NBA rumors: Knicks ‘weren’t close’ to acquiring Davis

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    The Knicks were hoping to acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans. But, they were夜网论坛n’t able to put together a competitive package, according to a report from the New York Post.

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    “The Post reported last week the Pelicans didn’t view the Knicks’ young assets as especially attractive in comparison to other Davis suitors, feeling they needed a third team more than any other squad involved.

    "According to an NBA source, the Knicks ‘weren’t close’ to having a major package to entice New Orleans on a deal.”

    The Knicks' offer for Davis would have included the No. 3 pick in the 2019 draft and another future selection. New York also was willing to give New Orleans a “choice” of young players from a group that featured Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina, according to the report.

    New Orleans, meanwhile, reportedly sent Davis to the Lakers this weekend in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.

    The Knicks are hoping to have a busy offseason as they’ll reportedly pursue multiple stars. They’ve been linked to Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker and Kevin Durant — who ruptured his Achilles during Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

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    Mike Conley Jr. traded from Grizzlies to Jazz

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    Another veteran star is on the move before Thursday’s NBA Draft as the Grizzlies have traded franchise stalwart Mike Conley Jr. to the Jazz for a haul that includes three players and two picks.

    In return for the 12-year veteran, Memphis will receive Jae Crowder, veterans sharpshooter Kyle Korver, 2018 first-round pick Grayson Allen, the 23rd pick in Thursday’s draft and a future first-round pick, according to ESPN.

    Memphis holds the No. 2 pick in the draft and it is expected to select Murray State guard Ja Morant, which made Conley expendable.

    Conley, 31, averaged 21.1 points and 6.4 assists in 70 games for the Grizzlies last season. He shot 43.8% from the field and 36.4 percent from 3-point range. He has two seasons remaining on the five-year, $153 million extension he signed with Memphis in July 2016.

    NBA rumors: Pacers add Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb

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    The Pacers have a new backcourt.

    Indiana signed Jeremy Lamb to a three-year, $31.5 million contract and 夜网论坛acquired Malcolm Brogdon from the Bucks in a sign-and-trade, according to reports from ESPN and The Athletic, which cite unidentified league sources.

    The Pacers sent a first-round and a pair of second-round picks to the Bucks in exchange for Brogdon, according to ESPN. He then agreed to a four-year, $85 million deal with the team.

    Brogdon averaged 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 42.6% from 3-point range in 64 games with Milwaukee last season.

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    Warriors getting D'Angelo Russell from Nets

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    The Warriors are adding a new All-Star to their team in 2019-20.

    Kevin Durant is leaving for Brooklyn but Golden State is acquiring D'Angelo Russell via sign-and-trade, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources.

    To clear space for Russell's four-year, $117 million contract, Golden State is dealing Andre Iguodala and a draft pick to Memphis.

    The Nets preferred not to partner Russell with Kyrie Irving, so this agreement is ideal for them. The Warriors' Klay Thompson will likely miss a majority of 2019-20 recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, so Russell could provide valuable production for Golden State's backcourt in Thompson's absence. 

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    Lakers rumors: LA fills out roster, signs Jared Dudley

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    The Lakers have made another move.

    Los Angeles and forward Jared Dudley have agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million contract, his agent, Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.

    Dudley, who is from Southern California, averaged 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 59 games for the Nets last season. He shot 42.3% from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range.

    "This is something I've been contemplating," Dudley told USA Today's HoopsHype. "I'd be getting a chance to compete for a championship. ... I just think that being home and with that Laker brand, what's better than that?"

    The Lakers, meanwhile, acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans last month in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks. They then cleared cap space to sign a third star to pair with Davis and LeBron James when they dealt three bench players to the Wizards last week.

    Davis also reportedly waived his $4 million trade kicker so the Lakers could have more flexibility.

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    Kawhi Leonard free agency winners and losers: Clippers land star forward; Lakers shift to backup plan

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    The news broke shortly before 2 a.m. ET on Saturday morning, sending the night owls of the NBA universe into a frenzy.

    Kawhi Leonard will reportedly sign a four-year, $142 million contract with the Clippers. Just like that, the league's top free agent is off the market.

    MORE: NBA players react to Kawhi, PG-13 joining forces

    But Leonard isn't the only one heading to Los Angeles. The Clippers are also adding Paul George in a stunning trade with the Thunder, one that will send point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari and an avalanche of draft picks to Oklahoma City.

    This power play by the Clippers has already sent shockwaves throughout the NBA, so it's worth lining up the immediate winners and losers of Leonard's decision.

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    Spurs acquire Marcus Morris, DeMarre Carroll

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    In a busy day of transactions, the Spurs have added to their roster as well.

    According to multiple reports, San Antonio landed free agents Marcus Morris and DeMarre Carroll over the weekend.

    The Athletic broke the news of ex-Celtic Morris, noting he'll join the Spurs on a two-year, $20 million deal.

    Carroll's move had already been set, but ESPN reported a change in the initial agreement of a two-year deal worth $13 million.

    The report noted the team and Carroll's agent, Mark Bartelstein, "reworked" the deal to make it three years at $21 million. In order to get this done, San Antonio had to move forward Davis Bertans to Washington — which cleared up space for Carroll's new contract. 

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    Charles Barkley weighs in on the upcoming election, Donald Trump and more at the Democratic debate

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    Charles Barkley was in attendance at the second Democratic Party presidential debate Tuesday.

    The former NBA player and current analyst weighed in on who he is supporting — a trio of candidates that includes San Antonio mayor Julián Castro — candidates on both sides taking black votes for granted and President Donald Trump.

    Barkley has been outspoken about these issues before and took a lap through the debate's spin room to talk to media ahead of the event.

    "I think all politicians take black votes for granted," he said. "They talk to black folks every four years and that's about it, how they're going to make our lives better and they do nothing about it. Both parties suck in that aspect. It is not a Republican or Democrat thing. It's not a liberal or conservative thing. It's an economic thing, economic opportunity and that's what both parties are neglecting."

    He was then asked about his feelings on Trump.

    "He says some things that can be construed as racist," Barkley said. "Some things he says are very wrong and flagrant. ... There are some things he says that really need to be — especially when he has an opportunity to denounce white nationalism and things like that, he can do a much better job.

    Drake brings out giant Larry O'Brien Trophy during concert

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    Drake is still celebrating the Raptors' first-ever NBA title.

    The rapper and passionate Raptors fan performed next to a massive Larry O’Brien Trophy during his OVO Fest on Monday in Toronto.

    MORE: Kyle Lowry "would love to do a long extension" with Raptors

    Here's another look at the giant trophy:

    At one point during his show, he even brought out the real thing:

    Let's face it. Drake is living out every superfan's dream.

    He sat courtside during the NBA playoffs, he was on a parade float with NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and now he has a giant Larry O'Brien trophy. 

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    Lakers free agency rumors: L.A. planning workouts for Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah

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    The Lakers are looking to add some depth to fill the void left by DeMarcus Cousins, who tore his ACL.

    According to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the team is planning to hold individual workouts to evaluate centers Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles.

    Marcin Gortat is also being considered, though he is playing overseas.

    The report noted the Lakers want to evaluate the "physical condition and mindset" of this group of players before making a decision.

    Howard was dealt from the Wizards to the Grizzlies in early July. Memphis is expected to waive Howard, which would make him a free agent, and the team has reportedly already given the Lakers permission to speak with him.

    After a strong start to 夜网论坛his career, Howard has fizzled in recent seasons due to injuries as well as rumored feuds with his teammates. He previously played for the Lakers in 2012-13 and said last month he was open to returning to Los Angeles.

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    Rockets star James Harden: 'I want to be one of those basketball players that you won't forget'

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    James Harden is looking forward to once again sharing the floor with Russell Westbrook. 

    The Rockets retooled their roster this summer when they sent Chris Paul, along with multiple draft picks, to the Thunder in exchange for Westbrook, an eight-time All-Star. 

    The deal reunited Westbrook and Harden, who previously played together in Oklahoma City from 2009-12. 

    "(There will be) a lot of ups and downs," Harden told Bleacher Report in a recent interview about playing with Westbrook. "But I'm more excited to go into war, postseason, with somebody that is, like, a dog. Somebody that's a killer, for real."

    Harden has been one of the best players in the NBA since he joined the Rockets. He has averaged 29 or more points per game in each of the last four seasons and was named the 2017-18 MVP. 

    But, Harden has yet to win a championship. He's hoping to change that. 

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    NBA free agency rumors: Rockets signing Thabo Sefolosha to 1-year deal

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    Houston made a trade that assembled arguably the best backcourt in basketball when it acquired Russell Westbrook this offseason, and now its improving wing depth.

    The Rockets are signing forward Thabo Sefolosha to a one-year deal for the league minimum, according夜网论坛 to ESPN.

    The 13-year veteran was among the players who attended Houston's voluntary minicamp in Las Vegas this week and could fill an important role in 2019-20.

    The Rockets have been known to utilize several quality 3-and-D wings over the years but seem to be lacking in that department this season. They parted with Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute following the 2017-18 season and contract negotiations didn't work out with Iman Shumpert this summer.

    Sefolosha, 35, has a reputation for being a reliable defender. He made the NBA's All-Defensive second team in 2010.

    He has career averages of 5.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and shot 43.6 percent from beyond the arc while playing for the Jazz last year.

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    Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn't want to discuss free agency: 'It's disrespectful towards my teammates'

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    Don't expect Giannis Antetokounmpo to talk much about his looming free agency.

    The Bucks' star forward and 2019 NBA MVP is under contract through the 2020-21 season, and his future plans have already sparked speculation around the NBA.

    "I'm not gonna talk about it a lot this season, and I'm not going to try to address it," Antetokounmpo told reporters Monday. 

    Antetokounmpo is eligible to sign a five-year, $253.75 million supermax extension next offseason, according to ESPN. It would be the biggest in NBA history, but the "Greek Freak" would instead like to focus on the upcoming season.

    Milwaukee made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals where it lost in six games to the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors.

    "I feel like if you have a great team, and our goal is to win a championship and be the last team standing and get better e夜网论坛ach day, I think it's disrespectful towards my teammates talking about my free agency and what I'm going through," Antetokounmpo[......]

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    Willie Cauley-Stein injury update: Warriors center (foot) will miss camp, most of October

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    Willie Cauley-Stein will miss some time at the start of the 2019-20 season.

    Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers announced Monday at the team's media day that the big man suffered a foot strain last week playing pickup and will need some time off for rehab. 

    "He's going to miss camp, we'll probably look at him again and give you an update at the end of October, about 30 days from now," Myers said.

    Cauley-Stein signed a two-year deal with Golden State this offseason after spendin夜网论坛g his first four NBA seasons with the Kings.

    He was expected to start for the Warriors on opening night, but now Kevon Looney is expected to fill the void down low.

    "Yeah, Looney probably starts," coach Steve Kerr said. "I've got bigger plans for Looney anyway."

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    Russell Westbrook injury update: Rockets guard will be OK after hurting hand again

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    Russell Westbrook keeps having issues with his hands.

    The 2016-17 NBA MVP left the Rockets' preseason game against the Heat Friday night after hurting his hand driving to the basket.

    Houston announced soon after he would not return with what it called a sore right hand. Coach Mike D'Antoni said it was a dislocated finger. He also noted Westbrook said he would be all right.

    "With Russ it was just his fingers got dislocated," D'Antoni said. "Pop them back into place and then go play, he'll be alright."

    This comes two days after Westbrook suffered a couple of dislocated fingers in Wednesday's game. He had his pinky bandaged heavily Friday.

    Westbrook also had surgery during the offseason on his left hand. Fortunately for him this is not a recurrence of that problem.

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    Rockets' Russell Westbrook after passing Magic Johnson: I never take history for granted

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    Russell Westbrook was thrilled to pass Magic Johnson on the NBA's all-time triple-doubles list but insisted he does not take a place in history for granted.

    The Rockets star posted 28 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a 126-123 victory over the Pelicans on Saturday.

    The 2017 MVP's latest show-stopping efforts took him to outright second on the triple-doubles list on 139, now trailing only Oscar Robertson (181).

    "It's a blessing. I give nothing but thanks to the man above for allowing me to be able to go out and play and compete," Westbrook said. "It's something I never, ever take for granted.

    "I know, nowadays, getting triple-doubles seems like normal, but I take pride.

    "It takes a lot of energy, a lot of sacrifice, a lot of things I do off the floor to put myself out there to compete every single night and play at a high level.

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