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11:51 AM ET Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk has exercised his $13.6 million player option for the 2020-21 season, a source tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Olynyk, 29, averaged 8.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 69 games for the Heat last season, his third with the team. He averaged 7.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and
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8:13 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Five months later than it was originally scheduled, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards with the first pick of the 2020 NBA draft Wednesday night. Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard from Atlanta who spent his lone collegiate season at Georgia, joins a young Timberwolves core led by star center Karl-Anthony
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5:39 PM ET The Philadelphia 76ers are trading Al Horford and a lightly-protected 2025 first-round pick and the 34th overall pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Danny Green, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski The Thunder are also sending Terrance Ferguson to the Sixers with Green, sources told ESPN. The Sixers
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10:59 AM ET The odds to be the No. 1 overall pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft have moved significantly in recent weeks, with Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball taking turns as the betting favorite at sportsbooks. As of Wednesday morning, just hours before the draft, Edwards was the favorite at -130 to go No. 1
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7:41 PM ET The Houston Rockets feel no pressure to trade James Harden or Russell Westbrook regardless of the superstars’ strong desire for fresh starts with different franchises and are “willing to get uncomfortable” as training camp opens and the season begins, sources told ESPN. The Rockets front office, led by recently promoted general manager
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5:11 PM ET The Boston Celtics and forward Gordon Hayward have agreed to push the deadline for his $34 million player option for the 2020-21 season back from its original deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday to 3 p.m. Thursday, league sources told ESPN. By extending the deadline for another two days, both sides get a
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11:53 PM ET The Milwaukee Bucks promised reigning back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo a reshaped roster to try to transform regular-season success into a championship push. In the span of hours as Monday night bled into Tuesday morning, the Bucks reached agreements on acquiring two significant players, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday and Sacramento Kings
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1:17 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider Close Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 Follow on Twitter Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Phoenix Suns are finalizing a deal to acquire Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star guard Chris Paul, sources told ESPN. The deal sends Paul and Abdel Nader to the
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9:52 PM ET Fresh off a championship in his first season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, All-Star big man Anthony Davis has declined to pick up the final year on his contract and will enter free agency this week, league sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. Davis, 27, averaged 27.7 points, 9.7
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5:35 PM ET As Houston Rockets star James Harden considers his uncertain future with the franchise, the Brooklyn Nets are rising to the top of his list as a possible trade destination, sources told ESPN. The idea of joining Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn is resonating with Harden, sources said. Durant and Harden
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1:14 PM ET Associated Press CHICAGO — Hall of Famer Maurice Cheeks is returning to his hometown to serve as an assistant under new coach Billy Donovan, the Chicago Bulls announced Saturday. Cheeks, who grew up on Chicago’s South Side, was on Donovan’s staff in Oklahoma City the past five seasons. The Bulls hired Donovan
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11:55 AM ET Associated Press MIAMI — Caron Butler is coming back to the Miami Heat, agreeing to begin his coaching career as an assistant on Erik Spoelstra’s staff, a source told The Associated Press on Friday. Butler and the Heat are in the process of finalizing his contract, the source said. Butler was the
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4:31 PM ET ESPN News Services Canada’s deputy chief of public health says the Toronto Raptors have presented a good plan to play at home during the upcoming NBA season, but concerns remain over enforcing strict health protocols and travel over the border with the United States. Dr. Howard Njoo said Friday that public health
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12:18 PM ET Associated Press MIAMI — Udonis Haslem announced Friday that he’s returning for an 18th season with the Miami Heat, and left the door open for extending his career after that. Only five NBA players have spent a career of that length with one franchise. Dirk Nowitzki spent 21 years with Dallas, Kobe
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5:48 AM ET The Golden State Warriors have presented an ambitious plan to state and local officials to re-open Chase Center in San Francisco at 50 percent capacity for this NBA season, which owner Joe Lacob believes can be the model for all sports franchises and entertainment venues to safely bring back fans amidst the
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7:03 PM ET Projected No. 1 overall pick LaMelo Ball conducted an individual workout in front of head coaches and executives for the Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons on Thursday in Southern California, sources told ESPN. Those three teams own the No. 2, 3 and 7 picks, respectively, in next week’s NBA
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12:26 PM ET The Toronto Raptors have identified Tampa, Florida as “an option” for their home market in the 2020-21 season if they are unable to play in Canada, team sources confirmed to ESPN. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, the Canadian government requires any “non-essential” travelers to quarantine for two
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9:39 PM ET Projected No. 1 pick LaMelo Ball conducted an individual workout with the Minnesota Timberwolves, owners of the top selection in the upcoming NBA draft, on Wednesday in Southern California, sources told ESPN. It was the first private workout Ball granted an NBA team. He previously met and interviewed with the Timberwolves, Golden
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5:30 PM ET Former San Antonio Spurs superstar Tim Duncan has decided to step away from his position as a full-time assistant coach for the team, a source said, confirming a New York Times report. Duncan, part of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2020 class, spent last season on coach Gregg Popovich’s staff. However, he
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10:00 AM ET The Oklahoma City Thunder are promoting assistant Mark Daigneault to become the franchise’s next head coach, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Daigneault’s elevation to replace the departed Billy Donovan completes a rapid six-year rise within the franchise, which included a five-year run as the OKC Blue’s G League coach, where Daigneault had
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10:05 PM ET NEW YORK — The New York Knicks have shut down their practice facility after three employees tested positive for the coronavirus, the team said in a statement on Tuesday. The closure comes less than a month before players are slated to return to their home markets to begin training camp for the
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8:50 PM ET Brian Windhorst Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books Tim Bontemps The Phoenix Suns have had discussions about acquiring All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN. Talks have been ongoing and continued to gather
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2:51 PM ET Two-time Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn, who won 10 NBA titles over his 20 seasons as a player and coach for the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 86. The team confirmed Heinsohn’s death on Tuesday. Heinsohn, who may be just as well known for his decades as a color commentator for
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11:59 PM ET The NBA and players’ union have reached an agreement in principle to begin the 2020-21 season, the two sides announced Monday night. The deal calls for free agency to begin Friday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. ET, two days after next week’s NBA draft. As was agreed to last week, the regular
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12:32 PM ET Associated Press MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee city attorney is recommending a revised offer to settle a lawsuit brought by Milwaukee Bucks‘ guard Sterling Brown, who was taken to the ground, shocked with a Taser and arrested during an encounter with police in 2018. City Attorney Tearman Spencer is recommending a $750,000 payment
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