The Los Angeles Lakers plan to sign forward Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Williams, a former No. 2 overall pick, recently finished his season in the Chinese Basketball Association. The Lakers will be without forward Brandon Ingram for at least one week due to a groin strain, and Williams is expected to provide additional depth on the wing and in the frontcourt.
A six-year NBA veteran, Williams went unsigned in free agency last offseason and signed with Tianjin in China. He averaged 20 points and 6.6 rebounds for Tianjin this season.
Williams had a strong finish to the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers last year, joining the team after being released by the Miami Heat in February 2017. Williams was the second pick in the 2011 NBA draft by Minnesota and has averaged 8.9 points and four rebounds for his career. He has also played with Sacramento and New York.
Sources: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports
Tyronn Lue: Cavs Can’t Get Satisfied with One Win
Down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference finals heading into Saturday’s Game 3, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue had desperation on his side as his team played with a have-to-have-it edge in their 116-86 blowout of the Boston Celtics.
Now Lue is tasked with distilling that same sense of urgency for 48 hours heading into Monday’s Game 4 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). “We know what it takes,” Lue said after the Cavs’ film session on Sunday. “We did it before. We’ve got a lot of veterans, a veteran crew and they know what it takes to win. We can’t get satisfied with just one win. It’s just one; we’ve got to come out [Monday] night and duplicate it again.”
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Luka Doncic to Make Decision on NBA Draft ‘Soon’
Eight months after helping Slovenia to its first European Championship, Luka Doncic added a Euroleague title to his ever-growing mantel, which now also includes the Euroleague MVP and Euroleague Final Four MVP awards.
When asked by ESPN following Sunday’s victory what his next move is, Doncic said: “I will tell about all at the right time. Right now I just want to celebrate with my team. Soon I will tell.”
Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN
D’Antoni on Rockets Blow Out Loss: We Played ‘Soft’
Coach Mike D’Antoni used the most damning four-letter word in the NBA vernacular — “soft” — to describe the Houston Rockets’ performance in the most lopsided playoff loss in franchise history.
The Golden State Warriors routed the top-seeded Rockets 126-85 at Oracle Arena in Sunday’s Game 3 to regain the series lead in the Western Conference finals.
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN