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Matt Calkins: More money would be good, but WNBA-NBA wage gap is about economics, not gender

Dissenting voices are necessary for change, and players such as former Husky Kelsey Plum are providing them on the WNBA-NBA wage gap. But when it comes to compensation, we can’t …


Ice Cube’s Big3 becomes place to keep NBA dreams alive

The novelty is in the approach: halfcourt basketball played on a competitive level by those who recently showcased their 94-foot skills in the NBA. The reality is what the Big3 …


AP source: Celtics re-sign Marcus Smart to 4-year, $52 million deal

Marcus Smart 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 …


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 6:29 p.m.

Steve Popper: Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan blockbuster deal makes teams happy, but not the players

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 …


AP sources: Kawhi Leonard going to Raptors, DeMar DeRozan going to Spurs

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Zach Collins, Portland Trail Blazers rout Los Angeles Lakers to claim NBA Summer League title

Zach Collins only scored three points, but his Portland Trail Blazers defeated Johnathan Williams and the Los Angeles Lakers 91-73.


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 4:50 p.m.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives contract extension

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 …


Lakers give LeBron a good show, make NBA Summer League semis

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.


Former Gonzaga big man Zach Collins puts in work, keeps game in perspective with Portland

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 …


Jabari Parker agrees to $40 million, 2-year deal with Bulls

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 …


Former Gonzaga big man Johnathan Williams keeping the faith that making an NBA roster is in his future

There’s something to be said about having faith. Johnathan Williams abides by it.


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 8:04 p.m.

NBA Summer League roundup: Teams without title chances get shot to end on positive note

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.


Nets acquire Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur from Nuggets

The Brooklyn Nets have acquired forwards Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur along with a first-round pick from the Denver Nuggets. The Nets also received a second-round pick in 2020 and …


Lakers guard Lonzo Ball to undergo surgery on his left knee

Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his left knee. The team says it will provide an update on Ball’s condition after the procedure. Ball …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 2:32 p.m.

Nets clear point guard logjam, trade Jeremy Lin to Hawks

Jeremy Lin’s injury-plagued stint in Brooklyn is over. The Nets have cleared a logjam at point guard by trading Lin to Atlanta. Lin now joins another deep competition for playing …


Jeff Ledbetter takes scenic route from Idaho Vandals to San Antonio Spurs’ Summer League team

The Brea, California, native has played overseas in Brazil, Switzerland and Mexico. He’s had a couple of stints in the NBA G League and he’s working on his second year …


NBA Summer League roundup: Johnathan Williams helps Lakers top Bogdan Bliznyuk, Clippers

Johnathan Williams, who went undrafted out of Gonzaga, added a block and a steal as the Lakers remained unbeaten in Las Vegas.


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Gary Peterson: Breaking the NBA? On the contrary, Warriors are doing it a favor

You know the gripe: The Warriors win too many games and too many championships. They have too many parades and sign too many really, really good players. The caterwauling has …


Thunder re-sign G Raymond Felton

The Oklahoma City Thunder have re-signed guard Raymond Felton. Felton appeared in all 82 games last season with the Thunder. He averaged 6.9 points, 2.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds as …


NBA Summer League roundup: Brayon Blake helps Cavaliers advance in NBA Summer League

Brayon Blake, who was a two-year standout at Idaho, finished 2 for 4 from the floor, including making a 3-pointer.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Ex-Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews works to stay in NBA after summer league with the Los Angeles Clippers

After not being selected in the 2017 NBA Draft, Jordan Mathews joined the New Orleans Pelicans last summer, and then signed with the Atlanta Hawks in September before getting released …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

NBA Summer League roundup: Former Idaho player Jeff Ledbetter shines with Spurs

Jeff Ledbetter added to his already impressive Summer League campaign, scoring 10 points and dishing out four assists, but his San Antonio Spurs fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 95-89 …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 8:05 p.m.

Former Idaho star Victor Sanders stays positive despite lack of playing time at summer league

Rather than mope, Victor Sanders knows he can be seen by any coach, at any time. So, he said, just making a summer roster is a big opportunity and a …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 1:36 p.m.

Lance Stephenson accepts LeBron’s call to team up for Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed veteran Lance Stephenson and second-round pick Svi Mykhailiuk. Stephenson appeared in all 82 games for Indiana last season, averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 11:16 p.m.

It’s official: Lakers announce LeBron James has signed

The Los Angeles Lakers announced the signing of LeBron James as a free agent Monday night, confirming the seismic shift created by the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player’s decision to …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Lonnie Shelton, integral member of Seattle Sonics’ 1979 NBA champions, dies at age 62

Lonnie Shelton, the starting power forward and defensive enforcer for the Sonics team that won the city’s only NBA title in 1979, has died at the age of 62.


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

NBA Summer League roundup: Zach Collins helps Portland Trail Blazers open Las Vegas league with victory over Utah Jazz

The forward, who spent one season at Gonzaga, earned the start and logged 28 minutes for Portland. He also added three blocks and two assists.


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Suns’ Devin Booker signs 5-year, $158 million deal

Devin Booker, the high-scoring guard at the heart of Phoenix’s rebuilding plans, has signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract with the Suns. Booker, 21, tweeted a photo of himself …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Former Eastern Washington sensation Jacob Wiley works hard to secure spot on Dallas Mavericks roster

Since earning 2017 Big Sky Conference Player of the Year honors at Eastern Washington, Jacob Wiley is one well-traveled young man.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 6:43 p.m.

Moving Day: Tony Parker, Dwight Howard pick new spots; Carmelo Anthony may be next as NBA free agency picks up

Tony Parker is leaving San Antonio for Charlotte, Dwight Howard is closer to Washington and Carmelo Anthony is moving as well. Friday was hectic for NBA veterans, with Parker making …