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  • AP Source: Blake Griffin opts out, becomes free agent (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   Blake Griffin has decided to test free agency, telling the Los Angeles Clippers that he is opting out of the final year of his contract. A person with direct knowledge of Griffin’s plans confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither the five-time ...
  • NBA Draft 2017: LaVar Ball leads our look at high- and low-key winners and losers Jan 27, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) is fouled by Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Sacramento in overtime 115-111. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports(PhatzRadio Sports / FTW)   —-   The 2017 NBA Draft came with a flurry of trades and very few to no stunning picks. Teams mostly did pretty well, while very few completely owned the night. With that in mind, For The Win decided to approach the traditional winners-and-losers column a bit different. Here are four high-key winners ...
  • 2017 NBA draft: Top five goes all freshmen for first time in history De'Aaron Fox (Kentucky) shows off the inside of his suit after being introduced as the number five overall pick to the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.(Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)  —-   NEW YORK – College freshmen were selected 1-2-3-4-5 in Thursday’s NBA Draft, marking the first time in draft history that that has happened. The Philadelphia 76ers took Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick, the Los Angeles Lakers selected UCLA guard Lonzo Ball at No. 2 and ...
  • 2017 NBA draft tracker: Pick-by-pick grades and analysis -2017-06-22-Lonzo-Ball(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)     —-    After several trades and plenty of pre-draft chatter, the night is finally here. Follow all of USA TODAY Sports’ NBA draft analysis here, featuring picks and grades from reporter Adi Joseph. We will be updating this file regularly as picks are filed and trades are confirmed. A word on the grades: Yes, ...
  • 2017 NBA draft trade tracker: Breaking down the draft night deals -NBA-BROOKLYN-NETS-AT-CHICAGO-BULLS-90207575-1-(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-   With the 2017 NBA draft in the books, we’ve got you covered on all of the movement from around the Association. Clippers nab tournament hero Clippers get: Pick No. 48 (Sindarius Thornwell) Bucks get: Cash Breakdown: Odds are Thornwell, the 6-foot-5 guard who led South Carolina to the Final Four during his senior ...
  • NBA mock draft 4.0: How massive trades impact Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum NBA Draft 062316(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)     —-    The 2017 NBA Draft already has been turned upside down by trades. The No. 1 pick has been traded, as have a low first-rounder and a pair of second-rounders. Plus team needs already are shifting. Expect all of that multiplied by 10 Thursday night. This should be one of ...
  • NBA Draft 2017: Who’s No. 3? NBA draft intrigue begins after Fultz, Ball NBA Draft 2017 CNEW YORK (AP) — Markelle Fultz is still expected to be the No. 1 pick, though the destination has changed. Lonzo Ball wants to stay home with the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, and it seems surer than ever he will. The intrigue, then, starts with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft Thursday. That’s where ...
  • NBA Trades: A week after Finals, the NBA in overdrive Jan 27, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) is fouled by Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Sacramento in overtime 115-111. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez are on the move. Dwyane Wade is opting in. Pau Gasol is opting out. The Los Angeles Lakers provided the clearest indication yet that Lonzo Ball is their guy. The NBA offseason is already in overdrive. A dizzying series of moves came on Tuesday. Howard got traded ...
  • NBA draft buzz: Butler’s name circulating once again FILE - In this March 17, 2017, file photo, Michigan State guard Alvin Ellis III (3) defends as Miami guard Davon Reed (5) moves to the basket in the first half of a first-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla. Reed has crisscrossed the country almost nonstop for the last few weeks, playing anywhere he could with hopes of raising his NBA draft stock. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)Keep up with all of the buzz from around the Association as we near Thursday’s NBA draft (7 p.m. ET on ESPN). Check out our latest draft coverage:  ► Celtics, 76ers both take risks in deal for No. 1 pick ► Top 10 prospects at each position ► De’Aaron Fox: I ‘feel like I’m the best’ point guard in draft ► De’Aaron Fox Q&A: Get to ...
  • NBA Roundup: Paul George trade rumors, Celtics-Sixers deal, Jeanie Buss and more Jan 27, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) is fouled by Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Sacramento in overtime 115-111. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (PhatzRadio Sports / Hoop Hype)    —-    These are the articles the top NBA reporters have been sharing on Twitter the last 24 hours. Enjoy! Trade grades: Who wins Celtics-Sixers pick swap? – via espn.com June 18 04:26 PM Is Markelle Fultz worth the price for Philadelphia? Is Boston making the right move by trading down? Kevin Pelton hands ...
  • NBA – AP source: 76ers, Celtics agree on trade for No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, center, speaks with reporters after his private workout with the Los Angeles Lakers at NBA basketball team’s training complex Thursday, June 15, 2017, in El Segundo, Calif. The University of Washington guard could be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, or he could be available to the Los Angeles Lakers with the second overall pick. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)   —–    Philadelphia and Boston have agreed in principle on a trade where the 76ers would acquire the chance to take Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The Celtics will get the No. ...
  • NBA News: Celtics, 76ers in serious trade talks surrounding No. 1 draft pick Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots during the second half in Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)    —-    The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are in serious trade discussions that would yield the Sixers the No. 1 overall pick from Boston for the No. 3 overall pick and future picks, a person familiar with the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to ...
  • NBA: Jerry West leaving Warriors, reportedly for Clippers -NBA-SHAQUILLE-O-NEAL-STATUE-UNVEILING-89786846(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)    —-    Golden State Warriors consultant and Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West will be taking a similar role with the Los Angeles Clippers, Sports Illustrated reported. Warriors owner Joe Lacob confirmed that West would be departing the team in a statement. The news comes just two days after the Warriors won ...
  • Warriors’ Game 5 win wraps up highly-watched NBA Finals Fans react at Oracle Arena after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)(Photo: The Associated Press)NEW YORK (AP) — Golden State’s championship-clinching victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals was watched by more than 25 million viewers on ABC, wrapping up the most-viewed series since Michael Jordan’s last title in 1998. The Warriors’ victory on Monday night peaked with 29.5 million viewers and was an increase of 20 percent from ...
  • NBA Finals 2017: Warriors’ Kevin Durant named NBA Finals MVP Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, center, defends a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017. (Ezra Shaw/Pool Photo via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    OAKLAND – Kevin Durant signed with Golden State to win a championship. Outside of the Warriors organization and its fans, it was not a popular decision. Durant was criticized for his decision to leave a conference finalist (Oklahoma City) and join a team that won 73 regular-season games only to ...
  • NBA Finals 2017: Warriors dethrone Cavaliers, capture NBA title with 129-120 win Stephen Curry celebrates with Draymond Green in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals.(Photo: Cary Edmondson, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   OAKLAND — We will never know what might have happened if Kevin Durant stayed put last summer. Would the Golden State Warriors team that won 73 games without him last season come back better than ever, perhaps avenging their Finals loss to the rival Cleveland Cavaliers? Would the Oklahoma City Thunder ...
  • NBA Finals: Warriors’ 3-1 lead over Cavaliers has similarities to last year’s collapse Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James reacts after scoring in the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 109-108. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   OAKLAND — The NBA Finals returned to Oakland with the Golden State Warriors up on the Cavaliers 3-1, and same as it ever was. All it took was one Cleveland victory to evoke memories of last season’s Finals and generate a flicker of an idea that maybe — just maybe — the ...
  • Stress test: High-wire Cavaliers still alive in NBA Finals Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) points to fans during play against the Golden State Warriors in the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) CLEVELAND (AP) — Go ahead, back them into a corner. Call them names. Write them off. The Cavaliers don’t care. For the fourth time in two years, Cleveland fought off elimination in the NBA Finals by winning just when it appeared their season was over. On Friday night, the Cavs turned anger over some comments made by Golden ...
  • NBA Finals: Cavs halt Warriors perfect postseason, party in Game 4 Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)(Photo: The Associated Press)CLEVELAND (AP) — Golden State’s perfect postseason is over, the champagne corks still in their bottles. The Warriors had planned to party, to pay back Cleveland. Everything’s on hold in the NBA Finals. The comeback Cavaliers are at it again. LeBron James recorded a triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 40 points and the Cavs, bothered by chatter from Golden ...
  • NBA Finals: LeBron not faulting Warriors for building powerhouse team Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) argues with official Danny Crawford during the first half in Game 2 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 125-103. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)(Photo: The Associated Press) CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge. James understood the potential of this Golden State goliath with more firepower than perhaps anything the NBA has seen before. And although he’s on the cusp of being swept in the Finals — for the ...
  • NBA Finals 2017: Durant’s late 3 gives Warriors 3-0 Finals lead Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives between Golden State Warriors' Matt Barnes (22) and Andre Iguodala (9) during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)(Photo: The Associated Press) CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant released his deep shot, the one he always makes in his dreams. As the ball hung in the air, his plan to win a championship, Golden State’s grip on the series, Cleveland’s last-gasp attempt to defend its title, all of it was on the line. Perfect. Durant drained the shot of his professional ...
  • NBA Finals: Defiant Cavs won’t concede identity vs. Warriors ahead of Finals Game 3 Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, right, works for a rebound against San Antonio Spurs' Dewayne Dedmon, center left, during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)(Photo: The Associated Press)CLEVELAND – Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue isn’t making a change to the starting lineup. “I’m not doing it,” Lue replied indignantly when asked about Iman Shumpert potentially replacing J.R. Smith in the starting lineup. And what about the idea of slowing down the pace of the game? “We’re not going to change our game because of who ...
  • NBA Finals 2017: Despite familiar start, Warriors-Cavaliers Round 3 a different story Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, center, defends a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017. (Ezra Shaw/Pool Photo via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   You would think we’d know better by now. A year later, the Golden State Warriors are dominating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals yet again and pundits far and wide are ready to hand them LeBron James’ crown. A year later, with the Warriors up 2-0 and Game ...
  • NBA Finals 2017: Curry, Durant lead Warriors to 2-0 lead with 132-113 rout Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) walks off the floor after Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)(Photo: The Associated Press)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry dribbled every which way and ran a circle around LeBron James, then drove left through the paint and beat him to the rim for a right-handed layup over the star’s outstretched arm in a move reminiscent of his recent MVP magic. Steve Kerr got a front-row seat again for the ...
  • NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers know pace, physicality among keys to Game 2 Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James controls the ball during the second quarter in the second round of Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.(Photo: Nick Turchiaro, USA TODAY Sports)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tyronn Lue has a new No. 1 priority for LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals: Stop the ball. First and foremost, then make sure Golden State’s sharpshooters have a hand in their face. Translation: Do anything and everything possible to stop Kevin Durant from driving ...
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