ESPN sources: Shootaround absences may have been due to schedule confusion rather than planned boycott; also, they may have been due to planned boycott

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ESPN’s Ric Bucher:

As for the boycott, one source said some of the players did not show up for the shootaround because they were told the starting time had changed. Austin Daye was one of the players who didn’t show up on time because of the misunderstanding, the source said, but it wasn’t clear how many other absent players were also confused. "The team boycott idea is being overblown," said the source. "It was more miscommunication than defiance."

In the same article, Bucher brings up the Pistons’ previously planned boycott against the Pacers before the All-Star break.

Before Friday’s game in Philadelphia, sources said, similar attempts were made by the same veterans to organize a teamwide no-show at the morning shootaround again, presumably in response to the fact that no trades were made before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline and the fact that Kuester was not let go.

This the problem with anonymous sources. People can push an agenda without facing public scrutiny.

The reports of a boycott are more prevalent and a little more reliable, so I’m going to cautiously believe that for now.

If Austin Daye or anyone else missed the shootaround because they failed to understand the time change,* they should play tonight. A one-game suspension is enough for that transgression.

*Assuming they should have known. If it wasn’t reasonable for them to know the start time changed, they should have played last night.

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