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Clippers' Williams wins third top reserve award

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- As summer became fall in 2017, Lou Williams circulated the news within his closest friends and family members.

His career was over. Or about to be, anyway.

"I'm going to call it quits," he said.

Williams had shredded a knee ligament in 2013 with Atlanta, was told in 2014 by a coach in Toronto he'd never be the same and...Read more

Jeanie Buss has '100% confidence' in Rob Pelinka running Lakers

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss finally broke her silence about the state of the organization while walking the red carpet before the NBA Awards in Santa Monica.

In her first interview since Magic Johnson stepped down as the team president, Buss said his decision caught her off guard, but that their relationship ...Read more

Hawks trade Kent Bazemore to Trail Blazers

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The Hawks have moved on from their longest-tenure player by sending veteran guard Kent Bazemore to the Trail Blazers for Evan Turner on Monday.

Bazemore is about to enter the final year of his contract that will pay him $19.3 million. Turner is also about to enter the final years of his contract that will pay him 18.6 million. Both players ...Read more

Udonis Haslem asks for 'support' on Heat retirement decision, 'not tell me what to do'

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MIAMI -- In the wake of Heat president Pat Riley keeping the door open for a return by veteran power forward Udonis Haslem, and in response to pointed social-media comments from others about Riley's comments, Haslem offered an Instagram post Monday challenging those who might challenge his eventual decision.

"I've never been the one to listen ...Read more

Warriors' Bob Myers to meet with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson to discuss future

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bob Myers stood at a podium on Monday afternoon to discuss his draft picks. He was not there to discuss free agency.

Hence, the Warriors' general manager kept his answers succinct on questions pertaining to free agency. The main one: Will Myers meet this week with Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson to discuss their future?

"Yes,...Read more

NBA insider: Kevin Durant wonders if Warriors misled him about initial calf injury

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In the two weeks since Kevin Durant popped his right Achilles tendon, dramatically changing his career arc as well as the gravity of the NBA's upcoming free agent signing period, he has yet to proffer a statement of substance.

Smart move, circumspection. Besides, so great is the interest in his condition, he would have a tough time getting his ...Read more

Two teams backing away from Kevin Durant pursuit, report says

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Two playoff teams apparently have dropped out of the race to sign Kevin Durant out of concerns about the ruptured Achilles tendon suffered by the Warriors' impending free agent.

Both the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers have backed off on pursuing Durant, an NBA executive told the Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher. Neither the Clippers ...Read more

'His family is what motivates him': New Bull Coby White plays basketball for others, including his late father

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Minutes after realizing his boyhood dream of making it to the NBA, Coby White was answering questions about playing for the Bulls when a reporter informed him that his North Carolina teammate Cam Johnson had been drafted 11th to play for the Suns.

Over the next 50 seconds, White used the words "wow" six times, "crazy" four times, "happy" twice ...Read more

'Tough decisions to make' as Sixers, free agents approach July

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There was a time when the logical thing to do for the 76ers and their impending free agents was to run it back.

The belief was that Sixers would re-sign Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris to five-year, maximum-salary deals and lock in JJ Redick on a multiyear deal. The plan was to keep their core group, which includes All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben ...Read more

Push for Kawhi Leonard to sign with Clippers moves to billboards

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LOS ANGELES -- With NBA free agency opening just around the corner on June 30, a pair of digital billboards wooing NBA Finals most valuable player Kawhi Leonard went live over the weekend in Southern California.

The billboards are located along northbound Interstate 5 in Downey, south of Los Angeles. One is an image of a California vanity ...Read more

Clippers' Lou Williams could have a record-setting night at NBA Awards

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LOS ANGELES -- Zero-degree temperatures and Friday rush-hour traffic kept the last bus carrying Los Angeles Clippers players and coaches from arriving at Chicago's United Center until less than 35 minutes remained before tip-off on Jan. 25.

Any player would have been expected to come out cold, given the lack of a warmup, and Lou Williams, who ...Read more

Seeking a fresh start: Agent says Willie Cauley-Stein doesn't want to be a King anymore

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After spending the first four years of his NBA career in Sacramento, Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein has decided he wants a new opportunity with another team.

The Kings could extend a qualifying offer to make Cauley-Stein a restricted free agent, but Cauley-Stein feels it's time for both sides to move on, his agent told The Sacramento Bee on ...Read more

Hornets draft pick Jalen McDaniels secretly recorded sex videos in high school, lawsuits say

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Six months before the Charlotte Hornets selected Jalen McDaniels in the second round of the NBA draft, the former San Diego State standout was sued by two female high school classmates, who claim that McDaniels recorded them performing sexual acts without their consent.

Those lawsuits, which were filed in King County, Wash., ...Read more

Leonard isn't only option for Clippers

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LOS ANGELES--Less than an hour after the NBA draft ended Thursday, a night in which the Los Angeles Clippers added two players they'd targeted all along, the team's president of basketball operations walked into a Manhattan Beach hotel conference room energized.

The night had gone as well as Lawrence Frank and his staff could have planned.

...Read more

Calipari to Bilas: Kentucky's culture, system, process produce NBA players

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Thursday's NBA draft increased the total number of picks from Kentucky in John Calipari's 10 seasons as coach to 38 draftees. That included 29 first-rounders and 21 lottery selections.

Analyst Jay Bilas has suggested as recently as ESPN's telecast of this year's draft that no college program "produces" NBA players. More than ...Read more

Rockets believe they have a chance at landing Sixers' Jimmy Butler, per report

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PHILADELPHIA -- A week doesn't go by without some report about 76ers swingman Jimmy Butler's possible free agency destinations.

The latest came Friday, when ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon reported on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast when MacMahon said "The Rockets think they have a chance" at signing Butler.

Butler is...Read more

UConn on verge of joining the Big East, football likely in need of a landing spot outside AAC

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- UConn is on the verge of joining the Big East for all sports that the conference sponsors including basketball, sources confirmed Saturday. Though the university is awaiting and fully expecting an official invitation from the Big East, an announcement of the Huskies' move is forthcoming.

This move will return UConn to its ...Read more

Pelicans appear to have found their way back to relevancy, while Celtics may have missed window

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NEW YORK -- Before the NBA draft stage in Brooklyn could be dismantled, the first wave of draft reactions came flowing in. Phoenix moving up to draft Cameron Johnson? What are they thinking? Portland waiting to get Nassir Little, what a steal. Darius Garland and Collin Sexton on the same team in Cleveland, that'll never work.

The Pelicans were ...Read more

Whiteside picks up $27 million Heat option; no trade demand in place

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MIAMI -- Waiting until the day after Thursday's flurry of NBA draft-related trades, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has opted into the $27.1 million final season on his contract.

Whiteside now becomes trade eligible for the first time since the Feb. 7 NBA trading deadline.

An NBA source familiar with the option decision told the Sun ...Read more

Kings hire NBA legend Joe Dumars to join front office

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Kings have hired Detroit Pistons legend and basketball Hall of Famer Joe Dumars to join their front office as a special adviser to general manager Vlade Divac, the team announced Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dumars, 56, has more than 30 years of NBA experience as a player and front office executive. He...Read more

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