Basketball Wiretap

Bradley Beal Won't Play In Restart Due To Shoulder Injury

Jul 7, 2020 11:20 AM

Bradley Beal will not play in the NBA's return-to-play plan in Orlando due to a shoulder injury.

Beal's status had remained uncertain over the past few weeks.

The Washington Wizards will also be without Davis Bertans. 

The decision was made in full consultation with Wizards Chief of Athlete Care & Performance Daniel Medina, Wizards Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, Beal and his representation.

“Bradley did everything possible to be ready to play, but after closely monitoring his individual workouts we came to the conclusion that it was best for him to sit out the upcoming games in Orlando and avoid the risk of further injury,” said Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard. “Although he was able to play through the majority of the season with the injury, the layoff from March until now did not leave any of us feeling comfortable that he would have enough time to be ready to perform at the extremely high level we are all accustomed to seeing and agreed that not participating in the games in Orlando was the right decision.”

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Tags: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Injury

Kings Close Practice Facility Following Positive COVID-19 Test In Traveling Party

Jul 6, 2020 1:05 AM

The Sacramento Kings shut down their practice facility after a member of their traveling party tested positive for COVID-19, sources told Sam Amick of The Athletic.

The facility will likely remain closed before the team leaves for Orlando on Wednesday.

The Bucks also shut down their practice facility earlier on Sunday.

Players or staff who test positive for the coronavirus must test negative twice before receiving medical clearance to enter the bubble. 

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Bucks Shut Down Practice Facility After Receiving Results Of COVID-19 Tests

Jul 5, 2020 8:19 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks shut down their practice facility after receiving the results from the latest round of COVID-19 tests, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

It is unknown if there was more than one positive test.

The Bucks will keep the facility closed until their traveling party leaves for Orlando on Thursday.

Any player who tests positive for the coronavirus must receive two negative tests before being medically cleared to travel to the bubble. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Kristaps Porzingis On Adding New Elements To His Game: 'I'll Show It On The Court'

Jul 5, 2020 5:36 PM

Kristaps Porzingis said that feels completely healthy after the long layoff, and is ready for the resumption of the NBA season. 

"The extra time just gave all of us more time to recover from little things that we all have going on. Basically everybody has something, always, and we just play through it, so this extra time gave guys the opportunity to heal those little things, to be even in better shape and to feel better when we come back.”" said Porzingis.

Porzingis spent most of the lockdown in Latvia, where public restrictions were more relaxed than in America.

Porzingis added that he develop new parts of his game during the stoppage.

“It’s a secret. I’ll show it on the court.”

Callie Caplan/The Dallas Morning News

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Jacque Vaughn Discusses Relationship With Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant: 'I Believe In Voice And Choice'

Jul 5, 2020 12:37 PM

Jacque Vaughn discussed how he's developed a personal relationship with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant ahead of the Orlando restart.

Both Irving and Durant have been ruled out for the rest of the season. 

“My conversations with those guys are generally based around me checking in with them to see how they’re doing. Some of those conversations lead into basketball, some of those conversations lead into life conversations, some of those conversations might lead into ‘I have a podcast for you to listen to.’ It ranges. For me, it’s more the connection of them knowing that I’m thinking about them, and that’s for players 1-15. That connection piece is huge. I believe in voice and choice, so if you don’t have a relationship with guys, you can’t ask for that," said Vaughn.

Vaugh, who replaced Kenny Atkinson as interim coach of the Nets, is reportedly the favorite to take over the job on a permanent basis. 

Vaughn added that he was excited by the possibility of working with the duo in the future. 

"It’s great having conversations with them about the process of basketball and how they see the game. I look forward to more of those conversations, though, too.”

Alex Smith/SNY

Tags: Jacque Vaughn, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Players Must Arrange Own Travel If They Miss Scheduled COVID-19 Test Next Week

Jul 4, 2020 10:56 PM

NBA players will be forced to arrange their own travel plans if they miss the scheduled COVID-19 test two days before their team's departure to Orlando, according to a league memo.

If a player drives to Orlando, they will have to pass two negative tests before returning to the court.

If a player flies commercially, they will need three consecutive negative tests.

Teams are scheduled to fly into Orlando next week. 

Players who have tested positive must undergo two negative tests before they will be medically cleared to enter the bubble.

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Tags: NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Third Heat Player Tests Positive For COVID-19

Jul 4, 2020 2:29 PM

A third Miami Heat player has tested positive for COVID-19, sources told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

The team recently closed their practice facility after a second player tested positive. 

The Herald is not reporting the names of the two players who have recently tested positive, though both are rotation players.

Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive last week. 

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Landry Shamet Tests Positive For COVID-19, Unlikely To Travel To Orlando This Week

Jul 4, 2020 1:24 PM

Landry Shamet tested positive for COVID-19 and is unlikely to travel to Orlando with the Los Angeles Clippers this week, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Teams will begin arriving in Orlando on July 7th. 

Shamet is averaging 9.7 points and 1.9 rebounds on the season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Landry Shamet, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Sean Marks: Kevin Durant 'Continues To Be A Very Loud Voice' In Shaping Nets' Future

Jul 3, 2020 1:10 AM

Sean Marks said that Kevin Durant will continue to be an active voice in shaping the future of the Brooklyn Nets roster.

“He continues to be a very loud voice in terms of where we’re going in the future and what we’re doing and I involve him like the other players and staff and how we’ll continue to build this team and how we move forward,” said Marks.

Durant previously ruled himself out of the Orlando restart.

Marks added that he's been in regular contact with Durant throughout the summer.

“I’ve seen him numerous times over the summer and watched the rehabilitation process and watched him getting back out there and so forth. … He’s always said he’s looking forward to getting on the court in Barclays. And I think all of us on this call, myself included, everybody in the organization is looking forward to that time as well.”

Ian Begley/SNY

Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Michael Malone: Nikola Jokic Expected To Rejoin Team For Orlando Trip Next Tuesday

Jul 2, 2020 1:21 AM

Michael Malone said that Nikola Jokic "feels great" and is expected to join the Denver Nuggets when they head to Orlando next Tuesday.

Jokic tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and is still in Serbia.

"Next Tuesday we depart for Orlando; the hope and expectation is that Nikola Jokic will be with us on that plane. From everything that I have heard and talked to him, he feels great, he feels fine and is excited to get back," said Malone.

Jokic is asymptomatic, according to sources.

The team also had to close its practice facility after two members tested positive.

"There is a chance we can open the gym up before we leave, depending upon results in the coming days. I am not going to get into who tested but we have had multiple people in our travel party test positive," added Malone.

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Tags: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Zhaire Smith To Sit Out Orlando Restart Due To Bone Bruise In Knee

Derek Bodner/The Athletic

John Wall Will Not Join Wizards In Orlando Due To Exposure Concerns

Fred Katz/The Athletic

Rudy Gobert Says Taste Has Returned, But 'Smell Is Still Not 100%'

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Kevin Durant Says He 'Probably Wouldn't Have Played' In Orlando Restart Even If Healthy

Alex Smith/SNY

Derrick Jones Jr. Asymptomatic After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Alex Len Tests Positive For COVID-19

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Nicolas Claxton Undergoes Successful Surgery On Left Shoulder

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Mike Budenholzer Says Giannis Antetokounmpo Is 'Completely And Totally Healthy'

Jackie MacMullan/ESPN

Courtney Lee Suffered Season-Ending Calf Injury During Shutdown

Marc Stein/New York Times

Victor Oladipo To Increase Activity, Re-Evaluate Quad Injury Before Committing To Rest Of Season

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Klay Thompson Fully Cleared From Torn ACL

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Kelly Oubre Jr. Expected To Miss Rest Of Season

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Clint Capela Says His 'Heel Has Really Healed'

Sarah K. Spencer/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution