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  • NBA team-by-team offseason grades: Who won the summer? (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)     —-    The NBA’s offseason is winding down. There are just a few noteworthy free agents remaining, including Jamal Crawford and Dwyane Wade. Will Wade even play in the NBA again? But most teams are done making moves. USA TODAY Sports NBA insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt grade each team’s offseason ...
  • 2018 NBA free agent tracker: Rockets reach deal with their integral big man  (PhatzRadio Sports / NBA.com / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —   Where does the departure of LeBron James leave the Eastern Conference? In pretty good hands, actually, because some of the best teams in the conference should be even better this year. The Boston Celtics, with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward joining a group that almost reached The ...
  • NBA News: Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James among notable no-shows at Team USA minicamp (PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —   LAS VEGAS – Kawhi Leonard was missing – again. After a season in which the former San Antonio star played just nine games because of a quadriceps injury, then stayed away from his teammates during the NBA playoffs as the mystery of his uncertain future grew, Leonard was a ...
  • NBA Roundup: Mavs, Clippers make international swap; Motley headed to LA DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have acquired the rights to forward Maarty Leunen and cash from the Los Angeles Clippers for two-way forward Johnathan Motley and the rights to guard Renaldas Seibutis. Leunen has spent the past 10 seasons playing professionally in Turkey, Italy and Germany, most recently with Italy’s S.S. Felice Scandone. A native ...
  • 2018 NBA free agent tracker: Clint Capela remains top player available / Updates DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki is officially signed for a record 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks announced Monday that they had re-signed the 13-time All-Star. That was their plan when they declined a team option on Nowitzki’s contract at the start of free agency to create more room under the salary cap before ...
  • NBA Trades and Free Agency: Thunder agree to trade Carmelo Anthony, protected first-round pick to Hawks (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —-    As part of a three-team deal, the Oklahoma City Thunder have reached an agreement to trade forward Carmelo Anthony and a top-14 protected 2022 first-round draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks for guard Dennis Schroder, two people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. If the pick ...
  • 2018 NBA free agent tracker: Clint Capela remains top player available (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)     —     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 a deal. *1. LeBron James – Agreed to four-year, $154 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have missed the playoffs the previous five seasons, the ...
  • NBA Trades: Raptors, Spurs reach agreement on Kawhi Leonard trade involving DeMar DeRozan (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS/ AP)   —   The drama surrounding two-time All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs is over. The Spurs have reached an agreement with Toronto to send Leonard and Danny Green to the Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 protected first-round pick, a person with direct knowledge of the ...
  • NBA SUMMER LEAGUE: Lakers, Trail Blazers to meet for Summer League title again LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wash. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers will meet in the NBA Summer League championship for a second straight season. Last year Kyle Kuzma dropped a game-high 30 points to lead the Lakers to a 110-98 victory over Portland. This year it’ll be MVP-candidate Josh Hart — one of ...
  • 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 ...
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