There is no doubt that the upcoming NBA season will be more fun, exciting and unforgettable. NBA enthusiasts have been following its progress this offseason, from the NBA trade rumors to players hitting the free agency market.
Marc Gasol would fill a role the Celtics need if they want to get a step closer to the Cavaliers, but it’s hard to see Memphis trading him.
For the second year in a row, the Celtics snagged one of the top three free agents on the market after signing Gordon Hayward. Yet, many still feel like they’re one piece away from competing with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a trip to the NBA Finals.
George is almost certainly being traded from Indiana. Here are the benefits to seven teams he could potentially end up on.
Paul George’s time with the Indiana Pacers is quickly drawing to a close. By all accounts, he won’t be on the team next season. In fact, he might not last the week.
Where are the Suns headed?
Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Phoenix Suns and the NBA will make a "historic announcement" regarding international play this week. The news will come Wednesday and will affect games played during the 2016-17 NBA season.
With Lonzo Ball preparing to start his NBA career when he gets drafted next month, LaVar Ball made it clear his son doesn't need to be mentored by Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
He turned down $70 million, only to walk away with a $4.1 million qualifying offer. Can he make that money up on his next NBA contract?
Nerlens Noel signed his $4 million qualifying offer with the Mavericks on Saturday. Thus ends the Nerlens Noel restricted free agent saga.
The saga was boring and uneventful for the most part. The Mavericks smartly sat on their hands, reportedly making one substantial offer and pulling it when Noel responded with a request for the maximum allowable under NBA rules.
Nerlens Noel is going to stay with the Mavericks next season on a one-year qualifying offer worth $4.1 million, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
Noel was seeking a maximum contract offer he wasn’t able to get from the Mavs. He was offered a four-year, $70 million deal from Dallas on July 1, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but that offer was pulled after he asked for the maximum contract, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. His maximum contract offer could have been worth $146 million over five years.
Dallas had no quality young players this time last year. Noel is just the latest the Mavericks have added opportunistically since then.
We’re less than two years removed from DeAndre Jordan verbally committing to the Mavericks, second-guessing his decision, and ultimately re-signing with the Clippers in a deluge of tweeted emojis and chicken fingers. That debacle left Dallas scrambling to even field a 15-man roster, leaving them without young talent and unsure how they would course correct. With the post-Dirk Nowitzki era looming, there was no smooth path leading them there.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Nets nation went all doom-and-gloom when they heard the news that Jeremy Lin would miss his 18th game of the season due to back tightness. Still, something we’ve learned with this Nets team: they fight no matter who is or isn’t in the lineup, win or lose.
The Brooklyn Nets (7-17) delivered the Los Angeles Lakers (10-18) their eighth straight loss, 107-97, Wednesday night at Barclays Center. The Nets almost blew a solid first half lead in the third quarter (again), but a huge 32-point fourth quarter propelled them over the struggling Lakers.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — It’s only preseason, but the Nets look like a ton of fun.
The Brooklyn Nets improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 107-88 victory over the Miami Heat Thursday night at Barclays Center. Last year, the Nets didn’t get two wins in a row, preseason or regular season, until March 23.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — I got a story to tell…
Live from Flatbush Avenue, the livest ones were reppin’ BK to the fullest. Knicks fans were out, but the real Brooklyn fans were there to witness a 3-point shootout, as the Nets (12-53) snapped a 16-game HOME losing streak with a 120-112 victory, Sunday on Biggie Smalls night. This is their first win at home since Randy Foye hit the buzzer beater on December 26… their first home win in 2017! Biggie was in the house y’all.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Just like that, Nets basketball is back… and they were a whole lot of fun.
It’s only one game in the preseason, but this looks like D’Angelo Russell’s team. Behind his lead, the Nets opened the preseason with a 115-107 victory over the New York Knicks, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Russell finished with a line of 19 points (in 19 minutes), four assists, one steal, one block and a plus-19 on 7-of-14 shooting.
If the board of governors approves Silver’s reform, it could take effect beginning in 2019.
The NBA’s competition committee has recommended commissioner Adam Silver’s NBA Draft Lottery reform to its board of governors for a final vote, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. After the board votes on Sept. 28, the lottery reform — if passed — would scare teams from tanking for better draft picks.
Several reserves stepping up and DeMarcus Cousins turning it on late helped propel the Pelicans back to a .500 record.
The New Orleans Pelicans escaped with a victory in Chicago on Saturday night, edging out the Bulls in overtime, 96-90.
It must be mentioned that both teams were playing their second game in as many nights for the first time this season.
LAS VEGAS -- The watershed moment happened in the second quarter of Team USA's 111-74 win over Argentina on Friday in the first game of the Olympic preparation run.
Nick Diaz hasn’t made a return the Octagon yet, but he’s been hanging out with Snoop Dogg.
There’s no one in MMA quite like Nick Diaz. Even though he hasn’t won a fight since 2011 and was suspended for long portions of the last five years, he is still one of the most popular fighters out there. He is now eligible to return to the Octagon, but has apparently turned down bouts with Robbie Lawler and UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley already.
Jusuf Nurkic has flourished in his short time in Portland, but Nuggets fans shouldn’t be upset about it
When the Denver Nuggets traded Jusuf Nurkic and a first round pick to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Mason Plumlee and a second round pick the deal was received with mixed feelings among the Nuggets fans.
The most prominent objection to the deal was surrendering a first round pick but also many recognized the talent and potential Nurkic had and were unsure if “giving up” on him while he was still in his early twenties was the correct path.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Rockets cranked out another victory and spoiled the Sacramento home opener, beating the Kings 105-100 Wednesday night.
Despite Chris Paul sitting with an ankle injury and a poor shooting night, the Rockets were resilient and found a way to win anyway. Eric Gordon got the start for CP3 tonight, and he was amazingly effective despite a rough three-point shot. He scored 25 points tonight and his +12 lead the team tonight. The team just looks better with Gordon out there. He’s another shot creator and takes a lot of pressure off of Harden and Paul.
Noah Vonleh underwent a successful procedure to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh on Wednesday morning. The Trail Blazers forward is expected to be sidelined for just 3-4 weeks as he recovers. He should be back to 100 percent around the start of training camp in late September.
LOS ANGELES—Dirk Nowitzki will become only the second player to spend 20 NBA seasons with the same team after inking a new deal with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.
A statement from the Texas franchise said Nowitzki will join retired Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant as the only other member of the 20-season club when he returns for the 2017-2018 campaign.
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