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12:03 PM ET The Houston Rockets and Mike D’Antoni have rekindled discussions about a contract extension for the head coach and are close to nearing an agreement, sources told ESPN on Saturday. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has agreed to eliminate the buyout language that was the primary reason that D’Antoni and his agent, Warren LeGarie,
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1:59 PM ET Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — Dirk Nowitzki eventually plans on working out again. The recently retired star of the Dallas Mavericks wants to stay in somewhat decent shape. The big German hasn’t put a timeline on it — he’s assuming several more rounds of pizza and ice cream will come first. Nowitzki
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11:37 PM ET Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet exited Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday after taking an elbow from Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston with 9:35 left in the fourth quarter. Livingston was coming down after a layup attempt when his elbow connected with VanVleet’s face, leaving the third year guard
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9:23 PM ET Nine players received invitations to attend the NBA draft and sit in the green room, a source told ESPN. Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett, Darius Garland, De’Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver, Coby White, Cam Reddish and Jaxson Hayes received the first batch of invites, with an additional 11 invites approximately still yet
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9:08 PM ET OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said players feel “vulnerable” on the floor during games, in the wake of an incident between Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Warriors investor Mark Stevens at Oracle Arena during Wednesday night’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals. “I think players are definitely
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2:17 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN OAKLAND, Calif. — After undergoing further evaluation of the non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture he suffered in Game 2, Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney could potentially return during the NBA Finals, league sources told ESPN. More testing will determine Looney’s next steps and whether he does, in fact, make
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2:15 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN USA Basketball is finalizing a training camp roster for the FIBA World Cup in China that includes Portland‘s Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, Washington‘s Bradley Beal and Cleveland‘s Kevin Love, league sources told ESPN. USA Basketball will conduct an August minicamp in Las Vegas ahead of the September tournament in
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8:17 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN OAKLAND, Calif. — As the NBA Finals shift west beginning with Game 3 at Oracle Arena between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, plenty of attention will be paid to Kyle Lowry. Toronto’s All-Star point guard has struggled with his shot during the first two games
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7:57 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard filed a lawsuit against Nike on Monday in the United States District Court of the Southern District of California in an attempt to reclaim control over a logo Leonard says he created. “In 2011, just after being drafted to the National Basketball Association, Kawhi Leonard
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2:18 AM ET TORONTO — Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t supposed to even play in this year’s NBA Finals after suffering what many within the organization feared was a season-ending quad tear on April 15. Now, after scoring 11 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out six assists in 28 minutes during Sunday
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9:09 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN TORONTO — After National Basketball Coaches Association president Rick Carlisle spent several minutes praising the winner of this year’s Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, former Utah Jazz coach and executive Frank Layden, he turned the microphone over to Layden to give his remarks. “Rick, how many more years you got
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12:55 PM ET TORONTO — Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant will not play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, but coach Steve Kerr acknowledged that it is “feasible” that Durant could participate in just one practice before being cleared to play in a game. “It’s feasible,” Kerr said. “But again,
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1:37 AM ET Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says that Jerry West, the pro basketball great, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “The Great Jerry West will be receiving our Nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his outstanding career, both on and off the court,” according to the
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11:31 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Murray State guard Ja Morant — the projected No. 2 pick in the June NBA Draft — will undergo a minor orthoscopic procedure on his right knee on Monday, league sources told ESPN. Morant is expected to be fully recovered in three to four weeks, sources said . The scope
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3:32 PM ET The NBA has fined the LA Clippers $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule when Clippers coach Doc Rivers commented about the Toronto Raptors‘ Kawhi Leonard. While the league did not specify which comments, Rivers compared Leonard to Michael Jordan during an appearance on ESPN’s NBA Finals preview show on Tuesday. “[Leonard]
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6:28 PM ET Associated Press TORONTO — The NBA correctly anticipated that television ratings would dip for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, for two very important reasons. There’s no LeBron James. And Canadian numbers don’t count. ESPN said Friday that the Game 1 of the Toronto-Golden State series drew a 10.1 overnight rating, the
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7:00 AM ET As the Golden State Warriors try to navigate the beginning of the NBA Finals without star Kevin Durant, team leader Draymond Green acknowledged that his role within the framework of the team is dramatically different without Durant on the floor. “It completely changes,” Green told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in an interview that
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10:05 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Duke’s Zion Williamson — one of the most anticipated NBA draft prospects in a generation — has signed with CAA Sports, the agency announced Thursday. CAA basketball agent Austin Brown and CAA executive Lisa Joseph-Metelus will represent Williamson, sources told ESPN. Williamson, 19, has been pursued with great enthusiasm from
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11:23 PM ET LeBron James‘ sons will attend Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California, in the fall, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. Bronny James, 14, and Bryce James, 11, are moving from the Crossroads School in Santa Monica to Sierra Canyon, which enrolls students from preschool to 12th grade. A source
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