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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins considers contract deal without agent

MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Wiggins has a five-year, $148 million contract offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves sitting right in front of him just waiting to be signed. In his typical, laid-back fashion, Wiggins is greeting the life-changing money with a shrug of the shoulders and a “what’s the big deal?” Even though training camp is set to begin Saturday and the Timberwolves will depart for a preseason exhibition tour in China a week later, Wiggins is in no hurry to finalize the extension and get it off of his plate. “We’ve…

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Golden State Warriors plan to decide as team whether to visit White House

The Golden State Warriors plan to meet as a team this fall to discuss whether they’ll celebrate their NBA championship at the White House, team and league officials told ESPN. “We will meet as a team to discuss it and make a decision,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told ESPN. The Warriors, who beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to win the title, have not yet been invited to visit the White House, nor has the organization decided whether it would accept an invitation if it were offered, sources…

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Kyrie Irving’s crazy summer continues in Boston

BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving arrived 45 minutes late for a meeting with coach Brad Stevens earlier this week, but he had a decent excuse: His car broke down on the way to his first offseason workout with his new team. Irving, acquired by Boston last month in a league-rattling blockbuster that sent Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland, said his car stalled out en route to Boston’s suburban practice facility, leaving Irving stranded in the rain near an area college while trying to figure out why his Jeep wasn’t…

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Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea waits for word on family in Puerto Rico, raises money

As he waits to hear from his parents and other relatives in Puerto Rico, Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has launched a fundraising campaign to prepare to help people in his homeland after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Barea and his wife, Viviana Ortiz, organized a relief fund on the same online platform used by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt to raise more than $37 million to aid people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Barea’s fund was three-quarters of the way to its original goal of $100,000 as…

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Kevin Durant shares his ‘rock bottom’ moment after signing with the Warriors

Kevin Durant opened up about hitting an emotional low point after signing with the Golden State Warriors last summer in an article for San Francisco Magazine. In the days following the announcement of his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant and his agent, Rich Kleiman, traveled to China for a tour sponsored by Nike Basketball. During the week-long trip, the negative responses about his decision to leave OKC weighed on him. “Because I truly had invested everything I had into the people I played for … and for…

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Washington Wizards Markieff Morris will undergo surgery for a sports hernia

7:39 PM ET ESPN.com Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris is expected to miss approximately one month following surgery for a sports hernia, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Washington Post earlier reported the injury, adding that surgery will take place Friday. Morris had participated in his normal offseason workout routine before experiencing pain late in the summer. The surgery’s delay, according to the Washington Post, is a result of an ongoing aggravated assault trial involving his twin brother Marcus Morris, as…

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Injured Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid not cleared for 5-on-5 drills

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has not been cleared for 5-on-5 drills and the team will take a cautious approach in his return from his injured left knee. Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries and he missed his first two NBA seasons. Embiid played only 31 games last season and had surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Team president Bryan Colangelo and coach Brett Brown said Wednesday the team will soon decide how to handle his playing time when training camp opens…

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Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris’ aggravated assault trial resumes with testimony of man attacked

PHOENIX — The man accusing NBA players Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris of aggravated assault was pressed Tuesday by defense lawyers about his financial motives in the case. An Arizona grand jury indicted the Morris brothers on felony aggravated assault charges. They are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24, 2015. Two of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to the same charges. The Morris brothers and the final defendant, Gerald Bowman, have pleaded not guilty. Hood told Phoenix…

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Magic Johnson subpoenaed as witness in Draymond Green civil lawsuit

Magic Johnson has been subpoenaed as a witness in a civil lawsuit accusing Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green of assault, according to court documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press. Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers‘ president of basketball operations, and Green both played basketball for Michigan State, and the plaintiff played football at MSU. Jermaine Edmondson and his girlfriend, Bianca Williams, filed suit July 25 in response to an altercation in July 2016 that culminated in Green allegedly striking Edmondson in the face at a restaurant in East Lansing,…

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Dante Cunningham returning to New Orleans Pelicans on one-year deal

After turning down his player option with the New Orleans Pelicans, forward Dante Cunningham has decided to return to the team as a free agent. The 30-year-old gets a one-year, $2.3 million contract, according to his agent Joel Bell. The deal was first reported by The Vertical. Cunningham declined a $3.1 million player option to seek a multiyear deal. The versatile forward was the Pelicans’ top 3-point shooter at a career-high 39.2 percent during the 2016-17 campaign after making only two 3s in his first six years in the league…

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