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Updated Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 5:00 a.m. ET

The 2017 NBA Draft class has started to show their true colors three seasons into their respective careers and we have a good idea of where each player stands with their franchise. The Orlando Magic have made a decent-sized commitment to 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, exercising their fourth-year team option on the 21-year old guard. This keeps him under contract for the 2020-21 season for $12.3 million. Bulls star forward Lauri Markkanen, drafted No. 7 overall in 2017, will likely have a decision made soon on his fourth-year option ($6.7 million), but his position with the Bulls was never in doubt, however, what the move by Orlando did was again bring to the forefront how impressive Markkanen has been as compared to the rest of the 2017 NBA Draft class. NBC Sports Chicago

The NBA is trying harder to do the impossible: stop tampering. A memo distributed to teams proposed harsher penalties for forbidden activities around free agency, including raising the fine for tampering to $10 million and unauthorized agreements to $6 million per team and $250,000 per player. Additionally, the league proposed to increase enforcement of player-to-player tampering and randomly audit five teams each year. NY Daily News via Oklahoman

In reality, a source told the Daily News that the Nets were confident deals for Durant and Kyrie Irving were done the day before free agency. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Nets organization tampered. There are many different avenues for recruitment and information without a direct line between player/agent and team. People are connected everywhere in 2019. But it does underscore that tampering is difficult to prove or enforce. NY Daily News via Oklahoman

The Wizards’ G League Affiliate Capital City Go-Go will host its local player tryout at the Entertainment and Sports Arena this Saturday. Both head coach Ryan Richman and general manager Pops Mensah-Bonsu will be in attendance to evaluate the area’s talent. The District’s under the radar ballers will try to impress the Go-Go’s front office for a chance at an invite to training camp in October. NBC Sports Washington

After the Pistons agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with Joe Johnson last week, the questions started almost immediately. Who’s the 15th man? Logic dictates that when the Pistons begin training camp in two weeks, the two players without fully guaranteed contracts — Johnson and big man Christian Wood — would be on the hot seat. Two players vying for one spot. That’s what logic says. Detroit News

Former Golden State Warrior Andre Iguodala has won multiple NBA championships and an NBA Finals MVP, but when he was in college, he said, he thought his career was head in a much different direction. In an interview with Fast Company, Iguodala said he went to the University of Arizona expecting to become a math teacher after his college basketball career ended. "I come from a small town [Springfield, Illinois], and no one knew who I was. I thought I would go to college and become a math teacher," Iguodala admitted. SF Chronicle


The Nets are expected to hire former TV executive David Levy as their new CEO, replacing the departed Brett Yormark. ESPN had reported Levy being a “serious candidate” for the job. The Post had reported that Levy had been a member of the advisory board for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment – the Nets’ parent company – since its formation by Yormark 3 ½ years ago. NY Post

Levy had been the president of Turner Media – the unit that houses CNN, TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network – since 2013, but left in March after AT&T bought parent company Time Warner. He’d been listed in Sports Business Journal’s Top 10 Most Influential Executives in six out of seven years from 2012 through last year. NY Post

It’s official: Brian Sieman will narrate Clippers games on Prime Ticket this season. In a statement Monday, the team confirmed what had been recently reported by multiple outlets and discussed by retired Hall of Famer Ralph Lawler, whom Sieman will replace on the air. Sieman will move to TV play by play from the radio, where he in 12 seasons he proved an astute and entertaining solo act. OC Register

Tom Tolbert apparently isn’t going anywhere for a while. The popular radio sports-talk host and former Warriors has signed a multiyear contract extension with KNBR. The Athletic, citing a station source, reports that the new deal will keep Tolbert under contract for four more years from the date it was originally set to expire, in the middle of 2020. Bay Area News Group

The Timberwolves on Monday signed forward Jordan Murphy, a former University of Minnesota star... Murphy, 22, played for the Wolves in the Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 14.0 minutes per game over seven games. Pioneer Press

On Monday, the Heat announced the signing of guard Mychal Mulder. The 25-year-old from Canada signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Heat, according to a league source. Exhibit 10 contracts are limited to a $50,000 guarantee and leaves the option open for Mulder to eventually play for Miami’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, after training camp. Exhibit 10 deals do not count against the salary cap or hard cap and can be converted to two-way contracts. Miami Herald

The addition of the 6-4 and 184-pound Mulder brings the Heat’s roster up to 19 players, with both of Miami’s two-way contract spots still empty. An NBA team can carry up to 15 players on its roster during the regular season (not including two two-way contract players), and the Heat’s regular-season roster is likely set with 14 players barring a trade because of its position against the NBA hard cap — Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic, James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters, Meyers Leonard, Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, Udonis Haslem, Derrick Jones Jr., Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn and KZ Okpala. Miami Herald

Stephen Curry is committed to making golf, despite its reputation as a refuge for the elite, accessible to all. To put a finer point on it, a basketball player wants to change the face of golf. It’s a novel concept, that of an athlete – one of the greats in this instance – lifting his platform beyond the sport he identifies with and trying to make a tangible difference elsewhere. But Curry is not of a mind of waver. Even as he remains dedicated to remaining crucial to the fortunes of the Warriors, he is trying to speak his quest into existence while also financing it into reality. NBC Sports Bay Area

Seems Kyrie Irving is off the market ... because his girlfriend is flaunting a massive diamond on her ring finger just days after the NBA star was rumored to have popped the question. The Brooklyn Nets superstar was out in NYC over the weekend -- but all eyes were on his lady friend, Golden, whose ring is bigger than her knuckle. TMZ


Sergio Rodríguez, Serge Ibaka, Nikola Mirotic and the venerable Pau Gasol — none of those national team stalwarts made it to the FIBA World Cup to play for Spain. The United States, in other words, was hardly the only team in this competition forced to play without some of its biggest stars. The difference? No nation in the 32-team field coped with its high-profile absentees and maximized the continuity it did have better than the Spaniards, who brought a halt to the fairy-tale ride of Argentina and its 39-year-old center, Luis Scola, with a 95-75 rout in Sunday’s gold medal game. NY Times

In a showdown of the two countries that have consistently played the closest to the United States’ level over the past two decades, Spain scored 14 of the game’s first 16 points and never trailed in a comprehensive triumph at Cadillac Arena... It was Spain’s first world title since 2006. It was also its 25th victory in 28 meetings with Argentina, and it enabled center Marc Gasol of the Toronto Raptors to join Lamar Odom as the only players to win a World Cup and an N.B.A. championship in the same year. Odom did it for the Los Angeles Lakers and the United States in 2010. NY Times

A record 54 NBA players took part in the FIBA World Cup over the past 16 days, a true commitment with training camps scheduled to open in two weeks. The performance of the 12 who played for Team USA was well documented. Though Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell and a few others had some impressive moments, it wasn't a tournament to remember for those players.

[Team USA] finished 13th in the tournament in 3-point shooting and eighth in scoring. They were scrambling to fill out the roster to be sure, but it had some holes that could've been better addressed on this front. Whoever is on the roster next year, there's going to have to be some better decisions made, especially after seeing how the competition handled them this summer. But they also have to evaluate the approach. Colangelo was stunned by the number of pullouts and the timing of many of them, leading to some self-evaluation on the process. But again, maybe it's just changing tastes and there was nothing that could be done. It became fashionable among the superstars to pull out of China, and for a few weeks there, it almost seemed cool to pass.

Draymond Green was recently asked about his future plans after basketball, and the 29-year-old has no desire to slow down his money-making moves. “Ten years from now I'd like to be retired from the NBA, engaged in a number of business ventures,” Green told “And well on my way to my goal of becoming a billionaire.” Even with seven NBA seasons under his belt, Green has played an average of almost 94 games a year, including both the regular-season and postseason play. At that rate, he would end up amassing 1,593 games played for his career if he played 10 more NBA seasons, placing him second on the NBA’s all-time games played list behind Robert Parish. NBC Sports Bay Area

On Saturday, Brooklyn tweeted that it was handing out Kyrie Irving replica jerseys for its Oct. 25 tilt against the Knicks. You will remember, of course, that many expected the Knicks to have an instant rebuild right into title contention by landing a trifecta of Irving, Kevin Durant and top pick Zion Williamson. Williamson ended up in New Orleans, while Irving and Durant chose Brooklyn. NY Post

The NBA is looking to further crack down on tampering, proposing a new top fine of $10 million for teams conducting the practice, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN. Other maximum-fine levels could be raised significantly as well, provided the league's board of governors approves the measures this Friday. The league sent a memo to teams on Friday detailing the proposed fines. The memo addresses what the league called a "widespread perception that many of the league's rules are being broken on a frequent basis" when it comes to tampering, salary-cap matters and the timing of free-agency discussions.

Michael Jordan isn’t hurting for cash flow. His estimated net worth is $1.9 billion. Then why choose now to sell a piece of the Charlotte Hornets to two hedge-fund executives from New York? As first reported by the Observer, Jordan has agreed to sell a large piece of his equity in the Hornets to Gabe Plotkin and Daniel Sundheim. It hasn’t been revealed how much those two are buying or at what price. But Jordan isn’t giving up majority equity or control over the franchise. Charlotte Observer

Warriors star Steph Curry’s craftiest move may have come off the court. Sometime in June, he and his wife, Ayesha, quietly purchased a $31 million mansion in Atherton, Calif., reports Variety. It was the most paid for a house in the Bay Area in 2019, according to the report. Mercury News


Spain are FIBA Basketball World Cup champions again after triumphing over Argentina, 95-75, in the Final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 at the Beijing Wukesong Arena. Spain had the better start in this encounter, scoring 14 of the game's first 16 points, and though Argentina mounted repeated runs to trim Spain's lead, coach Sergio Scariolo's side withstood every Argentine charge. Spain also unleashed extremely tight defense on Argentina, who had to bleed for their points. For the first time in the World Cup, veteran big man Luis Scola was held scoreless for an entire half, and that undoubtedly had a negative impact on Argentina's quest for their second World Cup trophy.

Michael Jordan has agreed to sell a large piece of the Charlotte Hornets to two New York-based investors, a sale expected to close in the next few weeks that was first reported by the Observer. A source familiar with the deal said it does not involve the former NBA Most Valuable Player giving up majority ownership of the NBA franchise. Jordan controls about 97 percent of Hornets equity, two sources confirmed. Charlotte Observer

The percentages Plotkin and Sundheim are buying have not been revealed, nor has the price they are paying. In February, Forbes estimated the Hornets were worth about $1.3 billion. A source familiar with the deal said Jordan is attracted to adding investors with deep resources who might offer new ideas regarding technology advances. Jordan has some minority investors who own small shares of the team that all pre-date his buying control. Charlotte Observer

France erased a 15-point second-half deficit to come back and defeat Australia 67-59 to capture the bronze medal at the 2019 Basketball World Cup in Beijing, China. Nando De Colo of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul shined with 19 points to lead the winners, Evan Fournier scored 16 and Zenit St. Petersburg's Andrew Albicy, who hit a pair of big three-pointers down the stretch, added 9. Former EuroLeague champion Joe Ingles paced Australia with 17 points and Patty Mills netted 15.

On behalf of certified player agents, the National Basketball Players Association is sending a signed letter to the NCAA that refuses to submit to a proposed certification process to work with undergraduate men's basketball players "testing the waters" for the NBA draft. The NBPA has been communicating with NCAA officials in recent weeks about a way to work together, league sources tell ESPN. NBPA executive director Michele Roberts declined to comment for this story.


On Friday, 15-year pro and three-time NBA champion Shaun Livingston announced his retirement via Instagram. Livingston was selected No. 4 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004 out of high school, but during a game against Washington in 2007 he suffered a broken left leg, dislocated left knee cap and multiple ligament tears in his left knee that threatened his career. Livingston missed the entire 2007-08 season before brief stints with Miami then Oklahoma City in his first season back. Oklahoman

Shaun Livingston got it right when he said upon his retirement from the NBA on Friday that “I wasn’t supposed to be here.” A point guard with tremendous size, length, smarts and potential, Livingston was just coming into his own with the Clippers when he suffered a horrific knee injury on Feb. 26, 2007, later detailed in a 2016 story on “Along with a dislocated left knee cap and broken left leg, Livingston tore his anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus. He also badly sprained his medial collateral ligament. Severely amplified pain haunted Livingston immediately.” Mercury News

Veteran point guard Shaun Livingston, who spent the last five seasons with the Golden State Warriors, announced his retirement from the NBA on social media Friday morning. "After 15 years in the NBA, I'm excited, sad, fortunate and grateful all in one breath," Livingston wrote in an Instagram post. "Hard to put into a caption all of the emotions it takes to try and accomplish your dreams. I wasn't supposed to be here. Anybody that has beat the odds understands the mental and emotional strain it takes to inspire yourself on an uphill war, let alone inspire others." SF Chronicle

With two weeks before training camp, the Timberwolves announced the last additions to Ryan Saunders' staff, among them Kevin Hanson as assistant coach/player development. Hanson officially joins that staff after the Wolves after spending the last five seasons as an assistant with New Orleans and one of his responsibility was working with All-Star Anthony Davis. Star Tribune

The New Orleans Pelicans have named Jeff Bzdelik an associate coach for defense and promoted Chris Finch to associate head coach for the offense, the team announced Friday. Bzdelik, 66, worked the past three seasons with the Houston Rockets and received credit for the team's defensive turnaround. He began a stint as associate head coach in 2016, then briefly retired in 2018. He was persuaded to come out of retirement in November after the Rockets got off to a rocky start.

Though the property was technically acquired by a mysteriously-named entity, a deep dive into records confirms the $31 million buyer is not a tech bajillionaire or foreign investor but rather professional basketball’s own Stephen Curry — a man currently signed to a whopping $201 million contract with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors — and his wife Ayesha. Though Curry’s enormous residential splurge doesn’t appear to have been previously reported in the press, news of his purchase will not shock the residents and realtors of Atherton, who’ve apparently known for months they have an NBA superstar living among them. And since Atherton remains a small, relatively close-knit town, the local gossip grapevine has correspondingly already run amok with news of the Currys’ splashy arrival.

James Harden is being sued by a man who claims the NBA star LIED to his face about how he intended to use a MASSIVE $30 mil Beverly Hills mansion ... claiming The Beard turned his spot into a party house! The man behind the suit is George Santo Pietro who owns a 14,500-square-foot estate in the heart of Beverly Hills ... 8 bedrooms, 10 baths, gym, spa, wine cellar, pool, etc.

Sebastian Telfair was facing up to 15 YEARS in prison for the crime ... but instead, on Aug. 12, a judge ordered him to serve 3.5 years. Telfair and his legal team appealed the sentence ... and asked that while the process plays out, they let Telfair bail out of prison. TMZ Sports has learned a judge agreed to those terms Thursday -- with an ankle monitor clearly a part of the deal -- and Telfair is now a free man.


In the aftermath of the loss to Serbia, sports talk shows immediately began wondering which stars, now understanding their necessity, would participate on the 2020 Olympic team. One of those stars -- Golden State's Draymond Green -- has already thrown his name into the hat. "I do hope to play, and I think a lot of guys will want to play," Green said Thursday on CNBC's 'Power Money.' "The schedule this year was a little treacherous with the games that was in America, and also the travel to Australia, which is why I think a lot of guys dropped out. You know, a long ways to China. It was just a lot, and it also leads right into the season. Those guys will be coming back in the next couple days and we'll be two weeks away from training camp." NBC Sports Bay Area

The United States entered the FIBA Basketball World Cup with a 58-game winning streak in international play. It now has back-to-back losses in China. The U.S. was beaten again Thursday in a 94-89 loss to international power Serbia in a tournament consolation game. Following a loss to France on Wednesday in the quarterfinals, the U.S. showed resilience against Serbia, but once again found itself on the end of a loss to a superior shooting team, losing consecutive games in international play for the first time since 2002. Oklahoman

Back in the same arena Friday where his big fourth quarter clinched gold against Spain 11 years ago, Kobe Bryant said this summer's national team doesn't need to be redeemed next year at the Tokyo Olympics. "It's not a matter of the rest of the world catching up to the U.S., it's that the rest of the world has been caught up for quite some time," Bryant said at the Wukesong Sports Center. "And it's to the point now where us in the U.S. are going to win some, we're going lose some. And that's just how it goes."

But Bryant dismissed the idea that Team USA's struggles in China can be attributed to the top players who elected not to play this summer and that all will be well if the front line recommits and goes to Japan next July. "I hear that a lot: 'Did we send the best possible team that we can put out there?'" Bryant said.

After a clutch performance Friday, Marc Gasol has a chance to pull off the rare double of winning an NBA championship and a FIBA World Cup title in the same summer. Gasol scored 33 points and made four crucial free throws in Spain's 95-88 double-overtime victory over Australia in the semifinals. Gasol earned a ring with the Toronto Raptors in June; he would add a FIBA gold medal with a victory Sunday over Argentina.

According to reports, the Bulls have signed former St. John's guard Justin Simon to an Exhibit 10 contract. Simon played three seasons of NCAA basketball, one year with Arizona and two years at St. John's under the tutelage of NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin. NBC Sports Chicago

With American Airlines soon to be out as title sponsor of the arena that’s home to the Miami Heat, a local porn company wants the Internet to know it’s ready to step in and take the top slot. BangBros, best known for filming sex scenes in vans, announced Thursday it had submitted a $10 million bid to replace American as title sponsor of the county-owned arena. Miami-Dade has said it’s in talks with national companies to replace American at a higher price than the previous $2 million-a-year deal. Miami Herald


Facing a potential issue at forward, the Nets have been linked to possibly bringing Joe Johnson or Carmelo Anthony back to the New York. Johnson is reportedly getting closer to a deal with the Pistons, while yet another Net has been subtly stumping for Anthony. Johnson’s clutch shot-making earned him the moniker “Joe Jesus” during his time in Brooklyn, because as then-Nets teammate Kevin Garnett said, “He might not be there when you call on him, but he’s there when you need him.” But there may not be a second coming in Brooklyn. NY Post

And the Heat on Wednesday took steps to ensure that Bam Adebayo will be around a while, exercising the fourth-year option on his rookie contract. Adebayo stands to make $5.1 million in that 2020-21 season, after making $3.45 million this season. Adebayo is eligible for restricted free agency in the summer of 2021, but Miami can offer him an extension next offseason. Miami Herald

Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak won’t let “rebuild” slip from his lips. “Transition” is the word he prefers to describe life without Kemba Walker. But rebuild, the Hornets must. And rebuild, they will. “If there is a master plan, it is to transition from a team built around a superstar to a team built around our young players and a style of play,” Kupchak said Wednesday. Coach James Borrego is under no special obligation to play the five veterans carried over from last season who combine to make $85 million in 2019-20. He is emphatic that guaranteed salaries aren’t his problem when training camp opens Oct. 1. Charlotte Observer

On Wendell Carter Jr.: He's the man in the middle. The Bulls are deep at center but not necessarily over-talented. Luke Kornet, Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio all provide different skill sets but aren't any real threat to take minutes from Carter. If he can limit his foul trouble (more on that later) Carter will have no issue topping 30 minutes a night. In addition to his own prowess, he'll elevate Lauri Markkanen's game by picking up some of the slack defensively. Whereas Carter was the second or third option offensively at times, he may take a back seat with Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Otto Porter all needing touches and shots. NBC Sports Chicago

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James' attempt to trademark the term "Taco Tuesday" has been denied, but according to James' team, he still accomplished the outcome he wanted from the application in the first place. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday refused the application filed by James' company LBJ Trademarks, explaining that "Taco Tuesday" is "a commonplace term."

EuroLeague: FC Barcelona has announced the arrival of former All-Euroleague combo guard Malcolm Delaney, who inked a one-year deal with an option for another season with the Spanish powerhouse on Thursday. Delaney (1.91 meters, 30 years old) arrives from Guangdong Southern Tigers, where he averaged 19.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.3 steals in 37 Chinese League games last season.


Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas has rounded out his front office with the hiring of Joe Branch as assistant general manager. Branch was previously an agent under the Roc Nation group, helping lead their basketball operations. His clients included the Nets' Caris Levert and Miami's Justise Winslow. Star Tribune

The Clippers and the city of Inglewood are negotiating an estimated $100 million community development plan associated with the proposed new 18,500-seat arena that the team wants to open in 2024, details of which were discussed at Tuesday’s Inglewood City Council meeting. City Manager Artie Fields outlined some of Inglewood’s varied “asks,” calling the potential agreement one that could “end up being the most generous in sports history.” In an email Tuesday, the Clippers have indicated that they’re receptive to the city’s proposal, which they view as being in line with their philanthropic efforts in Inglewood and across Southern California. OC Register

The NBA is expected to ban ninja-style headband for the 2019-2020 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski reports the league issued a memo to teams in May notifying them that the headbands, which include a tail behind the head. Teams have raised concerns about safety and consistency of size and length, he said. Star Telegram

The Nets still haven’t introduced Kevin Durant, so the star introduced himself in a wide-ranging interview on everything from why he left Golden State for Brooklyn and the betrayal he felt in Oklahoma City to his hatred of the NBA circus. Durant – who ruptured his Achilles tendon in June during the NBA Finals, then left the Warriors for the Nets later that month – is on the cover of WSJ Magazine’s September Men’s Style Issue. And he gives an exclusive interview that’s candid and telling. “Some days I hate the NBA,” Durant admits. “Some days I hate the circus of the NBA. Some days I hate that the players let the NBA business, the fame that comes with the business, alter their minds about the game. Sometimes I don’t like being around the executives and politics that come with it. I hate that.” NY Post

"The thing I always remember about Fred is he was a pro's pro," said Channel 4 sports director Bernie Smilovitz, whom McLeod worked with for more than a decade. "He was the consummate professional. He never left any stone unturned." McLeod grew up in Strongsville, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. When Michigan native and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert offered offered McLeod the job to call games in 2006, he couldn't pass up working for his hometown team. Detroit Free Press

EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes Istanbul bolstered its frontcourt by signing power forward Chris Singleton to a one-year deal, with an option to extend it until the end of the 2020-21 season, the club announced Tuesday. Singleton (2.06 meters, 29 years old) arrives from FC Barcelona, where he averaged 8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 35 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games last season. He helped Barcelona reach the playoffs, losing against Efes.

Former Adidas consultant Thomas "T.J." Gassnola, who cooperated with the federal government in its investigation into bribes and other corruption in college basketball, avoided prison time and was sentenced to probation in New York on Tuesday. Gassnola, a former youth basketball director from Springfield, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in April 2018 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his role in pay-for-play schemes to steer recruits to Adidas-sponsored schools.

Imagine walking into a NFL owner’s suite and seeing Dwyane Wade sitting next to Rick Ross . Sound far-fetched? Maybe but it’s definitely a possibility. “If the opportunity ever presents itself, I would do it,” Wade told Ross in GQ Sports’ One on One, “but I need the ability to be able to bring some others with me. So once we get in there, whatever change, whatever we’ve been talking about we can do it together.” Miami Herald


Enes Kanter finally won a championship in New York. It just wasn’t for the Knicks. The Boston Celtics forward clotheslined and pinned R-Truth to win the WWE 24/7 championship during a taping of “Main Event” prior to “Monday Night Raw” at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. It was WWE’s first televised show at MSG in 10 years. NY Post

Kanter, who is an avid wrestling fan and is dating WWE superstar Dana Brooke, celebrated his victory by revealing his Celtics jersey, which brought more boos and chants of “Boston Sucks” down upon him from the Garden crowd. R-Truth, whose real name is Ron Killings, quickly rolled up Kanter to win the belt back – which has to be defended 24 hours a day, seven days a week. NY Post

The United States booked its spot in the quarterfinals by finding a better shooting touch and converting turnovers into points in an 89-73 win against Brazil on Monday. Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner led the U.S. with 16 points and eight rebounds, helping the Americans bounce back from a dismal shooting performance against Greece on Saturday. The U.S. shot 63.6 percent on 2-point baskets against Brazil, in part by scoring 19 points off 15 Brazil turnovers. Oklahoman


Vince Carter said family and life after basketball were the main reasons he chose to return to the Hawks for his record 22nd and final NBA season. Carter appeared on the Winging It podcast which posted Monday with now former teammate Kent Bazemore, who was traded to the Trail Blazers in the offseason. Carter was asked by host Annie Finberg why he will return to Atlanta.

The Knicks have not fully closed the door on signing rookie Kris Wilkes for the start of training camp, according to multiple sources. While it still appears doubtful the UCLA product will be ruled healthy enough, the club has decided to summon Wilkes for another physical in the next two weeks before completely ruling him out, reconsidering an earlier stance. NY Post

Turns out the addition of Fabulous Flournoy and Mark Tyndale to Nick Nurse’s coaching staff wasn’t quite the end of the changes alongside him on the Raptors’ bench. Brittni Donaldson, a data analyst already on staff with the Raptors, will assume the old analytics coaching position held by Eric Khoury. Toronto Sun

Italy pulled off its biggest second-half comeback in FIBA World Cup history with a 94-89 overtime win against Puerto Rico Sunday. In the Azzurri’s FIBA World Cup finale, Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari teamed up with Marco Belinelli to lead Italy to victory after trailing by 20 points at halftime. Italy had never before overcome a halftime deficit of 15 points or more in the World Cup. Oklahoman

Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott was involved in a fight with Eagles fans outside Lincoln Financial Field after wearing a Redskins jersey and hat at a tailgate party before the Eagles' game against Washington. Scott didn't appear to get injured in the video of the fight. He stuck around and took selfies, according to posts by other fans.


Dwyane Wade may have recently retired from his NBA playing career, but he plans to be on the court with Lakers star LeBron James at Staples Center often in the coming season. Wade, who is now living in suburban Los Angeles, told the Los Angeles Times that he plans to work out with his former teammate before games, both at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo and at Staples.

And while the 37-year-old is enjoying his retirement and not looking to sign with another team at this moment, Wade would not entirely shut the door on a possible return when asked if watching the younger generation could inspire him to team up with LeBron for another NBA season.

The Antonio Blakeney era in Chicago appears to be over. Saturday, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the Bulls are planning to release Blakeney. NBC Sports Chicago

Jaylen Brown and Giannis Antetokounmpo had to be separated after Brown took umbrage with Thanasis Antetokounmpo’s hard foul on Harrison Barnes in the final moments of Team USA’s 69-53 win over Greece in the FIBA World Cup on Saturday. Referees and coaches came to break up the confrontation, and Brown later angrily pointed at Thanasis Antetokounmpo as well. The foul came with 1:43 left, and it sent Barnes sprawling onto his stomach.

At the FIBA Basketball World Cup on Saturday, Dennis Schroder was having fun in an 89-78 win against Senegal. The Thunder guard played part-scorer, part showman in a 24-point, 12-assist game for Germany. With Germany losing heartbreakers in its first two games of the tournament against France and the Dominican Republic to rule them out of championship contention, Schroder and Co. have essentially played exhibition games against Jordan and Senegal. Oklahoman

Clippers superstar forward Kawhi Leonard is the brother of one of the defendants accused of murdering and robbing an 84-year-old woman at Pechanga Resort Casino, Leonard’s family confirmed on Saturday, Sept. 7. One of Leonard’s sisters, Kimesha Monae Williams, 35, is being held without bail at Indio Correction Facility. Authorities say that on Aug. 31, Williams and Candace Tai Townsel, 39, followed Afaf Anis Assad, 84, of Long Beach, into a bathroom at the Casino near Temecula, broke her skull and stole her purse. Assad died Sept. 4. Press-Enterprise

Kimesha Williams, whose bail was originally set at $1 million, is now being held without bail at the Indio Jail, Vasquez said. A sheriff’s investigator sought the bail enhancement because authorities believed Williams had the means to make bail. Williams was booked on Tuesday and her next court date is Sept. 19, Vasquez said. LA Times


SuperSonics legend Jack Sikma, a driving force behind the franchise's only NBA title 40 years ago, pleaded with the league to bring back pro basketball to Seattle for the first time since 2008 during his Hall of Fame induction speech Friday night. "To all the diehard Sonic fans who proudly sport the green and gold ... there's a hole in Seattle that needs to be filled," Sikma said at Symphony Hall, less than a mile from the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, into which Sikma became the 10th member of the Sonics to be enshrined. "Speaking for all Sonics fans, it's our great hope that the NBA will soon find a pathway to bring a franchise back to Seattle. It's time." ESPN the Magazine

There weren’t many tales of glorious on-court achievements or personal accomplishments in Bobby Jones’ speech Friday night as he was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Jones thanked plenty of people who made his induction possible, from his parents to his teammates to his coaches. Though quite kind, that wasn’t especially unique. One of the groups Jones thanked, however, isn’t typically included in a Hall of Fame speech. “The NBA refs who called my games called 2,500 fouls on me during my career,” Jones said with a smile. “Their integrity and willingness to communicate to players about why a certain call was made is greatly appreciated. … Men who called them like they saw ‘em — sometimes in my favor, sometimes not.” NBC Sports Philly

Spain’s defense clamped down to keep Italy to only seven points in the final 4 ½ minutes of a 67-60 win at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in the second group stage. With the loss, Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari and Italy were eliminated. Spain and Serbia advanced from their four-team group, as Serbia demolished Puerto Rico 90-47 Friday. Italy will play Puerto Rico in a consolation game on Sunday (3:30 a.m. ESPN+). Oklahoman

The Celtics hired Harvard graduate and former WNBA player Allison Feaster as their director of player development, the team confirmed Friday evening. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge acknowledged the news during an event hosted at WBUR CitySpace.

The Celtics agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with forward Kaiser Gates, a league source confirmed Thursday. The 6-foot-8-inch former Xavier standout is expected to have a chance to claim Boston’s final open roster spot, although he will have plenty of competition, including Tremont Waters, Tacko Fall, and Javonte Green. Boston Globe

A season predicated by dominance gave the Washington Mystics a slight speed bump Friday night. As victories of 20 or more points have become standard for Washington, a scrappy Dallas Wings gave them all they could handle in the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Nevertheless, with a Washington 86-73 victory over the Dallas Wings and a Connecticut Sun loss, the Mystics clinched the No. 1 seed in the 2019 WNBA Playoffs. NBC Sports Washington

Fresh off back-to-back NBA championships, professional basketball’s Golden State Warriors of San Francisco have been described by reputable news outlets as the “greatest dynasty in the modern era” and as “absurd collection of talent.” Perhaps to celebrate those supreme accolades, majority owner Joe Lacob and his wife Nicole Curran have girded their loins and charged away from their longtime Silicon Valley, Calif. residence to the seaside city of Malibu, where they’ve laid out $29.1 million for a decidedly decadent oceanfront mansion on desirable Carbon Beach.


One of the most revered figures in Warriors franchise history is being recognized this, as Al Attles will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. Attles spent the past six decades working with the organization, starting as the team’s point guard in 1960. After 12 years as a player, Attles served as the team’s coach before transitioning into a front-office role and becoming an ambassador for the franchise. “I feel tremendous, this is a very, very nice honor,” Attles said on Thursday. “I really appreciate what these people have done for me and I hope can continue doing what I do for them.” NBC Sports Bay Area

Ralph Lawler posed for selfies, signed autographs, appreciated all the “Lawlerisms” he heard and enjoyed the “thrill of a lifetime” Thursday when he received the Curt Gowdy Award at the Family Reunion and Awards Dinner at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. Lawler, 81, retired this spring after 40 seasons calling 3,229 regular-season Clippers games – and though he said he’s ready for an anonymous life in Bend, Oregon, there’s part of him that wishes he’d timed his exit a little differently. Within the month, the Clippers – serious contenders for the next NBA title with the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George – will begin training camp without Lawler, which “is awkward, to say the least,” he said by phone from Springfield, Mass. OC Register

Rui Hachimura and Team Japan were blown out, 98-45, by Team USA in the FIBA World Cup on Thursday morning. Here are five observations from the Wizards' 2019 first round pick's performance: Though there was much to analyze about Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura's showdown with Team USA on Thursday morning, there is only one way to begin a story about his game. That is with his dunk over Pacers center Myles Turner, which was undoubtedly the play of the game, even if it in no way indicated how the rest of the day for Japan went. NBC Sports Washington

The Bulls announced Thursday that small forward Chandler Hutchison suffered a left hamstring strain while working out. An MRI confirmed the diagnosis, and Hutchison "will be reevaluated regularly as he progresses through his rehabilitation," according to a press release. It's yet another setback for the 23rd pick in last year's draft, who suffered a season-ending broken toe in late January and played in just 44 games. He finished his rookie season averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting 45.9% from the field. NBC Sports Chicago

Matt Mooney has signed a contract with the Grizzlies after helping lead Texas Tech to its first Final Four this past season. Mooney, 22, is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard with a reputation as a quality defender and 3-point shooter. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Charles Barkley will be given a statue in his likeness by the Philadelphia 76ers, the team that traded him to the Phoenix Suns in 1992. The 76ers announced in a team statement Thursday that they will honor the NBA Hall of Famer on Sept. 13, adding Barkley on the team's short walkway called Legends Walk. "Sir Charles" will be alongside the team's eight other bronze statues with their own plaques including basketball icons Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving. Arizona Republic

Rookie swingman Kris Wilkes of UCLA won’t be headed to Knicks training camp on a two-way contract, The Post has learned. Due to health reasons, Wilkes’ verbal agreement on a two-way deal has been voided. Wilkes, a 6-foot-8 small forward who averaged 17.4 points as a UCLA sophomore sniper, missed the Las Vegas summer league with what the Knicks termed an illness. NY Post

And lastly, does the sudden attrition open a path for Brooklyn to bring unemployed ex-Knick star Carmelo Anthony back to New York? Both the Nets and the NBA have a little time to speak with Kurucs and his girlfriend, though she doesn’t have to talk to either. If the case isn’t sorted by the start of camp, commissioner Adam Silver can put Kurucs on administrative leave pending a league investigation. Even if the case is dismissed or Kurucs pleads down to a lesser charge, he could be suspended. Then of course there’s the fact the Latvian is here in a work visa, opening a whole immigration can of worms the Nets would rather avoid. NY Post

Can GM Sean Marks go into the season with just that? If not, Carmelo Anthony is still out there. He’d been working out with a host of Nets in LA this offseason, and several vets have lobbied the front office to sign him. A source told The Post last month there was “nothing to it.” But with the Nets in dire straits, The Athletic cited anonymous league sources viewing them favorably as a landing spot. Though ex-Net Joe Johnson said he’ll work out for Brooklyn next week, Anthony is now more of a position fit. NY Post

First the Pawtucket Red Sox, next the Maine Red Claws? The Worcester City Council passed a motion this week asking city officials to reach out to the Boston Celtics to “express interest” in bringing the team’s G League affiliate to the Massachusetts city. As the Worcester Business Journal first reported Wednesday, the motion floats the idea of swiping the Red Claws from Maine once the Celtics finalize their recent agreement to purchase the Portland-based team.

Former Warriors executive board member Jerry West received the nation's highest honor on Thursday. President Donald Trump presented the decorated former NBA player and executive with the Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House. "It never ceases to amaze me the places you can go in this world chasing a basketball," West said during the ceremony. NBC Sports Bay Area

President Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom to the former N.B.A. great Jerry West on Thursday, the second time in two weeks that the president has honored a long-retired standout from a league whose current generation of stars is known for refusing to visit his White House. Mr. Trump called the former Los Angeles Lakers star “a legend” who made “plays that will be remembered for forever — I know many of them.” NY Times

The Oval Office ceremony took place only two weeks after the president awarded the medal to the former Boston Celtics star Bob Cousy, a 13-time N.B.A. all-star during the 1950s and 1960s who is worshiped as one of Boston’s greatest sports heroes. As Mr. Trump noted on Thursday, Mr. West and Mr. Cousy also played against each other. NY Times


Before signing with the Lakers in one of the more surprising reunions in NBA history, Dwight Howard said his life away from the court hit rock bottom this summer. "It didn't have anything to do with basketball," Howard said Wednesday during an introductory conference call with reporters. "It was just stuff going [on] in my personal life. Mentally, physically and spiritually. It had nothing to do with me as a basketball player or anything like that. It was just personal things that I had to deal with which made me stronger."

Howard said he tackled his personal strife this summer through reading and meditation exercises to center himself. "This summer was very important to me as an individual," he said. "Got a chance to really isolate myself. Not from people but just really isolate, really try to get alone and become one with myself and become more balanced. This summer was really, really important for me."

Steve Nash worked closely with Kevin Durant in Golden State. The two often were seen working one-on-one when Nash popped in at the Warriors' practice facility. The two kings of their craft grew on a personal level, too. As for why he thinks Durant left, Nash turned to some of the same reasons KD fled the Thunder for the Warriors in free agency in the first place -- he wanted another challenge. "Kevin's a thoughtful -- I don't want to say complicated -- sophisticated, he's continually pushing himself and searching for whatever it is that's out there that's going to fulfill him and excite him," Nash said. "I think maybe that part of it was underestimated that he would leave in three years, because that's what led him there in the first place." NBC Sports Bay Area

Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari had his best offensive performance of the FIBA Basketball World Cup on Wednesday, but Serbia is ranked No. 4 in the world for a reason. Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic torched the Italian defense for 31 points, and Denver center Nikola Jokic had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in Serbia’s 92-77 win against Italy in the final game of group play. Oklahoman

The Thunder has signed 2018 second-round pick Devon Hall to a two-way contract. After the Thunder selected Hall 53rd overall in 2018, the 6-foot-5, 211-pound guard played his first season with the Cairns Taipans of the National Basketball League in Australia, then joined the G League Oklahoma City Blue after the NBL season ended. Hall averaged 7.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 42.2 percent from 3 in 10 games. Oklahoman

Nuggets second-round pick Bol Bol was signed to a two-way contract on Wednesday, a league source confirmed, meaning he’ll split his rookie season developing in the G League and the NBA. Bol, the 7-foot-2 center from Oregon, won’t spend more than 45 days with the Nuggets this season unless his contract is converted to a standard one, which could happen at any time. Denver Post

The Charlotte Hornets tendered a minimum contract to second-round pick Jalen McDaniels on Tuesday, which protects the Hornets’ draft rights should McDaniels sign elsewhere. That tender offer is only for a rookie minimum salary (about $900,000) and is not guaranteed, so it’s unlikely McDaniels would sign such a contract. It’s possible McDaniels, a 6-10 forward out of San Diego State, could still end up in Hornets training camp either on a two-way contract or some other minimum deal. Charlotte Observer

A Stephen Curry-led girls empowerment event at the Warriors' new home Wednesday was expected to include comedian Kevin Hart. However, with a recent car crash in Southern California keeping Hart from attending, Curry sent his well wishes. "The first thing I was thinking about [was] his health and him being all right," Curry said after the event at Chase Center. "I hear he's having surgery and all that, and it's not life-threatening. You can take a sigh of relief." NBC Sports Bay Area


Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum will miss at least the next two World Cup games for Team USA with a sprained left ankle. Tatum turned the ankle in the final seconds of overtime in Team USA's 93-92 win over Turkey Tuesday night. He was examined Wednesday and was declared to be out at least five days. He will get re-evaluated on Sept. 9.

As the Warriors celebrated the opening of Chase Center on Tuesday, an old friend was enjoying his first day on a new job at the new arena. Former Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who played with Golden State for two seasons from 2016 through 2018, is back with the organization as a consultant. "It's great to be back," Pachulia told NBC Sports Bay Area. "So many familiar faces. ... Today's my first day in the office in my new job, so I'm very excited." NBC Sports Bay Area

Sam Newman-Beck spent eight seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves organization before leaving last summer to work as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks’ G-League affiliate as Tom Thibodeau reshuffled his front office. Now, a year later, Newman-Beck is back. He was named the head coach of the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota’s G-League affiliate, on Tuesday. Pioneer Press

The Warriors are the most popular NBA team online in China, according to the “NBA Red Card,” a study into the digital performance of the NBA compiled by the Mailman Group. Golden State scored 90 points on the study’s scale, which was 24 points higher than the next closest franchise (Houston Rockets, 66). The Los Angeles Lakers were No. 3 on the list with 53 points. NBC Sports Bay Area

The Brooklyn Nets are looking into allegations of domestic violence against Rodions Kurucs after the forward was arrested in Brooklyn and released without bail Tuesday. Kurucs was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge and is due back in court Oct. 21.

Confirming what had long been feared, the Seattle Storm announced on Tuesday that Sue Bird, the team’s superstar point guard, would miss the remainder of the season and the playoffs as she continued to recover from knee surgery. Bird teamed with Breanna Stewart, the reigning most valuable player, last season to lead the Storm to the franchise’s third W.N.B.A. championship, but injuries have prevented both stars from playing this year. Going into a game on Tuesday, Seattle had a 16-15 record with three games remaining in the regular season; the Storm finished last season at 26-8 for the league’s best record. NY Times

The L.A. home of Lakers center JaVale McGee was burglarized over the weekend -- with scumbags stealing everything from cash to an NBA Championship ring, TMZ Sports has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us ... McGee only discovered the burglary Tuesday, but surveillance footage shows the incident took place on Saturday.


The Charlotte Hornets are in the process of adding free-agent point guard Kobi Simmons for training camp, an NBA source confirmed. Simmons, 6-foot-5, played 35 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2017-18 season and a game with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. He has played primarily in the G-League since going unselected in the 2017 NBA draft. A former McDonald’s high school All-American, Simmons played one college season at Arizona before turning pro. Charlotte Observer

The United States remained at the top of Group E Tuesday with a thrilling 93-92 overtime win over Turkey. The drama reached a peak with 12.3 seconds to go in regulation, when Turkey’s Ersan Ilyasova tipped in the go-ahead basket. At the end of Team USA’s next frantic possession, Jayson Tatum launched a long shot at the buzzer, drawing a foul. After a review, the officials determined the foul was made in time, and Tatum went to the line for three free throws with the United States down by two points. Oklahoman

One of the first things Nets GM Sean Marks did when he got to Brooklyn was buy out Joe Johnson’s contract. Could he be bringing back the big shot-making wing? The 38-year-old Johnson will work out for Brooklyn next week at HSS Training Center, according to ESPN. The veteran played for the Nets from 2012-16, averaging 14.7 points in 288 games over three and a half seasons. NY Post

Still, Johnson’s return is far from certain for a couple of reasons. One, Brooklyn’s roster is full. Wilson Chandler was suspended for 25 games after testing positive for PEDs and the Nets, who haven’t commented on the suspension, can fill his spot after he’s missed five games. NY Post

Joe Johnson, who last played in the NBA in 2017-18, will audition for three Eastern Conference playoff teams from a year ago in the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets, according to sources. Johnson, 38, hit the game-winning shot for the Triplets in Sunday's BIG3 championship game and is a career 16.0 points per game scorer in 17 seasons in the NBA.

During an appearance on Real 92.3 LA, Lonzo Ball told legendary radio host Big Boy that he found out he was traded to the Pelicans like everyone else did: on Twitter. Asked if he knew he was going to be traded, Ball said, "No, I found out on Twitter." "We was in the car. We had just left my grandfather's house on the way to (brother LaMelo's) Drew League game," Ball continued. "That's how we found out. ... I don't know everybody's situation, but that's how we all found out." USA Today/LonzoWire

The Americans next play Tuesday against Turkey, which has good size and bashed Japan with physical play in their opener. Kemba Walker can expect to get another full dose. And there will be more after that. But Walker is welcoming it, part of the overall national team experience that is expanding his horizons. "It's always good to have respect from opposing teams, especially in FIBA basketball," Walker said. "I'm just a kid from New York, from the Bronx. It's a great feeling to have fans all around the world for me."

In a 92-61 win against Angola on Monday, Danilo Gallinari wasn’t as efficient as his opening-round performance against the Philippines, but the Italians again made quick work of an inferior oppponent in Group D play in China. Against Angola, Gallinari had seven points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes. Gallinari shot 3-of-7 from the field and missed his two 3-point attempts, but his engaged defense and aggression on offense helped Italy burst out to a 25-11 lead after the first quarter. Oklahoman


A 15-year partnership dissolved late Saturday as the long-running deal between Altitude Sports and two of its major distributors, Comcast and DIRECTV, expired. Despite recent talks between the two sides, there was no deal in place as of Sunday. One person familiar with negotiations described the two sides as “not close.” Denver Post

We all knew the prices for tickets to watch the Warriors during their inaugural season at Chase Center would be crazy. But one fan is taking it to a whole new level with their asking price for two tickets for the Warriors' home opener on Oct. 24 against the Clippers. As of Sunday night, there are two front-row baseline tickets on sale on Ticketmaster for $24,000 a piece. NBC Sports Bay Area

Two games into the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari and Italy are off to a perfect start. But the biggest test of group play remains on Wednesday. In a 92-61 win against Angola on Monday, Gallinari wasn’t as efficient as his opening round performance against the Philippines, but the Italians again made quick work of an inferior opponent in Group D play in China. Oklahoman

Germany desperately needed Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder’s first basket of the FIBA World Cup Sunday. He launched a 3-pointer from the left wing to threaten France for the first time. It wouldn’t last. Germany’s 78-74 loss to France in its first game of the Group Phase included a run in the second quarter that showed how potent Germany’s offense could be with Schroder running the floor. Oklahoman

Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson was spotted having a great time at the Chicago Cubs game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Thompson, who was dressed up in Cubs paraphernalia, was at the game with his girlfriend Laura Harrier, who was born in Chicago and raised in nearby Evanston. First, Thompson was shouting at Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich while Yelich was at-bat. Some speculated he was heckling Yelich. SF Chronicle


The Rockets on Friday reached agreement with guard Eric Gordon on the largest contract extension they could offer, a person with knowledge of the deal said. With Gordon, 30, going into the final season of the four-year deal he signed with the Rockets as a free agent in 2016, the Rockets will sign Gordon to a four-year, $75.6 million extension, according to the individual familiar with the agreement. Including the remaining season on his contract, Gordon will earn roughly $90 million over the next five seasons. Houston Chronicle

There's no way Warriors CEO Joe Lacob [was going to] let Klay Thompson wind up on a different team in free agency, though. Despite Thompson's torn ACL, Lacob and the rest of the Warriors' front office never wavered in signing the star shooting guard to a five-year, $190 million max contract. "There was no doubt in my mind, whatsoever," Lacob said to NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole on the latest episode of The Warriors Insider Podcast. "I, and we, want Klay to be here for a long time. He's one of my favorite players in the world." NBC Sports Bay Area

The Thunder has started to fill out its preseason roster, agreeing with free agent Eric Moreland to a training camp deal according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Moreland (6-foot-10, 238 pounds) appeared in five games between Phoenix and Toronto last season. The 27-year-old center/power forward has career averages of 1.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in four NBA seasons. Oklahoman

In Italy’s opening game of the FIBA Basketball World Cup on Saturday, Danilo Gallinari showed he’s fully recovered from a surgery earlier this month. Gallinari logged 16 points, four assists and three rebounds while playing a team-high 23 minutes in Italy’s 108-62 win against the Philippines to open group play in China. Oklahoman

Training camp is still a month away, but when the new-look Knicks convene at the end of September, they won’t be strangers. For weeks, they have been working out together and connecting through a text chain featuring the entire team. They have trained in Los Angeles, in Florida and most recently at Columbia University to get familiar with each other. “We want to prove people wrong,” forward Taj Gibson told The Post. “But the message is already there: Let the work show for itself.” NY Post

In his 10 years in the league, Taj Gibson has reached the playoffs eight times, advancing to the conference finals once, in 2011 with the Bulls. A physical and reliable 6-foot-9 big man who signed a two-year, $20 million deal to come home, he’s used to big expectations, not what most experts believe lies ahead for the rebuilding Knicks this year. But he doesn’t mind the change. In fact, he’s thrilled to be a Knick, getting the chance to come back home and help mold younger players. NY Post

On LeBron James: The Los Angeles Lakers superstar is looking to monetize his popular videos by filing to trademark the term "Taco Tuesday." One of James' companies, LBJ Trademarks, submitted the necessary paperwork with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in August.

Early Thursday morning, Bradley Beal became a father for the second time. The guard and his partner Kamiah Adams welcomed son Braylon Elias Beal to their family. NBC Sports Washington

EuroLeague: AX Armani Exchange Milan was tested before prevailing over Junior Casale Monferrato 76-73 in the opening game at the Castelletto Ticino Tournament on Saturday night. Milan led by 15 at halftime, but gave up most of that lead in the third quarter before allowing Monferrato to lead briefly in the fourth. A late Sergio Rodriguez three-pointer and a Kaleb Tarczewski score secured the Milan victory.


With the Toronto Raptors celebrating their 25th anniversary this fall, the NBA team is bringing back their classic dinosaur look for six games this season, said Dave Haggith, senior director of communications at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. The retro dino jersey, dubbed the Hardwood Classic, will be one of four uniforms the team will wear this coming season along with the regular home, road and the OVO (black and gold). Toronto Star

Zaza Pachulia has joined the Warriors front office as a consultant after one season playing for the Detroit Pistons. With Pachulia set to reunite with former teammate Klay Thompson, let’s take a look back at some of the more hilarious moments in what is one of the NBA’s strongest bromances. NBC Sports Bay Area

Several other changes and additions to the team's front office and coaching staff were announced by the Warriors on Thursday. Kirk Lacob, the son of team owner Joe Lacob, was promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations, and Mike Dunleavy Jr. was promoted to assistant general manager, the team announced. Aaron Miles, who played for the Warriors during his rookie season, was one of four player development coaches added to the team. SF Chronicle

Jamal Crawford hasn’t signed with anyone, yet. He can still play in the NBA and help any team on and off the court, but should that team be the Phoenix Suns in 2019-20? Probably not. Arizona Republic

Bleacher Report named the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers as five ideal teams for Crawford to join this season. All five should make the playoffs with the Bucks, 76ers and Lakers all being legitimate championship contenders. Arizona Republic

U.S.A. Basketball’s difficulties in assembling a 12-man roster for its first major competition in three years, and its first since Popovich succeeded Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski as coach, have been well-chronicled. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Houston’s James Harden, Portland’s Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum and Washington’s Bradley Beal highlight a long list of players who initially agreed to play this summer and then withdrew. NY Times

In the end, U.S.A.B. officials talked to more than 50 players before settling upon a group that features Boston’s Walker and Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton as the only All-Stars from last season. The veteran center Brook Lopez, Middleton’s Bucks teammate, is the only other player on the 12-man roster with an All-Star appearance (one) on his résumé. NY Times

Wilson Chandler, a veteran N.B.A. forward now signed to the Nets, has been suspended for 25 games without pay for violating the league's antidrug policy by taking “small doses” of a banned substance the league identified as Ipamorelin, a growth hormone. Chandler, 32, who signed with the Nets as a free agent in July, apologized in a statement on Thursday. NY Times

The sale of the YES Network, the regional sports network home of the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets, to a consortium including the Amazon, the Yankees and Sinclair Broadcast Group, was finalized Thursday. At $3.47 billion, the transaction is the largest piece of turf in the larger landscape of the formerly Fox-owned regional sports networks unloaded by Disney in the wake of its Fox acquisition.

An arrest warrant for the Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins was issued Thursday in Mobile, Ala., for a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, a Mobile police spokeswoman confirmed. A court also granted Christy West a protective order, forbidding Cousins from contacting her. Earlier this week, West, who identified herself as having once had a relationship with Cousins, filed papers in Mobile County Court accusing Cousins of threatening to shoot her. The paperwork also included an accusation that Cousins had choked her in the past. West requested that the court issue a restraining order against Cousins forbidding contact with her or their 7-year-old child. NY Times


Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob raised some eyebrows in July when he stated the team intends to retire the jersey number of the recently departed Kevin Durant. Despite some fan discontent, Lacob maintains he still plans to retire Durant's No. 35. "The intention is to retire his number, but we specifically said it that way, for now," Lacob recently told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami. "Because he's still playing, it's kind of inappropriate to some extent to say you're gonna retire his number when he's still playing in the league, but that's the intention." San Francisco Chronicle

Joe Johnson, the 6-foot-7 38-year-old also known as "Iso Joe," will work out with the Sixers Thursday, sources confirmed. Marc J. Spears of ESPN and The Undefeated first reported the news. Johnson has been dominant this season for the Triplets in the Big3, a 3-on-3 league co-founded by Ice Cube which features four-point shots. NBC Sports Philly

The Splash Brothers have shoe-endorsement deals with Under Armour and Anta, respectively, and their respective successes with the Warriors have, at the very least, made fans realize that yes, those companies do make basketball shoes. Curry and Thompson pull in plenty of pretty pennies for their sneaker choices but, as Kurt Badenhausen's story for Forbes on Tuesday showed, it's still Michael Jordan's world and everyone else in the NBA is just living in it. While Curry ($20 million a year, per Forbes) and Thompson ($9 million) make a lot on their current shoe deals, they both pale in comparison to Jordan ($130 million). Jordan, currently the Charlotte Hornets' chairman, has not played in an NBA game since April 16, 2003. NBC Sports Bay Area

Before newly acquired Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio and center Aron Baynes take the floor as teammates, they will compete on different sides in the world’s largest international basketball tournament. They are each representing their countries at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, which starts on Saturday in China. Rubio is on Spain’s national team while Baynes will play for Australia. Arizona Sports

Seven years after “Linsanity” took over the NBA, and months after he became the first Asian-American player to win a championship ring, Jeremy Lin has signed with the Beijing Shougang Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association, the team announced on Tuesday. There was a chilly NBA free agency market for Lin, 31, who split last year between the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors. He played only 27 minutes for the Raptors in the playoffs, including just one mop-up minute in the finals. National Post

Signing with the Chinese league does not necessarily end his NBA career. The CBA season ends in March, allowing him time to sign a late-season contract with an NBA team in need of a veteran. National Post

The long-rumored return of the Utah Jazz’s purple-colored mountain-themed jerseys finally was confirmed by the team Wednesday morning on social media. The jerseys, which the Jazz originally wore between 1996-2004, will be part of the team’s uniform set for the 2019-20 season. Salt Lake Tribune

The new versions feature most of the original components, such as the white-to-purple gradient mountain range; the motion-indicating ’90s-style “Jazz” wordmark; the white numbers and teal-and-copper trim; and the shorts featuring the mountain range on the left leg, secondary “UJ” logo, and the snowflake design on the waistband. Salt Lake Tribune

Larry Bird will present former Celtics coach Bill Fitch at this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall on Sept. 6. Fitch coached the Celtics from 1979-83, leading them to the 1981 title. He coached in the NBA from 1970-98 with the Cavaliers, Celtics, Rockets, Nets, and Clippers, and won 944 games. He also coached at the collegiate level from 1956-70. Boston Globe

EuroLeague: Real Madrid announced on Thursday that longtime head coach Pablo Laso had agreed to a new contract that will keep him on Los Blancos' sidelines through the end of the 2020-21 season. Laso, 51, first took the reins in the Spanish capital in 2011 and the team has had nothing but success, reaching six EuroLeague Final Fours, four championships games and lifting the crown in both 2015 and 2018.


DeMarcus Cousins, the All-Star NBA center who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last month, has been accused of threatening to shoot a woman with whom he had a child, according to a protection order request filed in Mobile County Court in Alabama on Monday. The request was submitted by a woman who identified herself as having once had a relationship with Cousins. According to the filing, Cousins threatened to shoot her last Friday, the day before Cousins’ wedding with another woman, Morgan Lang. In the court filing, the woman accused Cousins of having choked her in the past. NY Times/

The news website TMZ, which first reported the accusations on Tuesday, published an audio recording of a phone call said to be of Cousins threatening to shoot the woman if she did not let their child attend his wedding. In the court filing, the woman said Cousins, using an expletive, threatened to shoot her in the head “even if he didn’t have to get his hands dirty doing it.” NY Times/

"We are aware of the allegation involving DeMarcus Cousins and, of course, take this claim seriously," the Lakers wrote. "We are in the process of gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time." SF Chronicle

Cousins declined to comment when reached by ESPN. TMZ shared an audio recording West took of the incident and she says that the male voice heard is that of Cousins.

The Warriors are adding competition to their training camp. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that the Warriors and veteran Andrew Harrison have agreed to a training camp contract, the guard's agent says. NBC Sports Bay Area

“For me, the biggest thing is just to get back to my roots. The biggest thing is to elevate my defense, to get back to what got me drafted,” Donovan Mitchell told The Salt Lake Tribune after defeating Canada in the USA’s final pre-World Cup exhibition game. “I think that’s one thing I’ve prided myself on, and I think (USA head coach Gregg Popovich) has really put that in my head as well.” In exhibition matches so far, it’s been inconsistent. In the first game, a win, against Australia, Mitchell got after it defensively for all 24 seconds of an opponents’ possession. In that game, he guarded Patty Mills, and really shut him down in the second half, navigating screens like a snake and being extremely aggressive about denying the Aussies’ most dangerous scorer the ball. Salt Lake Tribune

The Phoenix Suns are set to open training camp on Oct. 1 in Flagstaff after media day on Sept. 30. Phoenix has had camp at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff the last six years and 22 times overall. The Suns are coming off their second-worst record in franchise history at 19-63 under Igor Kokoskov. Arizona Republic

The Hawks announced the signing of guard Armoni Brooks on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed but it is an Exhibit 10 deal, according to a person familiar with the situation. AJC

Jeremy Lin, who became the first Asian-American to win an NBA title on the Toronto Raptors this past season, will play in the Chinese Basketball Association next season after signing with the Beijing Shougang Ducks. The 31-year-old Lin spent nine seasons in the NBA, most prominently with the New York Knicks in 2012 during the “Linsanity” streak of high-scoring games propelled the former Golden State Warriors castoff to brief star status. Toronto Sun


Dwight Howard officially signed his one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Lakers on Monday, after clearing the league’s waiver wire. To make room for Howard, the Lakers waived forward Aric Holman. LA Times

After the Lakers’ intentions to sign the 33-year-old, eight-time All-Star became known on Friday, Howard was bought out of his contract with the Memphis Grizzlies and cleared waivers. Howard’s $2.6 million veteran’s minimum deal is non-guaranteed, and ESPN reported that Howard won’t be paid any of it until the regular season begins in October. OC Register

Howard’s addition boosts the depth in the frontcourt for the Lakers, who are expecting to play without DeMarcus Cousins (torn left ACL) for most, if not all, of next season. While Howard played a career-low nine games last season due to back surgery, he’s shown himself to be productive when healthy. Playing 81 games as a starter in Charlotte during the 2017-18 season, he averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game. The Lakers reportedly worked out Howard last week with other well-known veteran big men Joakim Noah and Marreese Speights. OC Register

“Welcome to Chase Center,” said Golden State Warriors team president Rick Welts as he stood in front of the team’s new home in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. “I’ve been waiting over seven years to say that.” Welts was addressing members of the media before a tour of the new facility Monday (see the photos here), not quite six weeks before it will first see its first preseason game on Oct. 5, with Steph Curry and the Warriors taking on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Mercury News


The Nets and Caris LeVert reached a contract extension Sunday, one that should keep Brooklyn’s rising young guard a big part of their playoff core. The three-year, $52.5 million extension — first reported by ESPN and confirmed by The Post — came on LeVert’s 25th birthday. NY Post

LeVert — who averaged 13.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in a season interrupted by a gruesome foot injury — is still on his rookie deal for this upcoming campaign. The rookie extension — which was largely expected — won’t kick in until the 2020-21 season. NY Post

Order restored. After losing for the first time in nearly 13 years two days earlier, the United States rebounded to outclass Canada 84-68 in a pre-World Cup exhibition basketball game Monday. At the same arena where the Americans won Olympic gold at the Sydney 2000 Games the U.S. never trailed, leading 20-9 after the first quarter and 46-31 at halftime. AP/Denver Post

Derrick White is headed to China after all. The near-term future had been uncertain for the Spurs and Team USA guard after he took a nasty spill in the United States’ exhibition loss to Australia on Saturday. Bandaged and banged-up, White nevertheless logged 13 minutes and scored six points in Monday’s 84-68 romp over Canada in Sydney that served as Team USA’s final tune-up before the FIBA World Cup begins next month in China. Express News

If the Warriors ever need to find a replacement for Draymond Green, they can turn to two-way guard Damion Lee for help. Lee and his wife, Sydel Curry-Lee, are parents to two dogs, Quavo and Nobu, and one reminds Lee of the Warriors All-Star forward. "Nobu would be a Draymond," Lee told NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann on the latest episode of Pro Pets. "Commands respect. Like, you're going to know he's there, but also would do anything for you. He always fights for him, like Draymond fights for all of us." NBC Sports Bay Area


The Dwight Howard saga continues, this time turning the clock back to 2013. The 33-year-old center, who only played nine games for the Wizards a season ago, will be bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Los Angeles reportedly expressed interest in Howard after center Demarcus Cousins tore his ACL during a workout last week. NBC Sports Washington

Why didn't Zach LaVine receive more national praise last season? Fresh off a $78 million contract, the 25-year-old averaged 25.6 points on 44% shooting, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 36.1 minutes in October/November. He led the non-James Harden NBA in usage rate (32.5%), a slight tick above Kevin Durant (32.1%), Joel Embiid (32.0%), Devin Booker (31.4%) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (31.3%). NBC Sports Chicago

So why didn't LaVine get more attention? Because points aren't everything and wins matter. The latter isn't really LaVine's fault. The Bulls went 5-18 during LaVine's heavy usage stretch, but that was more a by-product of the injuries and decimated rotation. It would have been tough for Giannis Antetokounmpo to drag the Bulls to a win in late October when Cam Payne scored 15 points, Cristiano Felicio led the team in rebounds and Antonio Blakeney played 22 minutes off the bench. LaVine needed to play flawlessly for the Bulls to win - he averaged 30.6 points in the Bulls' five wins. The Bulls couldn't have won last season. NBC Sports Chicago

Markkanen had every excuse to regress in Year 2, and instead put together a promising season bookended by two injuries. He was lethal in February, averaging 26.2 points and 12.0 rebounds. He dropped a career-high 35 points on the Celtics’ No. 4 defense, made some defensive improvement late in the season and heeded his coach's advice to be aggressive on the glass and move the ball up the floor himself - he had 20 double-doubles as a sophomore, six more than his rookie season in 16 fewer games. NBC Sports Chicago

In stunning fashion, the United States Men's National Basketball Team had their 78-game international winning streak snapped on Friday with a 98-94 loss to Australia. The loss was Team USA's first defeat in a major international tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championship semifinals. With the 2019 FIBA World Cup a week away, this depleted Team USA is far from winning gold. NBC Sports Bay Area

Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma will not be able to go on participating with Team USA basketball due to a left ankle injury. The decision, which was announced after Team USA lost for the first time in nearly 13 years, sets the club’s roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup. LA Times

Between Nikola Jokic’s Serbian national team, France, Greece and Australia, the international tournament appears wide open. Nuggets forward Juancho Hernangomez will represent Spain, another medal contender. Team USA will play one more exhibition against Canada on Monday prior to the start of the World Cup, which runs from Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China. Denver Post

Julius Randle — who signed a three-year, $63 million deal with the first two guaranteed — has worked out tirelessly this offseason, knowing a lot of the load will fall on him. The 2014 Lakers lottery pick is coming off a career year in which he averaged 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Pelicans. Chemistry could be the Knicks’ big issue more than talent, Randle said. That’s why their get-together in L.A. was crucial. After Labor Day, players start to come to New York for informal workouts as training camp beginning Sept. 30. NY Post

Randle, 24, pulled out of Team USA’s World Cup roster because of family issues. A source said he needed to be around and the commitment overseas was too long. Team USA already misses him, losing in an exhibition in Australia on Friday night. Randle is just focused on the Knicks’ fortunes. Expectations have been set low with Las Vegas putting an Over-Under win total at 28. NY Post

Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton, accused earlier this year in a lawsuit of sexual assault, has been cleared by his team and the NBA after an independent investigation found insufficient basis for the allegations. But the cloud over Walton’s career and reputation is not yet fully lifted. His accuser, Kelli Tennant, a former sports broadcasting colleague of Walton’s, filed a sexual battery lawsuit against Walton that may take years to conclude. Tennant alleged in the lawsuit and in an April news conference that Walton pinned her down and sexually assaulted her in a Santa Monica hotel room in 2014. Sacramento Bee


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