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Kevin Durant Has ‘Gone Dark’ Since Trade Request, per Report

Since Kevin Durant requested a trade from the nets last Thursday, he’s reportedly “gone dark” in regards to speaking with other basketball players and team personnel, according to Yahoo Sports‘ Chris Haynes. “Since he requested a trade, there’s been numerous stars that I’ve spoken to, numerous stars that have been trying to get in touch …

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Center Rudy Gobert says he’s ready ‘to win a championship’ with Minnesota Timberwolves

Rudy Gobert reads Twitter comments, so he’s aware that Minnesota fans didn’t like him very much during his first nine NBA seasons. And he also heard Timberwolves coach Chris Finch complain regularly about the way he sets screens. Those perspectives are probably going to change. “Now we’re on the same side, so I’m excited,” Gobert …

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Caleb Martin agrees to 3-year, $20 million deal to return to Miami Heat, source confirms

Caleb Martin has agreed to return to the Miami Heat on a three-year deal worth $20 million, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. A restricted free agent, Martin broke out last season for Miami, providing a solid rotation option on the wing to an injury-plagued Heat team. After playing his first two seasons alongside …

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Los Angeles Lakers, center Thomas Bryant agree to 1-year deal

Free-agent center Thomas Bryant has agreed to a one-year, veteran-minimum deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, a source told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin on Tuesday, confirming multiple reports. Bryant was originally drafted by the Lakers in the second round of the 2017 draft, but was waived after a rookie season that saw him play in only …

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Kendrick Perkins has some wild Kevin Durant trade suspicions

Kevin Durant’s recent trade request sent shockwaves around the NBA, but not everyone is buying its veracity. ESPN NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins, for one, believes that Durant’s demand is merely a ploy. “I’m looking at it and I’m saying, ‘Why would KD want out?’” Perkins said on “NBA Today” on Tuesday. “… And then all …

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Summer League observations: Sixers drop Summer League opener to Grizzlies

The Sixers had a competitive Summer League opener against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night, ultimately falling 103-99 in their first game out in Utah. Here’s what I saw. The Good • One game in, I’m ready to put Paul Reed on “Too Good For Summer League” watch. Frankly, I sort of assumed that coming …

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Utah Jazz introduce new coach Will Hardy, tout 34-year-old’s maturity, preparation

SALT LAKE CITY — Will Hardy knew some of the inner workings of the Utah Jazz before being named the league’s youngest current head coach. Sure, it was in 2009, and he was just an intern. Ahead of his final year at Williams College, he put in eight weeks in the business operations department, spending …

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