Dwyane Wade SG MIA 8 Hrs
Dwyane Wade says he missed the start of the third quarter Tuesday night because his surgically repaired left knee swelled up at halftime.
Wade said Wednesday afternoon his left knee, which he had operated on following last season, was still swollen and sore after Tuesday's Game 6 overtime win. The Heat guard is already dealing with bone bruises in his right knee, which Wade said is more painful than last season's knee injury. Wade only managed 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting in 36 minutes Tuesday night, but we can't foresee any injury or ailment keeping him off the court for Thursday's Game 7. Whether Wade is healthy enough to make a difference is another issue entirely.
Rashard Lewis F MIA 8 Hrs
Rashard Lewis is leaning toward exercising his option for next season.
Lewis has a player's option for just about $1.4 million for the 2013-14 season and recently refuted a report that claimed he was planning to opt out of the deal and test free agency. We found it hard to believe Lewis would choose to leave the Heat and a guaranteed payday and it at least sounds like he'll have another season in Miami before he has to decide his future.
Brandan Wright PF DAL 8 Hrs
Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas says the Mavericks could have a leg up in re-signing Brandan Wright because of the team's Early Bird rights.
The 25-year-old Wright finished the season on a strong note and McMahon speculates the former lottery pick could end up with offers similar to Ian Mahinmi's four-year, $16 million deal with the Pacers last summer. McMahon points out the Mavs could meet or exceed those numbers and go past the salary cap because they own Wright's Early Bird rights. Both Wright and the Mavs have expressed interest in Wright's return to Dallas, but such an arrangement would mean Wright would likely have to wait at least a few weeks into free agency for Dallas to at least attempt to land bigger fish. It might be difficult for Wright to turn down immediate money in the hopes of a similar payday from the Mavs down the line.
Bradley Beal SG WAS 10 Hrs
Bradley Beal (leg) is expected to receive clearance to resume basketball activities in early July, sources told the Washington Post.
Beal's season ended early due to a stress fracture in his fibula, and after nearly three months of inactivity, Beal is almost ready to return. However, Beal's status for summer league is up in the air, and there's a chance he winds up missing it in order to recover. The Wizards will treat their shooting guard of the future with kid gloves. Beal is expected to be ready for Team USA minicamp.
Paul Pierce SF BOS 13 Hrs
The Clippers will have interest in Paul Pierce as a free agent if he's bought out by the Celtics, a source told the Los Angeles Times.
That seems rather obvious. If Pierce is bought out, he'll draw a ton of interest in free agency. However, the Celtics would prefer to trade Pierce if they're going to move on, and they'll exhaust every avenue to get a return for Pierce. We can't imagine a scenario where the Celtics simply let him walk and pay him to do so knowing there's interest in his services around the league.
Marcus Landry F PHO 13 Hrs
Marcus Landry will play for the Lakers in summer league, according to his agent.
Landry spent time with Mike D'Antoni in New York, so there is a familiarity there. Marcus is the brother of Carl Landry, but Marcus hasn't been able to carve out a sustainable path in the NBA so far.
Stephen Jackson SG/SF SA 14 Hrs
Stephen Jackson has plans to return to the NBA after his exile from the Spurs this season.
Jackson revealed that he asked for a trade, but the Spurs released him outright. "I was dominating in practice, I was working my butt off, and it was just frustrating me," he said. We have serious doubts that he was "dominating" practice, but the good news is Jackson still respects Popovich. We don't anticipate a reunion any time soon, but Jackson will likely resurface next season with a new team.
Marc Gasol C MEM 14 Hrs
The Grizzleis are interviewing Ed Pinckney for a second time on Wednesday, a source told CSN Chicago.
Pinckney has been on the team's radar for a while, but he's not being referred to as a serious candidate. The team is likely just covering all of its bases with the second interview, but it's possible he could emerge as a bigger contender if the sit down goes well.
LeBron James SF MIA 22 Hrs
LeBron James triple-doubled with 32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and a block -- and hit just 11-of-26 shots -- but he constantly resurrected the Heat from the dead as they took Game 6 in overtime in one of the greatest NBA Finals games ever played.
It's going to take a while to sort through all of the mayhem, and James' status as a choker and world beater on Twitter swung like a metronome throughout the game -- most notably when he lost his headband and turned into the flying death machine. Dwyane Wade's stat line of 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting with four rebounds and four assists isn't going to stand out, but he was awful tonight on both sides of the floor. Mario Chalmers was the team's second best player for most of the game and finished with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and four treys, while Chris Bosh's defense picked up down the stretch as he finished with 10 and 11 to go with three steals and two blocks. If Thursday's Game 7 has even half of the excitement of Game 6, the Internet might break.
Tim Duncan PF/C SA 22 Hrs
Tim Duncan scored 25 points in the first half and finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Spurs in their Game 6 overtime loss to the Heat on Tuesday.
The Heat had no answer for Duncan in the first half and the Spurs looked primed to take the title before Duncan and Tony Parker both pooped out down the stretch. Parker finished with 19 points and eight assists, but hit just 6-of-23 shots and despite that his trips to the bench late in overtime will be something reporters (timidly) ask Pop about in the post-game. Kawhi Leonard played great with 22 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, but his missed free throw that could've iced the game will haunt him unless the Spurs pull out Thursday's Game 7. Danny Green finally regressed with a 1-of-7 mark from the field and Manu Ginobili was terrible with eight turnovers.