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5:19 PM ET Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams has agreed to a two-year, $25.2 million contract extension, tying him to the franchise through the 2024-2025 season, his agent, Darren Matsubara of Wasserman, told ESPN on Saturday. Adams, 29, was entering the final year of his deal, and now is under contract for three years and
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12:49 PM ET New Orleans Pelicans forward Larry Nance Jr. has agreed to a two-year, $21.6 million contract extension, his agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, told ESPN on Saturday. The extension, tying Nance to the franchise through the 2024-2025 season, allows him to join the Pelicans’ key players — including Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram
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6:25 PM ET EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — With the Los Angeles Lakers‘ preseason debut fast approaching, the first signs of new coach Darvin Ham’s impact on the team are beginning to reveal themselves. For starters, Ham said Friday that guard Kendrick Nunn and center Damian Jones have joined LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook
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5:13 PM ET The independent law firm probe into Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka found that he used crude language in his dialogue with a female subordinate prior to the start of an improper workplace relationship with the woman, an element that significantly factored into the severity of his one-year suspension, sources told ESPN. Those
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5:10 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls expressed optimism on Thursday following guard Lonzo Ball‘s latest surgery to address the lingering discomfort in his left knee, but his timeline to return to the court remains uncertain. Bulls coach Billy Donovan met with director of athletic performance Chip Schaefer, who was in Los
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Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) With so many veterans returning from injury, All-Star rosters should be loaded. But these five players could slip through as first-time All-Stars Thanks to a combination of injuries and age-related decline, the 2022 NBA All-Star Game was missing some familiar faces and featured seven first-time
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Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards apologized after making anti-gay comments in a social media video this offseason. This offseason, Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards posted a since-deleted video on social media that got him in some trouble, as he used homophobic language upon seeing a group of people standing on a sidewalk. Edwards issued an
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9:18 PM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, speaking publicly on the Robert Sarver matter for the first time Sunday, said he had private conversations with commissioner Adam Silver regarding the punishment handed down by the league to the embattled Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner. “[I] got [Silver’s] point
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7:34 PM ET ESPN News Services Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dean Wade has agreed to a three-year, $18.5 million extension, his agents, Austin Walton and Adam Papas, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday. Wade, 25, is a development success story of the Cavaliers’ rebuild, an undrafted two-way player who will now compete to be a starter
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12:48 PM ET New Orleans Pelicans star CJ McCollum has agreed on a two-year, $64 million contract extension that’ll take him through the 2025-2026 season, his agent Sam Goldfeder of Excel Sports told ESPN on Saturday. McCollum’s new deal ties him to New Orleans for four years and $133 million, aligning him on long-term deals
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12:17 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck said the organization’s decision to suspend Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 NBA season came after an investigation by an independent law firm uncovered multiple violations of team policies. “I am concerned about the situation and its impact on everybody in the Celtics’ organization,” Grousbeck
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Luka Doncic is involved with a new AI project, and it’s extremely creepy. Let’s be honest, we’re barrelling toward a dystopian reality ruled by artificial intelligence, aren’t we? Or, maybe we are already objects of a simulation ourselves… Well, apparently, our current reality already has alternate versions of Luka Doncic. Doncic’s TikTok is being taken
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2:28 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard has been cleared to participate fully in training camp next week but the LA Clippers will proceed with “step-by-step” caution. Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of basketball operations, said Leonard’s first 5-on-5 participation will take place in camp, which starts next Tuesday in Las Vegas. “He feels great,”
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9:35 PM ET The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the upcoming 2022-23 season, the team announced Thursday night. The team cited violations of team policies in its announcement. Sources previously told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Udoka had an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff. The suspension is effective
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12:42 PM ET Owner Robert Sarver on Wednesday announced that he has begun the process to sell both the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury franchises. “As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver said in a statement Wednesday. “I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would
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3:35 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media, the NBA announced Tuesday. Edwards made anti-gay comments while observing a group of people standing on a sidewalk during a video posted to his Instagram story last week. The video has been
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5:20 PM ET Associated Press BERLIN — For Spain, almost all of the names on the national team’s roster have changed in recent years. The expectations didn’t. And neither did the results. Juancho Hernangomez scored 27 points, his brother Willy Hernangomez added 14 and won tournament MVP honors, and Spain topped France 88-76 on Sunday
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Sep 16, 2022 Associated Press BERLIN — France sent a message on its way to grabbing a spot in the EuroBasket championship game and a showdown with Spain. Guerschon Yabusele scored 22 points, and France rolled past Poland 95-54 in the semifinals of the European championships on Friday. “We just played our basketball,” Yabusele said.
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The NBA has announced a one-year suspension and $10 million fine for Phoenix Suns/Mercury owner Robert Sarver.  Back in November 2021, sources close to ESPN brought up allegations of racism and sexist behavior from the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury team owner Robert Sarver. Apparently, these allegations began surfacing back in 2016 after a game
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook. (Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports) MLB Playoff Bracket: 5 MLB teams on upset alert this postseason by Noah Yingling Cubs are looking overseas for next major pitching addition by Rylie Smith The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly considering bringing Russell Westbrook off the bench with Patrick Beverley and Dennis Schroder
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12:59 PM ET Free agent guard P.J. Dozier is signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Dozier is returning from a torn ACL in his left knee, suffered in November while a member of the Denver Nuggets. He played for the Nuggets under new Wolves president Tim Connelly. Dozier’s rights were later
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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James disagrees with the NBA’s decision on Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver’s punishment. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the NBA announced that Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver is suspended for one year, and will be fined $10 million following an investigation into the organization. The investigation occurred following a Nov. 2021
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Sep 16, 2022 PayPal, the jersey patch partner of the Phoenix Suns, said Friday it would not be renewing its sponsorship with the team should majority owner Robert Sarver continue in his role following his one-year suspension for racist and misogynist remarks. “PayPal is a values-driven company and has a strong record of combatting racism,
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4:48 PM ET Baxter Holmes Close ESPN Senior Writer Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print, focusing on the NBA. He has covered the Lakers, the Celtics and previously worked for The Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. Malika Andrews Close ESPN Staff Writer Staff Writer Joined ESPN in 2018
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The NBA Trade Deadline is one of the most anticipated dates on the league calendar. When is it for the 2022-23 season? There are a handful of dates on the NBA calendar that mean more than others. The NBA Draft, for instance, represents the day a new influx of young talent gets spread across the
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Sep 15, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) catches a touchdown pass against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (38) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports Tyreek Hill had a perfect reaction on Twitter to insane Patrick Mahomes
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9:48 PM ET Phoenix Suns vice chairman and minority owner Jahm Najafi, the team’s second-largest stakeholder, called for majority owner Robert Sarver’s resignation in an open letter to team employees released on Thursday night, saying there should be “zero tolerance” for lewd, misogynistic and racist conduct in any workplace. Sarver was banned from the NBA
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6:23 PM ET Associated Press BERLIN — Giannis Antetokounmpo got ejected, and Greece’s hopes of bringing home a European championship ended not long afterward. Germany, meanwhile, is taking full advantage of its home-court edge. Dennis Schroder scored 26 points, Daniel Theis had a 13-point, 16-rebound effort and host Germany moved into the EuroBasket semifinals with
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Stephen Curry candidly discussed the possibility of the Golden State Warriors trading for Kevin Durant. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Stephen Curry was asked if the Golden State Warriors considered trading for Kevin Durant this offseason. He offered a surprising response. “Hell, yeah!” Curry said. “There was a conversation internally amongst us about ‘If
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11:35 AM ET Stephen Curry told Rolling Stone last month that the Golden State Warriors had internal talks about acquiring Kevin Durant and that he would love to play again with his former teammate, who ultimately reconciled with the Brooklyn Nets. “There was a conversation internally amongst us about ‘If he was available, would you?’
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Sep 11, 2022 Associated Press BERLIN — Ukraine’s run at EuroBasket is over. A.J. Slaughter scored 24 points, Mateusz Ponitka added 22 and Poland ousted Ukraine from the European championships with a 94-86 victory on Sunday. Aleksander Balcerowski scored 14 and Michal Sokolowski had 13 for Poland, which finished the game on a 20-10 run
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6:02 PM ET ESPN News Services Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 10 rebounds as Greece advanced to a quarterfinal matchup with host Germany. Antetokounmpo’s 3-pointer with 31 seconds left sealed matters for Greece, which beat the Czech Republic 94-88. Greece got 14 points from Nick Calathes, 13 from Ioannis Papapetrou and 10 from Kostal
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6:52 PM ET Associated Press RECIFE, Brazil — USA Basketball won’t repeat as AmeriCup champions. Gabriel Deck scored 30 points, Nicolás Laprovittola added 18 and Argentina topped the U.S. 82-73 in the semifinals Saturday. It was a rematch of the gold-medal game from the most recent AmeriCup tournament in 2017, a game in which the
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11:49 AM ET Associated Press BERLIN — Rudy Gobert scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as Olympic silver medalist France moved into the EuroBasket quarterfinals by holding off Turkey 87-86 in overtime Saturday. Gobert had a putback dunk with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game then scored the first four points
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10:00 AM ET Patrick Beverley’s got a Patrick Beverley-esque take on joining the Lakers, Michael Jordan’s legendary trash talk against JR Smith and more from our quotes of the week. “They’re going to be playing with me. I made the playoffs last year, they didn’t.” New Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley, when asked what
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Sep 6, 2022 EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Patrick Beverley still was sweating from a workout at the Los Angeles Lakers‘ practice facility when Russell Westbrook delivered an assist. Westbrook interrupted Beverley’s introductory news conference with reporters to toss him a towel, making sure his new backcourt teammate looked good. “Love that brother,” an appreciative Beverley
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Montrezl Harrell (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images) Patrick Beverley shows absurd confidence about playing with LeBron by Ian Levy The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly landed a veteran free agent on Tuesday, the best remaining big man still on the market. The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly landed veteran free agent Montrezl Harrell on Tuesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski
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2:37 PM ET MILAN — Giannis Antetokounmpo was held out of Greece’s 93-77 win over Great Britain in Monday’s EuroBasket game because of knee pain. “He had discomfort in his knee but nothing major,” Greece head coach Dimitris Itoudis said at his postgame news conference, adding, “We did not want to risk anything so we
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1:47 PM ET Associated Press COLOGNE, Germany — Lithuania unsuccessfully protested its double-overtime loss to Germany at the EuroBasket tournament on Sunday because referees did not award it a free throw following a technical foul in regulation. FIBA denied the protest. For now, it’s a German win — and a huge one for the hosts.
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4:35 PM ET Associated Press RECIFE, Brazil — USA Basketball needed a win Sunday at the AmeriCup tournament and was well on the way to making that happen. That is, until it rained. The Americans’ game against Venezuela was postponed at halftime with the U.S. leading 48-21. Heavy rain caused multiple leaks inside the Geraldo
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Donovan Mitchell is undeniably pandering to Ohio State football fans ahead of Week 1’s game. While Ohioans are so excited about Donovan Mitchell joining the Cleveland Cavaliers backcourt, since when was he an Ohio State football fan? Though few things unify Ohio quite like Buckeyes football, Mitchell didn’t exactly go to THE Ohio State University for college. He
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3:41 PM ET Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell is heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a blockbuster deal, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday. The Jazz are receiving Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, Collin Sexton and Cleveland’s unprotected first-round picks in 2025, 2027 and 2029 as well as pick swaps in 2026 and 2028, sources
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11:20 AM ET ESPN News Services Free agent center Montrezl Harrell had a felony charge of marijuana trafficking reduced to a misdemeanor possession charge in a Madison County (Kentucky) Courthouse on Wednesday. Harrell pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge, which will be expunged from his record after 12 months if he gets in no further
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12:32 PM ET Associated Press Unvaccinated NBA players and team personnel must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing this season, the league told its clubs in a memo Tuesday. There will be certain exceptions to that mandate, the league said, such as when the unvaccinated person is considered to have been “recently recovered” from COVID-19. But
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Aug 27, 2022 Associated Press NEW YORK — Former NBA player Terrence Williams has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and identity theft in connection with a multimillion-dollar scam against the basketball league’s health plan, authorities said. Williams, 35, entered his plea in federal court in Manhattan on Friday. He is scheduled
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2:48 PM ET Orlando Magic guard Gary Harris suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and will undergo further evaluation to determine a timetable for a return, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday. Harris agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract extension in June. After spending the first six-plus seasons with Denver, Harris
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Aug 25, 2022 Associated Press LAS VEGAS — A special pregame surprise was awaiting the U.S. World Cup qualifying team Thursday night, in the form of a pep talk from Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K’s words worked for the Americans again. John Jenkins scored 22 points on 8-for-9 shooting — including a 6-of-7 effort from 3-point
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Aug 25, 2022 Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince was arrested Thursday at Miami International Airport on a fugitive warrant out of Texas. Prince was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Thursday night, according to inmate records. It wasn’t immediately clear what charge Prince is facing. In a statement, the Timberwolves said they
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7:52 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN HOURS BEFORE THE New Orleans Pelicans hosted the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA’s play-in tournament, Zion Williamson took the court with assistant coach Teresa Weatherspoon. Williamson went through light shooting and dribbling drills but certainly saved the best for last. Late in the workout, Williamson got the ball on
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Television personality Stephen A. Smith came hard for Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga, and Kuminga didn’t flinch in his hilarious response.  NBA players know how to tune out the noise, and some of them are particularly adept at responding to criticism. Even though 19-year-old Jonathan Kuminga just finished his rookie season with the Golden
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7:41 PM ET Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, was awarded $16 million as part of a $31 million jury verdict Wednesday against Los Angeles County for deputies and firefighters sharing grisly photos of the NBA star; their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna; and other victims killed in a 2020 helicopter crash. The nine
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3:53 PM ET This story was originally published on April 13, 2016. LOS ANGELES — The clock ticked toward midnight Wednesday. The sold-out stands had emptied hours earlier. Now, ushers, security guards and cleaning crews swept mounds of purple and gold confetti, streamers and balloons into white trash bags. But Kobe Bryant remained on the
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Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) Cowboys make kicker decision that could give fans nightmare flashbacks by Cody Williams The Sky survived a late surge from the Liberty to close out the WNBA Playoffs series with Candace Parker and Courtney Vandersloot drawing huge praise. The defending champion Chicago Sky are moving on
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The Seattle Storm host the Washington Mystics for a competitive battle as the WNBA Playoffs continue on Sunday at Climate Pledge Arena. Here’s how to watch. The 2022 WNBA Playoffs have seen both unexpected upsets and predictable dominance, but the Seattle Storm series against the Washington Mystics offers neither. These two are the most evenly-matched teams,
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1:18 AM ET SEATTLE — A historic day at the CrawsOver Pro-Am featuring more NBA talent than has been on a court in Seattle since the league’s last preseason visit ended early due to court conditions, but not before what organizer Jamal Crawford called an “unbelievable, one of one” experience. Although several of the league’s
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12:35 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — A documentary on the 2008 U.S. men’s basketball team known as the “Redeem Team,” with executive producers including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, will premiere on Netflix this fall. “The Redeem Team” will debut Oct. 7, the streaming service announced Friday. The film is Netflix’s first collaboration
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Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images As we await the return of NBA basketball, we’re taking a trip through the record books to find every team’s all-time Win Shares leader. If you have ever spent any time perusing the one and only Basketball-Reference, you have surely noticed that every team’s landing page includes a list of
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2:47 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The NBA unveiled its schedule for the 2022-23 season Wednesday afternoon, which kicks off with a pair of long-standing rivalries involving the two teams that reached last season’s NBA Finals. The 2022-23 NBA regular season will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 18, with the Philadelphia 76ers traveling to face their forever
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Nov 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports Kenny Omega’s return to AEW breaks wrestling fans: Best memes and reactions by Scott Rogust For the
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2:58 PM ET Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension that includes a player option for the 2024-25 season, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN on Wednesday. The extension, which includes a 15% trade kicker, makes James the highest-earning player in NBA history with $532 million
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7:10 AM ET Tim Bontemps Kevin Pelton Close ESPN Senior Writer Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system When the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a blockbuster trade to land Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year wasted
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11:43 AM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Jalen Harris‘ application to be reinstated as a player has been approved by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, it was announced Tuesday. Harris was dismissed from the league on July 1, 2021, for testing positive for a prohibited substance under the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program.
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11:43 AM ET Jamal CollierESPN Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has become synonymous with the franchise that drafted him and that he has led to an NBA championship, but he has not ruled out the possibility of wearing another jersey before his career is over. In promoting his new ambassadorship with the telehealth company Antidote
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Former NBA star Antoine Walker believes that the Miami Heat would have surely defeated the Golden State Warriors if they replaced the Boston Celtics.  Antoine Walker considers himself a proud NBA alumnus, beginning his professional career with the Boston Celtics in 1996 and winning an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. As someone
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11:29 AM ET Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Basketball has picked its 12-man roster for the opening second-round window of World Cup qualifying, as the Americans look to move closer to clinching a spot in the field for next year’s event. Jim Boylen will return as coach, assisted again by Ty Ellis and
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BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 01: Boston Celtics Legend Bill Russell attends the statue unveiling in his honor at Boston City Hall Plaza by artist Ann Hirsch on November 1, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images) John Calipari likens Kentucky basketball to Alabama, Georgia football demanding new facilities by Sravan Gannavarapu After the
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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham is ready to hold the Lakers accountable for their defensive play, agreeing with LeBron James on the matter.  The latest report from Yahoo! Sports insider Chris Haynes portrays some painful conversations happening behind the scenes at the Lakers facility. As LeBron James and the Lakers approach negotiations for
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7:29 AM ET ESPN News Services LOS ANGELES — An invasion of privacy trial against the Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire departments begins Wednesday in a U.S. District Court just over a mile from where Kobe Bryant played for the Lakers. Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, claims deputies did not take the photos for investigative purposes
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9:53 PM ET Marc J. Spears The Sacramento Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Quinn Cook, a source told ESPN’s Andscape on Monday. The two-time NBA champion played with the G League affiliate Stockton Kings last season and worked out for Sacramento in Las Vegas in July during NBA summer league.
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