Chris Mannix: Stephen Silas says he hopes “everybody grows” from the incidents that happened with Porter Jr. and Christian Wood. Says everybody knows, “what lines can be crossed and what lines can’t.”
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Adam Spolane: More Silas on Kevin Porter Jr: “We knew he had a past before he came here, but we hold everybody accountable to what they do. He crossed the line and he’ll be back, and we’ll still love him, and we’ll still grow with him and everything will be ok.”
The Houston Rockets are suspending Kevin Porter Jr., and Christian Wood for Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, disciplining both for poor behavior surrounding Saturday’s loss to Denver, sources told ESPN.
Porter Jr., and Wood traveled with the Rockets to Philadelphia on Sunday, but coach Stephen Silas made the decision to sit out both players after separate episodes involving the two players, sources said. Neither Porter or Wood played in the second half of the Rockets’ loss to the Nuggets, which included Porter leaving the arena after a halftime locker room confrontation with assistant coach John Lucas, sources said.
Porter has well-documented anger-management issues — which the team believes he’s made progress on — but those surfaced again Saturday and ultimately drove him to leave the arena instead of rejoining the team for the second half, sources said.
Rick Noland: Beilein says Porter “contrite and disappointed in himself” for brushing official Bill Spoon on Sunday. Added that Porter apologized and that he had to watch tape twice to see the bump
Chris Fedor: #Cavs HC John Beilein said, with no Kevin Porter Jr. tonight, Alfonzo McKinnie will get an opportunity to get minutes.
Bobby Marks: $8903 on the one-game cost for Porter Jr.
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July 2, 2022 | 3:54 am EDT Update
The Jazz, league sources say, are not amenable to trading Mitchell. They want to build around their star, and they want to do so on the fly. The obvious caveat: If Ainge and Zanik receive an offer from a team that approaches the scale of the Gobert trade, it will be hard to not listen. But, for now, the plan is for Mitchell to be with the Jazz heading into next season.
Also, there are reports that no one on the Nets is safe, that Marks and Tsai willing to do a complete rebuild if necessary. Durant’s deal will likely take place first since Brooklyn will have multiple offers to sift through for him. “I think Kyrie is going to have wait this out because we’re not going to really know what the Nets are going to want to trade him for until we see what Kevin Durant gets traded for,” said ESPN’s Windhorst.
At the same time, the sources say, the Jazz saw Gobert’s super-max contract as a hindrance. Utah’s current core reached its peak as a second-round playoff team, and Ainge thought it needed to move Gobert to break free from that. Other teams were interested, and other packages were available. Once Minnesota’s offer swelled to four firsts, a pick swap, plus Kessler, whom the Timberwolves drafted at No. 22 in the first round of the 2022 draft, the Jazz believed it was time to move, McDaniels or no McDaniels.
July 2, 2022 | 12:32 am EDT Update
The LAPD posted on Twitter that Bridges was arrested for “intimate partner violence with injury,” a felony, on Wednesday following an incident two days earlier in West Los Angeles, and he was booked on a felony domestic violence warrant. He was released on $130,000 bond and has a July 20 court date. The LAPD said it does not release police reports on domestic violence arrests.