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Mavericks' trade speculation builds as Williams, Bogut miss practice

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DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks all but carved out a three-inch headline Wednesday afternoon in stressing their quest to trade center Andrew Bogut and point guard Deron Williams.

Bogut and Williams were both excused from even showing up at the Mavs' practice facility as the team held their first workout since the All-Star break.

"Williams and ...Read more

Hawks acquire Ilyasova from 76ers for Splitter

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The Hawks got an early jump on the NBA trade deadline by agreeing to acquire Ersan Ilyasova from the 76ers in exchange for Tiago Splitter on Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The Hawks will also send two second-round picks to the 76ers -- their own and one they own from the Heat. The Hawks will get the 76ers second-...Read more

Chris Paul could play against Warriors on Thursday, Clippers coach says

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, who has been recovering from left thumb surgery, said, "Don't know," when asked whether he was playing Thursday night at Golden State.

But Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Paul "could play tomorrow" against the Warriors.

Paul had surgery on the thumb on Jan. 18 to repair a ligament and was ...Read more

Cavs meet with free-agent center Larry Sanders, sign Derrick Williams to second 10-day contract

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- If the Cavaliers strike out before Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, they still have other alternatives to upgrade the roster. One of them visited Cleveland Clinic Courts on Wednesday.

The Cavs welcomed free-agent center Larry Sanders, who met with coach Tyronn Lue and various members of the Cavs staff. Sanders was one of ...Read more

Josh Richardson returns, but Heat role could be fluid

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Josh Richardson was back in the middle of the Miami Heat's practice Wednesday, but the question next becomes where the second-year guard fits in the rotation.

The only certainty is that coach Erik Spoelstra said Richardson has been cleared to return in Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, after missing the previous 19 games...Read more

Stan Van Gundy casts doubt on blowing up Pistons

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The question posed to Stan Van Gundy was whether the Detroit Pistons will look for some outside shooting before Thursday's 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline.

But the team president/coach's answer gave a window into what he's really thinking about.

"It's not always the straight line you want it to be," Van Gundy said. "It can be, from my standpoint, ...Read more

Lakers deal top scorer with eye to future

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LOS ANGELES--Lou Williams was never one to pay attention to trade rumors. Corey Brewer didn't think he'd have had to this year.

On Tuesday afternoon the two players were part of the same deal, less than 48 hours before the NBA's trade deadline. The Lakers, most likely lottery-bound, sent shooting guard Williams to playoff-bound Houston in ...Read more

Heat still with plenty to overcome in East playoff race

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Erik Spoelstra made the concession in advance of his team's eight-day All-Star break.

"Everybody is aware," he said of the standings and the Eastern Conference playoff race that resumes Friday for the Miami Heat. "We earned the right to at least be in the discussion right now."

And they are, after a 13-game winning streak left his team as ...Read more

Lakers expected to hire Rob Pelinka as general manager

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers are closing in on hiring agent Rob Pelinka to be their new general manager, people with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.

And as they worked to finish that deal, they made a trade, sending Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets.

According to the Vertical, the Rockets are giving ...Read more

Amid backlash, Wiggins stands by controversial WNBA comments

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Candice Wiggins refused to back down Tuesday after stirring a national controversy following her assertions that she was mistreated by gay players in the WNBA because she is heterosexual.

Saying her comments "freed my spirit," Wiggins told the San Diego Union-Tribune that she received positive reaction from those close to her, as well as ...Read more

'Shocked' Cousins still loves Sacramento as he departs for New Orleans

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DeMarcus Cousins is still in a daze.

Only days after Kings general manager Vlade Divac told him he would not be traded, Cousins shook his head in somewhat disbelief Tuesday morning at Sacramento International Airport as he and Omri Casspi prepared to board a private jet, along with Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Dell Demps, to ...Read more

Pistons unlikely to trade center Andre Drummond

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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond likely will remain with the team past Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, multiple persons with firsthand knowledge of the organization's thinking have told the Free Press over the past 24 hours.

"We want to keep him," one person texted to the Free Press.

The rumor mill will keep churning.

ESPN.com's Marc ...Read more

Bulls now priming for playoff push with Jimmy Butler, not full rebuild

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The Bulls will reconvene for a Wednesday evening practice following the All-Star break, a game out of sixth place in the Eastern Conference and two games ahead of ninth.

They will do so as a franchise more focused on a playoff push than a change of direction, which is what a Jimmy Butler trade would represent.

The Bulls have told multiple ...Read more

With trade deadline looming, Heat, Riley likely to just stand pat

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Goran Dragic didn't make any plans to go away during the All-Star break.

"I'm just going to stay home with family and try to relax as much as I can," the Miami Heat's starting point guard said last Wednesday after the team went into the break having won for the 14th time in its last 16 games to move to within only two games of Detroit (27-30) ...Read more

Magic Johnson takes over as Lakers' president of basketball operations

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LOS ANGELES -- Jeanie Buss had enough.

On Tuesday the Los Angeles Lakers president fired general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss, her brother.

Lakers legend Magic Johnson is now the team's president of basketball operations.

"Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers...Read more

Antetokounmpo ready to get back to Bucks' business

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NEW ORLEANS -- It's a quick reality check for Giannis Antetokounmpo after his whirlwind weekend at the NBA All-Star Game.

The business of the regular season remains, with the Milwaukee Bucks heading into their final 27 games and an Eastern Conference playoff berth still very much in reach.

A smiling Antetokounmpo said he "lived the moment" ...Read more

Jimmy Butler's camp is under the impression Bulls won't trade him this week

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Trade speculation about the Bulls and Celtics isn't going away for several reasons.

The Celtics own attractive assets for a team seeking a full rebuild. The Bulls have a superstar with experience guarding LeBron James in the postseason. And the teams engaged in serious talks in June that centered on Jimmy Butler.

The issue, at least as of ...Read more

GM Vlade Divac wants to change Kings' 'culture' and 'character'

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"There's no place like home."

It's the sign that was posted on the Golden 1 Center electronic ribbon board when Kings general manager Vlade Divac handed DeMarcus Cousins' 2017 Western Conference All-Star Game jersey.

Sacramento had been Cousins' only home in the NBA, and it's where he wanted to stay.

But Cousins would never return from his ...Read more

More moves expected as Kings begin life after DeMarcus Cousins

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NEW ORLEANS -- DeMarcus Cousins isn't to blame anymore.

The three-time All-Star was an easy target for criticism as the Kings failed to reach the postseason in his six-plus seasons in Sacramento, but now that he's headed to New Orleans along with Omri Casspi in a trade for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and two draft picks, the ...Read more

Candice Wiggins: WNBA's 'harmful' culture of bullying, jealousy

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Candice Wiggins had what many would consider a dream career in the WNBA.

She was the No. 3 overall draft pick out of Stanford in 2008. She was named the league's Sixth Woman of the Year as a rookie. She won a championship with the Minnesota Lynx.

The success, Wiggins says now, hid a darker reality.

"It wasn't like my dreams came true in the ...Read more