James Ham: Both Vince Carter and Buddy Hield are at practice today. Ran into Carter last night and he said he was ready to get back on the court.
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Jason Jones: On my way to the airport but here are the injury updates: Vince Carter (kidney stones) and Buddy Hield (sprained right ankle) both OUT tonight at Portland
James Ham: Vince Carter is officially out tonight with kidney stones. Ouch.
Vince Carter: Today for me, it was interesting. I’m not going to say I was overly excited. After you’ve played so many years, it’s coming to work like normal. It is kind of weird. A lot of my friends texted me, ‘Good luck this year and tonight in your 20th season.’ I know what it is. It’s 20 years. But I was able to sit back and say, ‘Hey, I was able to outlast a lot of great players and still play and still contribute.’
Tim MacMahon: Grizzlies C Marc Gasol will miss his fifth straight game due to a left foot strain, having been ruled out against the Lakers. PF JaMychal Green (shoulder) also remains out. SF Vince Carter will sit as a rest day.
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June 21, 2018 | 11:39 am EDT Update
Two days ahead of the NBA Draft, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich finally got a meeting with disgruntled star forward Kawhi Leonard in Southern California, hoping to open a line of communication that will lead to Leonard backing off the trade demand he lodged with the team last week. That drama figures to overshadow Thursday’s draft. But executives around the league say it’s near impossible that the Spurs and Leonard can work out their differences in time for the draft, which would leave San Antonio — which owns the No. 18 pick — in limbo as the team makes its selection. Ideally, the Spurs would have a clear view on Leonard’s future so that they could acquire more picks in this draft.
That complication is going to make trade talks extremely difficult for the Spurs before Thursday’s draft. “They are not going to want to rush something like that,” one general manager told Sporting News. “The teams they’re dealing with are looking at too much uncertainty, and that’s got to drive down the price they’re willing to pay. The Spurs will have a hard time getting fair value for him, but you’d rather get quarters on the dollar than pennies on the dollar.”
Additionally, some of the trade scenarios that have been floated for Leonard, both executives noted, have been too generous to the Spurs. “No one is going to make an even trade here,” the general manager said. “If San Antonio has to do this, they’re dealing from a position of weakness. The only thing they will be able to do is not be too weak here.”
After being a member of the Milwaukee Bucks since 2014, where he arrived from the Nets together with coach Jason Kidd (photo) Sean Sweeney is leaving for the Detroit Pistons. According to sources close to the negotiations, Sweeney has a multiyear deal with Detroit in order to become a member of newly hired coach Dwane Casey’s staff.
June 21, 2018 | 11:00 am EDT Update
Hapoel Jerusalem reached an agreement for the return of Amar’e Stoudemire to the team, as reported by Sport5. Before finalizing the contract, Jerusalem is waiting to see how the roster will be build. The idea of Jerusalem is have a core of young players to put around Stoudemire.
Adrian Wojnarowski: A sprained left ankle has limited 7-footer Mitchell Robinson to only jump shooting in recent workouts, sources tell ESPN. He will be back to full strength soon. He’s the 28th-rated prospect in the ESPN Top 100.
Is there an NBA player that you’ve reached out to for guidance? Lonnie Walker: De’Aaron Fox. He’s just giving me an ideal visual of how hard it is — the mental game, how much that involves, his perspective. So having De’Aaron around has definitely helped me out since I’m going through what he just went through last year.