Storyline: OG Anunoby Injury

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Josh Lewenberg: Anunoby (listed as doubtful with an ankle sprain) is almost certainly out tonight and sounds like he could miss additional time. Casey wouldn’t commit to a replacement this AM, said it could be fluid. Expectation is Powell starts.

The Raptors drafted OG Anunoby 23rd overall in June knowing that the 20-year-old might not be able to participate fully on the court until December or so after undergoing knee surgery back in January. When asked at media day on Monday how he was feeling health-wise, Anunoby said he was good and was getting stronger every day. “I’m right where I thought I was going to be,” Anunoby said of his status. “I’m doing contact stuff.” The rookie has already participated in some pickup games, though the team still intends to be cautious.

OG Anunoby was the final green room invite, but could be a player with a long wait to hear his name called. He’s in the mix with Denver at 13 according to contacts and high on Portland’s list giving him a shot at spots 15, 20 and 26. But there’s a chance he falls into the second round, similar to Michigan State freshman Deyonta Davis last year. Medical reports have caused certain teams drafting in the late teens to red flag him as too big an injury risk with lingering knee concerns, following surgery.
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The 6-foot-8 forward missed time earlier this season with a sprained ankle. He was averaging 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Whether this ends Anunoby’s Indiana career remains to be seen. He ranks No. 13 on Chad Ford’s latest Big Board, although this injury will affect his pre-draft workouts. “For a young man, OG has a very strong faith and a courageous spirit,” the statement added. “We are going to do everything as a basketball family to help him recover and rehabilitate from this unfortunate situation.”
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May 25, 2019 | 5:10 am EDT Update
Mike D’Antoni said negotiations are taking place that he is hopeful will keep him in Houston beyond next season. D’Antoni has one year left on his Rockets deal. “We’ve been in contract discussions and we still are about the extension,” D’Antoni said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “I think I can go two or three more years at the level I want to be at and everything will play out in the near future.”
Storyline: Mike D'Antoni Contract
D’Antoni said a lot of work has already been done toward completing a contract extension. “It’s a good ways (into it). I don’t do it. That’s my agent. He takes care of that stuff. They’ve been discussing it for a long time now. It just hasn’t been a couple weeks. It’s been awhile that they’ve been talking. So they’ll figure it out. “Everybody likes security. It’s just a matter of okay this is the direction the organization wants to go. I want to be a part of it. It’s just normal business and we just got to take care of business.”
The overhaul of the Rockets coaching staff took several additional deep cuts on Friday, with the Rockets letting four more staff members know they would not be back next season. Rockets assistant coach Roy Rogers will not receive a new contract for next season, his agent Warren LeGarie said on Friday, making Rogers the second top assistant on Mike D’Antoni’s staff for the past three seasons that will not be offered a new contract. Rockets assistant Mitch Vanya, video coordinator John Cho were also told they would not be brought back, a person with knowledge of the decision said. Rockets player development assistant Irv Roland said on Friday that he was also told he would not be back.
Irving apologized to James for the way things ended between them in Cleveland, and the All-Star guard reportedly “has had discussions” about joining the Lakers this summer. A James-Irving reunion might seem far-fetched, but the two stars hung out together Thursday in Los Angeles, and then James liked a photoshopped picture of Irving in a Lakers jersey.
Storyline: Kyrie Irving Free Agency
Even though the Lakers talk is the hot rumor, ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan poured some cold water on it Friday on the latest Hoop Collective podcast. “I did a little digging around and my feeling is very strongly that while LeBron and Kyrie have kissed and made up, that Kyrie is not going there,” she said. “He’s just not. I just don’t believe it. And I think people close to him just don’t believe it either.”