• Lonzo Ball reportedly to skip NBA Draft Combine, giving scouts one less chance to find warts

    CBS Sports "With only nine teams still alive in the postseason, and that number set to drop to eight after Sunday's Game 7 between the Clippers and Jazz, other franchises have already turned their attention to the NBA Draft. Before that comes NBA Draft Combine, scheduled for May 9-14. Teams get a chance..." April 29

  • Paul Millsap says he will "most likely" opt out of his contract

    247 Sports "Another NBA All-Star appears set to hit the open market this summer once free agency opens in July. According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Hawks All-Star Paul Millsap admitted following his exit interview with the franchise that he will likely opt out of his..." April 29

  • Brad Stevens, Celtics won't push Isaiah Thomas to play Sunday if guard isn't ready

    CBS Sports "Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics took care of business Friday night in Chicago, dispatching the Bulls by 22 points in Game 6 for 4-2 series win and a spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they will face the Washington Wizards. But for Thomas, whose sister died tragically two..." April 29

  • Dwyane Wade wants to leave all options open this summer

    ESPN "Bulls guard Dwyane Wade wants to leave all his options open this summer as he decides whether he wants to pick up the player option he has for $23.8 million next season. "There's so many different variables that come into play, especially for me at this point in my career," Wade said after his..." April 29

  • Chris Paul told Paul Pierce: “You’re not ending your career in Utah”

    Pro Basketball Talk "When the Clippers lose their final game this season — maybe Sunday, maybe not for weeks — the Hall of Fame career of Paul Pierce will come to an end. It’s not why Doc Rivers was leaning so heavily on Pierce Friday night, that’s more desperation on a shorthanded (and not that deep to start with)..." April 29

  • Celts' Avery Bradley: Jimmy Butler 'should respect' the way I play

    ESPN "Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley said he felt disrespected by comments made by Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler and used them as motivation Friday night when Boston completed its rally from an 0-2 deficit to end Chicago's season. Two days after scoring a postseason career-high 24 points in..." April 29

  • Cunningham to opt out of contract, test free agency

    CBS Sports "Cunningham said Saturday that he intends to decline his player option for the 2017-18 season, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports. The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Westbrook was set to make just over $3.1 million next season. " April 29

  • You’re An Idiot Troll If You Think Stephen A. Smith Is to Blame For the ESPN Layoffs

    Complex "You know what ESPN stands for, right? Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. Sports come second. Entertainment comes first. And once you understand that—that ESPN has been operating that way for decades now, that it values superstars over substance, glitter over the nitty-gritty, hot..." April 29

  • Does Jimmy Butler really want to remain with Bulls?

    Larry Brown Sports "Jimmy Butler has heard his name come up in trade rumors dating back to last offseason, and that chatter is almost certain to continue this summer. With the Chicago Bulls having been eliminated from the playoffs after losing four straight games to the Boston Celtics, it’s fair to wonder if Butler..." April 29

  • LaVar Ball Is Getting Roasted for Costing Lonzo a Major Sneaker Deal

    Complex "Remember that $1 billion sneaker deal that LaVar Ball said he was going to try and score for his sons Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo recently? Yeeeeeeeah, about that. Early Friday morning, ESPN’s Darren Rovell revealed that Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour have all decided that they are not going to..." April 29

  • “Fire Hoiberg” chants break out as Bulls eliminated from playoffs

    Pro Basketball Talk "The problems with the Chicago Bulls — the ones that led to a mediocre season and a first-round exit from the playoffs after being up 2-0 on the Celtics — are certainly not all coach Fred Hoiberg’s fault. Blame starts with the roster that GarPax put together. However, Hoiberg didn’t have the..." April 29

  • Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas happy to play a role

    Toronto Star "There is a matter-of-fact component to Jonas Valanciunas’s personality that has been constant since he arrived in North America, something that has been more pronounced these past few days. He never really gets too excited publicly about what’s going on with him. After good games, he says he’s..." April 29

  • With Marc Stein's Layoff, Speculation Is Increasing That Adrian Wojnarowski Might Join ESPN

    Complex "Last summer we told you the story of Shams Charania, the 22-year-old scoopmaster who was the Giannis Antetokounmpo of NBA journalism—the future of the game. Charania is a part of the most prolific NBA news-breaking force, Yahoo’s The Vertical, a team that’s led by Adrian Wojnarowski, one of the..." April 29

  • C.J. McCollum says he wants the Blazers to go after Paul George this summer

    CBS Sports "Tampering just isn't a thing in the NBA anymore. If you're an executive and you contact an agent or player? Get ready for the swift hammer of justice from the league office. If you're an owner cozying up a potential free agent? Same thing. But a player? As a player you can openly talk to another..." April 29

  • Trail Blazers backup PG Shabazz Napier happy in Portland but remains hungry

    Oregonian "The Portland Trail Blazers season has come and gone, with Tuesday's exit interviews wrapping up and unpredictable, up-and-down 2016-17 campaign that ended with a first-round sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Along with President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey and head coach..." April 29

  • LeBron: 'I love playing out on the road' more than at home during playoffs

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cavaliers have the benefit of homecourt advantage in this Eastern Conference semifinal against the Raptors and a virtual guarantee of winning at least once on the road, thanks to LeBron James. The Raptors are deeper and perhaps hungrier than they were nearly a year ago, before they were..." April 28

  • Tony Allen wants to return to Grizzlies

    Larry Brown Sports "Tony Allen will be a free agent this summer, but he is looking forward to a return to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies guard said at his exit interview Friday that he is “confident” he will return to Memphis. “I can’t see myself being nowhere else,” Allen told reporters during his exit..." April 28

  • Marc Stein let go by ESPN

    Real GM Basketball "ESPN has laid off Marc Stein, Henry Abbott and a number of other NBA writers. Stein had been with ESPN since 2000 and was a central part of their NBA coverage as a reporter, writer and on television. Abbott founded TrueHoop and was eventually acquired by ESPN. Abbott was responsible for..." April 28

  • Magic interested in Larry Bird as candidate for president

    Larry Brown Sports "The reverberations of Larry Bird’s decision to step down as Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations are already being felt. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports on Friday that, though Bird’s current plan is to continue on with the Pacers as a consultant, the Orlando Magic are..." April 28

  • Griffin's future with Clippers less certain than Paul's

    ESPN "THE CARAVAN WILL BEGIN DEPARTING the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City at 5:30 p.m. and pull into the loading dock in the bowels of Vivint Smart Home Arena soon after. One by one, they'll disembark into the NBA's loudest concrete bunker where, a few hours later, 19,000 fans will scream for..." April 28

  • Cavaliers GM David Griffin ‘the top candidate’ in Magic’s front-office search

    Pro Basketball Talk "A week ago, David Griffin was just someone the Magic were researching to run their front office. It seems the Cavaliers general manager has since moved up in the search. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: For now, Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin remains the top candidate in the..." April 28

  • Larry Bird Stepping Down As Pacers President

    NESN "Larry Bird’s run with the Indiana Pacers, at least as the man who calls the shots, is effectively over. Bird is stepping down as president of the Pacers, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday, citing sources. Kevin Pritchard will take over basketball operations, with Bird..." April 28

  • Rockets to discuss potential contract with Chinese prospect Zhou Qi

    Houston Chronicle "Zhou Qi, a Rockets second-round draft pick last June, is in Houston to train with the Rockets staff and potentially begin talks he hopes could lead to a contract with the team for next season, his agent Tony Leng said on Thursday. Zhou, a 7-foot-2, 218 pound forward/center, averaged 16 points..." April 28

  • Nike, Under Armour, Adidas not interested in deal with Lonzo Ball

    ESPN "An endorsement deal with Nike, Under Armour or Adidas is not in the cards for Lonzo Ball. Ball's father LaVar confirmed that the three shoe and apparel companies informed him that they were not interested in doing a deal with his son. Sources with the three companies told ESPN.com that they..." April 28

  • Clippers Remain Committed To Re-Signing Blake Griffin

    Real GM Basketball "Blake Griffin will be a free agent for the first time this offseason and the Los Angeles Clippers want to re-sign him. The Clippers will also contend with the free agencies of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. Griffin is out for the playoffs with a toe injury. "Griffin is still a significant part..." April 28

  • Kevin Durant Trolls Russell Westbrook, Takes Picture with Cupcakes

    SLAM Online "On the same day that Kevin Durant announced he was leaving the Thunder to sign with the Warriors, Russell Westbrook posted a picture on his Instagram. The picture of cupcakes was reportedly Russell taking a shot at Durant. According to former teammate Kendrick Perkins, Westbrook used a specific..." April 28

  • Isaiah Thomas to leave Celtics for sister's funeral after Game 6

    ESPN "Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is expected to travel home to Tacoma, Washington, after Friday's Game 6 against the Chicago Bulls to attend his sister's funeral, a source told ESPN on Thursday, confirming a Boston Globe report. Chyna Thomas died following a single-vehicle accident..." April 28

  • CJ McCollum Says He Wants Blazers to Pursue Paul George Trade on Twitter

    Bleacher Report "Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is aiming high when it comes to his team's offseason plans. When asked on Twitter about whom he wants to see the Blazers target, McCollum responded with the Twitter handle of Indiana Pacers star Paul George:" April 28

  • Gregg Popovich calls Spurs' Kawhi Leonard 'best player in the league right now'

    CBS Sports "After the San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies from the playoffs with a 103-96 victory in Game 6 of their first-round series on Thursday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had high praise for his franchise player. In the course of explaining how San Antonio edged Memphis, Popovich directly..." April 28

  • Drake apparently watched the Raptors win Game 6 with his ‘neighbor’ Karl Malone

    USA Today "Raptors team ambassador Drake hasn’t really been around this postseason so far — at least not for Toronto. The rapper has been making fun of the Warriors’ Draymond Green and was named the host of the NBA Awards that’ll take place on June 26. On Thursday after the Raptors beat the Bucks in Game..." April 28

  • Raptors troll Bucks after winning series in six games

    Sportsnaut "The Toronto Raptors closed out the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night, though not without some drama. Afterwards, the team did not hold back in celebrating on Twitter with a solid troll job, releasing a video of their mascot buying the domain name Rapsin6.com. Not only that, but they actually..." April 28

  • Journalist responds to Blazers GM putting him on blast

    Larry Brown Sports "Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey isn’t here for your slander, as one local journalist is finding out the hard way. In his season-ending press conference earlier this week, Olshey reacted to a column by John Canzano of the Oregonian that criticized Portland’s “broken” culture..." April 28

  • NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

    Sportsnaut "If you were wondering how the NBA plans to fill a prime-time awards show, we got part of the answer today. TNT announced eight new awards to be voted on by fans through social media: Assist of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Dunk of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Performance of the..." April 28

  • Chris Paul Should Sign with the San Antonio Spurs if He Wants to Compete for a Title

    The Big Lead "Chris Paul has been one of the NBA’s premier point guards for a decade now, first in New Orleans, then in Los Angeles, but he’s never won a damn thing. Number of trips to the Conference Finals: 0. After a loss to the Jazz last night, Paul’s one loss away from being ousted in the first round for..." April 27

  • Curry 3 shoe sales don't hit the mark for Under Armour

    ESPN "Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank admitted Thursday that sales for Stephen Curry's current signature basketball shoe have been disappointing. "Our success in basketball hasn't been without its learning," Plank said on the company's earnings call, during which Under Armour reported its first..." April 27

  • Carmelo Anthony Making Last-ditch Effort To Save His Marriage

    TMZ "Carmelo Anthony's playing right up to the final buzzer ... doing everything he can to win La La back and keep their marriage from ending in divorce. Sources close to the couple tell us ... Melo's been sending his estranged wife texts telling her he's still in love and doesn't want her to leave..." April 27

  • Kobe says Jackson-Melo feud not beyond reconciliation

    New York Post "Phil Jackson attended the premiere Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival of the animated movie Kobe Bryant made from his poem “Dear Basketball.’’ Considering the wars Bryant and the Knicks president waged in print and in public back in their Lakers days, maybe there is hope for the Zen Master and..." April 27

  • LeBron says he turned down $10M check from Reebok at 18

    SLAM Online "An 18-year-old LeBron James walked away from a $10 million check from Reebok. James, a high school hoops star at the time, had never seen that kind of money in his life before. LBJ eventually inked a seven-year, $90 million pact with the Swoosh before playing his first NBA game. Per the..." April 27

  • Ex-ESPN Employee Colin Cowherd Makes Grim Prediction About Company's Future

    Complex "Colin Cowherd spent more than a decade working at ESPN before leaving The Worldwide Leader in Sports in 2015 to join Fox Sports. So like most people, he felt "awful" when he heard about the massive layoffs that took place at ESPN on Wednesday. About 100 employees, including many popular on-air..." April 27

  • Why is DeMarcus Cousins wearing Rockets gear?

    Sportsnaut "The New Orleans Pelicans made a big trade for DeMarcus Cousins this season, but it appears they might have given up quite a bit just for a one-season-plus rental. Why is this? See for yourself. That’s Cousins wearing Houston Rockets shorts, for reasons that are at this point quite..." April 27

  • Joakim Noah Undergoes Surgery on Rotator Cuff Injury

    Bleacher Report "The New York Knicks announced Thursday that center Joakim Noah underwent surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff Wednesday. Noah missed the final 30 games of the 2016-17 season due to surgery on his left knee. In addition to his shoulder and knee injuries, Noah dealt with..." April 27

  • Andre Roberson, Taj Gibson say preference is to stay with Thunder

    The Oklahoman "There will be options. Andre Roberson played the best basketball of his career in the Thunder's first-round playoff loss to the Rockets. Taj Gibson is an eight-year NBA veteran with 60 playoff games under his belt. Teams will have interest in Oklahoma City's two most prominent free agents to..." April 27

  • Dwyane Wade says Bulls’ showers had no hot water in Boston

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Bulls suffered a rough loss in Boston last night. It didn’t get better afterward. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: 'Wade just informed teammates there's no hot water for showers in visiting locker room' " April 27

  • Russell Westbrook Annihilated the Record Books, Hopefully You Appreciated It

    Complex "Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season has come to an end, but I repeat myself. Their Game 5 105-99 loss to the Houston Rockets—a game that saw Westbrook post 47 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists in 42 minutes—brought to a close one of the most spectacular individual seasons..." April 27

  • Cavs' Lue not worried by LeBron's minutes: He's 'Benjamin Button'

    ESPN "Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has no reservations about playing LeBron James 43.8 minutes per game in his team's first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers and, in fact, believes other coaches should ride their stars more in the postseason. "Of course, we're always cognizant of LeBron's..." April 27

  • Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to host Raptors-Bucks watch party with 1,800 wings

    Yardbarker "Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is preparing to face either the Raptors or the Bucks in the next round of the NBA Playoffs. As Cleveland enjoys its time off after sweeping the Pacers, Lue will be eyeing his potential opponents in Game 6 of their series on Thursday. It sounds like the second-year coach knows..." April 27

  • Here’s all 192 players who declared early entry for the NBA draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "On June 26, 60 people will be drafted into the NBA. It’s the culmination of a dream for them, one we’re not going to spoil by noting most will not stick in the league beyond a few years (many less than that). Well, maybe we did. However, a lot more than 60 people threw their hat in the ring —..." April 27

  • JJ Watt offers to help pay Rockets owner’s fine

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander has enough money in his fortune where a $100,000 fine should mean very little to him, but there are some powerful people ready to help him take care of it anyhow. Texans star JJ Watt sent a tweet on Wednesday, a few hours after the NBA announced Alexander’s..." April 27

  • Jonas Valanciunas blew teammates out with fart on team plane

    Sportsnaut "What’s the worst place to be when someone rips a fart? A car can be bad but more often than not, you can at least stick your head out of the window for a few minutes. But on a plane? You have nowhere to go. Jonas Valanciunas’ Toronto Raptors teammates found that out the hard way. The video of..." April 27

  • Kevin Durant likes the Blazers' future, sees one big hole they need to plug

    CBS Sports "For the second season in a row, the Portland Trail Blazers were eliminated from the postseason by the Golden State Warriors, as they were swept, 4-0, in the first-round. Like last season, they put up a pretty solid effort, however, with Games 1 and 3 going down to the final few minutes. In the..." April 27