The NBA says Tim Duncan should not have been allowed back on the floor for the Spurs' final possession of regulation in Tuesday's Game 6.
Gregg Popovich subbed Duncan out on the prior possession for defensive reasons, which is another discussion entirely. After Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer to tie the game, Popovich put Duncan back on the floor while the referees reviewed the play. Duncan eventually inbounded the play to Tony Parker, who eventually ended regulation with an airball on a fadeaway runner. The problem is the Spurs didn't have timeout and the NBA ruled today that Duncan shouldn't have been allowed back on the court. If Parker had made that shot, there likely would've been utter chaos, including a formal protest by the Heat. The teams may have even needed to replay that possession with 5.2 seconds left on the clock and Duncan off the court at some point Wednesday. So, in the end, let's just be happy Parker missed that shot and we don't have to process all the absurd possibilities that would've resulted had he made it.
Carl Landry has until June 26 to decide whether to exercise his player option for next season, according to beat writer Marcus Thompson.
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Landry has one year and $4 million left on his contract but can opt out of his deal and become an unrestricted free agent. Landry would almost assuredly get a bigger pay day on the open market, but it's no secret how much he likes the Warriors. We'll just have to wait and see.
Doc Rivers still wants to coach next season, a source close to the couch tells the Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes.
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Holmes' source isn't buying Rivers' rumored interest in taking time off to go back into broadcasting, which appeared to be a logical landing spot after the Clippers trade fell through. Rivers and Celtics GM Danny Ainge were scheduled to meet Wednesday, after which Rivers was reportedly expected to make his first public comments since the end of the season. Until Rivers speaks, everyone is just guessing or speculating on the future of him and the Celtics.