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James Worthy breaks down what Russell Westbrook means to the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers never fail to surprise us. During the 2021 NBA draft, the Lakers sent shockwaves all around the world as they pulled off a blockbuster trade by acquiring former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and two future second-rounders in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and the 22nd first-round pick of the 2021 Draft.
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Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart Reportedly Receive Qualifying Offers from Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have taken the first step toward potentially keeping Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. Per ESPN's Andrew Lopez, New Orleans extended qualifying offers to both players Saturday. Ball's one-year qualifying tender is worth $14.4 million, though he seems likely to receive a long-term offer from at least...
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Durant sees Olympic greatness in Tatum's future

Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum teamed up to lead USA Basketball to victory in Saturday's game vs. the Czech Republic. Durant dropped 23 points in the 119-84 win and made history in the process, setting the all-time U.S. Olympic record for points scored. Tatum put on a show of his own with a game-high 27 points.
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Warriors 'very unlikely' to trade for Bradley Beal, Ben Simmons

Golden State Warriors fans who are dreaming of a big Bradley Beal or Ben Simmons addition can keep dreaming. There has been some chatter that the Warriors have been interested in big-name players. A June rumor suggested the Warriors were interested in trading for Simmons. There was talk a few weeks ago that they were considering a run at Damian Lillard. Then last week a rumor said they were considering a trade for Beal.
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Lacob explains why blockbuster trade unlikely for Warriors

All offseason long, the prevailing thought has been that the Warriors were hunting for a blockbuster trade to add another star to their championship nucleus of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Ben Simmons, Bradley Beal and Damian Lillard all have been floated as potential targets for Golden State...
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Rasheed Wallace could join Penny Hardaway’s Memphis coaching staff

Penny Hardaway could be making another interesting addition to his coaching staff. Former NBA big man Rasheed Wallace could join Hardaway’s staff at Memphis, NBA reporter Marc Stein reported on Saturday. Hardaway has been the head coach at Memphis for three seasons. He flirted with an NBA opportunity but is...
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Kevin Durant makes history as Team USA routs Czechs

Kevin Durant became the highest-scoring player in Team USA history as the Americans locked up a quarterfinal spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a 119-84 win over the Czech Republic on Saturday in Saitama, Japan. Durant made eight of his 11 shots and finished with 23 points, eight rebounds...
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Rockets decline Avery Bradley's $5.9 million team option

The Houston Rockets declined Avery Bradley's $5.9 million team option for 2021-22, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. Bradley and the Rockets mutually agreed to part ways this summer, Charania adds, and the veteran guard is expected to attract interest from contenders and teams he previously played for. The Rockets...
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Bucks playoff star Bobby Portis to become free agent after declining option

Portis averaged 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season. He became a fan favorite for his energy and attitude, which included some tough-guy behavior. It’s easy to envision him receiving much more lucrative contract offers in free agency, which would likely cause the Bucks to lose him a month after winning the championship. Portis has made more than $32 million during his playing career, including over $14 million in 2019-2020 with the Knicks.
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Suns 2021 Off-Season: Free Agency Targets - Wings

While that statement rings true in the modern NBA, I wish we had just one more wing who had some girth entering the 2021 NBA Finals. The Suns were (potentially) one solid backup power forward away from winning a title. Although we’ll focus more on the bigs in the next section, there are plenty of additions available who fall under the “wing” category that can make a big impact next season.
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Knicks rookies Quentin Grimes and Miles McBride answer questions for the media

On Friday the New York Knicks held virtual introductions for two of their new draft picks, Quentin Grimes and Miles “Deuce” McBride. Poor Rokas Jokubaitis and Jericho Sims will have to wait their turns, I suppose (Jokubaitis will play overseas next season, and Sims just doesn’t have the WOW factor with the fans and media).
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Murphy: Fournier and Celtics far apart on new contract

A flurry of Friday and Saturday transactions that included trading Tristan Thompson and Moses Brown was supposed to make the Celtics a little more flexible heading into free agency. Apparently, not flexible enough. The Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy is reporting that the Celtics and Evan Fournier are far apart on a new contract:
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Pelicans extend qualifying offers to Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart

The Pelicans have extended qualifying offers to Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, making them restricted free agents this summer, tweets Andrew Lopez of ESPN. Ball’s qualifying offer is worth about $14.36M, while Hart’s is approximately $5.24M. Those are one-year contract offers that could theoretically be accepted, but Ball and Hart will likely earn more lucrative multiyear deals in free agency.
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Celtics-Evan Fournier Contract Talks Stall; Rival Primed to Pounce: Report

Evan Fournier’s return to Boston was perceived by many to be a near-sure thing. Acquired at the trade deadline back in March, the Celtics used a hefty chunk of their Gordon Hayward trade exception in order to acquire the sharpshooting wing from the Orlando Magic. A near 20-points per game scorer at his peak, the Frenchman looked to be much more than a half-year rental, especially with Boston owning his bird rights. However, every team has its breaking point when it comes to contract negotiations, and it looks as if the Celtics may have just reached there’s.
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