• DeMarcus Cousins to wear No. 0 for Warriors

    Clutch Points "Four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins sent shockwaves across the NBA landscape when news of his deal with the Golden State Warriors broke earlier this month. The Dubs offered Boogie a one-year, $5.3 million mid-level exception, which he accepted. Now, with introductions in full swing,..." July 19

  • Report: Mavericks, Nowitzki plan to finalize 1-year, $5M contract

    The Score "Dirk Nowitzki's marriage with the Dallas Mavericks will continue for at least another season, as the team and its franchise icon plan to finalize a one-year, $5-million contract for 2018-19, league sources told Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. There was never much..." July 19

  • LeBron James, Kevin Durant Spotted Leaving LA Bar After Star's Move to Lakers

    Bleacher Report "LeBron James and Kevin Durant are rivals on the court, but they were seen together in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.  TMZ Sports posted the following video of James and Durant leaving the same L.A. bar:

    July 19

  • Isaiah Thomas: ‘I Just Wanted to Be Wanted’

    SLAM Online "Isaiah Thomas is ready for a fresh start in Denver, and says part of the motivation for joining the Nuggets was the feeling that he was “wanted.” Thomas, 29, is moving to the Mile High City on a one-year, $2 million contract. IT says his close and..." July 19

  • Accomplished sportswriter takes ruthless shot at Dwight Howard

    Larry Brown Sports "Dwight Howard has more critics than the average NBA star, but it would appear one award-winning sportswriter thinks less of him than just about anyone who has ever seen the big man play. Bob Ryan, a former Boston Globe writer who retired from the profession after 44 years in 2012,..." July 19

  • Celtics Reportedly Sign Marcus Smart To Four-Year, $52 Million Contract

    CBS Boston "The stalemate between Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics is finally over. Smart and the Celtics have agreed to a four-year deal worth $52 million, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. It’s not quite the $14-15 million annual salary Smart was hoping to get on the..." July 19

  • Raptors retain young assets, cap space while landing Kawhi Leonard

    Hoops Hype "When the Toronto Raptors landed two-time Defensive Player of the Year and former Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, there were obvious benefits. Leonard, who is arguably the best two-way player in basketball when he is healthy, brings a ton to Toronto next season. Additionally, the..." July 19

  • Report: Spurs annoyed some in Kawhi Leonard’s camp by not giving him 2014 contract extension

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kawhi Leonard proved to be a burgeoning star while leading the Spurs to the 2014 championship. He won Finals MVP at age 22, a huge accomplishment just before becoming eligible for his rookie-scale contract extension. San Antonio gave him… zilch. That..." July 19

  • Why Knicks are a quiet winner of Kawhi Leonard trade

    New York Post "The Spurs’ decision to ship Kawhi Leonard to Canada stands as good news for the Knicks. While the Knicks were on the outside looking in on Leonard trade talks with San Antonio — even if they tried, they couldn’t match the Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan..." July 19

  • Jermaine O'Neal, Metta World Peace talk for first time in 14 years

    Indianapolis Star "Former Indiana Pacers teammates Jermaine O'Neal and Metta World Peace spoke in June for the first time in 14 years. According to J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star, O'Neal and World Peace spoke at least a week before they played in the BIG3 league..." July 19

  • The San Antonio Spurs Just Miami Heat'ed Themselves into Mediocrity

    Bleacher Report "One sentence and an obligatory Twitter photo. The San Antonio Spurs' parting gift to Kawhi Leonard amounted to just that after seven years with the organization, a tenure in which the 27-year-old earned the 2014 Finals MVP award, two Defensive Player of the Year honors and..." July 19

  • DeMarcus Cousins admits having lost sleep over lack of substantial offers

    Clutch Points "If anyone’s wondering why DeMarcus Cousins — a multiple-time All-Star center who’s still barely into his prime – decided to sign for peanuts with the Golden State Warriors, it’s because he apparently did not get much (or any) offers. The former New..." July 19

  • Mavericks ‘Really Close’ To Re-Signing Yogi Ferrell

    Hoops Rumors "Dallas is nearing a new deal with point guard Yogi Ferrell, tweets Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports. Sources tell Schultz the parties are “really close” to agreeing on contract terms. The Mavericks rescinded their qualifying offer to Ferrell last..." July 19

  • DeMar DeRozan was the soul of the Toronto Raptors

    The Score "In pure basketball terms, acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green from San Antoniofor DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected first-round draft pick was a no-brainer for the Toronto Raptors. Stuck in a kind of NBA purgatory, having ridden..." July 19

  • Karl-Anthony Towns Says He And The Wolves Still Have ‘A Lot To Talk About’

    Dime Magazine "It was a weird ending to the season in Minnesota. By all accounts, everyone should’ve been elated. The Timberwolves finished with their first winning season since the Kevin Garnett era and ended a 13-year playoff drought. Granted, they were promptly trounced out of the..." July 19

  • Report: Players upset by Raptors’ lack of recognition of DeMar DeRozan

    Larry Brown Sports "The abrupt Kawhi Leonard-DeMar DeRozan trade isn’t going down well with anyone, including on the Toronto side. According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, some players have taken note of the fact that the Raptors did nothing to recognize DeRozan’s contributions to the..." July 19

  • Spurs asked Nuggets for Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, and multiple picks for Kawhi Leonard

    Clutch Points "The San Antonio Spurs have finally given themselves a reason to let out a massive sigh of relief following the conclusion of one of the most bizarre stretches in the franchise’s history. By trading beleaguered forward Kawhi Leonard along with Danny Green to the Toronto..." July 19

  • Report: Kawhi starting to 'warm to the idea' of playing for Raptors

    The Score "Playing north of the border certainly isn't what Kawhi Leonard had envisioned for himself heading into next season. However, now that the earth-shattering trade that will send him to the Toronto Raptors is complete, it sounds like the 27-year-old forward is going to make..." July 19

  • Report: Kawhi talking to other stars about 2019 free agency

    247 Sports "Kawhi Leonard was just traded to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, but he is already talking to other stars about free agency next summer, according to Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star, via an appearance on the Back To Back Podcast.  "One thing I was told last..." July 19

  • New Bulls forward Jabari Parker: ‘They don’t pay players to play defense’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Jabari Parker never found his footing with the Bucks. Parker’s injuries and Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s ascension left Parker – a top recruit then No. 2 overall pick – trying (and often failing) to to fit into a complementary role he clearly never envisioned..." July 19

  • Kawhi Leonard gives Nets reason to dream about 2019

    New York Post "Sean Marks was never going to go all-in like Magic Johnson, vowing to sign stars by next summer or quit. But the Nets’ reserved general manager sounded unusually bullish on 2019. Reports out of Toronto about Kawhi Leonard calling other stars to gauge their willingness to join..." July 19

  • Lakers Sign Joel Berry

    Hoops Rumors "The Lakers have signed point guard Joel Berry, the team officially announced today. Terms of the deal have not yet been released. Berry, 23, went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft after spending four seasons at North Carolina.  " July 19

  • Rockets working to sign center Isaiah Hartenstein

    Houston Chronicle "Following center Isaiah Hartenstein's strong showing in the Rockets' summer program and Summer League games in Las Vegas, the Rockets are working toward signing Hartenstein to an NBA deal with hopes they will reach agreement by the end of the week, according to a person with knowledge..." July 19

  • Gregg Popovich Wants to Move On

    The Sports Post "This morning, the San Antonio Spurs found a new home for Kawhi Leonard. Now whether he likes it or not, he plays for the Toronto Raptors. And now that the seemingly never-ending saga has in fact ended, it’s time to move on. According to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, that’s exactly..." July 18

  • Celtics were unwilling to trade for Kawhi Leonard as a rental

    Sportsnaut "The Toronto Raptors on Wednesday took a major risk by acquiring impending free agent forward Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs. The deal included Toronto sending homegrown talent DeMar DeRozan and the three remaining years on his contract to San Antonio. This could potentially..." July 18

  • Spurs wouldn’t trade Kawhi to 76ers unless they added Simmons or Embiid

    Pro Basketball Talk "The 76ers reportedly refused to include Markelle Fultz in trade offers for Kawhi Leonard, which seems misguided to me. Leonard carries major questions about his future, but after his rookie year, so does Fultz! At least Leonard has proven he can reach an elite level. That’s not to say..." July 18

  • Michael Porter Jr. Had Another Back Surgery, Plans to Play Next Season

    Bleacher Report "Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., the 14th pick in last month's draft, reportedly underwent surgery last week to try to address issues that have persisted with herniated discs in his back. According to NBA.com's Steve Aschburner, Porter's camp believes the surgery..." July 18

  • NBA Reporter Shams Charania to Leave Yahoo Sports After 3 Years

    USA Today "The NBA media landscape is about to get another shakeup. One year after Adrian Wojnarowski left Yahoo Sports to join ESPN, the reporter who took over Yahoo's NBA coverage is also set to leave the company. Yahoo Sports GM Geoff Reiss confirmed that NBA reporter Shams..." July 18

  • Gregg Popovich defends Kawhi Leonard, but looks forward to Spurs' future with DeMar DeRozan

    ESPN "After saying "attempts were made to see what would be best" with Kawhi Leonard this offseason, Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are ready to move forward after trading Leonard for DeMar DeRozan on Wednesday. "We talked often over the summer, about a lot of..." July 18

  • LeBron James Will Be an NBA Owner, Possibly NFL, Too, Says Business Partner

    Variety "After signing a four-year $153 million deal to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James may already be thinking about his streams of revenue after retiring from the NBA. According to Maverick Carter, his business partner, James is looking to own a U.S. professional sports franchise, likely..." July 18

  • Red flag Kawhi Leonard trade will be career-defining for Masai Ujiri

    Sportsnet "For most of two decades the Toronto Raptors were a bad team in a cold, foreign place that couldn’t keep their best players. Now they can send them away and believe they are a better team for it. Call it progress. Call it betrayal. Call it a new..." July 18

  • Report: Raptors could waive Kawhi Leonard's physical

    247 Sports "The Toronto Raptors are very eager to add Kawhi Leonard to their active roster. So eager, in fact, that they may be willing to waive Leonard's physical despite the fact that he played just nine total games last season due to a lingering quad injury, according to ESPN's Brian..." July 18

  • Report: Thunder, Hawks talking Anthony-Schroder swap

    Sportsnaut "When two teams are each desperate to trade a player, sometimes it can provide the most ideal pairing. That seems to be the case between the Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder who could soon match up on a deal to unload unwanted stars. According to Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News,..." July 18

  • DeMarcus Cousins on Warriors: “This was my nuclear bomb. My last resort.”

    Pro Basketball Talk "A year before, DeMarcus Cousins was a lock max player, a guy the New Orleans Pelicans could not let get away. A guy with options. A guy about to make not just life-changing money but family generational changing money. DeMarcus Cousins was at his peak. But on Jan. 30, everything..." July 18

  • Report: Kawhi Leonard is Threatening To Sit Out Season After Trade To Raptors

    Total Pro Sports "Somehow Kawhi Leonard went from being one of the most soft spoken, unselfish, and loved players in the entire league to being public enemy #1 in just one season. Kawhi’s team has made it clear that he wants to be on the Los Angeles Lakers, but the San Antonio Spurs did not meet..." July 18

  • Kings, Nemanja Bjelica To Discuss Possible Deal

    Hoops Rumors "Kings general manager Vlade Divac reached out directly to Bjelica to explain his value, tweets Charania. Krawczynski expands on that point, tweeting that the Kings and other teams have expressed to Bjelica that he’s “too good to go back to Europe.” Meanwhile,..." July 18

  • Lonzo Ball had arthroscopic surgery on knee Tuesday, should be ready for training camp

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s done. As expected, Lonzo Ball has had left knee surgery on Tuesday and is currently in recovery. He reportedly will be good to go by training camp in September. July 18

  • DeMar DeRozan: ‘Ain’t No Loyalty in This Game’

    SLAM Online "DeMar DeRozan expressed his displeasure with the Raptors’ lack of loyalty, as news broke of an imminent trade sending him to San Antonio in exchange for the equally unhappy Kawhi Leonard. Toronto had reportedly assured DeRozan that he would not be..." July 18

  • Here are the financial implications of Leonard trade for Spurs

    247 Sports "After months of rumors and reports, Kawhi Leonard was finally traded as the San Antonio Spurs traded the two-time Defensive Player of the Year winner to the Toronto Raptors in a deal centered around All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan. Via ESPN's Adrian..." July 18

  • Report: Spurs begged Kawhi Leonard to let them announce he was done for the season

    Clutch Points "  With the San Antonio Spurs trading Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors, they finally can move on from a chapter of their history that got ugly this past year. After years of success, mistrust built up on both sides over the handling of Leonard’s mysterious..." July 18

  • Amar'e Stoudemire, I'll Be On An NBA Roster Next Season

    TMZ "Amar'e Stoudemire says when the NBA season kicks off in the fall ... he WILL be on an NBA roster -- telling TMZ Sports he's already been in contact with "a few teams." We broke the story ... the 35-year-old Stoudemire is gunnin' for an NBA..." July 18

  • Marcus Smart in Talks over Potential 4-Year, $46-50M Contract

    Bleacher Report "The Boston Celtics and free-agent point guard Marcus Smart are discussing a potential four-year extension worth between $46 million and $50 million, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday. " July 18

  • Knicks are the most valuable NBA franchise

    SNY TV "The Knicks may not be the best team in the NBA, but they are the most valuable. According to Forbes, the Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, making them the most valuable NBA franchise in 2018. They also come in at seventh overall in the world.  The biggest reason..." July 18

  • NBA Rumors: Kawhi Leonard Staying With Raptors Will Be ‘Very Tough Sell’

    NESN "The Toronto Raptors rolled the dice Wednesday, reportedly agreeing to trade for San Antonio Spurs forwards Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick. Leonard reportedly preferred to be traded to one..." July 18

  • Dwyane Wade remains non-committal about NBA future amid China tour

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Dwyane Wade again has declined to offer clarity or finality when it comes to his decision about returning to the NBA or Miami Heat. In an interview with the Associated Press that focused on his Wednesday lifetime deal with China-based sporting-apparel manufacturer..." July 18

  • Kawhi could risk fines to sit out season if unhappy with Raptors

    Clutch Points "Kawhi Leonard is in the process of becoming a member of the Toronto Raptors and even though he’s shown displeasure of landing at The Great North, he would be taking a major risk by sitting out part of the season to show his unhappiness. According..." July 18

  • What are the Toronto Raptors thinking?

    USA Today "The Toronto Raptors, a team that fired the man who was the 2018 NBA Coach of the Year after the team fell to LeBron James in the playoffs for the third consecutive year, are on the verge of making one of the riskiest trades in recent memory and potentially alienating their entire fanbase in the..." July 18

  • Details of Kawhi Leonard-DeMar DeRozan trade

    Larry Brown Sports "The Spurs have agreed to a trade with the Raptors that will send Kawhi Leonard to Toronto and DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Raptors will get Danny Green in addition to Leonard while the Spurs receive DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019..." July 18

  • Report: Kawhi Leonard Doesn’t Want to Play in Toronto

    SLAM Online "The Spurs are on the verge of sending Kawhi Leonard to Toronto, a city he reportedly has no interest working and living in. July 18

  • Raptors, Spurs finalizing Kawhi Leonard trade involving DeMar DeRozan

    ESPN "The Toronto Raptors are finalizing a deal to acquire San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in a trade package that includes All-Star DeMar DeRozan, league sources told ESPN. An agreement in principle could be reached as soon as Wednesday, league..." July 18