Month: August 2021

1:48 PM ET Rajon Rondo plans to sign a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers upon clearing waivers Monday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Rondo, who agreed to a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, will still make his full $7.5 million salary this season between the buyout and his
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DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dallas Mavericks. (Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports) The Dallas Mavericks have plenty of options at guard besides Kyle Lowry to add in free agency. With longtime Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry expected to be joining the Miami Heat this summer by way of a sign-and-trade, the Dallas Mavericks
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The Cleveland Cavaliers were reportedly making progress on buying out the contract of veteran big man Kevin Love. The Cleveland Cavaliers were very active this offseason, highlighted by using their first-round draft pick on USC big man Evan Mobley. Additionally, they acquired Lauri Markkanen from the Chicago Bulls in a three-team trade also involving the
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1:32 PM ET Associated Press NBA referees will all be vaccinated against the coronavirus this season. The NBA announced Saturday that it has struck a deal with the National Basketball Referees Association on that requirement. Part of the referees’ agreement with the NBA also says that those working games will receive booster shots once those
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Montrezl Harrell of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against the Washington Wizards. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Phillies-Diamondbacks game delayed due to COVID-19 concerns by Scott Rogust Former Vikings, Chiefs lineman fires back at Jadeveon Clowney’s insulting comments by Mark Powell Montrezl Harrell took to instagram to give parting words to the Lakers organization
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12:15 PM ET The Cleveland Cavaliers are acquiring Chicago Bulls restricted free agent Lauri Markkanen in a three-way trade that also involves the Portland Trail Blazers, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Markkanen is heading to the Cavs on a four-year, $67 million deal in a sign-and-trade agreement with the Bulls. Chicago will receive Derrick Jones
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Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo made an unexpected appearance at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Wednesday. During AEW Dynamite, the six-foot-eleven NBA champion and Thanasis, his older brother and Milwaukee Bucks’ teammate, rolled into the ring and climbed the ropes to have the time of their lives. While walking throughout the ring and standing on the
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Per sources, the Indiana Pacers‘ front office are contemplating a potential in-season trade involving Jeremy Lamb. On October 20, 2021, their season opener begins at the Spectrum Center against the Charlotte Hornets. The team’s backcourt currently consists of Caris LeVert, Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. McConnell. In the 2021 NBA Draft, the Pacers also selected Oregon
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2:01 PM ET The National Basketball Players Association, in partnership with NYC Parks, will renovate the Greg Marius Court at Holcombe Rucker Park in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, the players’ union announced Thursday. In a project funded by the NBPA, the renovation of the iconic court includes repairing and leveling the pavement, the replacement
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ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Avisail Garcia steals Max Schrock’s hopes and dreams with home run robbery (Video) by Alicia de Artola ESPN is purging Rachel Nichols from their NBA programming and canceling “The Jump” after her controversial hot-mic comments about Maria Taylor. Rachel Nichols’ time with ESPN isn’t over, but NBA fans
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6:22 PM ET Associated Press ATLANTA — Nick Van Exel has returned to the Atlanta Hawks, joining Nate McMillan’s staff as an assistant coach. Van Exel spent the past two years as a scout with the Dallas Mavericks. The Hawks announced his hiring Wednesday, bringing back a former All-Star who served as a player development
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Aug 24, 2021 Andrew LopezESPN Jared Dudley‘s NBA career is coming to a close as he’s joining the Dallas Mavericks‘ coaching staff, the 14-year veteran said on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. In a pair of tweets, Dudley thanked the Los Angeles Lakers organization — naming LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Jeanie Buss specifically — for
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Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons keeps putting out hype clips, but they’re really not doing him any good at this point. Ben Simmons has taken a beating in 2021. On some level, the sympathy level for a very talented player working through some issues should be high. Unfortunately, the hype clips Simmons and his trainers
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9:06 PM ET After leading the Milwaukee Bucks to the franchise’s first NBA championship in 50 years, coach Mike Budenholzer has agreed to a three-year contract extension, sources told ESPN. Budenholzer — who was entering the final year of his deal — now ties himself to the Bucks through the 2024-25 season. His extension punctuates
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2:05 PM ET LOS ANGELES — As fans look to find ways to remember Kobe Bryant this week — with the late Lakers star’s birthday Monday followed by the date on the calendar that commemorates his uniforms Tuesday, 8/24 — a blockchain company has found another way to honor Mamba forever. Cryptograph, a digital collectibles
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9:00 AM ET 30 for 30 Podcasts and The Undefeated present The King of Crenshaw, a four-part podcast series that focuses on how the late Nipsey Hussle’s life, death, and legacy deeply impacted the sports world. This series aims to examine how that overlap of Black male creativity, talent, and ambition will forever live on
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7:56 PM ET ESPN News Services Boston Celtics forward Josh Richardson has agreed to a one-year, $12 million extension, his agent Bill Duffy of BDA Sports told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Richardson had one year and $11.5 million left on his deal, which now runs through the 2022-2023 season. The Celtics acquired Richardson from the Dallas
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4:54 PM ET Associated Press J.R. Smith is finally getting the college-athlete experience he missed out on nearly two decades ago. The 16-year NBA veteran who skipped college basketball, won two world championships and made millions is now a freshman walk-on for the North Carolina A&T men’s golf team. Now, instead of first-class cross-country travel
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Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls. (Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports) Yadier Molina signed the base Kolten Wong stole against him in awesome gesture by Mark Powell The Chicago Bulls may have had their home opener for the 2021-22 NBA season leaked. This is a season of great promise for the Chicago Bulls, and their home
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Victor Oladipo, Miami Heat, Kelly Oubre Jr., Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) Latest Aaron Rodgers quote shows no issues with Jordan Love by Braulio Perez Romelu Lukaku tells Inter Milan he wants a Chelsea transfer by Braulio Perez The Miami Heat bring back often-injured guard Victor Oladipo on a one-year minimum deal. Victor Oladipo
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3:36 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN A trio of return games for All-Star point guards Russell Westbrook, Kyle Lowry and Kemba Walker highlights the NBA’s full schedule release Friday afternoon. Westbrook will head back to Washington with the Los Angeles Lakers on March 19, about a week after the teams meet in Los Angeles on March
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According to sources, the Memphis Grizzlies are trading Patrick Beverley to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Jarrett Culver and Juancho Hernangomez. Gersson Rosas, the Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations, is familiar with Beverley’s style of play and work ethic, considering he was the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Houston Rockets, where he previously
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Feb 16, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Sterling Shepard and Troy Hill square off at Giants-Browns joint practice (Video) by Baigen Seawell The Boston Celtics have reportedly agreed to terms with center
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Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors. (Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) 3 Chiefs veterans who could be cut this preseason by Brad Berreman Klay Thompson is back in the gym and making 3-pointers after two injury-riddled seasons. While it has been a frustrating last two years for the Golden State Warriors, nobody feels more
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Paul Millsap of the Denver Nuggets in action against the Miami Heat. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Suni Lee gets Olympic rings tattooed following medal haul at 2021 Olympics (Photo) by Baigen Seawell Former Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap is reportedly generating interest from two NBA title contenders. NBA free agency began earlier this month,
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Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. (Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports) 3 Cowboys veterans who could be cut this preseason by Jarrett Bailey Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo surprised fans in Greece by showing off his NBA Finals MVP trophy as his title celebration rolls on. Giannis Antetokounmpo is an NBA champion and Finals MVP. And he’s spreading
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Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant announced a partnership with Weedmaps, a cannabis marketplace, with an eye on destigmatizing marijuana use by athletes. Kevin Durant took a major stand for marijuana use among athletes on Thursday by announcing a partnership with Weedmaps. Weedmaps is a cannabis marketplace that links up users with dispensaries. By partnering with
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4:20 PM ET ESPN News Services The Dallas Mavericks are hiring two-time WNBA champion Kristi Toliver as an assistant coach, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Toliver has previous NBA coaching experience. She spent parts of two seasons as an assistant on the Washington Wizards’ staff. Toliver is currently playing for the Los Angeles Sparks where
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DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs, Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls. (Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports) LOOK: Justin Fields throws a deep bomb at Bears camp by Braulio Perez Can the Bulls with DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball play spoiler in suddenly-loaded Eastern Conference? by Braulio Perez The Chicago Bulls’ new-look roster featuring DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball
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4:37 PM ET Kevin Durant and Draymond Green both blamed Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and team president/general manager Bob Myers for mishandling the fallout from the players’ argument that ultimately contributed to Durant leaving the team following the 2018-19 season. In an interview posted Wednesday on Bleacher Report, Durant and Green both said
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Marcus Smart personally announced his new contract extension with the Boston Celtics in an amazing Twitter message. The Boston Celtics experienced some turnover at the point guard position in the offseason. Kemba Walker, their 2019 free agency acquisition is gone, and the team essentially replaced him with former Los Angeles Laker Dennis Schroder. But there is
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7:26 AM ET Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid is finalizing a four-year, $196 million supermax contract extension, sources told ESPN. The extension keeps Embiid under contract with the Sixers through the 2026-27 season for a total of $261 million. The four-time All-Star already was set to make $65 million over the final two years
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The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. This morning ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne broke the news that the Philadelphia 76ers were signing Joel Embiid to a four-year, $196 million supermax extension. Among the reported details — the
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11:28 AM ET A showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers will highlight the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. In addition to the star-studded, cross-country clash, the Atlanta Hawks will travel to take on the New York Knicks. That game will be a rematch of a first-round playoff series
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According to BetOnline, Detroit Pistons’ Cade Cunningham has the best odds (+250) of winning Rookie of the Year for the 2021-22 NBA season. Next, Houston Rockets‘ Jalen Green has the second-best odds (+275), followed by Jalen Suggs (+650), Evan Mobley (+800), Scottie Barnes +1200), Alperen Sengun (+1200) and others. Point guard Cunningham was selected first
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Jordan Bell, Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) The Golden State Warriors could bring back one of these former teammates of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green this summer. After having missed out on the NBA playoffs the last two years, reaching into the past a bit could make some sense for the Golden State Warriors,
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9:03 AM ET Thanasis Antetokounmpo has re-signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, the team announced on Friday. The length of the deal is two years, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Antetokounmpo, the older brother of two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, played in 57 games during the Bucks’ championship season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.2
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Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors. (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Watch: Ernie Johnson drops the mic with poignant message to Alabama football team by John Buhler One NBA insider suggests the Golden State Warriors trade Draymond Green to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons. While appearing on FS1’s First Things First,
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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) Patriots vs Washington Football Team NFL live stream reddit for Mac Jones debut by FanSided Staff Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo enjoyed being at the Wisconsin State Fair. Fresh off an NBA championship, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is firmly a man of the people, as he was
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Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) Braves: 2 prospect call ups that must happen in September by John Buhler Star forward Kawhi Leonard is signing a massive four-year deal worth $176.3 million to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers. Kawhi Leonard is staying in Los Angeles with the Clippers. The free agent forward
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6:29 PM ET Kawhi Leonard will remain with the LA Clippers long term after re-signing with the team Thursday, the team announced. Terms of the deal weren’t revealed by the Clippers, but a source confirmed with ESPN that Leonard signed a four-year, $176.3 million max deal that includes a player option in the fourth year.
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LaMarcus Aldridge watches his shot in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Raiders potentially bringing in Gerald McCoy to bolster defense by Alicia de Artola Fifteen-year vet LaMarcus Aldridge is consulting with his medical doctors and heavily considering a return to competition after retiring due to concerns over his heart.
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The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. Left to linger long enough, ramifications spider-webbing away through the seasons, some NBA trades have a way of taking on a mythic quality. In my basketball lifetime, I’m not
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6:31 PM ET The Brooklyn Nets are hiring former Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford as a coaching consultant, sources told ESPN. In his consulting role, Clifford — who was the most sought-after assistant in the marketplace — will be with the team periodically throughout the 2021-2022 season. Clifford has history with Nets
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John Collins, Atlanta Hawks. (Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports) Kemba Walker looks to reclaim MSG magic, joining the Knicks by John Buhler The Atlanta Hawks and free agent forward John Collins have agreed to a massive new contract. While he initially tested the market, the Atlanta Hawks were able to retain forward John Collins in his
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Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by De’Anthony Melton of the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Play-In Tournament game. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) Jalen Green has monster Summer League performance against Cade Cunningham by Baigen Seawell After Stephen Curry opted out of the Tokyo Olympics, the question has come to fruition
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Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards. (Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) Notre Dame students and faculty go to war with Chick-fil-A, Lindsey Graham by John Buhler Panthers make Taylor Moton NFL’s 2nd highest-paid RT in new contract extension by Braulio Perez Bradley Beal will be replaced on the Team USA roster ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) Tyreek Hill leaves practice early for the Chiefs by John Buhler The Washington Wizards are close to signing Spencer Dinwiddie away from the Brooklyn Nets. Entering day two of 2021 NBA free agency, the Washington Wizards are nearing a deal that would bring Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Spencer
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The bad news for San Antonio Spurs fans is that their team missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The good news is that the franchise seems to have a solid direction moving forward. Through the draft and free agency, GM Brian Wright and the front office have made several moves this offseason, which
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For the past several years, the Western Conference has widely been considered the deeper, more talented conference. Don’t look now, but the teams in the East have caught up and passed them as the premier conference in the league. Considering the elite-level talent (superstars) and the rising young stars, the argument could easily be made
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Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Ben Sullivan will join Ime Udoka’s coaching staff with the Boston Celtics. After being hired by the Bucks organization in 2018, Sullivan helped coach the team to their first NBA championship win since the 1970-71 season. The six-foot-ten former international player also helped Milwaukee to finish 46-26 (.639) last season, ranking
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10:33 PM ET James Jackson Free-agent guard Isaiah Thomas remains an impressive shot-maker despite being four years removed from his All-NBA days. The two-time All-Star scored 81 points in the Crawsover Pro-Am in Seattle on Sunday. His point total, of course, matches the second-highest single-game mark in NBA history set by the late, great Kobe
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2:12 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN LAS VEGAS — The NBA announced Sunday afternoon that the summer league game between the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers has been postponed because of health and safety protocols. Because the Wizards had several players in contact tracing, they didn’t have enough players available to play Sunday night against Indiana
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Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Team USA. (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Red Sox place J.D. Martinez on the COVID list by John Buhler A second Olympic gold medal guarantees Springfield enshrinement for Draymond Green. Though rarely the star of any team he plays on, Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green deserves a ton
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2:52 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Close Senior NBA Insider Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 Ramona Shelburne Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior writer for ESPN.com Spent seven years at the Los Angeles Daily News The NBA has opened up investigations into possible tampering violations involving two sign-and-trade deals completed in free agency,
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Jayson Tatum, Zach LaVine, Team USA. (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony live stream: How to watch online by John Buhler Team USA’s roster for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris could look very different. With Team USA capturing gold in the fourth straight summer olympiad, let’s take
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6:04 PM ET Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been elected as the president of the National Basketball Players Association, succeeding two-term president Chris Paul, sources told ESPN. McCollum has been a vice president on the NBPA’s executive committee since 2018 and has been deeply involved in union decision-making and negotiations with the NBA.
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Ex-Bucks forward P.J. Tucker. (Ebony Cox/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY NETWORK) Karsten Warholm breaks own world record to win gold in 400-meter hurdles (Video) by Scott Rogust Veteran forward P.J. Tucker penned a message to Milwaukee after leaving for Miami in free agency, implying the Bucks didn’t want to pay him after his title contribution. P.J.
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4:03 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Kevin Durant plans to sign a four-year, $198 million maximum contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets sometime after he becomes eligible Saturday, his longtime business manager and co-founder of 35 Ventures and Boardroom, Rich Kleiman, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Durant is expected to decline his 2022-23 player option and extend
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7:52 AM ET New York Knicks All-Star forward Julius Randle has agreed to a four-year, $117 million contract extension — elevating his deal’s total value to five years and $140 million, his agents, Aaron Mintz and Steven Heumann of CAA Sports, told ESPN. The extension includes a player option on the final season in 2025-26.
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Ben Simmons apparently thinks he has too much of a social life to play for the Portland Trail Blazers or Toronto Raptors. After an embarrassing playoff performance, the rumor mill surrounding Ben Simmons has been churning rapidly. The 25-year-old still has four years and $145 million remaining on his contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, but
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(Photo: Anne-Marie Caruso/NorthJersey.com) Bellator 263: Patricio Pitbull vs. AJ McKee preview and prediction by Al Mac ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is famous for tweeting our NBA Draft selections minutes before they’re announced on TV. But he’s set a new personal record. Adrian Wojnarowski’s linguistic gymnastics have become a draft night tradition, coming up with ways to
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2:48 PM ET Masai Ujiri, the architect of the franchise’s 2019 NBA championship team, has agreed to a significant new deal to become vice chairman and president of the Toronto Raptors, sources told ESPN on Thursday. His previous title was president. After arriving in Toronto in 2013 as general manager, Ujiri has established himself as
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Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony talk during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Matt Olson walks off Padres in thrilling late-innings comeback for Athletics (Video) by Alicia de Artola As the now Laker, Carmelo Anthony bids his farewell to Portland via Instagram. But Damian Lillard comes with a
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Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors. (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Trey Lance sure looks like the starter for the 49ers by John Buhler Look: Carmelo Anthony confirms signing with Lakers, teaming up with LeBron james by Braulio Perez Stephen Curry agrees of a massive four-year extension to stay with the Golden State Warriors. As expected, Golden
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5:52 PM ET After medical consultation, seven-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is seriously considering a return to the NBA this season, sources told ESPN. Aldridge abruptly retired with the Brooklyn Nets in mid-April after heart concerns sidelined him, but now is exploring the possibility of resuming his 15-year NBA career. Aldridge is expected to have
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10:07 AM ET Four-time All-Star guard Kemba Walker has agreed to a contract buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder and, upon clearing waivers, plans to sign with the New York Knicks, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Thunder general manager Sam Presti and Walker’s agents at Excel Sports, Jeff Schwartz and Javon Phillips, worked through a
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3:17 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Anthony’s manager, Bay Frazier, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is for one season, according to Frazier. Anthony’s agent, Aaron Mintz of CAA Sports, completed the agreement with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka on Tuesday.
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