All but eliminated from playoff contention and with injuries mounting, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry conceded that he’d be open to shutting down superstar Anthony Davis for the rest of the season.
“I wouldn’t say no to that. I wouldn’t say no to that,” Gentry said Saturday. “I think we’ve gotta be smart collectively, along with him. And like I said, I think we’ll know a lot more after they talk to the doctors today. And then I think there can be some decisions made. I think that’s something that he would definitely have to consider.”
Source: Justin Verrier of ESPN
Sources: Multiple Teams in Discussion to Acquire No. 4 Pick
The Memphis Grizzlies are in discussions with a number of teams to trade the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, league sources tell ESPN. Any such trade would likely include forward Chandler Parsons, whose contract is considered an albatross because of his knee problems.
The Grizzlies have several potential trade partners, as the Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and LA Clippers have shown varying degrees of interest in a deal, a source told ESPN.
According to sources, the Grizzlies don’t anticipate the most serious proposals to arrive until they are on the clock Thursday, shortly before 8 p.m. ET. While contingent deals can be made earlier, the Grizzlies and other teams might want to see which prospects are available at No. 4 before deciding on a deal.
Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN
Sources: Lakers to Acquire Second-Round Pick from 76ers
The Lakers have acquired the 39th pick in Thursday’s Draft from the 76ers, league source tells ESPN. Lakers will send Philly its 2019 second round pick via Bulls and cash.
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Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Sources: Kyle O’Quinn Declines Player Option
New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn has declined his $4.2 million contract for the 2018-19 season to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources told ESPN.
O’Quinn, 28, had his best NBA season for the Knicks and should be among the better backup centers available in the summer marketplace.
O’Quinn averaged 7.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 58 percent shooting in 18 minutes per game for the Knicks.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN