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  • Steven Adams will return to Thunder lineup vs. Pacers as he battled knee injury

    Clutch Points "Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams will make his return to the lineup for Tuesday night’s road game against the Indiana Pacers, according to a report from Steve McGehee of KWTV Sports.       November 12

  • Inside the NBA's silent tension surrounding Daryl Morey

    ESPN "NOBODY SAW MUCH of Daryl Morey in the days after the Houston Rockets landed in Tokyo for the NBA's Japan Games. The Rockets' general manager confined himself to his room at the Ritz Carlton in Roppongi Hills during the team's six-day visit, spotted leaving for..." November 12

  • Who won the Pacers-Thunder Paul George-Victor Oladipo trade?

    Clutch Points "During the summer of 2017, the Indiana Pacers traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, a deal that was, at the time, widely considered a coup for the Thunder. Two mostly unproven role players..." November 12

  • Clippers’ Jerry West recounts Paul George trade, says hardest part was losing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Clippers advisor Jerry West recounted how he first found out about the Paul George trade, a major offseason move that kept most front office staff on their toes with anticipation. The deal would signify a make-or-break for the Clippers’ future, as getting George..." November 11

  • Thunder coach Billy Donovan downplays concerns over Steven Adams’ knee injury

    Clutch Points "Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams missed a pair of games last week with a knee injury, and he will be held out of Sunday’s contest against the Milwaukee Bucks due to the same ailment. However, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan says he is not..." November 10

  • NBA Rumors: 3 Blockbuster Trades That Could Happen This Season

    Fadeaway World "The NBA trade deadline is a time that many NBA fans look forward to. Over the years, we have seen many trades occur around this time that have changed the landscape of the NBA. In 2017, we saw DeMarcus Cousins get traded to the Pelicans in a blockbuster deal that created a formidable..." November 08

  • Ten NBA things I like and don't like, including Luka Doncic trickery

    ESPN "As we put the first 10% of the season in the books, here are 10 things to check out: 1. We need to talk about Nikola Nikola Jokic has probably racked up more "likes" in this space than any other player. And so it is with a heavy heart that I note: Jokic does..." November 08

  • Carmelo Anthony on Still Not Being Signed: "I'm Surprised"

    Complex "In case you were wondering, unsigned free agent Carmelo Anthony definitely still wants to play in the NBA. It's been about a year since the 35-year-old played a game in the league. The last time he was on the court for an NBA game was while he was with..." November 08

  • Inside the NBA Brought Chris Jericho on Set and Then All Hell Broke Loose in The Wrestling Ring

    Black Sports Online "The funniest thing is Jericho’s face throughout. He is truly looking at these dudes like “what the hell is going on, I was supposed to just do a quick promo.” You can’t put a Wrestling ring in the studio and not think Shaq is going to act up. " November 08

  • Map Shows The Most Hated NBA Teams In Every State For 2019-2020 Season

    Total Pro Sports "he Los Angeles Lakers are truly back. After several years of being quite irrelevant when it comes to having a Championship contender, the team went out and signed LeBron James and traded for Anthony Davis in back-to-back offseasons. " November 07

  • NBA head coaching jobs are increasingly stable

    SB Nation "The NBA head coaching profession is among the least stable in all of sports. Some franchises cycle through a new head coach seemingly every year. The names who hold jobs for a decade or more are essentially legends, and even then, respected status and success is no guarantee of stability. The..." November 07

  • NBA now forbids teams from using apps that auto-delete communication with players, agents

    Pro Basketball Talk "To crack down on widespread tampering, the NBA began requiring teams to keep communications with agents and players for one year. The league can audit five teams annually. But what about workarounds? Pete Thamel, Seerat Sohi and Charles Robinson of Yahoo..." November 07

  • Ranking NBA's biggest early surprises: New-look Suns, unrecognizable Warriors, Lakers defense lead the way

    CBS Sports "The thing we most love about sports is the stuff we never see coming. They don't make movies about the favorite winning the game they're supposed to win -- instead it's the scrappy underdog who defies the odds and people's expectations with an unprecedented show of fortitude. A..." November 07

  • Free Agents Signed Now Can’t Be Traded Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents a team from signing a player and then turning around and trading him shortly thereafter. If a club signs a free agent without having reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal, then the club isn’t permitted to trade that player..." November 07

  • Former NBA commissioner David Stern all in on sports betting

    Newsday "David Stern is no stranger to the long battle against legalized betting in American sports. In 1991, he testified in the U.S. Senate hearings that led to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The Supreme Court overturned that law 18 months ago, opening the door to..." November 07

  • ESPN analyst hints Portland will be active in the trade market, suggests targeting Danilo Gallinari

    Clutch Points "Despite improving their roster from last season and cementing their star backcourt in place with extensions for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Portland Trail Blazers have the highest payroll in the NBA and are bound for luxury tax hell in the coming months unless..." November 07

  • Jalen Rose Explains Why Fans and Media Are to Blame for Load Management in the NBA

    The Big Lead "Kawhi Leonard is not playing tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. Leonard will miss his second game in eight days because of load management. Both of those games just happened to be broadcast on ESPN, so no one besides Kawhi's aching back is happy with the..." November 06

  • The Biggest Sneaker Storylines of the 2019-20 NBA Season

    Complex "The NBA made its long-awaited return only a few weeks ago and has already provided fans with the buzzer beaters, scuffles, memes, and superstar performances they had been yearning for during the offseason. The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are dominating thus far as expected with the..." November 05

  • Joakim Noah Still Hoping To Sign With Contender

    NBC Sports Chicago "Former Bulls center Joakim Noah reportedly suffered what sounded like a potentially career-ending injury, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Windhorst reported the news on Monday on The Hoop Collective Podcast, but has since walked it..." November 05

  • NBA Rumors: Mavericks Could Trade For Chris Paul To Form Powerful Big Three

    Fadeaway World "The Dallas Mavericks are one of the surprise teams of the season with an early win-loss record of 4-2 and a 4th place standing in the West. Mostly, it has been the combination of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis who have carried the Mavs, and their performance has been nothing short..." November 04

  • Jose Calderon Announces Retirement, Joins NBPA As Special Assistant

    Real GM Basketball "Jose Calderon has announced his retirement as a player from the NBA and has joined the NBPA as a Special Assistant. The position is newly formed and a season-long position that both the union and Calderon hope will become a recurring role. " November 04

  • NBA reminds teams to keep all electronic communications with players, agents

    NBC Sports "It was part of Adam Silver’s and the NBA’s new “crackdown” on tampering — five random teams will get audited by the NBA at the end of the season. Just to make sure they didn’t break the rules. This week the NBA sent out a memo to all 30..." November 01

  • Rookie Scale Option Decisions Still To Come

    Hoops Rumors "Thursday, October 31 is the deadline for teams to exercise rookie scale options for the 2020/21 season. These options apply to either the third or fourth year of a rookie scale contract for players who were drafted in the first round. If they’re not exercised, the player becomes an..." October 31

  • Celtics could eye Steven Adams, Clint Capela by trade deadline if made available again

    NBC Sports Boston "For all of the positive vibes surrounding the 2019-20 Boston Celtics, there's one obvious area for improvement ... and it's under the basket. The Celtics entered the season pretty thin at center, and early injuries to Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis left only second-year big..." October 30

  • It's early, but some teams are already looking to fix holes in their rosters

    ESPN "It's only the second week of the NBA season, but front offices are already contemplating their shortcomings. There are a handful of teams who know they might have to make a significant roster move during the season. The market is mostly quiet now -- trade season doesn't really..." October 30

  • Chris Paul Could Form Mavs ‘Big Three’ With Luka Doncic And Kristaps Porzingis

    Fadeaway World "Chris Paul landed in Oklahoma City this summer after two long seasons in Houston. While many are predicting his tenure in OKC to be short-lived, the Thunder (and Paul) seem ready to spend at least a full season together. But according to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, CP3..." October 30

  • James Harden Wanted To Acquire Westbrook Without Trading Chris Paul

    Clutch Points "When the Houston Rockets announced that they had successfully acquired the services of former MVP Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for veteran point guard Chris Paul and draft picks, rumors instantly began circling..." October 30

  • 5 Players Who Can’t Be Traded This Season

    Fadeaway World "00:29 01:05 Even though we were all expecting some big trades for this season, there are a handful of players that have recently signed contract extensions and are therefore ineligible to be moved right now. Whenever a player signs a deal, he has to wait before..." October 30

  • EA Sports cancels NBA Live 20

    Kotaku "EA Sports’ NBA Live 20, which had the honour of being officially delayed before it was even officially announced, has now been cancelled. It’s the fourth time in ten years that EA has not released an annual entry in its flagship basketball game on a home..." October 30

  • Chris Paul wanted to be traded to Milwaukee

    Hot New Hip Hop "Perhaps one of the biggest trades in the NBA offseason was when the Oklahoma City Thunder sent Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul. It was pretty obvious that Paul and James Harden weren't meshing anymore and that both needed to see other people. With Paul..." October 29

  • Russell Westbrook on beating Thunder, ex-teammates: 'When I hoop, I have no friends'

    ABC 13 "Russell Westbrook, dressed in shiny black pants and a sleeveless NASCAR T-shirt, stopped by the visitors locker room on the way out of the Toyota Center on Monday night. Westbrook chatted with former teammates such as Steven Adams and Andre Roberson, as well as..." October 29

  • Rockets' Daryl Morey calls trade for Russell Westbrook the 'most intense' of his career

    CBS Sports "Daryl Morey has made his fair share of deals during his tenure as the general manager of the Houston Rockets. The move he made over the offseason to acquire Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Chris Paul and other pieces, however,..." October 29

  • Special Trade Eligibility Dates For 2019/20

    Hoops Rumors "In a pair of previous articles, we took a closer look at the trade restrictions placed on two groups of players who signed free agent contracts this summer. The smaller of the two groups featured players who can’t be traded by their current teams until January 15, having re-signed..." October 28

  • Without Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, OKC rivalry with the Golden State disolves

    The Oklahoman "Since 2016, the Thunder’s home games against the Warriors have had a little extra bite to them. They already would have been labeled revenge games the season after the Warriors overcame a 3-1 deficit to eliminate the Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. But Kevin..." October 28

  • What would a one-free-throw rule mean for the NBA?

    ESPN "Kevin Pelton's NBA mailbag is back, featuring your questions on an experiment using a single free throw attempt for all points, Russell Westbrook's shooting numbers, the best way to enforce 3-point shooting fouls and how scoring relates to win projections. You can tweet..." October 26

  • Tencent cuts off Rockets from NBA streaming schedule

    Channel News Asia "Chinese internet giant Tencent has struck Houston Rockets games from its programming schedule for the current NBA season, following through on a threat it made after a team executive angered Beijing by supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The Rockets' 117-111 loss to..." October 25

  • Donovan Mitchell thinks ‘a lot of people are sleeping’ on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    USA Today "Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was impressive in his Thunder debut Wednesday night. In his first official game for Oklahoma City, Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 26 points to lead OKC in a 100-95 loss to the Jazz. SGA hit on 10-of-23 shots from the field, including a 3-of-7 mark..." October 24

  • Charles Barkley: Mike Pence "needs to shut the hell up"

    Larry Brown Sports "Charles Barkley issued a strong response to Vice President Mike Pence. Earlier on Thursday, Pence weighed in on the NBA’s Hong Kong-China controversy. Pence said the NBA sided with the Chinese government by silencing free speech. “Some of the..." October 24

  • Mike Pence denounces China's response to Hong Kong protests, blasts NBA for 'embracing censorship'

    CNN "Vice President Mike Pence accused the National Basketball Association of acting "like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime" in China on Thursday. Speaking in Washington, Pence accused the NBA and sportswear giant Nike of not sufficiently speaking out in..." October 24

  • NBA execs have differing opinions on Jaylen Brown's new Celtics contract

    NBC Sports Boston "When the Boston Celtics inked Jaylen Brown to a four-year, $115 million deal on Tuesday, plenty of C's fans were happy to see their prized 22-year-old forward get locked up for a few more seasons. But the deal left some NBA executives scratching their..." October 24

  • Adam Silver’s Fight to Save the NBA in China

    Wall Street Journal "He’s caught between the two most powerful countries on earth. American politicians have urged him to suspend business with China. Chinese state-run television has threatened retribution against him personally. But as NBA commissioner Adam Silver continues to deal with an..." October 23

  • 7 NBA Players Who Should Get Traded This Season

    Complex "The NBA season literally just got underway last night, but as we all know, so much of the NBA machine is pushed by trade rumors and speculation. Teams are always looking to get better and stars are constantly on the move. If a team says they're not trading someone, that's likely a..." October 23

  • Chinese State TV Refuses to Air NBA's Opening Night Slate

    SI "Chinese state television did not air the NBA's opening night games, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported on Tuesday. According to Windhorst, Tencent, the NBA's streaming partner, also reduced its schedule, only deciding to show the Lakers-Clippers game. " October 23

  • Stephen Jackson Says NBA Teams Received A Mass Text, “Don’t F*ck With Carmelo”

    Hot New Hip Hop "A number of current and former NBA veterans have shown support for Carmelo Anthony as he continues to search for a spot on an NBA roster. The latest players to speak out in favor of the 10-time All Star are Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, both of whom spoke about the disrespect..." October 23

  • 4 Teams That Should Trade For Dion Waiters

    Fadeaway World "It looks as if Dion Waiters could be traded from the Miami Heat very soon. The Heat have suspended Waiters for the first game of the season due to comments that he made on Instagram about Erik Spoelstra and Tyler Herro. This past year looked to be Dion’s worst season as a pro as..." October 22

  • Bettors put most money on Lakers to win title

    ESPN "The Lake Show has been playing nonstop at U.S. sportsbooks, leaving bookmakers staring at sizable liabilities on the Los Angeles Lakers to win the NBA championship. As the season tips off, more money has been bet on the Lakers to win the title than on any other team at..." October 22

  • NBA enacting zero-tolerance rules for abusive, hateful fan behavior

    The Score "The NBA is enacting a zero-tolerance fan code of conduct in 2019-20 in an effort to curb abusive and hateful behavior toward players after the number of courtside ejections more than doubled last season, NBA chief security officer Jerome Pickett told The Associated Press' Tim..." October 21

  • Ranking the NBA's 15 best players, from Kawhi Leonard to Kyrie Irving

    Sporting News "The NBA has made so many headlines for its controversial relationship with China that it's easy to forget there is real, actual basketball on the horizon. Yes, the 2019-20 regular season is upon us, and with it comes another set of player rankings. There has been..." October 19

  • Ranking toughest NBA divisions: Pacific is stacked with Lakers, Clippers; Southeast short on star talent

    CBS Sports "There probably aren't many NBA fans who spend a lot of time thinking about divisions. Even the most loyal viewer might find it hard to rattle off each team in all six NBA divisions (yes, there are six). While most of the attention is paid to conference standings since they determine playoff..." October 18

  • Billy Donovan doesn’t know if Andre Roberson will play for Thunder in opening night

    Clutch Points "Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan has made it clear that the team is not going to rush Andre Roberson back onto the court. Roberson hasn’t played in an NBA since Dec. 29, 2017 due to a ruptured patellar tendon. Roberson had recently participated in five-on-five..." October 17