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  • NBA, ESPN working on televising H-O-R-S-E competition

    ESPN "The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a H-O-R-S-E competition involving several high-profile players, sources told ESPN. Discussions have been ongoing among the NBA, NBPA and ESPN about a competition among several players in isolation -- presumably using home gyms -- that would..." April 04

  • Raptors’ Nick Nurse gets rare chance to catch breath during shutdown

    Sportsnet "For the first time in a long time, Nick Nurse can catch his breath. The circumstance are less than ideal and he would contend he didn’t need to, but now that COVID-19 has brought the NBA season and just about everything else to a full halt, the Toronto Raptors head..." April 04

  • Stephen A. Smith Confirms Sixers Nearly Traded For Tracy McGrady in 1999

    The Big Lead "As our sportless world marches on, fans around the world are delving deep into the archives to find more sports to talk about. One such nugget emerged on the internet a few days ago when an old Stephen A. Smith report was dredged up about how the Toronto Raptors came quite close to trading..." April 04

  • Silver tells Trump leagues want to lead economic restart when safe

    The Score "NBA commissioner Adam Silver told President Donald Trump on Saturday that sports leagues would love to lead an economic restart once given the "all clear" from public health officials, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski. Silver was on a..." April 04

  • Pessimism Growing About Resumption Of Season

    Hoops Rumors "There’s growing pessimism around the league that the 2019/20 season can be resumed, Brian Windhorst of ESPN said on SportsCenter (video link). While the NBA is willing to go deep into the summer to complete the season, recent developments have led the league to discuss the..." April 04

  • NBA ‘angling’ to cancel rest of 2019-20 season

    Clutch Points "NBA players and fans’ worst nightmare just became more probable than ever: the 2019-20 season might be cancelled after all. According to Bleacher Report, Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that the NBA is considering the said angle following China’s CBA..." April 04

  • Will the NBA allow enough time with the restart of games to avoid injuries?

    Pro Basketball Talk "It finally happens — the NBA returns. The coronavirus forced stoppage ends and the NBA races into action. As quickly as they can teams gather in a “bubble” in Las Vegas, players are on the court in games televised across the nation and streamed around the world. The..." April 03

  • Nick Nurse '100 percent' committed to coaching Canada despite Olympics postponement

    Yahoo! Sports "Although the Summer Olympics have been pushed back to 2021, the commitment from Canadian Men’s Basketball coach Nick Nurse remains the same. Nurse spoke to reporters for the first time since the International Olympics Committee officially rescheduled the Tokyo Olympics to..." April 03

  • NBA wants players to take 50 percent pay cut, union counters with 25 percent

    CBS Sports "The NBA is losing millions of dollars with each day that games cannot be played amid the outbreak of coronavirus, and the moment, it appears as if the players and league are at an impasse when it comes to how to share the burden of that loss. The NBA has asked players to take a..." April 03

  • Ranking the Top 5 NBA Trade Targets at Every Position This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 NBA free-agent class underwhelms in quantity and quality. Anthony Davis is technically its headliner, but the entire basketball world assumes he'll quickly re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Brandon Ingram holds the No. 2 spot, but he's a restricted free agent and..." April 03

  • Raptors' Masai Ujiri says he was assaulted after 2019 NBA Finals

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri claimed in legal papers on Thursday he was assaulted by a security guard after the 2019 NBA Finals, not the other way around, per Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic. Alan Strickland, the security guard, previously..." April 03

  • Bulls want to interview Raps' Bobby Webster

    TSN "The Chicago Bulls have started a formal search process to hire a new top executive, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and among the candidates the team is interested in is Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster. Webster is under contract through the 2020-21 season,..." April 03

  • How Much Money Will NBA Players Lose Due to Coronavirus Pandemic?

    Bleacher Report "Stopping the NBA season was an easy decision for Commissioner Adam Silver. Once players started contracting the COVID-19 virus, the health and safety of the league took precedence over the potential financial repercussions. While it had to be a painful choice, it wasn't a..." April 02

  • No chance of traditional NBA playoffs this season

    Mass Live "The NBA continues to consider almost every possibility when it comes to resuming its season. The only possibilities that seem to be out, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, is the playoff structure we’re used to. “At this point, several team and..." April 02

  • Raptors president Masai Ujiri: ‘We have to win this’ fight vs. COVID-19

    Sportsnet "The range of Masai Ujiri’s concerns are vast. Some are small, mundane and common such as how to deal with hands chapped from constant washing or noticing how often he touches his face on a video call. Some are larger and unknowable: How will the pandemic affect the NBA..." April 02

  • NBA players who've beaten COVID-19 to donate blood for new treatment

    ABC News "At least four NBA players who have recovered from COVID-19 plan to donate blood for an experimental treatment that could help high-risk patients overcome the virus, according to Dr. Michael Joyner, a member of the leadership team of the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma..." April 02

  • Let's burst the idea of playing the remainder of the NBA season in a bubble

    USA Today "It sounds so simple in the abstract, at least according to the "Bubble Boys."  That’s what we’re going to call these folks, the commentators who are agitating for the NBA to return in the next few months by creating a coronavirus-free environment..." April 02

  • Vince Carter on potential last NBA game: 'It's like a chill just hit me'

    The Score "Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter may have already played in his final NBA game, but he never thought about the possibility until teammate Dewayne Dedmon brought it to his attention during the club's last contest before the league's indefinite hiatus. As news..." April 01

  • Should the NBA allow players to consume CBD Gummies?

    Clutch Points "With the boom of CBD in full effect, you or I may think nothing at all of waking up and eating some CBD gummies. CBD has never been more accessible, with consumers being able to find the best CBD oils and the best CBD gummies with just the click of a button, delivered..." April 01

  • Re-Drafting the 2000 NBA Draft Class

    Bleacher Report "There's something you need to know about the 2000 NBA draft class before we go any further: It's not great. Maybe that makes it a perfect year to cover, considering everyone seems to agree that the upcoming 2020 class is a weak one. Weak? You don't know..." April 01

  • Raptors' Masai Ujiri: Contract decisions 'last thing on my mind'

    The Score "Given the current state of global affairs, Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri is not overly concerned with upcoming extension decisions - his own or those pertaining to the team's coaching staff. "To be fair, you know, it's not kind of where our minds are at..." April 01

  • 3 Teams That Could Land Kevin Love This Offseason

    Fadeaway World "Kevin Love made it abundantly clear that he’s ready to move on from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The question now is: where? As a 31-year-old sharpshooting veteran, his services would be useful for a lot of teams. But his ultra-expensive contract coupled with a troubling injury history has..." April 01

  • NBA Teams That Will Define the 2020 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Want to know which NBA teams you should keep the closest eye on this offseason? If you answered yes, you've come to the right place. If you answered no, it's actually Opposite Day, and you're now contractually obligated to journey down this rabbit hole with the..." April 01

  • NBA, NBPA May Hold Up to 25 Percent of Player Salaries in Escrow

    SLAM Online "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are reportedly discussing the possibility of holding up to 25 percent of remaining player salaries in escrow should regular season games be cancelled. According to the collective bargaining agreement, players lose roughly 1 percent..." April 01

  • 3 teams that should target a trade for Nets’ Caris LeVert

    Clutch Points "Fourth-year wing Caris LeVert could be on the trading block for the Brooklyn Nets as the Eastern Conference up-and-comer seeks to pair All-Star duo Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving with a third star in the near future. LeVert, a 24-year-old swingman from the University of Michigan, was..." April 01

  • NBA 2K Donating Percentage of Money From Microtransactions to COVID-19 Relief

    Heavy "Take-Two Interactive, which is the parent company for the NBA 2K, Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead franchise, and more, are making what could be a significant contribution to COVID-19 relief efforts. On Wednesday, the NBA 2K Twitter account posted the link to a message from Take-Two..." April 01

  • Raptors’ Masai Ujiri misses basketball so much he’s stalking Dr. Anthony Fauci ‘like next NBA draft pick’

    Clutch Points "Like most NBA fans, Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri is missing basketball. So much so that Ujiri joked he’s basically stalking Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s top infectious disease experts, like a potential NBA Draft pick. Ujiri made his remark..." April 01

  • Stephon Marbury advised Adam Silver to suspend NBA season?

    The Undefeated "  Former two-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury spoke with The Undefeated from Beijing Tuesday morning about his quest to bring 10 million N95 masks to his hometown of New York to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The current head coach of the Beijing Royal..." April 01

  • Trade Packages to Land Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and the Nets Their Big 3

    Bleacher Report "In a NBA that's largely transitioned from a three-star to a two-star ecosystem, the Brooklyn Nets may be looking to reverse course and add another premier talent. After signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to four-year deals this past offseason, the..." April 01

  • NBA 2K tournament odds: Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton among favorites

    Arizona Central "The NBA has partnered with NBA 2K to create a players-only tournament that will air this weekend and next on ESPN. Two Phoenix Suns players are in the tournament, and they are among the favorites to win it, according to early odds. SportsBetting.ag recently set odds for..." April 01

  • NBA discussing Las Vegas as potential quarantine site to finish season

    The Score "In hopes of squeezing in as many regular-season games as possible, the NBA is exploring the possibility of having all teams together at one quarantined site, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "Las Vegas has been a destination that has been discussed, built around..." April 01

  • Force Majeure Provision Opens Window To New CBA

    Hoops Rumors "The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted the 2019/20 NBA season and it could have a lasting effect on the financial structure of the league. The “force majeure” provision in the latest CBA covers a variety of catastrophic circumstances, including epidemics and..." April 01

  • Community Shootaround; NBA Coach Of The Year Potential Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "fter discussing our hypothetical ballots for the NBA’s 2019/20 MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Sixth Man of the Year awards, we’re shifting our focus today to the Coach of the..." March 31

  • NBA Stars Most Likely to Change Teams This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Allow the NBA's 2020 offseason to apologize in advance. It will not be living up to the frantic pace and turnover of 2019. Fewer teams have salary-cap space. Fewer stars are on the trade block. Even fewer are entering free agency. Toss in the inherent uncertainty that will..." March 31

  • 3 stars the Heat should try to trade for this offseason

    Clutch Points "Miami Heat team president Pat Riley is still one of the best executives in the game today. Just last summer, he shocked the basketball world when acquired Jimmy Butler, successfully keeping his team relevant in the Eastern Conference in the process. This is exactly why it would not be..." March 31

  • Full Bracket for ESPN's Players-Only NBA2K Tournament Revealed

    12 Up "The end of March will bring with it a return to live NBA action, in a slightly different capacity. Several of the league's brightest stars are set to face off in a passion project on Friday, as the NBA has set up a 2K tournament for players only, to be aired on..." March 31

  • Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell Headline Players-Only NBA 2K Tournament

    Bleacher Report "The NBA is reportedly planning a players-only NBA 2K video game tournament headlined by Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant.  According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond and free-agent..." March 31

  • DeMar DeRozan: Pascal Siakam has ‘blueprint’ to pass Kyle Lowry as greatest Raptor ever

    Sportsnet "It’s been two short and immeasurably long years since DeMar DeRozan played for the Toronto Raptors. A lot has changed in ways big and small, both in the NBA and away from it. There is no basketball right now, for starters, and it’s not clear when there will..." March 31

  • Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July/August 2021. Will they include NBA players?

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Tokyo Olympics were postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving questions about NBA players participating. OlympicTalk: The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been rescheduled for nearly one year later with the Olympics set for July..." March 31

  • NBA 'very determined to have a champion,' considering several playoff scenarios

    CBS Sports "There is no end in sight for the NBA season's current hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean it's gone for good. The league is "very determined to have a champion," according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, and they are..." March 31

  • Why the coronavirus pandemic should propel the NBA to suspend its luxury tax for the 2020-21 season

    CBS Sports "If there was ever a season designed to facilitate a massive drop in the NBA salary cap, it would be the 2020-21 campaign. While such an outcome is never ideal, there was hardly any cap space available around the league anyway. Only seven teams were on track to have significant cap space this..." March 31

  • NBA Reportedly Plans to Launch Players-Only NBA 2K Tournament on Friday

    Bleacher Report "With action on the court on hold indefinitely, the NBA is devising a new way to provide fans with their basketball fix. Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported the league is considering a players-only NBA 2K tournament that would feature "some big-name..." March 30

  • Jay Williams: NBA Should Hold Playoffs on Cruise Ships

    The Big Lead "Fans and analysts alike are firing up the creative processes of their brains to concoct a realistic scenario in which professional sports could return in the span of six-to-eight weeks. It's a tough exercise because based off the opinions of various medical experts, things are still in the..." March 30

  • Jeff Van Gundy: ‘We’re all underestimating the fear’

    Boston Globe "Former NBA coach and current ESPN/ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy has always been one to offer his honest and well-thought-out opinions on anything NBA. He doesn’t believe the 2019-20 season will resume. Games were halted after the night of March 11 after it was revealed..." March 30

  • New Target Date For 2021 Summer Olympics

    Hoops Rumors "The International Olympic Committee will set July 23, 2021, as the new target date for the opening of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, reports Tariq Panja of The New York Times. An emergency IOC meeting will be held today to consider the decision. A final ruling could come in weeks,..." March 29

  • Raptors’ Game 4 win over 76ers remains a Kawhi Leonard masterpiece

    Sportsnet "If there was a moment where you could make the argument that Kawhi Leonard was the best basketball player in the world and have pretty much everyone who cared nod in agreement it would be on May 5th, 2019, with 61 seconds left in Game 4 of the Toronto Raptors second-round..." March 28

  • NBA season could restart at a casino, Bahamas resort or even college gyms

    New York Post "If and when the NBA restarts its season, it could all happen in one glitzy spot like Las Vegas, the Bahamas or … a college campus in the Midwest? Those are three of the options that have been discussed by players and executives, according to ESPN, as the league tries to..." March 28

  • What the NBA can learn from China's attempt to restart basketball during the coronavirus pandemic

    ESPN "The NBA is going to need to build a bubble. The top challenge facing the league is creating a safe environment for players, coaches, referees, support staff and technical operators. An environment that, in the early stages of resuming the season, might not include fans. It might not..." March 28

  • Team had to punish player for violating NBA’s social distancing rule

    Clutch Points "One NBA team reportedly had to reprimand one of its players after seeing a social media post of him working out with several athletes in a private gym, per Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports. Players are scrambling to find private indoor gyms in their cities while the NBA and its..." March 27

  • Las Vegas A Candidate To Host NBA Games?

    CNBC "The National Basketball Association is already thinking about how it could rescue its season, and a revised tournament in Las Vegas leading to the finals could be its answer, assuming it’s safe to start playing again. After being the first U.S. league to suspend games due to the..." March 27