Isaiah Taylor suffered a setback in his quest for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ final roster spot and could miss a month after a CT scan revealed a stress fracture in his left leg. Taylor said the injury likely occurred at some point during summer workouts and he played at “probably 50 or 60 percent” during training camp. Because of the pain in his lower leg, Taylor received X-rays and multiple MRIs, which didn’t show anything significant. Finally, the CT scan conducted on Thursday revealed the bad news.
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There is no timetable for his return, but Taylor told cleveland.com on Friday morning that a month is most likely. “He’s played so well, competed every single day even though he has felt this for a while,” head coach Tyronn Lue said. “To play the way he has played in feeling that is kind of crazy, unbelievable. Just feel sorry for the kid and the work he’s put in. Hopefully he can get through this and get healthy.”
Michael Cunningham: Budenholzer says Taylor (ankle) and Cavanaugh (ankle) available to play. Cavanaugh last played for Hawks on Jan. 17.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks list Taylor (ankle) as available to play vs IND
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Michael Cunningham: Taylor expected to miss few games. Budenholzer says he got poked in eye during Fri. practice. Will consider promoting Magette from G-League
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June 25, 2019 | 1:15 am EDT Update
Frank Isola: Kawhi and the Clippers meeting tentatively scheduled for July 2nd is what I’m hearing. LA has a home court advantage but Toronto can get him another title next year.
While the odds-on favorites are the Clippers—fulfilling Leonard’s supposed interest in playing where he grew up—one Eastern Conference vice president says the Raptors still have a “fighting chance” to re-sign him, while a Western Conference VP says the Lakers are operating as if “they think they have a strong shot” at adding Leonard after acquiring New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis to play alongside their incumbent star, LeBron James, in a deal that can’t be officially consummated until next month.
The Knicks, sources familiar with the team’s thinking say, also believe they will get a chance to pitch Leonard on joining Durant in New York if Irving and the Nets strike a deal without Durant as part of it.
One NBA source tells me that the Mavs “don’t know yet” if they are going to be able to secure a meeting with Kawhi — though I would add, at the risk of being obvious, that they would be delighted to be involved in such a meeting I was also told it would take something “crazy” for this all to come together. “Crazy” maybe meaning that Kawhi is likely to be busy with the Raptors and the Clippers while Dallas is busy with Kemba Walker and other ideas.
Durant and Irving, league sources say, have met twice in recent weeks to discuss their desire to continue their careers on the same team, an idea forged while playing together on the U.S. national team. The first meeting took place in the Bay Area while Durant nursed a strained right calf; the second occurred in New York shortly after Durant had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Irving, meanwhile, also recently purchased a new home in South Orange, New Jersey, but league sources say he is pressing Durant to join him with the Nets and is trying to recruit Jordan as well. Durant did have his Achilles repaired by a Nets team physician, Dr. Martin O’Malley, but the New York Post’s Mark Fischer quoted one of O’Malley’s medical colleagues warning not to read too much into that.