• Ben Simmons says he told LeBron he was excited to guard him, then LeBron flashed his trophy

    USA Today "Ben Simmons was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday after being picked No. 1 by the 76ers in the NBA Draft, and he revealed an amazing story about his most recent conversation with NBA champion and Finals MVP LeBron James. Simmons said he talked to James on Thursday night at his draft get..." June 25

  • Knicks not on Kevin Durant's list of teams

    Newark Star-Ledger "Durant is expected to host the discussions at one site in New York. The report said that the Thunder and Warriors are the favorites, with Durant looking for a deal that would allow him to become a free agent again after the 2017 season. Other teams that have interest in Durant – the Denver..." June 25

  • Wizards are ‘pessimistic’ about chances at recruiting Kevin Durant

    Bullets Forever "Remember that awkward year in your childhood where you’re pretty sure Santa Claus isn’t real, but your parents don’t have the heart to dash your dreams yet, so you linger around in a state of limbo waiting for someone to either introduce you to reality or show you that your wildest dreams can come..." June 25

  • Harrison Barnes on Team USA

    Yahoo! Sports "Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has been selected as a member of the final 12-man Team USA roster for the Rio Olympic Games this summer, league sources told The Vertical. Barnes, 24, a restricted free agent,will join Warriors teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the Team..." June 25

  • Pau Gasol announces he will play for Spain basketball team at Olympics

    ESPN "Pau Gasol says he is willing to play for Spain at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, writing in a newspaper column that his duty to the national team overwhelmed his concerns about the Zika virus. "My commitment to the national team is greater than my fears over what might happen," Gasol wrote..." June 25

  • It certainly looks like Derrick Rose is recruiting Joakim Noah to Knicks

    New York Post "Is Derrick Rose already trying to make extra-nice with Knicks free-agent target Joakim Noah? The Rose recruiting may have already started as Rose and Noah, former Bulls teammates, were hanging out late Thursday at the 1Oak club in Manhattan. Rose will be introduced at a Knicks press conference..." June 25

  • Steph Curry applies to trademark 'Curry'

    The Score "The two-time MVP is seizing control of his personal brand. Stephen Curry applied for trademarks on four name-related phrases, according to Darren Heitner of Forbes.com. Those four are "Steph Curry," "Stephen Curry," "Chef Curry," and "Curry."" June 25

  • Durant reportedly choosing between these six teams

    Yahoo! Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is planning to host free-agency meetings at a singular location starting July 1, league sources told The Vertical. Durant’s representatives at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles..." June 25

  • Steve Kerr on gun control: 'Our government is insane'

    USA Today "Try telling Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr to stick to sports. It’s a popular refrain often seen on social media when sports reporters wade into the dubious arena of politics or social justice. Kerr appeared on a podcast hosted by Mercury News sports columnist Tim Kawakami, a..." June 25

  • Bradley Beal declines Team USA's invitation to play in 2016 Olympics

    Sporting News "Team USA lost out on another elite basketball player to play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The squad extended an invitation to Bradley Beal, but the Wizards guard decided to take the summer to prepare for next season. "I could not be more grateful for the invitation to represent my..." June 25

  • Cousins: Draft night tweet was about 'hot sculpting class,' not Kings' moves

    Sportsnaut "Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins used his Twitter account during the NBA Draft in such a way that is seemed obvious he was not pleased with his team’s strategy. We covered that angle when his message hit social media, and it was hard to argue with him for feeling frustrated by what..." June 25

  • ESPN Leaves Steph Curry Out Of Elite PGs List

    Black Sports Online "Maybe it was an intern blunder or someone was just not paying attention — either way, I’m sure Stephen Curry is somewhere getting ready for his camp wondering how ESPN could turn on him. While discussing some of the top point guards in the game on their NBA Draft coverage, Curry was..." June 25

  • Warriors eye Durant backup plans, FAs including Horford, Whiteside, Batum

    The Score "Despite winning a record 73 regular-season games, some of the Golden State Warriors' flaws were exposed during the playoffs, which culminated in a Game 7 NBA Finals loss after they held a 3-1 series lead. Key rotation players Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli may walk as restricted free agents..." June 24

  • Wizards lead four-team race for Joakim Noah in NBA free agency, sources say

    Sporting News "The summer of crazy spending in the NBA is only days away and it is likely to start in Washington. But we’re not talking about the Wizards’ pursuit of Kevin Durant, which most observers regard as slightly delusional. According to sources, the Wiz are locked in on making a major offer to Joakim..." June 24

  • Mavericks hope to sign Conley, Whiteside

    The Score "Mark Cuban appears to be swinging for the fences again this offseason. The Dallas Mavericks owner has his sights on making a serious splash in free agency as the team tries to sign point guard Mike Conley and center Hassan Whiteside, sources tell Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Acquiring a premier..." June 24

  • Timberwolves have been shopping Rubio

    CBS Sports "Now that the Timberwolves have drafted Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick in the NBA Draft, Ricky Rubio's time in Minnesota may be coming to an end. Dunn was the one rumored to be heading elsewhere in a couple of different reported trade talks. However, the Timberwolves look to be keeping..." June 24

  • Durant fine with Ibaka trade

    The Score "As he approaches unrestricted free agency a week from Friday, Kevin Durant doesn't have an issue with the Oklahoma City Thunder's trade of longtime teammate Serge Ibaka, league sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe. Whether Durant will stay with the Thunder this summer is the $25-million question..." June 24

  • Thunder to guarantee Ersan Ilyasova’s contract

    Pro Basketball Talk "This is the best indication yet the Thunder believe they can re-sign Kevin Durant. Ersan Ilyasova – acquired from the Magic in the Serge Ibaka trade – will make $8.4 million season unless he’s waived by July 1. If dropped by then, his salary is just $400,000 guaranteed. Anthony Slater of The..." June 24

  • Bulls GM: 'We did not shop Jimmy Butler'

    CSN Chicago "The speculation was rampant outside of the Bulls’ war room but inside of it, the Bulls’ front office wasn’t focused on the speculation surrounding Jimmy Butler trade talks. To make matters even more bizarre—or humorous depending on your point of view—Butler was in the Advocate Center, as the..." June 24

  • Rose to wear No. 25 with Knicks in honor of Chicago hoops star

    New York Daily News "A new team, a new city and now a new jersey number for Derrick Rose. The new Knicks point guard will wear No. 25 in New York, which is a throwback for Rose, who wore the number in high school to honor slain Chicago hoops star Ben “Benji” Wilson. "I was honored to have that number," Rose told..." June 24

  • Celtics owner calls trade offers 'a collection of rip-off attempts'

    Celtics Blog "The Boston Celtics selected Jaylen Brown with the third pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Thursday evening. After weeks of intense speculation and smoke screens about making a trade for Jimmy Butler or Nerlens Noel, they ended up holding on to their prized pick for the time being. The pick was first..." June 24

  • Phil Jackson: Rose trade is 'reinvigorating' for Anthony

    ESPN "Knicks president Phil Jackson believes the addition of Derrick Rose will be "reinvigorating" for Carmelo Anthony. Anthony expressed concern over the direction of the franchise after the season, wondering whether the Knicks planned to compete in the near future or undergo a long-term..." June 24

  • Livio Jean-Charles will join the San Antonio Spurs

    EuroHoops.net "French forward Livio Jean-Charles spent the last five years of his career in Villeurbanne, the French team owned by Tony Parker. But from the next season, he will no longer salute Parker as the president of his club, but share the same locker-rooms with him in AtT&T center. According to..." June 24

  • Did The Thunder Consult With KD Before Ibaka Trade?

    Black Sports Online "The Oklahoma City traded Serge Ibaka to the Magic earlier today in a some-what surprising move, and it appears that the Thunder made the decision without consulting Kevin Durant. Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater shared the below tweet, which states that the Thunder decided to trade Ibaka..." June 24

  • Cousins reacts to Papagiannis selection: 'Lord give me the strength'

    USA Today "We can never know what’s going on inside of DeMarcus Cousins’ head, but we’ll just lay out this timeline for you. Less than 10 minutes after the Kings selected Greek center Georgios Papagiannis at No. 13 via the Suns, Cousins took to Twitter with a curious post. " June 24

  • Celtics Made Strongest Push For Jimmy Butler, Not Timberwolves

    NESN "Despite ongoing talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler still is a Chicago Bull. And it turns out the Timberwolves didn’t even make the strongest push for the shooting guard. The team that actually made the most enticing offer for Butler was the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN’s..." June 24

  • Didn't expect Guerschon Yabusele at No. 16? Neither did he

    ESPN "The Boston Celtics surprised some observers when they drafted Guerschon Yabusele with the No. 16 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. They surprised Guerschon, too. After crashing the stage at the Barclays Center from the crowd, Yabusele, who was ranked 30th overall on Chad Ford's big board and..." June 24

  • Vlade Divac: “Papagiannis can probably be an All-Star down the road”

    EuroHoops.net "Georgios Papagiannis was the 13th pick at the 2016 NBA Draft, ending up to the Sacramento Kings via a trade deal with the Phoenix Suns. And as Vlade Divac said, the 18-year old Greek center will not stay in Europe, where he spent the last seasons with Panathinaikos, but will come to the NBA right..." June 24

  • Once again the Thunder make a shrewd Thunder move by trading Serge Ibaka

    CBS Sports "The eyes of the NBA will be on the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 1 when Kevin Durant officially becomes a free agent. They made a preemptive move into the spotlight on draft night, sending Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic, league sources confirmed to CBS Sports. For a team that won 55 games and..." June 24

  • Barack Obama To Tyronn Lue: "Tell J.R. And Everyone To Put On A Shirt"

    Deadspin "J.R. Smith’s shirtlessness has inspired takes from everyone in the NBA-adjacent universe, from cranky old former baseball players to every publication on the internet, and today the president of the United States of America weighed in. He ended his congratulatory call with Tyronn Lue with a..." June 24

  • Gary Payton II signs a three-year deal with Houston Rockets

    Oregonian "Oregon State's Gary Payton II signed a three-year deal with the Houston Rockets after going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft on Thursday, according to RealGM.com. The six-foot-three, 184-pound guard averaged 16 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5 assists his senior year for the Beavers. Payton helped..." June 24

  • No. 38 pick Patrick McCaw agrees to two-year deal with Warriors

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Warriors got one of the best values of the draft with Patrick McCaw at No. 38. I rated him in the 12-19 range. He’s the exact type of player positioned to cash in this year – a second-round pick with some first-round credentials. But McCaw isn’t exactly taking advantage of the..." June 24

  • Lil B will lift curse if Kevin Durant goes to Knicks

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Knicks just received their greatest possible free agency pitch for Kevin Durant. Rapper Lil B aka “The BasedGod” said on Twitter Thursday night that he would lift the curse the curse he placed on Durant if the free agent comes to the Knicks Lil B has developed a reputation for..." June 24

  • Bulls Sought Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn From Wolves For Jimmy Butler

    Real GM Basketball "The trade talks the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves had on Jimmy Butler have broken down. The Bulls were seeking Zach LaVine and the No. 5 overall pick (Kris Dunn) from Minnesota for Butler." June 23

  • Report: Talks ongoing between Bulls, Timberwolves regarding Butler

    The Score "Trade talks between the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves involving Jimmy Butler broke down after Chicago demanded Zach LaVine over Ricky Rubio in the deal, The Vertical's Shams Charania reports, citing sources. However, ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Minnesota is continuing to engage in..." June 23

  • Serge Ibaka Reportedly Traded to Magic in Deal Involving Victor Oladipo

    Bleacher Report "Fresh off a dispiriting collapse in the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly traded forward Serge Ibaka. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Ibaka has been dealt to the Orlando Magic. Wojnarowski reported the Magic will trade Victor Oladipo, Ersan..." June 23

  • Report: Ricky Rubio likely to be traded by Wolves

    Larry Brown Sports "Ricky Rubio’s future in Minnesota is likely coming to an end. The Timberwolves have a new regime in charge and drafted point guard Kris Dunn fifth overall on Thursday. Though there is no guarantee that they will keep Dunn, it sounds like they will be cutting Rubio loose soon. Minnesota’s new..." June 23

  • Report: Kings heavily engaged in trade talks to land D’Angelo Russell

    ClutchPoints "Two former rivals in the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers have fallen on tough times lately, and now they’re currently in talks to make a deal to help them potentially become playoff contenders once again. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Kings are “heavily engaged in trade talks”..." June 23

  • 76ers draft Ben Simmons No. 1

    SB Nation "The Philadelphia 76ers have selected LSU forward Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. After three straight seasons of losing on a grandiose scale, the Sixers hope Simmons will be the franchise player that can help them take a big step forward in their rebuild. The addition of..." June 23

  • Lakers select Duke's Brandon Ingram with second-overall pick in NBA draft

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers hoped to find a cornerstone of their future by selecting Brandon Ingram with the second pick in the NBA draft Thursday. Ingram is a reed-thin small forward who shot extremely well in his only season at Duke, making 80 three-pointers on 41% accuracy behind the arc. He averaged 17.3..." June 23

  • Celtics select Jaylen Brown with No. 3 pick in 2016 NBA draft

    SI "The Celtics selected California small forward Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Brown earned McDonald's All-America honors coming out of high school and was considered by some to be the No.1 player in his recruiting class. He chose to attend California over Kansas,..." June 23

  • Suns draft Dragan Bender with 4th pick

    SB Nation "With the fourth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Dragan Bender, an 18-year-old Croatian power forward who spent last season playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli league. Bender is a a little raw as a prospect, but he's worthy of a high selection thanks to his tools..." June 23

  • Wolves Select Kris Dunn with 5th Overall Pick

    Canis Hoopus "With the 5th overall pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves have selected Kris Dunn, the point guard out of Providence. Dunn was a four-year starter for the Friars and was named Big East Player of the Year during his junior and senior seasons. This past season Dunn averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists,..." June 23

  • Buddy Hield taken 6th by Pelicans

    SB Nation "With the sixth overall pick in the NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans have selected Buddy Hield, the college basketball sensation who led Oklahoma to the Final Four last season. Four years at Oklahoma means Hield will turn 23 just a month into his NBA career, but his polished game is one of..." June 23

  • Hornets To Acquire Marco Belinelli For No. 22 Pick

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets and Kings have agreed to a trade that will send the No. 22 overall pick to Sacramento in exchange for veteran shooting guard Marco Belinelli, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (Twitter links). The deal that will make Belinelli a Hornet can’t be processed until July, but..." June 23

  • Harden to actively recruit Durant in free agency

    The Score "Four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant will have a number of suitors this summer as he enters unrestricted free agency. One of the teams looking to acquire his services will be the Houston Rockets, with All-Star guard James Harden - a former teammate of Durant with the Oklahoma City Thunder -..." June 23

  • LeBron James will not play for Team USA in Rio Olympics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James informed USA Basketball that he would not participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, citing the glut of court time he's logged through six consecutive trips to the Finals. James' agent Rich Paul informed Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo Thursday of..." June 23

  • Mavericks will meet with Hassan Whiteside on July 1, per report

    Mavs Moneyball "The Dallas Mavericks are expected to land a meeting with Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside once free agency begins on July 1, according to ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon. Whiteside is considered one of the top free agents and, arguably, the top center available this summer, so of course the..." June 23

  • Durant Likes Warriors' Silicon Valley Connections, 'Sees Advantages Beyond Basketball'

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Durant will reportedly consider signing with the Golden State Warriors in the offseason. While the Oklahoma City Thunder are the favorites to re-sign Durant, the Warriors present a compelling case with how he would fit in replacing Harrison Barnes and for potential business opportunities. " June 23

  • Report: Sixers in talks with Celtics, Timberwolves, Kings for lottery pick

    The Score "The Philadelphia 76ers are working hard to land a second lottery pick. The Sixers have recently had "significant engagement" with the Boston Celtics (No. 3 pick), Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 5), and Sacramento Kings (No. 8), sources told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski." June 23