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  • Celtics legend Cousy to receive Medal of Freedom
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 22, 2019

    Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy was scheduled to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony on Thursday.

    • President Donald Trump was to present the nation's highest civilian honor to the six-time NBA champion and Hall of Fame point guard in the Oval Office.

      Cousy, who turned 91 earlier this month, was known as the "Houdini of the Hardwood" as he earned 13 All-Star selections during the 1950s and 1960s.

      Off the court, Cousy also was known for his support of black teammates who faced discrimination during the civil rights movement.

      In an interview last month with the Boston Globe, Cousy called receiving the Medal of Freedom "a finish to a life circle."

      Cousy led the NBA in assists per game for eight consecutive seasons from 1952-53 to 1959-60. Over 924 career games, he totaled 16,960 points and 6,955 assists.

      He is the second Celtics player to earn the Medal of Freedom. Longtime teammate Bill Russell received the honor from President Barack Obama in 2011.

      --Field Level Media

  • Clippers lure Lue to join Rivers' coaching staff
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    Tyronn Lue is joining Doc Rivers' coaching staff in a long-discussed move that ups the ante in the battle for Los Angeles.

    • Lue was reportedly close to finalizing a contract to become head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and replace Luke Walton before a breakdown over the length of the deal led Lue to walk away.

      Having guided the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals three consecutive years, Lue was a top choice of LeBron James to lead the Lakers.

      Instead, he'll lock arms with Rivers and the new-look Clippers, who added stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the offseason.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lakers taking time to replace Cousins
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    DeMarcus Cousins likely will miss the 2019-20 season with a torn ACL, leaving the Lakers with a big hole to fill alongside Anthony Davis and LeBron James.

    • But ESPN reported Los Angeles is kicking the tires on several veteran centers, including Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Marreese Speights.

      Howard, under contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, has permission to communicate with the Lakers.

      ESPN reported the Lakers will hold individual workouts and interviews with each player and also consider Marcin Gortat. Gortat, 35, last played for the Clippers and is planning to play internationally this season.

      Howard, who turns 34 in December and would be set for a second tour with the Lakers, is a candidate for a buyout with the Grizzlies, per Adrian Wojnarowski. He added that the "Lakers want a window into physical condition and mindset of a potential addition."

      Noah, 34, played for Memphis last season but has not sparked interest in free agency.

      Speights, 32, played 10 seasons in the NBA, most recently with the Orlando Magic in 2017-18. He played in China last season with the Guangzhou Long-Lions.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA notebook: Barea re-signs with Mavs
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 19, 2019

    Veteran point guard J.J. Barea re-signed with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday and while no terms were announced, the deal is for one year, according to ESPN.

    • The 6-foot, 185-pound Barea sustained a season-ending ruptured right Achilles tendon in a Jan. 11 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he expects to be cleared to for full participation during training camp. A return by September would be considerably sooner than most comebacks from such an injury, which generally take a full year.

      In his 13th year in the league, with all but three of those seasons in Dallas, Barea averaged 10.9 points and 5.6 assists as the Mavericks' sixth man in 2018-19.

      His averages during his career with Dallas and Minnesota include 9.0 points, 3.9 assists and 19.7 minutes in 802 games (101 starts). He was a member of the Mavericks in 2011, when they won their first NBA title.

      --The Atlanta Hawks announced that Travis Schlenk was promoted to president of basketball operations and general manager.

      Schlenk, who joined the Hawks in 2017 and has led their basketball operations for three seasons, previously spent 13 years with the Golden State Warriors, including six years as assistant GM. During his tenure, the Warriors reached three consecutive NBA Finals and won two championships. He previously spent time with the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and University of Georgia.

      Schlenk has overhauled the Hawks' roster, which features promising young talent in Trae Young and John Collins plus incoming first-round picks De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish.

      --Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said he plans to continue coaching despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

      Blatt currently leads Greek professional team Olympiakos, which released a statement on his behalf. The 60-year-old coach said he was diagnosed a few months ago when he began experiencing symptoms that impact the central nervous system.

      Blatt was hired by the Cavaliers in 2014 and led the team to the NBA Finals. He was fired after a 30-11 start the following season, which resulted in a championship under Blatt's replacement, Tyronn Lue.

      --Stephen Curry is known for his threes. At Howard University, he's all about "fores."

      The NBA superstar announced a seven-figure donation to establish the first Division I men's and women's golf teams in the 152-year history of the historically black college.

      The three-time NBA champion made the announcement at Langston Golf Course in Washington.

      --Field Level Media

  • Barea, rehabbing ruptured Achilles, re-signs with Mavs
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 19, 2019

    Veteran point guard J.J. Barea re-signed with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, the team announced.

    • Contract terms were not provided, but Barea told ESPN that it was a one-year deal.

      The 6-foot, 185-pound Barea sustained a season-ending ruptured right Achilles tendon in a Jan. 11 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he expects to be cleared to for full participation during training camp. A return by September would be considerably sooner than most comebacks from such an injury, which generally take a full year.

      In his 13th year in the league, with all but three of those seasons in Dallas, Barea averaged 10.9 points and 5.6 assists as the Mavericks' sixth man in 2018-19.

      His averages during his career with Dallas and Minnesota include 9.0 points, 3.9 assists and 19.7 minutes in 802 games (101 starts). He was a member of the Mavericks in 2011, when they won their first NBA title.

      A native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Barea, 35, was signed by the Mavericks as a rookie free agent in 2006 after getting bypassed in the NBA draft. He attended Northeastern, where he averaged 21.0 points, 8.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds during his senior season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hawks promote Schlenk to president of basketball operations
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 19, 2019

    The Atlanta Hawks announced Monday that Travis Schlenk was promoted to president of basketball operations and general manager.

    • "We are extremely pleased with the direction that Travis and our entire basketball operations team has us heading as a franchise," Hawks' principal owner Tony Ressler said in a statement. "He has used the draft to build an impressive young core, hired one of the NBA's top young coaches in Lloyd Pierce and positioned us to have the cap space, draft picks and financial flexibility needed to have long-term success in the NBA."

      Schlenk, who joined the Hawks in 2017 and has led their basketball operations for three seasons, has spent nearly 20 years in the NBA. Prior to joining Atlanta, he spent 13 years with the Golden State Warriors, including six years as assistant general manager. During his tenure, the Warriors reached three consecutive NBA Finals and won two championships. He previously spent time with the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and University of Georgia.

      Schlenk has overhauled the Hawks' roster, which features promising young talent in Trae Young and John Collins, and incoming first-round picks De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish.

      The Hawks finished the 2018-19 season with a 29-53 record.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Cavs coach Blatt diagnosed with MS
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 19, 2019

    Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said he plans to continue coaching despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

    • Blatt currently coaches Greek professional team Olympiakos, which released a statement on his behalf.

      "I am a coach and my job is to lead and teach and inspire a lot of people. Not being as agile or active doesn't affect my ability to do those things," Blatt said.

      The 60-year-old Blatt said he was diagnosed a few months ago when he began experiencing symptoms that impact the central nervous system.

      Blatt was hired by the Cavaliers in 2014 and led the team to the NBA Finals. He was fired after a 30-11 start the following season, which resulted in a championship under Blatt's replacement, Tyronn Lue.

      Blatt said he's counting on a great medical team and support as he attacks the illness.

      "How could I possibly complain? I absolutely cannot and will not. It's wasted effort and while I ask my players and staff to be the best version of themselves, I must ask and even demand from myself to do the same," Blatt said.

      --Field Level Media

  • Curry sponsors creation of Howard golf program
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 19, 2019

    Stephen Curry is known for his threes. At Howard University, he's all about "fores."

    • The NBA superstar will announce a seven-figure donation Monday to establish the first Division I men's and women's golf teams in the 152-year history of the historically black college, The Washington Post reported.

      "No matter where you come from or what socioeconomic background you had, we all were that kid once upon a time that was just excited about finding out who they were as a person through athletics," the Golden State Warriors guard told the newspaper.

      The three-time NBA champion will make the announcement at Langston Golf Course in Washington, D.C.

      Howard athletic director Kery Davis said Curry's donation "was sort of a jolt for us." The school has not offered the sport since a Division II golf team folded in the 1970s.

      "Golf has always been a game of privilege," Davis said. "An association with the sport can break down barriers."

      Davis told the Post that it will take about a year to hire coaches, recruit student-athletes and find a course to practice and play on.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Lakers, Howard considering reunion
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, August 18, 2019

    The Los Angeles Lakers might turn to one of their former players to fill the hole left by the potentially season-ending injury to center DeMarcus Cousins.

    • Center Dwight Howard, who spent one season with the Lakers in 2012-13, is expected to have his contract bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies and has a mutual interest in returning to L.A., according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

      ESPN reported later Sunday that the Grizzlies have granted Howard's representatives to speak with other teams. The report added the Lakers' interest in Howard is mostly "due diligence" for now.

      Howard averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds for the Lakers that season, but they finished 45-37 and were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

      Heading into his 16th season, Howard, 33, is coming off a shortened season in which he only played nine games for the Washington Wizards due to back surgery and injuries. But he missed just 20 games over the three previous seasons and holds career averages of 17.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.

      Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a workout in Las Vegas, meaning the four-time All-Star's entire 2019-20 season is in jeopardy, considering his recent injury history and the typical nine-month recovery window.

      Cousins, 29, signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in free agency after a season with the Golden State Warriors. He missed the first half of the 2018-19 season as he recovered from a torn Achilles.

      In nine NBA seasons, Cousins has averaged 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Joining the Lakers on a $3.5 million pact reunited Cousins with former New Orleans Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis.

      The Lakers reportedly also are interested in free-agent veteran Joakim Noah as they look to avoid playing Davis at center.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Wiggins loses sneakers, luggage in burglary
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 17, 2019

    A Los Angeles home belonging to Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins was robbed this month, but the burglar or burglars only made off with about $1,000 worth of shoes and luggage, according to TMZ.

    • The gossip site reports that Wiggins, in town for offseason workouts, only lost a pair of casual Nikes and some luggage. A rental Cadillac Escalade was also stolen, but it was recovered shortly after.

      Jewelry and other valuables were reportedly left behind, prompting authorities to dub it "amateur hour."

      Wiggins, the 2015 NBA Rookie of the Year, has four years remaining on a five-year, $147.7 million deal with the Timberwolves.

      The 24-year-old averaged 18.1 points and 4.8 rebounds last season, his fifth in the league.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kings G Fox withdraws from Team USA
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 17, 2019

    Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox is leaving Team USA to focus on the upcoming season, Yahoo Sports reported Saturday.

    • USA Basketball confirmed Fox's decision in a release issued Saturday, shortly before the team was set to board a plane for Australia.

      Fox is the third player to leave the roster this week. Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker pulled out with an ankle injury Friday and Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry withdrew Monday with a thumb injury.

      Fox had two points and one assist in about six minutes of playing time in Friday night's 90-81 victory against Spain in an exhibition game in Anaheim, a tune-up for the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Shanghai, China.

      Fox, 21, averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 81 games in his second NBA season in 2018-19.

      Fox's withdrawal leaves Team USA with 13 players competing for spots on the 12-man roster -- which doesn't have to be finalized until Aug. 29. The remaining participants:

      Guards -- Joe Harris, Brooklyn; Donovan Mitchell, Utah; Marcus Smart, Boston; Kemba Walker, Boston; Derrick White, San Antonio.

      Forwards -- Harrison Barnes, Sacramento; Jaylen Brown, Boston; Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers; Khris Middleton, Milwaukee; Jayson Tatum, Boston.

      Centers -- Brook Lopez, Milwaukee; Mason Plumlee, Denver; Myles Turner, Indiana.

      The U.S. squad, coached by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, is scheduled to play three games -- two against Australia, one against Canada -- and practice five times in Australia before heading to Shanghai.

      The 32-team World Cup is scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Team USA plays its first game on Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tucker leaves Team USA due to ankle injury
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 16, 2019

    Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker is the latest to leave Team USA, doing so Friday because of a minor left ankle sprain suffered in practice Thursday.

    • He will return to Houston and prepare for Rockets' training camp.

      Tucker is the second player to leave due to injury since Team USA held its first organized scrimmage last week in Las Vegas. Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry withdrew on Monday due to his surgically repaired left thumb.

      Team USA was set to test itself against Spain on Friday night in Anaheim, Calif., before heading to Australia for three more exhibition games in advance of the FIBA World Cup, which begins Aug. 31 in China.

      Tucker, 34, averaged 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds while playing in all 82 games for the Rockets for the second consecutive season.

      The two withdrawals leave Team USA with 14 players competing for spots on the 12-man roster -- which doesn't have to be finalized until Aug. 29. The remaining participants:

      Guards -- De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento; Joe Harris, Brooklyn; Donovan Mitchell, Utah; Marcus Smart, Boston; Kemba Walker, Boston; Derrick White, San Antonio.

      Forwards -- Harrison Barnes, Sacramento; Jaylen Brown, Boston; Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers; Khris Middleton, Milwaukee; Jayson Tatum, Boston.

      Centers -- Brook Lopez, Milwaukee; Mason Plumlee, Denver; Myles Turner, Indiana.

      The 32-team World Cup is scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Team USA plays its first game on Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic in Shanghai.

      --Field Level Media

  • Prokhorov agrees to sale of Nets, Barclays Center
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 16, 2019

    Mikhail Prokhorov agreed to sell his remaining stake in the Brooklyn Nets and full ownership of Barclays Center to Joe Tsai for an American sports record $2.35 billion.

    • "It has been an honor and a joy to open Barclays Center, bring the Nets to Brooklyn, and watch them grow strong roots in the community while cultivating global appeal," Prokhorov said in the statement. "The team is in a better place today than ever before and I know that Joe will build on that success, while continuing to deliver the guest experience at Barclays Center that our fans, employees, and colleagues in the industry enjoy."

      The Nets announced the sale Friday.

      Tsai, who paid $1 billion for a 49 percent share of the Nets in 2018, is paying an additional $1.35 billion for the remaining 51 percent share, according to multiple reports.

      Tsai is the co-founder of Alibaba e-commerce company. His purchase from the Russian billionaire and full control of the franchise is pending approval from the NBA's Board of Governors. The Nets said Friday the transaction is expected to be final in September.

      The Nets also confirmed CEO Brett Yormark would resign after the transition of ownership is finalized.

      "I've had the opportunity to witness up close the Brooklyn Nets rebuild that Mikhail started a few years ago," Tsai said in the statement. "He hired a front office and coaching staff focused on player development, he supported the organization with all his resources, and he refused to tank. I will be the beneficiary of Mikhail's vision, which put the Nets in a great position to compete, and for which I am incredibly grateful."

      Prokhorov purchased the team from Bruce Ratner in 2010 and completed a move to Brooklyn and Barclays Center in 2012.

      The purchase price exceeds the previous record sale price of $2.2 billion, the cost to David Tepper to buy the Carolina Panthers and Tilman Fertitta to buy the Houston Rockets.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Nets' CEO to step down amid ownership change
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 15, 2019

    With the Brooklyn Nets set to change owners, one of the team's highest-ranking executives will also step down, multiple outlets reported Friday.

    • Brett Yormark, chief executive officer of Nets parent company BSE Global, will announce Friday morning he is resigning, Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick reported. Yormark has been in that position since leaving NASCAR in 2005, and was instrumental in the team's moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012.

      He has spent the years since leading all aspects of both the team and the Barclays Center.

      But Chinese billionaire Joe Tsai, a top executive with retail giant Alibaba who currently owns 49 percent of the Nets, is reportedly set to purchase the remaining 51 percent of the club (and eventually Barclays Center) from majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

      According to Soshnick, a town-hall meeting has been scheduled at BSE for Friday, where Yormark is expected to make his announcement.

      Since Yormark's arrival, the Nets have gone from perhaps the NBA's least-attractive franchise to one of its most glamourous. Prokhorov bought 80 percent of the team and 45 percent of the arena for $223 million in 2010. When Tsai made his deal for the original 49 percent in 2017, the club was reportedly valued at $2.3 billion.

      On the court, the Nets added free agents Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant this offseason, meaning Tsai will take over the team as it enters perhaps the most anticipated era in team history. Durant is expected to miss most or all of next season after suffering an Achilles injury in the playoffs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Clippers sign free agent F Patterson
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 15, 2019

    The Los Angeles Clippers signed free agent forward Patrick Patterson, the team announced Thursday.

    • While no contract details were announced, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Patterson received a one-year, $2.3 million deal.

      Patterson, 30, averaged 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game in 63 games (five starts) last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

      The veteran journeyman has appeared in 622 games (81 starts) with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City, averaging 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds.

      The Rockets selected Patterson with the 14th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft out of Kentucky.

      --Field Level Media

  • Agent: Cousins has torn ACL
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 15, 2019

    Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a workout in Las Vegas, his agent told ESPN on Thursday.

    • The four-time All-Star's entire 2019-20 season is in jeopardy considering his recent injury history and the typical nine-month recovery window.

      Cousins, 29, signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in free agency after a season with the Golden State Warriors. He missed the first half of the 2018-19 season with a torn Achilles.

      Cousins was injured when he bumped knees with another player while working out on Monday, ESPN reported.

      In nine NBA seasons, Cousins has averaged 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Joining the Lakers on a $3.5 million pact reunited Cousins with former New Orleans Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis.

      Cousins also missed several weeks during the 2019 NBA playoffs with a quadriceps injury.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA notebook: Warriors' Green dismisses doubters
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Forward Draymond Green, who recently agreed to a $100 million contract extension to stay with the Golden State Warriors, took exception Wednesday to anyone who thinks the former world champions will struggle to compete in 2019-20.

    • "I've heard people say we're not gonna make the playoffs. That's crazy to me," Green told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on "The Jump." "I mean, that's just, like, that's total disrespect, but no different than the disrespect we've all been getting for years."

      Las Vegas odds for the Warriors to make the playoffs aren't as good as they were when Golden State won NBA titles in 2015, 2017 and 2018, but Green is thinking positively even when fans don't consider them favorites heading into the season.

      "I like it," said Green, who has been with the Warriors for those past three titles. "You know, being the underdog. It's been a while since we been the underdog. But it brings that underdog chip back, and I miss that chip."

      --Joseph Tsai plans to buy the remainder of the Brooklyn Nets from Mikhail Prokhorov and become sole owner of the NBA franchise, the New York Post reported.

      When Tsai purchased 49 percent of the team last year for $1 billion, he locked in the right to buy the remaining 51 percent before the 2021-22 season for $1.35 billion, according to the report. Tsai, 55, is the co-founder of the Chinese shopping website Alibaba. He also owns the WNBA's New York Liberty.

      The combined $2.35 billion transaction would be the highest price ever paid for a sports franchise in the United States. David Tepper paid $2.2 billion for the NFL's Carolina Panthers last year, the same amount Tilman Fertitta spent for the NBA's Houston Rockets in 2017.

      --Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is close to reaching an agreement to become the lead assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a New York Times report.

      Lue likely would possess the associate head coach label if the deal is consummated. He was an assistant under Clippers coach Doc Rivers twice previously -- in Boston (2011-13) and with the Clippers (2013-14).

      The 42-year-old Lue helped Cleveland reach the NBA Finals on three occasions, winning the crown in 2016. He was fired after Cleveland lost the first six games last season. He was 128-83 in three-plus seasons with the franchise.

      --The Miami Heat announced that center Kelly Olynyk will not rejoin Team Canada for the FIBA World Cup after sustainng a bone bruise in his right knee last week.

      Olynyk, 28, slipped on a wet spot on the court during an exhibition game against Nigeria on Aug. 7. The 7-footer is expected to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 regular season, according to the Heat.

      Olynyk is entering the third season of his four-year, $50 million deal with Miami.

      --The Washington Wizards named former NBA All-Star Antawn Jamison director of pro personnel.

      Jamison, 43, spent the past two seasons as a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers. He will work with vice president of pro personnel Johnny Rogers on the organization's NBA and G League scouting.

      Jamison played for the Wizards for six seasons (2004-10), posting averages of 20.8 points and 8.9 rebounds and earning two All-Star selections with Washington.

      --Field Level Media

  • Green: ‘Crazy’ talk coming from Warriors’ doubters
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Forward Draymond Green, who recently agreed to a $100 million contract extension to stay with the Golden State Warriors, took exception Wednesday to anyone who thinks the former world champions will struggle to compete in 2019-20.

    • "I've heard people say we're not gonna make the playoffs. That's crazy to me," Green told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on The Jump. "I mean, that's just, like, that's total disrespect, but no different than the disrespect we've all been getting for years."

      Vegas odds for the Warriors to make the playoffs aren't as good as they were when Golden State won NBA titles in 2015, 2017 and 2018, but Green is thinking positive even when fans don't consider them favorites heading into the season.

      "I like it," said Green, who has been with the Warriors for those past three titles. "You know, being the underdog. It's been a while since we been the underdog. But it brings that underdog chip back, and I miss that chip. I'm pretty sure Steph [Curry] missed that chip, and some of the stuff Klay [Thompson] been texting me this summer, I'm positive he misses the chip.

      "... So to the oddsmakers, thanks. You got me where I am today. I look forward to where they take me again."

      Green's deal, which begins after next season, is worth $100 million, according to agent Rich Paul. He'll receive $22.2 million in the first year of the deal, with increases each season and will take him up to $27.6 million in the final season.

      The deal ensures he'll be paired with stars Curry and Thompson for the next several years, though they'll be missing Kevin Durant, who went to the Brooklyn Nets via free agency.

      He also believes the contract backs up his play while proving doubters wrong since he became a second-round pick in 2012, and has spent his entire seven-year career with the Warriors during their run to five straight NBA Finals.

      "It just tells you that there was a method to that madness," Green told Nichols. "And while so many people tried to write it differently, as I said before, they were wrong. There's proof in the pudding now that you were wrong. And I enjoy that just a tad."

      For his career, Green has averaged 9.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game with 22 triple-doubles. He was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2016-17 and has been on the All-Defensive first or second team in each of the last five seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Lue likely to join Clippers' staff
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is close to reaching an agreement to become the lead assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a New York Times report.

    • Lue would likely possess the associate head coach label if the deal is consummated. He was an assistant under Clippers coach Doc Rivers twice previously -- in Boston (2011-13) and with the Clippers (2013-14).

      The 42-year-old Lue helped Cleveland reach the NBA Finals on three occasions, winning the crown in 2016.

      Lue was fired after Cleveland lost the first six games last season. He was 128-83 in three-plus seasons with the franchise.

      He was a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching gig earlier in the offseason before that club eventually hired Frank Vogel. Lue was in contention due to his Cleveland association with LeBron James, but negotiations reached an impasse.

      --Field Level Media

  • Olynyk (knee) won't compete for Canada at World Cup
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    The Miami Heat said Wednesday that center Kelly Olynyk will not rejoin Team Canada for the FIBA World Cup after suffering a bone bruise in his right knee last week.

    • Olynyk, 28, slipped on a wet spot on the court during an exhibition game against Nigeria on Aug. 7.

      The 7-footer is expected to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 regular season, according to the Heat.

      The 32-team World Cup is scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in Shanghai, China. Canada opens play against Australia on Sept. 1.

      Olynyk is entering the third season of his four-year, $50 million deal with Miami.

      He averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 79 games (36 starts) last season and set career highs in made 3-pointers (113), made free throws (152) and free-throw percentage (82.2).

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Tsai to buy remainder of Nets franchise
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Joseph Tsai plans to buy the remainder of the Brooklyn Nets from Mikhail Prokhorov and become sole owner of the NBA franchise, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

    • When Tsai purchased 49 percent of the team last year for $1 billion, he locked in the right to buy the remaining 51 percent before the 2021-22 season for $1.35 billion, according to the report.

      The combined $2.35 billion transaction would be the highest price ever paid for a sports franchise in the United States.

      David Tepper paid $2.2 billion for the NFL's Carolina Panthers last year, the same amount Tilman Fertitta spent for the NBA's Houston Rockets in 2017.

      Tsai, 55, is the co-founder of the Chinese shopping website Alibaba. He also owns the WNBA's New York Liberty.

      The Post said the deal will be announced this week. The Nets declined to comment on the story.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wizards name Jamison director of pro personnel
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    The Washington Wizards named former NBA All-Star Antawn Jamison director of pro personnel on Wednesday.

    • "We are absolutely thrilled to bring Antawn back to the Wizards organization," said general manager Tommy Sheppard in a release. "In addition to his strong feel for the game and basketball knowledge, he has always been a true professional and a dedicated worker. We look forward to him bringing those qualities to our front office."

      Jamison, 43, spent the past two seasons as a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers. He will work with vice president of pro personnel Johnny Rogers on the organization's NBA and G League scouting.

      Jamison played for the Wizards for six seasons (2004-10), posting averages of 20.8 points and 8.9 rebounds and earning two All-Star selections with Washington.

      The 17-year veteran averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 1,083 career games (864 starts) with Golden State, Dallas, Washington, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

      Jamison played collegiately at North Carolina where he won the Wooden and Naismith Awards as the most outstanding college basketball player as a junior during the 1997-98 season. He was originally selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 1998 NBA Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-NBA journeyman Telfair sentenced for gun possession
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 12, 2019

    Sebastian Telfair, a former NBA point guard whose playing career ended in China in 2014, received a 3 1/2-year prison sentence for illegal gun possession, Brooklyn, N.Y., district attorney Eric Gonzalez announced Monday.

    • Telfair, a former first-round draft pick who played 10 seasons in the NBA, was arrested in January 2017 and convicted in April 2019 of one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Firearms and marijuana were recovered by police from Telfair's vehicle during a traffic stop.

      "This defendant exercised his right to a jury trial and was found guilty of possessing an illegal firearm," Gonzalez said in a statement. "The mandatory prison sentence he received today is required by law and he has now been held accountable for the unlawful conduct."

      The New York Post reported that Telfair had an emotional outburst in court after the sentence was announced.

      "Please don't take me from society right now," he said, according to the Post. "I am 34. I can go play in China for six years and take care of my family. I'm waiting for my daughter right now to get her period. Real mental illness because I wasn't around. ... She hasn't even gotten her period yet."

      A yelling and crying Telfair then said, the Post reported, "Sebastian Telfair is going to jail for a ... victimless crime. Put a gun in his hand and fight for us n--a. ... I go to the gun store. I got an American Express."

      The Brooklyn native, who was drafted by Portland in 2004, played for the Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder. His career NBA scoring average was 7.4 points per game.

      As a point guard at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2004.

      --Field Level Media

  • Raptors' Lowry (thumb) withdraws from Team USA
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 12, 2019

    Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry withdrew from Team USA on Monday due to his surgically repaired left thumb.

    • Lowry underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon 3 1/2 weeks ago but was hopeful he could be part of the team USA Basketball sends to the FIBA World Cup in China. However, he met with his surgeon on Monday and realized he wouldn't be recovered in time.

      "I love playing for USAB but I have to sit this one out and support the team from home," Lowry wrote on his Instagram account.

      Lowry will now focus on getting healthy by the start of the NBA season. The Raptors begin defense of their NBA title with a home game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 22.

      Lowry, 33, averaged 14.2 points and 8.7 assists for the Raptors last season. The five-time All-Star averaged 15.0 points and 6.6 assists in 24 during the postseason.

      Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III took himself out of consideration earlier Monday.

      The two withdrawals leave Team USA with 15 players competing for 12 roster spots. The remaining participants:

      Guards -- De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento; Joe Harris, Brooklyn; Donovan Mitchell, Utah; Marcus Smart, Boston; Kemba Walker, Boston; Derrick White, San Antonio.

      Forwards -- Harrison Barnes, Sacramento; Jaylen Brown, Boston; Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers; Khris Middleton, Milwaukee; Jayson Tatum, Boston; P.J. Tucker, Houston.

      Centers -- Brook Lopez, Milwaukee; Mason Plumlee, Denver; Myles Turner, Indiana.

      The 32-team World Cup is scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in Shanghai. Team USA plays its first game on Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic.

      --Field Level Media

  • Enticing matchups highlight 2019-20 NBA schedule
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 12, 2019

    When the NBA released its regular season and TV schedules for the 2019-20 season on Monday, there were some immediate matchups worth noting that involve moving-on All-Stars like Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis.

    • Leonard, who helped the Toronto Raptors win an NBA title in June, is now with the Los Angeles Clippers, who will meet his former team in Toronto on Dec. 11. Davis, who moved from the New Orleans Pelicans to join LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers, goes back to the Big Easy to face No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson and Co. on Nov. 27, the same day the Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving goes back to Boston to meet his ex-Celtics teammates.

      Other notables include the Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook returning to face his former Thunder teammates in Oklahoma City on Jan. 9 after previously playing them in Houston on Oct. 28, and new Clippers forward Paul George also returning to Oklahoma City, on Dec. 22.

      Also, Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley plays in Memphis for the first time as a visitor on Nov. 15, and Boston guard Kemba Walker makes his return to Charlotte on Nov. 7.

      There are many other highlights with the NBA schedule, in its 74th regular season that tips off on Oct. 22 and ends on April 15. Opening night includes a doubleheader with the Pelicans at the Raptors on ring night, and what promises to be the beginning of a more heated rivalry when the Lakers and Clippers meet in the battle for Los Angeles.

      Twelve of TNT's 31 doubleheaders and 22 of ESPN's 36 doubleheaders will tip off at 7:30/10 p.m. ET or 7/9:30 p.m. ET, a half-hour or hour earlier than last year's 8/10:30 p.m. starts. National TV starts at 10:30 p.m. ET were reduced from 57 to 33.

      The Lakers will have the most national TV appearances (31), followed up the Golden State Warriors (30), who will get the chance to show off their new arena, the Clippers and Rockets (26), the Celtics (25) and the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers (24). Williamson and the Pelicans will be on national TV 20 times.

      The previously announced Christmas Day schedule includes five games -- beginning with the Celtics at Raptors at noon ET; other matchups (all times ET) are Bucks at 76ers (2:30 p.m.), Rockets at Warriors (5 p.m.), Clippers-Lakers (8 p.m.) and Pelicans at Denver Nuggets (10:30 p.m.).

      Games on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA TV will include flexible scheduling during the regular season "to provide the most compelling matchups to a national audience," the league said in a release.

      The All-Star Game is Feb. 16 in Chicago. There are no games from Feb. 14-19.

      --Field Level Media