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Lakers expected to hire Rob Pelinka as general manager

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers are closing in on hiring agent Rob Pelinka to be their new general manager, people with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.

And as they worked to finish that deal, they made a trade, sending Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets.

According to the Vertical, the Rockets are giving ...Read more

Amid backlash, Wiggins stands by controversial WNBA comments

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Candice Wiggins refused to back down Tuesday after stirring a national controversy following her assertions that she was mistreated by gay players in the WNBA because she is heterosexual.

Saying her comments "freed my spirit," Wiggins told the San Diego Union-Tribune that she received positive reaction from those close to her, as well as ...Read more

'Shocked' Cousins still loves Sacramento as he departs for New Orleans

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DeMarcus Cousins is still in a daze.

Only days after Kings general manager Vlade Divac told him he would not be traded, Cousins shook his head in somewhat disbelief Tuesday morning at Sacramento International Airport as he and Omri Casspi prepared to board a private jet, along with Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Dell Demps, to ...Read more

Pistons unlikely to trade center Andre Drummond

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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond likely will remain with the team past Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, multiple persons with firsthand knowledge of the organization's thinking have told the Free Press over the past 24 hours.

"We want to keep him," one person texted to the Free Press.

The rumor mill will keep churning.

ESPN.com's Marc ...Read more

Bulls now priming for playoff push with Jimmy Butler, not full rebuild

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The Bulls will reconvene for a Wednesday evening practice following the All-Star break, a game out of sixth place in the Eastern Conference and two games ahead of ninth.

They will do so as a franchise more focused on a playoff push than a change of direction, which is what a Jimmy Butler trade would represent.

The Bulls have told multiple ...Read more

With trade deadline looming, Heat, Riley likely to just stand pat

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Goran Dragic didn't make any plans to go away during the All-Star break.

"I'm just going to stay home with family and try to relax as much as I can," the Miami Heat's starting point guard said last Wednesday after the team went into the break having won for the 14th time in its last 16 games to move to within only two games of Detroit (27-30) ...Read more

Magic Johnson takes over as Lakers' president of basketball operations

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LOS ANGELES -- Jeanie Buss had enough.

On Tuesday the Los Angeles Lakers president fired general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss, her brother.

Lakers legend Magic Johnson is now the team's president of basketball operations.

"Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers...Read more

Antetokounmpo ready to get back to Bucks' business

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NEW ORLEANS -- It's a quick reality check for Giannis Antetokounmpo after his whirlwind weekend at the NBA All-Star Game.

The business of the regular season remains, with the Milwaukee Bucks heading into their final 27 games and an Eastern Conference playoff berth still very much in reach.

A smiling Antetokounmpo said he "lived the moment" ...Read more

Jimmy Butler's camp is under the impression Bulls won't trade him this week

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Trade speculation about the Bulls and Celtics isn't going away for several reasons.

The Celtics own attractive assets for a team seeking a full rebuild. The Bulls have a superstar with experience guarding LeBron James in the postseason. And the teams engaged in serious talks in June that centered on Jimmy Butler.

The issue, at least as of ...Read more

GM Vlade Divac wants to change Kings' 'culture' and 'character'

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"There's no place like home."

It's the sign that was posted on the Golden 1 Center electronic ribbon board when Kings general manager Vlade Divac handed DeMarcus Cousins' 2017 Western Conference All-Star Game jersey.

Sacramento had been Cousins' only home in the NBA, and it's where he wanted to stay.

But Cousins would never return from his ...Read more

More moves expected as Kings begin life after DeMarcus Cousins

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NEW ORLEANS -- DeMarcus Cousins isn't to blame anymore.

The three-time All-Star was an easy target for criticism as the Kings failed to reach the postseason in his six-plus seasons in Sacramento, but now that he's headed to New Orleans along with Omri Casspi in a trade for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and two draft picks, the ...Read more

Candice Wiggins: WNBA's 'harmful' culture of bullying, jealousy

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Candice Wiggins had what many would consider a dream career in the WNBA.

She was the No. 3 overall draft pick out of Stanford in 2008. She was named the league's Sixth Woman of the Year as a rookie. She won a championship with the Minnesota Lynx.

The success, Wiggins says now, hid a darker reality.

"It wasn't like my dreams came true in the ...Read more

Heat's Josh Richardson poised to step back in, but not step on toes

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Rook 1 and Rook 2 were all the rage when the references were to Dr. Seuss. Then the real doctors took over.

At least for Heat's Josh Richardson, there still is an opportunity to get over the pain of his second NBA season, his return impending from the strained left foot that has had him out since Jan. 8. The same cannot be said for Justise ...Read more

Ex-Bull Ben Gordon attempts NBA comeback

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Per the collective bargaining agreement, the Bulls' All-Star break lasts until Wednesday evening, when they'll gather for practice at the Advocate Center.

On Monday, one of the most notable players from the franchise's post-dynasty era left town for Frisco, Texas. That's when the All-Star break for the Development League ended, and Ben Gordon ...Read more

For Kings, centerpiece of Cousins trade is rookie guard Buddy Hield

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Eight days ago, then-New Orleans Pelicans guard Buddy Hield was kicked out of a game for the first time in his rookie NBA season.

His transgression: Hitting DeMarcus Cousins in the groin while going around the big man's offensive screen in a game at Golden 1 Center, an action officials deemed worthy of a flagrant 2 foul.

Now, Hield is linked ...Read more

Kings trade All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

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NEW ORLEANS -- DeMarcus Cousins' third All-Star Game as a Sacramento King apparently was his last.

The Kings traded forwards Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night for rookie guard Buddy Hield, ex-King Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and 2017 first- and second-round picks, league sources confirmed Sunday night.

The...Read more

Davis scores record 52 points as West wins; Cousins reportedly traded after game

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NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis showed the NBA all-stars how things are done in the Big Easy.

The New Orleans Pelicans forward finished with an All-Star Game record 52 points to go with 10 rebounds Sunday night. His efforts helped the Western Conference All-Stars defeat the Eastern Conference stars, 192-182, at the Smoothie King Center.

He broke ...Read more

Durant, Westbrook connect during West's 192-182 All-Star win

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NEW ORLEANS -- Steve Kerr didn't wait long to deliver NBA fans what they'd been dreaming about all weekend. His first substitution came midway through the first quarter: Russell Westbrook for Steph Curry with Kevin Durant still on the court.

The former teammates turned publicly feuding opponents were teammates again. At least temporarily, ...Read more

Anthony Davis scores All-Star record 52 points to lead West to 192-182 win over East

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NEW ORLEANS -- The two previous times New Orleans hosted the NBA All-Star Game, a Cavaliers player picked up the MVP award.

LeBron James earned the honor in 2008, Kyrie Irving in 2014.

That streak came to an end Sunday night in the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center. The award went to the hometown Pelicans' Anthony Davis as the ...Read more

Winners and losers of NBA All-Star weekend

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NEW ORLEANS -- Jimmy Butler came here to play, to have an actual impact.

His first two All-Star trips resulted in a nine-minute stint at Madison Square Garden and a DNP-INJ last season, as he rested a strained left knee.

"I want to compete against the best," the Bulls star said, "even though it's a different type of game. I know the gist. Don'...Read more