Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who suffered a hyperextension and bone bruise to his left knee on the first possession of Utah’s 97-95 Game 1 victory Saturday over the LA Clippers, hopes to be able to return during the first-round series.
“Trying to get better every day,” Gobert told ESPN via text message Sunday. An MRI on Saturday night showed no ligament damage, meaning the Defensive Player of the Year candidate avoided serious injury, but his status for the rest of the series remains in question. Jazz coach Quin Snyder was vague Sunday when asked about the timetable for Gobert’s return. “I don’t think we’re ready to say today, tomorrow, a week, two weeks,” Snyder told reporters at the Jazz’s practice in Los Angeles. “I think it’s literally that wide open.”
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
REPORT: Wade and Bulls Reach Contract Buyout
The Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade have agreed to a contract buyout that would make Wade a free agent.
The Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade have agreed to a contract buyout that would make Wade a free agent. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Wade is leaving some $ 8 million of his $23.8 million salary in order to reach his exit.
Wade had opted into the final contract year of his agreement prior to the 2017 NBA Draft, believing that the Bulls were going to stay the course. However, several days after Wade opted in, the Bulls decided to trade guard Jimmy Butler and embark on a rebuild.
Assuming Wade clears the NBA waiver process, he’ll be free to choose his next team. The prevailing thought is Cleveland and good friend LeBron James will be the front runner, although the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami HEAT are expected to be in the discussion.
The minimum salary for a player with Wade’s experience is $2.3 million.
Tony Parker Ahead of Schedule, Expected to Participate in Training Camp
With the San Antonio Spurs set to report to the team facilities Monday for media day, point guard Tony Parker received some positive news Friday when doctors cleared him to participate in the club’s upcoming training camp, after he suffered a season-ending torn quadriceps tendon in May during the Western Conference semifinals.
“The thing is, I did an MRI on Friday, and the doctor said they were really happy with the MRI,” Parker told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “It looked very good. So they cleared me. But it’s still going to be like another, I think, two months to get back in shape and getting my leg stronger.”
Parker, 35, originally suffered the ruptured left quadriceps tendon during San Antonio’s 121-96 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. While the severity of Parker’s injury left pundits to ponder whether it was career threatening, the point guard said he never considered retirement.
In addition, the organization never issued a specific timeline for Parker’s return, and the point guard mentioned early on during his rehabilitation that he expected to return to the court in January.
Parker called the latest development in his rehabilitation “great news,” but he cautioned against expecting a quick return to action. In fact, Parker made it clear he won’t be suiting up for the team’s opener on Oct. 18 against the Minnesota Timberwolves as the Spurs, under coach Gregg Popovich, typically take an ultra-conservative approach in bringing players back from injury.
Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN
Sources: Bulls, Nikola Mirotic Agree to Two-Year Deal
Restricted free agent Nikola Mirotic has agreed to a two-year, $27 million deal to re-sign with the Chicago Bulls, league sources told The Vertical.
Mirotic and the Bulls held extensive discussions this offseason and reached agreement on a shorter-term contract on Sunday. Mirotic was one of the top stretch fours on the market, but fell into a difficult pool of restricted free agency this summer.
Mirotic has the right to veto any trade in the first year of his new Bulls deal, league sources said.
He had faced an Oct. 1 deadline on a one-year, $7.2 million qualifying offer.
Mirotic, 26, has averaged 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in three seasons with the Bulls. At 6-foot-10, he possesses the size and shooting acumen to create mismatches and can be an effective scorer in spots.
Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical