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25-year anniversary of Dream Team scrimmage – Stats & Info

25 years ago today, Michael Jordan played in the greatest game he’s ever played in. Those are his words, not ours. This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. It was at the Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona that the greatest basketball team ever assembled played 8 games over a 2-week stretch, putting on a show that was quite literally for the ages. The Dream Team was larger than life and over the next two weeks we’ll look back at each of their defining moments across…

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John Wall agrees to extension with Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards and All-Star point guard John Wall have agreed to a four-year, $170 million extension, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal, first reported by TNT, begins in 2019, the source said. It includes a fourth-year player option and a 15 percent trade kicker. In a video tweeted Friday night by the UNINTERRUPTED, Wall confirmed he had agreed to the extension, saying: “You know I wasn’t going anywhere.” BREAKING NEWS: @JohnWall announces on UNINTERRUPTED he is re-signing with the @WashWizards. pic.twitter.com/L1Sg4h2Uu1 — UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) July 22,…

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LeBron James won’t intervene in Cleveland Cavaliers’ decision on Kyrie Irving

LeBron James intends to let the Cleveland Cavaliers front office and owner Dan Gilbert take the lead in dealing with Kyrie Irving‘s trade demands, sources told ESPN. Both the franchise and James were rocked when Irving asked the team to trade him last week. James was informed after Irving told the Cavaliers and was unaware of the guard’s feelings, sources said. Kyrie Irving — one part of Cleveland’s Big Three that has reached three straight NBA Finals — has asked the Cavaliers to trade him so he no longer has…

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Udonis Haslem returning to Miami Heat for 15th season

MIAMI — Udonis Haslem believes he can still play, and the Miami Heat apparently agree. The three-time NBA champion has signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal to remain with the Heat for what will be his 15th season. Haslem was already the longest-tenured player in Heat history, with all of his NBA seasons coming for his hometown team. While he played in just 16 games last season, Udonis Haslem signed a one-year deal to return to the Heat for a 15th season on Thursday. Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports Among active players,…

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The Boston Celtics are set to sign free-agent guard Shane Larkin

The Boston Celtics will continue a feverish offseason roster overhaul by signing free-agent point guard Shane Larkin, according to a league source. Larkin, the No. 18 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, played 72 games with Saski Baskonia in Spain last season and averaged 13.8 points and 5.4 assists. He elected to pass up a $6.3 million option to compete for a spot on a Boston roster that will now feature 16 guaranteed contracts. Larkin, 24, last played in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2015-16 season. His…

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How Dream Teams led to superteams

Five years ago James Harden draped his arms around the shoulders of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant as they watched the 2012 Miami Heat celebrate their championship on the AmericanAirlines Arena floor. Despite the Finals loss, the future was bright in Oklahoma City. A few weeks later, the trio represented the Thunder as the only NBA organization with three members on the star-studded 2012 Team USA squad that ripped through the London Olympics. Since then the NBA has been turned inside out. Before the 2012-13 season, Harden was traded suddenly…

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Minnesota Timberwolves turn focus toward Andrew Wiggins extension

The Minnesota Timberwolves are keen to lock up guard Andrew Wiggins to ensure he is a cornerstone for their future. Wiggins and the Timberwolves are engaged in contract negotiations on a five-year extension that would be worth nearly $148 million, according to Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau. “We’re working on it right now,” Thibodeau said Wednesday during a news conference to introduce Jamal Crawford. Under the collective bargaining agreement, NBA teams can have two players on designated rookie-scale extensions. Such deals must be agreed to by…

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Golden State Warriors to become 1st NBA team to charge personal seat licenses at new arena

The Golden State Warriors are bringing the personal seat license to the NBA. Officials with the defending NBA champions acknowledged Wednesday that in order to get season tickets at the team’s new privately financed $1 billion Chase Center, which is slated to open in 2019, fans will have to pay a fee for the right to buy those tickets. While pricing of the licenses has not been revealed, a team official confirmed to ESPN that the number of seats dedicated for season-ticket holders will decrease from the 14,500 currently at…

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Portland Trail Blazers trying to sell Carmelo Anthony on team

Two member of the Portland Trail Blazers say they’ve reached out to Carmelo Anthony in an attempt to sell the New York Knicks star on their team. All-Star Damian Lillard and teammate CJ McCollum, speaking Wednesday at the former’s basketball camp, said Anthony sounded intrigued by the idea. Carmelo Anthony expects the Knicks to resume trade talks soon, and league sources told ESPN he’s counting on the team to trade him to the Rockets. “I think he’s interested,” McCollum reportedly said. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported over the weekend that Anthony,…

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NBA — Paul Pierce reflects on retiring as Celtic

He showed up at his old haunt, the Boston Celtics practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts, wearing a throwback Inglewood T-shirt and a pair of Brooklyn Nets basketball shorts. “Hey Danny, see this?” said Paul Pierce, tugging at the silver and black of the Nets. “This is where you sent me!” Suffice to say, all is forgiven. Pierce followed Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge into his office, pulled on a Celtics green T-shirt and signed a one-day contract with the team that drafted him 19 seasons earlier. Then, once…

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