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Eric Koreen: Mo Bamba has “MO BAMBA” written on his walking boot
John Denton: More @Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford on his plan for Mo Bamba: “This isn’t going to be something where (Bamba) is just sitting. Learning the league and learning the how it works – there are always different ways that you can get better and stay engaged.”
John Denton: More @Orlando Magic C Khem Birch on adding playing time he’ll get with Mo Bamba out: “I’ve been preparing myself all season – even when I didn’t play, I’d prepare myself as if I was going to play. Now, it’s just about getting back into rhythm and game shape and I’ll be fine.”
Magic PR: MO BAMBA INJURY UPDATE
Josh Robbins: Magic officials said Mo Bamba will not play tonight due to a sore lower left leg. He will be evaluated further, team officials said.
Josh Robbins: Mohamed Bamba hurt his right wrist Monday when he absorbed a foul by Bam Adebayo and landed awkwardly on the court. An MRI confirmed Bamba didn’t sustain structural damage, a team official said. The injury is a bruise.
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June 16, 2019 | 2:50 pm EDT Update
Tania Ganguli: For those asking about @Adrian Wojnarowski and @Bobby Marks’s report, I did hear yesterday that the trade was expected to be completed as soon as the moratorium ends, but there was some uncertainty about whether that would ultimately change. Seems there still is.
Albert Nahmad: Timing of Anthony Davis trade doesn’t need to be decided now… Lakers could enter Moratorium on 7/1, negotiate with free agents, determine how much cap room they need, then sweeten trade to push it back from 7/6 (tho everyday after 7/1 would delay the wait-version of the trade).
The Boston Celtics were serious about trading for Davis, as well. They were willing to discuss young, talented players such as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, according to sources close to the negotiations. But the Celtics were never going to give up as much as the Lakers.
Calling those discussions in February “negotiations” is a bit of a stretch. The Pelicans were never serious about dealing with the Lakers then. They didn’t like being forced into this position by Davis and his representative, Rich Paul. And they probably weren’t going to let former general manager Dell Demps make this big of a decision anyway. So the Lakers — really just Johnson, because Demps wouldn’t talk to Pelinka — would call and Demps would write names on the board without giving them any feedback. Those names would leak publicly and do damage to the Lakers’ team chemistry.
When everyone came up for air and surveyed the damage, both sides realized there was still a hell of a deal to make if they could get over themselves. Said one source close to the negotiations, “The biggest difference this time was David Griffin [the new Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations]. He wasn’t involved before. He could negotiate frankly and fairly.”
NBA star Caron Butler was honored in his hometown of Racine on Saturday, June 15. The Racine City Council named a road after the former Milwaukee Bucks player: Caron Butler Drive. The road is the home of Dr. John Bryant Community Center, where Butler first picked up a basketball.