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Report: 76ers' Butler expected to decline player option
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    It appears like Jimmy Butler could be preparing to test the free agency waters.

    The 76ers guard is expected to decline the player option in his deal with Philadelphia, according to a report from Yahoo Sports, which cites unidentified league sources. Butler has until June 29th to opt out of the $19.8 million he's set to receive in the final year of his five-year contract he signed in 2015 as a member of the Bulls.

    Butler, 29, would easily become a highly coveted piece should he enter the market as an unrestricted free agent. The four-time All-Star is an elite, two-way wing who averaged 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the 76ers in 2018-19 — after forcing his way out of Minnesota last November.

    He elevated his play in the postseason and averaged 19.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists en route to Philadelphia's Eastern Conference semifinals appearance. But the 76ers ultimately lost to the Raptors in seven games. Butler's leadership and composure in the clutch was essential to their playoff push, th夜网论坛ough.

    Philadelphia was expecting Butler to decline as he's made it clear he'd like to pursue as much money as he can.

    “Knock on wood, I will get a max contract no matter where I go,” Butler stated at his exit i[......]

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    Warriors offseason preview: How will Kevin Durant's injury affect Golden State's plans?
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    Warriors offseason: Big issues

    The free-agency bonanza of 2019 was always going to have a huge impact on the Warriors moving forward, but they could never have anticipated just how complicated it would become.

    This was supposed to be the summer of Kevin Durant, who could leave the Bay Area with two rings and two NBA Finals MVP awards in his trophy case. Then Durant went down in Game 5 of the NBA Finals with a ruptured Achilles, an injury that will have major ramifications for the entire league.

    The Warriors can offer Durant familiarity as he recovers and goes through a lengthy rehabilitation process. They possess a championship roster and organization, a supermax contract and a chance to play in the brand-new Chase Center in San Francisco. 

    But Golden State isn't even the betting favorite to sign Durant. New York is seen as KD's most likely destination, which doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Durant-to-the-Knicks rumors have been flying around all season. The Clippers and Nets are preparing to chase Durant as well, so the Warriors will have plenty of competition. The injury shouldn't stop suitors from throwing a lot of money his way.

    The primary choices for Durant: a five-year supermax with the Warriors,[......]

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    Celtics rumors: Al Horford expected to sign elsewhere
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    Al Horford appears like he’ll be wearing a new uniform next season.

    The 33-year-old forward is planning to leave the Celtics and sign a long-term contract with a different team, according to a report from the Boston Herald, which cites an unidentified source close to Horford.

    Horford declined his $30.1 million player option with Boston for 2019-20, according to multiple reports. He had reportedly been discussing inking a new three-year deal with the Celtics, however, “the gulf is too great for the sides to believe” they can come to an agreement now, according to ESPN.

    Horford was a vital member of the Celtics rotation last season. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds w[......]

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    Ex-Duke star RJ Barrett ready for Knicks pressure
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    RJ Barrett isn't worried about the scrutiny that accompanies becoming a Knicks player, pointing out that he already was a media sensation at Duke.

    Barrett, 19, was selected by the Knicks with the third overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, having seen former Duke teammate Zion Williamson go to the  Pelicans with the No. 1 selection.

    New York hasn't won a championship since 1973 and last made the playoffs in 2013, meaning there is significant pressure on the highly rated Barrett to deliver at Madison Square Garden.

    But the interest in Duke — with Barrett, Williamson and Cam Reddish on the same team — means the new Knicks star believes he is ready.

    "I call New York just a bigger version of Toronto," s夜网论坛aid Barrett, a native of Canada. "I'm kind of used to it already.

    "When it comes to everything on the court with the fan base and everything, I just feel like I went to Duke and we got a lot of attention.

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    Warriors take Jordan Poole with No. 28 pick
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    The Warriors have found their next prospect.

    Golden State took Michigan guard Jordan Poole with the 28th pick in the draft Thursday.

    Poole averaged 12.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore for the Wolverines in 2018-19.

    He was part of one of the best defensive teams in the country last season and shot well from the 3-point line as he finished shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc.

    The year before he went down in Michigan history for hitting one of the biggest shots in program history.

    With the Wolverines down 63-61 with seconds left against Houston in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Poole put up a wild shot from beyond the arc to give Michigan the win.

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    Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry trolls Anthony Davis' Looney Toons shirt
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    A new era has begun for the Pelicans with the conclusion of the 2019 NBA Draft and an agreed-upon trade sending one of the best players in the NBA, Anthony Davis, to the Lakers in exchange for a large collection of assets.

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    The trade capped a tumultuous 2018-19 season that featured the drama of Davis requesting a trade. Before the Pelicans' final home game, the six-time All-Star wore a shirt that read, "That's All Folks," a reference to Porky Pig’s famous line. Davis later said that he has "no control" over what he wears to games.

    On Saturday, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry had the final laugh. Speaking at a public event featuring No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, Gentry delivered a punny response to a question regarding the Davis trade and what the Pelicans received: "That's a haul, folks."

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    NBA free agency roundup: Complete list of Day 2 deals
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    The Knicks had a busy second day of free agency after they missed out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

    New York reportedly agreed to deals with three players — Wayne Ellington (two-years, 16 million), Reggie Bullock (two-years, $21 million) and Elfrid Payton (two-years, $16 million). The team reportedly signed three forwards, including Julius Randle, on Sunday, as well.

    The Knicks had been targeting Durant and Irving, but both inked contracts with the Nets shortly after free agency began.

    The Celtics, meanwhile, may have found a replacement for Al Horford, as they signed Enes Kanter to a two-year contract. Horford left Boston for a four-year deal with the 夜网论坛76ers.

    Here's a complete list of notable deals from the second day of free agency:

    (All trades reported by ESPN, The Athletic, and Yahoo Sports)

    — The 76ers continued to adjust their roster as they've brought in center Kyle O’Quinn.

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    Magic Johnson: Lakers 'almost unbeatable' with addition of Avery Bradley
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    Magic Johnson is a fan of the Lakers' newest addition.

    The former Lakers executive said getting Avery Bradley will make Los Angeles "almost unbeatable."

    Johnson also praised Bradley's defense and perimeter shooting, calling the 28-year-old guard an "outstanding pick."

    Bradley is heading to LA on a two-year, $9.7 million contract once he clears waivers, his agent, Bill Duffy, told ESPN.

    Bradley was waived by the Grizzlies on Saturday after he started the 2018-19 season with the Clippers. He was traded to Memphis in February for JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple.

    While with the Grizzlies, Bradley averaged 16.1 points and four assists per game. He shot 40.8% from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range on the season.

    He will join a number of newly acquired stars the Lakers landed including Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins among others.

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    Celtics' Tacko Fall is quickly becoming a Summer League sensation
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    Former UCF star Tacko Fall wasn't selected at the 2019 NBA Draft, but the 7-6 center is making the most of his summer with the Celtics. 

    The 23-year-old has been putting a show and is quickly becoming the fan favorite at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

    Fall signed an Exhibit 10 contract, which is a non-guaranteed deal for one year that would pay him the league minimum if he makes the team. 

    He hit all five of his shots from the field and both free throw attempts in his 11 minutes on the court during Boston’s 89-72 win over the Cavaliers on Monday. 

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    Which 'NBA 2K20' dynamic duos will receive highest player ratings?
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    Free agency signings and blockbuster trades inevitably shape the newest version of "NBA 2K," and for the last decade, the popular basketball game has been defined by the super team. From LeBron James' Heat to Stephen Curry's Warriors, these teams were possibly even more dominant in video games than on the actual court.

    That era has now come to an end, and it appears "NBA 2K20" will instead be the year of the dynamic duo. The moves made this offseason have created real uncertainty over what team should be considered the favorite going into the 2019-20 season. That's exciting for fans and results in some much-needed competitive balance for "2K20."

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    Here's how the teams are shaping up based on their current "NBA 2K19" ratings, which will be very similar to those that launch with "2K20" on Sept. 6. 

    1) Lakers — LeBron James and Anthony Davis (190)

    They came up short of their goal to create another super team with three of the best players in the league, but the Laker[......]

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