Clippers sign European star Milos Teodosic to 2-year deal

After star point guard Chris Paul left Los Angeles via trade to the Houston Rockets, the Clippers addressed their need for a floor general by signing Serbian guard Milos Teodosic, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is worth $12.3 million over two years and includes a player option on Year 2.

Pierce averaged 21.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists with Boston in 15 seasons. He was the Finals MVP for the Celtics in the 2008 Finals alongside Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen as they beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

His name will forever be a constant throughout the Celtics’ all-time leaderboards. The California native tops the franchise lists in three-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434), and steals (1,583), while also placing as the Celtics’ second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 career points.

Boston originally drafted with the No. 10 overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft out of Kansas. He made his first All-Star Game in 2002 when he was 24 years old.

For his career, Pierce played with four teams, including the Nets and Wizards later in his career. He averaged 19.7 points per game throughout his 19 seasons in the NBA.

Furthermore, if the player is willing to take a reasonable deal, he’ll just agree to it with the original team and bypass the games. If the original team values the player highly, they’ll likely make a generous offer to avoid the contract trickery that restricted free agency brings.

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Kyrie Irving requests trade from Cavaliers, stunning LeBron James and entire NBA

Kyrie Irving shocked the basketball world when he requested to be traded from the Cavaliers, according to multiple reports. Despite winning a championship and reaching three straight Finals, Irving is reportedly tired of ceding the spotlight to LeBron James and yearns to run his own team.

For those who are emoji illiterate (no shame in that!), here’s a translation: a palm tree represents the Miami Heat, who are trash. The shamrock emoji is the Celtics, of course, and they’re poop. And the Jazz, represented by a saxophone? The trophy emoji is often used to represent something that’s generally positive, but in this specific instance, perhaps Gobert is trying to say that if Hayward returns then Utah will win a championship.

Ah yes, the we have more rings flex. That’s what he’s saying: the Heat have three, the Celtics have 17, and the Jazz have … none. (That’s what the little emoji guy is saying, crossing his arms and shrugging.)

However you want to categorize him, Hayward is an offensive star and offensive stars solve problems. He should fit seamlessly into a system that was desperate for another shot-creator and shooter to pair with Isaiah Thomas. One or the other should be on the court at all times, meaning those interminable minutes when the Celtics couldn’t do anything but fire up contested threes will become a thing of the past.

Hayward does come with a cost. To clear the space to offer him a max contract, the Celtics had to waive Tyler Zeller and renounce their free agents, including Kelly Olynyk. They’ll also need to trade somebody from their roster. That somebody will be one or more of the following: Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, or Jae Crowder.

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How the NBA can keep self-destructive teams like the Nets from hurting the league

The Brooklyn Nets had a productive offseason, adding D’Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, and Jarrett Allen.

But let’s be honest: We’re grading on a curve here. The Nets also lost Brook Lopez, who is better now than anyone else mentioned. It’s not clear Brooklyn will win more than the 20 games the Nets won in 2016-17. The Nets are still in deep trouble.

Consider it from this angle: Brooklyn swung its deal for Russell because the second-worst team in the league was from a team nearly as awful as the Nets themselves! This bodes poorly for immediate improvement.

What’s worse is that tanking still does nothing for the Nets this season: Brooklyn owes Boston its 2018 first-round pick outright due to the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade. That same trade cost the Nets the No. 3 pick in 2016 and the No. 1 pick in 2017. That pick could send Luka Doncic or Michael Porter to the Celtics in 2018.

So yes, the Nets found a way to improve this summer. But without a lottery pick in 2018, Brooklyn is still two years away from being two years away.

There are a number of reasons teams end up not moving disgruntled stars just look at how the Kyrie Irving buzz has stalled and Aldridge might be one of the most complicated cases around. That’s both bad and good.

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Paul George to the Cavs trade was closer than we thought

The Cavaliers may have been closer to a Paul George trade than we thought. And thanks to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst, we now know exactly what offer was on the table.

The Cavaliers were just moments away from finalizing a three-team deal that would have sent George to Cleveland, Kevin Love to Denver and Gary Harris and other pieces to Indiana, according to ESPN.

Plans were put in place for a call to be arranged between George and Gilbert, an important step before the trade would become final, sources said. The front office began making other plans to complement George as free agency was about to begin.

But then Pritchard, who had been on the conference call when the deal was tentatively agreed to, sent the message that his team was backing out, sources said. There was no deal.

When Fox heard the news, he tweeted a picture of an emoji character with his hands over his face. He was probably disappointed that he and Ball wouldn’t get the chance to go head-to-head on Monday. Fox later deleted the tweet, though.

Ball’s UCLA Bruins and Fox’s Kentucky Wildcats played against each other twice last year. The Bruins won the first meeting, 97-92, in December. Ball racked up 14 points, seven assists, and six boards, but Fox scored 20 points and dished out nine assists. Ball and Fox met again during the NCAA tournament. Kentucky won, 86-75, eliminating UCLA from the tournament. Fox torched Ball, scoring a game-high 39 points to lead Kentucky to victory. Fox said he scored all those points in the Sweet 16 to shut LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s dad, up.

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Lawsuit claims Atlanta Hawks discriminated against entertainers because of race

One business day before Turner was brought in, Hayes was fired, according to the lawsuit. Hayes was allegedly let go for terminating one staffer and suspending another without consulting the Human Resources department. Hayes said there was no policy against that.

The same day, Hayes sent an email to Shaw, Wilkinson, and one other person to express that his firing was retaliatory. Shaw emailed him back a week later and told him he should have complained in writing, that decisions about security have nothing to do with race, and that there was nothing she could do for him.

The biggest thing is the league gets better, Brase said. I just think it’s good that we’re getting people toward the baseball minor league system where you’re bringing guys up the way you want to bring them up. I think that’s important, too, for players to have some stability. If you’re in a certain situation and learning that system, and you get a chance at the NBA level, you’re comfortable.

Brase brought up Gary Payton II, who played for the Vipers last year, as a player who could have been retained on a two-way deal had he signed with the Rockets organization this summer instead of the last one.

We (would have been able) to keep him in the system, Brase said. Gary is a great system fit for us, the way he played.

Things we could see this summer? Gordon Hayward could leave Utah or Kyle Lowry could walk away from his best friend DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors. We’ve already seen Chris Paul, who would have been the big fish on the market, engineer a trade to the Houston Rockets. Then we were blindsided when Paul George, who is not a free agent, was traded by the Pacers to join Westbrook in Oklahoma City.

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Serge Ibaka, Raptors agree to three-year, $65 million deal, per report

As the first move to bringing back a core that fell below expectations last season, the Toronto Raptors have re-signed power forward Serge Ibaka to a three-year deal worth $65 million, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The move is believed to be the first domino before the Raptors re-sign All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry to attempt for a deeper playoff run next season.

Swaggy P has had a knack in the past for his on-court antics, but that should have little influence on the Warriors’ chemistry that has won two championships in the past three seasons. The Warriors signed free agent center JaVale McGee last season and turned him into a towering defensive presence and integral bench spark plug for their championship run.

Young’s signing follows an expensive free agency for Warriors ownership. Golden State signed Shaun Livingston to a three-year, $27 million deal then inked Andre Iguodala for three years at $48 million. The Warriors then signed Stephen Curry to the first supermax deal worth $201 million, before re-signing Kevin Durant on a two-year, $53 million deal.

The Warriors were forced to let Ian Clark and Matt Barnes leave in free agency this summer, but they replaced the two reserves with Young and Omri Casspi. Now, Golden State has a full roster as it attempts to repeat as NBA champions next season.

At the beginning of November, Parker issued Hayes a final verbal warning about being respectful and watching his tone.

By December, The Dream, 2 Chainz and Jeezy, and the Old School Hip Hop Fest (majority black entertainers) came to the Philips Arena. They all requested to bypass security. All of their requests were denied. And heightened security measures were enforced during their events, according to the lawsuit.

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LeBron James thinks Stephen Curry’s deal should really be worth $400 million

NBA free agency started on July 1 and Stephen Curry was one of the first to take home a big payday. Actually, it was a supermax pay day, earning him $201 million over 5 years with the Golden State Warriors, and making him the highest paid player in NBA history. Curry will average around $40 million per season with the Warriors, an amount he has certainly earned.

Houston isn’t allowed to offer Nene a four-year deal because of the newly implemented Over 38 rule. The fourth year of the deal would extend past Nene’s 38th birthday, which isn’t allowed under the new CBA a nuance NBPA president Chris Paul fought for, only to opt-into his contract with the Clippers and accept a trade to the Rockets.

Instead, the Rockets can only offer Nene a three-year deal worth $10.9 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The $4 million drop in salary disappointed Nene, according to The Undefeated’s Marc Spears, and the veteran big man is back at square one in free agency.

The 36-year-old power forward earned his first NBA championship with the Warriors last season, playing spot minutes for a Golden State team touting four All-Stars including two-time MVP Stephen Curry and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant. The Warriors became the most dominant team in postseason history, sweeping through the Western Conference playoffs before handily defeating Cleveland in the Finals in five games.

Now, West makes his return for a chance to go back-to-back, putting the cap on an incredible basketball career that has checked off most boxes a 15-year player could ask for.

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