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Mark Bradley: The Hawks have rebuilt. The winning should start now.

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In Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," a once-rich man named Mike is asked how he went bankrupt. His answer: "Gradually, then suddenly." The Hawks appear to have completed a similar gradual-to-sudden process, but in in a far more profitable way. Or so they hope.

The Hawks hired Travis Schlenk on May 25, 2017. He began tanking in earnest at 12:01 ...Read more

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David Murphy: Is NBA free agency quiet or a little too quiet for the Sixers?

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You know the Sixers are fun again when Zhaire Smith gets traded for Tony Bradley and you're examining it the same way you would a papyrus scroll containing a Gnostic Gospel. Maybe the greatest trick Daryl Morey ever pulled was convincing the world that he doesn't exist in a world where a team needs three players capable of logging minutes at the...Read more

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Clippers might try to pull off trade with free-agency options limited

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LOS ANGELES — On that unpredictable April night in Oakland, Landry Shamet sprinted toward his bench, three fingers extended.

The rookie Los Angeles Clipper guard's three-pointer had just pushed his team, once down 31 points, ahead by two. Fifteen seconds later, when Game 2 of the 2019 playoff series was over, and top-seeded Golden State fell ...Read more

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Did the Clippers want Montrezl Harrell? 'Apparently not,' the new Laker says

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LOS ANGELES — Montrezl Harrell doesn't know how good he's about to have it, a firsthand look at how life can be different in Los Angeles for a Laker — no more fighting for attention in a market that's purple-and-gold crazy, especially with another championship banner in their possession.

But here he was, Monday afternoon in his first ...Read more

Tom Izzo's COVID-19 bout might make Michigan State basketball better in long run

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The voice from above bellowed over the loudspeaker, as Michigan State basketball ran scrimmaged Saturday.

But that man wasn't hiding behind a curtain up in the suites. It wasn't any god from above, either.

Tom Izzo was back at Breslin Center.

The Spartans' revered coach returned to observe practice this weekend and was in his office Monday to...Read more

Rod Beard: Despite Pistons' many deals, draft picks will be core of their future

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In the first few hours of NBA free agency, one of the teams most active in getting deals done was the Pistons, making agreements with Mason Plumlee, Jahlil Okafor and Josh Jackson in short order.

The big deal of the night was made not much later, with the Pistons getting their top free agent so far, agreeing to a deal with forward Jerami Grant ...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: Richard Pitino has built strong Gophers roster for this strange basketball season ahead

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Richard Pitino's tenure as Gophers men's basketball coach has been like tracking a volatile stock market. Up, down, up, down. The one constant has been unpredictability.

Every time the program looks like it has some momentum, something pulls it back under. Injuries. Suspensions. More injuries. Some of their issues have been self-inflicted, some...Read more

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Lakers will bring back Markieff Morris on two-year deal

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The Los Angeles Lakers will be re-signing forward Markieff Morris, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who is not authorized to speak publicly.

Morris tweeted Monday morning, "Run it back! #Lakeshow."

The 6-foot-8 forward is a versatile defender and solid three-point shooter. He averaged 9.7 points and 3.8 rebounds last season ...Read more

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Goran Dragic, Meyers Leonard look to regain their Miami Heat footing

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Their financial health quickly assured by the Miami Heat at the start of NBA free agency, guard Goran Dragic and center Meyers Leonard spoke Monday about their physical well-being, with the Dec. 22 start of the regular season a month away.

Dragic, who at Friday's start of free agency agreed to a two-year, $37.5 million deal that includes a team...Read more

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Magic rookie Cole Anthony makes quick transition to NBA workouts

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Magic 2020 first-round draft pick Cole Anthony arrived in Orlando on Friday, signed his first professional contract on Saturday and began working out at the team's practice facility on Sunday.

The busy stretch of days might seem a little overwhelming to some rookies, but not Anthony. His father, Greg, spent 11 years in the NBA, giving Cole a ...Read more

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Lakers are winning this offseason, but Clippers make a late play

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Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, the stalwarts from the Clippers' backcourt, peacocked across a casino floor in Las Vegas, their team the unquestioned winners after a wild night of free agency.

It was the summer of 2019, and all that covered their faces were ear-to-ear smiles as the backcourt basked in the aftermath of the Clippers landing ...Read more

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Knicks agree to deal with Austin Rivers

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The Knicks have agreed to terms with free agent guard Austin Rivers; like many of the other signings the team has made this week, Rivers is a CAA client. His deal is for three years, $10 million according to ESPN, with only the first year guaranteed.

There had been speculation that Rivers would join his father Doc in Philadelphia, but he opted ...Read more

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Florida Gators basketball shuts down for a week because of coronavirus

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The Florida Gators' men's basketball team has paused team activities for a week because of positive coronavirus tests and related contact tracing, the program announced Sunday.

UF was previously scheduled to open Wednesday against UMass Lowell in Connecticut and play Virginia on Wednesday. Those games will not happen.

The Gators' next ...Read more

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Free-agent center Marc Gasol agrees to deal with Lakers

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers will sign NBA champion Marc Gasol to a free-agent contract after trading returning starter JaVale McGee to the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to people with knowledge of the deals.

The Lakers outdueled Dallas and, most threateningly, Toronto for Gasol's services, bringing him to Los Angeles less than 24 ...Read more

Warriors sign guard Kent Bazemore, continue to add wing depth

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The Warriors are signing shooting guard Kent Bazemore to a one-year deal as they continue to add wing depth in the wake of Klay Thompson's season-ending Achilles' tendon tear, a league source confirmed with the Bay Area News Group.

Bazemore, 31, is a career 35.1% 3-point shooter who can defend multiple positions and play a reliable role off the...Read more

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Bismack Biyombo to return to Charlotte Hornets, providing center depth and mentorship

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Bismack Biyombo wanted to see through the rebuild with the Charlotte Hornets. He'll get that chance.

Veteran center Biyombo will sign a one-year deal with the Hornets, according to two NBA sources. He will provide needed depth at the position, and increased his role as a mentor to some of the team's young players last season.

Biyombo started ...Read more

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After Heat free-agency maneuvering, ball now in Bam Adebayo's court; Dragic signs deal

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Even as the Miami Heat spent Sunday living in the moment by finalizing the signings of Goran Dragic and Meyers Leonard, the specter of 2021 NBA free agency loomed large.

With the opening of the NBA's signing period at noon Sunday came word of Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell reaching an agreement for a five-year extension of his rookie-scale ...Read more

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Ira Winderman: Will NBA, Heat fizzle without a bubble? Pat Riley offers thoughts.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Miami Heat caught lightning in a bubble this summer. Soon, a reality check will follow.

For all the NBA has successfully accomplished in recent months in completing last season in its quarantine setting at Disney World, holding a draft with limited player interaction, and then pushing through free agency mere days ...Read more

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Which schools will bring in the best college basketball recruiting classes for 2021?

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The early signing period ended Wednesday with the Michigan Wolverines in the top spot in the team recruiting rankings for the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports composite numbers.

Here's a look at the top classes (so far) for next season, with only 12 of the top 100 players in the country still uncommitted entering the winter:

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1. ...Read more

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How the Toronto Raptors landed in Tampa

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TAMPA, Fla. — Roughly three weeks ago, Tampa sports organizers first heard from the Toronto Raptors about temporarily relocating the team to the bay area for the beginning of the NBA season.

They entered the conversations with open ears and minds, realizing the delicacy of the situation. The Raptors needed a home, and it seemed an ...Read more