Basketball Wiretap

D'Angelo Russell On Upcoming Free Agency: 'I Definitely Want To Be Here'

Apr 25, 2019 1:33 AM

D'Angelo Russell said he wanted to return to the Brooklyn Nets next season, although he understands the business side of the game. 

"I definitely want to be here. But I also know it's a business, too. So I'm not going to play that role like I don't know what could possibly happen. Say somebody comes here that I have to be a part of (a transaction to acquire them), I know that could be a possibility. So I just want to stay in this moment and not speak too soon about anything," said Russell.

Russell is a restricted free agent this summer, and the Nets have the right to match any offer for the point guard.

Russell added that the Nets have a hometown advantage in his upcoming free agency.

"Yeah, for sure, for sure. I don't know any other teams, I don't know any other GMs or coaches. I don't know any of those people. I know where I'm at. So it definitely gives you that advantage," said Russell.

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Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

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Kings Supporting Luke Walton For Now

Apr 24, 2019 10:54 AM

The Sacramento Kings are for now backing Luke Walton amid sexual assault allegations.

Walton was hired by the Kings shortly after the end of the regular season. The Kings fired Dave Joerger while Walton and the Los Angeles Lakers parted ways.

The Kings are working with the NBA to investigate allegations made against Walton by his former colleague at Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum SportsNet), Kelli Tennant.

“Luke Walton retained me to defend him against these baseless allegations,” Walton’s attorney, Mark Baute, wrote in a statement that was sent to The Athletic and other media outlets via email. “The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”

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Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blake Griffin Undergoes Successful Arthroscopic Surgery On Left Knee

Apr 25, 2019 1:25 AM

Blake Griffin had successful surgery to relieve soreness in the left knee. He is expected to be fully recovered by training camp in September.

The injury caused Griffin to miss the last two weeks of the regular season and postseason.

Griffin, who played in 72 games this season, averaged a career-high 24.5 points per game.

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Tags: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Injury

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Damian Lillard Hits 37-Foot Buzzer-Beater To Win Series

Apr 24, 2019 4:39 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers closed out the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 118-115 win in game 5 after Damian Lillard hit a 37-foot shot at the buzzer. Lillard finished with 50 points, while hitting 10-18 from 3 in the game. 

Lillard is shooting 8-12 from 30-plus feet, according to Second Spectrum.

"I didn't want to put it into the referee hands. Where if there was contact or maybe they get away with contact or I end up having to take a tougher shot because there was contact and they don't want to decide the game. So I was standing there looking at the rim and I was like this is a comfortable range," said Lillard on his game-winner. 

Lillard added that his 50-point performance was "probably" the best game he's ever played.

"There's been a lot of back and forth, a lot of talk and all this stuff, and that was the last word. That was having the last word," added Lillard.

Paul George, who was defending Lillard on the final possession, said Lillard took a bad shot.

"That's a bad, bad shot. I don't care what anybody says. That's a bad shot. But hey, he made it. That story won't be told that it was a bad shot. We live with that," said George.

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Pelicans Have No Interest In Trading Jrue Holiday

Apr 24, 2019 2:59 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have no interest in trading Jrue Holiday this offseason.

The Pelicans are expected to trade Anthony Davis, which has put the future of Holiday with the franchise in doubt as they're about to embark on a probable rebuild.

Holiday re-signed with the Pelicans in 2017 and won't be a free agent until after the 20-21 season.

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Tags: Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Interview Jeff Hornacek For Lead Assistant Coach Job

Apr 24, 2019 11:07 AM

Jeff Hornacek interviewed with the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday about becoming the lead assistant coach of Luke Walton.

Walton and Vlade Divac met with Hornacek.

The interview was scheduled prior to sexual assault allegations against Walton surfacing.

Hornacek was fired by the New York Knicks as head coach during the 17-18 season.

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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (April 23): Raptors/Magic, 76ers/Nets, Nuggets/Spurs, Blazers/Thunder

Apr 24, 2019 8:06 AM

What happened in four snapshots in the NBA Playoffs on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

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HBO Orders Adam McKay Pilot On Showtime Lakers

Apr 24, 2019 10:44 AM

HBO has ordered a pilot for a scripted drama based on Jeff Pearlman's nonfiction book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. Adam McKay will produce the project and direct the pilot.

"Jeff Pearlman's book and Max Borenstein's script of the story of the Showtime Lakers really knocked me over. Sexism, racism, tragedy, redemption, no-look passes and a giant cultural shift in America... I can’t wait to start filming," McKay said Tuesday in a statement.

McKay has already begun exploring casting options for Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Pat Riley.

Lesley Goldberg/The Hollywood Reporter

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Paul George On Damian Lillard: That's A Bad, Bad Shot

Apr 24, 2019 9:13 AM

Paul George managed to contest Damian Lillard's shocking 37-foot buzzer beater to close out their first round series.

“Tip my hat off to the shots he made," said George. "Tough ones. It was his night.”

George was then asked if there's anything to be done to defend a 37-foot shot.

"That's a bad, bad shot," said George. "I don't care what anybody says. That's a bad shot. But hey, he made it. That story won't be told that it was a bad shot. We live with that."

Lillard explained his thought process leading to the shot.

“I didn’t want to put it in the referee’s hands – where if there was contact and maybe they get away with contact or I end up having to take a tougher shot because there’s contact and they don’t want to decide the game," said Lillard. "When I was standing there, I was like I’m going to shoot it. He was a little bit off of me and I was like this is enough space for me to just raise up and shoot it for game. At the last second, he stepped towards me a little bit and I was like, okay I’m going to pound-dribble, side-step and raise up. I just had to let it fly, shoot the ball high in the air to give it a chance and that’s what I did."

Lillard responded to George's comments later to Chris Haynes of Yhoo! Sports.

“It’s a bad shot, but I was 8-of-12 from 30-plus feet in the series and I work on it regularly. ... It wasn’t a bad shot tonight,” said Lillard.

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Tags: Paul George, Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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233 Early Entry Candidates For 2019 NBA Draft Announced

Apr 24, 2019 9:00 AM

The NBA announces 233 players -- 175 players from colleges and other educational institutions and 58 international players -- have filed as early entry candidates for the 2019 NBA 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 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 10. Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, underclassmen who have entered the 2019 Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, May 29. 

Following is the list of players from colleges and other educational institutions who have applied for early entry into the 2019 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

EARLY ENTRY CANDIDATES FOR 2019 NBA DRAFT 

Milan Acquaah, California Baptist, 6-3, Sophomore 

Bryce Aiken, Harvard, 6-0, Junior 

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech, 6-5, Sophomore 

Al-Wajid Aminu, North Florida 6-7, Junior 

Desmond Bane, TCU, 6-5, Junior 

RJ Barrett, Duke, 6-7, Freshman 

Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky, 6-11, Freshman 

Tyus Battle, Syracuse, 6-6, Junior 

Troy Baxter Jr., FGCU, 6-8, Sophomore 

Darius Bazley, Princeton HS (OH), 6-9, Post-Graduate 

Kerry Blackshear Jr., Virginia Tech, 6-10, Junior 

Phil Bledsoe, Glenville State (WV), 6-6, Junior 

Bol Bol, Oregon, 7-2, Freshman 

Marques Bolden, Duke, 6-11, Junior 

Jordan Bone, Tennessee, 6-3, Junior 

Ky Bowman, Boston College, 6-1, Junior 

DaQuan Bracey, Louisiana Tech, 5-11, Junior 

Keith Braxton, St. Francis (PA), 6-4, Junior 

Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan, 6-7, Freshman 

Oshae Brissett, Syracuse, 6-8, Sophomore 

Armoni Brooks, Houston, 6-3, Junior 

Charlie Brown Jr., St. Joseph’s, 6-7, Sophomore 

Moses Brown, UCLA, 7-1, Freshman 

Nico Carvacho, Colorado State, 6-11, Junior 

Yoeli Childs, BYU, 6-8, Junior 

Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga, 6-8, Junior 

Nicolas Claxton, Georgia, 6-11, Sophomore 

Amir Coffey, Minnesota, 6-8, Junior 

RJ Cole, Howard, 6-1, Sophomore 

Tyler Cook, Iowa, 6-9, Junior 

Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland, 6-0, Junior 

Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech, 6-5, Sophomore 

Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati, 6-5, Junior 

Caleb Daniels, Tulane, 6-4, Sophomore 

Tulio Da Silva, Missouri State, 6-8, Junior 

Aubrey Dawkins, UCF, 6-6, Junior 

Javin DeLaurier, Duke, 6-10, Junior 

Silvio De Sousa, Kansas, 6-9, Sophomore 

Mamadi Diakite, Virginia, 6-9, Junior 

Alpha Diallo, Providence, 6-7, Junior 

James Dickey, UNCG, 6-10, Junior 

David DiLeo, Central Michigan, 6-7, Junior 

Davon Dillard, Shaw (NC), 6-5, Junior 

Luguentz Dort, Arizona State, 6-4, Freshman 

Devon Dotson, Kansas, 6-2, Freshman 

Jason Draggs, Lee College (TX), 6-9, Freshman 

Aljami Durham, Indiana, 6-4, Sophomore 

Carsen Edwards, Purdue, 6-1, Junior 

CJ Elleby, Washington State, 6-6, Freshman 

Steven Enoch, Louisville, 6-10, Junior 

Bruno Fernando, Maryland, 6-10, Sophomore 

Jaylen Fisher, TCU, 6-2, Junior 

Savion Flagg, Texas A&M, 6-7, Sophomore 

Daniel Gafford, Arkansas, 6-11, Sophomore 

Darius Garland, Vanderbilt, 6-2, Freshman 

Eugene German, Northern Illinois, 6-0, Junior 

TJ Gibbs, Notre Dame, 6-3, Junior 

Quentin Goodin, Xavier, 6-4, Junior 

Tony Goodwin II, Redemption Christian Academy (MA), 6-6, Post-Graduate 

Kellan Grady, Davidson, 6-5, Sophomore 

Devonte Green, Indiana, 6-3, Junior 

Quentin Grimes, Kansas, 6-5, Freshman 

Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson, 6-4, Junior 

Kyle Guy, Virginia, 6-2, Junior 

Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga, 6-8, Junior 

Jaylen Hands, UCLA, 6-3, Sophomore 

Jerrick Harding, Weber State, 6-1, Junior 

Jared Harper, Auburn, 5-11, Junior 

Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin, 6-6, Junior 

Jaxson Hayes, Texas, 6-11, Freshman 

Dewan Hernandez, Miami, 6-11, Junior 

Tyler Herro, Kentucky, 6-5, Freshman 

Amir Hinton, Shaw (NC), 6-5, Junior 

Jaylen Hoard, Wake Forest, 6-8, Freshman 

Daulton Hommes, Point Loma Nazarene (CA), 6-8, Junior 

Talen Horton-Tucker, Iowa State, 6-4, Freshman 

De’Andre Hunter, Virginia 6-7, Sophomore 

Ty Jerome, Virginia, 6-5, Junior 

Jayce Johnson, Utah, 7-0, Junior 

Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, 6-6, Freshman 

Markell Johnson, North Carolina State, 6-1, Junior 

Tyrique Jones, Xavier, 6-9, Junior 

Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State, 6-10, Sophomore 

Sacha Killeya-Jones, NC State, 6-11, Junior 

Louis King, Oregon, 6-9, Freshman 

V.J. King, Louisville, 6-6, Junior 

Nathan Knight, William & Mary, 6-10, Junior 

Sagaba Konate, West Virginia, 6-8, Junior 

Martin Krampelj, Creighton, 6-9, Junior 

Romeo Langford, Indiana, 6-6, Freshman 

Cameron Lard, Iowa State, 6-9, Sophomore 

A.J. Lawson, South Carolina, 6-6, Freshman 

Dedric Lawson, Kansas, 6-9, Junior 

Jalen Lecque, Brewster Academy (NH), 6-3, Post-Graduate 

Jacob Ledoux, Texas-Permian Basin, 6-3, Junior 

Nassir Little, North Carolina, 6-6, Freshman 

Tevin Mack, Alabama, 6-6, Junior 

Malik Maitland, Bethune-Cookman, 5-9, Guard 

Trevor Manuel, Olivet (MI), 6-9, Junior 

Jermaine Marrow, Hampton, 6-0, Junior 

Naji Marshall, Xavier, 6-7, Sophomore 

Charles Matthews, Michigan, 6-6, Junior 

Skylar Mays, LSU, 6-4, Junior 

Jalen McDaniels, San Diego State, 6-10, Sophomore 

Davion Mintz, Creighton, 6-3, Junior 

EJ Montgomery, Kentucky, 6-10, Freshman 

Ja Morant, Murray State, 6-3, Sophomore 

Andrew Nembhard Florida 6-5 Freshman 

Kouat Noi, TCU, 6-7, Sophomore 

Zach Norvell Jr., Gonzaga, 6-5, Sophomore 

Jaylen Nowell, Washington, 6-4, Sophomore 

Joel Ntambwe, UNLV, 6-9, Freshman 

Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 6-8, Sophomore 

Chuma Okeke, Auburn, 6-8, Sophomore 

KZ Okpala, Stanford, 6-9, Sophomore 

Miye Oni, Yale, 6-6, Junior 

Devonte Patterson, Prairie View A&M, 6-7, Junior 

Reggie Perry, Mississippi State, 6-10, Freshman 

Lamar Peters, Mississippi State, 6-0, Junior 

Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga, 6-11, Freshman 

Jalen Pickett, Siena, 6-4, Freshman 

Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, 6-1, Junior 

Jordan Poole, Michigan, 6-5, Sophomore 

Cletrell Pope, Bethune-Cookman, 6-9, Junior 

Nik Popovic, Boston College, 6-11, Junior 

Jontay Porter, Missouri, 6-11, Sophomore 

Kevin Porter Jr., USC, 6-6, Freshman 

Myles Powell, Seton Hall, 6-2, Junior 

Payton Pritchard, Oregon, 6-2, Junior 

Neemias Queta, Utah State, 6-11, Freshman 

Brandon Randolph, Arizona, 6-6, Sophomore 

Cam Reddish, Duke, 6-8, Freshman 

Isaiah Reese, Canisius, 6-5, Junior 

Naz Reid, LSU, 6-10, Freshman 

Nick Richards, Kentucky, 6-11, Sophomore 

LaQuincy Rideau, South Florida, 6-1, Junior 

Austin Robinson, Kentucky Christian, 6-2, Sophomore 

Isaiah Roby, Nebraska, 6-8, Junior 

Ayinde Russell, Morehouse, 6-3, Junior 

Kevin Samuel, TCU, 6-11, Freshman 

Paul Scruggs, Xavier, 6-3, Sophomore 

Samir Sehic, Tulane, 6-9, Junior 

Josh Sharkey, Samford, 5-10, Junior 

Simisola Shittu, Vanderbilt, 6-10, Freshman 

Nike Sibande, Miami (OH), 6-4, Sophomore 

Justin Simon, St. John’s, 6-5, Junior 

D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State, 6-3, Junior 

Ja’Vonte Smart, LSU, 6-4, Freshman 

Justin Smith, Indiana, 6-7, Sophomore 

Derrik Smits, Valparaiso, 7-1, Junior 

Lamar Stevens, Penn State, 6-8, Junior 

Jalen Sykes, St. Clair College (Canada), 6-5, Junior 

Marlon Taylor, LSU, 6-6, Junior 

Ethan Thompson, Oregon State, 6-5, Sophomore 

Killian Tillie, Gonzaga, 6-10, Junior 

Donnie Tillman, Utah, 6-7, Sophomore 

Tres Tinkle, Oregon State, 6-8, Junior 

Obi Toppin, Dayton, 6-9, Freshman 

Rayjon Tucker, Arkansas-Little Rock, 6-5, Junior 

Justin Turner, Bowling Green, 6-4, Sophomore 

Nick Ward, Michigan State, 6-8, Junior 

PJ Washington Jr., Kentucky, 6-8, Sophomore 

Tremont Waters, LSU, 5-11, Sophomore 

Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State, 6-9, Sophomore 

Coby White, North Carolina, 6-5, Freshman 

Jimmy Whitt Jr., SMU, 6-3, Junior 

Joe Wieskamp, Iowa, 6-6, Freshman 

Lindell Wigginton, Iowa State, 6-2, Sophomore 

Kris Wilkes, UCLA, 6-8, Sophomore 

Charles Williams, Howard, 6-6, Junior 

Emmitt Williams, LSU, 6-7, Freshman 

Grant Williams, Tennessee, 6-7, Junior 

Zion Williamson, Duke, 6-7, Freshman 

Holland Woods II, Portland State, 6-0, Sophomore 

Kenny Wooten, Oregon, 6-9, Sophomore 

The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2019 NBA Draft: 

Dikembe Andre Paulistano (Brazil) 6-9, 1999 DOB 

Darko Bajo Cedevita (Croatia) 6-10, 1999 DOB 

Aleksander Balcerowski Gran Canaria (Spain) 7-1, 2000 DOB 

Goga Bitadze Buducnost (Montenegro) 7-0, 1999 DOB 

Vrenz Bleijenbergh Antwerp (Belgium) 6-9, 2000 DOB 

Adrian Bogucki Radom (Poland) 7-1, 1999 DOB 

Leandro Bolmaro Barcelona (Spain) 6-6, 2000 DOB 

Ognjen Carapic Mega Bemax (Serbia) 6-4, 1998 DOB 

Leo Cizmic Girona (Spain) 6-8, 1998 DOB 

Digue Diawara Pau Orthez (France) 6-9, 1998 DOB 

Nenad Dimitrijevic Joventut (Spain) 6-1, 1998 DOB 

Felipe Dos Anjos Melilla (Spain) 7-2, 1998 DOB 

Yago Dos Santos Paulistano (Brazil) 5-10, 1999 DOB 

Sekou Doumbouya Limoges (France) 6-8, 2000 DOB 

Henri Drell Baunach (Germany) 6-9, 2000 DOB 

Paul Eboua Roseto (Italy) 6-8, 2000 DOB 

Osas Ehigiator Fuenlabrada (Spain) 6-10, 1999 DOB 

Biram Faye Avila (Spain) 6-9, 2000 DOB 

Ivan Fevrier Levallois (France) 6-9, 1999 DOB 

Aleix Font Barcelona (Spain) 6-4, 1998 DOB 

Philipp Herkenhoff Vechta (Germany) 6-10, 1999 DOB 

Dalibor Ilic Igokea (Bosnia) 6-8, 2000 DOB 

Matas Jogela Dzukija (Lithuania) 6-6, 1998 DOB 

Panagiotis Kalaitzakis Holargos (Greece) 6-6, 1999 DOB 

Mate Kalajzic Split (Croatia) 6-2, 1998 DOB 

Lukasz Kolenda Trefl Sopot (Poland) 6-5, 1999 DOB 

Marcos Louzada Silva Franca (Brazil) 6-5, 1999 DOB 

Andrija Marjanovic Mega Bemax (Serbia) 6-8, 1999 DOB 

Gytis Masiulis Neptunas (Lithuania) 6-9, 1998 DOB 

Jonas Mattisseck Alba Berlin (Germany) 6-5, 2000 DOB 

William McDowell-White Baunach (Germany) 6-5, 1998 DOB 

Nikita Mikhailovskii Avtodor (Russia) 6-6, 2000 DOB 

Nikola Miskovic Mega Bemax (Serbia) 6-10, 1999 DOB 

Adam Mokoka Mega Bemax (Serbia) 6-5, 1998 DOB 

Muhaymin Mustafa Tofas (Turkey) 6-5, 1999 DOB 

Toni Nakic Sibenik (Croatia) 6-8, 1999 DOB 

Abdoulaye N’Doye Cholet (France) 6-7, 1998 DOB 

Tanor Ngom Ryerson (Canada) 7-2, 1998 DOB 

Joshua Obiesie Wurzburg (Germany) 6-6, 2000 DOB 

David Okeke Fiat Torino (Italy) 6-8, 1998 DOB 

Louis Olinde Brose Baskets (Germany) 6-9, 1998 DOB 

Zoran Paunovic FMP (Serbia) 6-7, 2000 DOB 

Dino Radoncic Murcia (Spain) 6-8, 1999 DOB 

Sander Raieste Baskonia (Spain) 6-8, 1999 DOB 

Neal Sako Levallois (France) 6-10, 1998 DOB 

Luka Samanic Olimpija (Slovenia) 6-10, 2000 DOB 

Tadas Sedekerskis Baskonia (Spain) 6-8, 1998 DOB 

Njegos Sikiras Tormes (Spain) 6-9, 1999 DOB 

Borisa Simanic Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 6-11, 1998 DOB 

Deividas Sirvydis Rytas (Lithuania) 6-7, 2000 DOB 

Khadim Sow ASVEL (France) 6-11, 1999 DOB 

Filip Stanic Mega Bemax (Serbia) 6-10, 1998 DOB 

Michael Uchendu Coruna (Spain) 6-10, 1998 DOB 

Bastien Vautier Nancy (France) 6-11, 1998 DOB 

Arnas Velicka Tartu Ulikool (Estonia) 6-4, 1999 DOB 

Warren Woghiren Cholet (France) 6-10, 1998 DOB 

Arturs Zagars Joventut (Spain) 6-3, 2000 DOB 

Yovel Zoosman Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) 6-7, 1998 DOB 

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Kyle Lowry Injures Ring Finger As Raptors Close Out Magic
Lowry averaged 14.8 points and 8.8 assists after being held scoreless in game 1.

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Zach Lowe: Russell Westbrook Has NBA's 2nd Worst Contract
Russell Westbrook's game slipped during the regular season and his playoff performance against the Blazers was unquestionably disappointing.

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Dunc'd On: OKC/POR; SAS/DEN; BRK/PHI; ORL/TOR Game 5s
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap all of the NBA action from Tuesday night.

Lloyd Pierce Added To USA Basketball Coaching Staff
Pierce will join Steve Kerr and Jay Wright under Gregg Popovich's staff.

ESPN

Cavs To Interview Blazers' Assistants Nate Tibbetts, David Vanterpool
The Cavs have already conducted interviews with Juwan Howard and Jamahl Mosley.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Jason Kidd Interviews For Lakers' Head Coaching Job
Rob Pelinka and Kurt Rambis conducted the interview with Jason Kidd, which lasted for several hours.

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NBA To Allow Teams To Sell International Sponsorships
The NBA previously controlled all sponsorship deals internationally at the league level.

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Suns Could Have Interest In Trading Up For Ja Morant If They Fall Out Of Top-2
If the Suns fall out of the top-2, they could look to trade up to select Ja Morant.

John Gambadoro/Arizona Sports 98.7

NBA Playoffs Snapshots (April 22): Bucks/Pistons, Jazz/Rockets
On the Game 4 wins by the Bucks and Rockets.

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Jeff Green Would Prefer To Re-Sign With Wizards
Jeff Green has played for six different teams over the past five seasons.

Chase Hughes/NBC Sports Washington

Suns Seek Interviews With Monty Williams, David Vanterpool
Monty Williams is also a candidate for the Lakers.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Cole Anthony Commits To North Carolina
Cole Anthony is the No. 2 recruit in the ESPN 100.

ESPN

Clint Capela Sick With Two Respiratory Illnesses
Clint Capela has been told he won't be better for another four or five days.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Kings Were Previously Unaware Of Luke Walton Allegations
The Kings considered other candidates such as Monty Williams and Ettore Messina, but did not interview them as they zeroed in on Luke Walton.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Giannis Scores 41, Bucks Make Second Round Of Playoffs For First Time Since 2001
The Bucks face the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs.

Malika Andrews/ESPN

Top-30 Prospect Cassius Stanley Commits To Duke
Duke would have the top-ranked class for the 3rd straight year.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Nets Minority Owner Fined $35K For Tweet Criticizing Refs
The NBA fined both Tsai and Marks, and suspended Marks one game, for their conduct following the Nets' game 4 loss.

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Suns Fire Igor Kokoskov
Williams is set to meet with the Lakers for a second time.

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Dunc'd On: Taking Stock of the Playoffs So Far With Dave DuFour
Nate Duncan and Dave DuFour recap the playoffs so far.

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Luke Walton Sued For Sexual Assault
The alleged incident took place at a Santa Monica hotel room.

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