Daily Archives: June 24, 2023

Brook Lopez stock up, James Harden down

As of 5:00 p.m. Central on Friday, June 30, free agency agreements can officially be reached around the NBA. That’s a very impactful date for the Houston Rockets, who have a league-leading figure of approximately $60 million in room beneath the salary cap. For months, rumors swirled of a potential reunion with former franchise icon James Harden. However, many recent …

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How CP3’s contract gives Warriors flexibility this year, beyond

Even days later, the NBA world is trying to wrap its head around the Warriors’ blockbuster trade that sent Jordan Poole to the Washington Wizards in exchange for veteran point guard Chris Paul. While many try to make sense of the move, it really comes down to the business side of things. The basketball, on-court fit doesn’t matter as much …

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Cason Wallace, Keyontae Johnson introduced in OKC

Cason Wallace’s Kentucky Wildcats faced Keyontae Johnson’s Kansas State Wildcats in the second round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament, with K-State, the No. 3 seed, getting the 75-69 win over No. 6 seed Kentucky. Wallace had the better individual game, with 21 points (9-of-11) and nine rebounds, but Johnson, who had 13 points and four rebounds, got the win. On …

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OKC Thunder makes the grade with Cason Wallace, Keyontae Johnson

It’s the easiest call of the NBA Draft: The San Antonio Spurs won. That’s not to say other teams didn’t do very well on Thursday, when 58 players were selected as the league’s newest members. But the Spurs being able to take generational French talent Victor Wembanyama puts them at the head of the class. Some of the teams that also …

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Getting to know the Jazz’s new additions

Taylor Hendricks arrives before the NBA basketball draft at Barclays Center, Thursday, June 22, 2023, in New York. Hendricks was one of the Utah Jazz’s three first-round selections. | John Minchillo, Associated Press This article was first published as the Jazz Insiders newsletter. Sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox each Friday. During Thursday’s 2023 NBA draft, the …

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Why Kings could be Draymond suitors in free agency

Draymond Green will hit the open market in just a few days, and the NBA world already is speculating where he could draw interest. The Kings have been one of the teams thrown in a lot of those conversations. Green, who has played his entire 11-year NBA career with the Golden State Warriors, will become an unrestricted free agent for …

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Who is playing for the Bulls?

The NBA offseason is fully underway, as the 2023 NBA Draft has come and gone, and the Chicago Bulls even made some noise. They traded into the draft, adding a rookie with the 34th pick. Then, after the draft, they made some moves in undrafted free agency, adding to their roster even more. While Bulls fans won’t get a chance …

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Kings offer contract to EuroLeague star Vezenkov

The Kings appear to have wasted no time in officially pursuing reigning EuroLeague MVP and Olympiacos star Sasha Vezenkov. With the 2023 NBA Draft’s passing, Sacramento became free to negotiate with the 6-foot-9 wing under CBA rules after acquiring his rights from the Cleveland Cavaliers last offseason in exchange for the No. 49 overall pick of the 2022 draft. The …

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How NBA experts graded Warriors’ Poole-for-CP3 blockbuster

Thursday’s shocking blockbuster trade between the Warriors and Washington Wizards took the NBA world by storm, as noted Golden State villain Chris Paul came to the Bay in exchange for 24-year-old guard Jordan Poole. As part of the deal, the Warriors also reportedly sent youngsters Ryan Rollins and Patrick Baldwin Jr, along with future draft picks, to the Wizards. While …

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Where UNC basketball ranks in CBS Sports Top 25 and 1 after Jarin Stevenson decison

The 2023 recruiting cycle in college basketball is all but officially wrapped up aside from some more transfer portal decisions by players. Aside from that, there has been one big decision made that impacts 2023 and unfortunately for the Tar Heels, it went the wrong way. Five-star recruit Jarin Stevenson committed to Alabama over North Carolina and Virginia last week. …

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Boston Celtics expected to extend Kristaps Porzingis after trade

One of the lingering concerns of the three-team trade that sent Marcus Smart from the Boston Celtics to the Memphis Grizzlies for Washington Wizards big man Kristaps Porzingis has been the fact that the Latvian center is currently in the last year of his last contract after opting into his player option. But new reporting from Substack’s Marc Stein suggests …

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NBA Draft: CBS Sports grades picks of Jett Howard, Kobe Bufkin

With the 2023 NBA Draft come and gone, two former Michigan players now have new homes in the NBA as both Jett Howard and Kobe Bufkin were taken in the first round by the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawk respectively. Of course, every outlet has to have an opinion on the potential fit each player taken has with his new …

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Spurs’ Victor Wembanyama embracing ‘Wembymania’ in San Antonio: ‘This is what it’s about, this makes me happy’

Victor Wembanyama has officially been a San Antonio Spurs player for less than 48 hours, but he’s already being treated like a franchise legend. An 18-foot tall statue and murals have sprung up around San Antonio, a mariachi band wrote and performed an original song, the hundreds of fans who showed up in brutal heat to provide a hero’s welcome …

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MTSU basketball, Belmont, TSU, Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech players on OVC’s 75th anniversary team

The 75th anniversary Ohio Valley Conference basketball team was named Friday by the league. The OVC began in 1948 and ranks as the NCAA’s eighth-oldest Division I conference. The 75th anniversary basketball team includes players and coaches. Austin Peay Trenton Hassell (1998-01)Adrian Henning (2000-03)Chris Horton (2012-16)Howard Jackson (1974-78)Dave Loos, coach (1990-2017)Drake Reed (2005-08)Nick Stapleton (1998-01)Terry Taylor (2017-21)Charles “Bubba” Wells (1994-97)James …

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McNair explains why Kings traded for ‘winner’ Jones in draft

The Kings no longer are the laughing stock of the NBA. Sacramento snapped its notorious 17-year playoff drought last season but is making it known that the feel-good story won’t end there. That belief was at the top of Kings general manager Monte McNair’s mind in Thursday’s draft. The Kings reportedly traded center Richaun Holmes and the No. 24 pick …

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