Chelsea Gray's jumper helps Sparks avoid collapse in Game 1 win over Lynx

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Los Angeles Sparks point guard Chelsea Gray busted out a dance move near center court, as teammates circled around, singing and chanting.

They had plenty to celebrate.

Moments earlier, Gray made an off-balance jump shot with two seconds on the clock to avoid a monumental collapse by the Sparks, who defeated the Minnesota Lynx 85...Read more

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls agree to two-year contract day before training camp

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Negotiations took longer than both sides anticipated. But Nikola Mirotic will report to Monday's media day activities that start Bulls training camp in the manner everyone predicted.

The restricted free agent agreed to a two-year, $27 million deal Sunday that contains a team option in the second season, two sources familiar with the deal ...Read more

Dwyane Wade buyout from Bulls opens door for Heat

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MIAMI -- A subject that Miami Heat President Pat Riley danced around just days ago now has been opened for a possible embrace.

Two days prior to the opening of training camp, the Chicago Bulls, according to multiple outlets, agreed Sunday to a buyout with Dwyane Wade that will make the former Heat guard a free agent once he clears the NBA's 48-...Read more

Bulls, Dwyane Wade agree to contract buyout

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The Bulls and Dwyane Wade have agreed upon a buyout, sources familiar with the talks said Sunday night.

Wade picked up his $23.8 million player option on June 20, two days before the Bulls began a full rebuild with the trade of Jimmy Butler.

Wade, who turns 36 this season, has said he'd rather play for a championship contender at this stage of...Read more

Warriors make little of Carmelo Anthony's arrival to Thunder

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The training camp practice finally did not center on the Warriors discussing White House visits or the President. Golden State focused on much more basic things on Sunday, such as passing, shooting and defensive drills.

Those basic basketball skills served as an interesting foil to the larger issues around them. As the ...Read more

Warriors: 'We accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited' to White House

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There appears to be one topic where the Golden State Warriors and President Donald Trump have found common ground. Neither party expressed interest in a White House visit to celebrate the Warriors' 2017 NBA championship.

The Warriors said in a statement on Saturday that "we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited" ...Read more

Donald Trump 'withdraws' White House invitation to Warriors

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After hearing Warriors guard Stephen Curry reiterate his stance that he would not want to visit the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship, President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday morning that he does not want the Warriors to visit anyway.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen ...Read more

Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins vows to earn his big deal

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When Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning signed an NFL rookie record contract 19 years ago, somebody asked him what he planned to do with all that money.

He answered that he planned to earn it.

Timberwolves young star Andrew Wiggins didn't offer such a succinct statement when his team gathered Friday for another season, but he vowed ...Read more

Despite Curry's objections, Warriors stress team will decide on potential White House visit

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The decision seemed fairly obvious in Stephen Curry's mind, as the Warriors' star player has remained vocally critical over President Donald Trump regarding his policies and his rhetoric.

Hence, Curry hardly minced words on whether the Warriors would make a White House visit this year, a custom for all professional sports ...Read more

Immanuel Quickley is Kentucky's first basketball commitment for the class of 2018

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A commitment seemingly months in the making is finally a reality: five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley will be a Kentucky Wildcat.

Quickley -- a 6-foot-3 prospect from Bel Air, Md. -- announced his commitment to UK on Friday night, becoming the Cats' first pledge for the recruiting class of 2018.

It was hardly a surprise.

Quickley, who ...Read more

Heat's Goran Dragic says he will be ready for training camp

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MIAMI -- Goran Dragic said Friday from Slovenia that he does not anticipate any fatigue concerns when the Miami Heat open training camp Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University.

Dragic and the Slovenian national team won the EuroBasket championship last Sunday, with Dragic to arrive Sunday in South Florida.

"If you ask me, I can start practicing...Read more

Bulls open to buying out Dwyane Wade … at their price

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One of the most consistently asked questions of the Bulls offseason has been: How long will Dwyane Wade be on the team?

The simple answer is: That's up to Wade.

Remember: Wade chose to pick up his $23.8 million player option on June 20, a week before his June 27 deadline. Two days later, the Bulls began a full rebuild, trading Wade's running ...Read more

Duke removes longtime 'crow's nest' seating section at Cameron due to safety concerns

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke basketball officials last week said the university has removed its "crow's nest" seating at Cameron Indoor Stadium due to safety concerns.

The crow's nest, a tight structure "very similar to a catwalk" that hung from the ceiling and was tucked into the rafters at center court above fans at Duke's men's basketball home arena...Read more

Joel Embiid still not cleared to go full-bore, 76ers say

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Joel Embiid had surgery to repair the meniscus tear in his left knee on March 24. At the time, the 76ers said it was a minor procedure.

However, he has yet to be cleared for five-on-five scrimmages with training camp starting on Tuesday.

"To be able to specifically tell you what I'm about to get out of him next week, I'm not able to do that ...Read more

UCLA and USC finalize schedules for basketball

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The UCLA and USC basketball teams Tuesday released game dates and times for the upcoming season, and each will have every game televised on an ESPN channel, FS1, Pac-12 Networks or CBS.

The Pac-12 Conference schedule has promoted the local rivalry, which has gained new relevance as USC joined UCLA as a contender the last two seasons, to prime ...Read more

Heat pick up Justise Winslow 2018-19 option, with youth again served

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The Miami Heat finished off the last of their remaining offseason clerical work Tuesday by picking up the 2018-19 team option on the rookie-scale contract of forward Justise Winslow.

The Heat had until their Oct. 18 regular-season opener against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center to make the decision. Winslow will earn $3.5 million in 2018-...Read more

Durant calls tweet about Thunder coach Billy Donovan, roster 'childish' and 'idiotic'

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SAN FRANCISCO -- For a man eager to make further inroads into the tech industry, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant experienced a painful lesson on navigating social media.

After a fan pressed him why he left the Thunder for Golden State last summer, Durant responded on his official Twitter account with a critique of both the Thunder's ...Read more

Bulls hire Doug Collins as senior adviser

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CHICAGO -- Nine years after he tried to hire him for a second stint as Bulls coach, John Paxson got his man.

In an out-of-the-blue announcement, the Bulls hired Doug Collins as senior adviser of basketball operations Tuesday morning. The former Bulls coach will report directly to Paxson.

"Doug will be great in this capacity for our ...Read more

Magic Johnson to testify as witness in Draymond Green lawsuit

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Earvin "Magic" Johnson has been subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a former Michigan State University football player's lawsuit against Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green, according to court documents.

Attorneys for Jermaine Edmondson, who is suing Green over an alleged 2016 assault, want to question Johnson about a...Read more

Lakers have agreed to one-year deal with Andrew Bogut

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal with Andrew Bogut, according to people familiar with the deal who were not authorized to speak publicly. Bogut is very familiar with Lakers coach Luke Walton's system, having played for the Golden State Warriors from 2012 to 2016.

Walton was an assistant coach for the Warriors...Read more