Ricky Rubio is the new starting point guard for the Utah Jazz and here’s why: timing.
Long rumored to be part of trade talks during his six years with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rubio was sent to the Jazz on June 30 for a 2018 first-round pick as Utah made last-ditch efforts to convince All-Star forward Gordon Hayward to stay in the Beehive State. With Hayward having decided on July 4 to go to the Boston Celtics, Rubio is now a core piece of what is, in some sense, a new era of Jazz basketball.
“To get traded, it’s not fun, but I was really excited to go to an organization that really believed in me,” he said. “It’s a great basketball organization with a good tradition. It was a little weird. I was six years in Minnesota. My name was in the papers with rumors and all that stuff for the last couple years, but never traded. This summer, I guess it was time. I have no regrets. I had a great time in Minnesota, but I think it was time for the both of us to move on. I think it was that time of our relationship that it didn’t work out the way we wanted, and we move on.”
Source: Ryan McDonald of the Desert News
Chris Paul Leaves Rockets Win with Hamstring Injury
Rockets star guard Chris Paul exited Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Thursday in the last minute after hurting his right hamstring.
Paul reached for the hamstring after missing a runner in the lane with 51.7 seconds left. He limped noticeably during the next two possessions and checked out of the game after briefly consulting with Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones during a timeout with 22.4 seconds left. Paul received extensive treatment postgame and told Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated that he “will be all right.” Asked about Game 6 on Saturday, he said, “Oh yeah.” The team planned to provide an update on Paul’s status Friday.
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
Report: Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson Questionable for Game 5
Andre Iguodala’s bruised lower left leg improved Wednesday, but he was still listed as questionable by the Golden State Warriors for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
Iguodala missed Tuesday night’s game after banging his left leg in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson is also listed as questionable after straining his left knee Tuesday night. But Kerr said that Thompson was “moving around really well” on Wednesday and that he thought he’d be fine.
Report: Clippers, Doc Rivers Agree to Contract Extension
The L.A. Clippers today announced that the team has agreed to a contract extension with head coach Doc Rivers. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Under Rivers’ direction, the Clippers have earned the NBA’s fifth-best record (259-151, .632) across his five-year tenure. Upon joining the team in 2013, he led L.A. to its best record in franchise history (57-25, .695) and a second straight Pacific Division title. L.A. has reached the postseason in four of Rivers’ five seasons with the team. Rivers is the winningest coach in Clippers franchise history by both total victories (259) and winning percentage (.632). Despite coaching an NBA-high 37 unique starting lineups throughout the 2017-18 season, Rivers’ squad was in playoff contention until the final homestand of the season, finishing with a 42-40 record.
Source: Los Angeles Clippers