Vanessa Bryant: ‘There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.“We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately.“There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved.“We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.“I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Vanessa Bryant made her first public statement Wednesday afternoon since the death of her husband Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gianna on Sunday, calling them “our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon,” in a post on Instagram.The wife of the NBA superstar for nearly two decades said she was “completely devastated” by the helicopter crash that killed seven others. The Lakers went to her Newport Beach home on Sunday to console her and her three surviving daughters Natalia (17), Bianka (3) and Capri (7 months), and the team waited a day to make an official statement about the tragedy out of respect for the family.Bryant urged well-wishers to make donations to the Mamba Sports Foundation to help support the other families of victims of the crash.Here’s the text of her post to Instagram: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality.“To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to“To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit“Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️”last_img read more

MLB veterans who sign minor league deals face challenges on and off the field

first_img“I know I don’t feel like it was enough to prepare to play in the big leagues,” Gonzalez said of the time he spent with Cleveland’s Triple-A team at the beginning of the season. “As a player, you try to catch up, you try to work every day. That’s what I’ve been doing since the beginning of the year. I’m trying to catch up.”Players like Parra and Gonzalez are successful because they can adapt and adjust as the game changes. They adjust when the politics around baseball change too, even when that means the unexpected, like signing a minor league contract.“As a professional player, you have to make new adjustments, and you have to get used to the challenges,” Gonzalez said. “It’s something difficult as a player, but it’s something I guess I have to live and grind for.” One byproduct of baseball’s changing free-agent market is that older players — guys past the ripe age of 30 — have a harder time finding work. Some get squeezed out of the game altogether, and the ones who stick around are increasingly doing so with minor league contracts. For players with a lot of experience and a good track record, that can be tough on a few different levels. It’s humbling, they can lose a sense of place, and it means returning to the minor leagues after years in the majors. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAfter playing for the Rockies from 2009 to last season, Carlos Gonzalez, 33, opted for free agency last October, and then found a free-agent market that was essentially closed off to guys like him. He’s a three-time All Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, a batting champion in 2010, and a key piece of three Rockies’ postseason teams — and he could not find work. It took until March 19 — just days before spring training ended — for him to get a minor league contract with the Indians. Gonzalez spent the final days of spring in minor league camp preparing to hit the road to start the season with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Outside of brief rehab appearances, he had not played at that level in a decade.“I didn’t expect the play in the minor leagues,” Gonzalez told Sporting News. “The last time I was in the minor leagues was 2009. You kind of put that in the past (thinking), ‘I won’t be there anymore.’”That’s the part that can be humbling. No matter how well they’ve done in the past, guys like Gonzalez are left to either be done with baseball, often before they are really ready, or go back to the minors. “It’s not easy,” outfielder Gerardo Parra, now with the Nationals, told SN. “That’s the process in baseball. For me, this is the first year that happened.”Parra, 32, spent most of his career with the Diamondbacks and Rockies and then, like Gonzalez, opted for free agency late last October. He signed a lot earlier than his former teammate, landing a minor league contract with the Giants in February, right at the start of spring training. He made the Giants’ Opening Day roster and then spent a little over a month with the team before they designated him for assignment in early May. Parra chose free agency instead, and the Nationals picked him up May 9. For players like Gonzalez and Parra, a return to the minors, even for a short time, can be a culture shock. The lifestyle differences between the majors and even Triple-A can be profound. There’s no chartered private jet for the team; instead players are sandwiched in a middle seat on an early morning flight or riding an overnight sleeper bus. There’s no five-star hotel with a room to themselves; instead players share rooms in mid-level hotels unless they’re willing to pay out of pocket to stay in their own room.There’s no varied and healthy pre- or post-game food spread in the clubhouse; instead players get sandwiches before a game and then sodium-heavy Chinese food or pasta afterward. They have to go back to waiting through security instead of walking onto a team jet. They get to hotels early in the morning after driving all night or flying out at the crack of dawn and then have to wait around the hotel lobby for three or four hours for their room to be ready, only to be left with enough time to throw their bags in their rooms and head for the ballpark.“It is the most stark, drastic, intense difference between levels,” Iowa Cubs play-by-play announcer Alex Cohen told SN. “You can completely understand why players are bitter and upset and angry when they go from the big leagues to Triple-A.”MORE: Dallas Keuchel on free agency: “It’s been very sneaky”Most of the time, Cohen said, the players are good about keeping those frustrations beneath the surface. They channel it and focus on getting back to the majors, but there’s no pretending that the distance between where they are and where they used to be isn’t vast.“How can I be so close and still feel so far away?” Cohen said, describing what he’s seen players experience. “You go through the 12 stages of grief. You know, you’re in denial, you’re angry, you’re upset. You finish that, you’re focused.”Parra said that it was tough to go back to feeling like he was fighting for a spot, but that for him a positive attitude helped.“You can’t put nothing negative in your mind,” he said. “It’s nothing we can change, nothing we can do, just want to play hard every day and do our best every day.”Learning a new organization, top to bottom, was hard on Gonzalez. It was like starting at a new job or a new school, he said, and he had to do it all over again after the Indians released him May 26 and he signed with the Cubs on a minor league deal June 1 — two new organizations in a matter of a few months after 10 years with the Rockies. “Going to a new place, it’s a weird thing,” Gonzalez said.One of the hardest parts of changing teams after a decade with the Rockies was explaining it to his son Santiago and twin daughters, Carlota and Genova. His daughters were born in Denver and knew nothing but seeing their dad in purple pinstripes, so sitting them down this spring to tell them he would be playing for Cleveland was strange for them. “It’s kind of a little overwhelming for the kids,” Gonzalez said. “All they know is Rockies since they were born. Now you have to explain, ‘Oh, we’re going to be in Cleveland. This is our new team. Daddy plays here.’ And then a month later, ‘Daddy doesn’t play for the Indians anymore, you’re going to be rooting for the Cubs.’”Gonzalez especially felt the strain of signing late with a minor league contract because it meant he missed spring training, something he said has made him feel like he’s still playing catch-up with everyone else because he didn’t have time to prepare for the season like he normally would. Because he has been in the majors for so long, there are no options for him to simply be sent to the minors anymore. In order to stay in baseball, he had to sign a minor league deal.“It’s just the way the market was,” Gonzalez said. “It was difficult because missing spring training is something I don’t wish on any player. Every player, everybody should prepare the same way each and every year.”MORE: SN’s latest MLB Power RankingsHe hit .210 with a .558 OPS with the Indians before they let him go, and Gonzalez has done only a little bit better with the Cubs, batting only .200 but with a .668 OPS. Even in his last two seasons with the Rockies as his production started to drop, Gonzalez was still a significantly better hitter. last_img read more

Chuck Person was so broke he started taking bribes in NCAA recruiting scandal, his lawyers say

first_imgHis lawyers have submitted paperwork to the judge in the Manhattan federal district court asking that he not send Person, who has pleaded guilty in the case, to prison because to his desperation at the time. “Chuck recognizes that his failure to manage his money responsibly led him to make the worst decision of his entire life,” the lawyers said. “He grew up poor and suddenly came into millions of dollars without a clue how to manage it. Chuck spent too freely, gave to anyone who asked, made dreadful investment decisions, and turned to high interest loans as his financial circumstances deteriorated.” Related News “Chuck’s singular focus on basketball, his failure to plan for his financial future, and his unbounded generosity ultimately had catastrophic consequences,” they wrote.Person’s lawyers said he owed on many personal and bank loans and that he was too embarrased to ask for help, even though he had helped many friends and family members over the years.To back up their plea to the judge for leniency for Person, his legal team submitted letters from from Charles “Sonny” Smith, who coached at Auburn for 11 seasons through the 1980s, and Sam Perkins, another former NBA player who is a close friend of Person. NCAA could ban California schools from championships if state bill to pay athletes passes, report says NCAA changes transfer guidelines after increase in immediate eligibility waivers Person, accused of accepting more than $91,000 in bribes, already has pleaded guilty to a bribery conspiracy charge in March and is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday. Others who have been indicted in the same case have been sentenced anywhere from probation to nine months in federal prison.Person played at Auburn and was drafted by the Pacers in 1986. He went on to play 13 seasons in the NBA with five teams and was an assistant with the Lakers when they won an NBA title in 2010. His estimated career earnings, according to just shy of $23 million.However, his lawyers argue that payments of $30,000 a month to his ex-wife while making $18,000 a year as a non-playing staff member with the Cavaliers caused him financial problems that only grew worse over time. Chuck Person was in a desperate situation when he decided to take bribes in one of the biggest NCAA scandals, according to his lawyers.The former Auburn assistant was broke and in a financial bind, which prompted him to start taking bribes from financial advisers to steer certain players to the bribe-paying advisers and managers, his legal team claims in federal court documents, via The Associated Press. Idaho’s men’s basketball coach Don Verlin fired for possible NCAA violationslast_img read more

NBA free agency rumors 2019: Live updates, news on signings, trades and more

first_imgNBA FREE AGENCY TRACKER: List of signings, best available playersWe’ve already seen Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant sign with the Nets. Kemba Walker is off to Boston. Jimmy Butler is taking his talents to the Heat.And now Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are teaming up with the Clippers. The NBA loves drama, huh?Follow along for the latest free agency news and updates below.NBA free agency rumors 2019: Live updates, news on signings 3:30 a.m. ET — Fallout from the massive Kawhi Leonard and Paul George moves:Danny Green to the Lakers (two years, $30 million)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope re-signs with the Lakers (two years, $16 million)JaVale McGee re-signs with the Lakers (two years, $8.2 million)Clippers are waiving Tyrone Wallace2 a.m. ET — WOW. THE CLIPPERS GOT KAWHI LEONARD AND PAUL GEORGE.THIS IS WILD.Free agent forward Kawhi Leonard will sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 6, 2019Oklahoma City is trading All-Star Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers for a record-setting collection of draft choices, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019Sources: Oklahoma City is getting a massive package of future picks, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Galllinari, to deliver Kawhi Leonard who he wanted to partner with: Paul George.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019The Clippers are sending the Thunder four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick and two pick swaps, league sources tell ESPN. Those picks go to OKC with Gallinari and SGA.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019Saturday, July 66:20 p.m. ET — A Lakers target not named Kawhi Leonard…Trey Burke, who has a place in SoCal, has long hinted about the possibility of Lakers’ interest when he was a Knick. No surprise Lakers are in mix for Burke this July, per source.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) July 4, 20194 p.m. ET — It could be tough for DeMarcus Cousins to find playing time with the Wizards. Centers Dwight Howard and Thomas Bryant are already under contract. This is just a conversation, though, and it might not lead to anything substantial.I’m hearing that #Wizards interim president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard spoke briefly with free agent DeMarcus Cousins recently in Las Vegas. The conversation was described as just small talk but still — a very interesting development.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) July 4, 20193 p.m. ET — Did the Rockets dodge a bullet when Jimmy Butler went to Miami?Among other items in here: Scouts and execs I talked to think the Rockets are better off without Jimmy Butler, considering chemistry and what it would have cost them.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 4, 20191:30 p.m. ET — Justin Holiday is suddenly a hot commodity.Free agent Justin Holiday is considering interest from several teams including the Lakers, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, Wizards, Hornets and Cavaliers, league sources told @TheAthleticNBA. Memphis is open to a sign-and-trade with him.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 4, 201912:35 p.m. ET — The latest Kawhi Leonard non-update update from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:As the clock struck July 4, 2019@wojespn joined us for what he had on the latest in the Association.— Stanford Steve (@StanfordSteve82) July 4, 2019Thursday, July 410:20 p.m. ET — KAWHI WATCH 2019: No decision as of Wednesday night.On the Kawhi front, told he’s not making a decision tonight and it may not be until the next few days. He and his reps are going through the process and taking their time before deciding the next move. No 2-year deals have been discussed. #NBA @TheAthleticNBA— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) July 4, 20198:40 p.m. ET — The 76ers lost a small point guard in TJ McConnell, but they find his replacement with Raul Neto.Free agent guard Raul Neto is signing a one-year, guaranteed veteran’s minimum deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 4, 20198:35 p.m. ET — Minnesota absorbs Jake Layman into part of a trade exception it created with a draft-night deal. The previous trade between the Timberwolves and Suns will be done first before the Wolves acquire Layman. Portland restricted free agent F Jake Layman is signing a three-year, $11.5M deal with Minnesota, agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. Minnesota is acquiring Layman in a sign-and-trade agreement with the Blazers.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 4, 20196 p.m. ET — A bold proclamation from ESPN’s Jalen Rose. He says Kawhi Leonard is staying in Toronto.”What I’m 99% hearing is that Kawhi Leonard will be returning to Toronto …”—@JalenRose— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) July 3, 20194:30 p.m. ET — Not a bad trade for Memphis. De’Anthony Melton (21 years old) and Josh Jackson (22) fit the Grizzlies’ timeline.The Grizzlies are trading Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter to the Suns for DeAnthony Melton, Josh Jackson 2020 second-round pick and 2021 conditional second-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2019Suns are planning to buyout the partially guaranteed contract of Kyle Korver, league sources tell ESPN. Lakers, Sixers and Bucks are frontrunners to sign Korver once he clears waivers, sources said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 20193:45 p.m. ET — TJ McConnell, TJ Leaf and TJ Warren. The Pacers are embracing Team TJ.Free agent TJ McConnell has agreed to deal with Pacers, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2019Source: Deal is two-years, $7M.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 20192:40 p.m. ET — Only one Morris twin left in free agency…Free agent Markieff Morris has agreed to a deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 20192:20 p.m. ET — Live coverage of Kawhi Leonard reportedly hopping off a plane? We’ve reached peak offseason. The MLSE plane has landed in Toronto and someone is here 👀👀.(Via: @CP24)— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 3, 201912:50 p.m. ET — NO! BOBAN MARJANOVIC AND TOBIAS HARRIS AREN’T ON THE SAME TEAM. NO!The Mavericks are finalizing a deal with Boban Marjanovic, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 3, 2019Boban Marjanovic is signing a two-year, $7M deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 201911:10 a.m. ET — As ESPN’s Zach Lowe said, this may be the most depressing trade of the summer.Memphis has agreed to trade Chandler Parsons to Atlanta for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 201910:35 a.m. ET — Darius Miller should help provide spacing for the Pelicans. He’s a career 38.2 percent 3-point shooter.Free agent Darius Miller has agreed to a two-year, $14.25M deal to stay with New Orleans, league source tells ESPN. The second-year is non-guaranteed.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 20199:20 a.m. ET — For teams in need of depth at point guard, Quinn Cook is officially on the market.The Golden State Warriors have rescinded guard Quinn Cook’s qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 2019Wednesday, July 310:30 p.m. ET — Don’t worry, Clippers fans. The Rodney McGruder signing won’t prevent Los Angeles from having enough cap space to offer Kawhi Leonard a max contract.Source: McGruder agrees to a three-year, $15 million deal.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 3, 20199:15 p.m. ET — After starting his career in New York with the Knicks, Wilson Chandler returns to NYC as a member of the Nets.Free agent forward Wilson Chandler has reached an agreement with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 3, 20199 p.m. ET — Only 23 years old, Emmanuel Mudiay should be able to develop in a backup role under Jazz coach Quin Snyder.Free agent guard Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed to a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 20198:30 p.m. ET — Luke Kornet’s legendary run with the Knicks ends after two seasons in New York.Free agent center Luke Kornet has agreed to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 20197:50 p.m. ET — The Lakers add Jared Dudley on a minimum salary. Great value. (This won’t impact LA’s pursuit of Kawhi Leonard.)Free agent Jared Dudley has agreed to a one-year, $2.6M deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 20197 p.m. ET — Jeff Green is going to sign one-year deals until the end of time.Free agent Jeff Green has agreed to a one-year, $2.5M deal with Utah, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 20196:55 p.m. ET — Minnesota boosts its frontcourt depth with Noah Vonleh, who averaged 8.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in 68 games for the Knicks last season.The Timberwolves have agreed to terms with Noah Vonleh on a one-year deal, league sources tell @TheAthleticMIN— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) July 2, 20195:45 p.m. ET — A few quick hitters…Willie Cauley-Stein to the WarriorsBrad Wanamaker re-signs with the CelticsJames Ennis re-signs with the 76ers (two years, $4.1 million)Ryan Arcidiacono re-signs with the Bulls (three years, $9 million)Glenn Robinson to the Warriors4:50 p.m. ET — Marc Stein of The New York Times offers a summary of where the Clippers, Lakers and Raptors stand in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes.What we know:1. The Lakers, as we’ve been saying for more than a week now, believe they are firmly in the lead largely through the recruiting efforts and assurances made on separate fronts from Magic Johnson and LeBron James …— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 2, 20192. Officials from both the Lakers and Clippers appear to determined to say as little as possible — less than ever for a free agent of this prominence as @ryenarussillo likes to say — to avoid upsetting Kawhi’s camp when they have insisted on total silence— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 2, 20193. The Raptors haven’t backed off one centimeter and Drake is said to be mounting his own recruiting campaign on top of whatever the freshly minted champions are doing to convince him to stay— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 2, 20193:25 p.m. ET — In Kawhi Leonard news, there is no final decision as of Tuesday afternoon, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.Kawhi Update! @ShamsCharania shares his thoughts on where he thinks Kawhi Leonard will end up signing. #FreeAgentFever— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 2, 20192:20 p.m. ET — Daniel Theis could be the Celtics’ starting center next season. He will fight for minutes with Enes Kanter and Robert Williams.Restricted free agent F/C Daniel Theis has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal to stay with the Boston Celtics, CAA agents Michael Tellem and Aaron Mintz tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 20191:30 p.m. ET — A bonus of re-signing Dorian Finney-Smith for Dallas: no impact on the salary cap. The Mavericks will use Finney-Smith’s Bird rights.Free agent Dorian Finney-Smith has agreed to a three-year, $12M deal to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 20191:15 p.m. ET — The Sixers paid Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford. Ben Simmons will join the crew with a max extension.Under new salary cap projections, Ben Simmons’ maximum contract total has crept slightly higher: $170M.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2019Here is what a Ben Simmons rookie extension would look like (projected $117M cap in 2020-21):2020/21 $29.25M2021/22 $31.59M2022/23 $33.93M2023/24 $36.27M2024/25 $38.61M— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 2, 201912:15 p.m. ET — It could be a rough few days for DeMarcus Cousins. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says there’s “not a market” for the four-time All-Star.Is there a market for DeMarcus Cousins?Here’s @wojespn— Stanford Steve (@StanfordSteve82) July 2, 201911:35 a.m. ET — So long, Tony Parker. Enjoy retirement.The @hornets have waived the non-guaranteed contract of retired guard Tony Parker. The transaction will remove his contract and salary from Charlotte’s 2019-20 roster. #BuzzCity— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) July 2, 201910:55 a.m. ET — Marcus and Markieff Morris are being patient. Could we see Marcus end up on the Lakers?Hearing the Morris twins will wait to see how the market shakes out. Markieff anticipates playing for the minimum and will have his choice based on best fit. Marcus is looking for a short-term deal and is somewhat tied up by Kawhi and the cap situation in L.A.— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) July 2, 201910:10 a.m. ET — The Clippers with a little show of appreciation for three-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner Lou Williams. Well, not that little. It’s $8 million.In a rare gesture rewarding Lou Williams’ play and leadership, the Los Angeles Clippers and Sixth Man of the Year have agreed to completely guarantee his $8M salary for 2020-21 a full season ahead, agent Wallace Prather told @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 20199:30 a.m. ET — Danny Green is waiting on Kawhi Leonard’s decision, but the Mavericks are targeting the veteran 3-and-D wing.The Mavericks, who have liked Danny Green since the last time he was a free agent, are in a strong position to land him regardless of the fallout from the Lakers & Raptors pursuit of Kawhi Leonard.— Harrison D. Sanford (@HarrisonSanford) July 2, 2019The Mavs believe Danny Green can provide valuable floor spacing for Doncic/Porzingis pick and roll actions, influence winning habits in a young locker room and add a valuable defensive presence on the wing … Green and his camp see his worth there and have been offered as such— Harrison D. Sanford (@HarrisonSanford) July 2, 201912:45 a.m. ET — Anthony Tolliver makes a triumphant return to Portland! OK, he only played two games for the Trail Blazers back in 2009. Still, a solid fit here.Free agent forward Anthony Tolliver has agreed to a one-year, $2.6M deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Tolliver will provide a high-level shooting rotation big.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2019Tuesday, July 210:40 p.m. ET — This is a good opportunity for Isaiah Thomas. John Wall is out with an Achilles injury, and Tomas Satoransky is heading to Chicago. There are minutes available at point guard.Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 20199:50 p.m. ET — Jarrett Jack speaks for all of us.Ok, wait so who plays for who now?— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) July 2, 20199:15 p.m. ET — Sixers general manager Elton Brand is trying to set the record for tallest team in NBA history.The Sixers are signing Kyle O’Quinn, I’m told.— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) July 2, 20198:05 p.m. ET — That is an absolute steal for the Warriors.Sources: Free agent Kevon Looney has agreed to a three-year, $15M deal to return to Golden State.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 20197:10 p.m. ET — Will Pau Gasol find a landing spot for his 19th NBA season?Free agent C @paugasol wants to return next season and says he’s recovering well from left foot procedure. He tells ESPN: “My recovery from surgery has been smooth and I expect to be fully cleared for basketball activities in early August. I cannot wait to start training again.”— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 20196:30 p.m. ET — Jordan Bell reportedly had a few options in free agency, but he chose the Timberwolves because of the opportunity for a bigger role.Free agent Jordan Bell has agreed to a guaranteed deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, agents Aaron Mintz and Michael Tellem of CAA told Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 2019Jordan Bell agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, a league source told @TheAthleticNBA.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 1, 20196 p.m. ET — What does Matt Thomas give the Raptors? Shooting, shooting, shooting. (You can read more about his background here.)EuroLeague guard Matt Thomas has agreed to a three-year, $4.2M deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 20195:30 p.m. ET — Tim Frazier joins the sixth NBA team of his career. One more and he receives a free ice cream cone.Free agent guard Tim Frazier has agreed to a deal with the Detroit Pistons, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 2019One year deal at approximately $2 million.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 20195:10 p.m. ET — The latest on the Jimmy Butler, which is very complicated:Jimmy Butler deal is complete with Heat — with Clippers added as a fourth-team in trade that also includes Philadelphia and Portland, league sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Heat keeping Dragic, Meyers Leonard, Olynyk, Derrick Jones and a whole lot of other names you heard were part of this – for now. Clippers get Harkless and a first-round pick. 76ers get Josh Richardson. Heat get Jimmy. (There may be a bit more.)— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) July 1, 20194:40 p.m. ET — Back-to-back deals for big men. Frank Kaminsky is heading to Phoenix, and Nerlens Noel is staying in Oklahoma City. Free agent Frank Kaminsky has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal with the Suns, agent @KB_Sports tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Nerlens Noel is agreed on a deal with OKC — again, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 20194:30 p.m. ET — A little backcourt help for the Bucks following Malcolm Brogdon’s departure.Free agent G Wesley Matthews has agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 20194 p.m. ET — Shoutout to Xavier!Free agent G Edmond Sumner has agreed to a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers, Excel Sports agents Sean Kennedy and Jared Mucha tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 20193:30 p.m. ET — A nice rim-rolling backup for the Kings. Nothing wrong with this signing.Free agent center/forward Richaun Holmes has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 20192:55 p.m. ET — JJ Barea will still be playing for the Mavericks in the year 3019.Free agent guard JJ Barea has agreed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal to return to the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 20192:20 p.m. ET — Enes Kanter brings rebounding and inside scoring to Boston. Defense? Not much of that.Sources: Free agent center Enes Kanter has agreed to a deal with the Boston Celtics.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2019Enes Kanter is finalizing two-year deal with the Celtics worth $10 million, league sources tell SNY. Player option in Year 2.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 1, 20192:05 p.m. ET — Maxi Kleber’s contract could be an under-the-radar steal for the Mavericks.Maxi Kleber and the Mavericks have agreed on a four-year, $35 million deal, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2019The Mavericks’ deal with Kleber includes a team option in Year 4, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2019Mavs will use Maxi Kleber’s Early Bird rights, so this doesn’t impact their $22.4M cap room. If anything, it could actually increase their room slightly, to $22.6M, since they no longer need to keep his qualifying offer.— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) July 1, 20191:45 p.m. ET — Uh, what’s the Knicks’ plan?Free agent guard Elfrid Payton has agreed to a two-year, $16M deal with the New York Knicks, agents Ty Sullivan and Aaron Mintz of CAA Sports tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2019Year 2 of Elfrid Payton’s deal with the Knicks is a team option, a league source told @TheAthleticNBA.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 1, 20191:15 p.m. ET — The Lakers did a thing! (No, it’s not Kawhi Leonard.)Lakers closing in on deal with guard Troy Daniels, per league source. Opportunity for the 27-year-old, who played in Phoenix last couple of seasons (38 percent on threes in 2018-19); low-cost vet for the Lakers who’ll help fill out the rotation.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) July 1, 2019Free agent Troy Daniels has agreed to a one-year, $2.1M with the Lakers, agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Daniels gives the Lakers an elite shooter to pair with LeBron James and Anthony Davis and does not affect the team’s cap space.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 20191 p.m. ET — It’s only right that basketball player named Austin signs with Houston.Free agent guard Austin Rivers has agreed to a two-year deal to return to the Houston Rockets, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Rivers deal includes a player option on the second year, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 201912:35 p.m. ET — Whoa. This is a weird one.Miami is finalizing a trade to send center Hassan Whiteside to Portland for Mo Harkless and Meyers Leonard, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 201912:25 p.m. ET — One of the top available sharpshooters is off the market.Seth Curry has reached terms on a four-year deal, $32 million deal with Dallas, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 201911:55 a.m. ET — So, we’ve got Warriors drama…A source close to Kevin Durant said: “All (the drama) showed a lack of respect for one of the greatest players to put that uniform on and the fact that he took all that abuse and still put his career on the line to help them win.” #Warriors #NBAFreeAgency— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 1, 201911:30 a.m. ET — It appears the Magic are comfortable running it back.Free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Orlando Magic, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 201911 a.m. ET — D’Angelo Russell shouldn’t get too comfortable in the Bay Area.”De’Angelo Russell does not fit there whatsoever. They just did not want to see Kevin Durant walk out the door with no compensation. … They will trade him. It’s just a matter of when.” – @TheSteinLine on @dpshow— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) July 1, 201910:40 a.m. ET — The Knicks definitely needed shooting after going big on the first day of free agency. Insert Wayne Ellington.Free agent Wayne Ellington has agreed to a two-year, $16M deal with the New York Knicks, agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 201910:05 a.m. ET — ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski explains why the Knicks never really had a chance with Kevin Durant..@wojespn clarifies the report about the Knicks not being prepared to offer Durant a max contract because of injury concerns.— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) July 1, 20199:15 a.m. ET — The terms on Tomas Satoransky’s deal with the Bulls: three years, $30 million.Tomas Satoransky’s three-year deal with the Bulls: $30M, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Sources: Washington gets some pick value in sign-and-trade: Chicago eliminates protections on 2023 second-round pick to Washington; Wizards get better of Memphis and Chicago’s 2020 second-round pick; Wiz get right to swap Lakers 2022 second w/ better of Chi/Det. 2022 seconds.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 20198:30 a.m. ET — A few new reported agreements and rumors on Day 2…Cory Joseph to the Kings (three years, $37 million)Ish Smith to the Wizards (two years, $12 million)Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls in a sign-and-trade (three years, money not specified)Wizards are talking with Isaiah ThomasKings rescinded Willie Cauley-Stein’s qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent1:55 a.m. ET — Reggie Bullock isn’t a power forward, but the Knicks signed him anyway! Neat!Free agent Reggie Bullock has agreed to two-year, $21M deal to sign with the New York Knicks, agent David Bauman of ISE Basketball tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 20191:25 a.m. ET — It’s not Kawhi Leonard, but the Clippers finally signed a player.Free agent guard Patrick Beverley has agreed to a three-year, $40M deal to stay with the Clippers, his agent @KB_Sports tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 20191:15 a.m. ET — A quick breakdown of teams with cap space as we head into Monday morning…Teams with meaningful cap space are down to the Clippers, Lakers, Mavericks and Knicks. We all know who the Clippers and Lakers are waiting on.LAC – $55MLAL – $32MDAL – $30MNYK – $30MATL – $14MSAC – $13MEveryone else is under $10M.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 1, 201912:25 a.m. ET — The Nuggets took care of Nikola Jokic with a five-year max, and they do the same with Jamal Murray.Denver Nuggets rising star Jamal Murray has agreed to a five-year, $170M maximum contract extension, agent Mike George of OneLegacy tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 201912:15 a.m. ET — The Knicks did, uh, something…Free agent Bobby Portis has agreed to a two-year, $31M deal with the Knicks, agent Mark Bartelstein tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Monday, July 111:50 p.m. ET — Lopez Brothers, reunited at last.Free agent center Robin Lopez has reached an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 201911:45 p.m. ET — Andre Iguodala’s run with the Warriors is over. The Grizzlies will receive a lightly protected future first-round pick in a trade with Golden State.Golden State is trading Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, league source tells ESPN. Warriors are sending a 2024 protected first-round pick in the 2024 (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 unprotected.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 201911:30 p.m. ET — WOW. D’ANGELO RUSSELL TO THE WARRIORS.Golden State and Brooklyn have agreed on a sign-and-trade, sending D’Angelo Russell to the Warriors on a four-year, $117M maximum contract, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Golden State has to unload salary elsewhere to make this sign-and-trade happen — which means Andre Iguodala could be on the move, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 201911:15 p.m. ET — Oh, we’re getting weird.Sources: Nets restricted free agent D’Angelo Russell is a player of strong interest for the Warriors in a potential sign-and-trade. Golden State has searched for avenues on Russell, and is still evaluating next moves.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2019Sources: Golden State and Brooklyn are close to a D’Angelo Russell sign-and-trade deal to the Warriors.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 201911 p.m. ET — JaVale McGee isn’t signed just yet, but he could be working toward a deal with the Pistons.Free agent center JaVale McGee plans to meet with the Detroit Pistons on Monday, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 201910:50 p.m. ET — Mario Hezonja breakout year!Free agent F Mario Hezonjia has agreed to a one-year minimum deal — with a player option — with the Portland Trail Blazers, CAA agent Michael Tellem tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 201910:35 p.m. ET — A frontcourt boost for the Pelicans arrives late Sunday.New Orleans is closing in on an agreement with Derrick Favors, sources tell ESPN— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 1, 2019Update: this may turn into a Utah-New Orleans trade, sources say.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 1, 201910:35 p.m. ET — Shortly after news broke that Nerlens Noel is reconsidering his deal with the Thunder, Oklahoma City shifts its focus to Mike Muscala.Free agent Nerlens Noel has asked OKC for time to re-evaluate their earlier commitment on a new deal, and sides are continuing discussions, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Free agent F/C Mike Muscala has agreed to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, agent Sean Kennedy of Excel Sports tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 201910:30 p.m. ET — TWIN TOWERS. DO IT, BUCKS.Sources: The Bucks are expressing strong interest in free-agent center Robin Lopez to join his brother Brook in Milwaukee.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 201910:25 p.m. ET — Update on the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade: Apparently Goran Dragic is staying in Miami, and Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones are heading to Dallas. The Mavericks will acquire Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones from the Heat as part of the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade, league sources say.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2019The Mavericks are huge fans of Goran Dragic but could not take him back in the Miami sign-and-trade with Philadelphia that sends Jimmy Butler to the Heat because Dallas feared losing its flexibility to make additional moves this summer, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 201910:20 p.m. ET — For any Warriors fans wondering about Klay Thompson’s status, don’t worry. That max contract isn’t disappearing.The Warriors and Klay Thompson still have their done deal, according to three sources close to the talks. Zero has changed on that front— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 201910:10 p.m. ET — Utah is having an outstanding offseason. How is Ed Davis consistently underpaid?Free agent F Ed Davis has agreed to a two-year, $10M with the Utah Jazz, CAA agent Aaron Mintz tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 20199:55 p.m. ET — And here comes DeAndre Jordan to the Nets. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are helping out their new center.DeAndre Jordan has agreed to four-year, $40M deal with the Nets, Excel Sports agent Jeff Schwartz tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are taking less than the max to allow DeAndre Jordan to get the $10M annual salary with Brooklyn, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 20199:35 p.m. ET — The Heat needed to clear space in order to make the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade work, so Goran Dragic is off to Dallas.As speculated here earlier today, Goran Dragic to Mavs as part of making cap space work on Butler deal. The Butler deal will leave the Heat hard-capped for 2019-20.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 1, 20199:20 p.m. ET — No decision from the best free agent on the market. Check back again later.Kawhi Leonard will not take any meetings with teams today, as he’ll ramp up the process over next couple days, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 20199:10 p.m. ET — AND NOW AL HORFORD TO THE 76ERS. THIS IS CHAOS.Five-time All-Star F/C Al Horford has agreed to a four-year, $109M deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Jason Glushon tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019The Horford contract has $97M guaranteed and $12M in bonuses tied to championships, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 20199:05 p.m. ET — JIMMY BUTLER TO THE HEAT ALERT.Miami is finalizing a sign-and-trade with Philadelphia to acquire Jimmy Butler, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Sources: Philadelphia has signed-and-traded Jimmy Butler to Miami, with Heat sending Josh Richardson to the 76ers.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2019Sources: Jimmy Butler is signing a four-year, $142M maximum contract with the Miami Heat.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 20198:55 p.m. ET — Taj Gibson, a Brooklyn native, will be a veteran presence in the Knicks’ locker room.Taj Gibson has agreed to a two-year, $20M deal with the Knicks, agent Mark Bartelstein tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 20198:40 p.m. ET — Harrison Barnes celebrates his new contract by sharing a photo of himself missing a jumper. Can someone find a shot of this guy dunking or something?Harrison Barnes posted this on his Instagram page moments ago, after agreeing to his deal to remain in Sacramento.— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) July 1, 20198:20 p.m. ET — With Kyrie Irving filling the point guard slot in Brooklyn, D’Angelo Russell is searching for a new home. The Timberwolves would love to sign him, but it won’t be easy.D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns were huddling as recently as yesterday, league sources, while the Wolves have been canvassing the league to make the trades they need to make that can seal the former Nets All-Star as the new point guard in Minnesota— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 20198:05 p.m. ET — Is Derrick Favors on his way out of Utah? Rudy Gobert seems to think so.Despite all the craziness, just want to take a moment to say how much i appreciate @dfavors14 and how much he helped me and us grow! This guy is a FORCE and people will realize it very soon. Good luck in your next chapter bro ✊🏽✊🏽.— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) June 30, 20198 p.m. ET — The Bucks lost Malcolm Brogdon in free agency, but they’ve got George Hill returning to the backcourt.Free agent guard George Hill has agreed to a three-year, $29M deal to return to Milwaukee, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 20197:40 p.m. ET — If you can’t sign Kevin Durant, then go for… Julius Randle. (He could be decent!)Free agent Julius Randle has agreed to a three-year, $63M deal with the New York Knicks, CAA agents Aaron Mintz and Steve Heumann tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019The three-year, $63 million deal Julius Randle agreed to with the New York Knicks contains a team option on the final year, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 30, 20197:30 p.m. ET — Ah, that’s pretty interesting.There’s a possibility Kevin Durant will engage in a sign-and-trade swap with Golden State and Brooklyn, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 30, 20197:25 p.m. ET — The Spurs emerge from the bushes to snag a wild DeMarre Carroll.Carroll is signing a two-year, $13M deal with the Spurs, league sources said.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 20197:20 p.m. ET — CLASSIC KNICKS!The Knicks and owner Jim Dolan were not prepared to offer Kevin Durant a full max contract due to concerns over his recovery from the Achilles injury, league sources tell me and @wojespn. Knicks officials are in Los Angeles tonight, meeting with free agents such as Julius Randle.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 30, 20197:15 p.m. ET — Philadelphia follows the Tobias Harris contract with a new deal for Mike Scott.Sources: Free agent Mike Scott has agreed to a two-year, $9.8M deal to return to the Philadelphia 76ers.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 20197:10 p.m. ET — Tobias Harris re-signs with the 76ers for only $10 million less than a full max contract. Cut the check.Free agent forward Tobias Harris has agreed to a five-year, $180M contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, his agent and father, Torrel Harris of Unique Sports Management, tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 20196:45 p.m. ET — The Trail Blazers keep Rodney Hood for at least one more year. A good value signing.Free agent F Rodney Hood has agreed to a two-year, $16M deal to return to the Portland Trail Blazers, CAA agents Ty Sullivan and Austin Brown tell ESPN. Deal includes a player option.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 20196:40 p.m. ET — The sources are talking. More reported deals…Jeremy Lamb to the Pacers (three years, $31.5 million)Bojan Bogdanovic to the Jazz (four years, $73 million)Malcolm Brogdon to the Pacers in a sign-and-trade (four years, $85 million; Bucks receive future draft picks)Thomas Bryant re-signs with the Wizards (three years, $25 million)Danuel House re-signs with the Rockets (three years, $11.1 million)6:30 p.m. ET — Surprise! Ricky Rubio is actually going to Phoenix.Free agent Ricky Rubio has agreed three-year, $51 million deal with the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 20196:25 p.m. ET — Ricky Rubio and the Pacers have been linked for quite some time. This could be a done deal soon.The Indiana Pacers and Ricky Rubio are in advanced talks on a deal, League Sources tell @ScottAgness and myself. Deal isn’t done yet, but expected to be finalized soon, according to League Sources— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) June 30, 20196:20 p.m. ET — The Magic are desperately trying to sign every single lanky forward with inconsistent shooting numbers.Free agent Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to a three-year, $29M deal with the Orlando Magic, league sources tell ESPN. Player option on third year.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 20196:15 p.m. ET — Another rundown of the latest reported deals…Harrison Barnes re-signs with the Kings (four years, $88 million)Dwight Powell re-signs with the Mavericks (three years, $33 million extension)Derrick Rose to the Pistons (two years, $15 million)Jonas Valanciunas re-signs with the Grizzlies (three years, $45 million)Gerald Green re-signs with the Rockets (one year, money not specified)Terrence Ross re-signs with the Magic (four years, $54 million)Trevor Ariza to the Kings (two years, $25 million)6:05 p.m. ET — OK, this is a lot. A rundown of the reported agreements so far…JJ Redick to the Pelicans (two years, $26.5 million)Dewayne Dedmon to the Kings (three years, $41 million)Kemba Walker to the Celtics (four years, $141 million)Thaddeus Young to the Bulls (three years, $41 million)Kristaps Porzingis re-signs with the Mavericks (five years, $158 million)Nikola Vucevic re-signs with the Magic (four years, $100 million)Khris Middleton re-signs with the Bucks (five years, $178 million)6 p.m. ET — FREE AGENCY IS OFFICIALLY HERE. (Just pretend nothing happened before this.)5:55 p.m. ET — Now that the Knicks have missed out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, it’s time to pursue other players to fill out the roster.Knicks will meet in Beverly Hills with Lakers UFA Reggie Bullock tonight, per source. He’s ready to commit to a strong offer from New York, though L.A. still would like to keep him and there are other teams also looking to get in front of him.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) June 30, 20195:45 p.m. ET — Is Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers picking up steam?Per @ramonashelburne on “The Jump” just now, Magic Johnson has “been in communication with Kawhi Leonard and his camp.”— Matthew Moreno (@MMoreno1015) June 30, 20195:25 p.m. ET — Khris Middleton is getting paaaiiidddd.Once free agency opens at 6 PM, All-Star Khris Middleton plans to return to the Milwaukee Bucks on a five-year, $178M contract, league sources tell ESPN. The deal is expected to include a player option on final year.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 20195:20 p.m. ET — After two productive seasons in San Antonio, Rudy Gay is re-signing with the Spurs.Free agent Rudy Gay plans to sign a two-year, $32M deal to return to the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 20195:15 p.m. ET — The Hornets are swapping guards with the Celtics. Kemba Walker Free agent guard Terry Rozier plans to agree to a three-year, $58M contract with the Charlotte Hornets via sign-and-trade, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 20195:10 p.m. ET — Aside from the Nets starting their party at Barclays Center, the Kings are staying busy.Some Kings news…Source tells @TheAthletic that Sacramento will finalize a four-year, $85 million deal with Harrison Barnes today. The deal declines annually, accounting for just 14% of the cap in the fourth year.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 30, 2019The Kings are also expected to come to quick terms with Dewayne Dedmon on a three-year, $40 million deal when free agency formally opens. That deal has a partial guarantee in the third year.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 30, 20194:55 p.m. ET — BOOM. KEVIN DURANT TO THE NETS.Kevin Durant is planning to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019Brooklyn is making a clean sweep tonight: Brooklyn will sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 20194:40 p.m. ET — It’s not a superstar signing, but the Nets are set to add veteran shooting guard Garrett Temple on a team-friendly deal.Free agent guard Garrett Temple is expected to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated. Team option second year.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 30, 20194:35 p.m. ET — “Splash Mountain” stays in Milwaukee. Bringing back Brook Lopez is a big move for the Bucks, a team looking to return to the Eastern Conference finals next season. NBA free agency has arrived. Well, it really started a few weeks ago, but it officially began June 30 at 6 p.m. ET.Free agents and teams have been negotiating the terms of contracts during the moratorium period. With the salary cap set at $109.140 million for the 2019-20 season, plenty of front offices have already used cap space to transform their rosters with initial signings creating a domino effect. Once free agency opens at 6 PM ET, Brook Lopez is planning to sign a four-year, $52M deal to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 20194:25 p.m. ET — Kevin Durant will reportedly announce his decision Sunday night. The Warriors are prepared to offer a five-year, $221 million supermax contract, but the Nets might be the favorite at the moment.An undeniable vibe of confidence is emanating from Brooklyn as we speak: The Nets sure seem to believe they are getting Kevin Durant’s commitment tonight to go with Kyrie Irving”s … with DeAndre Jordan, Durant’s close friend, to follow— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 20194:10 p.m. ET — To no one’s surprise, the Trail Blazers have locked up Damian Lillard. That’s a looooot of money.Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is working toward agreement on a four-year, $196 million super maximum contract extension, league sources told @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2019Damian Lillard’s Portland extension: Total of six years and $258M, an annual salary of $43M.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 20194 p.m. ET — Kyrie Irving is on his way to Brooklyn, but he might not be the only one in a Nets jersey by the end of the evening. Could Kevin Durant join Irving?The Nets will have a formal commitment from Kyrie Irving at their practice facility in two hours, league sources say, and — as @NYTSports reported Monday — have been aggressively pursuing a Kyrie/Kevin Durant/DeAndre Jordan trio in hopes of luring Durant away from Golden State— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2019Sunday, June 30last_img read more

Duke Johnson moves on from agent as stalemate with Browns continues

first_img Jarvis Landry returns to field, works out with Baker Mayfield, other Browns The Browns confirmed that they aren’t trying to trade Johnson at this point, especially since Hunt will be sidelined for the first half of the season.“Duke’s under contract,’’ coach Freddie Kitchens said at minicamp. “He’s on our football team. He’s a professional. He knows how to handle things. Whatever emotional side of the game it is, he knows how to check that at the door and do his job and do his job well. That’s what we expect out of Duke, and that’s what Duke will give us.”Johnson has said there is nothing the team can do to mend their relationship, however, he has attended mandatory Browns workouts during the offseason. “I am very proud that we were able to secure him a lucrative extension during our time with him,’’ she said. “We wish him the best.’’In June 2018, Johnson signed a three-year, $15.6 million deal with the Browns. He is under contract through the 2021 season. Related News Browns running back Duke Johnson has parted ways with his agent, Kristin Campbell, just one month after he requested again to be traded from Cleveland.Campbell confirmed the move to on Tuesday.center_img NFL training camp 2019: Biggest comebacks to watch Johnson originally said he wanted to be traded in March, one month after he heard the Browns were trying to deal him. His request for a trade intensified once the team signed Kareem Hunt, even though Hunt will be ineligible to play the first eight games of the season because of his suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.Quarterback Baker Mayfield criticized Johnson and said the damage to the relationship between the running back and the team was on Johnson, which further deepened the divide between Johnson and the Browns.“I only want to be somewhere I’m wanted,’’ Johnson said after Mayfield publicly criticized him. “At the end of the day, that’s all this is about, being somewhere you’re wanted. In my case, the moment I’m not wanted anymore, I think it’s best that we find a middle ground and we do what’s best for the team. If you don’t want me here, there’s no need to keep me or force me to be here if you don’t want me here.’’last_img read more

Almir Šmigalović will play for the Czech team ”Viktoria Žižkov”

first_imgFormer football player of the club ”Budućnost” from Banovići, club ”Sarajevo” and the club ”Sloboda” from Tuzla,  Almir Šmigalović will continue his carrier in the Czech football club ”Viktoria Žižkov”.FK ”Viktoria Žižkov” is one of the oldest Czech football clubs, which is currently playing in the 2nd League of the Czech Republic. Almir Šmigalović signed a three-year contract with this club and is extremely satisfied.During this winter break, this B&H football player ended his carried in the club ”Sloboda” from Tuzla.last_img read more

Samir Ćatović is the new president of Karate Federation of BiH

first_imgOn the regular session of Karate Federation of BIH, which was held on Saturday in Sarajevo, representative from 110 clubs from the entire BiH chose the new Steering Board, financial report, program of work, financial plan and the new president.They unanimously voted Samir Ćatović, representative of Una Sana Canton and a long-time member of Karate Federation of BIH Steering Board, as a new president, replacing previous president Dragan Vikić.Ćatić said that he and the KFBiH are going to work even harder to improve the quality of the work of karate clubs in BIH and they will work on popularization of the sport, and added that he hopes that karate will once again become the most successful sport in BiH.last_img read more

Hockey Match of EBEL League in Zetra, Victory of Villacha Over Olimpija

first_imgFans of the hockey on ice in Sarajevo, after a long time could enjoy a professional hockey match.Within the celebration of 30 anniversary of Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, last night at the hall “Juan Antonio Samaranch” is played a match of 43 round of EBEL league between Olimpija team from Ljubljana and Villacha team from Austria.The Austrian team celebrated with a victory at the hall ice in Zetra, with the result 6:5 (2:1, 3:2, 1:2).The match was played within the three day Ice Fest in Zetra. The hockey matches for children and veterans will be played on Saturday, while a new game of EBEL league between Olimpija and Klagenfurt is scheduled for Sunday.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Taribo West: Nigeria Has To Raise the Level of their Game if They Want to Win B&H

first_imgTaribo West, the former defender of Inter and Milan, believes that the national team of Nigeria has to present a much better game if they want to win Bosnia and Herzegovina in the second round of Group F.West, who formed a part of the national team of Nigeria when it played on the World Cup in 1998 and 2002. However, the Super Eagles were eliminated in the group stage. West adds how he believes that Stephen Keshi has to advise his players to raise their game because the match with Bosnia is decisive.“IN order to finish the match and walk out as winners, Super Eagles must raise the level of their game. This is a key game for qualification into the next round,” said the former defender who played when Nigeria won gold at the Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta. (Source: Sportcentar)last_img read more

Premier League of B&H: Željezničar Triumphed Over Slavija and Reached 2nd Place

first_imgThree out of four matches in the 18th round of BHT Premier League of B&H were played yesterday, while the round had been completed last night, after the duel between Borac and Travnik at the City Stadium of Banja Luka.Željezničar-Slavija 2:1FC Željezničar pleased its fans with a triumph over Slavija at Grbavica, with a result of 2:1. The Blue opened the game very well and took the lead in 3rd minute with a goal of Riad Bajić. After that, Kosorić threatened to strike twice, and so did Lambulić. On the other side, Emir Zeba did as well. Bajić was close to the second goal in 33rd minute, and just a minute later, Juan Varea also. A minute before he was sent to the break, Kartal scored the equating goal for Slavija. Further in the game, Željezničar moves towards the goal of Slavija with all forces joined, and Riad Bajić scores the victorious goal in 62nd minute. Prior to that goal, Kokot and Bajić had good chances to score for Željezničar. Today’s triumph enabled Željezničar to reach 2nd place in the standings, having one point more than Sarajevo and Zrinjski.Results:Željezničar–Slavija 2:1Radnik–Zrinjski 0:0Zvijezda -Čelik 0:2(Source: Photo: read more