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  • Durant-Westbrook set to become most bitter rivalry in NBA

    With Kevin Durant’s departure to the rival Golden State Warriors and Russell Westbrook’s decision to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which he emphasized loyalty, upcoming matchups between the two are likely to become the most bitter personal battles the NBA has seen since the days of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

  • Dwight Howard heads to Hornets after one season with hometown Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks have traded center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets.

    Charlotte is sending Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick in Thursday's NBA draft to Atlanta for Howard and the 31st pick.

    The trade was made official Tuesday night.

  • Dwight Howard says his back is no longer a problem

    Dwight Howard has never quite been the same player since his back surgery in 2012. As a snapshot, look at his PER the three years before in Orlando were 24, 26.1, and 24.2; the four years since it has been 19.3, 21.4, 19.2, and 18.9. Those are still strong numbers, but not the dominant numbers we had seen in Orlando. He hasn’t looked like a No. 1 offensive option anymore, and he’s also battled knee and other issues that had him missing 52 games the past two seasons in Houston.

  • Dwyane Wade to the Cavaliers? LeBron James' camp 'fairly confident' it'll happen this year

    Wade’s best shot at landing in Cleveland is negotiating a buyout, which will likely cost him some of his $23.8 million salary.

    There’s a good chance that Dwyane Wade will join the Cleveland Cavaliers and reunite with LeBron James in pursuit of another NBA championship at some point this season, Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon said on a podcast with colleague Chris Fedor.

  • Dwyane Wade will sign 1-year, $2.3 million deal with Cavaliers, per report

    Wade will team up with his good friend LeBron James.

    Dwyane Wade has reached an agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will sign a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the team Wednesday, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Wade had agreed to a buyout with the Chicago Bulls Sunday and was officially put on waivers by the team Monday.

  • Dwyane Wade, Bulls agree on contract buyout, according to report

    Wade is a free agent now. Where will he go?

    Dwyane Wade is a free agent again. He’s agreed to a buyout of the remaining year on his contract with the Chicago Bulls, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

    That frees Wade to join a contender, which was long expected once the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler and committed to a rebuilding effort. A reunion with LeBron James and the Cavaliers is possible, but the Spurs are in the mix, as is a reunion with the Miami Heat, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

  • Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to reach buyout agreement ‘at some point in the next few months’

    Wade would then become a free agent as Chicago looks to rebuild.

    Dwyane Wade’s homecoming may be cut short.

    Wade and the Chicago Bulls are expected to reach a buyout agreement in the coming months, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell, who writes that the 35-year-old guard “isn't long for the organization's future.”

  • Dwyane Wade’s tragedy explains why athletes speak out no matter the consequences

    On Thursday, Dwyane Wade appeared during an ESPN town hall about gun violence and athletes’ roles in helping to solve the issue. The town hall was held in Chicago, the American metropolis most heavily stricken by gun violence, Wade’s hometown and the town to which Wade has returned as a Bull.

  • E-Painters, Beermen go for second win

    WINNERS in their PBA Philippine Cup debuts, the Rain or Shine Elastopainters and San Miguel Beermen try to build on their good start and go for their second win against separate opponents in league action today at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

    The Elastopainters tussle with the Mahindra Floodbuster in the curtain-raiser at 4:15 p.m. while the Beermen engage the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters in the night cap at 7 p.m.

    Rain or Shine, coached anew by Caloy Garcia, began their campaign in the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association tournament on the right foot, fashioning out a 101-87 win over TNT KaTropa on opening week.

  • Early Lead One NBA team is already preparing for an ugly Stephen Curry-Kevin Durant divorce

    Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have played exactly zero minutes together as Golden State Warriors teammates, so we have no real idea how the two will work together.

  • Early Returns from Bulls camp: Everybody Loves Rajon

    The Bulls are praising Rajon Rondo early in camp, but beware

    The Bulls’ signing of Rajon Rondo was met with plenty of negativity this summer, so it’s not all that surprising that the first day of training camp brought a lot of love for the mercurial point guard.

  • Elfrid Payton’s career night leads hot-shooting Magic past the Hawks

    Career highs in points and assists from Payton led the Magic’s monster offensive performance on the road.

    It’s unclear when the Magic’s defense is going to return to the standard they established in recent weeks, but for now they’re relying on their offense to carry them, and it’s never looked better. Thanks to Elfrid Payton’s outstanding performance off the bench, scoring 26 and dishing 14 assists, both career highs, as well as big scoring nights from Serge Ibaka (29) and Evan Fournier (23), the Magic were able to win a shootout in Atlanta, 131-120.

  • Elliot Williams Signs Deal With The Golden State Warriors

    Former Portland Trail Blazers draft pick Elliot Williams has landed in the Bay Area, after signing a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, as reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical. The value of the contract is still unknown, but is partially guaranteed. He'll still need to earn a spot in training camp to avoid being cut.

  • Enes Kanter proved his worthlessness in Thunder win over Bulls

    20 points and 11 rebounds are just numbers. Let’s look at the plays.

    The myth of Enes Kanter being a worthwhile addition to the Oklahoma City Thunder continues to hold merit in Thunder forums. After the 106 to 94 win at the Bulls tonight, Enes specifically mentioned team defense as a reason for the team’s dominant third quarter.

  • Eric Bledsoe paces Suns to season sweep of Toronto Raptors with 40 points in 115-103 win

    Bledsoe’s 40 points is a career high

    For three quarters, the Toronto Raptors held the fort against the Phoenix Suns, taking a lead early in the 1st quarter and protecting it for an 85-82 advantage entering the 4th quarter.

    Then Eric Bledsoe laid siege to that fort.

  • Evan Turner’s Fourth Quarter Overwhelms Lakers; Blazers win 118-109

    Evan Turner scored 12 points in the final frame, and L.A. came up empty from the field for over five minutes down the stretch, helping the Blazers to a franchise record ninth consecutive win against the Lakers.

    Damian Lillard’s return from a 5-game absence was supposed to be the story tonight when the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers faced off at the Moda Center.

    But the Blazers’ much maligned Evan Turner upstaged Lillard down the stretch, scoring 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and inspired the Blazers to a 118-109 victory. D’Angelo Russell led the way for the Lakers with 22 and Jordan Clarkson added 21 off the bench.

  • Excitement isn’t high for another Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals, but you can still enjoy it

    The excitement isn’t really there for general NBA fans on a fourth consecutive Cavs-Warriors Finals. But it can still be enjoyed.

    It may as well have been scheduled — the NBA Finals we saw coming as soon last year’s ended is here, and many people could not be less enthused about it. But it’s also OK to enjoy this Finals matchup for what it is.

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 basketball in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO — The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is making another push to include 3-on-3 basketball in the Olympics, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA TODAY Sports.

  • Final (2 OT): Nets 127, Clippers 122

     The Clippers controlled the first three frames, but a huge performance from Sean Kilpatrick in the fourth quarter and overtimes helped the Clippers to a third consecutive loss.

    Led by a career-high 37 points from Sean Kilpatrick, the Brooklyn Nets upset the Los Angeles Clippers 127-122 in double overtime Tuesday night. The Clippers were in command for the first three quarters before a barrage of triples catapulted Brooklyn back into it. The Nets drilled all six of their threes in the final frame, with Kilpatrick netting 20 points in the final 12 minutes alone.

  • Final Score: Cavaliers dominate the Knicks 126-94

    The Cavaliers had no problem disposing of the Knicks Wednesday.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers (15-5) are a better basketball team than the New York Knicks (12-10), and they showed just that Wednesday night in their 126-94 victory in Madison Square Garden.

    The Cavs were in control of the game pretty much from the jump Wednesday. They led 36-26 after the first quarter thanks in large part to 16 early points from forward Kevin Love, who started the game by going 5-9 from the field. Cleveland held a double digit lead for much of the first half, though the Knicks were able to cut it to lead to 51-42 near the five-minute mark of the second quarter.