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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

How will UConn's move to the Big East affect its athletic department finances?

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- When UConn officially exits the American Athletic Conference to join the Big East, likely in July of next year, the move will have a dramatic effect on all aspects of the Huskies' athletic department.

The men's basketball team will renew old rivalries. The women's basketball team will face somewhat more challenging ...Read more

Danny Green waited, waited, signed with Lakers

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LOS ANGELES -- NBA fans and reporters weren't the only ones waiting eagerly for Kawhi Leonard to make his decision on where he would sign. Danny Green suspended his free agency as he waited for Leonard to make his choice.

"Those five days seemed like five months," Green said. "And each day that went by, I checked in with 'Whi and I'm like, 'Yo,...Read more

Storm owners will form first independently owned women's 3×3 team ahead of 2020 Olympics

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SEATTLE -- Three-on-three basketball will make its Olympic debut as one of the newest sporting events added to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.

In anticipation for the event, Force 10 Sports Management, which owns the Seattle Storm, announced Thursday morning the signing of its lineup for the first independently-owned professional women's 3×3 ...Read more

Thunder trading Russell Westbrook to Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and two first-round draft picks, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Los Angeles Times.

The Thunder will receive the Rockets' first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 and the two teams will swap picks in 2021...Read more

Ron Adams to stay with Warriors after fielding Lakers' interest

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The Lakers may have paired LeBron James with Anthony Davis. They missed out, though, on Kawhi Leonard. They also could not convince Ron Adams to join Frank Vogel's coaching staff.

Adams has decided to stay with the Warriors despite the Lakers' interest in hiring him, a league source confirmed to Bay Area News Group. ESPN first reported the news...Read more

Leverage play: Who holds the cards? Heat, Thunder, Westbrook?

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LAS VEGAS -- In the end, amid the NBA's latest spectator sport, the Russell Westbrook Waiting Game, it comes down to leverage.

In what appears to be a stalemate, all involved can claim an influence advantage in the high-stakes game that includes the Miami Heat's Pat Riley, the Oklahoma City's Sam Presti, and the prime protagonist himself, get-...Read more

Report: Kevin Durant forced Warriors to give Nets a first-round pick in sign-and-trade

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After deciding to leave the Warriors for the Nets in free agency last week, Kevin Durant was apparently in no mood to deliver a parting gift to his former team. He reportedly wouldn't agree to the sign-and-trade deal that sent D'Angelo Russell to Golden State unless the Warriors also gave up a first-round pick.

Durant didn't believe the ...Read more

Kansas coach Self assembles former Jayhawks in Vegas: 'We're all part of a special thing'

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Several former Kansas basketball players, coaches and staff members gathered Tuesday night at a Las Vegas restaurant for a dinner hosted by KU coach Bill Self.

It turned out to be the perfect time for a mini-Jayhawks hoops reunion, considering the attendees were all in Vegas for the league's annual MGM Resorts NBA Summer League.

Coaches and ...Read more

New Laker DeMarcus Cousins looking forward to teaming with Anthony Davis again

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LOS ANGELES -- The last time DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis played together, they loved it.

"Me and A have talked about it numerous times, about being teammates again," Cousins said on a conference call Wednesday evening. "We never wanted it to end but everything happens for a reason."

They played together for the New Orleans Pelicans for ...Read more

Josh Richardson 'super excited' to join Sixers, thinks he'll fit in well

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LAS VEGAS -- So how does Josh Richardson feel about being the newest 76ers shooting guard?

"I'm super excited," Richardson told The Inquirer on Wednesday while attending the Sixers' 96-81 NBA Summer League loss to the Detroit Pistons.

The four-year veteran will join a talented starting lineup that includes All-Stars Al Horford, Joel Embiid, ...Read more

NC State gets NCAA Notice of Allegations for violations related to Dennis Smith Jr.

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State University has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA for violations related to the recruitment of former basketball star Dennis Smith Jr.

The NCAA has alleged two Level I violations (the most severe), both connected to the recruitment of Smith and tied to former assistant coach Orlando Early and ...Read more

Adam Silver calls NBA trade demands 'disheartening,' as Heat look to cash in on Westbrook

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LAS VEGAS -- It has become a cottage industry for the Miami Heat and could prove fruitful again for Pat Riley.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, however, is not particularly a fan of the practice, while not addressing particular protagonists.

With Riley having built his front-office reputation, at least in part, on seizing upon players who want ...Read more

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George officially join Clippers' roster

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LOS ANGELES -- Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, perhaps the most talented all-around tandem in the NBA, were officially added to the Clippers' roster Wednesday.

If the Clippers exhaled, following a pursuit that was both months in the making and a frantic, late push, it was only briefly.

Now begins their work of keeping both in the fold for the ...Read more

Thanks to UConn pedigree, Napheesa Collier has acclimated quickly to professional life with Lynx

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Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve isn't worried about testing Napheesa Collier's limits. If anything, Reeve thinks the rookie may have it easy.

After all, she did spend the past four years being coached by Geno Auriemma at UConn.

"I appreciate that Geno pushed her so hard, because I think I look easy compared to him," Reeve said with a laugh. ...Read more

Warriors waive Shaun Livingston in cost-cutting move

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In hopes to shed salary and enhance roster flexibility, the Warriors will waive veteran Shaun Livingston before his $7.7 million contract becomes fully guaranteed on Wednesday, a league source confirmed to Bay Area News Group. ESPN first reported the news.

The Warriors had planned to part ways with Livingston's salary, but they had mutually ...Read more

Will Cam Johnson's younger brother reclassify and play basketball at UNC next season?

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina basketball recruiting target Donovan "Puff" Johnson, the younger brother of former UNC star Cam Johnson, will not reclassify to the Class of 2019.

Gill Johnson, Puff's father, told The News & Observer Tuesday that the family did consider having him reclassify as well as play overseas next season. But they decided...Read more

NBA Summer League games offer the perfect tease for the upcoming season

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LAS VEGAS -- LeBron James and Anthony Davis have yet to suit up together in purple and gold, but they made their debut as Lakers teammates at the Thomas & Mack Center when they sat courtside last week during the NBA Summer League.

Last season, James made his first public appearance as a Laker at the league as he watched some of his new ...Read more

Michael Cunningham: NBA's summer madness shows why Hawks need homegrown superstars

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ATLANTA -- Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joined the Clippers over the weekend and sportsbooks instantly made the team the favorite to win the 2020 NBA championship . The Lakers had been the favorites after Anthony Davis engineered a trade to play alongside LeBron James. The Brooklyn Nets aren't among the top five in championship odds only ...Read more