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From modest beginnings, new King Buddy Hield reached NBA with hard work

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As new Kings guard Buddy Hield walked over to talk to reporters after his first practice with the team Wednesday, a team employee signaled to the rookie, who was still batting a basketball between his hands.

"You want the ball?" Hield said, flipping it above the assembled media. "You got it."

The moment seemed to illustrate what those who know...Read more

Chris Bosh moves to TNT studio, eliminating possibility of NBA return this season

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In the clearest signal to date that Chris Bosh will not attempt to resume his NBA career this season, TNT announced Thursday that the Miami Heat power forward will serve as a studio analyst for five consecutive Mondays starting next week.

The timing of Bosh's commitment is the strongest indication that Bosh does not plan to return to the court ...Read more

Bulls trade Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott to Thunder, pending league approval

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The Bulls didn't trade Jimmy Butler.

The Bulls did agree to trade one of the most identifiable players in franchise history in Taj Gibson along with Doug McDermott to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In exchange, the Bulls will receive point guard Cameron Payne, center Joffrey Lauvergne and swingman Anthony Morrow, a team source confirmed.

The ...Read more

Sixers trade Nerlens Noel to Mavericks

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The 76ers traded Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a conditional first-round pick on Thursday. The Vertical was the first to report this news.

Noel was pulled from practice once the trade was agreed upon. He later walked on the court to say his goodbyes to his teammates and the members of the Sixers' ...Read more

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