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Nerlens Noel's NBA Draft Slide Will Cost Him $10 Million

Basketball fans the world over were surprised when Nerlens Noel, the dominating center from Kentucky, wasn’t selected first overall in last night’s NBA draft. Noel has long been touted as the draft’s top talent, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, an atrocious team with a dire need for a big man, seemed …

NBA Draft 2013: Otto Porter and the road less traveled

Instead of playing AAU ball every summer, Porter stayed home in his small Missouri hometown and played with family. His path to the draft is unique in an ever-evolving basketball scene.<p>Nearly every American player selected in the NBA Draft over the last decade or so played AAU basketball at one …

The James Harden Trade Was Officially A Disaster For The Oklahoma City Thunder

After OKC picked Steven Adams 12th overall in last night's draft, we now basically know the complete package that they got from the Houston Rockets for Harden:<p>Kevin Martin (now a free agent)<br>• Jeremy Lamb<br>• Steven Adams (via Toronto's 1st-round pick)<br>• Two more non-lottery draft picks<p>The Thunder still have …

NBA

NBA explores idea of moving back the draft

NEW YORK – The NBA is exploring the idea of pushing back its annual draft at least a week, a person with direct knowledge of discussions between the league and its TV partners told USA TODAY Sports.<p>The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about ongoing talks …

Dirk on D12: We'd love to have him

DALLAS -- Houston's James Harden and Chandler Parsons aren't the only Texas residents in the NBA who have gotten a head start on recruiting Dwight …

NBA

What Tim Hardaway and C.J. Leslie Will Bring to NY Knicks

The New York Knicks made two solid moves at the 2013 NBA Draft and have certainly gotten their offseason started on the right note.<p>In desperate need of some young talent, the Knicks took Tim Hardaway Jr. with the No. 24 overall pick, and followed that by picking up undrafted free agent C.J. Leslie …

Doc Rivers: Bill Simmons 'Did Everything He Could to Get Me Fired'

Things got heated between ESPN analyst Bill Simmons and newly minted Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers on draft night. The vitriol has reached a new level, as Rivers is now claiming that Simmons tried to get him fired when he coached the Celtics:<p>Rivers is clearly being defensive, but that's …

Basketball

Canadian Olynyk welcomes chance to play for Celtics

Kelly Olynyk isn't upset that he wasn't invited to the NBA draft in New York.<p>The Canadian college basketball star watched the proceedings on TV with 30-40 friends and family at his Kamloops, B.C., home as he was drafted 13th overall by the Dallas Mavericks and immediately traded — as part of a …

NBA draft notebook: Anthony Bennett leads foreign boom

NEW YORK — Anthony Bennett broke new ground for Canadians in going No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Thursday's NBA draft.<p>When Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk went No. 13 and ended up with the Boston Celtics, it marked the first time two Canadians were selected in the lottery of the same …

NBA Draft 2013: Anthony Bennett Chosen First, Nerlens Noel Slides And Trades Galore

The NBA Draft has come and gone ... just not necessarily the way we had envisioned it taking place. It was a shock to many that Anthony Bennett was drawn first by Cleveland -- the first-Canadian born player ever to be taken in that slot. While Bennett is certainly an intriguing prospect, the …

Ray Allen exercises player option

Miami Heat guard Ray Allen has decided to exercise his $3.2 million player option for next season, it was announced Friday.<p>Allen had a terrific NBA …

Basketball

Bucks plan to keep Brandon Jennings

The Milwaukee Bucks have made re-signing point guard Brandon Jennings a priority, according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.<p>The …

Mo Williams wants to start if he returns to Jazz

After the Jazz selected Trey Burke in the draft, the team's former starter wants to make sure his role is secure if he returns next season.<p>Free agent point guard Mo Williams would like to return to the Utah Jazz, but he wants to make sure he does it as a starter, according to a report from Yahoo! …