• Gary Payton II (calf) out Tuesday vs. Kings
    Gary Payton II (left calf strain) has been ruled out for the Warriors’ Tuesday play-in matchup against the Kings.

    Advice: GP2 missed the Dubs’ last three regular-season games and is now set to miss their play-in game against Sacramento. Chris Paul and Brandon Podziemski have a chance to play larger roles during his absence. Rotoworld Today, 12:47 pm
  • Expected to play Tuesday
    Coach Steve Kerr said Monday that Curry (ankle) is expected to play in Tuesday's Play-In Tournament matchup against the Kings, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Advice: Curry sat out Sunday's regular-season finale due to what was deemed a right ankle sprain, but it seemed as though his absence was mainly for rest purposes ahead of the postseason. The 36-year-old will presumably be back in action once the Play-In Tournament gets underway, and he's averaged 26.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds in 33.3 minutes per game over his last three appearances. Rotowire.com Today, 12:13 pm
  • Out for Play-In Tournament
    Payton (calf) has been ruled out for the Play-In Tournament, which starts Tuesday in Sacramento, Kendra Andrews of ESPN.com reports.

    Advice: If the Warriors beat the Kings on Tuesday, they'd play the loser of a Pelicans-Lakers matchup, but Payton won't be able to play in that game if Golden State advances. The defensive-minded guard missed the final three regular-season contests due to a left calf strain, and his missing bench minutes will likely be absorbed by Brandin Podziemski, Chris Paul and maybe Moses Moody. Rotowire.com Today, 12:09 pm
  • Sits out practice
    Melton (back) did not practice Monday, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports.

    Advice: Melton returned from a 21-game absence back on April 10, but proceeded to sit out the season finale on April 14. For now, it's unclear if Melton's unavailability at practice was a mere precaution. He should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game against Miami. Rotowire.com Today, 10:19 am
  • Starting basketball activities soon
    Curry said Monday during his exit interview that he's dealing with a Grade 3 right ankle sprain and hopes to begin basketball activities in a couple of weeks, Sam Perley of the Hornets' official site reports.

    Advice: Curry suffered the injury at the beginning of March and was shut down for the rest of the season. Lingering ankle issues plagued the sharpshooter all season, and he finished with just 43 appearances (four starts), averaging 5.3 points -- his lowest mark since 2014-15 when he appeared in just two games. Curry has one non-guaranteed year remaining on his current contract. Rotowire.com Today, 8:42 am
  • Still not close to full strength
    Morant (shoulder) will be fully cleared for basketball activities halfway through the offseason, Drew Hill of The Daily Memphian reports.

    Advice: Morant underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder in mid-January and remains on track with his rehab. Due to a suspension to start the campaign and then the season-ending procedure, the All-Star point guard appeared in just nine games in 2023-24 and averaged 25.1 points, 8.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals-plus-blocks in 35.3 minutes. While injuries decimated Memphis' entire roster all campaign, it doesn't sound like those issues will linger and impact 2024-25. Rotowire.com Today, 8:37 am
  • Expected to be ready for camp
    Coach Steve Clifford said Monday that he expects Ball (ankle) to be ready in time for training camp, Roderick Boone of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    Advice: This will be a relief for Charlotte fans, as Ball's ankle robbed him of the majority of his 2023-24 season. He made only 22 appearances, averaging 23.9 points, 8.0 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 three-pointers and 1.8 steals in 32.3 minutes. Ball told reporters that his ankle is feeling better, and he's looking forward to having the full offseason to prepare for 2024-25. Rotowire.com Today, 8:35 am
  • Career-best numbers in finale
    Wesley closed Sunday's 123-95 win over Detroit with 17 points (7-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, five assists and three steals across 30 minutes.

    Advice: The 17 points were a career high for the second-year guard, while the boards and steals tied his previous highs. Wesley is still struggling to establish himself in the Spurs' backcourt rotation after being the 25th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, but he at least heads into the offseason with a bit of confidence. Rotowire.com Today, 6:52 am
  • Leading scorer off bench Sunday
    Smith recorded 24 points (9-20 FG, 6-11 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists and one steal across 33 minutes during Sunday's 120-110 win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Smith was the leading scorer in the Hornets' regular-season finale Sunday. His 24 points and six made threes were both career highs as he saw extended playing time with Charlotte sitting multiple rotational players. Over the last two games of the season, Smith averaged 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 31.0 minutes per contest. Rotowire.com Today, 6:50 am