6:22 PM ET Free-agent forward Alize Johnson has agreed on a two-year, $3.6 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, his agent, George Langberg, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday. The loss of Thaddeus Young and Lauri Markkanen this offseason created a need for frontcourt depth and an opportunity for Johnson to crack the Bulls’ rotation.
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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. On Wednesday, it was announced that the Memphis Grizzlies have planned jersey retirement ceremonies this season for both Tony Allen and Zach Randolph. These two jersey retirements, and the
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Anthony Davis, Dennis Schroder, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo: Who will win more this season? by Clemente Lisi Anthony Davis may have played a role in the Los Angeles Lakers not bringing back Dennis Schröder on a new contract this offseason. Anthony Davis and the rest of
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1:28 PM ET Bryson Warren, the No. 14 basketball prospect in ESPN’s Class of 2023, has signed with Overtime Elite, the league told ESPN on Thursday. Warren is the eighth five-star recruit to sign with the upstart league. Considered one of the top guard prospects in the class, Warren shunned offers from Arkansas, Tennessee, Kansas,
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12:53 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The Memphis Grizzlies agreed to trade forward Juancho Hernangomez to the Boston Celtics on Friday in exchange for guards Carsen Edwards and Kris Dunn, as well as a swap of 2026 second-round picks, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal cannot be completed until September 15, when Dunn can be
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5:07 PM ET After retiring with heart concerns five months ago, seven-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is returning to the Brooklyn Nets on a one-year, $2.6 million deal, his agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, told ESPN on Friday. Aldridge, 36, has been medically cleared by a number of doctors — including those both independent
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4:35 PM ET DeAndre Jordan intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers upon completion of a buyout with the Detroit Pistons, sources told ESPN on Friday. Jordan was traded by the Brooklyn Nets to the Pistons earlier Friday along with four second-round picks and $5.78 million for Jahlil Okafor and Sekou Doumbouya, sources said.
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According to oddsmakers via Bovada, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites (-250) to retain five-time All-Star Kevin Love. The Brooklyn Nets have the second-best odds (+800) of trading for the 32-year-old player, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers (+1000) and Philadelphia 76ers (+1000). Five days ago, Jeff Schwartz, Love’s agent, said he has no interest
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6:25 PM ET Paul Millsap has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, his agent, DeAngelo Simmons, told ESPN on Thursday. Millsap becomes the latest former All-Star to join the Nets over the past few seasons, joining Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Millsap’s four All-Star appearances bring Brooklyn’s total up
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11:49 AM ET Joel Embiid has denied a reported “rift” with 76ers teammate Ben Simmons and said Wednesday in a series of tweets that he loves playing with the embattled star in Philadelphia. “Stop using my name to push people’s agendas,” Embiid tweeted. “I love and hate drama. I love playing with Ben. Stats don’t
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The Philadelphia 76ers have been working to trade three-time All-Star Ben Simmons. Thus far, they have been unsuccessful with negotiations, considering Daryl Morey, the team’s president of basketball operations, and general manager Elton Brand are demanding a king’s ransom for their point guard. Per sources, now they are aiming to trade Tyrese Maxey along with
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Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers, Jaden McDaniels, Minnesota Timberwolves. (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) Here’s why a Ben Simmons trade with the Warriors probably isn’t happening by Ian Levy One team that could be in the mix to deal for Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is the Minnesota Timberwolves. With Ben Simmons wanting to no longer play
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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers high fives Anthony Davis during introductions before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Watch fighter KO opponent with totally insane flying knee at the face-off (Video) by Amy Kaplan How much is the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley Pay-Per-View? by Amy Kaplan
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Rajon Rondo, LA Clippers. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Florida vs. Florida Atlantic prediction, odds, spread, line, over/under & betting info for NCAA Week 1 by Alicia de Artola The Memphis Grizzlies are about to pay a fourth player to go play for the Los Angeles Lakers. For many former star players to
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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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