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Report: Blake Griffin Expects To Re-Sign With Clippers In 2017

Aug 23, 2016 7:30 PM

Blake Griffin plans to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2017 offseason when he becomes a free agent.

The Clippers can offer Griffin more guaranteed money than any rival team and they've remained on the fringes of title contention for several seasons.

Griffin reportedly doesn't have interest in considering other teams, at least at this point.

Doc Rivers is confident the Clippers will be able to re-sign both Griffin and Chris Paul.

Steve Kyler/Basketball Insiders

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

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John Wall: Bradley Beal And I Have A Tendency To Dislike Each Other On Court

Aug 23, 2016 7:11 PM

John Wall admitted that he and Bradley Beal occasionally dislike each other on the court.

The Washington Wizards re-signed Beal this offseason. Wall signed an $80 million deal for five years in 2013 for what was then a max deal under a $58.7 million salary cap. Beal signed his max for five years under a $94.1 million cap.

"I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court. … We got to be able to put that to the side. If you miss somebody on one play or don’t have something go right ... as long as you come to each other and talk. If I starting arguing with somebody I’m cool. I’m just playing basketball," Wall said.

"Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star.  If we were playing well as a tandem like the other two superstars that play together as a backcourt, play as a tandem, one night it’s going to be his night, one night it’s going to be mine, some nights it might be both of us. Those are nights it’s going to be tough to beat us."

Wall is willing to share the individual success with Beal.

“I want it all to be on me. At the same time I want him to be right there with me. He’s my sidekick. I’m A. He’s A-1. He’s right there," Wall said. "That’s something we got to do on the first day of training camp. We have to go in there and understand and get on the same page.

"If we’re not on the same page and we have our ups and downs we’ll keep dealing with the same problems. We have to get control of it. I think it’s hanging out off the court, doing those little things (helps)."

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Tags: John Wall, Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA

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Yi Jianlian Will Carry Cap Number Of $8M For Lakers

Aug 23, 2016 6:09 PM

Yi Jianlian agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers that carries a cap number of $8 million.

Yi must earn $6.8 million through "likely bonuses."

Yi established himself as one of the better players in China after leaving the NBA in 2012.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Jianlian Yi, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Joel Embiid 'Truly On Track' For Preseason

Aug 23, 2016 5:27 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers expect Joel Embiid to be ready for the start of training camp and the preseason.

Embiid hasn't played formal five-on-five since March of 2014 as he's since undergone multiple surgeries on his right foot. Embiid was the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Kansas.

“Embiid is well and truly on track, there are no red flags anywhere," said Brett Brown. "None of us should be afraid right now. We’re very proud of him.” 

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Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Festus Ezeli Out Six Weeks Following Injection In Left Knee

Aug 23, 2016 5:21 PM

Festus Ezeli had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate and Orthovisc today in Chicago.

The injection, performed by Dr. Brian Cole, is intended to alleviate pain and improve function.

Ezeli will be sidelined for six weeks.

Ezeli agreed to a two-year, $14.7 million deal with the Blazers this offseason.

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Tags: Festus Ezeli, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Fultz, Giles, Jackson, Smith, Ntilikina Comprise Top-5 Of ESPN's First 2017 Mock Draft

Aug 23, 2016 2:40 PM

Chad Ford of ESPN has Markelle Fultz going first overall in his 2017 NBA Mock Draft, Version 1.0.

Fultz will be a freshman point guard at Washington.

Harry Giles, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith and Frank Ntilikina round out the top-5. Ford has Jackson ranked No. 1 on his current Big Board.

1. 76ers: Markelle Fultz
2. Celtics (via Nets): Harry Giles
3. Lakers: Josh Jackson
4. Suns: Dennis Smith
5. Kings: Frank Ntilikina
6. Nuggets: Jonathan Isaac
7. Magic: Lonzo Ball
8. Pelicans: Jayson Tatum
9. Heat: Ivan Rabb
10. Bucks: De'Aaron Fox
11. Wolves: Terrance Ferguson
12. Bulls: Jarrett Allen
13. Mavericks: Marques Bolden
14. Knicks: Malik Monk
15. Wizards: Edrice Adebayo
16. Rockets: Edmond Sumner
17. Hornets: OG Anunoby
18. Nuggets (via Grizzlies): Lauri Markkanen
19. Hawks: Omer Yurtseven
20. Thunder: Carlton Bragg
21. Pacers: Tyler Lydon
22. Jazz: Rodions Kurucs
23. Pistons: Grayson Allen
24. Blazers: Isaiah Hartenstein
25. Raptors: Jonathan Jeanne
26. Nets (via Celtics): Miles Bridges
27. Raptors (via Clippers): Kostja Mushidi
28. Cavs: Thomas Bryant
29. Spurs: Jaron Blossomgame
30. Jazz (via Warriors): Jalen Brunson

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Derrick Rose: You'll See A More Mature Player This Season

Aug 23, 2016 11:41 AM

Derrick Rose averaged 19.9 points on 51.4 percent shooting after the All-Star break last season.

Rose was relatively healthy last season, playing in 66 games.

“Now, with the No. 25, I think you’ll see a more mature player,” Rose said. “You’ll see the player that you saw toward the end of last year. More under control type of game, and I got a lot more options now this year. That No. 1 will always be engraved in me, and it’s not going anywhere. Twenty-five is just a new step, and a new step in the right direction.”

Rose is excited for his fresh start with the New York Knicks.

“I feel like I’m not done,” Rose said. “It’s a new start. I feel rejuvenated, and when you put all that together, when I step on the floor, I really don’t know what to expect. What I’m doing right now is just preparing myself for something big. I think we have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that’s rare. ”

Nick DePaula/The Vertical

Tags: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks, NBA

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Jared Cunningham Signs With Jiangsu Tongxi

Aug 23, 2016 11:08 AM

Jared Cunningham has signed with Jiangsu Tongxi of China.

Cunningham was a first round pick by the Cavaliers in 2012 out of Oregon State with his draft rights traded to the Mavericks. Cunningham bounced around the NBA before signing with the Cavs before the 15-16 season. Cunningham was waived by the Magic following his inclusion in the Channing Frye trade before ultimately finishing 15-16 with the Bucks.

Cunningham has a career PER of 6.8 in 84 NBA games.

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Tags: Jared Cunningham, Jiangsu Tong Xi, Chinese CBA, NBA, International, International Teams, International League

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Lakers To Finally Sign Brandon Ingram To Rookie Deal

Aug 22, 2016 10:12 PM

Brandon Ingram will sign his rookie contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

The Lakers have waited on signing Ingram in order to have more cap flexibility.

The Lakers will likely go over the cap with their signing of Ingram.

Bobby Marks reports Michael Carter-Williams is still the latest a lottery pick has signed as the Philadelphia 76ers didn't sign him until September 19, 2013.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kobe Bryant Unveils $100M Venture-Capital Fund

Aug 22, 2016 8:36 PM

Kobe Bryant unveiled his venture-capital fund, a $100 million vehicle for investing in technology, media and data companies on Monday.

Bryant is partnering with 43-year-old Jeff Stibel, a longtime entrepreneur and investor. 

They have named their firm Bryant Stibel and will be based in the Los Angeles area.

The two have been invested in 15 companies since 2013, but only after Bryant’s retirement from basketball have they decided to formalize their relationship and fund.

Current investments include sports media website The Players Tribune, videogame designer Scopely, legal-services company LegalZoom, a telemarketing-software firm called RingDNA and a home-juicing company called Juicero.

“We don’t want to be in the business of investing in companies so someone can use Kobe as an endorser. That’s not interesting,” said Mr. Stibel, who began his career in brain research and later founded and developed tech companies. “The point is to add real value.”

Dennis K. Berman/Wall Street Journal

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Lakers Sign Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian was the sixth overall pick 2007.

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Abdel Nader Agrees To Deal With Red Claws
Abdel Nader received significant offers in Europe as well.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Nets Hire Gianluca Pascucci As Director Of Global Scouting
Gianlucas Pascucci joins the Nets after spending the past four years as vice president of player personnel for the Rockets.

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Nets Hire BJ Johnson As Coordinator Of Player Evaluation
William "BJ" Johnson joins Brooklyn's staff after spending the past six years as USA Basketballís assistant menís national team director.

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Cousins, Durant, George Led USA In Olympics PER
DeMarcus Cousins led Team USA in PER with a mark of 26.4, slightly ahead of Kevin Durant's 25.5.

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Kevin Durant Describes 2016 Team USA Experience As 'Therapy'
Kevin Durant isn't sure if he'll return for Tokyo in 2020.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Celtics Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt To Camp Deal
Marcus Georges-Hunt went undrafted out of Georgia Tech.

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Jerry Colangelo: Other Countries Need To Become More Competitive
Jerry Colangelo began rehabilitating the USA Basketball program in 2005.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Dunc'd On: Olympics Review + Best/Worst Contracts 2014-16
A full wrap-up of the Olympics, plus best and worst contracts 2014-16

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USA Wins 2016 Olympics, Beats Serbia 96-66
Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the United States against Serbia.

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Chris Bosh, Heat Still Discussing Use Of Blood Thinners
Chris Bosh and the Heat remain undecided on the use of blood thinners that would be out of his system by game time.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Facundo Campazzo Interested In Playing In NBA
At 25, Facundo Campazzo is signed with Real Madrid for one more season.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

J.J. Hickson Agrees To Sign With Fujian
J.J. Hickson had an 18.4 PER in limited minutes over 15 games with the Wizards.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Chris Paul Puts Bel-Air Mansion For Sale At $11.495M
Chris Paul has since bought another home in Calabasas for $8.995 million.

Neal J. Leitereg/Los Angeles Times

Nate Wolters Agrees To Deal With Nuggets
Nate Wolters last played in the NBA during the 14-15 season, playing in Japan last season in which he averaged 12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Thunder Sign Semaj Christon
Semaj Christon spent the 15-16 season playing in Italy with VL Pesaro where he appeared in 30 games and averaged 14.3 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 33.2 minutes.

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J.J. Hickson In Talks On Deal In China
J.J. Hickson had an 18.4 PER in limited minutes over 15 games with the Wizards.

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Lakers Hire Jud Buechler, Brian Keefe, Theo Robertson As Player Development Coaches
Luke Walton has rounded out his coaching staff.

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Kevin Durant: I'm At My Best When I Don't Care If We Win Or Lose
Kevin Durant typically writes, "Have Fun" and "Smile" on his sneakers but forgot to scribble that reminder before facing Argentina.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Jason Terry Close To Deal With Bucks
Jason Terry was teammates with Jason Kidd with Dallas and he also played for him with Brooklyn.

Marc Stein/ESPN