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No matter what happens in NBA free agency, let's acknowledge this has already been a crazy summer. Two top-15 players — Jimmy Butler and Chris Paul — have already been moved. Another, Paul George, is likely to cross state lines before the season begins as well. That is a lot of star movement!
Over the past few days, SI.com's Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney have been unveiling their annual ranking of the top 100 players in the NBA. Today, they revealed the top 10, which includes Pacers All-Star Paul George.
He added that it’d only happen when “there’s a team forming,” suggesting he’d need at least another max player as a teammate.
For the last few months, we’ve been operating under the assumption that Paul George to the Lakers next season is close to a done deal. But according to George himself, that isn’t so.
George wants to join his hometown Los Angeles Lakers team.
Paul George has made the decision everyone saw coming.
The All-Star forward has informed the Indiana Pacers he will leave the team when his unrestricted free agency arrives in the summer of 2018, and his current preference is to join a young, budding Los Angeles Lakers team, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
George could have teamed up with LeBron James.
The Cavaliers may have been closer to a Paul George trade than we thought.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski spoke on The Jump about the deal that almost was, stating that Indiana “was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert.”
Los Angeles could wait to sign PG13 next summer or trade for him now. Either way, the future looks bright for the Lakers.
Paul George informed the Pacers on Sunday of his pending decision to leave Indiana when his unrestricted free agency hits in 2018. The move, first reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, was done in order to give the Pacers adequate time to plan for a future without the All-Star wing.
The Pacers are reportedly trying to gauge George’s value, but why even consider trading their superstar?
The Indiana Pacers are gauging the trade market for All-Star forward Paul George, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. George can opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018.
The long-simmering feud between Ray Allen and the other members of the 2008 Boston Celtics championship squad might be coming to an end.
Paul Pierce, the NBA Finals MVP for that team who signed a one-day contract with Boston earlier this summer to retire as a Celtic, posted a picture of himself and Allen together with the caption, "Time to get the band back together."
Pierce hinted that KD might be better than LeBron after Game 2. After Game 3, he came right out with it.
After Kevin Durant’s heroic Game 3 performance that included a 14-point fourth quarter, Paul Pierce said on ESPN, “What we’re witnessing right here is the changing of the guard.”
ONE will have a crack at glory, while the other is bound to go home.
It’s all or nothing for Barangay Ginebra and Star as they lock horns one last time in their best-of-seven semifinals series, with a trip to the finals on the line in Game 7 of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup playoffs.
Dellavedova is in town with wife Ann (a former volleyball player whom he met in religion class at St Mary's in Moraga, California) to promote Peak which has signed up 7 NBA players (including Tony Parker and Dwight Howard) and 15 national basketball teams (including Australia, Serbia, Latvia and New Zealand)
The Blazers wrap up the regular season with a 103-100 loss to the Pelicans, finishing with a record of 41-41.
It was close down the stretch, but the Pelicans get the best of the Blazers to wrap up the 2016-’17 regular season. The Blazers will now prepare for the playoffs and the Golden State Warriors this coming Sunday.
Antony Davis with DeMarcus Cousins? How about always having one of them on the floor instead?
DeMarcus Cousins has officially been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. It still feels like a fever dream, but I woke up this morning and it was still true. Much of the ink spent analyzing this trade has focused on how Boogie fits with Anthony Davis.
It wasn’t pretty without Anthony Davis, but a win is a win in the race for the eighth seed.
Three minutes of good basketball was all it took for the New Orleans Pelicans to put away the Brooklyn Nets 104-95 tonight. After 45 minutes of uneven play (that’s being rather generous), the Pels were trailing the plucky Nets. There had been opportunities, especially in the third quarter, to make a statement and instead New Orleans quite literally threw them away. Yet, when it mattered most they buckled down and pulled out a victory without Anthony Davis.
New Orleans continues it’s recent dominance over Minnesota
With the NCAA tournament reaching new levels of unpredictability sometimes it’s nice to have a constant in life. In this case it’s New Orleans Pelicans, once again, getting the best of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Less than two minutes into the first game of the Lakers’ latest trip, they lost energetic shooting guard Nick Young to a strained right Achilles’ tendon.
On whether that explained their lackluster first half or not, there was some dissent, but it undoubtedly complicated matters.
The Lakers gave up 65 points in the first half, and lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, 105-88, at Smoothie King Center on Tuesday night. The loss, during which New Orleans led from start to finish, dropped the Lakers to 9-10 while the Pelicans improved to 7-12, having won five of their last seven games.
The Magic have made a series of moves in the last year that reveal their lack of a long-term plan. As it turns out, many Magic fans are confused, too.
These two teams are making a habit of playing memorable games. After late three point shots from C.J. McCollum forced both overtime and then a second overtime, it was a three point shot from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope that had the final word.
When the Warriors decided to take over the game, Detroit said not so fast.
The Golden State Warriors treated the Detroit Pistons like most NBA watchers — as an afterthought. No-offense Stanley Johnson is a starter? Cute. Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson the linchpins of the offense? How well did that work for you last year? Marcus Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope gone? Weren’t they your two best players?
Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson could miss 6-8 weeks due to knee tendonitis that has bothered him for years, coach Stan Van Gundy told assembled media.
The Pistons are exploring their options to find short-term help at the position while Jackson heals, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Offseason signee Ish Smith will step in as the starting point guard, but Detroit could now use a backup.
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