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From a Jerry Buss dream to a King-sized signing

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LOS ANGELES -- Eight years ago Jerry Buss had a dream.

LeBron James as a Los Angeles Laker.

It was the summer of 2010 and the Lakers were not going to be players in free agency. They had just won their 16th championship, beating the hated Boston Celtics. They had their team. Besides, they had no salary cap space to add a star.

Buss thought ...Read more

How Warriors' All-Stars made DeMarcus Cousins feel welcome

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors had already talked with DeMarcus Cousins extensively. Warriors general manager Bob Myers and Cousins expressed their mutual interest. Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Cousins agreed on his role. And Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green all reiterated their support.

Just when it seemed the Warriors ironed ...Read more

Hawks agree to deal with center Alex Len

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ATLANTA -- The Hawks did make a free-agent signing after all.

The Hawks have agreed to a deal with free-agent center Alex Len, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal will be for two years and $8.5 million.

The deal, first reported by Yahoo Sports, will be fully guaranteed. The Hawks have not announced the deal. It likely ...Read more

China team reportedly willing to offer Dwyane Wade 'monster deal'

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Or perhaps there is a third option?

As the Miami Heat await a decision from Dwyane Wade on whether the 36-year-old guard will decide to return for a 16th NBA season, a Saturday report out of China said the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association are prepared to offer the guard "a monster deal."

The report, featured at the ...Read more

Breanna Stewart aims to help others by sharing her story

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The past nine months have been a whirlwind for Breanna Stewart. In that time she has shared her story of sexual assault in an article for The Players Tribune, discussed her assault in an "E:60" episode and posed for ESPN's Body Issue.

It has been a time of vulnerability, opening herself up for the world to see the most intimate parts of her ...Read more

Lakers and Michael Beasley agree to one-year deal

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LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers added one more veteran to their roster Friday, signing forward Michael Beasley to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million, according to people familiar with the deal who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Beasley joins an overhauled roster headlined by LeBron James, along with several other veterans the Lakers have ...Read more

Kings sign point guard Yogi Ferrell to 2-year deal

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The Kings have reached an agreement with guard Yogi Ferrell on a two-year contract for $6.2 million, a league source confirmed.

Ferrell spent the previous two seasons with Dallas, averaging 10.2 points and 2.9 assists in 128 career games.

Ferrell immediately becomes the Kings' most experienced point guard and figures to challenge Frank Mason ...Read more

Sixers trade Richaun Holmes to Suns, sign Jonah Bolden

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers continue to remake their roster.

Friday, the team traded reserve center Richaun Holmes to the Phoenix Suns for cash. ESPN later reported that the cash was $1 million for Holmes, who had a non-guaranteed, $1.6 million deal with the Sixers. The move cleared the way for them to give power forward Jonah Bolden a four-year,...Read more

John Paxson repeating Bulls history with roster turnover in rebuild

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CHICAGO -- Thirteen months have passed since the Bulls plunged into full-rebuild mode by trading Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves.

That transaction netted them the Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, the draft rights to Lauri Markkanen and the near certainty they'd be bad in 2017-18. Indeed, the ensuing 27-55 campaign netted them the seventh pick in the ...Read more

Clippers sign Luc Mbah a Moute to one-year deal

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers announced Thursday that they had signed forward Luc Mbah a Moute to return to the team.

The deal is for one year at $4.3 million.

Mbah a Moute had spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with the Clippers before playing for the Houston Rockets last season. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds last ...Read more

After another back surgery, Porter Jr.'s father says he could be healthy for this season

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Former Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. has undergone his second back surgery in eight months, according to the Denver Nuggets, the team that drafted him No. 14 overall in June's NBA draft. But his father told The Star on Thursday that there was still a chance the 6-foot-10 scorer could be ready by the start of the NBA season.

In the Nuggets...Read more

Heat in 'holding pattern' with Papa John's

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MIAMI -- Unlike the Miami Marlins, who have severed ties with the Papa John's after revelations that founder John Schnatter used a racial slur about African-Americans during a conference call in May, the Miami Heat said Thursday that the team remains "in a holding pattern" regarding their marketing and promotional partnership with the pizza ...Read more

Hawks deal Schroder to Thunder in three-team trade

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ATLANTA -- The at-times tumultuous tenure of Dennis Schroder with the Hawks is over.

In a move that has been all but certain for weeks, the Hawks parted ways with Schroder as part of a three-team trade with the Thunder and 76ers on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the situation. In addition to sending their starting point guard to ...Read more

Carmelo Anthony deal to Hawks could put Heat in play for forward

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MIAMI -- Carmelo Anthony's bags are packed and the former All-Star forward is on the move. Whether that leaves the Miami Heat as a potential destination remains to be seen.

Two weeks after the Heat were granted permission to meet in Las Vegas with Anthony's representatives in case the forward were to receive a buyout this offseason, that ...Read more

With Jabari Parker's arrival, it's full speed ahead for Fred Hoiberg and the Bulls

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CHICAGO -- Ask Fred Hoiberg how he wants to play this season and prepare for a quick answer.

"Fast," the Bulls coach said.

This would've been the plan for Hoiberg's offense anyway this season, but Jabari Parker's arrival accelerated matters.

Perhaps there will be some pace-and-space jokes referencing the offensive versus defensive philosophy....Read more

Kings have contacted Nemanja Bjelica about joining team

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The Kings have reached out to free agent forward Nemanja Bjelica about signing with the team, a league source confirmed.

The Kings, who have a league-high $20.5 million available under the salary cap, are looking for ways to fill their need for help at small forward and see Bjelica (6-foot-10, 230 pounds) as an option.

He can play power ...Read more

Jabari Parker says playing for Bulls 'is a dream come true'

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CHICAGO -- Sitting in the sparkling atrium of the United Center, with natural light streaming in and the Michael Jordan statue casting its imposing shadow, Jabari Parker called playing for his hometown Bulls "a dream come true."

Some may call tearing a left ACL not once but twice a nightmare, particularly when the second time interrupted a ...Read more

Jabari Parker passionately defends Derrick Rose as 'a legend, no matter what'

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CHICAGO -- At 23, Jabari Parker's formative years as a Bulls fan centered more on Derrick Rose than Michael Jordan.

Granted, Parker eventually understood what Jordan and the Bulls' second three-peat meant for the city. But he was born in 1995, meaning he was a newborn and toddler as it happened.

Parker sat in the United Center as a fan as Rose...Read more

Dwyane Wade remains non-committal about NBA future amid China tour

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Dwyane Wade again has declined to offer clarity or finality when it comes to his decision about returning to the NBA or Miami Heat.

In an interview with the Associated Press that focused on his Wednesday lifetime deal with China-based sporting-apparel manufacturer Li Ning, the Heat's all-time leading scorer put aside the matter of his NBA ...Read more

Nemanja Bjelica backs out of agreement with Sixers

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Nemanja Bjelica's tenure with the 76ers ended before it even started.

The 6-foot-10 Serbian forward informed the team Tuesday morning that he wants to remain in Europe this coming season. Bjelica played for the Minnesota Timberwolves the past three seasons and reached an agreement July 5 with the Sixers on a one-year, midlevel exception for $4....Read more