LeBron James makes a courtside appearance in Lakers' summer league win over Pistons

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LAS VEGAS -- The door to the loading dock opened with no fanfare and in walked LeBron James.

He wore a black hat, a white T-shirt and gold shorts with purple trim that said "Lakers" across the front. It was the first time James has worn a Los Angeles Lakers logo in public, the first concrete image of the team's great summer coup.

After a few ...Read more

Former Kansas star Perry Ellis still pursuing dream of professional basketball

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LAS VEGAS -- For former Kansas star Perry Ellis, the process of crafting his game as a professional basketball player has been a fulfilling experience.

He's come close to realizing his NBA dream, playing well in the developmental G League in 2017 and being invited back to play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas for the third straight year ...Read more

Bulls sign Jabari Parker to 2-year, $40 million deal

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It's official. Jabari Parker is coming home.

The Bulls announced the signing of the former Simeon Career Academy star, which sources said is a two-year, $40 million deal. To clear room for Parker's signing, the Bulls waived Paul Zipser and Julyan Stone.

"Jabari is a 23-year-old player who is a natural fit with our young core and is a proven ...Read more

Tim Floyd appreciative as he looks back on 40-year coaching career

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LAS VEGAS -- Tim Floyd gets it.

Despite a 40-year coaching career that included more than 400 college victories and a winning percentage over .610, eight trips to the NCAA Tournament with two Sweet 16 appearances and one trip to the NBA playoffs, he knows what most will likely remember.

"My time with the Bulls will probably be the first line ...Read more

Anthony Carter still scrapping for Heat, this time as a coach

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LAS VEGAS -- Perhaps it is the underdog vibe, or the resilience, or the willingness to view nothing as menial when it comes attached to ball and basket.

But there is something about Anthony Carter that continues to draw him back into the Miami Heat's orbit, the team's former point guard spending this month working as a summer-league assistant ...Read more

Lakers' Lonzo Ball set to undergo surgery to left knee on Tuesday

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LOS ANGELES -- Second-year Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball will undergo arthroscopic surgery to his left knee Tuesday.

No further details were provided in a news release Friday afternoon. The team said an update would be given after the surgery.

Ball had recently undergone more testing to try to determine the extent of a meniscus injury.

He has...Read more

Kemba Walker's New York ties might worry Hornets

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The worst-case scenario for the Charlotte Hornets would be losing Kemba Walker for no compensation next summer. That potentially makes the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets major threats.

Based on current projections, the Knicks and Nets would both have tens of millions in salary-cap room next summer to make maximum-salary type offers to Walker...Read more

Bulls on verge of signing Jabari Parker

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The Bulls are on the verge of signing Simeon Career Academy product and Bucks forward Jabari Parker, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations.

Parker, the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has averaged 15.3 points and 5.5 rebounds over four seasons. He also has torn his left ACL twice. He was enjoying his best season in 2016-17, ...Read more

Magic Johnson plans to consult with LeBron James on Lakers' personnel decisions

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LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers had a plan for how a team built around LeBron James would look, and it's part of what Magic Johnson and James discussed when they met after 9 p.m. on June 30.

From now on, their relationship will take on the qualities of a partnership.

"Just like when I was playing, Dr. Buss and Jerry West would come to me when we ...Read more

Moritz Wagner might be perfect fit for Lakers, LeBron James

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LAS VEGAS -- The opportunity is there for Moritz Wagner.

The former Michigan basketball standout is one of three centers currently on the Los Angeles Lakers roster.

One of them, 10-year veteran JaVale McGee, has made one 3-pointer in his career.

The other, Ivica Zubac, is 0-for-4 in two seasons.

Wagner, 21, shot 39 percent from 3-point range...Read more

In 'uphill battle' to secure NBA roster spot, UMBC hero Jairus Lyles is still an underdog

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Even though Jairus Lyles has shed UMBC's crisp yellow for Utah blue, the spirit of an underdog still lingers with the star of the 16th-seeded Retrievers' upset over No. 1 Virginia in the NCAA Tournament -- in his play, his life and his attitude.

"It's still an uphill battle," he said last week. "I still have a lot of work to do."

In the first ...Read more

Scouting for free agents remains ongoing for Heat

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LAS VEGAS -- Don't tell the Miami Heat scouting staff that NBA free agency is over.

Not when NBA hopefuls are holding individual tryouts in Las Vegas. Not when Heat scouts Chet Kammerer, Adam Simon and Keith Askins continue to fan out to scout every game of the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League. Not when NBA teams are allowed to carry 20 players ...Read more

Wayne Ellington agrees to return to Heat on one-year deal

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Wayne Ellington will continue to dial from long distance with the Miami Heat, with the veteran guard reaching an agreement with the team Thursday in NBA free agency, the Sun Sentinel has confirmed.

Ellington agreed to a one-year, $6.3 million contract, matching his salary from this past season. Because of the one-year term of the deal and ...Read more

Bulls rookie Hutchison shows serious side about improvement

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LAS VEGAS -- Disappointment oozed from Chandler Hutchison.

His team had lost. He had struggled to finish drives at the rim and passed up some open shots.

"I have to find ways to help the team win," Hutchison said. "I have to be better."

That was Tuesday night. Twenty-four hours later, the Bulls had won and Hutchison produced a double-double, ...Read more

Former Maryland player Damonte Dodd surrenders passport after bail hearing on rape charge

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BALTIMORE -- Former Maryland men's basketball player Damonte Dodd, who was charged by Prince George's County police last week with raping a woman at a College Park apartment in November, is free on his own personal recognizance after a bail hearing Thursday morning in Upper Marlboro.

Dodd was ordered to surrender his passport, and to stay away ...Read more

Bam Adebayo leaving Heat with both questions, answers in summer league

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The thing about Bam Adebayo is we still don't know.

Don't know about whether summer league is a step forward. Don't know whether he will be a rotation player next season. Don't know what his NBA niche ultimately will be.

What we do know as the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League winds down is the Miami Heat's 2017 first-round pick will remain ...Read more

Lakers rookie Moe Wagner will sit out the rest of Summer League after bruising left knee

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Los Angeles Lakers center Moe Wagner bruised his left knee during Tuesday night's Las Vegas Summer League game against the New York Knicks. An MRI exam Wednesday confirmed the extent of the injury and Wagner will sit out the rest of the games.

The Lakers will play at least two more games. They will play the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. If ...Read more

NBA Board of Governors discusses changing playoff format

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LAS VEGAS -- It's so secret that the talent level between the NBA Eastern and Western Conferences is unbalanced. It became more tilted in the West's favor when LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Because of the imbalance, the NBA Board of Governors on Tuesday continued a discussion about changing the playoff format. Under the new ...Read more

Rob Pelinka says Lakers signing LeBron James is 'ultimate validation' of his and Magic Johnson's efforts

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka called LeBron James' choice to sign with the Lakers the "ultimate validation" of the work he and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson have been doing since they took over.

Pelinka, addressing the media Wednesday for the first time since James decided to sign with the ...Read more

Heat's Erik Spoelstra: Communication ongoing with Hassan Whiteside, differences overstated

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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday that concerns about a severe disconnect with center Hassan Whiteside not only are overblown but that the two have been in contact on a regular basis this offseason.

"I have absolutely been in touch with Hassan," Spoelstra said after taking in a Heat summer-league practice at a Las Vegas high school...Read more