Will Guillory: Expect Gentry to play Payton somewhere between 25-30 minutes tonight. He wants to ease him back after being out for so long
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Will Guillory: Source: Pelicans are hopeful Elfrid Payton will make his return from a broken finger next week. He still has some work to do, but this fits into the initial timetable he was given of a six-week recovery.
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says Elfrid Payton will have surgery on his broken left pinky. Timetable for return will be determined after
Jim Eichenhofer: Hard to believe some of the injury luck with this team at times. Elfrid Payton had played in 305 out of a possible 328 games of his four-year #NBA career prior to 2018-19, but just missed nine games with ankle sprain and now has broken finger only 8 minutes into return from it
Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry pregame on return of Elfrid Payton vs. NY: “It gets us the team that started out the year playing at a really great pace and him distributing the ball. Basically, what it does is puts guys back in the role that we anticipated them having at the start of the year.”
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry said he “anticipates” Elfrid Payton playing tonight. But still questionable at this point.
Jim Eichenhofer: Elfrid Payton, who is listed as questionable Friday vs. Knicks, on his emotions about a potential return to the court: “Super excited. I feel like we were in such a good rhythm before I went out. Just trying to get that back.” #Pelicans went 4-0 in the full games he played
Will Guillory: Elfrid Payton will not play tonight, per Alvin Gentry
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry told reporters in Minnesota that PG Elfrid Payton (out, ankle) is “really close” to returning and that “it would be ridiculous to take any chance at all”. Gentry said that ultimately the decision was his.
Payton has been upgraded on the team’s injury report a couple times this week and was deemed a game-time decision to play Saturday against Phoenix, which would be his first game action in exactly two weeks. “We’ll have to see,” fourth-year head coach Alvin Gentry said after Friday practice of Payton’s status. “He’s going to do some other stuff (physically to test whether Payton can play). He’s a game-time decision. He’s made progress.”
Will Guillory: Elfrid Payton and Nikola Mirotic are both listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Phoenix Suns due to right ankle sprains pic.twitter.com/u2rOax0xCL
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says he doesn’t expect Elfrid Payton to play Wednesday night but Saturday is a real possibility.
Scott Bordow: Sounds like Devin Booker, TJ Warren, Elfrid Payton, Len all out. Triano expects same lineup as he had against Golden State
Jonathan Feigen: Add Elfrid Payton and T.J. Warren to the Suns’ out list tonight. As mentioned earlier, Devin Booker and Alex Len are out vs. Rockets tonight.
Gerald Bourguet: Suns say no Elfrid Payton for tonight, so Tyler Ulis will start. #SunsVsClippers
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is expected to play tonight against the Warriors, Frank Vogel said.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton will not play tonight against the Denver Nuggets, the Magic have announced. Payton continues to be bothered by a sore left hamstring.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) will not play tonight against the Celtics, Frank Vogel said.
Josh Robbins: Frank Vogel said Elfrid Payton, as expected, also will be out tomorrow night in New Orleans due to his hamstring injury.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed point guard Elfrid Payton as out for Sunday’s game in Charlotte. Payton has an injured left hamstring.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon (ankle) is unlikely to play tonight. Elfrid Payton (hamstring) also is out, as disclosed previously.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton has a strained left hamstring and will not return in the second half, Magic officials said.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Brooklyn’s Kenneth Faried has agreed to a contract buyout with the Brooklyn Nets, clearing the way for him to sign a free agent deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell ESPN. Faried expected to be waived on Saturday and clear on Monday.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Rockets will have until Monday to clear a roster spot for Faried. He’s expected to move into the Rockets lineup with significant minutes immediately with absence of Clint Capela, league sources said.
Omari Sanfoka II: Marc Gasol declined to address the meeting he and Mike Conley had with team owner Robert Pera, calling it “private.” Conley said this: “He came in town and we had a good meeting. That’s all there was to it, nothing special came out of it that’ll change the world or anything.”
Mark Medina: DeMarcus Cousins throws down a hammer dunk, and the entire bench clears out. Klay is loving it.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Kyrie Irving said Shelving Mack said something pretty disrespectful & challenged his manhood on the court. Irving said he told Mack to do something about it. Thus the double techs.