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NBA News: Steve Nash Finds a New Home, Playoff Players Fined, and More!

All of your news from around the NBA this past week!

Mar 31, 2018; San Antonio, TX, USA; Former basketball player Steve Nash speaks during the NBA Hall of Fame press conference at the Alamodome. Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The second round of NBA playoffs have proved to filled with much more drama than the first round, that much is certain. With that has come a few fines here and there, as players react pretty passionately without the fan noise to drown things out. Let’s dive into some of the news from around the league this week!

Top News This Week

  • The Brooklyn Nets have found their Head Coach replacement after a pretty short search. The Nets are hiring Hall of Fame Guard Steve Nash and signing him to a four-year contract to be with the team.
  • The Dallas Mavericks did NOT move on in the playoffs, and Luka Doncic ended up also being fined in that series by the league. Doncic was fined for throwing the ball at the legs of a referee and will need to pay out $15,000 as a result.
  • Speaking of fines, the Clippers’ Patrick Beverly didn’t fare much better in round 2 against the Nuggets. Beverly was fined $25,000 for verbal abuse of a referee following a game 2 loss to Denver.
  • The NBA is allowing team staff to bring guests into the bubble starting with the conference finals, per a league memo sent out to teams this week. Per the memo, each team may host no more than a total of 10 staff guests at the hotel. It’s unclear who will get a priority as a part of this plan.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo left game 4 with an ankle injury after being questionable to even play. Antetokounmpo had reportedly encouraged Milwaukee Bucks’ staff members to tape up the ankle and let him play, though he could not jump or plant off of the sprain. He has not been ruled out for game 5.
  • The Detroit Pistons are finalizing a deal to hire former Lakers executive Ryan West to a player evaluation role in the front office. West was with the Clippers this year working as a college and NBA scout.
  •  The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell was awarded the 2019-2020 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. Harrell had a HUGE breakout season, averaging 18.6 points per game and being one of the big reasons for the Clippers’ success this year.

Social News

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All of that news and more, this week in the NBA! Check back weekly with GMS Sports for the most up-to-date information on your favorite sports.

 

Written by Brook Smith

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