San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will not play Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans. ESPN’s Lisa Salters reported on Saturday that Leonard and the Spurs were targeting Thursday’s game if he continued to progress in his recovery from a quadriceps injury that has caused him to miss all but nine games this season.
A source told Shelburne that Leonard’s target date has always been “mid March,” suggesting that his return to the court will be more likely next week, as the Spurs have home games Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN
Sources: ‘Disconnect’ Between Kings, Dave Joerger
There appears to be a substantial disconnect between the Sacramento Kings’ front office and head coach Dave Joerger pertaining to the franchise’s priorities and direction, sources told Yahoo Sports.
It’s win now vs. development for the future.
Joerger’s handling of 2018 No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III could eventually lead to the coach’s dismissal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Sources said the franchise is growing frustrated with how Joerger is distributing minutes and assigning roles to the team’s young prospects.
The front office views this season as a development year, sources said, but it was still confident that the team would be competitive and grow with Bagley, promising guard De’Aaron Fox, and forwards Harry Giles and Skal Labissiere meaningful minutes.
Source: Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports
Report: Rockets to Part Ways with Carmelo Anthony
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey today issued a statement on forward Carmelo Anthony’s future with the team.
“After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” said Morey. “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”
Source: Houston Rockets
Report: Steph Curry to be Re-Evaluated in 10 Days
Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who has missed the team’s last three (3) games after suffering a mild to moderate strained left groin on November 8 vs. Milwaukee, continues to be monitored and evaluated by the team’s training and medical staff, as indicated initially last week. He will travel on the team’s upcoming three-game road trip to Texas—but will not play—and will be re-evaluated again in 10 days.
Source: Golden State Warriors