Manu Ginobili thinks that Kawhi Leonard will not return this season.
Manu says his mindset toward Kawhi hasn't changed: "For me, he's not coming back, because (thinking he is) is not helping. We fell for it a week ago - again. I guess you guys (media) made us fall for it. But we have to think that he's not coming back. That we are who we are."
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) 21 marzo 2018
Isaiah Thomas did not rule out re-signing with the Lakers during the next free agency even with a role off the bench. Per LA Times,"I like it here, I like the situation I'm in, the system, coaching staff," Thomas said. "Organization's been great to me. If things work out I would love to be here. You just never know. With free agency you've got to keep your options open. I have no complaints since I've stepped foot and put a Laker uniform on." Thomas is in a very different place than many of his young teammates. "I want to be great," Thomas said. "I want to win MVP, I want to continue to be an All-Star. Their goals probably aren't that yet. Coming straight into the league especially at 19, 20 years old. I'm trying to put that in their heads that you can do whatever you put your mind to. Why not think big? he knows what will be important to him this summer. "Obviously I want to make a lot of money, but I want to be where I'm wanted at and where the team wants me to be who I am," Thomas told The Times. "And that's being an All-Star. Being a special guard in this league." Source:
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Brandon Jennings to a second 10-day contract. Jennings has appeared in each of Milwaukee’s four games since he signed his first 10-day contract on March 11. He is averaging 6.0 points, 5.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game with the Bucks. In his first game on March 12 at Memphis, Jennings scored 16 points with 12 assists and eight rebounds. Source:
Jabari Parker is expected to leave the Bucks after this season. The forward will be restricted free agent from July 1 and Milwaukee will have the chance to match all the offer sheet he’ll sign.
Take it for what it is. But, @GeryWoelfel is close to Jabari and the Parker family. This morning @1057FMTheFan he reports Jabari was "very, very close to being traded" at deadline, feels there is "slim to none" chances that Jabari is on Bucks next season. https://t.co/W4tmqz8hzf
— Paul Henning (@brewcitypaul) 20 marzo 2018
Describing it as a mutual fallout between Bucks/Jabari that is rooted in Kidd's treatment of Jabari since he was drafted. Bucks hold the cards with Jabari's Restricted Free Agency ability to match. But, losing Jabari for nothing would be a huge blow to this teams future.
— Paul Henning (@brewcitypaul) 20 marzo 2018
James Harden posted 42 points in Houston’s win against Portland. And after the game, Mike D’Antoni praised his superstar. Per ESPN, "That's the best offensive player I've ever seen," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said of Harden. "They're running guys to him and he just steps a little further back and makes a 3. The way he can pass and see the floor, get layups, floaters, maybe a lob, maybe out to the corner -- he has so many weapons, and now he's shooting those step-back 3s. "It's impossible to guard him. It's impossible." Source:
The Atlanta Hawks outscored the Utah Jazz 36-27 in the 4th quarter, en route to a 99-94 victory tonight in Utah. Dennis Schroder led all scorers with a career-high 41 points (season quarter-high 17 in 4th quarter) along with 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
Chauncey Billups denied the rumors about him returning to the Pistons in a front office role. Per Detroit News, Billups further diffused Stein’s report, going on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Tuesday afternoon. “That’s flattering — it really is; everybody knows how I feel about Detroit — but it’s 100-percent false,” Billups said on the show. “I haven’t spoken to anybody with the organization about the possibility. Actually, I hate when these things come out because that job is not open. Source:
NBA draft prospect Bonzie Colson fractured once again his left foot. Colson ended his senior season with Notre Dame averaging 19.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. Per Yahoo, Notre Dame senior standout Bonzie Colson — an NBA draft prospect — suffered a fractured left foot in the Fighting Irish’s second-round loss to Penn State in the NIT on Saturday, sources told Yahoo Sports. Colson, 22, fractured the same foot during the season and missed 15 games before returning in late February. Colson is expected to be healthy for team workouts during the predraft process, sources said. Source:
The Houston Rockets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-111 tonight in Portland, ending the Trail Blazers’ 13-game winning streak. James Harden led all scorers with 42 points (5-7 3pt FG) along with 7 assists and 6 rebounds Which players owned the night? Catch up on all the top individual performances around the league in the Top Performers series.
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Kyle Korver has been excused by Cleveland Cavaliers following the death of his young brother Kirk, 27. Kyle Korver missed the Cavs' win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday to attend to what was termed a family medical emergency. Per ESPN, Kirk Korver, 27, was the youngest of four Korver brothers, all of whom played basketball at the collegiate level or above. Kirk finished his career at the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2013-14, amassing 597 points and 267 rebounds in four seasons as a forward for the Kangaroos.
We are very sad to share that Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver’s brother, Kirk, passed away today. Kyle has been excused from the team to be with his family. We extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt best to Kyle and his entire family as they go through this very difficult time.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 21, 2018
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been cleared for full practice and is expected to return Friday against the Hawks. Per ESPN, The Warriors said in a release that Curry is "making good progress" on his return from an ankle injury and will rejoin them starting with practice on Wednesday. The team added that the goal is for him to "play later this week." Source: