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  • James Harden pushes back against report of rift with Chris Paul

    Sportsnaut "The Houston Rockets’ blockbuster trade to acquire Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month had so many backstories. Among them, Chris Paul heads to OKC in the deal after reports of a rift between him and James Harden. While Paul has pushed back against..." July 20

  • NBA Superstars Who Will Be on Trade Watch by Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Another star is always on the verge of being traded in the NBA. Even if he needs to come out of nowhere, the league always has a next man up. This summer alone is proof. The New Orleans Pelicans shipped Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 20

  • Eric Gordon has withdrawn from Team USA training camp

    USA Today "Playing for Team USA is always an honor that plenty of players welcome. Playing for your country and representing a nation of people is always one of the greatest honors for any athlete. Sometimes though, it does get to be a bit too much. For Houston Rockets shooting guard..." July 20

  • James Harden: New move will look like a travel; it's not

    ESPN "James Harden says he tries to come up with something innovative every offseason, something more creative than his latest move. Two years ago, Harden perfected the step-back jumper. Last summer, the Houston Rockets guard then perfected the side step-back jumper. In a..." July 20

  • James Harden passes on World Cup to focus on Rockets

    ESPN "James Harden has decided to withdraw from playing with the U.S. national team at this summer's FIBA World Cup in China. He is the second top player to pull out of a previous commitment to Team USA in the past week, joining Anthony Davis. Harden told the Houston..." July 19

  • Rockets’ James Harden Addresses Critics of Russell Westbrook Trade

    Heavy "James Harden isn’t worried about the criticism and concern from some about his pairing with new teammate Russell Westbrook. After the Houston Rockets struck a blockbuster deal to reunite the duo which spent three years together with the Oklahoma City Thunder, it’s..." July 19

  • NBA Power Rankings Post-Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "OK, what just happened? That seismic shift you just felt on the NBA landscape? That was one of the wildest months in NBA history shaking up your favorite team; your parents' favorite team; your uncle's favorite team; heck, even the cat's favorite..." July 19

  • Best contracts of 2019 NBA free agency: Lakers, Warriors find bargains during busy offseason

    Sporting News "Roughly 40 percent of the NBA entered free agency this offseason. Yeah, that's a big number. With so much talent flooding the market, some free agents were inevitably going to be signed to cheaper deals than expected. Which GMs managed to snag valuable players on bargain..." July 19

  • Worst contracts of 2019 NBA free agency: Hornets, Kings weren't only teams to hand out bad deals

    Sporting News "Early in the 2016 NBA offseason, it became clear teams were passing out crazy contracts to average-at-best players. That's what happens when the league sees an unprecedented salary cap spike. Over the past three years, some general managers have gotten smarter with..." July 19

  • NBA Rumors: Thunder were willing to give Heat 2021, 2023 picks back in potential deal for Russell Westbrook

    Clutch Points "The Oklahoma City Thunder engaged in trade conversations with the Miami Heat during a stretch, as they tried to deal franchise point guard Russell Westbrook. While there had been reported interest in rookie Tyler Herro, center Bam Adebayo and swingman Justise Winslow, the Thunder were willing..." July 19

  • It Looks Like Carmelo Anthony Got La La Back Once Again Amid Cheating, Divorce Rumors

    Total Pro Sports "Just last month, it had seemed that Carmelo Anthony was on the bring of losing his marriage once again when he was spotted on a yacht with a mysterious woman in France. The 10-time NBA All Star jumped online and dropped a video and called out everybody who had something to say about..." July 19

  • NBA Rumors: 30 Free-Agent Targets for 30 Teams Next Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Following a summer that saw Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis, Mike Conley and more change teams, 2020's free-agency class looks a bit sparse by comparison. That's not meant as a slight to players..." July 18

  • NBA star James Harden buys stake in MLS' Dynamo

    ESPN "Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has purchased a minority stake in the investment group that controls MLS' Houston Dynamo, the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the Dynamo announced on Thursday. "I'm very excited about the opportunity to join the..." July 18

  • 10 NBA stars facing the most pressure in 2019-20

    Sportsnaut "Now that most of the pieces have been moved during what has been a frantic summer around the NBA, it’s time to look forward to the 2019-20 season. The Los Angeles Lakers added Anthony Davis to team up with LeBron James, creating a ton of pressure for both..." July 18

  • The NBA's Supermax Is Doing What It Was Supposed To

    Deadspin "The provisions of a collective bargaining agreement can be tricky things. After all, by definition they’re negotiated and agreed upon by parties with different and largely opposed interests, who will want different and often directly conflicting things out of them. The purpose or intent..." July 18

  • 5 NBA Players Poised for a Breakout Year in 2019-20

    12 Up "1. Lonzo Ball The NOLA Bayou is a far cry from the bright LA lights, which is perfect for Lonzo Ball. Ball came in with immense expectations, and like D’Angelo Russell, can thrive with a change of scenery as a former No. 2 overall pick. Zo hounds his opponents on defense while..." July 18

  • Thunder increasingly expect Chris Paul to start season with team

    The Score "The Oklahoma City Thunder have paused their attempts to move nine-time All-Star Chris Paul and increasingly expect that he'll start the season with the team, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Paul was acquired from the Houston Rockets last week along with a bevy..." July 17

  • Who are next NBA stars (James Harden?!) to ride trade wave?

    Yardbarker "Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul and Paul George are “Patients Zero” for the trade epidemic that has rocked the NBA the past two years. Following disappointing ends to their respective 2016-17 seasons, each demanded a trade and was subsequently dealt to a new team that June. Butler went to..." July 17

  • Evaluating a Heat-Chris Paul trade from every angle (it’s mostly about the picks)

    South Florida Sun Sentinel "So where do the Miami Heat stand with Chris Paul? As casual spectators, while waiting to see what might come their way. Unlike the team's pursuit of Russell Westbrook, when Pat Riley and his front-office staff negotiated with a proactive approach, the Heat have taken a more..." July 17

  • NBA Rumors: ‘Almost no appetite’ for final year of Chris Paul’s contract

    Clutch Points "The Oklahoma City Thunder received Chris Paul in the blockbuster trade that sent franchise star Russell Westbrook out of OKC, but to complete this planned rebuild, the organization must first move Paul to its next destination. Despite hopes that a move can get done by the start of the 2019-20..." July 17

  • Every NBA Team's Biggest Hole After Free-Agency Madness

    Bleacher Report "Another hectic round of NBA free agency has come and gone, and with the dust now settling, teams are left to grapple with the roster holes that went unfilled. Nothing, of course, is set in stone so far from training camps. But barring any more blockbuster trades, depth..." July 17

  • NBA Rumors: Detroit Pistons Can Create A Big 3 With Chris Paul

    Fadeaway World "The Pistons need to make another move to truly take that next step. A step which would turn them into viable contenders in an up for grabs Eastern Conference. We have to answer a few important questions first. What is the deal that could make this potential move happen? Why would both the..." July 17

  • Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni’s agent says an extension now isn’t being considered at all

    Clutch Points "Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is not currently considering an extension with the team, according to his longtime agent Warren LeGarie. LeGarie went on SiriusXM NBA Radio, detailing his client’s priorities heading into the final year of his..." July 17

  • 3 Winners and Losers From the Hectic NBA Offseason

    12 Up "It really does feel like the NBA offseason is more entertaining than the regular season sometimes. This summer has shaken up the league tremendously with a bunch of old faces in new places, and plenty of mouths left agape after finding out who’s going where. Let’s take a look at..." July 16

  • Before Paul George trade, Thunder were already preparing to trade Russell Westbrook next year

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Thunder are starting over in an unprecedented way. By sending Paul George to the Clippers and Russell Westbrook to the Rockets, Oklahoma City is becoming the first team ever to trade two reigning All-NBA players in the same offseason. The Thunder are the first team in decades to..." July 16

  • The Best Player From Every NBA Team

    Fadeaway World "Summer Leauge is already here which means most of the NBA rosters are already set, and while we’re going to see a lot of trades go on throughout the season, several top-tier players are likely to stay put for most of the season. You just can’t win in this league unless you..." July 16

  • Report: Chris Paul trade to Miami hung up on picks moving with him

    Pro Basketball Talk "Chris Paul is making a stopover in Oklahoma City. The Rockets sent him there for Paul George, but the competitive 34-year-old point guard doesn’t want to be part of a long rebuilding project. He wants to be traded again before the season starts. His preference? Miami,..." July 16

  • Canada’s FIBA World Cup training camp features 17 NBA players

    Pro Basketball Talk "No Andrew Wiggins, no problem. The disconnect between Wiggins and Canada Basketball seemed like a big deal when Wiggins looked like a budding star from a country without much basketball pedigree. But Wiggins has stagnated. Canada, on the other hand, looks like a rising..." July 16

  • La La Anthony spotted with Carmelo after cheating rumors

    Page Six "Nearly a month after Carmelo Anthony was spotted yachting with a mystery woman —sparking rumors he was cheating on wife La La — the couple was spotted out together in Beverly Hills on Friday. The pair was photographed getting into a car after..." July 16

  • Predicting 5 Years from Now Which 2019 NBA Offseason Moves Look Best

    Bleacher Report "Nothing lasts forever. That's the lesson of the 2019 NBA offseason. Actually, based on the shake-ups, teardowns, undertakings and overhauls we saw this summer, it seems more accurate to say nothing lasts for more than a year or two. Example: Of the 25 players named to..." July 16

  • The 30 Facts That Will Make or Break the Harden-Westbrook Rockets

    The Ringer "The NBA’s newest Big Two is the most fascinating from a tactical perspective. James Harden and Russell Westbrook played together for three seasons almost a decade ago for the Thunder. But how will they readjust as teammates now that both have won an MVP playing apart? And can the..." July 16

  • 4 Teams Dumb Enough to Take a Chance on JR Smith

    12 Up "It was inevitable, but a plethora of reports dropped Monday that basically closed the door on JR Smith's career in Cleveland. Barring an unexpected trade, the Cavaliers are planning on waiving the former Sixth Man of the Year. While most skeptics presumed that 'The..." July 16

  • Mike D’Antoni: Russell Westbrook and James Harden will ‘make it work’

    The Oklahoman "Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has coached James Harden and Russell Westbrook together before. The trio has Olympic gold medals to show for it. All three were members of the 2012 gold-medal-winning USA men’s basketball national team, D’Antoni as..." July 16

  • Lakers’ Chris Paul Trade Unlikely as L.A. Hopes for Buyout

    Heavy "Since news broke that the Thunder may be looking to move Chris Paul, some have connected the point guard to the Lakers given his close friendship with LeBron James. Fans hoping to construct Team Banana Boat may be disappointed to learn about the numerous hurdles the Lakers have to overcome to..." July 16

  • The 11 best rookies at the NBA Summer League, ranked

    SB Nation "NBA summer league lost its main attraction when Zion Williamson exited with a knee injury just nine minutes into his debut for the New Orleans Pelicans. Williamson wasn’t the only top draft pick to miss time in Las Vegas: Ja Morant, Jarrett..." July 16

  • NBA Rumors: Chris Paul Would Like To Get Traded To Miami

    Fadeaway World "Things have slowed down significantly in the dramatic weeks following free agency. With Kawhi and PG in L.A., the last dominoes are falling — which begs the question: what happens to Chris Paul? As one of the last remaining players destined for a move, CP3 is all but certain to..." July 15

  • Some Players Around The NBA “Laughed” When Chris Paul Was Traded To The Thunder

    Total Pro Sports "It looks like the noise about Chris Paul not being very liked extends further than just to people who have played alongside him. Over the weekend, Chris Paul found out his talents were being sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook and an assortment of draft..." July 15

  • Predicting the Next Wave of Breakout NBA Stars

    Bleacher Report "Who will be the breakout stars of the 2019-20 NBA season?  Before we answer that question, we need to address what the term means, as both "breakout" and "star" can be somewhat subjective.  For the purpose of this article, we'll..." July 15

  • The next 3 NBA stars to change teams

    SB Nation "There has been unprecedented movement of NBA stars in recent years. It’s not over. It’s never over. The churn is eternal thanks to shorter NBA contracts, a player mindset that is less wed to the concept of staying with a single franchise over an entire career, and teams..." July 15

  • How Does Russell Westbrook Fit Into The Rockets’ Math Equation?

    Dime Magazine "Russell Westbrook is a Houston Rocket. It’s a pretty odd sentence, all things considered. If anyone was going to stick with one team and follow the Dirk Nowitzki blueprint, it was going to be Westbrook. But even he saw the writing on the wall once Paul George was traded to the..." July 15

  • 2 Teams Reportedly “Strongly” Pushing For Andre Iguodala Trade

    The Spun "The Memphis Grizzlies acquired Andre Iguodala in a trade with the Golden State Warriors, but have little interest in actually keeping him on the roster next season. They’re working hard to find a trade partner, and two teams seem to be emerging as the top options. According to..." July 15

  • NBA Rumors: Chris Paul’s Former Teammate Explains Why His Attitude ‘Rubs Guys The Wrong Way’

    Inquisitr "Despite his many achievements in an NBA career that is closing in on 15 years, Chris Paul has frequently received flak for having an allegedly disruptive locker room presence. This was something that former teammate Kenyon Martin touched on in a recent appearance on Sports Illustrated Now..." July 15

  • Report: ‘No appetite’ among teams to take on final year of Chris Paul deal

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder are having a very hard time finding anyone to take Chris Paul’s contract off their hands. According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, based on conversations with NBA general manager, there is “almost no appetite” around the league to..." July 15

  • Report: Rockets hesitant to go deep into luxury tax to acquire Andre Iguodala

    Clutch Points "Following a cap space-clearing trade deal that saw him get shipped off to the Memphis Grizzlies, former Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala has now become one of the league’s most sought-after veterans. The revamped Houston Rockets have been rumored as one of..." July 15

  • How Every Bad Free-Agency Signing Could Actually Work

    Bleacher Report "Did your favorite NBA team overspend on free agents this summer? Still scratching your head over that $60 million deal for the career backup? Has your team's front office lost it, or is there actually a plan here? For some big-money free agents, the initial numbers may..." July 15

  • Chris Paul's trade value is sorely underrated

    247 Sports "It's time for a blind taste test. The following players have both made at least five All-Star teams. One is 10 months older. The other has a one-inch height advantage. Here are their regular-season and postseason stats from last season: Player A Regular Season: 15.6 PPG, 8.2 APG,..." July 15

  • NBA Rumors: CP3 Ending up With Heat or Lakers Likely

    Heavy "Following a trade from the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chris Paul’s future has remained a hot-button topic in recent days. While Paul was part of the deal that reunited Russell Westbrook with James Harden in Houston, his days in Oklahoma City appear..." July 15

  • NBA rumors: Andre Iguodala could wind up with 1 of these 5 teams, including Lakers, Clippers

    Newark Star-Ledger "In a roster overhaul, one of the Golden State Warriors’ casualties was playoff hero Andre Iguodala. Now, the former Sixers first-round pick is on the Grizzlies after a cap-clearing trade, though he shouldn’t remain in Memphis for long. The Grizzlies are in rebuilding mode..." July 15

  • Five Players Who Boosted Their Stock at NBA Summer League

    The Big Lead "The NBA Summer League is filled with illusions. There have been hundreds of players over the years fans got excited about who amounted to nothing after dominating in summer league. But there are still some summer league standouts who earned a roster spot and continue to play productive..." July 15

  • Top 10 NBA Players To Never Have A Triple-Double

    Fadeaway World "We can all agree that personal stats don’t always reflect on the true impact on your team, as you can have the best performance of your life and still lose by 20 points when playing in the NBA. However, some players have made a living out of piling up stats and logging..." July 15