Because of changes in the new collective bargaining agreement, Westbrook, who signed a three-year extension worth $80 million last summer, is eligible for another extension this summer -- which could be worth as much as $220 million over five years. It would make Westbrook the highest-paid player in the NBA. "That's something, like I said, I haven't thought about anything, obviously," Westbrook said. "Everybody knows that I like Oklahoma City and I love being here and I love everybody here. But I haven't even thought about that. Obviously, Oklahoma City is a place that I want to be."
Source: Royce Young of ESPN
"It was just a heated film session, a heated film session between coaches and players," small forward DeMarre Carroll said after Monday's Game 5 win. "A lot of times when you get in a heated film session, it can go one of two ways -- it can go bad or it could go good. "I feel like we came together, we saw the problem and we just try to keep building from this."
It just might not be right away. "Look, what he's facing is fixable," Myers told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "It's just finding the issue and solving it. So I think that's how you have to differentiate what he's going through with somebody else. "Some things are not fixable in life. Some things that confront people don't have solutions. There is a solution here. We just need to discover it, and we will. I'm confident we will."
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN
"Of course, we're always cognizant of LeBron's minutes, but in looking at this situation, we didn't look at the minutes as an issue," Lue told ESPN. "It makes more sense to close out the series and have the additional rest versus playing potentially even more minutes, potentially 96-144 more minutes. Closing out and the rest that comes with it far outweighs the other potential scenario."
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Are Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum off limits or are they like everyone else and open to being dealt?
A (Olshey): The odds of anything ever coming up of commensurate value is so hard to even fathom. I could give you the trite answer that nobody is untradable, but clearly they are.
Source: Mike Richman of The Oregonian
Rondo took steps Tuesday night to return from a fractured right thumb and attempt to play in Game 5 of the Bulls’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, league sources told The Vertical. Around Rondo and the Bulls, there’s belief that the four-time All-Star has a chance to return but a final determination has not been made, league sources said.
Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical
They don’t believe they played well so far despite downing the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder 4-1 in the first round.
"That’s what’s exciting,” Harden said. ”We can play 10-times better, especially offensively.”
Source: The Associated Press
The Clippers now trail the series, three games to two, with Game 6 scheduled for Utah’s Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday.
“It’s no secret, our backs are against the wall,” (Chris) Paul said, later adding, “They made the winning plays down the stretch and therefore, we lose.”
Source: Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times
Asked about his reaction, Smart looked towards the nearest camera, raised his voice, and said, “Haha.”
Initially asked to comment, Smart made one passing attempt to deflect the conversation, saying, “I laugh at that. This is about Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls, not Marcus Smart vs. Jimmy."
Source: Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald
"Yeah, pleasantly so. That means I’m doing the right thing,” Bryant said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “It’s always concerning to feel like that itch comes back and you feel like you’re missing something and you try to scratch that and this, that and the other. I haven’t had that at all.”
Source: Mark Medina of the Orange County Register
The Thunder head home a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals after Houston took this series 4-1.
Source: Kristie Rieken of Associated Press on NBA.com
Canaan made a surprise appearance in the Bulls' Game 4 loss to the Celtics on Sunday night, scoring 13 points in 34 minutes.
Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN
"Got some treatment, and I'll be ready to go tomorrow," Harden said before Monday's practice. "It's the playoffs, everybody is banged up, so you just got to find a way to fight through it and find a way to help your teammates win games," Harden said. "For me, it's not necessarily scoring. I don't have to score a certain amount of points as long as I'm making the right plays and guys are getting shots, everybody is in a good rhythm -- that's all that matters."
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