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Might Warriors repay Durant by giving him max money, then trading him?

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Will Kevin Durant re-sign with the Warriors or will he join the Knicks, Nets or some other NBA team?

He could do both.

There's a new wrinkle in the season-long question surrounding Durant's impending free agency, thanks to an ESPN report suggesting the Warriors could do a "delayed" sign-and-trade with their star forward.

Brian Windhorst, ...Read more

Pistons' trade for Tony Snell addresses weakness, displays competency

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When the Detroit Pistons traded wing depth for financial reasons before the February trade deadline, the move created a major weakness.

In the first round, the Milwaukee Bucks repeatedly took advantage of that weakness in the playoffs.

Moving Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock left the Pistons without an answer for Bucks standout Khris ...Read more

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert released from hospital, moved to rehab center

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Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was released from Beaumont Hospital outside Detroit on Wednesday after suffering a stroke last month, according to a prepared statement from Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner distributed by the team Thursday.

Gilbert, 57, will continue his recovery at an in-patient rehabilitation center, the statement said.

"The Gilbert ...Read more

Florida marketing agency sues Zion Williamson for $100 million for breach of contract

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The marketing agency Zion Williamson signed with in April but later sued to end his relationship with has filed a lawsuit in return against him and his current agent seeking $100 million in damages for breach of contract.

According to the Associated Press, Gina Ford and Prime Sports filed the action in a Florida court on Wednesday.

Williamson ...Read more

Bol Bol is the most interesting — and polarizing — NBA draft prospect

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NEW YORK -- In one corner, you could see what stardom looks like.

Zion Williamson, surrounded by cameras and microphones, relaxed back in his chair Wednesday and answered questions with a big smile on his face, comfortable and ready to take his place among the most popular NBA players the second he's picked No. 1 Thursday by New Orleans in the ...Read more

The super team that never was: Was there a missed opportunity on Zion Williamson's first AAU team?

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NEW YORK -- What do Roy Williams, Coach K and real estate agent Ricky Taylor have in common?

On most days of the year, not much. But on Thursday, Taylor could join the other two as coaches to have three former players taken in the first round.

Taylor, the coach of the South Carolina Hornets AAU team, coached Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, the ...Read more

After the 'best year of his life' at Duke, Zion Williamson ready to be NBA's No. 1 pick

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Zion Williamson's press conference on the day before the NBA draft in New York Wednesday went about like many of his gatherings with the media during his time at Duke.

A horde of people elbowed each other as they were asking Williamson questions or trying get a photo of him. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward talked mostly basketball but didn't ...Read more

Stay tuned: PJ Washington says NBA will see more than he showed at Kentucky

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Befitting someone who goes by his initials, PJ Washington said Wednesday that he did not show everything in two seasons for Kentucky. He said he went into his predraft workouts hoping to make NBA teams understand his versatile game has dimensions untapped by UK.

"Just my ability to do different things on the floor," Paul Jamaine Washington Jr.,...Read more

Ray Allen on UConn-Kevin Ollie saga: 'They just need to pay him his money'

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ray Allen sees a simple solution to the ongoing dispute between UConn and former men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie.

"They just need to pay him his money," Allen said Wednesday at the Travelers Championship pro-am event. "It's a big stain not only on the university but the state. They have to do whatever they can to make sure...Read more

If Bulls go big in NBA draft, Jaxson Hayes is the likely pick

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CHICAGO -- In 2017, the Bulls acquired the draft rights to Lauri Markkanen despite having power forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis already on the roster.

Last year, the Bulls drafted Wendell Carter Jr. with their No. 7 pick despite having Robin Lopez and Cristiano Felicio as big men.

If the Bulls either keep their No. 7 pick or trade ...Read more

Unpredictability again enters into Heat's NBA draft equation

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MIAMI -- The twists of the NBA draft have been as unpredictable with the Miami Heat as the possibilities presented to Pat Riley and his staff.

No, they did not expect Caron Butler to be there at No. 10 in 2002 or Justise Winslow at No. 10 in 2015.

And, no, it hardly was a case of drafting for fit with the Heat's most recent draft pick, when ...Read more

Gersson Rosas' plan for Timberwolves starts to take shape

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Gersson Rosas' desk in his office at the Timberwolves practice facility is bare-boned, his workspace still much like a new employee's who has been too busy to add any personal touches.

Sitting atop frosted glass is only a computer with two monitors and a lonely looking keyboard. Rosas said he needs to make some upgrades to the decor, adding, "I...Read more

Clippers may be trying to find experienced players with the 48th and 56th selections in the draft

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LOS ANGELES--One year later, the influence of the 2018 NBA draft is felt all over the Los Angeles Clippers' roster.

The Clippers used their two picks in last year's lottery to trade for point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and select shooting guard Jerome Robinson. They acquired a third first-rounder in sharpshooter Landry Shamet nearly eight ...Read more

Sixers' GM Elton Brand on Raptors' winning NBA championship: 'It just shows me we were close, we are close'

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Elton Brand, the 76ers general manager, was asked Tuesday if seeing the Toronto Raptors win the NBA title this season makes him hungrier.

Kawhi Leonard's 15-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer lifted the Raptors to a 92-90 victory over the Sixers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at the Scotiabank Arena.

Toronto went on to ...Read more

Sixers have five picks and several options in NBA draft

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What will the 76ers do in Thursday's NBA draft?

They could select 24th in the first round and figure out what to do with their four second-round selections at 33, 34, 42 and 54. They also could opt to trade their first pick and one of their second-rounders to move up a few spots to 20 or 21 to increase their chance of selecting a targeted ...Read more

Heat given worst odds to win 2020 NBA championship

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After a disappointing 2018-19 season and an offseason of uncertainty, at least one Vegas oddsmaker considers the Miami Heat a real long shot to win next year's NBA championship.

Less than a week after the Toronto Raptors knocked off the Golden State Warriors for their first title, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook already has published the odds ...Read more

Will Bulls add Kris Dunn's competition in Thursday's NBA draft or in July free agency?

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CHICAGO -- John Paxson has publicly stated his desire to upgrade at point guard so often that Kris Dunn may have whiplash. It's a guarantee at least one new point guard will be on the roster come training camp.

Whether that player arrives via Thursday's NBA draft, in which the Bulls have the Nos. 7 and 38 picks, is unknown. The free-agent class...Read more

Kings forward Harrison Barnes declines $25.1 million, will become an unrestricted free agent

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Kings forward Harrison Barnes has reportedly declined his $25.1 million player option for the 2019-20 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, his agent told The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday.

Excel Sports Management president Jeff Schwartz said Barnes will opt out of the final year of a four-year, $94.4 million deal he signed with the ...Read more

Anthony Davis trade brings a new look to Lakers and NBA free agency

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"Today, the basketball gods smiled upon the Nets."

In the summer of 2013, Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets' billionaire owner, took a victory lap in the news release announcing his team's trade for a pair of future Hall of Famers. The cost to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn was extreme -- a grab bag of players and three first-round ...Read more

Kansas' Self discusses Woodland's cellphone message as well as McCormack, Wilson, other topics

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Bill Self approached a group of reporters Monday afternoon at his Kansas basketball camp with something other than hoops on his mind.

"Let's talk golf!" Self, KU's 17th-year coach, said enthusiastically.

He was still thinking about KU graduate Gary Woodland's three-shot victory over Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open, which was ...Read more