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Matt Velazquez: Bud says Sterling Brown (back spasms) will warm up and they’ll see how he feels. They’ll decide who to start and how to use him depending on those warmups.
Malika Andrews: Sterling Brown — who has been starting in place of injured Malcolm Brogdon — is listed as probable tonight against the Celtics with back soreness. He was getting extra treatment on his back after Game 1.
Matt Velazquez: Sterling Brown and George Hill have been cleared for the Bucks tonight and will play. Giannis Antetokounmpo is out in the court warming up and Bud says they will see how he handles that before making a final decision. The hope is he will be available.
Ira Winderman: After being sidelined, Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as probable for Friday’s visit by the Heat, as are George Hill and Sterling Brown.
Matt Velazquez: Mike Budenholzer hasn’t decided on starters yet but expects Tim Frazier to play tonight. Bud also said he thinks Sterling Brown is getting really close to returning from his right wrist injury. Played 5 on 5 today and Bud hopes to get him back around the end of the week.
Matt Velazquez: George Hill (left groin strain), Sterling Brown (right wrist soreness) and Christian Wood (G League assignment) are OUT for the Bucks. Everyone else is available with no limitations, Bud says.
Matt Velazquez: Giannis Antetokounmpo still officially doubtful as of the most recent injury report. Sterling Brown is also now listed as doubtful with a right wrist injury.
Matt Velazquez: Eric Bledsoe (left Achilles soreness), Sterling Brown (right wrist contusion) and Jason Smith (left knee soreness) are all probable for the Bucks tonight in DC. Donte DiVincenzo (bilateral heel bursitis) remains out.
Guard Sterling Brown returned to practice Friday after missing much of training camp with a nagging left hamstring injury. “Just trying to take precautions, trying to get back ready so I don’t mess it up anymore,” Brown said.
Matt Velazquez: Sterling Brown says he hurt his left hamstring early in training camp but that it’s not a big deal. Says he should be back in time for the Bucks’ next game.
Matt Velazquez: Mike Budenholzer says Sterling Brown (hamstring), DJ Wilson (hamstring), Trevon Duval (eye) and Matthew Dellavedova (coach’s decision) won’t play tonight vs the Bulls. That leaves 16 players. Doesn’t expect all 16 will play, but time will tell.
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July 28, 2021 | 2:24 pm EDT Update
Brandon Rahbar: Hearing from sources that the Lakers turned down an offer of SGA + the #6 pick in the draft for Kyle Kuzma.
This is a top-heavy class which means Barnes or Jalen Suggs could still be available with the fifth pick. Don’t be surprised if the Golden State Warriors make a move to trade up and snag either prospect remaining on the board. The cost be could a bit higher than they’re willing to pay but they’re undoubtedly going to explore a route to either prospect as both would fit well in their winning culture. If the Warriors are not able to trade No. 7 to move up, I wouldn’t be surprised if they trade down. I’d imagine the Memphis Grizzlies are a potential suitor. Golden State could then use No. 10 and No. 14 to select win-now prospects like Davion Mitchell and Chris Duarte.
I had a conversation with one scout yesterday who spoke to USA TODAY Sports Media Group on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on behalf of their team. They said Virginia’s Trey Murphy was the player who had helped himself the most during the pre-draft process. You can see why when you read my interview with Murphy — he has an excellent understanding of the game.
According to one prospect who recently spoke to For The Win, due to COVID-19 restrictions, those not invited to the green room are not allowed to come to the stage and shake the hand of the commissioner as they have been in years past. Regardless of who is actually in the building, however, it is certain to be an exciting and life-changing night for the next generation of NBA talent. Based on conversations I’ve had with scouts around the league, and from reports and tea leaves left in other mock drafts from trusted draftniks, below is how I project the events will unfold at Barclays Center and on ESPN and ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET on July 29.
Marc Berman: Mike D’Antoni enjoyed living in Brooklyn well enough. His decision to leave as Nets assistant to sit out a season speaks to challenges of managing a Kyrie Irving-Kevin Durant-James Harden triumverate
Christian Clark: Pelicans statement on Jaxson Hayes’ arrest: “We have been made aware of the incident involving Jaxson Hayes. We are working in conjunction with the NBA and Jaxson’s representatives to gather more information and will have no further comment at this time.”