Boston Celtics swingman Jae Crowder, whose 2014-15 season ended when he sprained his left ACL after a vicious backhand from Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith in Game 4 of an Eastern Conference playoff series, said on the eve of the teams’ first meeting since the injury that he expects an apology from Smith.
“I hope he apologizes [Tuesday], to be honest with you,” said Crowder, who avoided surgery but spent the early part of his offseason rehabbing the injury that occurred as he fell to the court. Smith was ejected and suspended for two games for the incident, but has apparently not apologized to Crowder.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
Sources: NBA to Approve Plan to Restart Season
The NBA’s board of governors intends to approve a league proposal on a 22-team format to restart the season in Orlando, Florida, sources told ESPN.
The conference call and vote is set for 12:30 p.m. ET Thursday, sources said.
Commissioner Adam Silver and the league’s advisory/finance committee have shared the broad details of a plan with teams to play at the Walt Disney World Resort, sources said. The plan includes 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams, eight regular-season games, a possible play-in tournament for the eighth seed, and playoffs, sources said.
The top 16 teams in the Eastern and Western conferences will be joined by teams currently within six games of eighth place in the two conferences — New Orleans, Portland, San Antonio, Sacramento, Phoenix and Washington, sources said.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Sources: July 31 ‘a target date’ for NBA Return
NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league office informed Board of Governors that July 31 is a target date for return of season, sources tell
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Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
Sources: NBA to Consider Hosting Free Agency before Draft
The NBA board of governors will make key decisions in the coming month as they navigate the pandemic. Among them will be when to begin free agency and to hold the draft.
Several league sources said the 2020 draft is expected to be pushed back from June 25 to September. However, one high-ranking league source, said it will be impossible to conduct the draft in September. The official noted that, if all goes well, the league will still be playing late into September.
Two of the sources also said the board of governors would also discuss whether the upcoming free-agency period should be moved ahead of the draft. Free agency for the 2020-21 season will be moved from the scheduled start of 6 p.m. June 30.