Wednesday 18th October 2017,
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Dan Favale

Orlando Magic ‘Unlikely’ to Sign Aaron Gordon or Elfrid Payton to Extensions

Orlando Magic ‘Unlikely’ to Sign Aaron Gordon or Elfrid Payton to Extensions

The deadline for NBA teams to broker extensions with players nearing the end of their rookie-scale contracts is bearing down upon us. But while some like Norman Powell, Josh Richardson, Joel Embiid, Gary Harris and Andrew Wiggins have reached agreements, others won’t be so luck. This includes Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton. From the Orlando Sentinel‘s [...]

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The New York Knicks Have a Skyscraper…Literally: Is Kristaps Porzingis Maybe 7’5″ Now?

The New York Knicks Have a Skyscraper…Literally: Is Kristaps Porzingis Maybe 7’5″ Now?

So, um, Kristaps Porzingis might be 7’5″ now, according to his own words. Per the New York Post‘s Marc Berman: Doctors told him he may have to “put more pressure on another part of the body.’’ Porzingis said he has learned to work a lot on correct “posture.’’ “I’m 7-3, maybe 7-5, I don’t know,’’ said [...]

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Kyrie Irving Isn’t Nervous About Facing Cavaliers, in Cleveland, as Member of Celtics on Opening Night

Kyrie Irving Isn’t Nervous About Facing Cavaliers, in Cleveland, as Member of Celtics on Opening Night

Kyrie Irving spent six years with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He went to three NBA Finals with them. He won a championship with them. He orchestrated an awkward departure from them and best-ever candidate LeBron James. It would be understandable if he was nervous about facing them, in Cleveland, on opening night as a member of [...]

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Sorry Warriors: Paul Pierce Thinks Oklahoma City Thunder Will Win 2018 NBA Title

Sorry Warriors: Paul Pierce Thinks Oklahoma City Thunder Will Win 2018 NBA Title

Paul Pierce apparently isn’t afraid to go against the grain in his post-NBA gig with ESPN. Asked on an episode of The Jump to make a “crazy” prediction for the 2017-18 season, the recently retired future Hall of Famer declared his title pick. His choice: The Oklahoma City Thunder. Well then. Two layers are attached to [...]

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Michael Jordan Is Not a Fan of the NBA’s Superteam Era

Michael Jordan Is Not a Fan of the NBA’s Superteam Era

Michael Jordan, he of the 72-win 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, is not a fan of NBA superteams. Speaking with cigar aficionado, the Charlotte Hornets owner expressed a distaste for the growing popularity of the superteam model, suggesting that, at some point, 28 of 30 squads will be left in the trash. Here’s SI.com’s Ben Golliver with [...]

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Milwaukee Bucks Aren’t Expected to Get Jabari Parker Back From ACL Injury Until February

Milwaukee Bucks Aren’t Expected to Get Jabari Parker Back From ACL Injury Until February

The Milwaukee Bucks aren’t going to get Jabari Parker back from his second ACL injury anytime soon. According to ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe, the sweet-shooting forward, who cleared 20 points per game last season before suffering his latest setback, isn’t expected to rejoin the team until sometime in February: Continuity helps, and their starting lineup with Malcolm [...]

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LeBron James is a Fan of NBA’s New All-Star Game Format

LeBron James is a Fan of NBA’s New All-Star Game Format

LeBron James is vibing the NBA’s captain-centric tweaks to its All-Star game. Under the new format, which was announced last week, the Eastern and Western Conference will still send 12 representatives apiece, with the five starters being chosen through a weighted fan (50 percent), player (25 percent) and media (25 percent) voting process. Coaches will [...]

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Joel Embiid’s $148 Million Extension with Sixers Described as ‘Perhaps The Most Complex’ in NBA History

Joel Embiid’s $148 Million Extension with Sixers Described as ‘Perhaps The Most Complex’ in NBA History

Joel Embiid just got PUH-AID…in apparently the most complicated manner imaginable. ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski first broke the news that the Philadelphia 76ers struck a five-year, $148 million extension with the skyscraper that could rise to as much as $178 million if he meets certain qualifications and incentives during it: Embiid, one of the NBA’s most [...]

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Celtics Haven’t Talked Extension with Marcus Smart, But He Wants to Stay in Boston Long Term

Celtics Haven’t Talked Extension with Marcus Smart, But He Wants to Stay in Boston Long Term

It doesn’t sound like Marcus Smart will sign an extension with the Boston Celtics before the regular-season deadline. It also doesn’t sound like he has any intention of leaving Beantown. From ESPN.com’s Chris Forsberg: While league sources indicate the Celtics are interested in an extension, Smart confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report Monday that suggested that neither he [...]

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Rajon Rondo’s Pelicans Initiation Is Complete: New Orleans Loses Point Guard for 4 to 6 Weeks After Hernia Surgery

Rajon Rondo’s Pelicans Initiation Is Complete: New Orleans Loses Point Guard for 4 to 6 Weeks After Hernia Surgery

Rajon Rondo will miss the first month-plus of the 2017-18 regular season following surgery to repair a sports hernia injury, which basically just means he’s completed his New Orleans Pelicans initiation. Here’s The Vertical’s Shams Charania with the details: New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo underwent surgery Tuesday for a sports hernia injury and will miss [...]

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