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Kevin Durant has two years remaining on the five-year, $86 million extension he signed with the Thunder in the summer of 2010. He deliberately committed to five years in Oklahoma City, without any early termination or player options, to demonstrate his commitment to the franchise and appreciation for the city. ESPN.com
Now, though, shorter contracts that allow more flexibility and leverage are in vogue for superstars like James and Durant. Asked Tuesday why he had given up that flexibility in 2010, Durant said, "To be honest, I just didn't know. I was 21. I didn't know. Obviously when you sign a deal you want to have the best options for yourself, the best flexibility for yourself. But I loved Oklahoma City so much I just wanted to dedicate and show them that I'm all about the team." ESPN.com
The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American pro sports union. Roberts received 32 of 36 votes in a process that was completed in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The Washington trial lawyer defeated tech industry CEO Dean Garfield and Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery in the final vote. AP
"After all the hours and time (invested by) our executive committee, along with an amazing search committee that helped throughout this process, it's an unbelievable feeling to have the wonderful Michele Roberts now as a part of our team," NBPA president and Los Angeles Clippers star guard Chris Paul told reporters in Las Vegas. AP
The vote capped a long and arduous process to replace Billy Hunter, who was ousted in February of 2013. Roberts was one of the finalists initially offered to the rank-and-file during All-Star weekend in February, but the process was re-opened to broaden the search at the urging of some players and agents. AP
Los Angeles Clippers’ small forward Matt Barnes used his social media following to help track down the alleged murderer of his aunt and it may have led to his arrest. "Michael Williams, suspect in the 24th street homicide, is in police custody thanks to a citizen tip. He was located in the Sacramento area,” the Sacramento police announced via Twitter on Tuesday. L.A. Clippers forward Matt Barnes helps keep his aunt's murder investigation in the public eye. Jae C. Hong/AP L.A. Clippers forward Matt Barnes helps keep his aunt's murder investigation in the public eye. NY Daily News
Barnes is from the Sacramento area where Hoover was killed on July 8. He hoped locals would help track down Williams, who police considered the lone suspect in the case. Police embraced Barnes’ help on the case. “He’s a local kid, he has a following here in Sacramento and having his name attached with this and helping on this investigation will help us actually solve this matter,” said Sacramento police chief Sam Somers. NY Daily News
Celtics rookie James Young told reporters in an interview in Kentucky this week that he’s good to go after suffering a concussion in a car accident back in June. The no. 17 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft was back on campus in Lexington, Kentucky during a youth basketball camp and spoke with the Courier-Journal about his health status and a variety of other subjects. Boston.com Blog
"It's just who I am," said [Steven] Adams, who's sitting out of New Zealand's FIBA World Cup campaign to concentrate on his NBA commitments. "I don't want to be like some drilled kinda media guy who says all the right things. I don't even know what the right things are. I just say whatever comes to my mind." Oklahoman/stuff.co.nz
Question: Detroit isn’t Miami, New York. Do you feel like you have to pay a little bit more for free agents? Stan Van Gundy: “It’s not a matter of where you are. There’s no problem with Detroit. Detroit’s a great place to play, a place with great tradition. The problem is we’ve been down for five years. That’s why, right now, I’m not going to say overpay, but you have to be a little more aggressive. You don’t want to sit back waiting on everything else when everyone is showing the same level of interest you are.” Detroit Free Press
The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting. Move on to Steve Ballmer, who paid a record price for the team and is now a step closer to finally owning it. The Clippers are a potential powerhouse team next season, with two All-Star players and one of the league's best coaches. The only thing that could've messed it up was ownership. AP
That no longer appears to be a concern after Monday's ruling in Los Angeles, where Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the sale to Ballmer for a record-breaking $2 billion. Donald Sterling was trying to block the sale. Now it could all be completed within two weeks. "We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible," NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement. AP
A Phoenix Suns basketball player has been arrested on suspicion of super extreme DUI in Arizona after attempting to drive home after a night out, authorities said on Tuesday. Forward-guard P.J. Tucker, 29, was taken to jail and released following the incident, which took place in Scottsdale on May 10 but only came to light this week, according to a police report. Police said Tucker, considered a team leader by insiders, was returning home from the W Scottsdale Hotel when he was pulled over by police after allegedly running a stop sign. Sports Xchange
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