Sean Cunningham: In their summer league finale in Vegas tonight, Kings will play without Harry Giles (not hurt), Frank Mason (ankle) & Justin Jackson (not hurt). Team has seen enough of both Jackson & Giles and happy with what they witnessed. Other guys get extended look tonight
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James Ham: From Kings: Frank Mason will not play today against Cleveland with a sprained right ankle. He is day to day for the remainder of summer league in Las Vegas
James Ham: Frank Mason will miss the season finale tomorrow for Sac. An MRI revealed a slight tear of the plantar fascia in his left heel. Not the same foot as last time, but a similar injury. Not as severe. He is expected to make a full recovery in time for the team’s summer program.
Jason Jones: Joerger said Frank Mason will be on a minutes restriction, even with Fox out. Did not say what the limit was on his minutes
Sean Cunningham: Kings rookie Frank Mason III is progressing well with his plantar fascia injury. Experienced no setbacks during recovery. However he will remain out until after the All-Star break to gear up for the rest of the season.
James Ham: Frank Mason (heel) is out for tomorrow. De’Aaron Fox has been upgraded to questionable.
Sean Cunningham: Bruised heel will keep Frank Mason III out for remainder of the game
Sean Cunningham: Frank Mason III had a precautionary x-ray, which was negative.
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October 17, 2018 | 11:28 am EDT Update
The 2018-19 NBA season could very well be Kevin Durant’s final year with the Golden State Warriors. But while he’s still under contract, the defending champs are well within their right to kick off their recruitment of Durant early. “I don’t need [to be recruited], I don’t need to feel appreciated,” Durant told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday after a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on opening night. “I don’t need anything extra [from the Warriors]. I’m just here to hoop and win games. I already know what this organization is about.”
“I think it’s simple for KD. I think he just tells people one time and one time only. He’ll deal with that when the time comes,” George told Yahoo Sports. “In his mind right now, they’re focusing on a three-peat, they’re focusing on defending that title. That’s the only thing the media needs to worry about. Regardless of if he stays or if he goes, he gave them three great years. That’s what the Bay has to be proud of.” The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers will take a run at the back-to-back Finals MVP, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Personnel from the Clippers are expected to attend a high number of Warriors games this season, sources said. Rival executives are of the belief that Durant, unlike the previous two summers he hit free agency with the Warriors, might be swayed to leave the Bay Area this time around.
Zach Lowe: He’s not going back to Oklahoma City. I’d be dumbfounded if he joined LeBron. He must know the Warriors will always be Curry’s team. The social media slights will never stop as long as Durant is there. People who know Durant say part of him must crave the challenge of being the undisputed alpha dog and lead ball handler — of putting up a 32-10-8 stat line. Some of those same people wonder if he is a little scared of that challenge. A normal human would feel both of those things. But whoever revives the Knicks will become legend. They have a young co-star in Kristaps Porzingis who could take on more of the scoring burden as Durant ages.
“When you look at LeBron, every year you know he’s going to be great and his team is going to have a chance to win the title,” Davis said. “From here on out, I want to be in that conversation every year. Not every other year. Not every few years. Every year. If that’s going to happen, we’re going to have to win, and I’m going to have to be the most dominant player.” This was simply not the way Davis talked or felt when he was 21 or 22. But he’ll soon be 26, and this is his seventh year. This actually might be the beginning of his prime. He’s making statements like this not because he wants to create a sound bite or launch a marketing campaign, but because he has raised his expectations. It’s not lip service; his play shows that.
Those statements can be uncomfortable for some, especially with the Pelicans aware that he can be a free agent in 2020. More to the point, if Davis isn’t feeling the franchise next summer, when it can offer him a five-year extension for around $240 million, there’s going to be problems. Big problems. That reality is just below the surface on every decision that is taking place in New Orleans right now. Just being around the team and talking to its players, coaches and executives, the tension exists. To pretend it doesn’t isn’t genuine. That makes this season pretty important for the future of the franchise.
But for the most part, people might think different, but I actually had a great time in OKC. I think being so close with Russ [Westbrook] and PG [Paul George], and then all the other guys on the team, and the organization was very helpful in trying to make the transition smoothly. I had a great time in OKC. Nichols: So tell me about that transition, though. How did things go down over the summer after the season? Did you come to them? Did they come to you? Anthony: We had a real conversation. I had a real conversation with Coach [Billy] Donovan, and we had all summer to try to figure it out. And they told me they was looking in another direction, and I know how the game works.