This is really happening.
The Sacramento Kings have traded three-time NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans. In return, the Kings receive rookie guard Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and a 2017 first-round pick and second-rounder (via Philadelphia), according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Uh, so free agency is RIDICULOUS.
Free agent DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo. The deal is for one year and $5.3 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
DeMarre Carroll hasn’t held his tongue since the Raptors traded him in a salary dump to the Brooklyn Nets on July 9. And in his July 19 introductory presser with local Nets media — after already addressing his role in Toronto’s offense — Carroll acknowledged again that he wasn’t the best fit for the Raptors’ isolation-heavy system that ran primarily through DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and, later, Serge Ibaka.
Schröder fuels Atlanta’s comeback with another big performance.
Dennis Schröder came into this season as a bit of a question mark but he is quickly establishing himself as a go-to player for the Atlanta Hawks.
After a somewhat up and down start to the season, Schröder has put together one of the best months of his career in December. That was on display Friday night when he scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to help Atlanta steal a road win in Denver.
The Atlanta Hawks didn’t just lose to the Brooklyn Nets 116-104 on Sunday. They also might have lost the services of Dennis Schroder for maybe a few games.
Schroder injured his left foot late in the Nets game while driving baseline to the basket. The 24-year-old guard stepped on the foot of Brooklyn’s Caris Levert before sprawling to the floor and grimacing in pain.
It’s no secret that the Atlanta Hawks have entrusted the starting point guard position to the 23-year old Dennis Schröder. Over the past couple of seasons observers could clearly see Schröder pushing the previous incumbent Jeff Teague for crunch time minutes. Last season especially, Mike Budenholzer would often stick with, or go back to Schröder during the closing stretch of games on those occasions when young German guard could find that often elusive balance between a healthy aggressiveness and just enough to control to let him play at his highest level.
The Nuggets were victorious in their first home game since February 15.
The Nuggets didn’t show up for their first game back from the All-Star break last night, and before the game, some raised concern that Nikola Jokic hasn’t played like himself lately suggesting that perhaps the pressure of being the focal point of the team is getting to him.
Let’s get weird
According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, the Denver Nuggets have signed Josh Childress to a non-guaranteed, one-year deal.
Childress has had an interesting professional basketball career. He was a standout player at Stanford and the 6th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft. His NBA career began fairly promising with the Atlanta Hawks where he averaged double-figure points and over five rebounds per game as the 6th man. In 2008, he left the NBA and signed a very lucrative contract to play for Olympiacos in Greece. His $20 million annual contract with Olympiacos was equivalent to a $38 million contract in the NBA thanks to tax breaks he received for playing in Greece.
The Nuggets find themselves in a tight race to the finish for the eighth playoff seed. This one may come right down to the...
Failed coach Derek Fisher wants you to know he can still dribble and knock down pull-up jumpers. But will any teams bite on a soon-to-be 42-year-old point guard after his two-year hiatus?
The Utah Jazz have interest in acquiring their former star point guard, Deron Williams, in a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon and Marc Stein. No trade is considered imminent.
Williams also cannot be traded without his approval because he’s playing under a one-year contract.
Derrick Rose was found not liable on all charges in a civil suit brought against him by Jane Doe accusing him of rape, a jury ruled on Wednesday in a California court.
The decision was reached by an eight-person jury of six women and two men, who deliberated for about three hours Wednesday before telling U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald that it had reached a decision.
Knicks point guard Derrick Rose went missing from the team Monday without permission but later reached team officials, telling them he had a family situation and had returned to his hometown of Chicago, sources told ESPN.
He was back at the team facility Tuesday.
Rose missed Monday night's loss to the Pelicans, and the Knicks had grown concerned enough earlier to check on him at his apartment, sources said.
Rose signed at the vet’s minimum in Cleveland for a chance to win. Now, he has a shot to show what’s left in the tank.
Midway through last season, Derrick Rose was looking to get paid. He was going to enter the first unrestricted free agency of his career hoping for a $150 million max contract, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, comparable to the deal Mike Conley signed with the Grizzlies two summers ago.
Rose and the Bulls had a great run together, but both parties needed to move on.
On Friday, Derrick Rose will play at the United Center as a visitor for the first time after spending the first eight years of his career in his native Chicago. It should be an emotional night, both for the player and the fans.
SAN FRANCISCO—Despite forward Kawhi Leonard being uncertain with a sprained left ankle and two disheartening NBA playoff losses at Golden State, the San Antonio Spurs vowed Thursday to fight back aggressively.
“You’ve got to be the aggressor. You’ve got to be sharp for 48 minutes and you’ve got to take it to them,” Spurs centre Pau Gasol said. “You’ve got to be the most physical team, the team that wants it the most and play with that edge and that feeling the entire game.”
The Detroit Pistons are coming off a disappointing season - one that raised significant questions about whether Andre Drummond is the type of player they envisioned when they gave him a massive contract.
Drummond admits 2016-17 wasn't good enough.
"It was like a roller coaster ride for me," Drummond said. "Just an inconsistent year for us as an organization."
Booker could be an All-Star sooner than later, meaning Phoenix retains a star it can build around for the future.
Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns have agreed to terms on a five-year max contract extension worth $158 million, according to Yahoo!’s Shams Charania. The deal keeps one of the NBA’s brightest young stars on a Suns team attempting to claw its way from the bottom of the Western Conference.
Maybe you should have a seat, stop talking for awhile Jae.
Well friends, there’s still plenty of reason to watch Phoenix Suns basketball.
The Suns keep trying to rebuild, but their best hope for escaping the darkness lies in the player they drafted after trying to win.
The Phoenix Suns have tanked out twice within the past five years. In return they have a 20-year-old kid who looks like a potential superstar. This is how it is supposed to work, right?
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