John Wall never requested a trade, says Washington Wizards GM

John Wall never requested a trade, says Washington Wizards GM

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Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said "there's no plans" to trade John Wall, and that the former All-Star point guard has not requested a deal. In a video call with reporters Monday, Sheppard was asked several times about Wall, who will attempt to make his way back from a ruptured left Achilles. "There's no issues with John and I. There's no issues with John and the Wizards. There's no issue with anybody."cheap nfl jerseys china nike Wall has not played since Dec. 26, 2018. The No. 1 overall pick in 2010 -- who has three years and more than $132 million left on his contract -- has played in only 73 games over his previous two seasons on the court (2017-18 season to December 2018). In Wall's absence, Beal…
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Steven Adams agrees to 2-year, $35M extension as part of trade to New Orleans Pelicans, sources say

Steven Adams agrees to 2-year, $35M extension as part of trade to New Orleans Pelicans, sources say

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As a part of the trade sending Steven Adams to New Orleans, the Pelicans and Adams agreed to a two-year contract extension, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe on Monday evening. The extension, which is fully guaranteed according to sources, is for two years and $35 million. Adams is in the final year of a four-year, $100 million deal he signed with Oklahoma City prior to the 2016-17 season. He is set to make $27.58 million in 2020-21.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap Because Adams did not waive his trade kicker in the deal that sent him to New Orleans from Oklahoma City, he was eligible to sign an extension with New Orleans right away rather than having to wait months to do so, per the NBA's collective bargaining…
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Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo joins ownership group to purchase New Zealand Breakers

Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo joins ownership group to purchase New Zealand Breakers

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While Victor Oladipo's future with the Indiana Pacers remains murky, he has found a franchise-altering deal elsewhere. Oladipo told The Associated Press that he and business manager Jay Henderson have joined an ownership group that includes former Florida basketball player Matt Walsh to purchase the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it will make the 28-year-old Oladipo one of world's youngest basketball team owners -- and the owner of the New Zealand team's home arena. "I was always interested in being part of team ownership, having input with a team and helping a team be successful on the business side of things," Oladipo said. "To work with a team from this perspective, I'm sure I'll have newfound respect…
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Sources: James Harden rejects Rockets extension; focus on trade to Nets

Sources: James Harden rejects Rockets extension; focus on trade to Nets

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After turning down the chance to become the first $50 million per year player in league history, Houston Rockets All-NBA guard James Harden has made it clear to ownership that he's singularly focused on a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN. As Harden's conversations with the Nets' stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving ramped up in recent weeks on the West Coast, sources said the Rockets made a pitch for him to sign the maximum allowable extension -- two years and $103 million on top of the remaining three years, $133 million on his current deal.cheap nfl nike jersey So far, Harden's determination to get to Brooklyn has resulted in no progress toward that end. Houston and Brooklyn have been in contact but so far haven't engaged in…
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Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy doesn’t see set position for Zion Williamson

Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy doesn’t see set position for Zion Williamson

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Two years removed from coaching in the NBA, Stan Van Gundy was looking for a "great opportunity" before returning. He believes he's found just that in the New Orleans Pelicans, a team equipped with what he called two of the more unique talents in the league in Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. Van Gundy said Ingram, the 2019-20 NBA Most Improved Player, can play the game like a point guard at times, and he didn't want to label Williamson as a power forward or a center just yet. "I think you have a vision what [Williamson] is, which is a multi-talented guy," Van Gundy told reporters Tuesday at his introductory news conference. "He is an unbelievable playmaker for a guy at his size. He's a guy who can take the…
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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul leads march to voting site

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul leads march to voting site

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Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul led nearly 2,500 people on a march to an early-voting site at a historically Black college in North Carolina where he also takes classes. Paul was part of the "March to the Polls Part 2'' event held Tuesday at Winston-Salem State University, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. Paul told reporters during the event that it was necessary to encourage students to vote "given the magnitude of the election and everything that is going on right now.'' Paul had previously said that he would be encouraging HBCU students to head to the polls.nike nfl jersey cheap Some students, including Je'den Clark, the school's student government association president, said Paul's attendance attracted large crowds. Campus police blocked traffic to allow for the march, which included hundreds of…
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Memo: NBA OK’s in-person evaluations of draft-eligible players

Memo: NBA OK’s in-person evaluations of draft-eligible players

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The NBA league office is eliminating many restrictions on in-person evaluations and interviews, according to a memo to teams obtained by ESPN. The NBA draft, originally scheduled for June 25, has been postponed several times to a tentative date of Nov. 18. From Oct. 16 to Nov. 16, teams may schedule 10 visits of up to 4½ hours with draft-eligible players for the purpose of in-person evaluations, interviews or medical evaluation, according to the memo. Each team will be allowed to send three team personnel and one physician to the city where the player resides. Players may be accompanied by up to three individuals, such as a family member, trainer or agent. Teams may meet only twice with any single player. No later than 48 hours prior to each visit,…
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LeBron James, Michelle Obama team up on voting initiative

LeBron James, Michelle Obama team up on voting initiative

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A voter initiative led by Michelle Obama is partnering with a similar group founded by NBA star LeBron James and other prominent Black athletes and entertainers to sponsor events in major U.S. cities starting next week to generate excitement about voting early for the Nov. 3 election. Obama's When We All Vote and James' More Than A Vote are teaming to provide information, transportation, food, music, personal protective equipment and other support at early voting sites around the country Oct. 18-31.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap "Millions of Americans have already cast their ballot, and with only 21 days until Election Day, making your plan to vote early is critical,'' Obama said Tuesday in a statement to The Associated Press. "It's now up to us to do everything in our power…
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Miami Heat remain confident ahead of Game 5 despite 3-1 series hole

Miami Heat remain confident ahead of Game 5 despite 3-1 series hole

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The Miami Heat are one game away from elimination in the NBA Finals, but they remain as confident as ever about their chances to get back into the series against the Los Angeles Lakers and climb out of a 3-1 series hole in Game 5 on Friday night. "We think it's a really competitive series," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Thursday. "We have a purpose of why we're here. We're competing for a title and it's the first team to four wins. There's a lot of different narratives out there -- we don't give a s--- what everybody else thinks. This is everything that we wanted this year, an opportunity to fight for, compete for a title. And that hasn't changed at all through these first games."cheap nike nfl jersey…
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NBA Finals: How the Heat can still shake the Lakers

NBA Finals: How the Heat can still shake the Lakers

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Almost every competitive playoff series reaches a point of strategic equilibrium. All the big adjustments have been made. All that is left is to rearrange the fringes: making tiny rotation tweaks; layering counter atop counter to sets the opponent has smothered in their basic forms; varying the location of those sets. It is a search for any edge that might last two possessions. Barring the return of Goran Dragic, it felt like the NBA Finals reached that equilibrium in Game 4. Both defenses optimized. Bam Adebayo started the game on Anthony Davis, leaving Jae Crowder jostling with Dwight Howard. Howard couldn't exploit that size mismatch and had trouble chasing Miami shooters pinging off Adebayo picks. Frank Vogel started Markieff Morris in Howard's place in the second half. Davis defended Jimmy…
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