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  • Timberwolves have record week after trading Love

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have parlayed the Kevin Love trade into a record-setting week at the team's box office. Timberwolves officials say they have sold more than 300 new season-ticket packages since Love was officially traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers last weekend. That beats the previous record in 2011 that was set when Ricky Rubio announced that he was coming over from Spain to play for the team. Fans worn down by 10 straight seasons of missing the playoffs have been energized by the return for Love, headlined by No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. They also got Anthony Bennett from Cleveland and veteran forward Thaddeus Young in the deal. The Wolves also set a new five-day record with 500,00

  • Inmate charged in fraud against 3 ex-Heat players

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — A man already in prison on a real estate fraud conviction has been charged in Florida with a multi-million-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself. A grand jury indictment released Friday charges that Haider Zafar ripped off players Mike Miller, James Jones and Rashard Lewis in 2013 by promising to invest their money in various business opportunities. Instead, prosecutors say Zafar kept the money and used some of it to buy a $1 million, three-season Heat ticket package. The indictment says Miller, Jones and Lewis gave Zafar $7.5 million combined. Zafar faces five wire fraud charges that each carry maximum 20-year prison sentences.

  • Man charged in fraud against 3 ex-Heat players

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — A man already imprisoned on a real estate fraud conviction has been charged in Florida with a multi-million dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself. A grand jury indictment released Friday charges that Haider Zafar ripped off players Mike Miller, James Jones and Rashard Lewis in 2013 by promising to invest their money in various business opportunities. Instead, prosecutors say Zafar kept the money and used some of it to buy a $1 million, three-season Heat ticket package. The indictment says Miller, Jones and Lewis gave Zafar $7.5 million combined. Zafar faces five wire fraud charges that each carry maximum 20-year prison sentences.

  • Clippers waive Delfino and Raduljica

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers waived guard-forward Carlos Delfino and center Miroslav Raduljica three days after they were acquired. The team made the move on Friday after having traded forward Jared Dudley and a protected 2017 first-round draft pick to Milwaukee for Delfino and Raduljica.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with sports editor Mike Sherman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

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  • VIDEO: Mitch McGary discusses his marijuana suspension with Vice Sports

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in June, Thunder beat reporter Darnell Mayberry said in his profile of Mitch McGary that the newly drafted big man didn’t fit the prototype of the usual Sam Presti draft pick, in part because McGary was suspended by the NCAA for a year after testing positive for marijuana. Well Vice Sports today published a […]

  • Kevin Durant shows you what's inside his fridge

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    As a part of Sports Illustrated's Fridge Raider series, Thunder forward Kevin Durant opened up his refrigerator to show off what he keeps on chill. Most of what Durant consumes is fish and veggies for protein (as well as STRONG & KIND bars), and natural foods like oatmeal, fruit and a lot of water. But the Thunder star does have a sweet tooth, particularly for Twizzlers, honey buns and Oreos.

  • Guard Shannon Brown signs with Miami Heat

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Shannon Brown signed Wednesday with the Miami Heat, the ninth team the veteran guard has been part of in his career. Brown appeared in 29 games last season with New York and San Antonio. He has appeared in 403 games for seven different clubs, and was briefly with Washington last season though never appeared in a game. Brown played for the Los Angeles Lakers when they won NBA titles in 2009 and 2010. He has averaged 7.7 points on 42 percent shooting in his career. He made 33 percent of his attempts from 3-point range. Brown was drafted by Cleveland in 2006. He also played with Chicago, Charlotte and Phoenix. Miami now has 16 players under contract, with the start of training camp a month away.

  • Rockets sign forward Tarik Black

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have signed forward Tarik Black, who played on their summer league teams in Orlando and Las Vegas. The 6-foot-8 Black played two seasons at Memphis and one at Kansas, averaging 8.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in his career. In his lone season at Kansas, he was named preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and went on to average 15 points per game in the NCAA Tournament. Black averaged 10 points and six rebounds in five games in the Orlando Summer League. He played in eight games for the Las Vegas team.

  • Kevin Durant-Under Armour-Nike: The latest in the KD shoe saga

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Kevin Durant is a free agent and he has a decision to make. Not about where he's going to play (that's not until 2016). Under Armour and Nike are currently in a tug-of-war for Durant's services. Reports surfaced last week that Roc Nation, which represents Durant, informed Nike that it had an offer on the table from Under Armour worth between $265-285 million over 10 years. Nike has the right to match any offer, but Durant can still choose Nike even if its offer comes in lower than Under Armour's. Numerous reports cited Wednesday as the deadline day for Nike to make a decision. Well, Wednesday came and people started talking. Durant's gone off to Under Armour for 10 years, $325 million. Under Armour has signed Durant for 10 years, $285 million. Nothing has been confirmed. Nothing has been announced. ESPN's Darren Rovell says Nike still has time to match Under Armour. Stay tuned.

  • Report: Clippers to pay Doc Rivers $10M per year

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has agreed to a contract extension through the end of the 2018-19 season, with multiple reports saying he will be paid in excess of $10 million annually. Rivers has two years remaining on the three-year, $21 million deal he signed with the Clippers last year after coming from the Boston Celtics.

  • Kobe Bryant Thinks LeBron James Is Worth $75 Million, Defends His Monster Contract

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Last December, Kobe Bryant went down with a season-ending injury shortly after signing a $48-million contract extension that will make him the highest-paid NBA player until 2016, according to Business Insider. Some criticized Kobe for not taking a larger pay cut at a point in his career when his skills are diminishing. In an SI cover story by Chris Ballard, one anonymous GM said Kobe had "zero" trade value because of his salary.

  • Bucks acquire Jared Dudley from Clippers

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Small forward Jared Dudley is going to the Milwaukee Bucks. The seven-year veteran was dealt by the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday in exchange for forward Carlos Delfino, backup center Miroslav Raduljica and a 2015 second-round draft pick. The Bucks are also receiving a conditional 2017 first-round pick. Dudley averaged 6.9 points last year in his only season with the Clippers. The former Boston College star is averaging 8.7 points a game in his career. Delfino signed as a free agent last year with Milwaukee but never played a game because of a foot injury. The 7-foot-1 Raduljica averaged 3.8 points in 2013-14. Milwaukee also announced Tuesday that it had signed second-round draft pick Da

  • Ex-Chicago Bull Brewer pleads no contest to DUI

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say former Chicago Bulls forward Ronnie Brewer has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to driving drunk in Beverly Hills. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says the 29-year-old Brewer entered the plea to the misdemeanor charge through an attorney Tuesday. Prosecutors had alleged he was driving at about twice the legal blood-alcohol limit when he was pulled over near Rodeo Drive in February. A judge immediately sentenced Brewer to three years of summary probation and fined him $390. He was also ordered to attend alcohol abuse classes and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

  • Wiggins, new Wolves receive warm welcome in MN

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Andrew Wiggins spent the previous month seemingly in hiding, side-stepping questions about a trade that was all but finished and coming to the realization he was not going to be teammates with LeBron James. On Tuesday — finally — Wiggins and the rest of the new Minnesota Timberwolves got to address the issue head on and have their moment in the sun. The Timberwolves unveiled the bounty they got for All-Star Kevin Love at the Minnesota State Fair, and Wiggins wore an ear-to-ear smile for most of the day as hundreds of fans followed him around the fairgrounds. It was a warm welcome after the disappointment of being drafted No.

  • Oklahoma City trades C Thabeet to 76ers

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded center Hasheem Thabeet and cash to the Philadelphia 76ers for a protected second-round draft pick in 2015 and a trade exception. The deal was announced on Tuesday. The Thunder have a year to use the trade exception. Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 defensive specialist from Tanzania, played in 66 games in 2012 and averaged nearly a block per contest. His playing time was reduced last season when first-round pick Steven Adams emerged as the backup center. The Grizzlies made Thabeet the second overall pick in the 2009 draft. The former Connecticut star also has played for the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers.

  • Pelicans acquire veteran 6-foot-6 F John Salmons

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have signed veteran small forward John Salmons to a free agent contract. Salmons, whose acquisition was announced by the club Tuesday, has played 12 seasons in the NBA. He has averaged 9.4 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists during his career. The 34-year-old Salmons entered the NBA with Philadelphia after being selected 26th overall in the 2002 draft. He has twice played with Sacramento and also spent time with Chicago, Milwaukee and most recently Toronto. Salmons, 6-foot-6, has appeared in 874 games with 429 starts. The Pelicans have been looking to add depth at small forward since Al-Farouq Aminu left for Dallas in free agency this offseason.

  • Love struck: Kevin Love pledges commitment to Cavs

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love's phone rang in July and LeBron James asked the All-Star forward if he wanted to play with him in Cleveland. "I'm in," Love told James. For the long haul. Getting used to a new city and new team after being acquired by the Cavaliers on Saturday, Love said he's committed to winning an NBA title with the Cavaliers — however long it takes. Love, who didn't make the playoffs during six sometimes rocky seasons with Minnesota, can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer. But 25-year-old Love, regarded as the game's top "spacing" forward, said he intends to stay with James and the Cavs. "I'm committed to this team, committed long term to the end goal and

  • OKC Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia for a $1.25 million trade exception

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The lightly-productive but always entertaining Hasheem Thabeet era in Oklahoma City has come to an end. On Tuesday afternoon, the Thunder traded its third-string center to Philadelphia for a $1.3 million trade exception. OKC also received a second-round pick in the deal, but it is heavily protected -- a phantom pick -- and will likely never make its way into OKC's hands. With Steven Adams' emergence last season and the first round selection of Mitch McGary in this past June's draft, Thabeet became expendable. Behind incumbent starter Kendrick Perkins and Adams, Scott Brooks has become increasingly more comfortable going small, meaning Nick Collison, McGary and even Serge Ibaka can play center at times.

  • NBA unveils new rules to make baselines safer

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety. The new regulations, calling for an extra foot of open space on both sides of the basket stanchion, were sent to teams Tuesday by league president of operations Rod Thorn and executive vice president of team marketing and business operations Amy Brooks in a memo that was obtained by The Associated Press. Thorn says clearing the congestion behind the playing area was planned even before Indiana's Paul George broke his right leg when he crashed into the stanchion last month during a USA Basketball exhibition game. "The conversations about this topic preceded P