Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade wouldn’t say Monday if he has decided whether to play this season, which would be his 16th in the NBA. His future has been the source of much speculation for several weeks, with retirement a possibility.
Veteran Vince Carter is the latest addition to the new-look Atlanta Hawks. The 41-year-old Carter has agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Hawks, said a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
USA Basketball’s first minicamp of this Olympic cycle started Thursday in Las Vegas, with DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry – longtime teammates in Toronto – wearing the same uniform again. DeRozan is now with the San Antonio Spurs and set to be coached by Gregg Popovich, who just happened to be running his first national team practice Thursday.
All-Star forward Kevin Love has signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Love will now be the centerpiece for the team following LeBron James’s departure in free agency. The 29-year-old Love just completed his fourth season with the Cavaliers. They acquired him in a 2014 trade from Minnesota.
Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri has apologized for a ‘miscommunication’ with four-time All-Star and franchise icon DeMar DeRozan, who was traded this week to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. DeRozan expressed his anger and frustration in an Instagram post after learning of the deal, indicating he’d been told he would not be traded.
First reported in February by The Sacramento Bee and confirmed Thursday by the NBA’s release of its preseason schedule, the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors will play a preseason game at KeyArena on Oct. 5, with the Warriors acting as the home team.
Carmelo Anthony is done in Oklahoma City. The veteran NBA forward and a 2022 protected first-round pick were sent to Atlanta in exchange for guard Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala. Anthony is expected to be waived, leaving him a free agent. As part of the trade, the Thunder will send Muscala to the Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia’s Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to Oklahoma City and the 76ers’ Justin Anderson will be sent to Atlanta.
Four-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins thinks he’ll finally find peace and the playoffs after eight seasons in the NBA now that he’s signed with Golden State as a free agent. The Warriors’ fiery big man seems content in his new surroundings and wants the hardware to show for it. Cousins averaged 25.2 points and career highs in rebounds, assists and minutes with New Orleans last season before hurting his Achilles.
Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. has undergone back surgery in Dallas with no timetable for his return to the court. The team said the procedure of the lumbar spine was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett at the Carrell Clinic. Porter was taken by Denver with the 14th overall pick in the June draft.
The Boston Celtics have re-signed guard Marcus Smart. The 6-foot-4 defensive stalwart is returning to the team that picked him sixth overall in the 2014 draft after finding the market for a restricted free agent wasn’t as lucrative as he’d hoped. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Smart signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Celtics.
There is a line of thinking in any sport, that a trade that makes both sides happy is the best one – even if no general manager really wants the other side to be happy when it’s all over. So what do we think of a blockbuster deal where neither of the key pieces are happy?
The Kawhi Leonard saga in San Antonio is on the cusp of ending, with the Spurs reaching an agreement in principle on Wednesday to send the 2014 NBA Finals MVP to the Toronto Raptors for All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan.
Zach Collins only scored three points, but his Portland Trail Blazers defeated Johnathan Williams and the Los Angeles Lakers 91-73.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has received a contract extension following the franchise’s repeat championship and third title in four years during his tenure. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers, who are close friends and colleagues, said when the season ended that something would get done quickly once they began formal discussions. Details of the extension were not announced.
Josh Hart scored 37 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 112-109 double-overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in the semifinals of the NBA Summer League.
With LeBron James in attendance , the defending NBA Summer League champions Los Angeles Lakers cruised back into the semifinals, beating the Detroit Pistons 101-78 on Sunday.
Zach Collins isn’t used to sitting much, so to look at a final stat sheet with the letters DNP next to his name was becoming disturbing. There wasn’t a coach he’d played for that “did not play” the 7-footer, from youth hoops, to AAU, to high school, to college. Collins was always on the floor.
Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team. His agent has confirmed the deal after the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer.
There’s something to be said about having faith. Johnathan Williams abides by it.
Trips to Las Vegas feel better when they end on a win. The consolation round of the NBA Summer League gave teams a chance to experience that Friday.
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