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NBA Draft Grades 2017: Scores for Overall Results, Trades and Team Decisions

The 1983 NFL draft and the 1984 NBA draft were so memorable that documentaries were made about them years later.<p>No one is saying the 2017 NBA draft will be as noteworthy and as stocked with Hall of Famers like those two, but this class has the chance to be special. It could be the deepest player …

NBA Draft

Utah Jazz reportedly could land one of the top international players on the market

Milos Teodosic may be 30 but there are rumors he's heading to the NBA<p>Milos Teodosic of Serbia reportedly could be heading to the NBA very soon. According to Serbian publication, <i>Politika</i>, Teodosic is close to heading to the NBA and his destination could be the Jazz. Teodosic's potential move to the …

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Mavs to decline Dirk Nowitzki's option, sign him to new deal

The Dallas Mavericks have informed Dirk Nowitzki that they will decline their $25 million team option for next season with the intention of signing …

NBA

Harden or Westbrook will have company: 10 best NBA seasons that didn't win MVP

Russell Westbrook and/or James Harden won't feel alone in being snubbed<p>It's easy to forget because the NBA regular season ended, well, about two-and-a-half months ago, but Russell Westbrook and James Harden both put up absolutely historic numbers in 2016-17.<p>Westbrook set the NBA record for most …

Sports

Time will tell for the Sixers and Celtics

BOSTON — It’s entirely fitting that the 2017 NBA Draft turned on a deal between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers. For the last four years, the franchises have mirrored one another in funhouse fashion, reflecting back an inverted image of the other’s rebuilding project.<p>They both chased …

NBA

Kevin Durant roasts the 76ers' FEDS nickname: They've played no games together

With the 76ers’ selection of Markelle Fultz on Thursday’s NBA draft, Joel Embiid and the rest of Philadelphia are legitimately excited about the Sixers. But Embiid might have been getting ahead of himself with a nickname for the young core of Fultz, Embiid, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons.<p>On Thursday, …

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Drexler disagrees with LeBron: Superteams began long before '96 Rockets

If LeBron James is keen on knowing when superteams truly originated in the NBA, Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler recommends he go further back in the …

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NBA Free Agents 2017: Latest Rumors on Chris Paul, Nerlens Noel and More

After the draft, front offices turn their attention to free agents. The available talent should create summer drama in terms of major acquisitions and re-signings.<p>On Friday, reports revealed two prominent names on the same team plan to decline their player options to hit the free-agent market. The …

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LOOK: Durant trolls Westbrook, Thunder fans by wearing custom cupcake hat

Thunder fans used the term 'cupcake' in reference to Durant after he left OKC in free agency<p>After enduring a year's worth of taunts and ridicule, Kevin Durant appeared to finally achieve the peace he was looking for by winning his first NBA title with the Golden State Warriors. Finally Durant can …

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Fancy footwork: who has the most stylish trainers in the NBA?

The Golden State Warriors reclaimed the NBA Championship from the Cleveland Cavaliers with a comprehensive 4-1 series victory this month. Despite the presence of LeBron James for the Cavs, there was a certain inevitability to the Warriors’ success this year after they signed Kevin Durant and …

Kevin Durant

Five Free Agents The Defending Champion Golden State Warriors Should Target

The defending champion Golden State Warriors head into free agency with as many as eight players looking for new contracts.<p>We fully expect Stephen Curry to finally receive that huge payday in free agency. It will come with the Warriors at a cost of $200-plus million.<p>Meanwhile, reigning NBA Finals …

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Jimmy Butler's first Timberwolves picture includes a football and fanny pack

Is Jimmy Butler a Viking now too?<p>Jimmy Butler is officially a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his first picture reuniting with his former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau couldn’t be more bizarre. If you thought his first day in Minnesota would’ve been spent without a fanny pack or …

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Paul George Speaks on 'Gullible' Fans After Moving Truck Seen in Front of Home

Indiana Pacers star Paul George tweeted Saturday that fans were "gullible" for believing he was relocating from Indianapolis after a moving truck was spotted near his home:<p>People boating nearby spotted the truck Thursday. George's name has been floating in trade rumors since Adrian Wojnarowski of …

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NBA Rumors: Tom Thibodeau wants Derrick Rose on Timberwolves

With NBA Free Agency set to begin on July 1. could Derrick Rose and the Minnesota Timberwolves be a free agent match?<p>With head coach Tom Thibodeau …

Sports

Pelton mail: Which rookies are most ready to contribute?

This week's mailbag features your questions on which top-10 picks are most ready to contribute as rookies, the returns on blockbuster trades …

NBA

Celtics GM: 'Minnesota gave up a lot' for Jimmy Butler

As it turns out, there's someone who actually thinks the Minnesota Timberwolves didn't absolutely fleece the Chicago Bulls in the Jimmy Butler …

Sports

DeMar DeRozan Q&A: Raptors Star Wants Kobe To Become The Next Great Legacy Brand

The Holy Grail for most marquee athletes is to have a signature sneaker, complete with their name, brand and desired look. In no place is that more …

NBA

Warriors season review: Damian Jones

<i>In the wake of the Warriors’ second NBA title in three years, The</i> <b>Chronicle</b> <i>is analyzing the team player-by-player. The seventh installment focuses on Damian Jones, who made major progress as a rookie.</i><p><b>Name:</b> Damian Jones<p><b>Age:</b> 21<p><b>Position:</b> Center<p><b>Dimensions:</b> 7-foot, 245 pounds<p><b>Hometown:</b> Baton Rouge,</b> …

Undrafted NBA Free Agents 2017: Rumors and Predictions for Underrated Prospects

If you take a look at the 1998 NBA draft, you'll see a few stars in the top 10 followed by a bunch of players who (mostly) did not meet expectations.<p>Now, if you asked an NBA fan to list the top 10 players who emerged from that draft, they'd probably put Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter …

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This New Commercial Featuring An NBA Star Is Going Viral

Check out this new commercial featuring the Spurs’ All-Star forward.<p>Kawhi Leonard doesn’t talk much.<p>So let this new Air Jordan commercial featuring …

San Antonio Spurs

Sixers owner says Joel Embiid contract extension a priority this season

Embiid hasn't played much due to injuiries, but the 76ers are sold on his potential<p>Joel Embiid has only played 31 games so far in his NBA career, but in those games he looked to be living up to the hype surrounding him when he entered the league. He was fast, skilled and showed an outside touch …

Joel Embiid

WATCH: Warriors mash home runs at JaVale McGee’s softball game in Oakland

OAKLAND — Members of the Golden State Warriors had the chance to show off their skills on the diamond on Saturday afternoon as JaVale McGee hosted …

JaVale McGee

Allen Iverson is playing in Ice Cube's basketball league and life is awesome

The Answer!<p>Ice Cube’s BIG3 league has finally arrived!<p>Earlier this year we heard the news that Allen Iverson was going to be involved with the league.<p>Getting news of that is exciting on its own.<p>Seeing it firsthand is a totally new level of excitement. The time has arrived.<p>Can this day get any …

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This is the side of LaVar Ball that you don’t know

If you’ve paid even the slightest bit of attention to the sports media over the past six months, you probably have an opinion on LaVar Ball.<p>The most …

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NBA Rumors: Could Rudy Gay Be ‘Plan B’ For Celtics In 2017 Free Agency?

2,366<p>The Boston Celtics reportedly plan to go after some big fish this summer. But they still could have some other lines in the water.<p>With NBA free …

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Ezekiel Elliott cracks great joke about Dirk's running style

Dirk Nowitzki does not have a future in Olympic sprinting. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports<p>Dirk Nowitzki held his annual charity baseball game on …

Dallas Mavericks

Lillard chooses Anthony Davis as player he'd most want on Blazers

Damian Lillard has already hinted at wanting Paul George in a Portland Trail Blazers uniform, but that doesn't mean the Pacers forward is at the top …

Sports

Jason Williams injures right let as BIG3 League begins play

NEW YORK -- Basketball's newest league started with a game-winning basket and an injured former NBA player.<p>Rashard Lewis made a three-point play with …

Allen Iverson

Antetokounmpo reveals ambitious dream with Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo is dreaming big. He wants to beat the United States wearing Greek team colors.<p>"I'll be the next one to beat them. I'll be waiting for them somewhere," the Milwaukee Bucks star said before leading a team in an exhibition game involving Greek and foreign …

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