Will Guillory: Pelicans announce that Rajon Rondo (right wrist sprain) will be available to play tonight.
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Jay Allen: Rajon Rondo (right wrist) will not play tonight vs. the @Portland Trail Blazers. Ian Clark will make his 3rd career start (2nd this season). Nikola Mirotic (right hip) is available for the #Pelicans. #RipCity @RipCityRadio620
Jim Eichenhofer: What will determine whether you can play tonight vs. Portland? Rajon Rondo (questionable with right wrist sprain): “I’m pretty good at handstands and backflips, so I’m going to see what I’ve got. If I can’t land on my hand, then I’ll probably take another day of rest.”
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry confirmed Rajon Rondo will start tonight and play 14-16 minutes for the #Pelicans. He will start alongside Holiday, Cunningham, Davis and Cousins.
Rajon Rondo wanted it to be a surprise. The team switched Rondo’s status from “out” to “expected to play” just 30 minutes before tipoff, changing the tenor of the sleepy matchup to an anticipated affair. “I was trying to make it like zero minutes (before tip),” Rondo said of Monday’s announcement. “It was just a feeling I had before the game. (Sunday) night, I got a good night’s rest, and so I was hoping to play (Monday) and see how my body responded.”
“I feel good,” Rondo said Tuesday. “I played just four minutes last night, so I expected by body to feel well today, and I do.”
Scott Kushner: #Pelicans PG Rajon Rondo has been cleared to play up to six minutes tonight. It would be his first appearance with the team.
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry said Nov. 17 is still an approximate date for Rajon Rondo’s return to the #Pelicans.
Rajon Rondo is on the road to recovery, but the New Orleans Pelicans point guard is expected to miss at least another two weeks. Rondo said he immediately felt his left core muscle injury, which occurred Oct. 6 during a preseason loss and forced him to undergo surgery Oct. 9. The Pelicans’ initial timeline said Rondo would likely to miss four to six weeks to fully heal and return to the floor.
Shams Charania: New Orleans guard Rajon Rondo underwent surgery on his sports hernia injury and will miss 4-to-6 weeks, league sources tell The Vertical.
Sean Kelley: Buckle up for this one. Coach Gentry says Rajon Rondo has a sports hernia. Will be seeing a specialist regarding next step. #Pelicans
Mark Murphy: Rondo now officially listed as inactive.
Gary Washburn: Rajon Rondo remains OUT for Game 6. #Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he would be unlikely for a Game 7. #Bulls #Celtics
Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo is out for Game 6 of a first-round series with the Boston Celtics, according to team PR.
KC Johnson: On a conference call, Fred Hoiberg said “nothing has changed” regarding Rondo, who will work out but “is a longshot” to return in series.
Jay King: Rajon Rondo and Cameron Payne will be inactive for the Bulls, per Hoiberg. No surprise in either case.
Nick Friedell: Rondo says he will not play tonight.
Jay King: Rondo didn’t rule out a Game 6 return.
Jay King: Rondo: “I think I’m Wolverine but it hasn’t actually healed.”
KC Johnson: Hoiberg said Rondo “has a significant amount of swelling and soreness.” Hoiberg reiterates its “longshot” that he returns.
Rondo took steps Tuesday night to return from a fractured right thumb and attempt to play in Game 5 of the Bulls’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, league sources told The Vertical. Around Rondo and the Bulls, there’s belief that the four-time All-Star has a chance to return but a final determination has not been made, league sources said.
Rondo received a two-week timetable to return from doctors last Friday, but one source described his desire to play as “guts and determination.” He replaced his cast with a thumb splint on Monday and shot jumpers and dribbled with both hands Tuesday.
Marc Stein: Story posting now w/ @Marc J. Spears: Sources say Rajon Rondo had a private workout Tuesday night in Boston to keep testing his ailing hand
Marc Stein: Sources say Rondo wants to play “bad” in Wednesday’s pivotal Game 5 but he may opt to wait until Game 6 depending on tomorrow’s evaluations.
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Chicago’s Rajon Rondo preparing to attempt to play in Game 5 against Boston. Final decision TBD, but there’s chance.
Vincent Goodwill: Rondo is shooting corner 3’s right now…with his left hand. Easy, guys
Carlos Douglas Jr.: Rajon Rondo on possibly playing in Game 5 & beyond: “I’m just trying to get better each day. Only God knows if I’ll be back hoopin.” #Bulls
“It couldn’t have come at a worse time,” Rondo said after Game 3 about his fractured thumb that likely will keep him out the rest of this series. “Things happen for a reason; it is what it is. I’m not sure how long I’ll be out. I plan on healing pretty quickly, but the doctors tell me a couple of weeks, so we’ll see how it goes week to week. “Depends on what I can tolerate,” Rondo added. “I’ll check it every two days, see if I can pick up a ball. But right now I can’t even use a fork with my thumb. So it’s going to take a couple days to see how I feel and hopefully things get better. When I tried to pick a ball up it was pretty painful. I knew something was wrong. My finger was blue.”
“I knew right then there was something wrong with my thumb,” said Rondo. “I continued to play, I didn’t think nothing of it. It was painful, but it’s the playoffs. I felt it right away, but I was able to push the ball with my left hand up the floor. I still made a couple of passes, but I was locked into the game and played through the pain. “I do (consider myself a fast healer),” Rondo said. “I’ve had a couple of problems with my right hand the last month of the season. I was able to take a couple of days off and let it heal on its own or it got a little bit better, so I’m hoping it’s the same thing with my thumb; we’ll see.
KC Johnson: Hoiberg said MCW is backup PG.
Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo suffered a fractured right thumb in Game 2 against the Boston Celtics and will be out indefinitely, the team said Friday.
Vincent Goodwill: Rondo is playing and will start, with Wade, Butler, Lopez and Mirotic. For the Nets…Dinwiddie, Foye, LeVert, Hamilton and Hollis-Jefferson
For Rondo, 24 hours before a game, his recovery from a right wrist sprain is still undetermined, as he went through some contact at Tuesday’s practice but wouldn’t go as far as saying he would definitely play. “I might (play),” said Rondo when asked by a media member “might you play tomorrow,” as he clearly likes the play of words.
“It’s not as painful as it was two days ago,” Rondo said. “I’m confident in my team, but I do want to play. I miss playing the game. I miss getting up and down. But I’m gonna try to do the right thing for myself and for the team.”
Fred Hoiberg says Rajon Rondo has ‘significant’ wrist injury. Rondo had visit with hand specialist today. Rondo is out tonight vs. Magic — sounds doubtful for Wednesday vs. Nets.
Nick Friedell: Hoiberg says Rondo still has stiffness in his wrist. He is out today. He’ll get another treatment tomorrow and then be re-evaluated.
KC Johnson: Rondo said he’d return when he can manage pain, not when wrist fully heals. “It’s my dominant hand. So just taking it a day at a time.”
Nick Friedell: Rondo on his wrist: “Right now it just doesn’t feel right.”
Vincent Goodwill: Rondo is out tonight. Will get treatment over the next few days. Zipser will start at 3, Butler slides to 2
Nick Friedell: Fred Hoiberg says Rajon Rondo (ankle) will not play tonight.
Nick Friedell: Rajon Rondo said his left ankle felt “all right” after missing the past two games because of the injury. He is listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs. the Lakers.
Kerry Eggers: Rajon Rondo (ankle) will not play tonight for Chicago against the #Blazers Second-year PG Jerian Grant will start in his place.
Nick Friedell: Hoiberg said Rondo hurt his ankle during Monday’s practice. es.pn/2eYqcXg
James Ham: Rajon Rondo is officially out tonight.
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June 20, 2018 | 12:00 am EDT Update
San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard met with coach Gregg Popovich on Tuesday in San Diego, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The meeting between the two faces of the Spurs’ franchise was done professionally and confidentially, league sources said.
The Spurs’ front office and Leonard’s representatives had been in communication since the season ended, and Leonard has been in contact with coach Gregg Popovich, league sources said. Leonard spent most of the second half of the season rehabbing his injury in New York, where his medical team was based and where he trained with Spurs staffers. He has returned close to full health from the lingering quad injury.
Jabari Young: Told Kawhi and Popovich did meet today, described as a “good” conversation. Expecting more dialogue in the future #Spurs #NBA
June 19, 2018 | 11:49 pm EDT Update
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich traveled Tuesday to Southern California and met with Kawhi Leonard prior to Thursday’s NBA draft, league sources told ESPN.
Leonard wants a trade to Los Angeles, preferably the Lakers over the Clippers, league sources said. He has privately maintained that he no longer wants to play in San Antonio, and will eventually alert rival teams considering trades for him that his intentions are to sign in Los Angeles — preferably with the Lakers — when he can become a free agent in 2019, league sources said. The Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to facilitate a deal to the Lakers, league sources said.