NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUES NEWS PARKER NEW HORNET, MELO TO SIGN WITH ROCKETS

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Tony Parker has signed with the Charlotte Hornets, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). Parker will sign a two-year, $10MM contract with the Hornets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). A tweet from Charlotte forward Nicolas Batum first hinted that Parker – Batum’s teammate on the French national team – would join the franchise. “We are thrilled to add a player of Tony’s caliber and experience to our roster,” GM Mitch Kupchak said in a statement.”

Dirk Nowitzki will accept a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks worth $5MM. The Mavs declined Nowitzki’s $5MM team option in June, but wound up giving him the same figure, which will use up the last of their cap space.

A report out of China on Saturday morning suggested that the Xinjiang Flying Tigers are prepared to offer the guard “a monster deal” to get the 36-year-old, 12-time All-Star to play in the Chinese Basketball Association this fall instead of a 16th season in the NBA, with the Miami Heat. From NBA Media Reports

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Marc Stein of The New York Times, reports Carmelo Anthony is expected to finalize a one-year, minimum-salary contract with Houston Rockets. Anthony is still technically a member of the Thunder, but a three-team trade that would send him to Atlanta has been agreed upon and should be made official at some point in the coming days. The Hawks would waive the 34-year-old after acquiring him, clearing the way for him to join the Rockets 48 hours later, once he clears waivers.

LA Clippers forward Tobias Harris reportedly turned down an $80 million contract extension offer from the team. The talks are said to be amicable, and Harris will hold out for a much larger payday next summer. SLAMonline.com

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the club has spoken with free agent swingman David Nwaba, who has reciprocated the Cavs’ interest. Other players of interest to the Cavs are Luke Babbitt and Trevor Booker as they continue to explore the free agent market as they consider how to fill out their roster.

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Restricted free-agent center Montrezl Harrell has agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract to return to the LA Clippers, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN. Harrell’s deal is fully guaranteed, sources said.

Harrell, 24, joined the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul trade with the Houston Rockets last season and made an imprint with his rebounding and defense. Harrell averaged 11 points and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes per game for the Clippers. From Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Check out the NBA Free Agent Tracker here for the latest information on who is still available or have signed.

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The Los Angeles Lakers made likely the biggest splash of the summer, luring LeBron James away from his hometown of Cleveland and into the bright lights of Staples Center.

Neither the Lakers brass nor ownership is celebrating this massive signing at all, at least not yet. Controlling-owner Jeanie Buss explained it simply.

“We haven’t done anything yet,” she said, according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.

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When the Los Angels Lakers signed JaVale McGee, fans were equal parts excited and confused. OK, maybe mostly confused.

This giant man who once was a staple on “Shaqtin A Fool” segments had just won consecutive NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors, and he chose to join LeBron James and a group of young players on the rise.

How McGee will fit with all those players — not to mention Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson, two other mercurial individuals — is one of the most interesting subplots of this upcoming Lakers season. But McGee hopes his time in LA will give him a chance to create his own basketball legacy, per Ethan Bauer of the L.A. Times. CONTINUE READING, by 

Since the inception of the NBA, the draft has been seen as a way for teams to immediately improve upon their rosters from one year to the next.

With the draft lottery in place, the more a team loses, the higher their odds of earning a high draft pick the following summer, which they can then use to acquire who they hope will be their next franchise cornerstone. Of course, it’s not just the high draft picks that pan out. Sometimes, players taken late on draft night end up having careers that exceed those of their counterparts selected far earlier.

Nevertheless, as you’re about to see, it’s usually the higher draft picks who end up putting up the monster numbers, even if there are a few late first-rounders and second-rounders with eye-popping totals in their own right.

Below, we break down the top scorers ever by draft position. CONTINUE READING by  

Most of the comparisons between Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson are borne of the fact they’re the only two players in league history to average a triple-double over an entire season, with the former accomplishing the feat in 2016-17 and 2017-18 and the latter pulling it off 55 years prior, in 1961-62.

But there are other reasons to compare the two unforgettable floor generals.

For starters, the two are (or were) ferocious rebounders despite their stature. They also regularly display (or displayed) feats of ball-handling wizardry, which more often than not leaves (or left) opposing defenders folded over in their wake. Both players love to pull-up on drives into high-rising mid-range jumpers, and neither was much of a defender. CONTINUE READING, by  

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When a new NBA 2K is set to drop, there’s always a lot of talk about the player ratings. Several marks for the latest version have been released over the past week, and here’s how guys from around the League have reacted…CONTINUE READING, by  

 

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