NBA News 2020-21: It was a crazy day for the NBA teams as well as fans. We saw Kawhi Leonard being out indefinitely due to an ACL injury, while Chris Paul going into isolation due to Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols.
A few coaches were fired as well. Here is everything that happened in the NBA today.
- NBA News 2020-21: Washington Wizards Coach: Scott Brooks, Wizards Part Ways after 5 seasons
Washington Wizards Coach: Scott Brooks won’t be back with the Washington Wizards next season after general manager Tommy Sheppard announced Wednesday the coach’s contract would not be extended.
Sheppard said the Wizards will begin their coaching search immediately.
Washington and coach Scott Brooks couldn’t come to an agreement on a new deal and are agreeing to part ways, sources tell ESPN. Brooks’ deal expired after the playoffs.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 16, 2021
“We have been committed to taking the proper steps over the last two seasons to develop our young players, bring in pieces to complement Bradley Beal, and build a winning environment that will ultimately lead to sustained on-court success,” Sheppard said in a statement. “Our organization will always be grateful to Scott for his dedication and work both on the court and in the community over the past five years, and I personally admire and respect how he helped keep our team together during the unprecedented events of the last 15 months.”
- NBA News 2020-21: Dallas Mavericks: Mavs fire longest-tenured GM- Donnie Nelson after Luka Doncic rift
Dallas Mavericks News: The Dallas Mavericks and their General Manager Donnie Nelson have decided to part ways, as reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Donnie Nelson who had 36 years of NBA experience, joined the Dallas Mavericks on Jan 2, 1998. He recently completed his 24th season with the franchise.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2021
“I just want to thank Donnie for his 24 years of service to this organization,” said Mark Cuban. “Donnie has been instrumental to our success and helped bring a championship to Dallas. His hard work, creativity, and vision made him a pioneer. Donnie will always be a part of the Mavs family and I wish him all the best.”
NBA News 2020-21: Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul out Indefinitely due to Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols
Phoenix guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols and it is unclear whether he’ll be available for the start of the Western Conference finals next week, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.
Breaking: Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocol and is out indefinitely, jeopardizing his availability for the Western Conference Finals.
The news was first reported by The Athletic and a source confirmed to ESPN. pic.twitter.com/CiZWw88sp5
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 16, 2021
The Suns are not certain exactly how long Paul will have to be away from the team, the person said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the player nor the team has publicly released anything about the situation.
NBA News 2020-21: All-Star Kawhi Leonard out Indefinitely with a Knee Injury
All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard has a right knee sprain that will keep him out of the Los Angeles Clippers’ lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night and raises questions about his availability going forward.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2021
The Clippers said Wednesday that there is “no timetable for his return.” Game 5 is Wednesday in Salt Lake City; Game 6 of the series is Friday in Los Angeles.
“I don’t care about the Western Conference Finals,” Leonard said after Game 4 of the series against the Jazz. “I’m trying to win a championship. I mean, obviously, that’s the next step, but I’m not even looking at that.”
NBA News 2020-21: Utah Jazz’ Mike Conley Out for Game 5 vs. Clippers due to Hamstring Injury
Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley will miss his fifth straight game because of a hamstring injury.
The team announced that Conley won’t play in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
Mike Conley is out for tonight’s game.
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) June 16, 2021
Each of the first four games in this series has been won by the home team. The Jazz took a 2-0 lead before heading to Los Angeles. However, the Clippers bounced back in the series, thanks to amazing performances by Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
NBA News 2020-21: New Orleans Pelicans fire coach Steve Van Gundy after 1 season
Stan Van Gundy is out as Pelicans coach following just one season at the helm, a person familiar with the situation said.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the move has not been publicly announced.
Hired last October, about two months before the start of a pandemic-delayed and shortened season, Van Gundy coached a Pelicans squad led by All-Star Zion Williamson to a 31-41 record. New Orleans finished in 11th place, a few games out of the final Western Conference play-in spot.
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