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11:26 PM ET Los Angeles is wasting little time pitching Kawhi Leonard on a potential move to the Clippers. Two digital billboards went up over Interstate 5 in Downey, about 10 miles southeast of Staples Center, encouraging the Southern California native to come home. Free agency around the corner? Must be billboard season in LA.
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12:21 AM ET The agent for Willie Cauley-Stein has encouraged the Sacramento Kings to allow his client to become a unrestricted free agent. “I’m hopeful they will not even give Willie his qualifying offer,” Roger Montgomery of Roc Nation Sports told the Sacramento Bee. The 7-foot Cauley-Stein has played all four of his NBA seasons
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1:47 AM ET Associated Press TOKYO — Japanese basketball officials, fans and media hailed the selection of Rui Hachimura in the 2019 NBA draft, saying the move will usher in a new era for the sport in Japan. Hachimura became the first player from Japan to be chosen in the first round of the NBA
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5:29 PM ET ESPN News Services Former Duke teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett are slated to make their NBA summer league debuts against each other. The NBA said Friday that Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will face off against Barrett and the New York Knicks on July 5, the first day of the
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5:21 PM ET Tacko Fall, a 7-foot-6 center from UCF, will sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Boston Celtics, a source told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Exhibit 10 contracts, introduced in the NBA’s most recent collective bargaining agreement, are one-year deals paying the minimum salary. They also can be used for two-way contracts. Fall was
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9:45 PM ET The cast of Space Jam 2, which will star LeBron James, will include his new teammate, Anthony Davis, as well as Portland star Damian Lillard, Warriors swingman Klay Thompson, and James’ Banana Boat pal, Chris Paul, according to multiple reports. WNBA great Diana Taurasi will also have a role, as will the
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12:18 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski The Memphis Grizzlies have traded guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver and Jae Crowder, the 23rd pick in Thursday’s draft and a future first-round pick, league sources told ESPN. The Jazz will send a protected 2020 first-round pick to the Grizzlies, league sources told
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11:24 PM ET The Los Angeles Lakers are scrambling to reshape the parameters of the Anthony Davis trade with New Orleans and create the ability for $32 million-plus in salary-cap space when the free agent moratorium ends on July 6, league sources told ESPN. The Lakers were engaging additional teams on Tuesday to take on
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8:31 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Boston Celtics All-Star center Al Horford will decline to exercise his $30.1 million option for the 2019-20 season and plans to leave the franchise as an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources told ESPN. Talks on a new deal with the Celtics have perished, with too great of a
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2:33 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes is declining his $25.1 million player option and becoming an unrestricted free agent, his agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, tells ESPN. Barnes, 27, one of the top small forwards in the marketplace, will pursue a long-term deal. Barnes and the Kings remain open to
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