected to be available Saturday for Game 4 vs. Clippers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Nader averaged 6.7 points and 41.9 percent from 3-point range this season.
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams said Abdel Nader is for sure not playing in the season opener. Said the Suns will have a better picture on everyone else tomorrow
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that forward Abdel Nader sustained a concussion during last night’s 98-84 scrimmage victory against the Boston Celtics and he has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol. Per the NBA’s Concussion Policy, Nader will now begin the NBA-mandated Return-to-Participation Protocol. This process includes a series of steps designed to ensure an athlete exhibits symptom-free behavior before resuming basketball activities. There is no predetermined timetable to complete the protocol, as each injury and player is different and recovery time can vary in each case.
Brett Dawson: Abdel Nader (illness) listed as questionable for the Thunder tomorrow against Orlando.
Erik Horne: Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce says John Collins is out. Rookie Omari Spellman to start. Abdel Nader is out for the Thunder.
Brett Dawson: Per Billy Donovan, Paul George will play tomorrow at Minnesota. Abdel Nader still out. Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson remain out.
Erik Horne: Skeleton crew for the Thunder’s preseason opener: Paul George not in attendance due to personal reasons. Alex Abrines (back spasms), Abdel Nader (left knee soreness) both out.
Abdel Nader, who missed the scrimmage with left knee soreness, was rested and did not practice Tuesday. The Thunder will decide Wednesday if Abrines and Nader are available for the preseason opener against Detroit.
On training camp coming up: Abdel Nader: Just be ready, be in shape – coming off my wrist injury. I broke my arm and my wrist last year, so I’ve been working on, grinding through that. It’s really been a blessing getting traded here to Oklahoma City. I’m ready to get started.
Sean Grande: Abdel Nader (flu) is out tonight. Jayson Tatum will play. MRI was all good.
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August 2, 2021 | 7:49 am EDT Update
There is a strong possibility that Howard returns for a third go-around with the Lakers. Howard won a title with the Lakers in 2020, but he bolted to the 76ers last season. Now, there appears to be interest on both sides to have Howard back for his physical and defensive play. Howard, 35, averaged 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes last season in Philadelphia, his 17th in the NBA.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on what he’s conveyed to Bulls about a potential extension. If Bulls decide to take route to cap space, pursuing upgrades through free agency or renegotiating + extending LaVine’s current contract are two options on table.
Barry Jackson: ESPN reports tonight that New Orleans and Dallas – two Lowry suitors – have begun to look elsewhere for point guards. The Dragic/Achiuwa package should get this done for Lowry barring any late issues; Achiuwa hasn’t yet been informed because talks can’t begin until 6 p.m. Monday.
Donatas Urbonas: Ignas Brazdeikis will play for the Orlando Magic in the NBA Summer League, per sources. Brazdeikis averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2 assists in 8 NBA games with Orlando last season.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on keeping up with Bulls’ free agency from Tokyo: “I should have a good idea what’s going on. I take that very serious, keep up to date with what’s going on back home, but obviously still get my rest cause we got a game tomorrow. One way or another I’ll find out.”
August 2, 2021 | 1:19 am EDT Update
“It looks like [Kawhi] is expected to re-sign with the Clippers, but sources informed me that he will listen to other teams.” @ChrisBHaynes on Kawhi Leonard’s free agency