Duane Rankin: Rookie De’Anthony Melton would’ve been available Thursday at #Cavaliers, but flight from PHX to CLEV was delayed. Melton said he heard plane was struck by lightning coming into PHX. He’s available tonite after missing nine games w/right ankle sprain before Cavs game. #Suns
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Duane Rankin: Rookie De’Anthony Melton hopes to return for Wednesday’s game against Los Angeles #Clippers. Has been out with right ankle sprain. Says it’s getting better everyday.
Gina Mizell: Kokoskov says Deandre Ayton is OUT tonight vs. Lakers but that he’s not overly concerned about Ayton’s sprained ankle. Richaun Holmes (sprained foot) will be active and could play. De’Anthony Melton (sprained ankle) is projected to be out until All-Star break. #Suns
Duane Rankin: Deandre Ayton (ankle) and Richaun Holmes (foot) are questionable for Sunday night’s game at #Lakers after missing last four games. De’Anthony Melton (ankle) out as he was wearing a boot on it last night. TJ Warren has been shut down for two weeks w/right ankle soreness. #Suns
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August 18, 2019 | 9:06 pm EDT Update
Entering his fifth season, Richardson was involved in a five-game playoff series loss two years ago against the Sixers. There have been many other, heated games with the two teams. His biggest perception of Philadelphia as an opposing player? “The fans, man,” Josh Richardson said during Saturday’s annual Sixers Summer Shore Tour at the PigDog Beach Bar BQ in Wildwood. “The first thing you think about is how hard the fans are to opposing players. It is tough playing against that and I am excited to play on the same side of those fans.”
In looking at his new team, Richardson noted something he thought he would never see, that he will be the smallest player in the starting lineup. The rest of the projected lineup is 6-10 point guard Ben Simmons, 6-9 small forward Tobias Harris, 6-10 power forward Al Horford and 7-2 center Joel Embiid. “I have never been that ever in my life,” Richardson said about being the smallest. “This will be interesting, looking up to my teammates, talking in huddles.”
Not surprisingly, his summer has been spent working overtime on all aspects of his game. “I’ve been grinding,” he said. Smith says he has benefited from extra summer work in the weight room. The Sixers list him at 199 pounds. He said he was about 205 the last time he was weighed before the summer and now says he is 212 pounds. He hopes to become a solid rotation player. “That is the goal,” he said. “Get in the rotation and play hard and do what I do and have fun.”
August 18, 2019 | 7:41 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The Grizzlies are granting the Los Angeles Lakers permission to speak with Dwight Howard, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Ramona Shelburne: As @VeniceMase and I discussed the other day on @ESPNLosAngeles … Dwight Howard may have left town on bad terms with some in LA. But he always had a good relationship with Jeanie Buss. Remember, Jeanie and Phil tweeting at him during the recruiting process.