Kawhi Leonard SG/F LAC 31 minutes ago
Leonard was named the 2020 NBA All-Star Game MVP after pouring in a game-high 30 points (11-18 FG, 8-14 3Pt) to go with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 20 minutes for Team LeBron in its 157-155 win over Team Giannis.
The MVP award was Leonard's first in his four All-Star Game appearances. He did the bulk of his damage in the opening two quarters, scoring 25 first-half points to stake Team LeBron to an early advantage. Leonard and his Clippers teammates will have five more days to rest up before Los Angeles opens its second-half schedule Saturday versus Sacramento.
Tre'Shawn Thurman PG FA 33 minutes ago
Thurman contributed eight points (3-4 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, two assist and a block in 15 minutes during Thursday's win over the Charge.
Thurman continues to see solid minutes off the bench for the playoff-bound Drive. On the year, he's averaging 7.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.6 minutes per game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo F MIL 35 minutes ago
Antetokounmpo (personal) returned to action Sunday for Team Giannis in his squad's 157-155 loss to Team LeBron in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, finishing with 25 points (12-21 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal across 31 minutes.
Antetokounmpo missed the Bucks' final two games before the break following the birth of his first child, but there was never any doubt that he would miss out the chance to captain an All-Star team in Chicago. The 25-year-old led his squad in scoring, but it wasn't for his side to hold off MVP Kawhi Leonard (30 points) and LeBron James' team. Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will open their second-half schedule Thursday in Detroit.
OUTPau Gasol C FA 19 hours ago
Gasol said he hopes to have made a full recovery from his surgically repaired left foot in time to suit up for Spain in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com reports.
Gasol has already ruled out a return to the NBA in 2019-20, as he's instead planning to take a more extended break after first requiring the procedure on his foot last May. The veteran big man initially hoped to have recovered from surgery early this season, but he was released by Portland in late November after it became apparent he wasn't close to a return. Depending on how his run with the Spanish national team goes this summer, Gasol is leaving the door open to return to the NBA in 2020-21 in the event teams are interested in signing the 39-year-old.
Kalin Lucas PG FA 20 hours ago
Lucas signed a contract Saturday with Serbian club Crvena Zvezda, John Askounis of Eurohoops.net reports.
Lucas most recently played for the Pistons and their G League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, after spending part of the 2018-19 season on a two-way deal. His lone appearance with Detroit marked his first since 2014-15, when he suited up for Memphis. The 30-year-old point guard will now head overseas to continue his career and appears unlikely to surface at the NBA level again.
Milton Doyle SG FA 20 hours ago
Doyle (undisclosed) posted 32 points (11-21 FG, 8-14 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and six assists across 40 minutes in Thursday's G League loss to Erie.
Doyle returned to action after missing Monday's game, and he led the team in points by a long shot and assists by a narrower margin. The 26-year-old has been quite productive all year, averaging 19.0 points per game and knocking down 40.2 percent of shots.
Henry Ellenson PF/C FA 20 hours ago
Ellenson posted 19 points (8-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT), seven rebounds and four assists across 34 minutes in Wednesday's G League loss to Stockton.
Ellenson continues to be a strong member of Raptors 905. He's averaged 21.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, and his shooting helps carry the weight with a 52.3 percent rate.
Jawun Evans PG FA 20 hours ago
Evans (hamstring) posted 12 points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five assists and a rebound across 21 minutes in Wednesday's G League loss to Stockton.
Evans missed a few games with this hamstring injury, but he returned and played quite well, especially as a shooter. The 23-year-old guard has averaged 7.7 points, 5.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game this season.
Marcin Gortat C FA 23 hours ago
Gortat retired from the NBA on Sunday, Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.com reports.
The Polish center officially called it quits Sunday after a solid 12-year campaign, as he concluded his career with an average of 9.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Gortat, who was originally drafted by the Suns in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft, spent time with the Magic, Raptors, Suns, Wizards and Clippers throughout his NBA career. The center enjoyed the best season of his tenure during the 2011-12 campaign with Phoenix, where he averaged a career-best 15.4 points and 10.0 rebounds across 66 games played.
DTDPatrick Beverley G LAC 24 hours ago
Beverley (groin) took part Saturday in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend in Chicago, getting eliminated in the first round by Toronto's Pascal Siakam.
Beverley had missed the Clippers' last four games prior to the All-Star break due to a sore right groin, but his ability to take part in Saturday's competition offers hope that he'll be ready to go when the Clippers open their second-half schedule Feb. 22 versus the Kings. Expect the Clippers to provide an update on Beverley's health once the team resumes practicing within the next few days.