The Los Angeles Clippers have unveiled the first renderings of their proposed 18,500-seat arena and surrounding complex in Inglewood. The Clippers hope to move into the arena in 2024. The team says the project will be funded entirely by owner Steve Ballmer.
The Portland Trail Blazers have added six-time All-Star Pau Gasol to their roster. President of basketball operations Neil Olshey announced Gasol’s signing Thursday. The 39-year-old Gasol has averaged 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists over an 18-year career that has included stints with Memphis, the Lakers, Chicago, San Antonio and Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Bucks have added veteran guard Kyle Korver. The 38-year-old guard was waived July 7 by Phoenix – which acquired him in a trade with Memphis – making him a free agent. Korver had been traded to Memphis by Utah, where he played most of last season.
The words rebuilding and tanking don’t sit well with Thunder general manager Sam Presti. He prefers the terms repositioning and replenishing. Presti has quite a task in front of him after trading Oklahoma City’s two best players, All-Stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook He says he is looking forward to the challenges ahead. He believes Chris Paul will help accelerate the transition.
USA Basketball’s depth is already getting tested, weeks before the FIBA World Cup even starts. The Americans have released their updated national team roster, adding six players and deleting eight who removed themselves from consideration over the past several weeks. Boston’s Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, Denver’s Mason Plumlee, New York’s Julius Randle and Chicago’s Thaddeus Young are the newest names on the roster.
The Denver Nuggets and point guard Jamal Murray have signed a five-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season. The sides agreed to the $170 million maximum deal last month. Murray is coming off the best season of his three-year career and helped Denver reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are embracing the chance to chase history by teaming up with the Los Angeles Clippers. The native Southern California superstars talked about destiny and championships when they made their first public appearance since agreeing to join the Clippers nearly three weeks ago. Leonard says he was tempted by the opportunity to win the Clippers’ first championship, while George is eager to see what it’s like to play at home.
Tim Duncan is returning to the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach. The longtime Spurs great and five-time NBA champion retired after the 2015-16 season. The Spurs also promoted Will Hardy to an expanded role as a member of Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff.
Even as the Boston Celtics were introducing new point guard Kemba Walker at their practice facility, there was still a lot of attention on the old one. The Celtics and their fans still haven’t gotten over Kyrie Irving’s brief flameout in Boston, where he joined a conference finalist but never really clicked. Irving left for the Brooklyn Nets, and Walker will try to replace him. Walker also helped recruit fellow Celtics newcomer Enes Kanter.
Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram says he’s “pretty close” to resuming normal workouts as he continues to recover from surgery to address a blood clot in his right arm. Ingram says he has not resumed shooting. But he says he has worked on his shooting form while also conducting ball-handling and passing drills as well as lower-body workouts. Ingram was trade to New Orleans this offseason as part of a multi-player and multi-draft pick deal that sent six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to the Lakers.
Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. re-signed with the Phoenix Suns. Oubre was acquired in a trade with the Washington Wizards for veteran Trevor Ariza last December. He averaged 16.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 40 games with the Suns to go with his energy on defense.
The Philadelphia 76ers and All-Star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract. Simmons will make about $8.1 million this season, the last of his four-year rookie deal. Simmons was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2016. He made his NBA debut in the 2017-18 season and was Rookie of the Year.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are heading into a major transition. Russell Westbrook was the last remaining player from the team that moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008. Kevin Durant, James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Paul George and others are all gone. Now Westbrook is too after an 11-year career with the franchise. The Thunder rebuild includes multiple first-round draft picks, but it will take time.
Natasha Howard scored 14 points a day after abuse allegations were raised against her to help the Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty 78-69. The team said it is still looking into allegations on social media that Howard physically threatened and abused her wife. No charges have been filed.
Sylvia Fowles set a WNBA record with her 157th career double-double and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the second half to beat the Phoenix Mercury 75-62. Fowles finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth consecutive double-double and broke Lisa Leslie’s mark of 156 set from 1997-2009.
Brandon Clarke dunked with 10.7 left in overtime as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 88-86 on Sunday in the NBA Summer League semifinals.
The Rui Hachimura era is underway.
More than 1,000 media credentials were distributed for the 15th NBA Summer League, and the league’s communication department confirmed it was the largest contingent of international media ever.
Brandon Clarke tipped in a rebound with 18 seconds left to extend the Grizzlies’ lead to three, before Paris Lee and Bruno Caboclo hit three late free throws to ice the game.
Anthony Davis has finally joined the Los Angeles Lakers after several months of courtship between the superstar and the 16-time NBA champions. Davis believes the Lakers can become an immediate championship contender in his first season alongside LeBron James. The six-time All-Star knows the Lakers play under a larger microscope than the New Orleans Pelicans, but he can’t wait for the challenge of winning big in the Hollywood spotlight.