Rod Beard: #Pistons Jerami Grant is listed as questionable for tonight at #Knicks. Josh Jackson and Frank Jackson still are OUT. #Knicks are a different team, but with what we saw last night, I’d guess they sit Grant (for the extended break) and run it back. That was fun.
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James Edwards III: #Pistons’ Jerami Grant (quad) will not play tonight against the #Raptors. Josh Jackson is OUT with an illness.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Derrick Rose and Josh Jackson are listed as probable for Friday’s game vs. the #Suns. Killian Hayes is OUT. #DFS
Gina Mizell: #Suns wing Josh Jackson was in a soft cast and on crutches today at the arena. GM James Jones told @TheAthleticAZ and @azcsports that Jackson tweaked his foot today and that the cast is precautionary and easier than a walking cast/boot. His status is day-to-day.
Duane Rankin: Josh Jackson will play tonight. #Suns
Gina Mizell: Newsy nuggets from Igor at #Suns practice: Josh Jackson practiced and there’s optimism he will play tomorrow vs. Memphis (officially listed as questionable on injury report). Jimmer Fredette was not here due to the birth of his son, but is expected to be available tomorrow.
Gina Mizell: #Suns officially listing Josh Jackson (sprained ankle) as questionable to play tomorrow vs. Washington, but Igor Kokoskov expressed some optimism earlier today that Jackson will be able to go. Tyler Johnson (knee) and T.J. Warren (ankle) remain out.
Gina Mizell: Per #Suns, Tyler Johnson (sore knee) is out for tomorrow’s game at Utah. Josh Jackson (sprained ankle) is questionable. T.J. Warren (sore ankle) is still out.
Gina Mizell: Per #Suns, Josh Jackson (ankle) and Tyler Johnson (knee) are both out tonight at Sacramento. Both were listed as questionable yesterday.
Gerald Bourguet: Josh Jackson (right ankle sprain) is out for tonight’s game in Sacramento
Gina Mizell: Tyler Johnson (sore knee) and Josh Jackson (sprained ankle) are both listed as questionable to play tomorrow at Sacramento. #Suns
Gerald Bourguet: Per Suns, Devin Booker (left hamstring strain) is questionable for tomorrow’s game. Josh Jackson (left great toe sprain) is questionable as well
Scott Bordow: Talked to Josh Jackson. Said he expects to play Tuesday against Cleveland
Scott Bordow: Josh Jackson is out rest of game. Left knee injury. Don’t know severity of injury
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April 19, 2021 | 8:10 am EDT Update
Chema de Lucas: Mike James will play with the Brooklyn Nets until the end of the season. Immediate incorporation. Nets interest in the CSKA Moscow player was first reported by @Eurohoopsnet.
Reigning EuroLeague scoring champion Mike James has emerged as a candidate to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Eurohoops has learned via a source. James was suspended indefinitely by CSKA Moscow in late March following an incident with team head coach Dimitris Itoudis and has headed back to his native United States. UPDATE: He will join the Nets, according to Chema de Lucas.
The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed forward Yuta Watanabe (YOU-tuh wah-tuh-NAH-bay) to a standard NBA contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Watanabe, 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, is averaging 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 13.4 minutes in 39 games (one start) as a two-way player with the Raptors this season. He is shooting .448 (56-125) from the field, including .400 (24-40) from three-point range, and has scored in double figures six times. Watanabe recorded a career-high 21 points Apr. 16 vs. Orlando.
Hasheem Thabeet is looking to make an NBA comeback, his agent Jerry Dianis told me on Saturday. The 7’3″ big-man just won MVP honors while playing in Taiwan for the Hsinchu JKO Lioneers. “Bottom line Hasheem Thabeet was given a opportunity, and he killed it,” Dianis told me. “MVP performance with career highs in points, rebounds, minutes played, assists and steals. Thabeet averaged 18.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.
To gauge who are the top international players, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators, including 10executives and five scouts. Each talent evaluator was asked to list his top five international players. The criteria included any player pro player not in the NBA right now. Some of the talent evaluators prioritized former NBA players and older veterans who are having an immediate impact on their team overseas. Others placed a higher value on younger prospects who are likely to come to the NBA in upcoming drafts. 1. Nikola Mirotic (Barcelona): The 30-year-old forward is shooting an astounding 59.7 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from beyond the arc while scoring 15.9 points per game. “He’s the guy that’s been most productive in the NBA, and someone you can put in an NBA game right now if you had to,” one NBA executive told HoopsHype.
2. Josh Giddey (Adelaide 36ers): “He has great size and excellent court vision,” an NBAexecutive told HoopsHype. “He sees the floor so well, and he’s probably too unselfish at times. His shooting will need a lot of work. He needs to become a consistent threat from three and he needs to improve at the line, but he’s playing in a tough league at a young age and he’s having success.”
3. Vasilije Micic (Anadolu Efes): The 6-foot-5 Serbian guard has his draft rights retained currently by the Thunder. While some have speculated he could make the jump to the NBA, his agent, Misko Raznatovic, denied having talks with any clubs for next season at this time. Still, Micic has drawn the attention of NBA teams with his play. “He’s almost an elite passer,” one NBAscout told HoopsHype. “He’s a good shooter, both on and off the dribble. He’s not athletic but has enough strength after his first step to get at the rim once he gets a runway. He’s very smart. His basketball IQ is off the charts.”