April is a time of decision for teams around the league as the season comes to a close, with eyes moving toward the NBA Playoffs or NBA Draft, depending on your team’s success. In the past couple of days we’ve seen teams make some of these future-building decisions. Here are some of the most interesting recent NBA happenings:
Golden State Warriors fined
Stephen Curry ($25K), Kevin Durant ($15K) and Draymond Green ($35K) all received fines for their various public critiques of NBA officials. The incident in question came on March 29 when the Warriors lost to the Timberwolves on a series of unfortunate events.
Ernie Grunfeld fired as Washington Wizards president
Ernie Grunfeld was fired after 16 seasons with the Wizards, who went 568-724 during his tenure. The team will likely be without John Wall for most if not all of next season as he recovers from an Achilles injury.
Kenny Atkinson and staff nearing extension with Brooklyn Nets
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson and his staff are working on completing contract extensions with the team. Brooklyn is the current 7-seed on the East.
Russell Westbrook put up a historic 20/20/20 game
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook put up 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists versus the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, becoming just the second player in NBA history to put up a 20/20/20 game. The other player was Wilt Chamerblain in 1968.
NCAA star Ja Morant to enter draft
Ja Morant, the standout point guard from Murray State who earned national attention with his play in the NCAA tournament, is set to enter the NBA Draft on Wednesday, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. He is expected to be a top draft pick.
Greg Monroe signed with the 76ers
Greg Monroe has signed a rest-of-season contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, per Charania.