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Mon Jul 2515:15Durant, Thompson lead Team USA rout of ChinaKevin DurantSFThunderDoppelganger
Klay ThompsonFree Agent
Two Golden State Warriors teammates, newcomer Kevin Durant and longtime mainstay Klay Thompson, led Team USA to a 106-57 rout of China in an exhibition game Sunday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.Durant led the U.S. squad with 19 points in 18 minutes, while Thompson scored 17 in 19 minutes. Each hit four 3-pointers.Team USA also received double-figure scoring from the Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (13 points), the Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan (12 points), the Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins (12 points) and the Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (10 points).The New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony scored five points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Jordan blocked three shots.Yi Jianlian, formerly of the Milwaukee Bucks, led China with 18 points and seven rebounds. Zhao Jiwei, who had 14 points, was the only other Chinese player to hit double figures.The Americans were coming off a 111-74 blowout of Argentina on Friday in Las Vegas. Next up on their pre-Olympic tour is another game against China on Tuesday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., where Durant will play before his new home fans for the first time since signing with the Warriors as a free agent.Team USA will play Venezuela in Chicago on Friday and Nigeria in Houston on Aug. 1 in their final games before heading to Brazil for the Olympics.
Fri Jul 2218:47NBA notebook: Green reaches plea agreementChris AndersenCNuggetsThe Sith Lords
Draymond GreenFree Agent
James HardenSGThunderThe Schellackers
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reached a plea agreement to avoid jail time in the case in which he was charged for slapping a Michigan State football player.Officials in East Lansing, Mich., announced the agreement on Friday. Green will be fined $500 and pay $60 in restitution to Jermaine Edmondson, who police said was slapped by Green on July 10.Green didn't have to amid guilt or enter a no-contest plea, according to assistant city prosecutor David Meyers.Green, a former Michigan State basketball star, originally was facing a misdemeanor assault charge. It was reduced to a noise violation, which is an infraction.Edmondson is no longer part of Michigan State's football program. School officials previously said his departure was not related to the incident with Green.--The son of basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone accused Houston Rockets star James Harden of ordering him to be beaten and robbed last month.Moses Malone Jr., 36, told Houston's ABC-13 News that's Harden's ... [More]
Fri Jul 2215:24C Andersen signs with Cavs, reunites with LeBronChris AndersenCNuggetsThe Sith Lords
The Cleveland Cavaliers officially signed Chris "Birdman" Andersen on Friday, reuniting the center with LeBron James.The contract is a reported one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Andersen split time between the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat last season, appearing in 27 games (15 starts) with averages of 3.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.9 minutes.The 38-year-old Andersen has played 14 NBA seasons in a career stalled by a two-year ban for violations of the NBA's substance-abuse policy. He has had stops in Denver (twice), New Orleans, Miami and Memphis.In his career, Andersen holds averages of 5.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 17.8 minutes over 683 games (45 starts). He has a career field-goal percentage of .533, having hit at least .500 from the field in each of the last eight seasons.Andersen won an NBA championship with Miami in 2013 while a teammate with James, and set an NBA playoff record by shooting .807 (46-for-57) from the field over 20 games during the Heat's title run. Overall, he has appeared in 73 career postseason games (two starts), averaging 5.3 points on .631 shooting from the field, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 17.1 minutes.
Fri Jul 2200:10Harden accused of ties to robbery outside strip clubJames HardenSGThunderThe Schellackers
The son of basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone accused Houston Rockets star James Harden of ordering him to be beaten and robbed last month.Moses Malone Jr., 36, told Houston's ABC-13 News that's Harden's "people" attacked him because he posted a Facebook comment critical of the price of Harden's basketball camp.Four men were charged Wednesday with the aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with an attack on Malone on June 25, according to Houston's KPRC-2 TV. The incident occurred outside Houston strip club V Live Vintage Steakhouse at 2:30 a.m., and court documents show Malone was robbed of approximately $50,000 worth of jewelry.Malone told police that about 15 men surrounded him outside, and one, Darian Blount, mentioned the Facebook post regarding Harden, a noted customer of the club. According to Malone, Blount said that Malone disrespected Harden and would be punished for it, KPRC-2 TV reported.Malone said he was beaten and robbed of his jewelry, cellphone, credi... [More]
Thu Jul 2118:56NBA notebook: League takes All-Star Game out of CharlotteAaron BrooksPGRocketsTeam Erik
Mike MillerSGWizardsThe Sith Lords
The NBA announced it will pull the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, with the hope of returning the marquee midseason event to the city two years later.The league's move is in response to its objection to North Carolina House Bill 2, a law that mandates people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates. Commissioner Adam Silver had threatened to move the All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte unless the law aimed at the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was changed.While the league said that it would reveal the new host city for the 2017 All-Star Game in the coming weeks, The Vertical reported that the NBA has its eyes on the New Orleans' Smoothie King Center. New Orleans played host to the All-Star Game in both 2008 and 2014.Chicago, New York and Brooklyn are also in the running to host the event, ESPN reported on Thursday.--The Indiana Pacers on Thursday signed veteran free agent point guard Aaron Brooks to a contract. Per te... [More]
Thu Jul 2114:36Nuggets re-sign Mike MillerMike MillerSGWizardsThe Sith Lords
The Denver Nuggets on Thursday re-signed forward Mike Miller to a multiyear contract.Miller, a 16-year NBA veteran, appeared in 47 games for Denver during the 2015-16 season and averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.Miller has played in 1,012 career games and posted averages of 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.3 minutes per game for Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota, Washington, Miami, Cleveland and Denver."We're thrilled that Mike will be back with us going forward. He exemplifies what it means to be an ultimate teammate and professional, and his resume certainly speaks for itself," said general manager Tim Connelly. "Last season Mike made a major impact on our young core and we look forward to continuing to have his veteran leadership both on the court and in our locker room."
Thu Jul 2114:36Pacers sign PG BrooksAaron BrooksPGRocketsTeam Erik
The Indiana Pacers on Thursday signed veteran free agent point guard Aaron Brooks to a contract. Per team policy, no terms are released.The 6-foot, 161-pound Brooks is an eight-year NBA veteran who has played with Houston, Phoenix, Sacramento, Denver and Chicago. He was a first-round pick (26th overall) of the Rockets in 2007 after playing collegiately at Oregon.His best season was in 2009-10 when he averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 assists per game for Houston. In 2010, he was the NBA's Most Improved Player.Over his NBA career, he has averaged 10.7 points and 3.2 assists."Aaron is a proven point guard in the NBA," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "He can create and shoot the 3. He's another scorer for our second unit who plays at a high level at both ends of the court."
Mon Jul 1816:10LeBron tells Cavs he will returnLeBron JamesSFCavaliersBack in the Saddle
LeBron James, who has made it clear he does not intend to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers despite opting out of his contract, informed the NBA champions he will re-sign sometime this summer.James still has no timetable for negotiating or signing a deal, sources told ESPN on Monday.James, fresh off guiding the Cavaliers to their first NBA title, turned down a $24 million salary for the 2016-17 season at the June 29 deadline for his decision.James, who is currently traveling and spending time with his family, will eventually meet with agent Rich Paul and go over his contract options, according to ESPN.James can sign for up to $27.5 million for next season on a one-year contract or sign a multiyear deal that could make him the league's highest-paid player at $30.8 million for 2016-17.James is a three-time NBA champion, a three-time Finals MVP, a four-time regular-season MVP and a 12-time All-Star.James is one of several members of the Cavs from last season's championship team who remain uns... [More]
Fri Jul 1519:21NBA roundup: Pistons officially sign DrummondDeAndre BembryFree Agent
Kris HumphriesPFNJ NetsBuchanalia
The Detroit Pistons rewarded Andre Drummond for his All-Star season by signing the center to a multi-year contract on Friday.While the team did not divulge the terms of the deal, ESPN reported earlier this month that contract is for five years and $130 million.Drummond averaged career highs in points (16.2) and rebounds (14.8), with the latter total leading the league last season. The 22-year-old also logged a personal-best 32.9 minutes per game in 2015-16.Named to the All-NBA Third Team last season, Drummond was the third Piston to lead the NBA in rebounds. Dennis Rodman and Ben Wallace were the others.-- The Atlanta Hawks re-signed forward Kris Humphries and inked guards Jarrett Jack and Malcolm Delaney to contracts. Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the club.Humphries, 31, averaged 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 21 games with the Hawks last season. Jack averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 assists in 32 games for Brooklyn last season.Delaney averaged 14.6 points and 4.9 assists last ... [More]
Fri Jul 1518:11Hawks re-sign F Humphries, Gs Jack, DelaneyKris HumphriesPFNJ NetsBuchanalia
Jarrett JackPGRaptorsTeam Lorin
The Atlanta Hawks re-signed forward Kris Humphries and inked guards Jarrett Jack and Malcolm Delaney to contracts on Friday.Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the club.Humphries, 31, averaged 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 21 games with the Hawks last season. The 12-year veteran recorded 6.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 53 contests with Washington, Phoenix and Atlanta in 2015-16."We're thrilled to be able to bring Kris back to Atlanta," Hawks president of basketball operations and coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He quickly fit in with our team last season and played an important role on the court and in the locker room." A former Georgia Tech standout, Jack averaged 11.1 points and 4.5 assists in 803 contests over his 11-year career. The 32-year-old ratcheted it up a notch last season with Brooklyn, recording 12.8 points and 7.4 assists in 32 games."Jarrett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our backcourt," Budenholzer said. "His leadership and versatility will be important to our team." Delaney averaged 14.6 points and 4.9 assists last season for the Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban.
Fri Jul 1500:38Varejao to remain with WarriorsAnderson VarejaoPFCavaliersTeam Lorin
Anderson Varejao is returning to the Golden State Warriors next season.Varejao's representatives tweeted confirmation on Thursday afternoon."@VAREJAOANDERSON Renews with the @warriors 2016/2017 season of @NBA @NBABrasil."The Warriors and Varejao agreeed to a one-year deal, ESPN.com reported. The 33-year-old Brazilian forward/center came to the Warriors in March after spending the first 11 years of his NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.Between the Cavs and Warriors last season, Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 53 games. In the postseason, he played in 17 games with averages of 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds.The 6-foot-11 Varejao's career averages are 7.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in 613 games. He was the 30th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Fri Jul 1500:35Ginobili to receive one-year deal from SpursManu GinobiliSGSpursTeam Lorin
Manu Ginobili reportedly re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, getting a one-year deal from the only team he has played for.According to the Vertical on Yahoo Sports, Ginobili is returning to San Antonio on a contract that will pay him $14 million after the 38-year-old opted out of his $2.9 million contract to enter free agent.Last week, Ginobili announced via Twitter that he was returning to the Spurs for a 15th season when he tweeted: ''Happy to tell you guys that I'll be coming back to the Spurs for another season."Ginobili has averaged 14 points and has won four championships with San Antonio, which selected him 57th overall in the 1999 draft. Ginobili also is a two-time All-Star and won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 2008.Last season, he averaged 9.6 points and 3.1 assists while playing 58 games as the Spurs posted a team-record 67 regular-season victories.Ginobili's re-signing occurred three days after forward Tim Duncan announced his retirement following a 19-year career. It also came on the same day that San Antonio officially announced the signing of 36-year-old forward Pau Gasol.
Thu Jul 1416:02Nets agree to deals with former top pick Bennett, FoyeAnthony BennettFree Agent
Randy FoyePGWizardsBack in the Saddle
The Brooklyn Nets believe that former top overall pick Anthony Bennett and veteran guard Randy Foye have more in the tank.Bennett reached an agreement on a two-year contract with the club that will be worth the veteran's minimum and Foye accepted a one-year deal, according to multiple reports on Thursday.Brooklyn also signed guard/forward Caris LeVert to a multi-year contract.Bennett was selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 draft but struggled mightily in three seasons with Cleveland, Minnesota and Toronto. The 23-year-old Canadian averaged just 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds during those stints.A 6-foot-8 power forward, Bennett was traded along with Andrew Wiggins from Cleveland for Kevin Love in 2014 following a disastrous rookie season.Foye played in 81 games last season with Denver and Oklahoma City. The 32-year-old averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 assists in 54 contests with the Nuggets and 5.6 points in 27 tilts with the Thunder.LeVert averaged 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 103 career games with Michigan.
Thu Jul 1414:43Raptors sign G DeRozan to multiyear dealDeMar DeRozanSGRaptorsThe Schellackers
The Toronto Raptors on Thursday re-signed free-agent guard DeMar DeRozan to a multiyear contract.Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed."Our top priority in the offseason was to make sure DeMar remained a Raptor," said Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri. "He has been a foundation for our franchise, a leader who exemplifies the culture we are developing and a key contributor in our success."We are delighted that after seven seasons DeMar wanted to remain in Toronto to help us continue to build a championship program."DeRozan played a major role in last season's franchise-record 56 regular-season wins and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. DeRozan, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, averaged a career and team-best 23.5 points with 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists.He was selected to the All-Star team for the second time in his career.
Thu Jul 1413:37Spurs sign GasolPau GasolPFLakersThe Sith Lords
Pau Gasol officially is a member of the San Antonio Spurs.The Spurs signed the 36-year-old forward-center on Thursday as well as rookie Dejounte Murray.Gasol is a 15-year veteran who played for the Chicago Bulls last season. The 7-footer was the only player in the league to average 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists per game.Gasol's two-year deal reportedly is worth $30 million.Murray was the 29th pick in the draft out of the University of Washington. The 6-foot-5, 170-pound guard averaged 16.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.82 steals while starting all 34 games as a freshman last season.
Thu Jul 1412:48Spurs' Duncan bids heartfelt farewell in letterTim DuncanCSpursThe Sith Lords
Understated Tim Duncan has said virtually nothing publicly since his retirement after 19 NBA season was announced in a simple press release issued by the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.But on Wednesday, Duncan offered his first public words on the subject in an open letter that appeared on the Spurs' website."If asked to write a script for my career 19 years ago, there is no way I would've been able to dream up this journey," Duncan wrote. "I stand here at the end of this ride and look back in awe of what I've experienced.Duncan combined with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to win 1,001 games, more than any other player-coach combination in history, and made the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons.But the success takes a back seat to the people he met along the way."The wins and losses will be remembered, but what I'll remember most are the people," Duncan added. "The fans inside the arena and out, the staff and coaches who pushed me and held me together, the teammates (and even opponents)... [More]
Thu Jul 1412:39Durant feels disconnect with WestbrookKevin DurantSFThunderDoppelganger
Russell WestbrookPGThunderThe Sith Lords
Kevin Durant said he never felt more comfortable than when he met four Warriors' players and coach Steve Kerr during a meeting in the Hamptons earlier this month.Suffice to say the new Golden State forward doesn't get the same warm and fuzzy vibes when he speaks to now former Oklahoma State Thunder teammates, including All-Star Russell Westbrook."I just told him. I let him know how I felt," Durant said in an interview with Sina Sports in China. "Obviously, our relationship won't ever be the same again. But it's something I wanted to do, and I expressed that to him. Hopefully he respected it."Two-time MVP Steph Curry, part of the player brigade that visited Durant on July 1 in New York, said he disagreed with commissioner Adam Silver that the super team arrangement isn't good for the league. "We just keep it tight in our locker room. There's going to be a lot of noise and distractions," Curry said. The closeness Durant witnessed between Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond ... [More]
Thu Jul 1400:08NBA notebook: Michigan State player claims Green slapped himJerryd BaylessPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Draymond GreenFree Agent
Damian JonesFree Agent
James Michael McAdooFree Agent
Michigan State football player Jermaine Edmondson claimed in the police report that Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green used an open-hand slap to his face during a confrontation at an East Lansing (Mich.) restaurant.The exchange led to Green being arrested on assault charges at Conrad's Grill. The 26-year-old, whose blood alcohol content was .10, is scheduled for arraignment on July 20, according to a court document.The maximum penalty Green could face if found guilty of the assault charge is a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.Edmondson, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Sunday, told police that he crossed paths with Green two nights earlier at another establishment.Green, a member of Team USA for the Rio Olympics this summer, played four seasons for Michigan State under coach Tom Izzo. Green is scheduled to attend Team USA's camp in Las Vegas July 18-21.--The Warriors re-signed free agent forward James Michael McAdoo and signed center Damian Jones to a rookie contract.McAdo... [More]
Wed Jul 1314:2976ers sign Gs Bayless, RodriguezJerryd BaylessPGTrailblazersFree Agent
The Philadelphia 76ers signed free agent guards Jerryd Bayless and Sergio Rodriguez to contracts Wednesday.Terms were not disclosed, but Bayless reportedly agreed on a three-year, $27 million deal. Rodriguez, a Euroleague star, reportedly agreed to one-year contract worth $8 million.The 27-year-old Bayless was a backup for the Milwaukee Bucks for the last two seasons. He averaged 10.4 points and 3.1 assists in the 2015-16 season, shooting 44 percent from 3-point range. An eight-year NBA veteran, Bayless has appeared in 510 games (81 starts) for Milwaukee, Boston, Memphis, Toronto, New Orleans and Portland. He holds career averages of 8.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 21.2 minutes per game.Bayless played one season at the University of Arizona before being selected by Indiana with the 11th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft."We are very excited to add a proven veteran and skilled combination guard like Jerryd Bayless to the Sixers' family," 76ers president of basketball operat... [More]
Tue Jul 1219:25NBA notebook: Odom removed from flight after drinkingTroy DanielsFree Agent
Kris HumphriesPFNJ NetsBuchanalia
Lamar Odom is having more problems.On Monday, Odom was removed from a Delta Airlines flight after throwing up on the plane. Odom had been seen knocking back beers and whiskey prior to boarding the flight from Los Angeles to New York City.According to people on the flight, Odom bolted out of his first-class seat and threw up in the plane's galley. He made his way to the bathroom where he continued his purge, with the door open. He tried to return to his seat with vomit on his sweatpants.A flight attendant intervened and Odom was escorted off the plane. A cleaning crew came aboard to scrub away Odom's mess. But about 10 minutes later, Odom reappeared and steadied himself on his way back to the bathroom using passengers' heads for balance. Odom was again removed from the plane and this time, the flight took off minus Odom.Odom nearly died of a drug overdose when he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel in October.--The Detroit Pistons announced they have signed free agent center Boba... [More]
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