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Fred Katz: Ish Smith is out 6-to-8 weeks with a right proximal quad injury, the Wizards say. He’s going to be re-evaluated in about three weeks.
Ava Wallace: Ish Smith, who’s got stitches inside & outside his lip, went through practice today. Brooks said today was a “correction” day, Wiz were able to focus on transition defense.
Candace Buckner: Ish Smith (hamstring) is OUT tonight
Vincent Ellis: Ish Smith (right adductor tightness) will play today for #Pistons vs. #Clips.
James Edwards III: Dwane Casey said Ish Smith is expected to be back this week.
Vincent Ellis: Casey mentioned that Ish Smith (right adductor) would likely return at some point next week. #Pistons
James Edwards III: Dwane Casey said Ish Smith is day-to-day, and Andre Drummond has a nasal contusion. He’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Keith Langlois: Ish Smith has tightness in same area of adductor but it’s being described as not a re-injury. They’re being cautious and he’s OUT for tonight.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey says Ish Smith will play tonight vs. #Jazz and he doesn’t appear to have a minutes restriction. Zaza Pachulia may be ready to return later this week. #DFS
Vincent Ellis: Dwane Casey indicated Ish Smith (right adductor) could return before this trip is over. Two more games (Saturday at LAC, Monday at Utah).
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey says Ish Smith (right adductor tear) is making good progress and will be reevaluated next week.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Reggie Bullock (sprained ankle), Stanley Johnson (left knee contusion) and Ish Smith (adductor tear) all are OUT today vs. #Pelicans.
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September 20, 2021 | 8:16 am EDT Update
UNICS Kazan announced the signing of former Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo. The 33-year-old veteran will make his european debut in VTB League and the EuroLeague this season, signing a one-year deal with the club. Mayo has 573 NBA games under his belt, with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.0 steal per contest.
“Shabazz Napier underwent a comprehensive examination. He has a rather serious injury to the ligaments of the right ankle joint. On the positive side, I can say that there is no fracture and, therefore, there is no need for surgery, of the minuses, the recovery time is still unknown. We have all the necessary conditions to get him back on the floor quickly. All is needed is the support of the fans,” general manager Alexander Tserkovny said. Napier moved to Europe after six years in the NBA and showed promise in front of the season. In the first VTB SuperCup game, against UNICS, he banked in 33 points on 8-11 shooting including 6-8 from deep. He also dished out four assists during the 30 minutes on the floor.
Organizers of a planned museum about basketball great Larry Bird in Terre Haute are starting to assemble thousands of items ahead of its expected opening next year. The museum will be part of the new Terre Haute Convention Center, which remains under construction with an anticipated completion date of March 2022. It will include items donated by Bird and others from his career with the Boston Celtics, Indiana State University and the U.S. Olympic team. The site for work on cataloging the memorabilia is being modified for security and should be ready within weeks, the Tribune-Star reported.
September 20, 2021 | 4:09 am EDT Update
According to a league source, projections indicate that a $171 million salary cap is possible, assuming no cap smoothing, by 2025. Should the NBPA instead agree to cap smoothing, it’s likely the league will still see annual increases to the extent of $15 million, according to source.
The NBA also has a $1.5 billion streaming deal with Chinese-based company Tencent Holdings. “I think everyone expects that so long as the public is demonstrating through ratings that they are watching the NBA, you can probably expect increases there as well,” said former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson. “I would think the NBA is going to look for significant increases.”
Brother Pau Gasol recently spoke with Spanish newspaper Marca, and the topic of Marc’s future came up. “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides. I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.“