2019 May

Foye added to complete 3-team Andre Iguodala-to-Warriors deal

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The want (and have agreed to a deal to sign) . The want the cap space afforded by a trade with Golden State. And the want guard . So the three are talking about a deal to make all of these wishes come true, seamlessly. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms a report : 

The Nuggets briefly pursued Ellis, but are currently discussing a three-team sign-and-trade arrangement that would net them Randy Foye and a trade exception to plug the space left by Andre Iguodala, who would be signed and traded to Golden State, league sources confirmed on Monday.

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The deal is presumably separate from the deal which sent , , and two first round picks to Utah in exchange for the cap space to sign Iguodala. This just gives the Warriors, now desperate for some flexibility to provide themselves anything resembling a bench, the opportunity to upgrade the team. 

For the Nuggets, Foye at $3 million per year is good value. He shot 39.7 percent from the field last year, but 41 percent from three, and that’s all they really need, a guard who can handle igl.The highly-rated Germany international is being made available by BVB, says BILD, and for a knockdown fee.Arsenal and PSG are both interested, with his club willing to sell for a cut-price €30m.BVB need to sell after spending almost €130m on and shoot from the edge. The trade exception sounds nifty, until you recognize that hardly anyone has actually moved a trade exception after its acquise been encouraged to take Masuaku off the Hammers’ hands this month.The 26 year-old defender isn’t regarded as a first-choice by Hammers boss David Moyes and has been made available.OM coach Andre Villas-Boas could take Masuaku on-loan for the remainition in years. It’s basically dead space, which Denver, in cost-cutting mode, is inevitably fine with. After Foye, and Hickson, who the Nuggets agreed to a deal with on Sunday, Denver will basically be up against the cap. It’s a series of small moves for the Denver front office, who is still getting itself established, and who is dealing with the perception that their ownership is cheap and front office unstable after so many changes following a 57-win year. 

Utah just piles up another pick as they move towards their future. 

The deal works out best for Golden State if it goes through, giving them the full mid-level and the ability to replace and who they lost in free agency as they try for legit title-ielder featured in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with former club Real Madrid.He said, “I’ve spent several years working on fitness and the physical side of my game. At Real Sociedad, my game was more positional, waiting to receive the ball. At Betis, it’s muccontender status. 

NBA playoff picture and magic number update 4.6.13

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Here’s a look at where we are with the playoff picture as of April 6, starting with Saturday’s relevant games: 

Indiana can clinch its eighth division title in team history Saturday night with a win.

The 76ers can move within four games of the Bucks with a win and a Bucks loss to the Raptors. It’s unlikely, but I’m not trusting the Bucks right now. But a Bucks win over Toronto and a Sixers loss to Miami clinches a playof berth for the Bucks and eliminates Philadelphia.

See above. 

A Spurs win clinches the Spurs 19th division title in team history. A win and a Nuggets loss to Houston clinches a top-two seed for San Antonio. 

See above for ramifications for San Antonio.

 The  have clinched a playoff berth, the Southeast Division, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and own a 3 1/2-game lead on the Thunder and Spurs for home court throughout the playoffs. They also have the tiebreaker on both San Antonio and Oklahoma City. They are resting everybody.

 The  moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Indiana with their win on Friday over Milwaukee, their 11th straight. Their magic number for the division is two after Brooklyn’s loss Thursday. A loss by Brooklyn Saturday to Charlotte (hey, it could happen — OK, probably not) and a win Sunday vs. OKC clinches the division for the Knicks. Their magic number for a top-four seed is two. 

The ‘ magic number to win the Central Division is still one after their loss to OKC Friday night and the Bulls’ win over the Magic. Their magic number for a top-three seed is also one. 

Indiana does have the head-to-head tiebreaker over New York in the event of a tie.

 ‘s magic number for the No. 4 seed and home court in the first round is seven. The Nets have a one-game lead over Chicago for the No. 4 seed. Brooklyn has clinched a playoff berth.

The ‘ magic number for no worse than sixth is three, no worse than fifth is five. The Bulls have clinched a playoff berth. With their win and Atlanta’s loss, the Bulls have moved a full-game ahead of Atlanta for the fifth and have the tiebreaker. They’re just one game b of his admiration for AC Milan veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic.The pair will face-off in the Derby della Madonnina this weekend.”Ibra is a champion, I respect him. In Manchester I could train every day with him, that was the most beautiful thing for me,”ehind Brooklyn for the fourth seed, and they have tiebreaker there, too. All sorts of tiebreakers for Chicago.

 has clinched a playoff berth.

: The  have clinched a playoff berth. They can’t win the Atlantic Division, which they did the past five seasons. Their magic number to clinch no worse than seventh is five, and they are 3 1/2 games behind the Bulls for fifth, but Chicago has the tiebreaker. They’re also 2 1/2 behind Atlanta, but they have tiebreaker over Atlanta.

  is still 2 1/2 games behind Boston for the seventh seed. Their magic number to clinch a playoff berth is still, amazingly, two, after  beat Atlanta on Friday and the Bucks lost to the Knicks. The Bucks do have the tiebreaker and a five-game lead over Philadelphia.

Miami Heat (No. 1 seed) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (8)

New York Knicks (2) vs. Boston Celtics (7)

Indiana Pacers (3) vs. Atlanta Hawks (6)

Brooklyn Nets (4) vs. Chicago Bulls (5)

 The  beat Indiana on Friday, moving them into a tie with San Antonio for the No. 1 seed, and they hold the tiebeaker over the Spurs. Win out, and the Thunder get the No. 1 seed.

OKC’s magic number to clinch the division is three over Denver. San Antonio’s magic number to clinch the division is now just one after Memphis’ loss to the Lakers Friday night. The Spurs’ magic number for a top-two seed is two. 

 The whole big mess starts with Denver, which is four games back in the division. The  have clinched no worse than fifth over the Warriors. Denver is two games ahead of the  for third and a game ahead of Memphis, and has the tiebreaker.

Denver holds tiebreakers over the Clippers and  in terms of wins, but the Clippers hold the tiebreaker should they win the division.

The Clippers’ magic number for the Pacific Division is one. The Clippers are one game back of Memphis and two ga with the form of on-loan Bournemouth goalkeeper Cameron Plain.The teenage stopper has been a regular for Magpies this season, helping them to 14th spot in Southern League South. Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Holmes said: “Cameron has been absolutemes back of Denver, but thanks to the rules about division leaders, maintain a lead over Memphis for the fourth due to the division-leader/winner tiebreaker.

If the playoffs started today, the 4-5 Clippers-Grizzlies mhappy with Gerard Pique over his accusations against the board.Tensions are high at the club, and after an article posted in Mundo Deportivo that stated the players are too powerful and used that as an excuse for their poor start to the season, Piqueatchup would start in Memphis.

Memphis has clinched no worse than fifth.

 The  are a game ahead of Houston after surviving vs. Phoenix Friday. Their magic number to clinch a playoff berth is one.

  is three games ahead of the Lakers. Its magic number to clinch a playoff berth is two.

 OK, the Lakers’ win on Friday kept them a half-game ahead of the Jazz, who also won on Friday. The Lakers do not hold tiebreaker over the Jazz, but do over the Mavericks, who are three games back of the eighth spot. 

The Mavericks’ dark magic number (for elimination) is a three-game combination of Laker wins or Dallas losses. They have zero margin of error. 

The Lakers, for the moment, control their own destiny for the playoffs.

The Portland Trail Blazers were finally, mercifully eliminated from playoff contention by virtue of the Jazz win Friday night. It’s down to just Lakers, Jazz, or Mavericks. 

Oklahoma City Thunder (No. 1 seed) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (8)

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Houston Rockets (7)

Denver Nuggets (3) vs. Golden State Warriors (6)

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (5; Grizzlies home-court advantage)

Dwyane Wade’s knee is bothering him; he’s day-to-day

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hasn’t really looked like himself this postseason. He’s not exploding, he’s not running the floor as well, and he’s not dominating games too much offensively. 

This is mainly because Wade’s been dealing with a bothersome knee injury all season long. But in Game 4 against the , Wade aggravated it and, man, it sounds kind of bad. 

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“This was just the first time you’ve seen it, other times I’ve been able to not show you,” Wade said after the game before revealing a rather gnarly detail about the bandage that certainly helps explain his troubles in the postseason.

“I’m taping it. When you have a [bone] bruise, you try to move the kneecap over so it won’t rub. When you get into gady to close a deal for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye.After finishing on the losing end of the final of the African Cup of Nations against Algeria, the Senegal midfielder is now ready to leave England for Paris.”It’s not yet done,” a PSG source toame sweat you havng of Udinese.Atalanta are now just three points off leaders Juventus and visit fourth-placed Napoli in the midweek round.“No,” was the reply Gasp to a question about winning the title.“Only Juventus can lose it, but then there are Inter and Napoe to re-tape it a bit.”

Moving the kneecap over, ee Ballon d’Or.The Barcelona star was this evening named the Ballon d’Or winner for 2019 – for the sixth time.Yet Bordas feels the gap with Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo, who has five, should be far greater.”Messi should have ten Ballon d’Or [prizes]ven if that’s just athlete/trainer jargon, is not a reassuring revelation.

Not that the have especially needed Wade yet. His numbers are down, but the Heat are still rolling, despite a hiccup in Game 1 against the Bulls. 

But as the postseason wears on, the Heat will desperately need Wade. You saw it last postseason where Wade (and ) were injured, and the Heat nearly fell out of the playoffs. Wade got healthier, and not coincidentally, the Heat won an title. 

It’s bugging him enough that Wade is potentially questionable for Game 5:

“His status hasn’t changed,” Spoelstra said of Wade, who has multiple bruises and has been dealing with soreness in his right knee for more than two months. “We all know what he’s dealing with. He’s day to day. We’ll evaluate him today. We’ll evaluate him tomorrow and go from there.”

So the question is, do you rest Wade now? The Heat are up 3-1 and headed back to Miami to play a fatigued, overwhelmed Bulls team. It’s very possible Miami could handle business in Game 5 without Wade’s help. And with the next series likely to be a very tough, physical one against either the or , maybe it’s best to sit Wade down for a bit to try to sneak some extra rest. 

Nightly Grades 1.11.13: Kevin Durant is a flamethrower

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Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management, the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad and the ugly from the night that was.

It’s a shame the couldn’t make a game of it against the  because could have dropped an even more insane number ter United midfielder Paul Pogba has assured PSG he’d be open to a return to France this summer.Currently in China for a sponsorship promotion, L’Equipe says Pogba is desperate to be sold by United before he is expected to report for preseason traininhan he ended up getting. Durant had 42 points on 15-of-25 shooting in 39 minutes of play. Scott Brooks took KD out with 4:26 left in the game and OKC up 25 points. Otherwise, they might have involved Durant more throughout the fourth and let him approach 50 or even 60 points.The were blowing the out of the water in Oakland for most of this game. Then Damian Lillard happened, and Golden State needed to execute dowalso playing under Claudio Ranieri, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotteir 5-0 defeat of Eibar.Leo Messi scored four, while debutant Braithwaite played a role in the final two goals of the afternoon.”He is a striker who plays with a lot of force and verticality,” Rakitic said of the new arrival after the match.”I’m happi, Rafa Benitez and Guus Hiddink, it is Mourinho who made the biggest impression on the fledgling Chelsea boss.”I’ve been influenced by all the managers I’ve played under but probn the stretch to pull out a narrow victory. Lillard made 10 straight baskets at one point to help him rack up 37 points. At the 7:30 mark of the third quarter, he missed a jumper; he didn’t miss again until 4:52 remained in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the rookie, it wasn’t enough to win.If the Knicks hadn’t had such a big fourth quarter, they’d probably be on academic probation. New York needed a 41-point, 66.7 percent shooting effort in the fourth quarter to make this even remotely interesting. Before that late push, the Knicks were down 22 points and shooting just 33.3 percent from the field. had 19 points in the fourth to help get it to respectability.Damian Lillard was awesome, but two of his teammates certainly weren’t. Aldridge and Matthews combined for just 17 points on 6-of-28 shooting. Aldridge had seven points, six rebounds and five assists while shooting 3-of-14. Matthews had 10 points and nine rebounds but shot just 3-of-15 from the field and 2-of-11 from 3-point range. Lillard needs more help than that, especially on the road.Even though the Denver Nuggets were able to outlast the  at the Pepsi Center, it doesn’t mean they deserve high marks for their efforts. The bench was a big part of the reason that this game stayed so close for so long. The Nuggets’ bench had just 11 points on 4-of-23 shooting. Five Nuggets players off the bench attempted shots, but (4-of-10) was the only reserve to connect.

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Even though for0 shock defeat at Watford.The result sent Liverpool tumbling to their first Premier League loss since January 2019.Klopp, however, insisted: “They did exactly what they wanted to do, we did not. That’s how football works.”The first half was a tough oward knows he may have played his final game in a Jazz uniform, he insists he is not stressing out about the prospects on being a free agent. “I’m not a psychic. I don’t know,’’ Millsap told the Deseret News when asked if he would back with the Jazz next year. “ I’ve got to wait and see what happens. I’m going to rest and belessen has passed his medical at Valencia.nta – insisting they don’t deserve access to the Champions League.La Dea are in the competition’s final 16 and sit fourth on the Serie A table this season.“I have great respect for everything that Atalanta are doing, but without international histoSport says Cillessen will move to Los Che in a swap for their keeper Neto.The Dutchman has already passed his medical and the transfer is expected to be confirmed by both clubs today.The fee for the total ope with my family. I don’t even want to imagine that.’’

Damian Lillard: A relative unknown with ‘franchise player’ expectations

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was at the top of his class during the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League. (Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS — Damian Lillard is an NBA paradox, a relative unknown on the national stage during a 4-year college career who will enter his first fall training camp with the greatest of expectations.

“We found our franchise point guard,” Portland GM Neil Olshey said of Lillard, a 21-year-old from Weber State, shortly after selecting him with the No. 6 pick in June’s .

Lillard’s leap from “Have you ever heard of…?” to potentially being the face of a rebuilding franchise lacks a clear recent precedent. A survey of the league’s current franchise point guards bears little similarity to Lillard’s background. Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving came out of the blue blood ACC. Deron Williams played in an NCAA title game while at Illinois. Derrick Rose played for John Calipari (enough said). The enigmatic Rajon Rondo went to Kentucky and Russell Westbrook, often cited an off-the-radar recruit, wound up attending a little program known as UCLA.

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Other than Steve Nash — who attended Santa Clara before becoming a first-round pick, a perennial All-Star and 2-time MVP — Lillard steps into the “franchise player” label with precious little recent history for comfort. 

Not that he would notice or care. This week, Lillard took home co-MVP honors at the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League, averaging a Summer League-best 26.5 points while adding 5.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds in four games. Blazers owner and billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, said to be infatuated with Lillard’s game, took in his point guard’s Vegas debut from a courtside seat. Lillard finished with 25 points, four rebounds, four assists and said afterward that he had no idea Allen had been there.

“When I play, I don’t see a lot of stuff outside the game,” he said.

There are no distractions, there is no ego and there is no self-doubt in Lillard, who has made it clear that he doesn’t think much about his unusual path to the pro game, other than to use the doubters and skeptics as fuel for his fire.

His game reflects that no-nonsense, all-ball focus and personality. His feel for positioning, his command of an offense, his ability to react to different defensive looks and to apply consistent pressure directly and indirectly are an uncommon combination for a player his age.

“He just plays with a sound mind,” Blazers Summer League coach Kaleb Canales said. “He’s our care-taker offensively.”

Granted, the Summer League competition was not a true test. Lillard faced off against 19-year-old New Orleans Hornets lottery pick Austin Rivers, a one-and-done out of Duke, but otherwise did not see any sure-fire guards. Frankly, he abused the competition that he did see, getting into the paint at will, deftly drawing contact at the rim, finishing with both hands going to the basket, and knocking down the NBA 3-pointer. Most comfortable in the pick-and-roll, Lillard regularly found fellow rookie , a 7-foot center from Illinois, on well-placed lobs while also locating open shooters when defenses began to throw hard double-teams at him as the week wore on. He pushed the pace at times but did most of his damage using high screens like a surgeon, meticulously making defenses pay for being slow, out of position or not respecting his shooting ability.

Lillard makes observers double-take because he appears to strongly favor his left-hand despite being right-handed. He prefers driving to his left, especially if defenses show him that way, and he’s fully capable of passing or attempting a tear drop with his off-hand.

“Since I’ve been younger, my dad made me and my brother play Horse with the left hand just to develop our left hand,” Lillard said. “In college i did a lot of workouts, everything I did with my right I wanted to do with my left. Passing, ball-handling, floaters, sometimes mid-range shooting with my left hand. It’s just playing in my favor now.”

It’s that dual dexterity — in conjunction with Lillard’s body control — that left Blazers director of college scouting Chad Buchanan excited this week.

“He’s got big hands, good command of the ball,” Buchanan said. “He’s able to pick the ball up off the dribble and make a pass, which is tough to do. He’s very good with either hand, he can finish with either hand, he has good body control. He does a very good job of getting to the rim and slowing down, getting ready to brace for a hit, reading the angles. How quickly do I have to get it out of my hands? Is there a drop pass, a lob pass? He goes fast to get to a spot and then slows down to make the decision from there, which is a great trait to have.”

The complete package seems to be there on offense, and Canales and his staff worked throughout Summer League to drill Lillard on “game-winning habits” on the defensive end. Tape from his time at Weber State doesn’t always paint that part of his game in the best light. Portland wants him defending on the ball much more aggressively, working regularly to fight over screens and concentrating on his off-ball positioning.

As with any rookie, even a Lottery pick, there’s real work to be done. But the excitement among management is real enough that both Olshey and Buchanan feel comfortable offering Chauncey Billups as a “best case scenario” comparison.

“I compare him a lot to Chauncey Billups,” Olshey said during a press conference. “He’s got a real quiet presence, a command presence, guys respect him. He’s got an incredible work ethic, he’s a leader, he’s an elite shooter, he makes great decisions with the ball. He’s the kind of point guard players love to play with because he’s a team-first guy not a me-first guy.”

“I think there are some similarities between those two guys and their temperament,” Buchanan said this week. “Good pick and roll players. Not elite athletes but good enough athletes.”

Good enough, indeed. Lillard had , dunking over Atlanta Hawks big man Keith Benson, in a play that made the Cox Pavilion gym erupt and later found its way to SportsCenter’s Top 10.

“I got one of my shots blocked when I didn’t explode to the rim so it was only necessary,” Lillard explained. “I had to raise up. I probably caught them off guard, but I’ve done it plenty of times. Once I took off, I knew what I was doing as soon as I picked the ball up.”

And it might be that point — that Lillard knows what he is doing — that makes him the most valuable, big-picture, to the Blazers. He arrives as a potential savior exactly when Portland needs one most, fresh off a season that Allen said was one of the toughest of his two-decade tenure, a year that saw franchise guard Brandon Roy retire, supposed franchise center Greg Oden released, long-time coach Nate McMillan fired, president Larry Miller walk off the job to return to Nike, and an interminable GM search finally end with Olshey’s hiring.

Lillard also enters a team with huge positional and leadership vacuums to fill. Last year’s starting point guard Raymond Felton played well below par and was sign-and-traded to the New York Knicks for scraps last week. The roster is in the midst of being re-worked under Olshey, and its two best players, All-Star power forward and small forward , have both shown a preference for passive leadership. Neither was able to steady the ship during reports of a locker room mutiny last season and neither, obviously, has the on-court responsibilities that go with the point guard position.

Blazers management stressed that there will likely be “speed bumps” during Lillard’s rookie year, but they also didn’t back away from the idea that he’s ready to take the car keys from Day One. In truth, there’s no alternative. The “franchise point guard” expectation reflect Portland’s hopes for his game but also the organization’s need. Roy carried the Blazers effortlessly through three All-Star seasons before the condition of his knees deteriorated to the point that he could only play reserve minutes on a regular basis. Oden’s selection in 2007 sent the city into a tizzy but he simply couldn’t stay healthy enough to deliver on his Hall of Fame promise. 

That past history falls as an unavoidable burden to Lillard, who seems better equipped to handle it than most. After all, he’s made it this far, beating long odds, and when he plays, he doesn’t see things outside the game.

: The 2012 second-round pick shared co-MVP honors with Lillard after torching the competition throughout the week. The explosive, undersized shooting guard’s signature performance came when he scored 35 points against the Washington Wizards and he was a crowd favorite for his fearless attitude and quick trigger. He will join an ultra-intriguing Grizzlies backcourt that is move to Goodison Park was a mistake.Kean has struggled to make any impact since his surprise £24.5million move to Merseyside from Juventus last summer and is now struggling to get a game.Dad Jean blames agent Mino Raiola for forcing him to move tincludes Mike Conley, Tony Allen and 2012 first-round pick Tony Wroten, who showed flashes of brilliant passing and elite athleticism all week.

: An intimidating frontline presence who boasts a soft-touch passing ability rarely seen for a player of his size, White averaged 8.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists on a Rockets squad that was the most entertaining to watch all week. A potential match-up nightmare thas “unfinished business” with Everton.Martinez was sacked by Everton in May 2016, despite having three years remaining on his contract.“I loved my time at Everton. I only have great memories, we finished with 72 points,” the now-Belgium boss tolhanks to his strange combination of bulk, vision and versatility, he should see real court time this season.

: For a one-and-done player, Beal impressed with his maturity, consistency and steadiness. Perhaps he could have exerted more influence over Washington’s games but he played within himself and scored in a variety of ways, notching double figures in all five of Washington’s games. The Florida guard has NBA size, handle, quickness and showed some range too. He has the chance to be a special player if the consistency of his jump shot continues to develop.

: The UNC product stood out from the rookie big man crowd for his mobility and feel. Known mostly for his she 24-year-old is a free agent after his contract with Kayserispor was recently brought to an end 18 months early, with the Turkish club struggling with financial problems.EDP24.co.uk reports Dutch media sources say the Canaries, Leicester and Hull Ciot-blocking and length, Henson got plenty of touches and shots in this scene and 20+ points twice. While his rebounding numbers were up and down, he stepped out to hit from range and showed nice footwork on defense. He may get bullied at the NBA level but he wasn’t in Las Vegas.

: On paper, Barnes to the Warriors seemed like a great fit positionally and he didn’t disappoint in a sensational debut, scoring 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting in a blowout win over the Lakers. His shooting touch didn’t last the entire week but he did score in double figures every game. Conventional wisdom is that his game is better suited for the pros than college and nothing that happened in Las Vegas contradicted that. The wing pairing with 2011 Lottery pick Klay Thompson, who looked exceptional during the two games he played, has serious long-term potential.

: The entire Rockets team (Jeremy Lamb, Terrence Jones, etc.) could make this list, but the 2011 first-round pick deserves some love because he was a forgotten man after he stayed abroad last season. He’s improved greatly and added strength since he made the international showcase tour as a youngster and his skill level and footwork looked very advanced, especially compared to the competition in this setting. He averaged 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds. 

: Harris was a bit player during his rookie season but his big body was often too much to handle for the wing defenders in Las Vegas. He scored 18+ in each of Milwaukee’s five games and played above the rim at times. 

: The biggest lament from this year’s Summer League was that the 2012 Draft’s No. 2 pick played just one game. He looked like a teenaged man among boys in scoring 18 points and grabbing 8 rebounds against the Kings, but he sat out the rest of the week because of a sore knee. Maybe the most likeable person in this year’s Draft class, Kidd-Gilchrist would have pushed hard for MVP honors had he been on the court. Bobcats fans, for once, are in good hands.

ndiana’s first-round playoff series against Trophy

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Pacers forward was able to contribute off the bench during Game 1 of Indiana’s first-round playoff series against Trophy in the 2019-20 season.The pair are among 16 teams invited from category one academies, who will join the 48 League One and League Two clubs in the competition.The first round of fixtures is scheduled to be played in the week commencing Monday,the Hawks. Hansbrough finished with nine points in the 107-90 win on 3 of 5 shooting from the field. He went 3 of 4 from the free-throw line and also addhelan has made a second check on Birmingham City teen Jude Bellingham.The Sun says United aim to stay on the tol win the Champions League.McTominay watched on as Jurgen Klopp’s side won 2-0 in their clash against Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday night to lift the trophy for a sixth time.But he did take pleasure from seeing his fellow Scotland international Anrail of Birmingham starlet Bellingham, 16.United coach Phelan has again checked on the midfielder, though Blues do not plan to lose him in ted five rebounds and two steals to his stat line, while logging 17 minutes.

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forward was forcedalkeeper Christian Fruchtl rejected an offer from Liverpool last year, it has been revealed.Sport1 says Liverpool approached Bayern in December with a phone call to enquire as to whether they could bring in Fruchtl, promising the player he would be A to leave Wednesday’s against the Mavericks, due to a strained left calf. Granger started the game and scored three points on 1 of 4 shooting in eight minutes.

Granger is working out the kinks in the preseason, while recovering from season-ending knee surgery a year ago. It is not cl Taylor and Ben Gibson both played a full 90 against Blackburn Rovers yesterday.Gibson was on the scoresheet alongside Matej Vydra, who also played the full game at the Brockhall Academy which ended 2-2 as Rovers levelled with the last kick of the maear whether this injury is expected toco Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.The Mirror says with his proposed move to Barcelona suddenly in jeopardy, Griezmann could yet find himself at Old Trafford.The 28-year-old has already confirmed he will move on from Atletico, and it looked almost linger into the regular season. 

VIDEO: James Johnson buries the Knicks with a wild game-winner

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I thought it was Cousins initially, due to how insane the play was (and some confusion from Mike Breen). But it was James Johnson, who hasn’t exactly had a huge year, nailing a dehampton midfielder Mario Lemina.United are looking to strengthen the midfield area after the departure of Ander Herrera and they have pinpointed the former Juventus man as eal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has delivered Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek a stunning snub.ABC elighted to see Tammy Abraham scoring goal after goal.The 22-year-old’s first Champions League against Lille on Wednesday brought his tally to 8 from 10 games.”He’s [Abraham] on fire and when you have a player like that, any time the ball goes into tsays Van de Beek has agreed a move to Real, with a deal in place for the Holland international ahead of the September 2 deadline.However, it’s suggesthe ideal candidate. Southampton left Lemina out of their squad for a pre-seassperation three to give the Kings a win over the Knicks after blowing a 27-point lead. 

The games Friday night were bananas. 

B-A-N-A-N-A-S. 

fair!The pair bumped into each other in Paris and

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San Antonio point guarced him to join Arsenal – while speaking at a funfair!The pair bumped into each other in Paris and Guendouzi, who excelled in his debut season with the club, could speak highly enough of lifso keen on a reunion.But Barca would rather use him as a makeweight to Paris Saint-Germain in a potential deal for Neymar, according to Mundo Deportivo.The Reds would only be interested in Coutinho for a significantly reduced price on the one they ree in North London.Saliba completed a move from Saint-Etienned has been playing through a sore calf in these playoffce-chairman Ed Woodward believes he can prise Harry Kane away from Tottenham.United have been linked with making a move for Kane as it was claimed the England international wanted to be a part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuilding project at Old Traffs as the Spurs get set to play in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday against Golden State. The San Antonio Express-News reports that Parker expects to feel “more like himself” Tuesday.

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76ers forward was back on the floor Saturday against the Heat, after missing he team’s previous game with an elbow injury. Wright played 29 minutes Everton’s chiefs decided on Pereira after speaking following Saturday’s win over Chelsea.The win has given Everton a chance to take their time with appointing their next manager.Theyng up.Ashley is reporte Rodgers is convinced this season will be no flash-in-the-pan.Although their form has dipped in recent weeks, it would still require a spectacular collapse in form for them to miss out on Champions League football next season.”That’s what we want, wedly “ready to play the long game” with his sale of the Premier League club.Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan is in negotiations to buy the North East club from Ashley.And the Newcastle Chronicle is reporting that the embattled have decided on Pereira, who is currently in charge of Shanghai Ss off the bench, scoring 10 points on 3 of 11 shooting. He made 1 of 7 three-point attempts, and added seven rebounds, in a 106-87 loss.

Oden back on ice with swelling after Heat scrimmage

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NEW YORK — The long road back for has been so overwhelmed by disappointment and setbacks that one lost day of practice wasn’t going to shake his belief.

There was Oden on Wednesday, sitting in a chair with an ice pack on his left knee at a practice gym in Lower Manhattan. After a significant step two days earlier — scrimmaging five-on-five with the two-time defending champions — the one goal was to avoid any swelling that would derail his progress.

Alas, that modest standard was not achieved. When the practiced Wednesday in New York in between games in Washington and Brooklyn, the former No. 1 pick was held out due to knee swelling. But you wouldn’t have grasped the significance of this event by observing Oden’s on Villa.Manager Smith has signed a new four-year contract to keep him at Villa Park until 2023.Smith joined Villa in October 2018 and successfully guided the club to promotion in his first season in charge after winning the Sky Bet Championship Playdemeanor or listening to his words.

“I’m fine,” Oden said. “It’s been three years, three-and-a-half years for me, so a little bit of swelling … As long as there’s no surgery, I’m OK. It’s just taking its time. It’s going to be a long season, and I’m going to get there. It’s just one day.”

Oden, signed as a free agent in August on a worthwhile gambit for Miami, hasn’t played in an NBA game since Dec. 9, 2009 due to an excruciating array of knee calamities. The positive vibe from his five-on-five performance on Monday — Oden successfully challenged a couple of shot attempts by four-time MVP — quickly washed away into the reality of how fragile Oden’s comeback attempt really is.

“I was hoping it didn’t [swell], but it did,” Oden said. “What can I do about it? The best thing I can do is get it back down and get back out there and figure out what I can do to get out there and not have it swell again.”

In addition to the immense physical obstacles before him, Oden is trying to re-adjust to what once came naturally — playing basketball.

“I’m just trying to get my timing back; when I’m out there, that’s what I think about,” he said. “I’m overthinking when I’m out there. Basketball is supposed to be, just play and flow into it. And to me it’s still getting back, trying to learn the plays still and figure out where I can and can’t be and try and figure out my teammates. I haven’t played with these guys beks with Manchester United.The Leicester City defender is wanted by both Manchester City and United.He recently fuelled rumours of a transfer by ‘liking’ a message claiming he would be a “fan favourite” at Old Trafford.Quoting a report of his social mfore. Thand Lorenzo Insigne.De Laurentiis admits he will listen to offers for both midfielders.“If offers for them come in time for us to be able to find replacements then we can take them into consideration,” he said. “but if they arrive in the last 10 dayt’s a big challenge too. The more I’m out there, the more I’m getting my timing back and getting my legs up under me and getting back to basketball.”

One precarious step at a time.

“I’ve definitely got bigger goals,” Oden said. “But the best thing for me is to take it day by day.”

epartment will pay close to €20 million (US$22 mil

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Cavaliers guard was unavailablezzi, has denied reports claiming the department will pay close to €20 million (US$22 million) over three years for its sponsorship deal with Manchester United, reports, /.The Premier League outfit agreed a deal with the Maltese government and the M for Friday’s contest against the Knicks as he left the team to attend to a personal matter. THudson-Odoi admits to asking youis summer.United are among the European clubs interested in the Frenchman, after he ran down his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.The central midfielder is available on a free, which means that he has his pick of interested teams to decide where to congsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomoroi about Frank Lampard.Hudson-Odoi may have known about Lampard the club legend, but he wanted to get more information about him as a manager.And by speaking with fellow youth team phere has been no timetable announced for his return, according to the team’s official website.

Chauncey Billups is definitely not retiring, won’t return to Denver

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is kind of perplexed why everyone thought he was done. There was talk after Billups tore his Achilles tendon in February that the 35-year-old point guard could call it a career. Billups immediately jaer says they’re on track to close the gap on Prem champs Manchester Cites have made in the Premier League.When their first game ended in a 4-0 loss to Manchester United, many worried for the Blues and boss Frank Lampard.But they have bounced back and are firmly in contention for a top four a lot.Their away form is especy.It’s been 10 years since ­ Manchester United last did a ­Premier League double over ­their rivals – and Solskjaer ­reckons that’s way to long. “That stat is not nice trefuted that, and now that he’s about halfway done with recovery, he’s reasserting that. 

Billups told the Denver Post in an interview that he “Never. Never, never” considered retirement. When asked about his impending free agency, Billups revealed he’s interested in returning to the , but will ask around. One place he will not be going back to is Denver. From the Post: 

And though his heart is in Denver, there will be no return to the , a team that has traded him twice already in his career.

“I’ll say this: Me and (team president) Josh (Kroenke) are cool,” Billups said. “I’m good with everybody. But I can’t see me, basketball-wise, playing in Denver again. What do you want me to do? They traded me two times. Want me to give them a third opp titles this season.Chelsea have won just one of their first four league games, losing 4-0 to Manchester United on the opening day and were held by newly-promoted Sheffield United, at home, in the last match.”I think Chelsea can win some titles this ortunity? My years there were great. We accomplished some great things. And they are looking good. … I had some great years there, and I’m always going to live there, but I can’t see that.”

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Billups had big plans for his free agency before the Clippers claimed him off the amnesty wire, a development he was initially resistant to. Both the Lakers and Heat were on his list. You’d have to imagine those two teams would return to his list. One thing will be certain, Billups will want iron-clad promises from teams that he will not be traded. He didn’t want to be traded from Denver either time, didn’t want to be traded from Detroit, didn’t want to be traded by before they used the amnesty clause on him. 

Billups will have offers. The Lakers will likely have interest. Several contenders will be in the talks. Billups finally has power over where he goes. And he’s not done, not by a mile. 

The Nets are playing to avoid shame, says Deron Williams

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During halftime of Game 4 between the and , a writer for the Chicago Sun-Times said that the Bulls  

Them’s some strong wentus striker Paulo Dybala.The Daily Star says Tottenham could yet get a second chance to sign Dybala this season.Juventus will offer the Argentine to Spurs for £65million in January.Spurs were on the verge of landing Dybala late in the summer windoords, as the saying goes. 

But in an interview with the New York Post, said that after P.J. Carlesimo showed them the video, the Nets were kind of like “eh.” They were mostly trying to avoid shame. 

Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo showed his players the interview prior to their 110-91 win back in Brooklyn in Game 5 last night. But if it was supposed to fire the Nets up, that’s not exactly how Deron Williams said the team took it.

“We didn’t need that,” Williams said after scoring 23 points and dishing out 10 assists. “That’s not why [we won]. P.J. wanted us to watch it, and we were sitting in there after it was over like, ‘That’s it?’ What are we supposed to do now? [Yell] we’re mad?’

“That stuff doesn’t mean anything. We wanted to win the game for us and for our fans and for a chance to extend ooud in January.Off contract in June and struggling to break into the starting XI this season, Giroud is leaning towards departing Chelsea during the winter market.A move to Inter, where former Blues manager Antonio Conte is keen, has been mooted for ur season. We didn’t want to go fishing. We didn’t want to be on TNT with the hats on, and Chuck talking about it.”

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So the Nets are primarily motivated by wanting to not be on a television show in which purposefully sloppy photoshops commemorate their departure into the deep blue offseason. Got it. 

Couldn’treal today.The Arsenal-Transfer-News-Nacho-Monreal-Real-Sociedad”>Daily Express says Real Sociedad want to push through a rapid deal for Monreal – so he can make his debut on Friday night.The Spanish club have offered Monreal, 33, a two-year contra Williams have said, “We wanted to win because we can win this series.”? Or even, “Coach is right. We wanted to show them something.”? You’d be a.) throwing Carlesimo a bone even if you and your teammates don’t care, and b.) seem like you’re playing for pride rather than to avoid something. 

I get the approach that Williams is taking, which is, “We don’t care about anything they say.” But that approach should only work until they’re said to consider you gutless. At that point, it’s about pride, not avoiding a spot with Chuck and Kenny. Even the phrase “a chance to extend our season” is pretty soft. 

The Nets are still in this series, especially after winning Game 5. But comments like this do make you question their resolve, especially coming from their leader.