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Donovan Mitchell on Rudy Gobert: Right now we’re good

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell said that it’s no secret that he wasn’t happy with Rudy Gobert when he tested positive for COVID-19 but that he’s ready to move on.

Mitchell doesn’t view his on-court issues with Gobert as problematic: “There’s gonna be tension, there’s gonna be back-and-forth, it’s always gonna happen” on teams with two star players, he said. “Right now we’re good. We’re going out there ready to hoop.” 

Clippers coach Doc Rivers expects Lou Williams ‘to be with us’ in Orlando

Doc Rivers said that he expects Lou Williams to join the Los Angeles Clippers in Orlando. Veteran guard had previously said he was “50-50” on resuming his season because he did not want basketball games to distract people from the Black Lives Matter movement.

“As far as Lou, all indications [are] that yes, he is [playing]. Obviously, up until we get on the plane, anything can happen. But I do expect Lou to be with us. I would be very surprised if he’s not,” said Rivers.

Source: ESPN.

Jacque Vaughn believed to be front-runner to coach Nets in 2020-21

The Brooklyn Nets elevated Jacque Vaughn to head coach to replace Kenny Atkinson in March and he’s under serious consideration to remain in the job permanently. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on his podcast that he believes Vaughn to be the front-runner to coach Brooklyn next season, the first of the team with Kevin Durant on the court.

Wojnarowski also said he’s not sure the fact the Nets are bringing a depleted team to Orlando will necessarily hurt Vaughn’s chances, but it won’t give him an opportunity to prove he’s the right coach for this team.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski.

NBA to spend more than $150M to complete season at Disney World

The three-month completion of the 19-20 NBA season at Walt Disney World will cost the league more than $150 million, reports ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

The league is housing 22 teams plus support staff at three resorts, has arranged for seven practice courts and is playing games at three arenas during the quarantine. The NBA is not calculating loss of ticket revenue in this estimate: the league projects to lose more than $1 billion in revenue due to COVID-19.

Source: Brian Windhorst.

Portland signs Jaylen Adams as a substitute player

he Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Jaylen Adams as a Substitute Player for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Adams, 24, played for the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League during the 2019-20 season, posting averages of 21.5 points (48.6% FG, 40.7% 3-PT, 78.8% FT), 5.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.82 steals in 33 games (32 starts). He finished second in voting for the 2019-20 NBA G League Most Valuable Player Award.

After going undrafted out of St. Bonaventure in 2018, Adams (6-0, 225) signed a two-way contract with the Atlanta Hawks. He appeared in 34 games (one start) for the Hawks during the 2018-19 season, averaging 3.2 points (34.5% FG, 33.8% 3-PT, 77.8% FT), 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

He will wear No. 10 for the Trail Blazers.

Source: NBA.com.

Trey Burke joins Dallas Mavs

Trey Burke signed a contract until the end of the season with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced.

The pointguard out of Michigan started the year for the Philadelphia 76ers, where he averaged 5.9 points and 2.1 assist over 25 games.

Burke will take Cauley-Stein’s place on the roster.

J.R. Smith signs with Los Angeles Lakers

J.R. Smith signed his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The veteran guard owns career averages of 12.5 points and 2.1 assist shooting 37% from beyond the arc on 5167 attempts.

76ers to be without Zhaire Smith in Orlando

The Philadelphia 76ers cannot count on Zhaire Smith in the Orlando’s bubble.
The player has a bone bruise in his left knee and won’t be able to travel and play in Florida.

Lakers’ Dwight Howard still doesn’t know if he’ll play in Orlando

The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to convince Dwight Howard to join the team for the Orlando’s bubble.
The deadline was June 24th for the players to decide whether to play or not in Florida but Howard has still come concerns.

Rob Pelinka talked to him and his agent trying to solve the problems.

Deron Williams’ payday with the Nets ends today

A day to remember for the Brooklyn Nets.
Today Deron Williams’ payday with the franchise ends.
Williams’ contract was stretched and he gained $5.5 million per year in the past five days.
The point guard doesn’t play in the NBA since 2016-2017 when he wore the jerseys of Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks.

Nuggets closed practice facilities due to Coronavirus

After positive tests for the coronavirus within the traveling party headed to Orlando, the Denver Nuggets have closed team’s practice facility for several days, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Facility was locked to players and staff starting Saturday, and could open again later this week. Next few days of testing will determine when facility re-opens to players and staff in Denver.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wizards GM Sheppard supports Bertans’ decision to skip the remainder of the season

In an interview with The Athletic’s Fred Katz, Washington Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard has supported Davis Bertans’ decision to sit out the remainder of the NBA season.

“We certainly support his reasons for not playing. We know how much Davis means to this team moving forward”, he said. Bertans averaged a career-high 15.4 points per game for the Wizards this season.

Source: Fred Katz.

Damian Lillard will be the cover athlete of NBA 2K21

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will be the cover athlete of NBA 2K21, the player himself has confirmed to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Portland Trail Blazers plan to sign Jaylen Adams

Portland Trail Blazers plan to sign Jaylen Adams .

Jaylen Adams will be substitute player to replace Trevor Ariza .

Adams played in this season in G-League with Wisconsin.

JR Smith to sign with Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are signing JR Smith.
The guard comes will re-unite with Lebron James and joins the Lakers for the Orlando’s bubble.

Nets’ Wilson Chandler opts out of playing in Orlando

Wilson Chandler has informed the Brooklyn Nets that he is opting out of playing in Orlando when the NBA season resumes.

“As difficult as it will be to not be with my teammates, the health and well-being of my family has to come first. Thank you to the Nets organization for understanding and supporting me in this decision, and I will be watching and rooting for our team in Orlando,” Chandler told ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

Source: Malika Andrews.

The 8 NBA non-bubble teams reportedly interested in playing games at a secondary site

The NBA and NBPA are holding discussions about a possible second site for the eight teams not participating in the Orlando restart. The Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors face a scenario where they will go nearly 9 months without playing a competitive game.

According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, there is significant support from most of those eight teams about the concept. The Cavaliers, Pistons and Hawks have been the most vocal among the group in support of the idea. The Knicks have expressed reservations, at least in part because they have a roster with several pending free agents.

Source: Sam Amick.

Philadelphia 76ers sign Ryan Broekhoff

Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand announced on Jun. 27 that the team has signed Ryan Broekhoff. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Earlier this season, Broekhoff appeared in 17 games for Dallas, posting 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game. In two NBA seasons, both with the Mavericks, he’s seen action in 59 total games, connecting on over 40-percent of his three-point attempts.

Source: 76ers.

Tyler Cook reportedly joining Denver on two-way contract

The Denver Nuggets are expected to sign forward Tyler Cook to their open two-way spot, Nick Kosmider reports.
This year the big man out of Iowa averaged 12.8 points and 5.6 rebounds over 29 G League games between Canton Charge and the Oklahoma City Blue.

NBA will allow coaches, players to wear polo shirts on bench during games

The NBA has modified its dress code for the 19-20 restart within the bubble, as reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania

Players will not be required to wear a sport coat while on the bench and can wear either short or long-sleeve polos for team and league business.

Coaches can also wear either short or long-sleeve NBA polo shirts. The dress code will resemble what coaches wear for FIBA events.

Source: Shams Charania.

Dallas’ Willie Cauley-Stein to sit out resumed season, Mavs signing Trey Burke

Free agent guard Trey Burke has agreed to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks for the rest of the season, according to Shams Charania.

Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein has decided to sit out the resumed NBA season, Charania reports. Cauley-Stein and his partner are expecting a newborn child in July.

Source: Shams Charania.

Vince Carter announces retirement

Vince Carter officially announced that his professional career is over.
Carter leaves the NBA after 22 seasons, the last ones spent with the Atlanta Hawks.

He was Rookie of the Year in 1999, made eight All-Star teams, and was one of the best dunkers in the history of the sport. He was also one of the best veteran mentors in the league,

Knicks want to hire their new head coach by end of July

The goal of the New York Knicks is to hire the new head coach by the end of July.

Per ESPN, Speaking in his first interview since he was hired in March, Rose told MSG Network’s Mike Breen that he intends to have “two phases” of interviews, conducting short meetings with candidates to “break the ice” before having “full interviews” with possible coaches.

“We’re looking at a lot of different people with a lot of different mindsets, philosophies,” Rose told Breen. “And for me personally, this is educational, and I need to make sure that we go through this process and we dot every I and cross every T in order to make the right decision.”

“We want to find the right leader that can develop our young players as well as hold everyone accountable,” Rose said.

Source: ESPN.

Kings’ Len, Parker and Hield tested positive for Covid-19

Three players of the Sacramento Kings have tested positive for Covid-19.
Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker and Alex Len.

Per ESPN, “Several days ago I tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately self-isolated in Chicago which is where I remain,” Parker said in a statement released by the team. “I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well. I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season.”
In a story post on Instagram, Len said he was tested Tuesday in Sacramento, California.

“I want to thank the Sacramento Kings for their great care and the NBA for putting the protocols in place to allow me to catch this early,” Len’s statement said. “I have immediately entered isolation and look forward to being cleared and rejoining my teammates for our playoff push.”

Thunder Signs Luguentz Dort to Multi-Year Contract

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard Luguentz Dort to a multi-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

During the 2019-20 season, Dort has appeared in 29 games (21 starts) for the Thunder and averaged 6.2 points to go along with 1.9 rebounds and 0.79 steals in 22.0 minutes. Oklahoma City has posted a 16-5 record (.762) with Dort in the team’s starting lineup this season.

The Montreal, Canada native scored a career-best 23 points Jan. 29 at Sacramento after shooting 5-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc and became just the fourth Thunder rookie to knock down five or more threes in a single game. Additionally, Dort registered the second-best shooting night by a Thunder rookie on Feb. 23 versus San Antonio when he went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field en route to 15 points during the Thunder’s victory versus the Spurs.

Dort was signed to a Two-Way Contract by the Thunder last July after one season at Arizona State where he earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Pac-12 All-Defense Team honors.

Source: NBA.com.