NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics Let Go Of David Lee, Miami Josh McRoberts Not Playing

From LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers to Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, here’s the latest on what’s been going on in the NBA newsfeed.

1. Memphis Grizzlies

While Tony Allen has missed the last five games thanks to a sore right knee, chances are, he could be playing on Tuesday when the Grizzlies play in Philadelphia. Speaking to The Commercial-Appeal, Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger said, “We’re going to see how much he can do (Monday) and hopefully he can play (Tuesday).”

2. Washington Wizards

The team is currently facing a gaping hole in their lineup due to injuries that several of its players have sustained. Included in the injury list are Alan Anderson (left ankle), Bradley Beal (stress reaction lower right leg), Drew Gooden (right calf strain), Nene (left calf strain), Gary Neal (lower back), Otto Porter Jr. (bruised left thigh), and starting point guard John Wall (high right ankle sprain).

3. Phoenix Suns

Head coach Jeff Hornacek decided to switch things up by benching Brandon Knight and P.J. Tucker in exchange for Devin Booker and T.J. Warren. However, the new rotation may not last for long, considering The Suns recently lost to the Jazz.

4. Golden State Warriors

Due to their current injuries, center Andrew Bogut and forward Harrison Barnes were given limited work by the training staff during Monday’s practice, and thus, their availability for the coming games is undetermined.

“Bogey did non-contact stuff in practice, so he’s kind of day-to-day right now,” interim coach Luke Walton explained. “Harrison got in the conditioning transition drill, which is a contract drill. It’s nice to see him out there. Obviously, he’s not going to be playing (Wednesday). We’ll just continue to see how he progresses and take it from there.”

Bogut’s floating status may give Marreese Speights a chance for some much-needed game time, considering Festus Ezeli has played well as Bogut’s backup. “Mo’s a great scorer,” Walton told CSN Bay Area. “I feel bad because we try to give him opportunities. But Festus has played so great that a lot of those minutes have gotten eaten up. So the minutes are a little more scattered so far this year.”

5. Toronto Raptors

Following a fracture of the fourth metacarpal on his left hand last month, center Jonas Valanciunas has been cleared to practice. Whether or not he is cleared to play games, however, remains unknown. Until he returns, head coach Dwane Casey will continue starting Bismack Biyombo at center.

6. Los Angeles Lakers

“I would have loved to play overseas for a season,” said Kobe Bryant in a conference call, referring to the 2015-16 season being his last. “But it’s not going to happen… My body won’t let me.” While there is a slight chance Bryant may be on the 2016 Olympic team, he isn’t pushing for a spot on the squad.

“It’s not something that I’m absolutely pressing for,” he said, “but being part of the Olympics is such a beautiful experience.”

7. Miami Heat

It is unlikely that forward Josh McRoberts or guard Tyler Johnson will be available for Tuesday’s game against Detroit in light of their respective injuries. “We just want to make sure it’s healed,” said Erik Spoelstra to The Miami Herald, referring to McRoberts. “We’re getting his leg strong so when he’s ready to come back he’s full go, no setback.”

8. Los Angeles Clippers

Josh Smith has been struggling with his position change from forward to backup center, and it has shown, as he lost his spot in the rotation to Cole Aldrich. “I think we have to do a better job of getting them to buy in, understand,” explained head coach Doc Rivers to The Orange County Register. “Some get it quicker than others but we’ve played a lot of games now and they should.”

Meanwhile, Austin Rivers may not be out for the expected two weeks due to his sprained ankle. “I’m very lucky, but right now it’s all about getting strength back,” he said. “I can really hardly walk on it right now. I thought I broke something when I did it.” Pablo Prigioni will be playing point guard in lieu of Rivers in the meantime.

9. Portland Trail Blazers

After missing out on Monday’s game, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum both think they won’t be sidelined for much longer. “I know it won’t be long,” commented Lillard to The Oregonian. “It could be one, it could be two games. Maybe two. But I’ve just got to rest it, try to stay off it. That’s it.”

10. Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James is shooting 74.4 percent from the free throw line, and is only looking to increase that number in the games ahead. “I’ve always had ambitions to shoot in the high 80s,” James shared to the Akron Beacon-Journal. “I’ve been shooting them extremely well the last couple weeks, so I have to continue my routine, continue to put in the work as I’ve been and live with the results.”

11. Boston Celtics

According to NBA.com’s David Aldridge, the team is open to dealing forward David Lee. “The Celtics have been very solid, but Coach Brad Stevens has a minutes problem, as evidenced by the lack of time for David Lee —  whose expiring contract is available, per league sources,” wrote Aldridge. “Danny Ainge has any number of movable pieces that could be packaged.”

12. Philadelphia 76ers

Head coach Brett Brown reports that center Joel Embiid has a great attitude now, following his broken foot last season. “I just know what I see: just a committed, hopeful athlete,” said Brown to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He sees that he’s doing the right thing. He feels like he’s doing the right thing. He is doing the right thing.”

“So I just see somebody that’s got the edge where he wants to get going again,” he continued. “I think mentally it’s night and day from talking to him this time in December last year.”

Of guard Nik Stauskas, Brown has commented he needs to work on becoming a better defender. “We’re not trying to build a defensive specialist,” said Brown to CSN Philly. “He just needs to be reminded he’s a very skilled offensive player and was drafted as high as he was for that season.”

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