Despite being eligible, Anderson Varejao won’t accept a title ring from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Varejao, a longtime Cavs fan favorite who was traded to the Trail Blazers mid-season in a salary dump, played with Cleveland long enough to receive a ring if offered.
Andre Drummond made a big leap in the 2015-16 season. He helped the Pistons reach the playoffs for the first time in seven years and averaged 16 points, a league-leading 15 rebounds, and over a block per game. Those numbers got him the first of what will surely be multiple All-Star appearances.
Iguodala played hard to get, but he’s back like we all thought he would be.
Andre Iguodala will end back up with the Golden State Warriors after all. After several weeks where Iguodala drops not-so-subtle hints that he might leave the team, Iguodala has agreed to a three-year deal worth $48 million, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Lakers add another rim protector in Bogut after his recovery from a broken tibia.
Veteran center Andrew Bogut has signed a one-year deal at the veterans minimum with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. He joins Brook Lopez, Ivica Zubac and rookie Thomas Bryant to form a deep cast of Lakers big men.
MAKE Andrew Bogut grumpy and he will crush you. The Aussie NBA star has just torn Rio and Australian team bosses a new one on Twitter over Olympic village lodgings.
Perimeter shooting wasn’t Wiggins’ strength at lower levels, but it’s become one for him in the NBA.
With a 63-33 third-quarter lead against the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 18, Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins ran up the court, received a pass from point guard Ricky Rubio, and drained a three-point shot. He finished the game with 35 points.
We knew Wiggins could score, but that three-point shot is becoming a more common way by which he does it. Even though the T-Wolves are 4-7, Wiggins has been shouldering most of the scoring load with ease, thanks in large part to expanding his game.
Minnesota is moving to lock up Wiggins long-term.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Andrew Wiggins are expected to finalize a five-year, $148 million extension by Saturday, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has told Minnesota-based ABC5’s Darren Wolfson. The extension would begin next season in 2018, since Wiggins has one year remaining on his rookie deal.
It’s possible that Taylor is being overly optimistic, but this report appears to be as sound as they come. The Timberwolves begin training camp on Saturday, meaning both sides have incentives to finalize an extension by then.
Waiters injured Rudy Gobert on what the Utah big man called a “dirty” play Friday
If Dion Waiters isn’t dirty, then the only players with worse luck than him the past two games are the guys on the receiving end of his fouls.
A game after sidelining Utah’s Rudy Gobert on what Gobert said was a “dirty play,” Waiters found himself on the giving end of a questionable foul on another big man -- Detroit’s Andre Drummond.
The 2016-17 season was a milestone one for Giannis Antetokounmpo. In February he played in his first All-Star Game, in May he was named to the All-NBA second-team, and in June he earned the league's Most Improved Player trophy. While racking up honor after honor, the Milwaukee Bucks forward was being paid by Nike to wear the company's sneakers. His take on that deal? A mere $25,000.
The Pelicans hope Davis can return for their regular season opener.
Now someone please find him some teammates.
Anthony Davis was the Next Big Thing in the NBA entering last season. Then, his entire team got hurt, he couldn't somehow lift a bunch of replacement-level players to stardom, and we all kind of forgot about him.
A trade isn’t imminent, but if the Pelicans can’t win, they’ll want to trade Davis before losing him for nothing.
The Cavaliers and Celtics will likely soon finalize a blockbuster trade that sends Kyrie Irving to Boston. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, landing Irving could be the the precursor to hooking a bigger fish in the future: Anthony Davis.
While Davis was going HAM, the interwebs were contemplating the disappearance of Derrick Rose.
In a game I’m sure you all watched instead of the absolutely bananas college football national championship between Clemson and Alabama, the New Orleans Pelicans finally got into the win column for the 2017 calendar year thanks to another superstar effort from Anthony Davis and a barrage of three point bombs from the rest of the cast.
RIO DE JANEIRO — The Summer of Carmelo came to a fitting end Sunday night, with tears.
For all the justifiable and understandable page views and sports talk hours Kevin Durant's free-agency decision produced the past seven weeks, this was Carmelo Anthony's offseason, in so many different and meaningful ways.
LAS VEGAS — LeBron James isn't here. Chris Paul isn't here. Ditto for Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook, not to mention James Harden, Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond and Steph Curry. Fact is, you could craft a gold medal-worthy roster out of the NBA stars who tapped out from participating with USA Basketball this summer for what, eventually, will be the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Boston didn’t have the prettiest game, but found a way to get their 10th straight win.
It was a big night in the NBA, as Boston hosted the Lakers for the first ever Lonzo Wednesday. The Celtics was in a tough spot missing Al Horford. While nobody can replace his versatility, Aron Baynes played great starting in his stead. He was a monster on the offensive boards and held his own against Brook Lopez. Baynes posted a career high 21 points, aided by some nice feeds from Kyrie Irving. Leading scorer Aron Baynes isn’t what anyone expected, but you have to be ready for anything in 2017.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE Ateneo Blue Eagles are now one win away from a rare sweep of the elimination round in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) after winning their 13th straight game in Season 80 with a 96-82 victory over a gutsy University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons in a key game yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
SEEMINGLY peaking of late, the Ateneo Blue Eagles try to continue to put further wind on their assault for number two as they battle defending champions and currently second-running Far Eastern University Tamaraws today in midweek action in Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).
Winners of their last three games, the Eagles (7-4) go for four wins in a row in their 2 p.m. tiff against the Tamaraws (8-3) and challenge the latter for the number spot and the twice-to-beat advantage that goes with it in the Final Four.
THE league-leading Ateneo Blue Eagles stayed in top form yesterday, adding to the misery of still-winless University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 83-65, to race to their fourth straight win in as many games in University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 80.
The lone unbeaten so far early in the new UAAP season entering the contest, the Katipunan-based Eagles made sure that such standing would hold with a convincing win over the Warriors, which dropped to 0-4 for the season following their latest defeat.
Avery Bradley hit an incredible game winning three as the Celtics are back in the series.
CLEVELAND – Marcus Smart wanted one last game in the Garden. Avery Bradley wanted one last chance at home.
As the ball bounced over the rim, with the clock ticking down to zero, Avery Bradley begged it to fall. The Basketball Gods relented, gifting Boston its first win in the series.
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