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TNT tries to keep NBA, while NBC gets back in the game. What to know on new NBA TV deals.

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Warner Brothers Discovery, the parent company of TNT, matched Amazon Prime Video’s bid for a share of the NBA’s new television package on Monday, according to an industry source. But whether TNT gets to keep the NBA beyond next season — despite matching Amazon’s offer — remains very much in question.

WBD matched Amazon’s $1.8 ...Read more

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Source: Jeff Dowtin signs two-way contract to remain with the Sixers

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PHILADELPHIA — Jeff Dowtin is returning to the Philadelphia 76ers after agreeing to two-way contract, a source confirmed to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 27-year-old point guard initially joined the Sixers on a two-way deal in March, before it was converted to a standard contract on April 4. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.3 assists in 12 ...Read more

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Jared McCain has taken his lumps in the summer league, but will 'maintain confidence no matter what'

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LAS VEGAS — Jared McCain is experiencing something new at NBA Summer League: playing on a professional level with a target on his back.

That's perhaps the best way to describe his play through six games on the Philadelphia 76ers summer league team. The No. 16 pick in the draft is adjusting to NBA speed and athleticism. And as one of the ...Read more

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Aces quartet can't prevent loss for Team USA in WNBA All-Star Game

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PHOENIX — From the volume of the crowd as lineups were announced Saturday, it would have been easy to forget that A’ja Wilson, Chelsea Gray, Jackie Young and Kelsey Plum weren’t being introduced for an Aces game.

The team’s four Olympians appeared in the 20th edition of the WNBA All-Star Game at Footprint Center in Phoenix. Team USA ...Read more

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It's not the Bronny-LeBron setup, but Caron Butler's son JC pursues Heat hopes the hard way

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LAS VEGAS — This is the other side of NBA nepotism. This is when the door is barely slightly ajar, instead of swung wide open.

So, no, JC Butler is not enjoying the NBA experience of Bronny James this summer. This is the story of being the son of Caron Butler instead of the son of LeBron James.

And in this case, both father, the former Heat ...Read more

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All-Star Angel Reese embraces hefty expectations as a rookie for the Sky: 'I just let my game speak for itself'

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CHICAGO — Rookies are not known for being consistent.

It’s not a fair expectation. A debut season is built for growing pains, for breathless highs and brutal lows. Yet in the first 24 games of her WNBA career, Angel Reese is building her name and her fame on consistency.

Reese hasn’t finished a game with fewer than 10 rebounds since May ...Read more

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NBA sends financial breakdown to Board of Governors after scathing James Dolan letter: source

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NEW YORK — Knicks owner James Dolan’s letter to the NBA’s Board of Governors spurred more transparency from the league to its owners regarding the money kept from the new media rights deal, the New York Daily News has learned.

Dolan criticized the 11-year, $76 billion deal in a memo on Monday, which ESPN was first to report.

Among the ...Read more

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Nets acquire former top-10 pick Ziaire Williams in trade with Grizzlies

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NEW YORK — The Nets added a recent lottery pick to their new-look roster Friday, acquiring small forward Ziaire Williams in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brooklyn is sending forward Mamadi Diakite and the draft rights to Serbian forward Nemanja Dangubic to Memphis in the deal, the Nets announced.

The Nets will also acquire a 2030 ...Read more

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Jason Mackey: Jeff Capel extension a no-brainer for Pitt basketball

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PITTSBURGH — The job Jeff Capel was hired to do felt impossible at the time: resurrecting Pitt men's basketball from the dead and restoring relevance to a program that had fallen on some seriously hard times, the nadir an 0-18 mark in ACC play in 2017-18.

What Capel has done over the past six seasons obviously hasn't been perfect, but it ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Joe Bryant's death, like Kobe's, brought heartbreak to their friend and confidant Sonny Vaccaro

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PHILADELPHIA — Around 12:30 a.m. Monday inside Sonny Vaccaro’s home in Southern California, the phone rang — the kind of call at the kind of time that means nothing but awful news. His wife, Pam, answered. On the line was Pam Bryant. She was crying. Seconds later, still in bed, Sonny was, too.

“It’s absolutely horrible,” Vaccaro ...Read more

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Together again after nearly 10 years, Harrison twins are eager for Kentucky basketball return

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The practice floor at the Joe Craft Center made for a nostalgic scene Monday afternoon.

On one side of the court: Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton, two of the original five-star freshmen of the John Calipari era. Surrounded by reporters near midcourt: Willie Cauley-Stein, one of the most beloved Wildcats of the past decade and a...Read more

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Dalton Knecht, Bronny James give Lakers coach JJ Redick a preview of things to come

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LAS VEGAS — JJ Redick and a chunk of his new coaching staff sat baseline Thursday in Las Vegas, the Lakers’ key young pieces all flashing elements of why the Lakers valued them.

The result — another Lakers Summer League win and some critic silencing — was momentary. Maybe in the 93-89 win, there was something more.

From the jump, ...Read more

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Every WNBA team now has a UConn alum on its roster after Moriah Jefferson trade

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The UConn women’s basketball program may not have won a national championship since 2016, and competition in the sport may be getting better around the country, but that doesn’t mean the Huskies aren’t still the class of the women’s game.

After the Connecticut Sun sent former UConn guard Moriah Jefferson to the ...Read more

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Magic co-founder Pat Williams encouraged, impacted those around him

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ORLANDO, Fla. — To those in Orlando and around the NBA, his name was Nick Anderson.

To Magic co-founder Pat Williams, the franchise’s first-ever draft pick went by his birth-name.

“I can’t recall a time that Pat Williams called me by Nick,” Anderson told the Orlando Sentinel via phone Thursday. “It was always, ‘Nelison, how are ...Read more

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Caitlin Clark, Sabrina Ionescu hit lots of 3s. But they aren't in All-Star shooting contest.

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LOS ANGELES — New York Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu is the reigning champion of the WNBA's 3-point contest.

She won't be taking part in this year's competition.

Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark is just months removed from a college career at Iowa in which she set NCAA women's basketball records for most 3-pointers made in a season (201), ...Read more

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Is Matas Buzelis ready for major role with Bulls? What his NBA Summer League performances tell us.

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CHICAGO — Matas Buzelis loves to dunk.

This might seem obvious. Most NBA players can dunk and most like to do it. But in his first three NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas, the Chicago Bulls’ first-round draft pick showed he’s in a slightly different class.

Buzelis always is looking at the rim and needs little provocation to launch. ...Read more

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Nuggets expected to sign guard Russell Westbrook following Clippers-Jazz trade, source says

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DENVER — The Denver Nuggets are preparing to acquire a fourth league MVP trophy. They’ll just need to dust this one off.

The Nuggets plan to sign Russell Westbrook as a free agent after the future Hall of Famer clears waivers, a league source confirmed to The Denver Post.

Westbrook picked up a $4 million player option in June to return to ...Read more

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The price of being a Chicago Sky fan just went up. Where will the money go?

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CHICAGO — The price of being a Chicago Sky fan just went up.

It was inevitable. Even a casual viewer this season could see it coming: the sold-out crowds, the back-ordered jerseys, the record-breaking viewership. The popularity of rookies Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso — and the league’s 2024 draft class at large — has been undeniable,...Read more

How are things changing within the Hornets? The answer is now more apparent.

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If any more evidence is necessary to signal things are shifting around the Charlotte Hornets, the sight inside Cox Pavilion should be considered Exhibit A.

It’s not like the Hornets’ summer league team needed an extra pick-me-up to keep those undefeated vibes going, considering the roster is loaded with members of their youth movement. They...Read more

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Adam Silver says expansion talks, expected to include Sonics, will start in fall

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SEATTLE — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday night the league will consider this fall whether to enter a process of expanding beyond the current 30 teams.

"I think we will engage this fall, in earnest, in the process of making those determinations," Silver told reporters at a news conference in Las Vegas in which he confirmed a new 11-...Read more