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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2:59 PM ET Two-time MVP and three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry has agreed to a four-year, $215 million contract extension with the Golden State Warriors, making him the first player in history to sign two $200 million-plus contracts, his agent, Jeff Austin of Octagon Basketball, told ESPN. Curry will extend his contract off his $45.8
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12:00 AM ET Atlanta Hawks All-Star point guard Trae Young has agreed to a five-year designated rookie maximum extension worth up to , $207 million, his agent Omar Wilkes of Klutch Sports told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal includes a 30 percent escalator clause that would turn the guaranteed $172 million base into $207 million
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NASHVILLE, TN – MARCH 11: Terrence Clarke #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball at half court against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first half of their second round game in the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 11, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) Montrezl Harrell
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5:44 PM ET Kawhi Leonard has declined his $36 million player option for next season, becoming a free agent, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The expectation is that Leonard will negotiate a new deal to stay with the LA Clippers. Yahoo Sports first reported that Leonard has declined his option. Leonard’s decision comes
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The Los Angeles Lakers have formed their three-headed monster as they pursue the franchise’s 18th championship next season. Just as the NBA Draft was getting started, the Lakers completed a deal with the Washington Wizards that landed them the 2016-17 league MVP, Russell Westbrook. The deal sent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and the
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Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards. (Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) Twitter was a giant ball of stress during the USWNT thrilling match against Netherlands by Josh Hill How valuable is Ben Simmons right now? by Micah Wimmer Russell Westbrook was pure class in thanking Washington Wizards fans over Instagram. They may have only been together for
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Ben Simmons’ value is about both his strengths and his weaknesses. So why is it so hard to find the middle ground between them? It’s not about the pass. Ben Simmons is not on the trade block because of that one play, but that pass along with his refusal to take an open dunk as
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Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports These three players could be the biggest steals of the 2021 NBA Draft. The 2021 NBA Draft is already in the rearview mirror, but after a crazy draft day filled with trades, unexpected picks and quite a few steals, we’d be remiss if we failed to take a quick
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3:51 PM ET Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t need any type of offseason procedure for the left knee the two-time MVP hyperextended during the team’s NBA title run. “He’s fine,” Horst said Friday. “I can’t explain it, but he’s fine.” Antetokounmpo hurt his knee in Game
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Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards. (Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) A kicker won the NFL MVP award in the NFL’s weirdest year by Matt Verderame MLB Trade Deadline: Did Kris Bryant get traded by the Cubs? by Josh Hill Skip Bayless crushes the Los Angeles Lakers after trading for Russell Westbrook. While most people believe the Los Angeles
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An investigation by OPB came to the conclusion that the Portland Trail Blazers did not seek further information in regard to a 1997 allegation of rape involving Chauncey Billups.  Trigger Warning: This article contains discussions involving with rape and domestic violence. Reader discretion is advised. The Portland Trail Blazers have been under fire with the
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Pistons draft pick Cade Cunningham. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) Who were the winners and losers of the 2021 NBA Draft? The Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers used trades to their advantage while others reached. The next generation of basketball stars finally got to hear their names called at the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
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Danilo Gallinari tries to steal the ball from Ben Simmons during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) Patricio Pitbull and A.J. McKee nearly come to blows at the Bellator 263 press conference (Video) by Curtis Calhoun The boldness of the Philadelphia 76ers in getting everything they want from the Ben
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5:34 PM ET The Los Angeles Lakers are nearing a deal with the Washington Wizards to acquire Russell Westbrook for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a 2021 first-round pick, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Harrell has opted into his $9.7 million player option for next season, paving the way for the potential deal.
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1:45 PM ET The Detroit Pistons have landed on a decision to select Oklahoma State‘s Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Detroit officials traveled to New York on Wednesday, met with Cunningham a final time and finalized the decision to choose him at No.1
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Team USA is coming off their first Olympics’ loss in men’s basketball since 2004. In the post-game press conference after USA lost 83-76 against France, head coach Greg Popovich said, “When you lose a game, you’re not surprised. You’re disappointed. I don’t understand the word ‘surprised.’ That sort of disses the French team, as if
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4:52 PM ET Marc J. Spears Former President Barack Obama has joined NBA Africa as a strategic partner and minority owner, sources have told ESPN’s The Undefeated on Tuesday. NBA Africa conducts the league’s business on that continent, including most notably the new Basketball Africa League (BAL). Obama plans to help the league’s social-responsibility efforts,
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4:47 PM ET The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a trade to send Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe and two future first-round picks – including the 10th overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft – to Memphis for center Jonas Valanciunas and the 17th overall pick, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Determined to create significant financial flexibility
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Per one interesting announcement from Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the Utah Jazz are open to trading forward Bojan Bogdanovic, forward-guard Joe Ingles, small forward Royce O’Neale, and the No. 30 pick of the 2021 NBA Draft. Fischer stated, “The Utah Jazz are known to be one of the few teams actually searching to move playoff-tested
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LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) The Lakers front office is facing a complicated offseason. Avoiding these three free agents is crucial to Los Angeles’ success. The presence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Lakers roster gives Los Angeles’ glitziest team a chance to win an NBA Title anytime
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7:35 AM ET Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Two shootings in downtown Milwaukee early Wednesday as crowds celebrated the Milwaukee Bucks‘ first NBA championship in 50 years left three people wounded, police said. The shootings both happened at about 12:42 a.m. at two locations near Water Street, police said in a statement. TV station WISN had
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Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates after game six of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Monty Williams congratulates Bucks in champagne-soaked locker room (Video) by Gerald Bourguet NBA Twitter freaked out over Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 50-point
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12:52 PM ET Twenty players have received invitations to attend the 2021 NBA draft and sit in the green room, sources told ESPN. Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs, Jonathan Kuminga, Scottie Barnes, Davion Mitchell, James Bouknight, Keon Johnson, Franz Wagner, Josh Giddey, Jalen Johnson, Corey Kispert, Moses Moody and Kai Jones received
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4:21 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN MILWAUKEE – For eight years, Giannis Antetokounmpo has worked toward the moment he and the Milwaukee Bucks find themselves in right now: one win away from an NBA championship. So it should come with little surprise that Monday afternoon, a little more than 24 hours before playing the biggest game
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3:58 PM ET Wes Unseld Jr., has agreed to a four-year deal to become the new head coach of the Washington Wizards, sources told ESPN on Saturday. Washington officials completed an agreement with the Denver Nuggets associate head coach and his agent Brian Eflus on Saturday on a long-term deal to replace Scott Brooks, sources
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Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers, D’Angelo Russell, Minnesota Timberwolves. (Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) Here is how All-Star point guard Ben Simmons could get trade from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Toronto Raptors this offseason. Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons has a robust trade market, one that includes reported
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The Milwaukee Bucks will meet the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday night.  The road team has yet to prevail during the NBA Finals. Phoenix seized control of the series by winning the first two games but the Bucks have stolen the momentum back after
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The Washington Wizards have found their next head coach, as they are preparing to hire Denver Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. The Washington Wizards had a rollercoaster year last season. After starting slow and dealing with a coronavirus outbreak, Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal carried the team to the play-in tournament and then the playoffs.
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6:15 PM ET The Washington Wizards are offering Denver Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld, Jr. the franchise’s head coaching job, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Contract talks will begin tomorrow and those are expected to result in an agreement that’ll make him the franchise’s next head coach, sources tell ESPN. Unseld, who has served as a
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The new Space Jam is out, and we’re all asking ourselves a pretty shocking question, Did Bugs Bunny die in Space Jam 2? After over two decades of waiting, the world was finally given a Space Jam sequel. Let’s refrain from saying we were ‘gifted’ a sequel because most of the reviews would suggest that the
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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Chelsea starlet’s future is in jeopardy after latest Erling Haaland bid by Rucker Haringey Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo explains why he has exited the last two first quarters of the 2021 NBA Finals very early. When the face of the Milwaukee Bucks franchise
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Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) Legendary Ohio football coach Frank Solich announces his retirement by Ethan Lee The Los Angeles Lakers have the trade assets to acquire Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons. With Philadelphia 76ers star point guard Ben Simmons potentially on the trading block, the Los
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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo’s clutch block on Deandre Ayton in Game 4 will go down as one of the best plays in NBA Finals history. The Milwaukee Bucks have risen from the dead after facing a serious disadvantage of being down 0-2 in the NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo
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1:55 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MILWAUKEE — Teams don’t become NBA Finals contenders overnight. The same goes for players developing into All-Stars and league MVPs. Making those kinds of gains, and reaching that kind of rarified air, takes time and pain, sweat and tears. For Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, the past eight years have
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12:07 PM ET Denver Nuggets assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr. and Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham are the front-runners in the Washington Wizards‘ coaching search, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Bucks assistant Charles Lee also has emerged as a finalist for the job, sources said. Unseld, who has served as a Nuggets assistant since
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Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors. (Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports) Details emerge after Richard Sherman arrested on domestic violence charge by Josh Hill The Golden State Warriors have the trade pieces for Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard has been a mainstay on the Portland Trail
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Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls. (Photo by Craig Jones/Allsport/Getty Images) Euro 2020 mess: Own goals leads the tournament in scoring by Clemente Lisi Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen implied the infamous Toni Kukoc decision by head coach Phil Jackson was racially motivated.  27 years have past since Phil Jackson had Toni Kukoc take the last
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8:21 PM ET LAS VEGAS — Team USA stabilized itself by putting together its most complete game of its Olympic preparation schedule, beating Argentina 108-80 Tuesday night. After back-to-back losses that saw the Americans struggle with offensive execution and defensive stamina, they showed more traction on both fronts 12 days before their Olympic opener in
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Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson (23) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis (9) during the first quarter during game three of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Jeff Van Gundy couldn’t stop himself from saying ridiculous things during Game 3 (Video)
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JULY 01: Basketball fans arrive before Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks at Fiserv Forum on July 01, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the
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Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports The Utah Jazz fell just short of making it to the Western Conference Finals. Here are three offseason moves they must make to ensure they reach the third-round next year. The Utah Jazz‘s goal of reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 1998 failed to come to
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