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Hawks claim Nicolas Brussino off waivers

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The Hawks claimed Nicolas Brussino off waivers Saturday. The guard/forward was waived by the Mavericks on Thursday. The Hawks were looking to add another wing to the roster and saw Brussino as a fit by being a young player with upside they can work with as a project.

The 6-foot-8 Brussino appeared in 54 games with the Mavericks last season as a...Read more

Dwyane Wade to be honored with 'Human Spirit' award by Hall of Fame

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MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade has been named one of three 2017 recipients of the Mannie Jackson Basketball's Human Spirit Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The award, according to the Hall, "honors individuals who have found the game of basketball to be a contributing aspect of their personal growth and accomplishment, a place to...Read more

Sue Bird: Feedback after coming out as gay has been 'great'

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SEATTLE -- Sue Bird had no intention of hijacking the WNBA All-Star Game, but in many ways her coming out publicly as gay has been the biggest story entering Saturday's exhibition between the league's brightest stars.

During an interview with ESPNW's Mechelle Voepel, the Storm star was asked if she felt comfortable talking about her private ...Read more

Could Marvin Bagley, a five-star forward, leave high school a year early to play for Duke?

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke unleashes a major push to land a big piece for its basketball team Friday.

The question remains whether it will be for this season's team or the 2018-19 squad.

Marvin Bagley III, an intriguing 6-11, 190-pound forward from Sierra Canyon High in Tempe, Ariz., arrived on campus Friday morning and is scheduled to continue his ...Read more

Report: Kyrie Irving asked Cavaliers for trade last week

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Seeking an opportunity to lead a franchise instead of being regarded as LeBron James' sidekick, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving asked owner Dan Gilbert to be traded last week, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Friday.

James was "blindsided and disappointed" when he learned of Irving's request, sources told Windhorst, who wrote that other teammates ...Read more

Storm guard Sue Bird says she's gay and opens up about dating Megan Rapinoe

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SEATTLE -- Seattle Storm star Sue Bird announced that she is gay and is dating Seattle Reign and USWNT star soccer player Megan Rapinoe in an article from Mechelle Voepel of ESPNW.

"I'm gay. Megan's my girlfriend. ... These aren't secrets to people who know me," Bird told ESPNW. "I don't feel like I've not lived my life. I think people have ...Read more

Udonis Haslem returning for 15th season with Miami Heat

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The captain is back. Udonis Haslem will return for a 15th season with his hometown team, with the Miami Heat confirming the agreement Thursday.

Even before the Heat made the announcement official, owner Micky Arison tweeted out Haslem's initials and a celebratory emoji.

Haslem, 37, who acknowledged he is at the year-to-year stage of his career...Read more

Why more athlete freedom could come at the expense of intensified academic scrutiny from the NCAA

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Cameron Johnson will be allowed to play basketball at North Carolina next season, but NCAA critic Taylor Branch thinks Johnson's victory in his highly publicized eligibility battle is an example of a philosophical shift by the NCAA to focus more on academic integrity.

Johnson would have been out of luck if he wanted to play for the Tar Heels ...Read more

Clippers' message to Blake Griffin is simple: 'We need you'

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LOS ANGELES -- When Doc Rivers sat down with Blake Griffin to pitch him on why he should stay in Los Angeles, his message was simple.

"I just told him, 'We need you,' " he said.

With the Los Angeles Clippers reintroducing Griffin on Wednesday at their practice facility after he officially signed a five-year, $175 million contract, that fact ...Read more

Kelly Olynyk takes No. 9 with Heat, leaving No. 41 open for possible retirement

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MIAMI -- When it comes to Miami Heat numerology, recently signed free-agent forward Kelly Olynyk will follow in the lineage of Dan Majerle, Yakhouba Diawara, Rashard Lewis and Luol Deng and wear No. 9, which now makes it 23 years since a Heat player has worn No. 41, the number Olynyk wore with the Boston Celtics.

The last Heat player to wear No...Read more

Clippers' Patrick Beverley is ready to succeed Chris Paul, with an accent on winning

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LOS ANGELES -- Patrick Beverley paused to collect his thoughts before his answer turned dramatic and his look stern.

He was one of the key players the Los Angeles Clippers acquired from the Houston Rockets this summer in exchange for Chris Paul, and now he was asked how he would replace a point guard of Paul's stature.

"I am not Chris Paul," ...Read more

Jimmy Butler: 'I don't think (Bulls) knew what they wanted to do' until draft

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Jimmy Butler was in Paris playing a card game with Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union and Carmelo Anthony when he learned from his agent the Bulls were likely trading him to the Timberwolves.

"I said, 'OK, cool. I'm going to get back to my spades game.' ... It's out of my control," Butler told Bill Simmons on his podcast.

The question is what the ...Read more

Heat's Wayne Ellington hoping to find stability in Miami

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For the past five seasons, Heat guard Wayne Ellington felt like the new kid on the first day of training camp.

The start of camp was spent learning about his teammates, coaches or even the best route to the practice facility. Now, he no longer has to endure the uncomfortable experience.

When he re-signed with Miami, it meant Ellington would ...Read more

Lakers' Lonzo Ball to miss summer league final because of a calf strain

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LAS VEGAS -- Lonzo Ball will not play in the Lakers' summer league championship game because of a right calf strain he suffered in the third quarter on Sunday.

Although Ball's injury was minor, neither the team nor he are inclined to take any chances with what amounts to an exhibition game in Las Vegas.

The Lakers have won five games in a row,...Read more

'You need to love whatever you do in life': Meet the president of the WNBA

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To understand why Lisa Borders advocates with the passion of a minister in her role as WNBA president, it's best to start at the beginning.

The year she was born -- in 1957 -- the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross on her grandfather's lawn.

"I don't remember that because I was a baby," Borders said. "But I have long understood the notion of people ...Read more

Sixers Fultz's next step is perfecting craft

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LAS VEGAS -- Markelle Fultz's next assignment will be a blend of learning how to be a pro, and perfecting his craft.

The 76ers' No. 1 overall pick can do a little bit of everything, right now. He shoots the ball well. He handles the ball well. He can play in the pick-and-roll.

He just need to perfect his craft to make sure he's prepared for ...Read more

Fans have a ball at Summer League as hope returns to L.A.

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LAS VEGAS -- Mark Appelbaum sat courtside for most of the afternoon on Saturday at the Thomas and Mack Center wearing a maroon Lower Merion High School jersey with the name "Bryant" on the back as he watched the intersection of two of his favorite sports entities.

He is 51 years old, a Chino Hills, Calif., resident and went to every single one...Read more

Does Derrick Rose make sense for the Bucks?

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In the early days of free agency on July 3, the Milwaukee Bucks had a meeting with free-agent point guard and former MVP Derrick Rose. According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the two sides are discussing a possible second meeting that could occur this weekend in Los Angeles.

The apparent mutual interest is complicated because Rose reportedly is ...Read more

Jontay Porter seems firm on playing for Missouri this year

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It's a "safe assumption" that five-star Missouri basketball commitment Jontay Porter will reclassify and enroll at MU to play the upcoming season for the Tigers, he told CBSSports.com Thursday at the Peach Jam AAU tournament in North Augusta, S.C.

The 6-foot-11 Porter, who committed to Mizzou's 2018 recruiting class in May, had his transcripts ...Read more

Bulls taking cheap fliers on two young, athletic guards

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The Bulls made two transactions Friday, neither of them involving Nikola Mirotic.

The Bulls signed summer league star Antonio Blakeney to a two-way contract, a new provision in the latest collective bargaining agreement that allows a team to let a player split time between the franchise's NBA and G League teams.

The Bulls also claimed guard ...Read more

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