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Brandon Rahbar: Daigneault on SGA: “He’s got a significant tear. It’s not something you should mess around with. We’re not gonna sacrifice anything long term with any of our guys, especially with a guy like Shai.” This makes sense. Rest is the only things that heals plantar fasciitis.
Joe Mussatto: It’s been two weeks since the Thunder said Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (plantar fasciitis) would be re-evaluated in two weeks. No update today from Mark Daigneault other than “he’s progressing.”
Brandon Rahbar: Mark Daigneault on SGA, who is on the court lightly shooting around right now: “He’s on a return to play. A lot of his stuff is in the weight room. He’s like an addict. I don’t know if we can keep him away from the court. (Laughs). In terms of the time table, I’m not sure.”
Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will miss a significant amount of time due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. “Obviously when we’ve got a guy out for maintenance or for rest, it’s easy to be in the moment and wonder why we’re doing that, but I think this makes it very tangible,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said Wednesday.
Daigneault was referencing the wear and tear of a condensed 2020-21 schedule which followed a shortened offseason. Gilgeous-Alexander has had two “maintenance” days since the All-Star break, but Wednesday night against the Grizzlies was not one of those. “This one is an injury that we need to now take a look at,” Daigneault said.
Joe Mussatto: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is listed as out tonight with right foot plantar fasciitis. George Hill, Darius Bazley and Josh Hall remain out. It looks like Al Horford will play.
Brandon Rahbar: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will play today. The other four usual starters Lu Dort, Theo Maledon, Darius Bazley and Al Horford are out. Mark Daigneault will wait until closer to game time to announce the starters.
Joe Mussatto: Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be available tonight after missing the last four games with a left knee sprain. Al Horford (rest) is out on the second night of a back-to-back.
Joe Mussatto: The Thunder will once again be down to eight players tonight. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is back on the injury report with a left knee sprain. pic.twitter.com/0CV5k2LGDk
Brandon Rahbar: Mark Daigneault says the team is just exercising caution with Shai: “It’s nothing really serious.” Thunder will see how SGA responds to treatment. Seems like it’s nothing to worry about.
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July 31, 2021 | 7:36 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Clippers F/C Serge Ibaka is exercising his $9.7 million player option for the 2021-22 season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Kelly Iko: The Houston Rockets have extended a qualifying offer to Armoni Brooks, sources tell @TheAthletic
Former Bluejays Mitch Ballock and Denzel Mahoney have joined Damien Jefferson in signing with NBA Summer League teams on Saturday. After both were not selected in Thursday’s NBA draft, Mahoney signed to play this summer with the Charlotte Hornets and Ballock with the Philadelphia 76ers.
July 31, 2021 | 6:10 pm EDT Update
Jordan Schultz: #Lakers are “very interested” in the prospect of signing Carmelo Anthony, per a league source. Melo has been linked to the Lakers as a possibility, given his friendship w/LeBron dating back to high school. Anthony drilled a career-best 40.9 percent from 3 last season w/Portland.