Rio de Janeiro: NBA superstar Paul George has described Australia as "dirty", while Kevin Durant believes it won't be the last time the US basketball team square off against the Boomers at the Rio Olympics.
Incremental progress on NBA tanking is still progress
Back in 2014, as Sam Hinkie deftly built a franchise based upon the power of losing, the NBA considered reforming its draft lottery in a major way. Every non-playoff team would have a shot at the No. 1 pick, and a good shot at a top-5 pick. There would have been less incentive to be truly bad as the odds evened out among the lottery teams.
Economics can be a complex subject, whether macro or micro or voodoo. In professional sports locker rooms, though, math is quite simple: The guy who makes more is the guy who is supposed to be the superior performer.
"Oh, yeah, everybody knows what everyone else is making," CBSSports.com contributor D.J. Williams, speaking of NFL locker rooms, recently said on the radio show he co-hosts with me on Miami's 790 The Ticket. " Everybody knows."
Here’s what we think about every NBA trade deadline deal.
The 2017 NBA trade deadline is here. As we roll throughout the day and past the finish line, we’ll provide a running tally of grades on each trade made. From the blockbuster to the minor transaction, we’ll carefully evaluate the risks, rewards, and rationale behind the deal and assign it an appropriate score.
The Cavs offering Irving in a deal lead to his trade request.
We knew previously that the Cleveland Cavaliers had offered Kyrie Irving in trade talks and that helped lead to his trade request. But now the actual deal that was offered appears to have been reported.
The Knicks are reportedly looking for a top-four pick and an established starter in return for Porzingis.
If you thought it was a joke that the Knicks were considering trading their future star Kristaps Porzingis, rub the coal out of your eyes and pay attention.
Knicks president Phil Jackson is making calls to teams about a Porzingis trade, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Facebook Live. New York is looking to receive a top-4 pick and an established starter in return for the versatile 7-footer.
Carmelo Anthony is finally willing to move on from the Knicks after seven seasons
After sticking it out for years in New York, it seems Carmelo Anthony is finally open to making his home elsewhere. Anthony is prepared to waive his no-trade clause if it means playing with Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.
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.
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