NBA Rumor: Jrue Holiday Injury

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Holiday, Middleton all out against Clippers tonight

Eric Nehm: Bucks’ injury report for tonight’s back-to-back against the Clippers: OUT: Giannis Antetokounmpo (right knee soreness) Jrue Holiday (left ankle sprain) Brook Lopez (return to competition reconditioning) Khris Middleton (left wrist soreness) DeAndre’ Bembry (right knee surgery)

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Eric Nehm: Lengthy injury list for the Bucks for tomorrow night in Detroit. The following players are OUT: – Donte DiVincenzo (left ankle injury recovery) – Jrue Holiday (left ankle sprain) – Brook Lopez (back soreness) – Khris Middleton (health and safety protocols)

“We’ve lost one of the best players on the team and playmakers and best defenders on the team is not playing with us,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “It’s not an excuse, I’m not the guy that keeps excuses, but he’s a big part of who we are. We need him. We need him back when it’s safe for him to play. That doesn’t mean when he comes back we’re going to play better because it’s a team, it’s a group, but it’s going to make it a lot easier for Khris (Middleton), for me, for Jrue, for Donte (DiVincenzo), for Bryn, for everybody else offensively and defensively.”
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Bobby Marks: Despite missing the remainder of the season after surgery to repair a core muscle injury, Jrue Holiday will meet the bonus criteria for assists per game. After missing the bonus in 2017-18, Holiday will earn $255K for averaging at least 7.3 rebounds and appearing in 67 games. The New Orleans guard has now met four sets of bonus criteria in his contract- games played, minutes, rebounds and now assists. Holiday can also earn an additional $100K if he is named All-Defensive 1st or 2nd Team. His current cap hit for 2019-20 is now $26,231,111.

One year and four days after that game, he was sidelined again. This time it was a stress reaction, a weakening of a bone that is often a precursor to a stress fracture. “I know the rod’s in there to be able to protect my bone, and it’s supposed to take pressure off my shin so that with that rod in there, my leg will never break,” Holiday says. “But to have the reaction kind of on the side, it was weird and frustrating because I thought the hardest part was over. Being injured and having to sit out, not knowing why this is happening, and then this kind of hit. It was … yeah, it was frustrating.”
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Ivica Zubac: 'I want to stay and I think the Clippers want to keep me'

The Clippers have until June 29 to exercise a $7.5 million team option on Zubac’s contract and they are widely expected to do it after the big man’s displays this last year and justified projections that he can improve further. “I want to stay and I think they want to keep me,” Zubac said. “I think I should be there and they’re going to pick it up. I like Los Angeles a lot and I like the Clippers. It’s like a family to me. Hopefully, everything is going to work out.”
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Zubac is fresh off his most productive run in his NBA trip so far. The 25-year-old center averaged career-highs in all statistical categories with 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 blocks over “I think I did better than the previous year,” Zubac, 25, said on his 2021-22 performances with the Clippers. “I think that I improved on some stuff. There was more opportunity for me offensively and I think I took advantage of that. We didn’t make the playoffs in the end but considering all the injuries and missing Paul George and Kawhi Leonard throughout the season, I think we did a pretty good job in the regular season. Fighting and finishing with a winning record.”
For those who want the Knicks to be a solid, respectable, playoff team a lot sooner than that, let me introduce you to Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon. The University of Virginia alum averaged 19.1 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds last season. He shot 44.8 percent overall (31.2 percent from 3) and is a terrific free-throw shooter. Now 29, Brogdon is set to make $22.6 million next season in the final year of his contract. And according to NBA sources, he is available in a trade for the right package, a possibility that has some members of the Knicks front office intrigued if they strike out on free agent Jalen Brunson.

Nikola Jokic comfortable with direction of Nuggets

Nuggets management has been in touch with Nikola Jokic in the days following Tim Connelly’s stunning departure, and the team’s franchise superstar is comfortable with the direction of the team, a league source told The Denver Post. The two parties have spoken over the phone, allaying concerns over Connelly’s exit for Minnesota, which became official Monday.
Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth is widely expected to assume responsibilities running the team, although nothing’s been made official from the organization. Nuggets governor Josh Kroenke is scheduled to address the media for the first time in years on Thursday. Jokic is close with Connelly, who helped orchestrate the Nuggets’ impromptu trip to Serbia two weeks ago to present him with the MVP trophy. Typically laidback and reserved, Jokic has generally deferred questions about roster decisions to team management. He’s often said he has trust in those tasked with filling out the roster around him.