Warriors' Durant to media: 'I know you're all trying to make me look crazy'

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LAS VEGAS -- In real life, as on social media, it's tough to tell how seriously Kevin Durant takes his feuds.

Because even while playing down his latest riff, this time with CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Warriors star made it clear he will fiercely defend his reputation.

"I say something back and I'm the sensitive one?" Durant...Read more

Wolves guard Jimmy Butler has hand surgery

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The Timberwolves announced guard Jimmy Butler had minor surgery on his shooting hand this week, a procedure that should not sideline him for any length of time.

According to the Wolves, Butler "underwent a successful, elective right hand procedure on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Butler has already returned to offseason activities."

(c)2018 Star ...Read more

Hawks to sign Vince Carter to one-year deal

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ATLANTA -- Needing a veteran in a rebuilding locker room full of young players, the Hawks will sign the NBA's eldest statesman. The Hawks agreed to terms with Vince Carter on a one-year, $2.4 million deal, the veteran minimum, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The 41-year-old Carter is entering his 21st NBA season. He is one of...Read more

Harris will go for a shot at Team USA, but he turns down Clippers' offer for a new deal

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LOS ANGELES--The two phone calls provided surreal moments for Tobias Harris, leaving him in a state of euphoria.

In early April, Harris was asked to participate in the minicamp for Team USA, which could lead to a spot on the 2020 Olympic basketball team.

He received a call this month from the Los Angeles Clippers asking if he was interested in...Read more

Winners and losers of NBA free agency

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LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James immediately made the Lakers big winners in NBA free agency when the peerless forward signed a four-year deal worth $153.3 million.

But then Golden State Warriors, back-to-back NBA champions, made a move that seemed to say, "We'll see your LeBron James and raise that with our own DeMarcus Cousins."

Cousins signed a ...Read more

Subpoenas show feds asked Kansas for info regarding two players' recruitment, enrollment

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The Kansas athletic department received two subpoenas from federal prosecutors requesting information related to the FBI investigation into college basketball, The Star has learned through a Kansas Open Records Act request.

The first subpoena, dated Jan. 8, 2018, asked for "(a)ll documents regarding the recruitment and enrollment" of a player ...Read more

Dwyane Wade 'monster' offer in China reported at three years, $25 million

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MIAMI -- While clarity has yet to come from Dwyane Wade regarding his basketball future, we now at least have perspective on what constitutes a reported "monster deal" to play in China.

Three days after the report of such an offer for Wade to continue his career with a shift to the Chinese Basketball Association, a report by a journalist in ...Read more

Cavs sign Kevin Love to 4-year, $120 million contract extension

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The drama of the LeBron James era may be gone, but the Cavaliers' boldness and pursuit of success is not.

Owner Dan Gilbert decided to build the franchise around Kevin Love, signing the five-time All-Star power forward to a reported four-year, $120 million contract extension on Tuesday.

The deal was culminated in imaginative fashion, with Love...Read more

Clippers trade for Dallas prospect Johnathan Motley

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers announced Monday that they acquired forward Johnathan Motley from the Dallas Mavericks and that he will join L.A. on a two-way contract to play for its development league team in Ontario.

The Clippers also acquired the draft rights to Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis and sent the Mavericks the draft ...Read more

Carmelo Anthony flirtation with Heat ends with path toward Rockets

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This wasn't one that got away. This was one that went another way.

Despite meeting with Carmelo Anthony at the recent summer league in Las Vegas, the Miami Heat will not be united with the recently traded forward, with Anthony instead electing to sign with the Houston Rockets.

A party familiar with the Heat's interaction confirmed to the South...Read more

From a Jerry Buss dream to a King-sized signing

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LOS ANGELES -- Eight years ago Jerry Buss had a dream.

LeBron James as a Los Angeles Laker.

It was the summer of 2010 and the Lakers were not going to be players in free agency. They had just won their 16th championship, beating the hated Boston Celtics. They had their team. Besides, they had no salary cap space to add a star.

Buss thought ...Read more

How Warriors' All-Stars made DeMarcus Cousins feel welcome

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors had already talked with DeMarcus Cousins extensively. Warriors general manager Bob Myers and Cousins expressed their mutual interest. Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Cousins agreed on his role. And Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green all reiterated their support.

Just when it seemed the Warriors ironed ...Read more

Hawks agree to deal with center Alex Len

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ATLANTA -- The Hawks did make a free-agent signing after all.

The Hawks have agreed to a deal with free-agent center Alex Len, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal will be for two years and $8.5 million.

The deal, first reported by Yahoo Sports, will be fully guaranteed. The Hawks have not announced the deal. It likely ...Read more

China team reportedly willing to offer Dwyane Wade 'monster deal'

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Or perhaps there is a third option?

As the Miami Heat await a decision from Dwyane Wade on whether the 36-year-old guard will decide to return for a 16th NBA season, a Saturday report out of China said the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association are prepared to offer the guard "a monster deal."

The report, featured at the ...Read more

Breanna Stewart aims to help others by sharing her story

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The past nine months have been a whirlwind for Breanna Stewart. In that time she has shared her story of sexual assault in an article for The Players Tribune, discussed her assault in an "E:60" episode and posed for ESPN's Body Issue.

It has been a time of vulnerability, opening herself up for the world to see the most intimate parts of her ...Read more

Lakers and Michael Beasley agree to one-year deal

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LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers added one more veteran to their roster Friday, signing forward Michael Beasley to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million, according to people familiar with the deal who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Beasley joins an overhauled roster headlined by LeBron James, along with several other veterans the Lakers have ...Read more

Kings sign point guard Yogi Ferrell to 2-year deal

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The Kings have reached an agreement with guard Yogi Ferrell on a two-year contract for $6.2 million, a league source confirmed.

Ferrell spent the previous two seasons with Dallas, averaging 10.2 points and 2.9 assists in 128 career games.

Ferrell immediately becomes the Kings' most experienced point guard and figures to challenge Frank Mason ...Read more

Sixers trade Richaun Holmes to Suns, sign Jonah Bolden

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers continue to remake their roster.

Friday, the team traded reserve center Richaun Holmes to the Phoenix Suns for cash. ESPN later reported that the cash was $1 million for Holmes, who had a non-guaranteed, $1.6 million deal with the Sixers. The move cleared the way for them to give power forward Jonah Bolden a four-year,...Read more

John Paxson repeating Bulls history with roster turnover in rebuild

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CHICAGO -- Thirteen months have passed since the Bulls plunged into full-rebuild mode by trading Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves.

That transaction netted them the Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, the draft rights to Lauri Markkanen and the near certainty they'd be bad in 2017-18. Indeed, the ensuing 27-55 campaign netted them the seventh pick in the ...Read more


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