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.
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.
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.
Avery Bradley put on a career performance against Jimmy Butler as he led the Celtics to their third straight win in Game 5 to take his team back to Chicago for an elimination Game 6.
BOSTON — The Celtics are almost to the finish line and the second round of the NBA Playoffs after beating the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 108-97.
All these Raptors want to do is entertain you. As they exhibited once again their their 124-110 win over the Wolves on Thursday night, the Raptors are still looking for cohesion on defense. Against the league’s top squads, Toronto’s inability to lock in has resulted in some narrow, high-scoring defeats. But against an energetic, freaky-athletic and utterly inexperienced team like Minnesota, sloppy play and shaky defense tends to breed ultimately harmless entertainment.
Because the Raptors have a still-historically efficient offense capable of posting 131.2 points per 100 possessions over the course of a game, Toronto tends to come out on top in these types of uproarious shootouts.
The Miami Heat used a balanced team effort on both ends of the court to take apart the inconsistent New York Knicks over the course of the second half for the 105-88 win on Wednesday night. There would be no hangover after last night’s buzzer beater against the Detroit Pistons in their once-improbable quest to make the playoffs.
SAN Miguel Beer flexed its championship muscles in the fourth period to come from behind and wallop Blackwater, 124-113, in the penultimate playdate of the elimination round of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Charles Rhodes led the way with 32 points, but got plenty of help from June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter, who scored 28 and 21 points, respectively.
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