• Report: Four cities remain in contention to host 2017 NBA ASG

    NESN "The 2017 NBA All-Star Game needs a new host city after the league removed it from Charlotte last week because of North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law. Right now, the most likely host is New Orleans, which last hosted the event in 2008. Chicago last hosted All-Star Weekend in 1988, when..." July 28

  • Rivers: Clippers were in Durant's top 3, Griffin was key to pitch

    The Score "Los Angeles Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers says Kevin Durant's camp told him his team was among his top-three choices during free agency this month. The problem: the Clippers were not in Durant's top two. "The first question we asked is 'are we in the top three?' and they said..." July 28

  • Blake Griffin to produce "Rocketeer" reboot with black female lead

    The Oklahoman "According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Rocketeer will soon relaunch. Walt Disney Studios is developing a reboot to be titled "The Rocketeers." The project, in the early development stages, according to THR is being looked at as a sequel-reboot and will be headlined by a black female..." July 28

  • Glen Rice Jr. -- Accused of Beating Ex-NCAA Player ... AK-47 Found

    TMZ "Ex-NBA player Glen Rice Jr. allegedly beat up a former NCAA hoops player so badly, he broke the guy's jaw and knocked a tooth out ... this according to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports. We broke the story, Rice was arrested on July 25th in Georgia -- and according to the police..." July 28

  • Kings GM Vlade Divac: DeMarcus Cousins is ‘most dominant player in the whole world’

    CSN Bay Area "Team USA doesn’t need DeMarcus Cousins to score 26 points a night. They don’t need him to handle the ball or launch from three. He’s on the Olympic team for one reason -- to dominate the glass. Everything else is just gravy. Through the first two exhibition games, Cousins posted 13 points and..." July 28

  • Karl-Anthony Towns: ‘Things are about to change’

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Karl-Anthony Towns grew up in New Jersey. He loves it there. But it’s not home anymore. “A lot of times, I talk to my friends and family and I’m always trying to rush back to Minnesota,” Towns said Wednesday during his basketball camp at Hopkins High School. “This is where I call..." July 28

  • Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls projected to miss NBA Playoffs after odd offseasons

    The Comeback "The last time the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat missed the NBA Playoffs in the same year was in the 2007-2008 season, when the Heat won 15 games and traded Shaquille O’Neal to Phoenix, and Ben Gordon led the Bulls — coached by Scott Skiles, Pete Myers and Jim Boylan— in scoring. In other words,..." July 28

  • Celtics to pay second-round pick Demetrius Jackson more than 10 first-rounders next year

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Celtics became the first team to pay a second-round pick more the season immediately following the draft than some first-rounders received. Last year, No. 37 pick Jordan Mickey had a higher salary than four 2015 first-rounders. Now, Boston is pushing the envelope even further. No. 45..." July 28

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ordered to pay $900K to auction house

    Larry Brown Sports "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is about to be out nearly $1 million after he lost a lengthy battle with a famous auction house. TMZ reports that Abdul-Jabbar has been ordered to pay $900,000 to Julien’s Auctions after a deal between the auction house and Los Angeles Lakers legend went south in 2012...." July 28

  • Rivers says Griffin isn't on block, blames bloggers for rumors

    The Score "Doc Rivers says people need to get any notion that Blake Griffin isn't long for the Los Angeles Clippers out of their heads. Trade rumors regarding the high-flying big man have circulated for months now, but Rivers points out there hasn't actually been any substance to them. "First off, no..." July 28

  • A Title Contender Is Supposedly Hoping To Poach Curry If There’s A Rift With Durant

    Uproxx "The newly minted Golden State Warriors superteam has not played one minute on the floor together, but teams are already scheming for their improbable demise. Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have all said the right things about shared sacrifice for this upcoming season...." July 28

  • NBA London 2017: Indiana Pacers to face Denver Nuggets at the O2

    London Evening Standard "The Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets will face off at London’s O2 Arena on January 12 as the NBA hosts its seventh regular season game in the capital. Neither the Pacers nor the Nuggets have played in London but will follow in the footsteps of the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors, whose match..." July 28

  • Warriors president says waiting list for season tickets at 32,000

    The Undefeated "Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry returned to Oracle Arena on Tuesday night for the first time since losing in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. LeBron James and the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, however, weren’t on the two-time NBA MVP’s mind as he strolled to his courtside seat. While..." July 28

  • ESPN report Durant lied to Westbrook about re-signing with OKC is false

    Sporting News "It sounded too good to be true. Weeks after Kevin Durant made the biggest free-agent move since LeBron James decided to return to the Cavs and left the Thunder to join the rival Warriors, an even juicier tidbit about the signing emerged. According to ESPN's Royce Young, Durant told his running..." July 28

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Coach K to Team USA: We Need to 'Tone It Down a Little Bit'

    Obsev "If you’ve watched any of the first three exhibition games the United States men’s basketball team has participated in over the last week, you’ve witnessed some epic beatdowns. In just three games, Team USA has beaten their opponents by a grand total of 136 points (Argentina, China, and China..." July 27

  • Report: Blake Griffin's punch victim no longer works for Clips

    CSN Bay Area "On Jan. 23, Blake Griffin sustained a fractured hand after punching Clippers equipment staffer Matias Testi in the face. Testi will not be back with the Clippers next season, according to a report from TMZ. Griffin and Testi got in an argument at a restaurant in Toronto. "It's something I..." July 27

  • Draymond Green okay with losing NBA Finals to land Kevin Durant

    Sportsnaut "We all know it. The Golden State Warriors wouldn’t have landed Kevin Durant if they had won the NBA Finals. Draymond Green knows these this is true, so he’s okay with having lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, now that Durant is on board. Speaking about the events that transpired and..." July 27

  • Sources: Steve Ballmer exploring sites for new Clippers arena

    ESPN "Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has begun to explore potential sites for a new Clippers arena, multiple NBA sources said. The Clippers would neither confirm nor deny they are actively searching for a location, but one NBA source said that an area that piques the franchise's interest is Los..." July 27

  • ESPN projects Ben Simmons as 2016-17 Rookie of the Year favorite

    Liberty Ballers "Ben Simmons is who we thought he was going to be in the Summer League. The No. 1 pick flashed phenomenal vision, the ability to effectively set up teammates for high percentage looks and tendencies that could be beneficial when he's asked to run the point in the regular season. He also left an..." July 27

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Hit With $900k Judgment In Auction House War

    TMZ "Bad news for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... the NBA legend has been ordered to pay more than $900k to a famous auction house for backing out of a deal to sell a bunch of his memorabilia ... TMZ Sports has learned. Kareem had been at war with Julien's Auctions for years -- after a 2012 deal to sell..." July 27

  • Report: Lamar Odom’s family working to get him to go to rehab

    Larry Brown Sports "Lamar Odom walked out on his family’s attempt at an intervention last week, but that is not stopping those close to him from trying to convince the former NBA star to seek professional help. According to a report from Extra, Odom’s family is searching for “additional options to present to him”..." July 27

  • Dr. J Thinks Zach LaVine is the Best Dunker Since Vince Carter

    Complex "Julius Erving knows a thing or two about dunks so when he heaps high praise on Zach LaVine, you know it's legit. We spoke with the NBA Hall of Famer from Japan where he's teamed up with new Raptors forward Jared Sullinger to appear on Fuji TV’s “27 Hour TV” show earlier this week. There, the..." July 27

  • Divac responds to Rudy Gay's comments: 'He has my number'

    CSN Bay Area "DeMarcus Cousins suit up for Team USA at Oracle Arena. Sitting courtside, just feet away from former Kings guard Seth Curry and his father, Dell Curry, sat the duo of Vlade Divac and Vivek Ranadivé. While Ranadivé stepped out for half time refreshments, Divac, wearing his Kings purple, stuck..." July 27

  • Enes Kanter blasts writer over Russell Westbrook bashing

    Larry Brown Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder big man Enes Kanter is looking forward to playing another season alongside Russell Westbrook, and he wants the analysts and talk show hosts who think otherwise to slow their role. During his usual spot on FOX Sports 1’s “Speak for Yourself” this week, Jason McIntyre went..." July 27

  • Kevin Durant Apparently Told Russell Westbrook He Was Returning To The Thunder

    Uproxx "It’s no surprise the relationship between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will never be the same. That was an inevitable consequence of the pair going from teammates to adversaries upon Durant rocking the basketball world by signing with the Golden State Warriors in early July. Time heals..." July 27

  • NBA 2K17 will feature this year's Olympic team and 1992 Dream Team

    Sporting News "The opening ceremony for the Olympics is just over a week away and 2K Sports has now made it official that Men's National Teams from Rio will be featured in NBA 2K17. Four years ago both the 2012 USA team and the 1992 Dream Team were found in NBA 2K13. The latter will also be returning for NBA..." July 27

  • Bradley Beal: I grew an inch this summer

    Sporting News "Bradley Beal, as we knew, is a baller. He also got a little bit taller. Aside from being newly super-rich — he signed a max five-year, $128 deal with the Wizards — Beal on Wednesday said he's grown an inch in the offseason. Not a bad deal. We'll say preemptively that stacking money in his..." July 27

  • Vegas among 4 cities in running to land NBA All-Star weekend

    The Score "While New Orleans remains the frontrunner to land next season's All-Star weekend according to multiple reports, three other cities remain in contention for the event, according to the New Orleans Advocate's Scott Kushner. Those cities are reported to be Chicago, New York, and Las..." July 27

  • Does Louisiana have to put up money for the NBA All-Star Game? Not yet.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Louisiana hasn't been asked to chip in money for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game yet. Attracting such events usually requires the state to put up some money, but Gov. John Bel Edwards' staff said the NBA hasn't requested any funding at this point. The bidding process for this NBA All-Star Game..." July 27

  • Kendall Jenner And Jordan Clarkson Living Together?

    The Big Lead "Kendall Jenner and Jordan Clarkson were “casually dating” just a few weeks ago, but now things have reportedly gone to another level. OK! is reporting the pair is now living together in Jenner’s mansion. A source told OK! the following: “Kendall and Jordan are officially ‘casually..." July 27

  • Report: Paul Pierce will return to Clippers next season

    SI "Former All-Star forward Paul Pierce will return to the Clippers next season, reports Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Pierce, who will turn 39 before the start of the regular season, is under contract with Los Angeles for two more years. He signed a three-year, $10 million deal before last..." July 27

  • Andrea Bargnani signs with Spanish club Baskonia

    The Score "Andrea Bargnani is done exploring the NBA's Atlantic Division and is ready to return to Europe. The 30-year-old Italian signed with Spanish club Saski Baskonia on a two-year deal that reportedly has both a team and player option. Bargnani is looking for a fresh start in the Euroleague, where..." July 26

  • Amar’e Stoudemire Announces Retirement

    Hoops Rumors "Amar’e Stoudemire has decided to call it a career, announcing his retirement today after signing a ceremonial contract with the Knicks, the team announced in a press release (Twitter link). “I want to thank Mr. Dolan, Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] for signing me so that I can officially..." July 26

  • ESPN says the Lakers will be the worst team in the Western Conference

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers almost undoubtedly will improve this season. Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour was fun at times, but on most nights having one of the least efficient players in the league use up the fourth-highest percentage of possessions of any player to average more than 20 minutes per game..." July 26

  • Sam Hinkie's Analytics Staff Expected To Be Gone

    Liberty Ballers "Whenever there's a regime change in a sports franchise, it's pretty common for the new boss to bring in his own handpicked staff, while also getting rid of some of the people he inherited along with the job. President Bryan Colangelo has already completed the first act by bringing in the likes of..." July 26

  • Why Russell Westbrook must decide his long-term future with the Thunder a year early

    SB Nation "As soon as Kevin Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, much of the attention in Oklahoma City turned to the future of Russell Westbrook. We've seen much speculation and many trade rumors in the weeks since Durant's momentous decision, but the star point..." July 26

  • James Harden: I Might Actually Try on Defense This Year

    Obsev "It's not a stretch to say that James Harden and the Houston Rockets will put up large point totals in 2016-17. Not only did the team acquire sharpshooters in wing Eric Gordon and power forward Ryan Anderson, but they ditched Dwight Howard, who still fancies himself a low-post scorer (he's not),..." July 26

  • Moe Harkless, Trail Blazers agree to 4-year, $40 million contract

    Oregonian "Moe Harkless came to the Portland Trail Blazers virtually for free last July an now he's set to stay in Rip City for the next four seasons. After a prolonged wait through restricted free agency, the Blazers agreed to re-sign Harkless to a 4-year, $40 million contract, The Oregonian/OregonLive..." July 26

  • Magic In No Rush To Pursue Trade Of Nikola Vucevic

    Real GM Basketball "The Orlando Magic are in no rush to pursue a trade of Nikola Vucevic. The Magic traded for Serge Ibaka while also signing Bismack Biyombo in free agency to create a logjam at the big positions. Rob Hennigan, the team's GM, called Vucevic shortly after the Biyombo signing to reassure him, but..." July 26

  • Rudy Gay is unclear about the direction of the Kings and his future

    Sactown Royalty "Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay opened up Monday regarding his feelings about the franchise, the trade rumors this summer, his recent surgery and what went wrong last season. Gay is in town this week for his Youth Skills Academy where he aims to teach kids between the ages of 5 to 18 the..." July 26

  • Extension looks unlikely for Wizards' Otto Porter heading into 2016-17

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Otto Porter appears likely to become a restricted free agent next summer, with no movement towards an extension to his rookie scale contract with the Wizards before starting the 2016-17 season, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com. Porter, drafted No. 3 overall in 2013, would end up like..." July 26

  • Hornets' Walker supports NBA's decision to pull ASG from Charlotte

    The Player's Tribune "How can I help? That’s what I’m thinking when I see Michael Jordan, the greatest to ever play the game of basketball and my team’s owner, speak up and take decisive action to help bring Americans together in a time of crisis. How can I help? That’s what’s going through my head when I turn..." July 26

  • Anderson Varejao likely out of Olympics with back injury

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors big man Anderson Varejao is likely to miss the upcoming Olympics in his native Brazil due to a back injury, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that, after a Monday examination in Los Angeles by noted back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, it's been recommended..." July 26

  • The post-Kobe Bryant Lakers era can finally begin

    SB Nation "It's the dawn of a new day for the Lakers, who begin a season without Kobe Bryant for the first time in 20 years. There's renewed optimism with a developing young core of Brandon Ingram, D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle, but also your usual skepticism thanks to massive contracts to Timofey..." July 26

  • Jarron and Jason Collins speak in support of LGBT rights at Democratic National Convention

    Washington Post "Jason Collins, who in 2013 became the first active male athlete in U.S. professional team sports to come out as gay, spoke at the Democratic convention Monday in support of Hillary Clinton. He was introduced by his twin brother, Jarron, who also enjoyed an NBA career. “My dream was to play in..." July 26

  • Jeremy Lin fires back at trash-talking kid on Instagram

    The Comeback "It’s not rare to see people, both young and old talking smack about professional athletes. It could be at an arena or stadium, or nowadays, it can be online, whether it be on Twitter, Facebook, or in this case—Instagram. Instagram user kodyepugh posted a picture with Jeremy Lin, where it..." July 26

  • Jeff Withey Engaged to Playmate GF ... Who Busted Him for Cheating

    TMZ "Talk about turning things around ... the NBA player who was called out by his hot Playmate girlfriend on Instagram for allegedly cheating on her ... is now engaged! You know the story ... 2014 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Kennedy Summers, hijacked Jeff Withey's account back in June and posted..." July 26

  • Sacramento Kings to name street outside arena after ex-NBA Commissioner David Stern

    Sacramento Bee "The Kings will announce Tuesday that they are naming the street leading to the front door of the new downtown arena in honor of former NBA Commissioner David Stern, whose persistent, decades-long efforts helped keep the franchise in Sacramento. Officially, the address of the Golden 1 Center –..." July 26

  • Meyers Leonard says you're crazy if you don't think $41 million is enough

    Oregonian "Trail Blazers center/forward Meyers Leonard joined me on the Bald Faced Truth radio show on Monday to talk about his outlook for the 2016-17 season, teammate CJ McCollum, and why he thinks anyone who says $41 million isn't enough is nuts. Listen to the full interview here. "Market value is..." July 26