NBA Player News: All Positions

News: Cousins sustained a torn ACL in his left knee during a workout earlier this week, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Cousins returned in mid-January from a torn left Achilles' tendon and went on to play 30 regular-season and eight playoff contests for the Warriors, with a torn left quadriceps tendon suffered April 15 keeping him out for 14 postseason contests. While he handled a more limited minutes load than he had before he tore his Achilles, Cousins showed occasional flashes of his prior form, which was enough for him to land a contract with the Lakers this summer. Cousins had been in line to either start at center or handle a prominent role on the second unit, but the torn ACL likely means that the big man will be sidelined for the entire 2019-20 regular season and potentially the postseason, too. Cousins' injury is not only a significant blow to the Lakers, but also his rest-of-career outlook, which had already been on the downturn due to the prior serious injury. Cousins will spend the next several months rehabbing under the supervision of the Lakers' training staff before hitting free agency again next summer, when he'll likely be forced to settle for a one-year, prove-it deal once again.
News: McCollum agreed to a three-year, $100 million contract extension with the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: McCollum is just two years into his last extension, which was for $106 million over four years, but the organization appears to not want to waste any time in locking up their star backcourt duo. Damian Lillard already signed his supermax deal back at the start of free agency, and now, with McCollum locked in, the pairing will be under contract in Portland for at least the next five seasons. McCollum has averaged at least 20 points per game in each of the last four seasons and has emerged as one of the league's better isolation scoring guards in the process.
News: George said Wednesday that there's "no set date" for him to make his Clippers debut while he recovers from offseason surgeries on both shoulders, Ben Golliver of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Though he turned in the best season of his career in 2018-19, George faded down the stretch while playing through a sore right shoulder. Shortly after the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs in late April, George underwent a procedure to repair a partially torn tendon in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder, then went under the knife again a month later to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. The pair of surgeries didn't deter the Clippers from swooping in to acquire George earlier this month, even with the knowledge that his availability for the start of the regular season could be in question. Further clarity on where exactly George stands in his recovery may not come until the Clippers hold training camp, but the potential of him missing multiple games early in the season could make the forward one of the riskier first- or second-round selections in fantasy drafts.
News: Simmons agreed to a five-year, $170 million max contract with the Sixers on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The two sides have reportedly been working on the deal for several weeks, and the Sixers now have another core piece locked up for the foreseeable future. While Simmons has faced heavy criticism for his lack of a jumpshot, the soon-to-be-23-year-old remains one of the better all-around young players in the league, with his size and physicality presenting matchup issues for opponents. A first-time-All-Star last season, Simmons appeared in 79 games and posted averages of 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per contest.
News: The Rockets acquired Westbrook (finger) from the Thunder on Thursday in exchange for Chris Paul, two protected first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: In yet another blockbuster offseason move, Westbrook's wish of reuniting with James Harden will be granted, as the star point guard will move on to Houston less than a week after co-star Paul George was dealt to the Clippers. While slotting alongside perhaps the NBA's most dynamic offensive player, Westbrook will almost certainly have to sacrifice some usage, which could make it difficult for him to average a triple-double for a fourth consecutive season. After inking a five-year, $205 million contract extension with Oklahoma City in September 2017, Westbrook will be on the books for Houston through the 2022-23 campaign, when the point guard will hold a $47.06 million player option.
News: The Thunder acquired Paul on Thursday along with protected 2024 and 2026 first-round picks and first-round pick swaps in 2021 and 2025 from the Rockets in exchange for Russell Westbrook, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Though Houston general manager Daryl Morey previously dismissed rumors earlier in the summer suggesting Paul demanded a trade amid discord with backcourt mate James Harden, the Rockets ultimately decided to ship the nine-time All-Star elsewhere in order to bring aboard Harden's former teammate in Oklahoma City. While Paul would project to see a sizable bump in usage if he sticks with the Thunder, Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti is reportedly conferring with the point guard's agent, Leon Rose, to reroute Paul elsewhere, according to Wojnarowski. Since the 34-year-old is due $124 million over the next three seasons, the Thunder may not be able to procure a sizable return in any trade unless the team is willing to eat a decent portion of the money Paul is owed. With averages of 15.6 points, 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers and 2.0 steals in 32.0 minutes per game in 2018-19, Paul still remains productive at this stage of his career, though injuries have limited him to fewer than 65 games in each of the past three seasons.
News: Williamson has been diagnosed with a bruised left knee and will not play in the remainder of summer league.
Impact: There is no indication that the injury is serious or will limit the rookie's availability for training camp. But the Pelicans will, understandably, exercise extreme caution with Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
News: Cousins agreed Saturday with the Lakers on a one-year, $3.5 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Set to play his first full season since suffering a torn Achilles in January 2018, Cousins should slot in as the starting center with the Lakers, despite the team re-signing their top option at the position from 2018-19 (JaVale McGee) earlier in the day. In his lone season with Golden State, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and a combined 2.8 blocks and steals across 25.7 minutes per game. A similar workload may be in store for Cousins with both Anthony Davis -- the projected starting power forward -- and McGee on hand to fill minutes at center.
News: Westbrook (finger/knee) and his agent are engaged with Thunder general manager Sam Presti on "next steps," including the possibility of trading Westbrook, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: With the Thunder dealing Paul George to the Clippers for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and a haul of draft picks, the possibility of OKC entering a rebuild is on the table. Considering Westbrook is turning 31 years old next season and likely has little interest in participating in a tear-down, the two sides may work together to find a new home. A barrier to moving Westbrook is his enormous contract, which includes a $46.7 million player option in 2022-23.
News: Galllinari was traded Saturday to the Thunder along with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, four unprotected future first-round picks, one protected future first-round pick and the right to swap picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025 in exchange for Paul George, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Rather than Gallinari, the draft picks and Gilgeous-Alexander are the main assets in the deal for the Thunder, who now look set to embark on a rebuild with George out of town and Russell Westbrook also apparently on the trade block, per Brett Dawson of The Athletic. So long as Westbrook remains in the fold, Gallinari will operate as a secondary scorer for the Thunder after averaging a career-high 19.8 points to go with 6.1 boards, 2.6 assists and 2.4 three-pointers in 30.3 minutes per game in 2018-19. Gallinari, who is entering the final season of his three-year, $64.76 million contract, will likely be a candidate to get traded elsewhere ahead of the deadline in February.
News: The Thunder acquired Gilgeous-Alexander on Saturday along with Danilo Gallinari, four future unprotected first-round picks, one protected future first-round pick and the right to swap future picks with the Clippers twice in exchange for Paul George, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: After a promising rookie campaign, Gilgeous-Alexander was a prime candidate to take another leap forward in 2019-20, but the move to Oklahoma City now threatens any possible ascension. The Kentucky product's outlook will likely hinge on whether the Thunder are able to find a trade partner for superstar Russell Westbrook, who is believed to be on the block now that George is out of town, per Brett Dawson of The Athletic. If Westbrook sticks around in Oklahoma City, Gilgeous-Alexander would largely remain limited to an off-ball role, which would put a cap on his overall usage. In that scenario, Alexander would at least provide a major upgrade at shooting guard for the Thunder, which has been a black hole of fantasy production for the past few years.
News: Leonard agreed Saturday to join the Clippers and sign a four-year, $141 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: According to Wojnarowski, the Lakers were believed to be in the driver's seat to sign the top free agent remaining on the market, but the Clippers were able to secure Leonard's commitment after reaching an agreement with Oklahoma City to acquire another superstar in Paul George (shoulder). The Clippers are expected to plug Leonard and George into the starting forward spots, but the supporting cast surrounding them remains more of a work in progress after the team surrendered a package of draft picks along with point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and forward Danilo Gallinari to acquire George. In any case, the arrivals of Leonard and George should immediately vault the Clippers near the top of the list of NBA title contenders.
News: The Clippers agreed Saturday to acquire George from the Thunder in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Galllinari, four unprotected future first-round picks, one protected future first-round pick and two pick swaps, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: According to Wojnarowski, free agent Kawhi Leonard and George desired to play together in 2019-20, prompting George's agent, Aaron Mintz, to submit a trade request to Thunder general manager Sam Presti in recent days. With Leonard informing the Clippers that he would sign a four-year deal with the team if it could acquire George, the front office was able to bring the two superstars together by surrendering several assets to Oklahoma City. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, George could miss the first weeks of the regular season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but when healthy, he and Leonard make the Clippers a viable title contender. George shouldn't see much of a dip in his production after averaging a career-high 28.0 points to go with 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 3.8 three-pointers and 2.2 steals in 36.9 minutes per game in 2018-19.
News: Williamson will not play in the second half of Friday's Las Vegas Summer League contest against the Knicks after taking a knee-to-knee hit during the first half.
Impact: The Pelicans have no reason not to be extremely cautious with Williamson during Summer League, so holding him out for the second half doesn't indicate that the injury is anything serious. The team doesn't expect the issue to linger, but Williamson could still sit for the rest of Summer League, as the Pelicans clearly know what he can bring to the team already.
News: Cauley-Stein agreed Tuesday with the Warriors on a one-year contract. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. Per Zach Lowe of ESPN.com, Cauley-Stein's deal is worth slightly more than the league minimum.
Impact: Cauley-Stein started 81 games for the Kings last season, but the organization decided to move on from the soon-to-be 26-year-old with youngsters Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley already in the fold in the frontcourt. The 2015 lottery pick had essentially been a full-time starter across the past two seasons, averaging 12.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 27.6 minutes over that span. His role with Golden State remains more muddled, as there's a strong possibility that Cauley-Stein and the newly re-signed Kevon Looney split minutes at center.
News: Whiteside was traded to Portland on Monday in exchange for Moe Harkless and Meyers Leonard, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Heading into free agency, Whiteside opted into his $27.1 million player option, but the Heat will send him to Portland, where he'll likely slide in as the starting center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a serious lower-leg injury. Whiteside's fantasy value has been all on a gradual decline over the last three seasons, but it's mostly been due to dwindling opportunity. Last season, Whiteside averaged just 23.3 minutes per contest but still managed to post 12.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
News: Lillard and the Trail Blazers reached agreement Sunday on a four-year, $196 million supermax extension, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Word surfaced shortly after Portland was eliminated from the postseason in May that Lillard was working toward a long-term extension, so it comes as little surprise that player and team were able to find common ground on a new deal on the first day of the new league year. The extension will keep Lillard on the books through the 2024-25 campaign, assuming he accepts his $54.3 million player option for that season. Lillard, who has made four consecutive all-NBA teams, should make for a comfortable late-first-round or early-second-round selection in fantasy drafts after averaging 25.8 points, 6.9 assists, 4.6 boards, 3.0 triples and 1.1 steals per game in 2018-19 while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 91.2 percent from the charity stripe.
News: Russell will sign a four-year, $117 million contract with the Warriors as part of a sign-and-trade with the Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Russell put together a breakout 2018-2019 campaign with Brooklyn, pouring in 21.1 points while registering seven assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals over 81 games. He figures to have plenty of opportunities to put up similar numbers this year alongside Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. This move figures to provide the Warriors with a huge boost, as Klay Thompson (knee) isn't expected to return to the court until February or March of 2020.
News: Favors was traded from the Jazz to the Pelicans on Sunday, Tony Jones of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The details surrounding the trade have yet to be revealed, but it looks as though the Pelicans will add yet another talented big man to their squad, assuming the trade becomes official. Favors averaged 11.8 points along with 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 assists over 76 contests last season with the Jazz, and he figures to be a force on the defensive end of the court in New Orleans alongside Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.
News: Richardson was shipped to the 76ers on Sunday in the Heat's sign-and-trade deal for Jimmy Butler, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Richardson, who is entering his fifth season in the league, is coming off a career year. With Goran Dragic sitting out a large chunk of the 2018-19 campaign, ballhandling responsibilities were given to Richardson. He responded with 16.6 points, 4.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. In joining the reloaded Sixers, Richardson's usage could see a downtick, as he will probably end up being the third or fourth offensive option. Still, Richardson's size multi-position versatility should keep him on the court for long stretches of time, and he should continue getting better.
News: Horford and the 76ers came to terms Sunday on a four-year, $109 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: In an unexpected move, Horford will go from one Eastern Conference contender to another after spending the last three years in Boston. He'll be an interesting fit alongside Joel Embiid, but both players are comfortable spacing the floor, and they'll form arguably the best defensive frontcourt in the NBA. With Horford heading into his age-33 season, there's a chance the contract could have negative value in its final years, but the five-time All-Star should help keep the Sixers near the top of the conference, despite losing both J.J. Redick and Jimmy Butler.
News: Butler will sign a four-year, $142 million contract with Miami as part of a sign-and-trade with Philadelphia, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The 76ers will receive Josh Richardson in return.
Impact: Butler hinted early Sunday that he wished to end up with Miami, and the Sixers made it a reality by coming to terms on a sign-and-trade. The All-Star forward averaged 18.7 points along with four assists and 1.9 steals over 65 games across stops with Minnesota and Philadelphia during the 2018-2019 campaign, and he'll immediately step in as one of the stars of the Heat once this deal becomes official.
News: Randle and the Knicks agreed to a three-year, $63 million contract Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: New York was reluctant to offer Kevin Durant a max deal due to his Achilles injury, but they did manage to land Randle, who put up 21.4 points along with 8.7 boards and 3.1 assists across 73 contests a season ago in New Orleans. He'll immediately step into the starting five, likely pushing either Mario Hezonja or Mitchell Robinson to a bench role.
News: Harris and Philadelphia came to terms Sunday on a five-year, $180 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Harris put up solid numbers after being traded from the Clippers to the Sixers in February, stepping in as one of his team's leading contributors. He averaged 20 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 82 contests this season, and he could be in line for an even bigger role during the 2019-2020 campaign if Jimmy Butler leaves for the Heat.
News: Brogdon will sign a four-year, $85 million contract with the Pacers as part of a sign-and-trade with Milwaukee, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The price was apparently too high for Milwaukee, which will essentially facilitate Brogdon's move to a division rival. For their trouble, the Bucks will receive a first-round pick and two second-rounders, but it's still a significant loss for the best regular season team in the league last season. In Indiana, Brogdon will likely slot in as the starting point guard from Day 1 following the surprise retirement of Darren Collison.
News: Rubio and the Suns have come an agreement on a three-year, $51 million deal, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Rubio's exit from Utah was all but confirmed when the Jazz traded for Mike Conley. He had most recently been linked to the Pacers, but the Suns have ultimately landed his services. They have long been in need of a quality point guard to start alongside Devin Booker, and this figures to be a good match. It will be Rubio's third franchise since being drafted by the Timberwovles in 2011. The 28-year-old averaged 12.7 points, 6.1 assists, and 1.3 steals across 27.9 minutes per game last season.
News: Durant (Achilles) officially announced via The Boardroom's Instagram account Sunday that he plans to sign with the Nets.
Impact: ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news earlier Sunday, but Durant has now officially confirmed that he'll sign a four-year, $164 million contract in Brooklyn. Durant is expected to be followed in short order by both Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, which immediately moves up the Nets' window of title contention. Of course, Durant is expected to miss much, if not all, of next season after tearing his Achilles during the NBA Finals.
News: Porzingis and the Mavericks agreed Sunday on a new five-year, $158 million contract, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
Impact: There have been reports the Mavericks were looking to lock Porzingis up long term, so this news is relatively unsurprising. He and Luka Doncic will now look to form a rapport on the court, as they will be Dallas' centerpieces for years to come. The 23-year-old big man has not played since tearing his ACL in February of 2017. He was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game prior to the injury.
News: Middleton is expected to sign a five-year, $178 million contract to remain with the Bucks when free agency opens Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: As reported deals continue to roll in, this one shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as most indications have pointed to Middleton remaining in Milwaukee. The Bucks may be slightly overpaying for the first-time-All-Star's services, but with a window to contend around Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee had virtually no immediate avenue to replace Middleton if he were to sign elsewhere.
News: Durant (Achilles) is expected to sign with the Nets when he announces his decision Sunday night, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Durant will make the announcement Sunday night via his own platform -- "The Boardroom" -- but it's now widely expected that he'll sign a four-year, $164 million contract to head to the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career. Durant -- who is unlikely to be available for most, if not all, of next season -- is expected to be joined in Brooklyn by Kyrie Irving, as well as veteran center DeAndre Jordan, a close friend of Durant's. While the Nets may be in somewhat of a holding pattern while Durant recovers from his torn right Achilles, the addition of the two-time Finals MVP, plus Irving, will likely position the Nets to contend for an NBA title in 2021 and beyond.
News: Irving will meet with the Nets on Sunday and it's expected the two sides will agree on a contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: After a drama-filled 2018-19 campaign with the Celtics, Irving is moving on to a different squad. Irving and the Nets have long been linked to each other. A six-time All-Star, Irving will look to continue pushing Brooklyn in the right direction, as the franchise made its first playoff appearance last season after three straight campaigns below 30 wins. The change of scenery shouldn't alter his usage drastically, though it's possible he sees a bump if the Nets don't add a second star. D'Angelo Russell is expected to move on to a different team as a result of Irving's signing.
News: Walker is expected to be in Boston on Sunday to finalize an agreement with the Celtics, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Walker to the Celtics rumors started emerging a couple of days ago, and it appears those talks were warranted. Assuming there are no hiccups on Sunday, Walker will move on from Charlotte, the team that drafted him No. 9 overall in 2011. The three-time All-Star will replace Kyrie Irving, who is virtually a guarantee to take his talents elsewhere at this point. In joining a better team, it's possible we see Walker's usage decline, especially if Gordon Hayward is able to get back to his pre-injury production. Still, it's hard to imagine Walker not being a No. 1 or No. 2 option on offense, and he should maintain his quality efficiency.
News: Collison announced Friday via a personal essay posted on The Undefeated that he intends to retire from professional basketball and focus his efforts on aiding the less fortunate through his Jehovah's Witnesses faith.
Impact: This decision is relatively surprising, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN relays that the 31-yearpold point guard was set to fetch an estimated 10-to-$12 million annual salary as a free agent this summer. Collison opened his career with the Hornets in 2009-10 and has gone on to suit up with the Mavericks, Clippers, Kings and Pacers over his 708 career games. Assuming he stays committed to retiring, he'll walk away with averages of 12.5 points, 5.0 assists and 1.2 steals across 29.4 minutes per game. The Pacers, meanwhile, will be in the market for a new point guard this summer, with impending free agent Ricky Rubio among the names who has been linked to Indiana.
News: Durant (Achilles) declined his $31.5 million player option Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Durant declining his player option was essentially a foregone conclusion, as the expectation is that he can still land a max, or near-max, deal. Even with Durant possibly missing all of the 2019-20 season, his reputation as one of the NBA's best scorers ever outweighs the risks of a long-term deal.
News: Conley was traded to the Jazz on Wednesday in exchange for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver and Jae Crowder, the 23rd pick in Thursday's Draft and a future first-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Rumors of Conley being shopped arrived near last season's trade deadline -- the same time Marc Gasol was dealt to the Raptors. With the Grizzlies in the midst of a heavy rebuild, there was little reason to keep the 31-year-old point guard. He'll be shipped off to Utah, who have won at least 50 games in two of the past three seasons but have failed to make it past the Western Conference Semifinals.
News: The Lakers traded Ingram (shoulder) to the Pelicans on Saturday as part of a package of players and picks in a deal that sent Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Along with Ingram, the Lakers dealt away Josh Hart (knee), Lonzo Ball, the fourth overall pick in next week's draft and two additional future draft picks. Ingram, who averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 52 games last year, is expected to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 campaign after requiring season-ending thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right arm in mid-March. While New Orleans could augment its roster in a significant way in the next few months, Ingram should be in line to serve as one of the Pelicans' primary scoring options.
News: Ball (ankle) -- along with Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft -- has been traded to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: After spending his first two seasons in Los Angeles, Ball has been dealt to the Pelicans along with most of his young teammates. Though Ball's first two years have been underwhelming, a change of scenery could prove beneficial. Assuming the ankle injury that sidelined him for a large portion of 2018-19 proves to be a non-issue, Ball is the favorite to open the upcoming season as New Orleans' starting point guard, with Jrue Holiday occupying the other backcourt spot for the top unit.
News: Davis was traded to the Lakers on Saturday in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart (knee), and three first-round picks - including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: In a blockbuster deal that's been in the making since February's trade deadline, Davis will head to Los Angeles and pair up with LeBron James. Though the Lakers gave up most of its depth to get the deal done, having Davis and LeBron James on the same team should attract plenty of free agent talent. Through the first 41 games of the 2018-19 campaign, Davis averaged 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.7 steals across 37.1 minutes.
News: Thompson (knee) is expected to be sidelined for nine to 10 months, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Thompson suffered a torn ACL during Thursday's Game 6 loss against the Raptors. Thompson will miss most of the upcoming 2019-20 campaign, but early indications are that he could make a return in February and assist Golden State in a 2020 playoff run.
News: Thompson's agent, Greg Lawrence, said his client suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Thursday's Game 6 NBA Finals loss to the Raptors, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Thompson was enjoying a huge night before tweaking his knee while he was fouled by Danny Green on a dunk attempt with 2:22 minutes left in the third quarter. He managed to knock down a pair of free throws to finish with a game-high 30 points, but he retreated to the locker room immediately after and was quickly ruled out for the night. With Thompson's examinations revealing a worst-case scenario regarding his injury, the star shooting guard now looks poised to miss most -- if not all -- of the 2019-20 season. Like Thompson, teammate Kevin Durant's (Achilles) status for the upcoming campaign is also in peril, adding extra wrinkles to the impending free agency of both players.
News: Thompson (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday's Game 6 against the Raptors, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: The nature of the injury has yet to be revealed, but it's evidently significant enough to keep Thompson out of a must-win game for the Warriors. Shaun Livingston and Quinn Cook started the fourth quarter and may be asked to pick up the slack with Thompson out of the mix.
News: Thompson went to the locker room during the third quarter of Thursday's Game 6 against Toronto after suffering an apparent knee injury, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.
Impact: Thompson looked to tweak his knee on a dunk attempt, but he did manage to knock down a pair of free throws prior to exiting the contest and heading to the locker room for further testing. His status for the remainder of the game is currently in question.
News: Durant underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn right Achilles tendon, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Minutes after coach Steve Kerr told the media he did not have an update on Durant, Charania reports that the superstar already underwent surgery to repair the injury that was widely speculated. Durant, himself, took to Instagram to announce that the procedure went well. "I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles," Durant wrote in a caption. "Surgery was today and it was a success." A recovery timetable is unlikely to be released any time soon, but it's widely expected that Durant will remain out for much, if not all, of the 2019-20 NBA season.
News: The Warriors believe that Durant suffered a torn right Achilles' tendon in Monday's 106-105 win over the Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports. General manager Bob Myers said Durant will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.
Impact: Before returning to action for the elimination game, Durant had been sidelined since May 8 with a right calf injury, missing nine postseason games in total. Despite being less than fully healthy and having only minimal practice time beforehand, Durant played well over 12 minutes -- scoring 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 shooting from beyond the arc -- before his right leg appeared to give out on him when he was attempting to drive past Serge Ibaka with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter. If the MRI confirms that Durant ruptured his Achilles, he would miss the remainder of the NBA Finals, and quite likely, a fair chunk of the 2019-20 campaign as well. The injury would also have major ramifications on the NBA offseason, as Durant, who was expected to enter free agency, could elect to exercise his $31.5 million player option to remain with the Warriors.
News: Durant suffered an Achilles injury and will undergo an MRI Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A truly devastating blow for the Warriors and NBA fans alike as Durant only managed to log 12 minutes in Game 5 after missing the previous nine postseason contests. Look for more confirmation as to the extent of the injury to come Tuesday after he undergoes the MRI. Should he be ruled out for Game 6, look for Andre Igudola to likely return to the starting rotation, with the Warriors forced to rely heavily upon some combination of Jonas Jerebko, Alfonzo McKinne, Jordan Bell and Andrew Bogut off the bench.
News: Durant will not return to Monday's Game 5 against the Raptors with a lower leg injury, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Durant was forced to exit in the second quarter of Game 5 after suffering a non-contact injury while he made a move towards the hoop. It's unclear what the injury is at this point, however it didn't look good as he seemed to re-aggravate the calf injury that kept him out the past few weeks. He's set to undergo an MRI Tuesday, and he should be considered questionable at this time, however his status for the remainder of the playoffs seems to be in doubt as he was seen exiting the arena in a walking boot and crutches.
News: Durant (calf) will play in Monday's Game 5 against Toronto, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This comes as no surprise, as it's been reported all day that Durant was expected to play. It's unclear how well he's feeling, or whether or not the calf will affect his play, but with the Warriors' backs against the wall, they're turning to Durant to fend off elimination. At this time, there's no restrictions on his minutes, but coming off a lengthy absence with little practice time, it's unclear where his conditioning will be. Expect Durant to start, likely bumping Andre Iguodala to the bench.
News: Durant (calf) plans to play in Monday's Game 5 against Toronto, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Durant went through shootaround Monday morning and officially remains a game-time call, but this latest information implies that the two-time Finals MVP will make his return to the court for the first time since Game 5 against the Rockets. It's very much unclear how healthy Durant's right calf will be -- and his conditioning may be just as much of a concern -- but with the Warriors up against the ropes, expect Durant to be back in the mix. Earlier Monday, coach Steve Kerr commented that if Durant does play, he's not expected to face a firm minutes restriction.
News: Durant (calf) went through a full shootaround Monday morning and is considered a game-time call for Game 5 against Toronto, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Durant's presence at shootaround is certainly an encouraging sign, but the two-time reigning Finals MVP immediately went to the training room after the session to begin receiving treatment. That implies that he's still dealing with some discomfort in his right calf, so if Durant is ultimately cleared to play, he'd likely do so at less than 100 percent. With that said, coach Steve Kerr sounded relatively optimistic after watching Durant at shootaround. "He looked good," Kerr said. "We'll see where it goes." Kerr did not reveal, however, whether Durant was able to scrimmage at all between Games 4 and 5, though he did note that if Durant is cleared to play, he won't have a firm minutes restriction.
News: Thompson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 3, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Despite being listed as active, Thompson won't play Wednesday. Although it's unclear who will take Thompson's place in the starting lineup, Quinn Cook and Shaun Livingston appear to be the most viable candidates. Until a more specific timeline is given for Thompson's return, expect the star shooting guard to be a game-time decision for Game 4 on Friday.
News: Thompson (hamstring) is listed as active for Game 3 on Wednesday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: At the very least, Thompson will be an option for the Warriors for Game 3. Expect a final official designation on whether or not he'll play to come ahead of tipoff.
News: Thompson (hamstring) will be a game-time call for Game 3 on Wednesday, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected by most, Thompson will be a game-time decision Wednesday. News confirming Thompson's status for the pivotal Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals should surface relatively soon.
News: Thompson (hamstring) remains questionable for Wednesday's Game 3 against the Raptors, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Per Wojnarowski, Warriors officials feel its best that Thompson sits out Wednesday in an effort to preserve his hamstring for a likely return in Game 4, but Thompson, himself, is lobbying the team to allow him to play. At this point, it's unclear which side will ultimately prevail, and a decision may not come until shortly before the 9:00 PM ET tip.
News: Durant (calf) will not play in Wednesday's Game 3 against Toronto, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While coach Steve Kerr noted that Durant is "ramping up" his activity, the two-time reigning Finals MVP was not on the floor at practice Tuesday, and he'll likely continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis as the Finals progress. Kerr also confirmed that Golden State will be without Kevon Looney (collarbone) for the duration of the series, while Klay Thompson (hamstring) is considered questionable for Game 3.
News: Thompson suffered a left hamstring strain Sunday and will likely be listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 3 against the Raptors, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Thompson was enjoying a strong outing in Sunday's win before landing awkwardly on a jump shot in the fourth quarter and missing the remainder of the game. After the contest, Thompson expressed confidence that he would play in Game 3, so he's presumably still optimistic about his chances after an MRI confirmed that he suffered a strained hamstring rather than anything more serious. Thompson will test the hamstring over the next two days before the Warriors make an official ruling on his status.
News: Thompson (hamstring) said after exiting Sunday's 109-104 win over the Raptors in Game 2 of the series that he doesn't "see himself missing Game 3" on Wednesday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Thompson exited in the fourth quarter with a tight left hamstring, finishing the night with 25 points (10-17 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, five assists and one steal in 32 minutes. Coach Steve Kerr relayed after the contest that he believes Thompson's injury is a minor one, but the shooting guard is nonetheless expected to undergo an MRI on Monday. The Warriors will review the results of Thompson's tests before having a more definitive feel regarding which direction his status is trending in heading into Wednesday's matchup.
News: Thompson left Sunday's Game 2 against the Raptors with left hamstring tightness and will not return.
Impact: Thompson came down awkwardly after a jump shot and attempted to play through it, but ultimately he couldn't tolerate it enough to stay on the floor. The Warriors should have a better idea as to how long Thompson will be out for either shortly after Sunday's contest or Monday morning. In his absence, Quinn Cook will likely get more minutes in the backcourt.
News: Durant (calf) will not play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: This doesn't come as a surprise, as head coach Steve Kerr said earlier Friday that Durant would likely make his return midway through the series while he continues to nurse a strained right calf. With that, it appears the first real opportunity Durant will have to play will be when the series heads to Oracle Arena on Wednesday. With Andrew Iguodala now nursing another leg injury, Golden State may have to go even deeper into their bench before getting back to their home floor.
News: Durant (calf) is expected to return at some point in the NBA Finals, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: It's unclear exactly when Durant is projected to return, but he's already considered doubtful for Game 2 while he continues to recover from a strained right calf. Assuming he doesn't play Game 2, it seems like he'll be headed for a true game-time decision in each subsequent game of the series.
News: Cousins (quad) will be active for Thursday's Game 1 of the Finals against the Raptors, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Cousins' recovery from a first-round quad injury has progressed much more quickly than expected, and while he may not be at 100 percent, he'll be available as an option for coach Steve Kerr for the first time since Game 2 against the Clippers. The Warriors have found their stride in the absence of Cousins and Kevin Durant, of late, so it remains to be seen just how much Cousins will be integrated into the rotation right away.
News: Durant (calf) has been ruled out Thursday for Game 1 of the Warriors' NBA Finals matchup with the Raptors, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The writing seemed to be on the wall regarding Durant's status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals considering the forward has yet to be cleared for on-court activities. According toFriedell, coach Steve Kerr has yet to determine whether Durant will even travel to Toronto, making it quite likely the star forward is also sidelined for Game 2.
News: Durant (calf) is still not taking part in on-court activities and is unlikely to play at the start of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Impact: It's certainly not a great sign that Durant has still not been cleared for on-court work just a week away from the start of the Finals, and it suggests that even if Durant does make it back before the series ends, he will not be at 100 percent. Alfonzo McKinnie got the start in Game 4 against Portland, but if healthy, Andre Iguodala (calf) would likely return to the starting five for Game 1.