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Oklahoma City Thunder executive vice president Sam Presti on Friday said rookie Josh Giddey is ready to participate in training camp after suffering an ankle injury during the Las Vegas Summer League. Giddey was injured five minutes into his debut game with the Thunder and did not return to play in Las Vegas. The team opted to be cautious with the injury and did not want to rush him back into action, a decision Presti expounded on during his press conference. He is fine. It was an ankle sprain. The worst thing in those situations in summer league is when someone gets nicked up like that is you just don’t have enough time to get them back before summer league is over. If you could even get him back, by the end of summer league, the games deteriorate pretty quickly. He is doing good.
Joe Mussatto: Josh Giddey (left ankle sprain) remains out for the Thunder tonight. So no Giddey and no Tre Mann (personal reasons). Coach Grant Gibbs (health and safety protocols) is also out.
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October 27, 2021 | 2:05 am EDT Update
Ohm Youngmisuk: Michael Malone isn’t sure yet if Nikola Jokic will need any extra testing on his knee. He said that he decided to keep Jokic out at halftime when Jokic told him his knee felt a little weak. Malone said there was no sense in risking Jokic, especially on second of back-to-back.
One source with knowledge of the situation maintained Mitchell had no involvement in Wade purchasing a stake in the team. In any case, it’s a move many league observers have viewed as a direct attempt by Smith to appease Mitchell, who first formed a strong connection with Wade through their representation at Creative Artists Agency. “It’s a little bit of new-owner syndrome, too,” said an assistant general manager. “You come in, and you’re immediately told, ‘The star player, you want them to like you.'”
There’s a player option in the fifth year of Mitchell’s $163 million contract, which still wouldn’t let the All-Star reach free agency until 2025 at the earliest. And despite the superstar trade request seemingly more en vogue than ever, the Jazz appear to be doing just fine building around Mitchell in Utah. Around the NBA, he’s known as a team-oriented and affable leader, believing this group can compete for a championship. Utah did finish top-five in both offensive and defensive efficiency last season.
There does not appear to be any connection between Mitchell’s interests and the ouster of former president Dennis Lindsey. That decision stemmed largely, sources confirmed to B/R, from a rift between the executive and Snyder in which Smith sided with his head coach. Jazz staffers point specifically to Lindsey selecting Udoka Azubuike in the first round of the 2020 draft, as well as other draft additions that failed to make an NBA impact as a main stimulant in the turmoil between the president and Snyder.
As other teams like the Nets spent training camp in destinations like San Diego, Mitchell was vocal about the Jazz conducting training camp out of market, sources said, which led to Utah holding workouts in Las Vegas. The Jazz bunkered down in the Wynn hotel, creating an environment Snyder’s coaching staff valued, similar to the Orlando bubble experience.