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  • NBA Roundup: Free agency turning into bargain hunting for NBA clubs (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Even after roughly $1.5 billion in new contracts were hammered out during the first two weeks of free agency, there is still plenty of shopping for NBA teams to do over the coming weeks. Most of it will be for bargains. The biggest deals of NBA summer — like Chris Paul, Paul ...
  • NBA Summer League has its elite 8 as tourney continues LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NBA Summer League has its elite eight. The quarterfinals were set by the end of play Saturday, and include a few surprises. Philadelphia and Toronto, the two lowest seeds in the 30-team tournament, both pulled out close games Saturday to stay alive. Toronto, the No. 29 seed that was winless in the ...
  • NBA Summer League Roundup: Teams without title chances get shot to end on positive note (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   LAS VEGAS – Trips to Las Vegas feel better when they end on a win. The consolation round of the NBA Summer League gave teams a chance to experience that Friday. They had already been eliminated from the chance to win the tournament title, but at least some ended on a ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Robinson hits her 1st 3 in WNBA; Lynx top Fever 87-65 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Maya Moore added 19 points to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 87-65 on Wednesday. Danielle Robinson made her first 3-pointer to end a 0-for-39 drought in her seven-year WNBA career. She finished with 15 points on 6 of 7 ...
  • 2018 NBA free agent tracker: Clint Capela, Marcus Smart among top players available (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   Editor’s note: This page will be updated with contract information and analysis as agreements are made between players and teams. Rankings are based on USA TODAY Sports’ view of the free agent landscape.  1. LeBron James – Agreed to four-year, $154 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have ...
  • NBA Summer League: Ayton thriving with competition, schedule at Summer League LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deandre Ayton is having no problem with the competition or the schedule at the NBA level. Ayton outplayed a fellow top rookie big man for the second time, keeping the Phoenix Suns undefeated in preliminary play in Las Vegas. Another full day of basketball Monday, highlighted by Ayton against Orlando’s Mo Bamba in ...
  • 2018 NBA free agent tracker: Clint Capela, Marcus Smart among top players available (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —-   LeBron James’ Decision 3.0 is over and DeMarcus Cousins made the rich even richer, but there are still plenty of impact players available in free agency. Houston’s Clint Capela, who emerged as one of the best two-way big men in the league last season, has not yet agreed to ...
  • 2018 NBA free agent tracker: Clint Capela, Zach LaVine among top players still available (PhatzRadio Sport / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —   LeBron James’ Decision 3.0 is over and DeMarcus Cousins made the rich even richer, but there are still plenty of impact players available in free agency. Houston’s Clint Capela, who emerged as one of the best two-way big men in the league last season, has not yet agreed to ...
  • NBA Summer Roundup: Derrick White continues strong play, Spurs top Hawks 103-81 / NBA TRACKER (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Things are coming a little easier this summer for Derrick White. White, the 29th pick in last year’s draft, is off to a fast start in the NBA Summer League. He scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a lopsided 103-81 ...
  • 2018 NBA free agent tracker: Analysis, contract information, best players available OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As he has long desired, DeMarcus Cousins will finally get a chance to play for a winner once he’s healthy from a torn left Achilles tendon. When Boogie returns to the court this season, the volatile big man will give the Golden State Warriors five 2018 All-Stars in their starting lineup to ...
  • 2018 NBA free agent tracker: Analysis, contract information, best players available (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —    LeBron James’ Decision 3.0 is over. James agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, and with that, the NBA’s landscape was forever changed by the game’s greatest player yet again. With plenty of the league’s top free agents still out there, follow USA TODAY Sports’ ...
  • 2018 NBA free agent tracker: Analysis, contract information, best players available (PhatzRadio Sports /USA TODAY SPORTS)    —-    There’s no question who the biggest fish in this free agent class is, and as happened in 2010 and 2014, all eyes are on LeBron James for Decision 3.0. A lot of the league’s top free agents have already made their decisions, but the ripple effect of James’ choice will still ...
  • LeBron James, Paul George and the top 40 NBA free agents of 2018 (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —   The chaos has begun. Sure, teams can’t reach agreements with players until the calendar flips to July 1, but the build-up and anticipation to all the madness is just as fun. Some of the biggest names in basketball — LeBron James, Paul George, Chris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins — are ...
  • NBA 2018 Free Agency: A look at some of the top NBA free agents (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   An NBA free-agent class with a little something for everyone hits the market on July 1. The group includes an array of superstars, big men, glue guys and sharp-shooters. Here’s a look at some of the players to follow when the action begins: THE SUPERSTARS — Kevin Durant (player option): Has expressed his ...
  • 2018 NBA Awards: James Harden, Ben Simmons take home hardware SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Third time was the charm for James Harden. The Houston Rockets star was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player after twice being runner-up, beating out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards on Monday night. Harden joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average ...
  • Comparing the NBA MVP finalists: Who has the edge? (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   The championship has been won and the draft is in the books. The finishing touches on the 2017-18 season come Monday night at the second annual NBA Awards show from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The league will announce the winners of the season’s individual awards, with Most ...
  • 2018 NBA Draft: Big men dominate opening picks of NBA draft, with Ayton, Bagley, Jackson, Bamba, Carter (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   NEW YORK — The demise of the big man in the NBA has been greatly exaggerated. Five of the first seven selections were players 6-10 or taller, magnifying the need to have a versatile big man who can defend multiple positions and score inside and out. With the No. 1 overall pick in ...
  • 2018 NBA mock draft 4.0: Deandre Ayton to go No. 1 … but then what? (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   With a week to go before this year’s NBA Draft unfolds, there is an historic level of uncertainty about the top of the lottery at this late stage of the proceedings. While Arizona center DeAndre Ayton seems to be emerging as a consensus choice for the top pick, after that, things ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Diana Taurasi leads Mercury to 8th straight win LAS VEGAS (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 18 of her 28 in the first half and the Phoenix Mercury ran their winning streak to eight with a 92-80 victory over the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday night. Las Vegas pulled within six late in the fourth quarter but DeWanna Bonner hit a baseline 3 to make ...
  • 2018 NBA mock draft 3.0: Michael Porter Jr. vaults up board; Cavs nab Trae Young (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   A week away from the draft, while it looks like the No. 1 pick is set, teams are still gathering information and having players in for workouts. Big men Marvin Bagley and Mo Bamba recently worked out for the Atlanta Hawks, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had a stellar workout ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Candace Parker leads Sparks past Mystics, 97-86 WASHINGTON (AP) — Candace Parker had 23 points, seven rebounds and a career-high 11 assists, Alana Beard scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Washington Mystics 97-86 on Friday night. Los Angeles led by 20 points but Washington rallied to tie it at 76. Chelsea Gray drew ...
  • Several things to watch as a busy NBA offseason begins CLEVELAND (AP) — The NBA offseason has arrived, which means nothing will happen for the next four months other than a draft, three summer leagues, free agency, the creation of a new schedule, coaching hires, trades, roster reworkings and possibly movement toward letting high school graduates jump directly into the league again. It all adds up ...
  • 2018 NBA FINALS: With 2 titles at Golden State, Finals MVP Kevin Durant gets the last word (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   CLEVELAND – Kevin Durant had a simple message for his critics: “Thanks.” Durant’s move to the Golden State Warriors, booed by many around the NBA, has unquestionably paid off for both the player and his team: Two years, two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs and almost certainly a new contract ...
  • 2018 NBA FINALS: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight NBA title (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   CLEVELAND – There were still a few seconds left on the clock when the Golden State Warriors stormed off their bench to begin a celebration that wasn’t guaranteed. They couldn’t wait any longer. They had reached their destination: dynasty. Stephen Curry scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added a triple-double and another NBA Finals ...
  • 2018 NBA FINALS: Stephen Curry doesn’t need finals MVP, another title will do OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Before the NBA Finals began, Stephen Curry could only chuckle at how long it took for someone to inquire about how badly he wants to add a finals MVP to his decorated resume. Maybe a minute passed. Curry has earned two NBA MVPs, set the single-season 3-point record, captured a pair of championships ...
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