Lakers hire Quinton Crawford as an assistant coach

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers have added to coach Frank Vogel's staff by hiring Quinton Crawford as an assistant coach, according to people not authorized to speak publicly.

Crawford worked as the head video coordinator and player development coach for Vogel when he was the coach in Orlando. Crawford spent last season with Charlotte in ...Read more

DeMarcus Cousins feels 'like a kid again' back in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Amid all the wheeling and dealing done in the NBA this summer, former Kentucky standout DeMarcus Cousins got a small taste of it himself in putting together his own squad for this weekend's The Basketball Tournament at Frederick Douglass High School.

"It feels good to be back (in Lexington). I feel like an 18-year-old kid ...Read more

Lindsey Harding leaving Sixers coaching staff to become Kings assistant coach

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PHILADELPHIA -- Lindsey Harding is leaving the 76ers for a better opportunity.

The team's player-development coach is joining Luke Walton's Sacramento Kings staff as an assistant coach.

"Lindsey is a rising star, and I'm so excited to have her join our incredibly experienced team of coaches," Walton told ESPN in a statement. "Her basketball IQ...Read more

Former Boston College women's basketball coach Cathy Inglese suffers traumatic brain injury

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Cathy Inglese, the former Boston College coach from Wallingford who has over 400 wins as a head coach, suffered a traumatic brain injury Wednesday after a fall, according to her sister.

Inglese, 60, was recently hired at Hofstra as an associate head coach.

"My sister Cathy Inglese has suffered a traumatic brain injury and is fighting for her ...Read more

Evaluating a Heat-Chris Paul trade from every angle (it's mostly about the picks)

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So where do the Miami Heat stand with Chris Paul? As casual spectators, while waiting to see what might come their way.

Unlike the team's pursuit of Russell Westbrook, when Pat Riley and his front-office staff negotiated with a proactive approach, the Heat have taken a more reserved methodology with the Oklahoma City Thunder's potential desire ...Read more

WNBA investigation into domestic-abuse allegations against Storm All-Star Natasha Howard remains ongoing

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SEATTLE -- Two days after domestic-abuse allegations were made public against Storm All-Star forward Natasha Howard by her wife, the team and the WNBA declined further comment as the league continued its investigation.

Jacqueline Howard on Saturday morning posted videos and screen shots of text conversations with Natasha Howard and some Storm ...Read more

Ray Allen asks judge to void UConn subpoena for records related to phone call with recruit

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ray Allen has filed a motion asking a judge to void a UConn subpoena or issue a protective order that would prevent the Hall of Famer from having to turn over documents relating to Kevin Ollie's legal battle with the school.

The motion, submitted June 10 in Hartford Superior Court, argues that UConn lacked basis to issue the ...Read more

Warriors' Bob Myers on D'Angelo Russell: 'We didn't sign him with the intention of just trading him'

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Even before he signed his new contract with the Warriors, D'Angelo Russell's days appeared numbered.

The Warriors view next summer as their chance to restock a championship roster with improved financial flexibility. After committing to a four-year, $117 million deal following his first All-Star season in Brooklyn, the 23-...Read more

Cavaliers waive J.R. Smith, get under luxury tax threshold

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Unable to trade what was once believed to be a valuable expiring contract, the Cavaliers waived guard J.R. Smith on Monday.

The move, along with stretching over the next three years the $4.4 million guaranteed to Smith, reportedly got the Cavs under the $132 million luxury tax threshold for the 2019-2020 season.

Presuming he clears waivers, ...Read more

Warriors GM explains Kevin Durant's decision to leave

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OAKLAND -- In normal circumstances, the Warriors' pitch to Kevin Durant would be simple.

The Warriors could offer him the most money. After winning two NBA titles in the past three years, the Warriors could offer him the best chance at winning. Durant did not have interest, though, in the Warriors' five-year, $221 million offer and their ...Read more

Ben Simmons, Sixers agree to five-year, $170 million max contract extension

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simmons is about to get paid.

The 76ers point guard and the team agreed to a five-year, $170 million contract extension on Monday, according to a league source.

This comes as no surprise as the team and Simmons' agent, Rich Paul, have been working out details since July 2. The max extension was originally believed to be $...Read more

Michigan's Juwan Howard has attention of top prospects. Here's his challenge

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Juwan Howard's first scholarship offer as Michigan basketball's head coach went to Josh Christopher, a chiseled 6-foot-4 guard from California who, while at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam this past week, went viral for a two-handed alley-oop finish and a pair of "Stranger Things"-themed shoes.

Christopher, the No. 9 overall ...Read more

Even when Coby White 'couldn't hit a 3 to save my life' in summer league, he was gaining valuable experience for the Bulls

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CHICAGO -- After his first game at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Coby White smiled when asked how he thought he played.

"I feel like I played solid," he said. "I made some good reads. Couldn't hit a 3 to save my life, but all that matters is we got the win."

White's 3-point marksmanship, or, more accurately, his lack thereof, carried over ...Read more

Anthony Davis and LeBron James present one new concern for Lakers

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LOS ANGELES -- Load management. Those two words presumably will be part of the Lakers' lexicon as they navigate what they hope becomes a magical season as Anthony Davis joins forces with LeBron James.

It comes down to resting players over the course of a grinding 82-game regular season with the hope of keeping their bodies healthy for a ...Read more

Lakers introduce Davis, who is all in for a championship

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LOS ANGELES -- Twice on the afternoon of June 15, Anthony Davis' phone rang while he tried to enjoy a movie at the Nobu Ryokan Hotel in Malibu. He ignored the call both times. It was his agent, Rich Paul. Then it occurred to Davis -- maybe something was up. So he took to Instagram to find out what.

That's how he learned the saga of the last ...Read more

Lakers GM Rob Pelinka: 'Anything short of a championship is not success'

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LOS ANGELES -- Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is eager to move on from the Lakers' failed attempt to sign Kawhi Leonard and focus on the team he built around Anthony Davis and LeBron James.

"We have a high level of confidence we did everything we could," Pelinka said in reference to Leonard without mentioning his name. "But now again, you ...Read more

Hassan Whiteside on Heat tenure: 'Definitely more good than bad'

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LAS VEGAS -- Hassan Whiteside says he is at peace after what grew into a tumultuous end to his tenure with the Miami Heat.

Dealt a week ago to the Portland Trail Blazers as part of the machinations that led to the Heat's acquisition of free-agent guard Jimmy Butler, the shot-blocking center said he is embracing the next chapter of his NBA ...Read more

Heat speculation turns from Westbrook chase to Chris Paul

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LAS VEGAS -- If it isn't one thing in NBA free agency, it's another. Or, more to the point for the Miami Heat, another veteran point guard who has come to market.

Immediately after Chris Paul was dealt Thursday from the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook, the speculation about the Heat's offseason makeover turned...Read more

Tobias Harris says Ben Simmons' jump shot 'is really good'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Stop if you have heard this before, but there is a positive report on the improved shooting of 76ers All-Star point guard Ben Simmons.

The first-hand report came from Sixers forward Tobias Harris, who was recently in Los Angeles working out with Simmons, who is 0 for 17 in his two regular seasons shooting 3-pointers. Simmons ...Read more

Storm coach Dan Hughes has newfound appreciation for his health — and hoops — after cancer treatment

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SEATTLE -- Just a few weeks before the start of the season, Storm players received a call from coach Dan Hughes.

It wasn't a preseason pep talk or belated congratulatory remarks for winning the WNBA championship six months ago.

Instead, he told each player he had been diagnosed with cancer.

"I was devastated," Storm center Mercedes Russell ...Read more