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Right after WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in Russian prison, NFL reporters Ian Rapoport and James Palmer make light of her verdict.  Even though NFL training camps are in full swing, the on-air talent still felt they needed to fill space with their off-the-air conversations. Soon enough, NFL reporters Ian Rapoport,
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12:39 PM ET The Oklahoma City Thunder have re-signed forward/center Mike Muscala, the team announced Thursday. Muscala had a team option for 2022-23 that Oklahoma City had previously declined. Terms of the signing were not released by the team. Muscala, 30, quietly had another excellent year as a sharpshooting big man for the rebuilding Thunder
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11:38 AM ET Associated Press DALLAS — Former NBA player Iman Shumpert was arrested at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on Saturday for allegedly trying to bring 6 ounces of cannabis through security. The police report from the DFW Airport Department of Public Safety shows police were called to a TSA checkpoint at about
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Aug 1, 2022 Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook has signed with agent Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports for his representation, Westbrook told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday afternoon. Last month, Westbrook’s former longtime agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman, said he and Westbrook parted ways. Foucher cited “irreconcilable differences” in a statement and suggested that
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Muggsy Bogues offers insight into his inner life in “Muggsy,” while Grant Hill contemplates what his NBA life could have been in “Game.” Muggsy Bogues is best known for being the shortest player in NBA history at just 5’3”. But that factoid has too often overshadowed everything else about his fascinating life. From his childhood
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Former NBA star Dwight Howard took part in a WWE tryout in Nashville, Tenn. for SummerSlam weekend. WWE is in Nashville, Tenn. this week for SummerSlam, which takes place on Saturday, July 30. In the days ahead of the premium live event, WWE hosted tryouts for athletes interested in making the jump into the professional
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8:11 PM ET The NBA has opened an investigation into the Philadelphia 76ers for possible tampering and early contact centered on the franchise’s summer free agency class of James Harden, P.J. Tucker and Danuel House, sources told ESPN on Friday. One of the central elements of the league’s probe includes questions on Harden’s decision to
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New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has plenty of incentives in his new extension deal — but there’s also “de-escalators” tied to his conditioning. Zion Williamson celebrated his 22nd birthday unlike anyone else, signing a five-year, $193 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans on July 6th. After he finishes his rookie season, the guaranteed
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10:01 AM ET Paolo Banchero has had an aiding and abetting DWI charge against him dropped after Michael Savarino, his former Duke teammate and the grandson of retired Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski, pleaded guilty to DWI on Wednesday. Orange County (N.C.) assistant district attorney Maren Hardin told The Raleigh News & Observer via email
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2:13 PM ET John BarrESPN.com Close Joined ESPN in June 2003 Winner: 2013 Peabody Award; 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award/Video Investigative Reporting Covers breaking news, investigative pieces and human interest features BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who has enjoyed tremendous popularity in his post-playing days through his work as an analyst
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7:32 AM ET Dan Hajducky Close ESPN Hajducky is a reporter/researcher for ESPN. He has an MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University and played on the men’s soccer teams at Fordham and Southern Connecticut State universities. Tom VanHaaren Close ESPN Staff Writer ESPN staff writer Joined ESPN in 2011 Graduated from Central Michigan It’s
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10:28 AM ET The Oklahoma City Thunder are hiring Chip Engelland, considered the NBA’s preeminent shooting teacher, as an assistant coach, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Engelland comes to the Thunder after 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, where he had been significantly credited with the shooting development of young players like Kawhi Leonard,
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6:03 PM ET ESPN News Services PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers officially announced on Wednesday their new deal with veteran James Harden. The club didn’t reveal terms in a release, but Harden’s contract is for two years and $68.6 million, and it includes a player option for the 2023-24 season, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski
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12:57 AM ET Eric WoodyardESPN DETROIT — Teal is making its return to the Motor City after being gone for more than two decades. The Detroit Pistons‘ nostalgic uniforms were reintroduced on Monday night among a select group of partners, influencers and season-ticket holders as the official Classic Edition jerseys for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
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NBA rumors have linked the Miami Heat to Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell but teams don’t sound enthusiastic about trades involving Tyler Herro. This NBA offseason remains all about trade speculation surrounding Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell. And those two names aren’t mentioned often without the Miami Heat being brought up as a potential destination.
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8:14 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN The Wisconsin Herd, the G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, acquired Alex Antetokounmpo via trade on Monday, putting the youngest Antetokounmpo brother in the same organization as brothers Giannis and Thanasis. Alex Antetokounmpo appeared in 15 games for the Toronto Raptors‘ G League affiliate in 2021-22, averaging 2.6 points
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Golden State Warriors star Andrew Wiggins enjoyed nothing more than dunking on Luka Doncic during his championship run with the eventual 2022 NBA champions. Andrew Wiggins has had quite the year, and it almost didn’t even happen: Wiggins says that he wishes he didn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine, but he’s glad he did because he
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Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images) Juan Soto rumors: Team viewed by rivals as potential frontrunners for Nationals outfielder by Scott Rogust NBA rumors: Heat’s trade chip not moving needle for Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell by Alicia de Artola Golden State Warriors star and NBA champion Klay Thompson was having the
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2:28 AM ET As Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant‘s trade request approaches a fourth week, the Boston Celtics have emerged among teams engaged in talks on a possible deal, sources told ESPN. The Celtics appear no closer to acquiring Durant than others in discussions with the Nets, but Boston’s ability to include All-Star forward Jaylen
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3:39 PM ET Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Lakers player Slava Medvedenko is selling his two NBA championship rings to raise money for his native Ukraine. Medvedenko, 43, was a power forward on the Lakers’ championship teams in 2001 and ’02, playing alongside Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. SCP Auctions is donating
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Check out the new uniforms the Cleveland Cavaliers will be wearing beginning this NBA season. With the Cleveland Cavaliers on the precipice of something special on the hardwood, the Northeast Ohio professional basketball franchise now has some awesome new uniforms. The Cavs unveiled new logos ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season earlier this summer. While it is
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA – MARCH 11: Mo Bamba #5 of the Orlando Magic reacts after scoring a three-point basket in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Amway Center on March 11, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting
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12:00 PM ET The Phoenix Suns and Monty Williams, the NBA’s reigning coach of the year, have agreed on a long-term contract extension, sources told ESPN on Saturday. Williams, who was voted the National Basketball Coach’s Association’s coach of the year in consecutive seasons, had two years left on his original five-year deal, and now
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8:00 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN Throughout every iteration of the NBA, some of its best and most iconic players — from Wilt Chamberlain to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Shaquille O’Neal — have been traded during their pro careers. Soon, the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant could become the latest all-time-great player on that list. As the basketball
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Jul 20, 2022 The NBA fined Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob $500,000 for violating the league’s policy on publicly discussing collective bargaining talks, which included Lacob describing the luxury tax system as “very unfair” on a recent podcast, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The comments, aired on the Point Forward Podcast hosted by Andre
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2:29 PM ET Charles Barkley has acknowledged meeting with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman about a possible broadcasting role while pushing back at what he called “selective outrage” toward the Saudi-funded series. Barkley could receive a LIV offer from Norman after they met in Atlanta on Wednesday, but the Basketball Hall of Famer told the
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7:10 PM ET Philadelphia 76ers free agent star James Harden is returning to the franchise on a new two-year, $68.6 million contract, including a player option for the 2023-24 season, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The deal guarantees Harden $33 million for next season and the opportunity to decline his $35.6 million player option and
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2:04 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Charlotte Hornets restricted free agent Miles Bridges pleaded not guilty to three felony domestic violence charges during his arraignment Wednesday morning in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Bridges has been accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their two children last month, and the three felony charges were
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8:58 PM ET ESPN News Services LOS ANGELES — Charlotte Hornets restricted free agent Miles Bridges is facing three felony domestic violence charges after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their two children last month, the Los Angeles County district attorney said Tuesday. District Attorney George Gascon said his office filed one
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4:30 PM ET Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kenrich Williams has agreed on a four-year, $27.2 million contract extension, sources told ESPN on Monday. The deal, negotiated by Pensack Sports, is a remarkable punctuation for an undrafted player who had no Division I scholarship offers out of high school. Williams has often told people that he
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10:52 PM ET LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 42 points in a successful return to the Drew League while teaming up with DeMar DeRozan for a 104-102 win in L.A.’s famed pro-am basketball league Saturday. Longtime Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley told ESPN he expected Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving to play in the
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1:31 AM ET The San Antonio Spurs and forward Keldon Johnson have agreed to a four-year, $80 million extension, his representative Klutch Sports Agency announced Friday night. Johnson, 22, started 74 games for the Spurs in his third season, averaging a career-high 17.1 points while shooting 39.8 percent from 3-point range. Friday’s agreement comes two
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10:25 PM ET Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook and his longtime agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman, have parted ways, Foucher told ESPN on Friday night. In a statement to ESPN, Foucher, one of the league’s prominent player representatives, cited “irreconcilable differences” and suggested that there was no longer full alignment with Westbrook about whether
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Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey. (Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports) MLB All-Star Game: 5 biggest snubs after complete rosters released by John Buhler The Pistons got quite the scare when rookie Jaden Ivey went down with injury during a Summer League game but the guard says he’s okay. Jaden Ivey has had the city of
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The Phoenix Suns matched DeAndre Ayton’s offer sheet ‘the minute they received it’, per Adrian Wojnarowski. What this means for Kevin Durant and more: The Suns have matched Ayton’s four-year, $133 million offer sheet, per reports. The Pacers tried to sign Ayton in restricted free agency, but Phoenix will keep his rights, and cannot trade
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With news that the Jazz are willing to trade Donovan Mitchell a world of trade possibilities have opened, including a hypothetical Collin Sexton deal. In the immediate aftermath of the Rudy Gobert trade, the Utah Jazz were reported to be standing pat and preparing to build around Donovan Mitchell. However, Adrian Wojnarowski’s reporting earlier this
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10:21 PM ET Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed on a two-year, $30 million extension, his agent, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, told ESPN on Wednesday night. The deal, which starts with the 2023-24 season, includes a player option, Paul said. Caldwell-Pope had been entering the final year of his contract, which will pay
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May 22, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; ESPN television personality Stephen A. Smith (left) and sportswriter Brian Windhorst (right) prior to game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Miles Bridges’ wife details horrific domestic abuse
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5:39 PM ET After clearing waivers, free-agent forward Danilo Gallinari has agreed to a two-year, $13.3 million deal with the Boston Celtics, his agent, Michael Tellem of Excel Sports, told ESPN on Sunday. Gallinari’s deal includes a player option on the second year and will be fully guaranteed, Tellem told ESPN. Gallinari, who’ll join an
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Damian Lillard made a comment over loyalty, possibly throwing shade Kevin Durant’s way. With Damian Lillard’s comment hinting about being loyal to one franchise, he may have thrown some shade at Kevin Durant and other NBA superstars who have regularly switched allegiances. Lillard has spent his entire professional career with the Portland Trail Blazers. He was
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8:00 AM ET NBA 2K23 Summer League kicked off Thursday night with a matchup between Orlando’s Paolo Banchero and Houston’s Jabari Smith Jr., the No. 1 and No. 3 picks, respectively, in last month’s NBA draft. The Magic won 91-77 in the first meeting between two of the NBA’s most anticipated rookies, with Banchero notching
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Apr 6, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks power forward Jericho Sims (45) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports A report indicates that Kyrie Irving could be on the outs with the Brooklyn
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Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Watch: Joey Votto makes young Cubs fan happier than hometown team ever could by Mark Powell Anthony Edwards could steal Kirk Cousins’ job as the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback. Omar coming. Nah. Tuck coming. Nah. Ant-Man coming! While Mel Tucker does amazing things at Kirk Cousins’ alma mater,
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According to Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill, the Brooklyn Nets wanted big names from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Durant. The Brooklyn Nets are no strangers to big-name trades, evidenced most recently this past season by becoming the team that eventually traded James Harden for Ben Simmons. The Harden situation became untenable for the
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12:57 PM ET Memphis Grizzlies guard John Konchar — once armed with a single scholarship offer and ultimately undrafted out of Purdue-Fort Wayne — has agreed to a three-year, $19 million contract extension, his agent, George Langberg, told ESPN on Thursday. The extension takes Konchar, who has two seasons left on his contract, through the
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Nov 18, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Kevin Durant (35) watch on during foul shots against the Philadelphia 76ers during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The Whiteboard: NBA Power Rankings, mid-offseason edition by Ian Levy Baker Mayfield rumors: Panthers
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Despite going undrafted, Yeshiva’s Ryan Turell still hopes to break barriers for Orthodox Jewish basketball players in the NBA and beyond. At the 68th annual Portsmouth Invitational in Virginia, college seniors with professional basketball dreams competed for the four-day tournament in front of NBA and international scouts. This year’s rosters included college stars like guard
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4:16 PM ET Brady HendersonESPN SEATTLE — Jody Allen, the de facto owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, said in a statement Tuesday that the teams are not currently for sale but eventually will be. Allen’s statement comes on the heels of last month’s report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that
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The Brooklyn Nets are beyond repair, as Kevin Durant wants to be out of there yesterday. Kevin Durant’s relationship with the Brooklyn Nets supposedly fell apart for these two reasons. Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated tried to make sense of all the nonsense regarding the Brooklyn basketball franchise. After gathering intel on the totally toxic situation,
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1:55 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The Boston Celtics landed a playmaking point guard, acquiring Malcolm Brogdon in a trade with the Indiana Pacers on Friday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Pacers are getting a 2023 first-round pick and five players from the Celtics in return, including center Daniel Theis and 2021 first-round pick Aaron
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3:44 PM ET The Chicago Bulls have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran point guard Goran Dragic, sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. The Brooklyn Nets won the Dragic sweepstakes last season, beating out the Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks to sign the guard after his contract
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3:04 PM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO — Free-agent center Kevon Looney has agreed to stay with the Golden State Warriors on a three-year, $25.5 million deal, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. Looney, 27, is coming off a breakout year with the 2022 NBA champion Warriors, who drafted him in the first round
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2:17 PM ET Associated Press DETROIT — The Pistons have signed former Syracuse guard Buddy Boeheim to a two-way contract, the team announced Saturday Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Boeheim led the ACC in scoring during the 2021-22 season, averaging 19.2 points, and ranked second in the conference in 3-pointers made per game
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Juan Soto, Washington Nationals. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) Astros hot streak continues: Cristian Javier makes MLB history by John Buhler Boston Red Sox fans are freaking out that Juan Soto has an affinity for one of their city’s teams. Washington Nationals star Juan Soto may not be hitting unrestricted free agency for few more years, but
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4:53 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has agreed on a five-year, $193 million designated maximum rookie extension that could earn him as much as $231 million, CAA Sports’ co-head of Basketball Austin Brown told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. If Williamson makes the All-NBA team, wins MVP or Defensive Player of the
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12:35 PM ET Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Darius Garland has agreed to a five-year, $193 million designated maximum rookie contract extension that could be worth as much as $231 million, his agent, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, told ESPN on Saturday. Garland’s deal is the richest in Cavaliers history and comes after a breakout third
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3:45 PM ET The Utah Jazz agreed to trade center Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a blockbuster deal that will pair him with fellow All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Timberwolves will send Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, No. 22 overall pick Walker Kessler and four first-round
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3:00 PM ET Franchise star Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Nets general manager Sean Marks is working with Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman on finding a trade, Kleiman told ESPN. As the Nets prepare to move one of the most valuable
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5:12 PM ET Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden has declined his $47.3 million option and become a free agent, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday. Harden keeps real the possibility of negotiating a new deal that would deliver the Sixers roster-building flexibility in free agency — including use of the full $10.5 million exception.
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5:26 PM ET The Atlanta Hawks are trading Danilo Gallinari and three first-round picks to the San Antonio Spurs for All-Star guard Dejounte Murray, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Hawks are sending a 2023 first-round pick via the Charlotte Hornets, and their own 2025 and 2027 first-round picks to the Spurs in the deal,
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10:36 AM ET The Washington Wizards are finalizing a deal to acquire Denver Nuggets guards Will Barton and Monte Morris in return for guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday. The trade is getting final approvals now, and expected to be completed soon, sources said. Barton started all 71
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According to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, the Golden State Warriors are prioritizing bringing Kevon Looney and Gary Paton II back to Chase Center.  The Golden State Warriors won another championship for revered veterans such as Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. But the team’s younger players — Andrew Wiggins, Kevon Looney and Gary Payton
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10:55 AM ET Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook is planning to exercise his $47.1 million option for the 2022-23 season to return to the franchise, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. Westbrook’s agent Thad Foucher is planning to file the paperwork Tuesday, sources said. Westbrook has a Wednesday deadline on his option. Westbrook, an eight-time
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According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Kyrie Irving has exercised his $36.5 million player option for the 2022-23 season and will stay with the Brooklyn Nets. Throughout the offseason, NBA fans were following the Kyrie Irving-Brooklyn Nets situation, as reports indicated that contract discussions between both sides were going nowhere. Things only escalated when Irving provided
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