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Lakers’ acquisition of Rui Hachimura could limit free-agent flexibility

The Los Angeles Lakers traded Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks to the Washington Wizards for forward Rui Hachimura in a deal Monday that will certainly bolster the Lakers now, but also limit the franchise’s flexibility later, particularly any starry ideas for this upcoming free agency. The Lakers were exploring options for what Nunn and two second-rounders could have netted …

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Wizards announce Kristaps Porzingis is ‘week-to-week’ with ankle sprain shortly before trading Rui Hachimura

Getty Images The Washington Wizards will be without their second-leading scorer on the season for the foreseeable future. Forward Kristaps Porzingis is listed as week-to-week with a sprained left ankle, the team announced Monday. Porzingis suffered the injury in the third quarter of the contest between the Wizards and Orlando Magic in Washington on Saturday. Porzingis landed awkwardly on the ankle …

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How to watch South Carolina State vs. Delaware State: NCAAB live stream info, TV channel, time, game odds

Who’s Playing Delaware State @ South Carolina State Current Records: Delaware State 1-16; South Carolina State 3-17 What to Know The Delaware State Hornets are 1-7 against the South Carolina State Bulldogs since January of 2016, but they’ll have a chance to close the gap a little bit Monday. Delaware State and South Carolina State will face off in an …

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It’s time to start taking the Oklahoma City Thunder seriously

The Oklahoma City Thunder have not been great at shooting (24th in effective field-goal percentage), passing (25th in assist rate) or rebounding (26th in rebounding percentage) the basketball, and yet here they are, a shade below .500 after the NBA season’s midway mark and squarely in the play-in tournament mix. That is as ringing an endorsement as you will find …

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Austin Rivers says refs help make Stephen Curry NBA’s hardest player to guard: He gets ‘every f—ing call’

USATSI Minnesota Timberwolves veteran guard Austin Rivers thinks that Golden State Warriors star guard Steph Curry is the hardest player to guard in the NBA, but not for the reason you might think. According to Rivers, Curry is the league’s toughest cover because he’s favored heavily by referees.  “Steph… It’s not even close,” Rivers said on a recent episode of …

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How to watch Alcorn State vs. Bethune-Cookman: NCAAB live stream info, TV channel, time, game odds

Who’s Playing Bethune-Cookman @ Alcorn State Current Records: Bethune-Cookman 6-13; Alcorn State 8-10 What to Know The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the Alcorn State Braves will face off in an SWAC clash at 8:30 p.m. ET Jan. 23 at David L. Whitney Gymnasium. The teams split their matchups last year, with Alcorn State winning the first 70-67 on the road and …

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B/R says Nic Claxton is the Brooklyn Nets’ best contract; Ben Simmons is team’s worst contract

Brooklyn Nets center Nic Claxton‘s contract (two years, $17.3 million) is considered the team’s best while guard Ben Simmons’ contract (three years, $113.7 million) is deemed the team’s worst, according to an article published by Bleacher Report earlier this season. The ironic thing about this article is that it seems prophetic given how this season has progressed for both of …

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LeBron James says son Bronny can go to any college he wants: ‘All I have to do is pick up the phone’

Getty Images Only a handful of schools have publicly offered a scholarship to top-40 recruit Bronny James, LeBron James’ oldest son. This week, his options were reportedly pared down to a final three of USC, Ohio State and Oregon. However, The King himself weighed in this weekend on his son’s options as he stares down the homestretch of his recruitment, …

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Bulls’ plan to keep Alex Caruso healthy pays dividends at both ends

Bulls’ plan to keep Caruso healthy pays dividends originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago Monday night marks Alex Caruso’s 40th game this season. Last season, he played in 41 overall. As far back as training camp, coach Billy Donovan prioritized doing everything he could to help keep such a vital cog to the Chicago Bulls’ fortunes healthy. Obviously, Donovan can’t …

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Duke vs. Virginia Tech prediction, odds: 2023 college basketball picks, Jan. 23 best bets by proven model

The Virginia Tech Hokies look to snap a seven-game losing streak on Monday night when they face the Duke Blue Devils in Atlantic Coast Conference action. The teams who played in last season’s ACC Tournament Championship Game, find themselves in the middle of the pack or below in the ACC standings in 2022-2023. The Blue Devils (14-5, 5-3 ACC), who …

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Kansas will get back on track vs. Baylor in Big 12 clash | Kings meet Grizzlies in potential playoff preview

Hello, it’s Monday, and if it’s alright with you, I’d like to be insufferable for a bit before getting to tonight’s picks. The NFL’s Divisional Round games were played over the weekend, and the winners were the Chiefs, Bengals, 49ers and Eagles. That means the Chiefs will host the AFC Championship for the fifth straight year, and the 49ers will …

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Lakers get Rui Hachimura from Wizards in trade involving Kendrick Nunn, future draft picks

The Washington Wizards have reached a deal to send forward Rui Hachimura to the Los Angeles Lakers for guard Kendrick Nunn and three second-round draft picks, a person with direct knowledge of trade talks told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the trade is official. The Lakers have been searching …

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Wisconsin vs. Northwestern odds, line: 2023 college basketball picks, Jan. 23 predictions from proven model

The Northwestern Wildcats will try to bounce back from a rough patch when they host the Wisconsin Badgers on Monday night. Northwestern has suffered two losses and had two games postponed because of COVID-19 issues with its program. This game was originally scheduled for this past Saturday, but it was postponed.   Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. The …

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Shannon Sharpe apologizes to Dillon Brooks, Ja Morant, Grizzlies after heated altercation at Lakers game

Shannon Sharpe, a Fox Sports personality and Pro Football Hall of Famer, has apologized for his role in an altercation that took place on Friday night when the Memphis Grizzlies faced the Los Angeles Lakers. Sharpe, who heckled Dillon Brooks and had words with Ja Morant while at the game, used several minutes on “Undisputed” Monday morning to apologize for …

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Rui Hachimura trade grades: Lakers earn solid mark by addressing need; Wizards make another disappointing move

The Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards have finalized a trade that will send fourth-year forward Rui Hachimura to Los Angeles in exchange for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks (in 2023, 2028 and 2029), according to The Athletic. Hachimura is averaging 13.0 points and 4.3 rebounds on 33.7 percent 3-point shooting this season and matched a season-high with 30 points …

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Jerome Tang is hitting the right notes at Kansas State where the first-year coach has been an instant hit

MANHATTAN, Kan. – This is the job Jerome Tang wanted. More than the others. That much was clear last spring when the long-time Baylor assistant set up his Alexa to play “Wabash Cannonball” as the Kansas State search committee walked through the door. Tang knew exactly the statement he was making before the interview began. That K-State fight song has …

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Tatum, Brown lead surging Celtics to 9-game win streak

The top teams in the NBA continue to perform at a high level as there are several contenders in each conference that have each turned in some great runs of late. The Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets each saw their lengthy winning streaks snapped over the weekend. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics pushed their win streak to nine games after defeating …

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2023 NBA trade deadline: Five teams, including Clippers and Warriors, facing most pressure to make moves

NBA fans love the smell of trade season in the morning, and the odoriferous emanations are more pungent in some cities than others. While teams like the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies can look at their teams confidently heading into the Feb. 9 trade deadline, others are looking at their roster holes like LeBron James glaring at J.R. …

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