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Clippers Remain Committed To Re-Signing Blake Griffin

Apr 27, 2017 7:22 PM

Blake Griffin will be a free agent for the first time this offseason and the Los Angeles Clippers want to re-sign him. The Clippers will also contend with the free agencies of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick.

Griffin is out for the playoffs with a toe injury.

"Griffin is still a significant part of the Clippers' future. Management remains committed to signing him to a long-term deal this summer, league sources tell me," said Adrian Wojnarowski in a video essay.

"In a lot of ways, Griffin has been most loyal to the Clippers' brand. He has never had wanderlust, never floated ideas about leaving town. Truth be told, he's accommodated Paul in every way. Broadened his own game, grown as a leader and taken a lot of unfair finger pointing and blame once the All-Star point guard became the face of the franchise."

Wojnarowski also said "it's hard to imagine a split with Griffin."

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Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Expect Steve Kerr To Return To Bench

Apr 27, 2017 10:46 AM

Bob Myers fully expects Steve Kerr to resolve his health issues and return to the bench without needing to permanently step away from his job as head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

Kerr continues to suffer complications from two back surgeries.

“Look, what he’s facing is fixable,” Myers said. “It’s just finding the issue and solving it. So I think that’s how you have to differentiate what he’s going through with somebody else.”

Kerr didn't coach the NBA-best Warriors in Games 3 and 4 at Portland with Mike Brown assuming the role.

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Recruiting From Harden, Ariza Helped Rockets Sign Eric Gordon

Apr 27, 2017 12:09 PM

James Harden and Trevor Ariza played significant roles in convincing Eric Gordon to sign with the Houston Rockets.

"It was sometime last summer," Gordon writes at The Players Tribune. "Early June, maybe. My phone lights up and I see the name flash on the screen: James Harden."

"James and I have been good friends ever since we played together in the McDonald's All-American game in 2007," Gordon writes, "but I wasn't sure why he would be calling me on a random weekday afternoon. I picked up, and before I could even say anything, James started in with:

"'Are you signing with us, or what?'

"No 'Hey, how's it going?' or anything like that. All business.

"Almost the second I hung up, my phone lit up again. This time it was Trevor Ariza.

"'Are you signing with us, or what?'

"It was like a coordinated attack. I was like, Wow, these guys aren't messing around."

Reid Laymance/Houston Chronicle

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rajon Rondo Remains Doubtful For Game 6

Apr 27, 2017 4:49 PM

Rajon Rondo remains doubtful for Game 6 for the Chicago Bulls when they host the Boston Celtics.

Rondo suffered a broken thumb in Game 2 and has missed Games 3-5.

"Nothing's changed as of now," Fred Hoiberg said during a conference call on Thursday afternoon. "We had a film session in the hotel this morning. Obviously we didn't do anything on the court before we left. Rajon, most likely, will come in and work out tonight, but like we talked about [Wednesday] at the game it's still a long shot that he's back on the court, at least in this series."

Rondo was initially expected to miss "a couple weeks," but speculation surrounding his return heightened after he showed up at Monday's practice without the cast on.

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Tags: Rajon Rondo, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Jamal Murray Undergoes Core Muscle Surgery

Apr 27, 2017 7:30 PM

Jamal Murray has undergone successful surgery to repair core muscle-related injuries.

The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia.

Murray averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists while being the only Nuggets player to appear in all 82 games (10 starts) this season. He was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November after kicking off his NBA career by averaging 10.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists through his first 18 games. Murray also took home the MVP award for the 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge after posting a game-high 36 points (9-14 3FG) and a game-high 11 assists in a 150-141 Team World victory. 

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Tags: Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Injury

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NBA Creates Six New Award Categories Determined By Fan Voting

Apr 27, 2017 5:16 PM

The NBA's inaugural award show will have six new awards that will be determined by fan voting.

Dunk of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Assist of the Year, Game Winner of the Year and Top Performance of the Year will be included amongst the traditional categories announced on June 26th.

Dunk of the Year Candidates
Larry Nance Jr. over Brook Lopez
Zach Lavine over Alex Len
Victor Oladipo over Dwight Howard

Best Style
Iman Shumpert
Dwyane Wade
Russell Westbrook

Block of the Year
Kawhi Leonard blocks James Harden
Kristaps Porzingis blocks Spencer Dinwiddie
Hassan Whiteside blocks Pascal Siakam

Game Winner of the Year
Kyrie Irving vs. Warriors
Russell Westbrook vs. Nuggets
Tyler Ulis vs. Celtics

Top Performance of the Year
Devin Booker scores 70 points against Celtics
James Harden with 53 points, 17 assists, 16 rebounds against Knicks
Klay Thompson scores 60 in three quarters against Pacers

Assist of the Year
Draymond Green to Stephen Curry to Kevin Durant
Nikola Jokic to Wilson Chandler
Chris Paul to Brandon Bass

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Stephen Curry's Current Under Armour Shoe Not Selling At Expectations

Apr 27, 2017 10:38 AM

Under Armour has admitted that sales of the new Stephen Curry shoe have been disappointing. 

"Our success in basketball hasn't been without its learning," CEO Kevin Plank said on the company's earnings call, in which Under Armour reported its first quarterly loss as a public company. "As we launched the Curry 3 late last year, our expectations continued to run high. And while the Three played very well on court for Stephen Curry and our athletes, a sluggish signature market and a warm consumer reception led to softer than expected results.

"This has created an inventory imbalance that we are working through. One that, yes, is baked into our full-year outlook which hasn't changed and, most importantly, yielded lessons we're applying ahead with the Curry 4 and beyond."

The less than enthusiastic reception to the Curry 3 has resulted in several retailers discounting it. To get rid of those that haven't sold, Under Armour has discounted the Curry 3 by almost 30 percent to $99.99.

In November, Under Armour lost nearly $600 million of its value as a company after Foot Locker CEO Dick Johnson said the Curry 3 "started off a bit slower than the previous models."

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Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Dunc'd On: BOS/CHI & WAS/ATL Game 5s, Plus The Free Agent Point Guards

Apr 27, 2017 4:27 AM

BOS/CHI and WAS/ATL Game 5s, in which the home teams hold serve, plus a long preview of the Free Agent Point Guards.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux).

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Thunder Intend To Keep Andre Roberson

Apr 26, 2017 7:56 PM

The Oklahoma City and Andre Roberson were unable to agree upon an extension before their deadline at the beginning of the season and he'll be a restricted free agent.

While Roberson is a liability on offense, he has developed into a very good defensive player. Oklahoma City has moved away from the league-wide trend of valuing shooting and instead want cutting and driving.

The Thunder intend to keep Roberson.

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Tags: Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Is Best Player In NBA Right Now

Apr 28, 2017 12:38 AM

Kawhi Leonard has led the NBA in PER during the playoffs after finishing second in MVP voting last season and likely to finish in the top-3 this year.

"Kawhi Leonard, in my opinion, is the best player in the league right now," said Gregg Popovich.

Leonard also won Defensive Player of the Year during the past two seasons, though he's unlikely to win this season.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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Les Alexander Fined $100,000 By NBA For Confronting Referee
Les Alexander has fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action.

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LeBron James Left McDonald's Endorsement Deal For Upside Of Blaze Ownership
LeBron James owns 17 Blaze franchises and more than 10 percent of the company.

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LeBron James' Body Feels Worse When He Doesn't Play
LeBron James averaged 43.7 minutes per game in the Cavaliers' first round series against the Pacers.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Russell Westbrook Hasn't Thought About Extension But 'Loves' Being With Thunder
Russell Westbrook can sign a five-year extension this offseason with the Thunder worth more than $200 million.

Ryan Aber/Oklahoman

Lonzo Ball Prefers Lakers But Prepared To Play For Anyone
Lonzo Ball grew up studying Magic Johnson and would love to play for him with the Lakers.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

'Nobody Saw The Real John Wall' Due To Left Knee Issues
John Wall began suffering pain in his left knee in 2013 with it escalating in 2014 and becoming unbearable in 2015.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Shabazz Muhammad Hires Rich Paul As Agent
Shabazz Muhammad was previously represented by Rob Pelinka.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Russell Westbrook Has Never Complained About Teammates To Front Office
Russell Westbrook prefers to stay out of most front office affairs.

Royce Young/ESPN

Thunder Complete 2nd Straight 'Season Of Discovery'
Sam Presti called both 15-16 and 16-17 a "season of discovery" for the Thunder.

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Rajon Rondo Ruled Out For Game 5
Rajon Rondo still hopes he could play in Game 6.

Jay King/Boston Herald

NBA Investigating Leslie Alexander For Yelling At Ref During Game 5
Leslie Alexander is typically mild mannered during games.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Doc Rivers Unlikely To Leave Clippers Regardless Of Playoff Result
Doc Rivers is owed more than $22 million over the next two seasons and still has the confidence of Steve Ballmer.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Dunc'd On: UTA/LAC, HOU/OKC, MEM/SAS Game 5s, Playoff MVP So Far
A trio of Tuesday Game 5s featuring Rockets/Thunder, Spurs/Grizzlies and Jazz/Clippers.

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Thunder Were +5 In Series When Both Westbrook, Harden Were On Floor
The Thunder were +15 when Russell Westbrook was on the floor and -58 with him on the bench in their five-game series

Matt Moore/CBS Sports

NBA Announces 182 Early Entry Candidates For 2017 Draft
Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than June 12.

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Blazers Won't Bring Back Festus Ezeli
Festus Ezeli underwent an experimental knee surgery in March.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Gordon Hayward 100 Percent Recovered From Food Poisoning
Gordon Hayward's wife picked up a sandwich from an unnamed establishment that led to the food poisoning.

Andy Larsen/KSL

Rajon Rondo Shoots At Practice, Could Return For Boston Series
Fred Hoiberg has already ruled out Rajon Rondo for Game 5.

Jay King/Boston Herald

Hornets To Wear Jordan Brand Next Season
Michael Jordan became controlling owner of the Hornets in 2010.

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Damian Lillard: Defeating Warriors Becoming An Obsession
Damian Lillard has compared trying to beat the Warriors to the struggles Michael Jordan had against the Pistons in his career.

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