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76ers Have 'Very High Likelihood' Of Trading Nerlens Noel Or Jahlil Okafor

May 27, 2016 11:56 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to trade either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor this offseason.

Noel was selected in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Kentucky while Okafor was picked in 2015 out of Duke. They struggled when sharing the floor at the same time in 15-16 and Philadelphia also has Joel Embiid coming back from injury.

Noel is eligible for a rookie contract extension this offseason.

"I think that there's a very high likelihood, that whether it's to move up in the draft or use them to grab a free agent in a sign and trade or just to a trade, that you will not see the Nerlens Noel-Jahlil Okafor pairing at the start of next season," said ESPN's Chad Ford. "I think that they'll gauge the interest of both players. I think that there might be a slight preference for Noel, to keep him around with the Sixers, and I think you might be right, there might be a slight, better value for Okafor out on the market, but I think everyone agrees that that combination of those two players doesn't necessarily work.

"The Sixers needs to pick up assets, especially if they're gonna go ahead and do a Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram with the first pick in the draft. Then they're gonna need those assets to start to fill out their backcourt, because the 24th pick and [the 26th pick], you're not finding starters. I'm not even sure that you're necessarily finding rotation players at that back end of the draft that are gonna make big impact, so they're gonna have to do that via free agency or via trade, and I think either Okafor or Noel — I don't think they'll trade both — but one of those two is probably their best trade chip."

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Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards To Offer Max Five-Year Contract To Bradley Beal

May 27, 2016 11:35 AM

The Washington Wizards are expected to offer Bradley Beal a five-year deal for the maximum amount when free agency begins on July 1st.

Based on the $92 million salary cap projection teams are working with, a max contract would pay Beal around $22 million next season because he could just under 25 percent of the cap amount as a four-year veteran.

Beal earned $5.6 million last season and will have a cap hold of $14.2 million. While the Wizards hope to quickly come to an agreement with Beal, they plan on waiting to sign the deal until they pursue free agents using his cap hold as a lower cap figure.

Beal has been injury prone in his career but productive when healthy.

Beal was the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Florida.

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Tags: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bismack Biyombo Would Have Been Suspended For Game 7

May 27, 2016 9:13 PM

Bismack Biyombo would have been suspended for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals after picking up his fourth Flagrant Foul points of the playoffs.

Biyombo hit the chin of Kevin Love while scoring a basket for the Raptors. After Love went down to the floor, referees reviewed the play and ruled it a flagrant foul penalty 1, which also took away the basket scored by Biyombo.

The NBA could rescind the flagrant foul call after reviewing it further, but the Cavaliers eliminated the Raptors with the win in Game 6.

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Tags: Bismack Biyombo, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA Playoffs

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76ers Hire P.J. Carlesimo As Top Assistant Coach

May 27, 2016 6:31 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will hire P.J. Carlesimo as Brett Brown's top assistant coach.

Carlesimo will replace Mike D'Antoni, who was hired by the Houston Rockets as head coach.

Carlesimo and Brown previously worked together with the San Antonio Spurs.

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Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Westbrook Laughs At Question About Whether Curry Is 'Underrated' Defender

May 27, 2016 10:51 AM

After the Golden State Warriors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 with Stephen Curry picking up several key steals, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were asked if Curry is underrated as a defender.

Westbrook audibly laughed at the question that Durant then went on to answer after briefly pausing.

"I mean, getting steals, I don't know if that's just -- that's a part of playing defense, but he's pretty good, but he doesn't guard the best point guards," said Durant. "I think they do a good job of putting a couple of guys on Russell from [Klay] Thompson to [Andre] Iguodala, and Steph, they throw him in there sometimes. He moves his feet pretty well. He's good with his hands. But, you know, I like our matchup with him guarding Russ."

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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TNT Scores Highest Ever Conference Finals Game 5 Rating

May 27, 2016 10:53 AM

TNT averaged a 7.6 household rating for their coverage of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder.

The rating is TNT's highest ever for a Conference Finals Game 5.

With the Thunder going into the game up 3-1, it was an elimination game scenario.

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Dunc'd On: OKC/GSW Game 5, Pacers Offseason

May 27, 2016 3:17 AM

Golden State survives to a Game 6. What defensive adjustments made it possible, and what are their chances against the Thunder on the road?  

Mike D'Antoni and David Fizdale are hired in Houston and Memphis, respectively (23:00).  Plus, a look at the Pacers' offseason. (39:00) Should they re-sign Ian Mahinmi, and how should they use their $24-$31 million in cap space?

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Draymond Green Inadvertently Kicks Westbrook, Roberson In Face (Vine)

May 27, 2016 1:55 AM

Draymond Green received an upgraded Flagrant Foul penalty 2 following his kick of Steven Adams in the groin.

Green will receive an automatic suspension if he receives another Flagrant Foul at any point for the remainder of the playoffs.

In the second half of Game 5, Green appeared hit Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson and Russell Westbrook in the face with his foot when his leg swung up after releasing a shot attempt.

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Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Roc Nation Ready To Be Kevin Durant's 'Guiding Light' In Free Agency

May 26, 2016 10:12 PM

While Kevin Durant will be a free agent for the first time in his career, his Roc Nation agency will also be having their first big NBA moment.

“We know this is a big deal and a big moment in his career,” said Rich Kleiman, Durant’s agent with Roc Nation. “We also have to be his guiding light in this. We can’t let the pressure of the situation be bigger than it is. Obviously, we understand all eyes are looking at him and looking at his decisions, and people want to see how we’re going to handle it, too.”

With the Thunder having an excellent playoff run, Durant is widely expected to re-sign with the Thunder.

Jay-Z played an active role in recruiting Durant to the agency but his day-to-day duties are nebulous.

Rick Maese/Washington Post

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Markieff Morris Detained At Airport, Bag Had 'Suspected Marijuana'

May 26, 2016 10:14 PM

Markieff Morris was detained at the Philadelphia International Airport.

Morris checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item” was found in his suitcase, according to law enforcement.

A secondary search of his bag revealed what law enforcement officials called “suspected marijuana.” 

Morris' traveling party included his mother.

The Washington Wizards acquired Morris at the trade deadline from the Phoenix Suns.

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Tags: Markieff Morris, Washington Wizards, NBA

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Kyrie Irving Admits Toronto Crowd Made Him Discombulated
LeBron James openly says the way the Cavaliers play starts with Kyrie Irving.

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Dunc'd On: CLE/TOR Game 6, Raptors/Celtics Offseasons
Cleveland destroys Toronto in Game 6 to bring LeBron James to his 6th straight Finals. How impressive is that accomplishment? For Toronto, what is next this offseason (5:30)? Should they re-sign DeMar DeRozan to a max deal, how close are they to beating

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LeBron: I Didn't Believe This Series Would Become An Adverse Situation
LeBron James and the Cavaliers have won the three home games in the series by 31, 19 and 38 points.

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57 Early Entry College Players Withdraw From 2016 NBA Draft
Kris Jenkins, Caleb Swanigan and Malik Pope are amongst three of 57 players to withdraw from the draft.

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Rockets Hire Mike D'Antoni As Head Coach
Mike D'Antoni was most recently an assistant coach with the 76ers.

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Damian Lillard Qualifies For Rose Rule But Doesn't Take Full 30 Percent
Damian Lillard will earn approximately $12.4 million less over his five-year extension by agreeing to take just 27.5 percent.

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Anthony Davis Loses $24M Not Qualifying For Rose Rule
Anthony Davis will lose up to $24 million as his five-year deal will be worth $120 million instead of $144 million.

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Curry, LeBron, Westbrook, Leonard, Jordan On All-NBA First Team
Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and DeAndre Jordan have been named to the 2015-16 All-NBA First Team.

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David Fizdale Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Grizzlies
The Grizzlies like David Fizdale's pedigree coming from the Heat as well as tactical abilities and his strength in building relationships with players.

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Steve Kerr: Stephen Curry Wouldn't Be Playing If He Were Injured
The Warriors have resisted every attempt to cite the injury to Stephen Curry as a reason why they trail 3-1.

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DeMarre Carroll, Cory Joseph Spotted In Casino At 2:00 AM Before Game 5
DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph were out late before Game 5 but it didn't start until 8:30 PM EST.

Steve Simmons/Toronto Sun

Draymond Green: I Have No Doubt We'll Win Game 5
Draymond Green has blamed himself for the Warriors' struggles.

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Adam Silver: Referees Get Roughly 90 Percent Of Calls Right
The NBA has no choice but to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key end of game players were officiated correctly.


Frank Vogel Denies 'Begging' Larry Bird To Remain With Pacers
Frank Vogel said he and Larry Bird shared the same philosophy on how they wanted the Pacers to play.

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Grizzlies Offer Head Coaching Job To David Fizdale
David Fizdale is currently an assistant coach with the Heat.

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Nearly Half Of NBA Players Related To Elite Athlete
The NFL comes in at just 17.5 percent and 14.5 percent for MLB players.

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Russell Westbrook Recommended Thunder Take Out Enes Kanter
The Thunder took out Enes Kanter after receiving the suggestion from Russell Westbrook.

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Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team
Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Avery Bradley and Chris Paul have been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team.

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Isaiah Briscoe Returning To Kentucky, Marcus Lee Transferring
Isaiah Briscoe likely would have been a late second rounder or gone undrafted.

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NBA Won't Upgrade Draymond Green's Trip Of Kanter To Flagrant Foul
Draymond Green is one flagrant foul away from reaching the NBA's limit for a suspension to automatically kick in.

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