Fan question from Joseph Gutierrez (to Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro): With Ray McCallum emerging as a solid player, will that have an affect on who we target in the Draft?
“I think we’re in a position to take the best player we can get. With that said, it certainly makes it easier in terms of having Ray emerge the way he has. We believed in him. Mike Bratz has been scouting him for three years, so we believe he’s going to continue to progress and get better. Again, right now we have 28 wins – matching last year – and our best-case scenario would have been 29. So we’re not in a position where I could say any position is covered. All the positions are covered, but we still only had 28 wins. I have to take the best player.”
Nets’ Jeremy Lin Out For Year With Ruptured Tendon
Agent: Gordon Hayward Unlikely to Return this Season Following Surgery
Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return during the 2017-18 season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night, a procedure that Bartelstein labeled a success.
“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said.
Ben Simmons on NBA Debut: ‘It felt like I was playing 2K’
Ben Simmons finally made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut against the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night. And after his extended wait to wear the Philadelphia 76ers jersey in a meaningful game, he said he felt initially like he was in a video game.
“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.
“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.'”
Simmons was drafted with the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture. He suffered the injury on Sept. 30, 2016, less than a month before the start of the regular season. The Australian was originally expected to miss three months, but was eventually ruled out for the entire season.
Source: Nick Metallinos of ESPN