UPDATE: Gordon Hayward had surgery Monday to repair a fracture to his fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand (the bone that connects the wrist to the ring finger), the team announced Monday evening.
The good news is Hayward will only be out six weeks, which should have him back just before, or right around, Christmas.
How good would Gordon Hayward be if he could just stay healthy?
Hopefully we will find out someday, but probably not for the next couple of months after his agent told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that Hayward will have surgery on his non-shooting hand to repair a broken bone.
There will be no official timeline for recovery until after the surgery, but after going under the knife Hayward is likely out at least six weeks. Stephen Curry is out three months after surgery on his non-shooting hand (that is a different injury, but it shows how long the timeline can be).
The play where the injury happened was innocuous.
Even so, it has left Boston with some big questions to answer through New Year’s Eve, or whenever Hayward returns. Hayward was having a bounce-back year, averaging 18.9 points per game, shooting 43.3 percent from three, pulling down 7.1 rebounds and dishing out 4.1 assists per game. He’s been a critical playmaker for the Celtics.
Golden State Warriors primary owner Joe Lacob was a recent guest on The TK Show podcast with Tim Kawakami. Lacob gave some insights into uncertainties with the upcoming offseason. During their conversation, Kawakami asked Lacob about his willingness to authorize general manager Bob Myers to use the Warriors $17.2 million trade exception and $6 million Taxpayer Mid-Level exception. Lacob said the unclear finances of the league make that hard to answer.
“We’re looking at those questions and possible answers. But I don’t really have a good sense yet because I really have no idea how this is going shake out. We don’t know what the salary cap is going to be, what the luxury tax is going to be. So, we don’t really know what we can plan on.”
The Warriors created the NBA’s largest trade exception when they dealt Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies last summer. That exception can’t be combined with any outgoing salary to allow Golden State to bring in a higher-salary player. Golden State can use it to acquire one player who fits within the $17.2 million exception. Or they could break it up to acquire multiple players to add necessary depth.
Lacob said any roster decisions would take into account the Warriors ability to contend for championships. He referenced the team’s core of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, when talking about Golden State’s title window.
“With their ages, we’re in a certain window of opportunity and we’d certainly like to take advantage of that window of opportunity. So that was our plan. And still, until further notice, is our plan for next year and the next few years. However, a lot of things could change and we’re going to have to adjust just like every other team has to adjust to whatever the new world is in the NBA.”
With their three core players expected to be healthy, along with trade deadline acquisition Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors expect to return to the playoffs next season. Golden State needs to add size and depth around those four to return to title contention.
Few NBA players have a court in their home, or right now even access to one. Guys are going weeks without getting a shot up during this stoppage in play.
However, a few players who do have courts at home — including Chirs Paul and Trae Young — will face off against some retired players and WNBA stars in a televised game of HORSE. The first round of shots go up on Sunday.
Here are the details.
Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern)
Sunday, April 12 on ESPN:
• 7-9 p.m
SEMIFINALS & FINALS
Thursday, April 16 on ESPN:
• 9 p.m.
WHERE TO WATCH LIVE STREAM
Quarterfinals Group 1: Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups
Quarterfinals Group 1: Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley Jr.
Quarterfinals Group 2: Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce
Quarterfinals Group 2: Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley
• Who shoots first will be decided by a coin toss, with the more senior player calling heads or tails.
• Players much describe each shot before they take it, specifying things like bank shot or swish.
• No dunks are allowed.
— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) April 8, 2020
Devin Booker has a championship — and he beat a teammate to get it.
Devin Booker beat Deandre Ayton in an All-Suns final of the first NBA 2K Players Tournament.
“I said in the beginning that it was going to be Deandre and I in the championship – and that’s the way it ended up,” Booker said, via the Associated Press.
Booker took the title playing as the Nuggets against Ayton’s Bucks in the final game of a sweep of a best-of-three championship series (Booker’s Rockets beat Ayton’s Lakers in the first game).
“I played a lot growing up,” Booker said. “It’s all about timing and eye coordination.”
— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 12, 2020
Booker won $100,000 to donate to a coronavirus-related charity, and he chose to split it between Direct Relief and the Arizona Food Bank Network.
To set up the all-Phoenix Final, Booker beat the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, while Ayton knocked off another Clipper, Patrick Beverley. It was hard to see Beverley go, his trash talk was one of the highlights of the event.
— NBA (@NBA) April 12, 2020
The 16-player tournament, broadcast on ESPN, was a success and organizers are looking at doing it again, even after live NBA games return.
Arturas Karnisovas, the new head honcho for the Bulls, reportedly has lined up an impressive list of people to interview for the GM position in Chicago:
• Denver’s Calvin Booth
• Philadelphia’s Mark Eversley
• Dallas’ Michael Finley
• L.A. Clippers’ Mark Hughes
• Orlando’s Matt Lloyd
• Oklahoma City’s Nazr Mohammed
Now you can add former Pelicans GM Dell Demps to the mix, reports Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald.
One name I’ve heard for potential #Bulls GM is Dell Demps, former Pelicans GM. Lot of ties with JJ Polk and Tim Connnelly, who hired Karnisovas in Denver.
Former DePaul forward David Booth also has ties to that crew.
— Mike McGraw (@McGrawDHBulls) April 11, 2020
Karnisovas is making a point to hire a black GM, not so coincidentally after a report came out that black executives were frustrated with the Bulls’ process to hire a new head of basketball operations. Troy Weaver of Oklahoma City turned down a second interview for the job because he thought it was a token interview, reports Marc Spears of ESPN’s Undefeated.
Troy Weaver declined opportunity to be a part of 2nd round of Bulls interviews for its head of basketball operations because he felt it was a token offer, source said. He was told by someone from Bulls they were expected to hire Karnisovas by the time his interview was offered. https://t.co/joJ0Mlbqfs
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) April 11, 2020
Karnisovas has been focused on putting the front office together, as he should, but deciding about Jim Boylen and the coaching decision will be next. If the Bulls are going to make a change — as most around the league expect, even if Boylen does not — the timing is delicate. It would seem bad form to fire a coach during the coronavirus-forced suspension of play. Still, if the Bulls are going to make a change, they should do it sooner rather than later to allow Boylen and staff to find their next job in what will almost certainly be a condensed offseason.
The one thing that remains clear: Karnisovas is shaking up everything and changing the Bulls culture. Which it needed.