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76ers welcome Paul George, welcome back Maxey with all parties in desperate chase for championship

76ers welcome Paul George, welcome back Maxey with all parties in desperate chase for championship

Dan Gelston, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 2:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Paul George ditched Los Angeles and decided to help form a new Big Three in Philadelphia with Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey. Maxey needed to stick around to complete the talented trio. The 76ers went all in on lavish, long-term contracts to make it happen. George was welcomed to Philly after he signed a four-year, $212 million free-agent contract after the nine-time All-Star spurned the Clippers. Maxey stayed with the 76ers on a five-year, $204 million extension.  Philadelphia has not won an NBA title since 1983 or even advanced out of the second round of the playoffs since 2001.
WNBA All-Star Game has record 3.44 million viewers, the league's 3rd most watched event ever

WNBA All-Star Game has record 3.44 million viewers, the league's 3rd most watched event ever

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 2:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

The WNBA All-Star Game drew a record number of viewers with 3.44 million people watching the contest in Phoenix on Saturday night. The game, which saw the WNBA All-Stars beat the U.S. Olympic team 117-109, easily topped the 1.44 million that viewed the 2003 contest. Saturday's game peaked with more than 4 million viewers. It was the third most viewed WNBA event ever and the largest audience for the league since its first two nationally televised games in 1997. Last year's game, which was also on prime time TV, drew 850,000 viewers.
Hornets waive veteran guard Reggie Jackson less than a month after trade with Denver

Hornets waive veteran guard Reggie Jackson less than a month after trade with Denver

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 9:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Charlotte Hornets have waived guard Reggie Jackson, less than a month after acquiring him and three future second-round draft picks in a deal with the Denver Nuggets. Denver traded Jackson with one year left on his $10.2 million contract because they were up against the salary cap. The 34-year-old Jackson played in all 82 games last season and averaged 10.2 points and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 36% from 3-point range for the Nuggets. Jackson has been in the NBA since the 2011 season when he started with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Wembanyama returns home for Olympics. The basketball star will be one of Paris' biggest attractions

Wembanyama returns home for Olympics. The basketball star will be one of Paris' biggest attractions

Kyle Hightower, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 4:39 a.m.  |  Save Story

Athletes have a hard time standing out in a Paris cultural sphere driven largely by food, fashion and the arts. Victor Wembanyama may be its first sports star to change that dynamic. The 7-foot-4 basketball phenom made his games appointment viewing as an NBA rookie this past season, boosting his already growing global brand. Now the 20-year-old is returning home for the Paris Olympics as by far the biggest name in his country's entire delegation.
Larsson's basket in OT lifts Heat to 120-118 win over Grizzlies and 1st Summer League title

Larsson's basket in OT lifts Heat to 120-118 win over Grizzlies and 1st Summer League title

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 8:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

Pelle Larsson broke a tie by scoring from the lane in overtime to give Miami a 120-118 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies and hand the Heat their first NBA Summer League championship. This was the highest-scoring game in championship history and just the second one to go into overtime. The Los Angeles Lakers' 110-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in 2017 had the previous record for total points in the Summer League final. Just the year before, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 84-82 for the only other final to reach OT.
Warner Bros. Discovery informs NBA it will match Amazon Prime Video's offer to air games

Warner Bros. Discovery informs NBA it will match Amazon Prime Video's offer to air games

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 5:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

Turner Sports intends to continue its longtime relationship with the NBA. Warner Bros. Discovery informed the league Monday that it will match the $1.8 billion per year offer by Amazon Prime Video. Turner has had an NBA package since 1984 and games have been on TNT since the network launched in 1988. The NBA's Board of Governors approved the league's 11-year media rights deals with Disney, NBC and Amazon Prime Video at its meeting in Las Vegas last Tuesday. WBD received all three contracts on Wednesday, which started the five-day clock on whether it wanted to match. An NBA spokesperson says the league is reviewing the matching offer.
Sam Hauser agrees to four-year, $45 million extension with Celtics, AP source says

Sam Hauser agrees to four-year, $45 million extension with Celtics, AP source says

Brian Mahoney, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 6:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

A person with knowledge of the details says the Boston Celtics have locked up another member of their championship core, agreeing to a four-year, $45 million extension with Sam Hauser. Hauser's 197 3-pointers were second on the Celtics behind only Jayson Tatum, and now he has joined his All-Star teammate and guard Derrick White in agreeing to extensions this summer. Hauser will earn $2 million next season before his extension begins in the 2025-26 season. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because it had not been announced.
Clark, Reese provide highlights for the WNBA All-Stars. Someday soon, it might be for the U.S.

Clark, Reese provide highlights for the WNBA All-Stars. Someday soon, it might be for the U.S.

David Brandt, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 5:33 a.m.  |  Save Story

Caitlin Clark delivered the pinpoint passes. Angel Reese supplied the hustle and rebounding. The two WNBA rookies made life difficult for the U.S. Olympic team on Saturday night. Someday soon, the duo might be the ones providing the highlights for the red, white and blue. Clark finished with a team-high 10 assists while Reese added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the WNBA All-Stars' 117-109 victory over the Americans during All-Star weekend. The U.S. used the game as a tune-up for the Paris Olympics, which begin next week. The Clark-Reese rivalry is arguably the biggest story in women's basketball over the past three years, boosting the sport's popularity as the two stars moved from college to the professional ranks.
US women's Olympic basketball knows it has work to do after loss to WNBA team

US women's Olympic basketball knows it has work to do after loss to WNBA team

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 4:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

There is no panic in the U.S. women's Olympic team. The Americans have been in this spot before. The U.S. lost to the WNBA All-Star team on Saturday night and are headed on a flight to London to continue their prep for the Paris Olympics. Breanna Stewart said it felt like deja vu and she wasn't wrong. The 2021 Olympic team also lost to the WNBA All-Star team in a tune-up to the Tokyo Games. They went on to cruise to a seventh consecutive gold medal in Tokyo that year. Just like in the 2021 exhibition game, the Americans had no answer for Arike Ogunbowale.
Arike Ogunbowale and Caitlin Clark lead WNBA All-Stars to 117-109 win over U.S. Olympic team

Arike Ogunbowale and Caitlin Clark lead WNBA All-Stars to 117-109 win over U.S. Olympic team

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 11:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

Arike Ogunbowale set the WNBA All-Star scoring record with 34 points and Caitlin Clark made the most of her All-Star debut as the WNBA team beat the U.S. Olympic team 117-109 on Saturday night. It was the second consecutive win for the WNBA All-Star team over the Olympians. The All-Stars also won in 2021 led by Ogunbowale, who was MVP of that game. The loss didn't slow down the Americans in 2021 as they went on to winning their seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal. The U.S. hopes for the same results in Paris later this month. No team in the world could match the depth or talent that the WNBA All-Stars had. Saturday's loss came hours after the U.S. men's Olympic team rallied to beat South Sudan by one point in an exhibition game in London.
Arike Ogunbowale heeds coach's advice, dominates second half to earn WNBA All-Star Game MVP

Arike Ogunbowale heeds coach's advice, dominates second half to earn WNBA All-Star Game MVP

John Marshall, Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 10:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Arike Ogunbowale sat in the locker room with the rest of her Team WNBA teammates, waiting for coach Cheryl Miller to break down the first half. Miller instead pointed a finger at Ogunbowale. Scoreless in the first half, Ogunbowale scored 21 of her record 34 points in the third quarter to earn MVP honors at the WNBA All-Star Game. Playing against the U.S. Olympic team, Ogunwobale spent the first half deferring to teammates, missing the two shots she took. After the halftime talking to, the 5-foot-8 guard turned into the biggest player on the court, scoring on step-back 3-pointers and runners in the lane.
Evan Mobley, Cavaliers agree on 5-year, $224 million rookie contract extension, AP source says

Evan Mobley, Cavaliers agree on 5-year, $224 million rookie contract extension, AP source says

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 9:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Cleveland Cavaliers and forward Evan Mobley have agreed to a five-year, $224 million contract extension. Mobley has blossomed into one of the NBA's brightest young stars since being drafted with the No. 3 overall pick in 2021. The 23-year-old's new deal could be worth up to $269 million if he reaches incentives, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms have not been finalized. Mobley's agreement is the latest positive development this summer for the Cavs, who after hiring Kenny Atkinson as coach signed All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell to a three-year, $150.3 million extension.
Bucks sign former Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr.

Bucks sign former Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr.

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 8:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

Gary Trent Jr. has left the Toronto Raptors to join the Milwaukee Bucks' backcourt. The Bucks announced the signing of the 6-foot-5 guard on Saturday. Trent averaged 13.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 71 games with the Raptors last season. He shot 42.6% from the floor and 39.3% from 3-point range. Trent averaged 19.1 points in 20 games after the All-Star break. Trent has career averages of 14.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists with the Portland Trail Blazers (2018-21) and Raptors (2021-24). This move reunites Trent with former Trail Blazers teammate Damian Lillard.
Lakers shut down Bronny James after back-to-back promising performances

Lakers shut down Bronny James after back-to-back promising performances

Mark Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 7:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Bronny James was a spectator on Saturday. The Los Angeles Lakers determined they have seen all they need out of the NBA's most talked-about rookie. He finished Summer League scoring 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting over his final two games. That included making 3 of 8 baskets from 3-point range after going 0 for 15 in his first four games. In Summer League stints in San Francisco and then Las Vegas, the son of NBA career scoring leader LeBron James opened shooting 7 for 31 overall.
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert excited about league's new media rights deal

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert excited about league's new media rights deal

John Marshall, Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 7:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

The WNBA has the framework in place for a $2.2 billion, 11-year media rights deal as part of the NBA's massive, recently approved deal. WNBA players union executive director Terri Jackson has expressed concerns about the league being undervalued in the NBA's $76 billion deal approved by its board of governors earlier this week, but Commissioner Cathy Engelbert believes all sides will be happy once it's completed. The players union may not be thrilled with the valuation of the WNBA's next media rights deal, but it is a huge leap from the previous package. The WNBA's current media deal is valued at about $60 million per year and is set to expire after the 2025 season. The NBA, which owns about 60% of the WNBA, has negotiated the new deals.
Jazz waive Westbrook as expected to clear his departure, likely for the Nuggets

Jazz waive Westbrook as expected to clear his departure, likely for the Nuggets

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 6:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Jazz have waived point guard Russell Westbrook. Saturday's move creates the opportunity for him to potentially join the Denver Nuggets. Utah acquired Westbrook from the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday in a sign-and-trade deal for point guard Kris Dunn. The Jazz made the move with the anticipation they would buy out Westbrook's contract so he could sign with the Nuggets. Utah got the right to swap second-round draft picks in 2030, the draft rights to center Balsa Koprivica and cash.
South Sudan nearly beat the US in an Olympic tuneup. Here's how it happened

South Sudan nearly beat the US in an Olympic tuneup. Here's how it happened

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 4:51 p.m.  |  Save Story

James came up big down the stretch on Saturday, hitting the game-winning layup in a 101-100 win over South Sudan. In that gold medal game against Spain in 2012, James hit basically a game-sealing 3-pointer with about 2 minutes left to cap a season where he won NBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP, an NBA title with the Miami Heat and Olympic gold.
Hoops legend Cheryl Miller filled with pride as Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese make mark on WNBA

Hoops legend Cheryl Miller filled with pride as Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese make mark on WNBA

David Brandt, Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 3:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

Cheryl Miller will coach the WNBA All-Stars against Team USA during All-Star weekend. The women's hoops trailblazer was one of the game's early stars in the 1980s. At USC, she was a two-time national champion and a four-time All-America selection. Now the 60-year-old is relishing her role as one of the game's ambassadors. She's enjoyed the basketball rivalry between Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark, saying it's good for the sport as it continues to grow. Reese and Clark will both be on Miller's team for Saturday's game.
Clark, Reese on same team at WNBA All-Star weekend and in spotlight in matchup against Olympic team

Clark, Reese on same team at WNBA All-Star weekend and in spotlight in matchup against Olympic team

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 8:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese will once again step into the spotlight during All-Star Weekend with their matchup against the U.S. Olympic team. They'll get to team-up for the first time in the WNBA All-Star game on Saturday night on ABC after being rivals in college. Reese's LSU squad topped Clark's Iowa team for the national championship in 2023. The Hawkeyes knocked out the Tigers this past year in the Elite Eight. While there has been so much hype on the pair entering the WNBA, the duo has shown they can compete with the best players in the league. Reese is currently second in the league in rebounding (11.9) and Clark is tops in assists (8.2),
Atlanta's Allisha Gray 1st player to win both 3-point and skills competition at WNBA All-Star event

Atlanta's Allisha Gray 1st player to win both 3-point and skills competition at WNBA All-Star event

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 7:25 a.m.  |  Save Story

tops amongst the five competitors. Gray had 23 points.
Allisha Gray edges Sophie Cunningham to win WNBA All-Star skills competition

Allisha Gray edges Sophie Cunningham to win WNBA All-Star skills competition

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 7:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

Allisha Gray won the WNBA All-Star skills competition, beating hometown favorite Sophie Cunningham in the finals. The Atlanta Dream star had the fastest time in the preliminary round and then was just a second slower in the final round. She edged out Cunningham on the obstacle course that combines passing, dribbling and shooting finishing it in 32.1 seconds. Both Gray and Cunningham struggled in the finals from the 3-point line, but the Dream guard was able to use her speed to top the Mercury star's time of 34.2.  Indiana's Kelsey Mitchell was a last-minute replacement for her Fever teammate Erica Wheeler.  Wheeler wasn't able to get to Phoenix because of the faulty software update that caused technological havoc worldwide on Friday and delayed flights.
WNBA players step up their clothes game, garnering attention for their pregame fashion choices

WNBA players step up their clothes game, garnering attention for their pregame fashion choices

John Marshall, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 3:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

is not new to the league but the popularity of Caitlin Clark and fellow rookies including Angel Reese and Cameron Brink have generated more interest in the WNBA on and off the court. The pregame walk is now a showcase for players, a chance show off their style and express themselves to millions on TV and social media. It's also a money maker for players who often have to play overseas to supplement their WNBA salaries. The clothes, jewelry and accessories players wear have led to sponsorships outside of the usual basketball gear and sneaker deals WNBA players have become accustomed to.
Image of Caitlin Clark displayed on hood of Josh Berry's car for Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis

Image of Caitlin Clark displayed on hood of Josh Berry's car for Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis

Michael Marot, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 2:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

on Josh Berry's No. 4 Ford. The rookie driver took his Stewart-Haas Racing entry the traditional 2.5-mile oval on Friday with an image of the WNBA's rookie star plastered across the hood of his car. Speedway officials had hoped to get the top overall pick in the WNBA draft to the facility for May's Indianapolis 500 festivities, but the Indiana Fever spent most of that time playing road games. This weekend, Clark is participating in All-Star activities in Phoenix. So Panini, one of Berry's sponsors, did something neither NASCAR nor IndyCar officials could.
Memphis acquires Diakite in trade with Brooklyn, which gets former lottery pick Ziaire Williams

Memphis acquires Diakite in trade with Brooklyn, which gets former lottery pick Ziaire Williams

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 2:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired forward Mamadi Diakite and the draft rights to Nemanja Dangubic from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for one-time lottery pick Ziaire Williams and a Dallas Mavericks' 2030 second-round draft pick. The teams announced the trade on Friday. Diakite has played in 55 games for five teams since finishing his college career at Virginia in 2020. He was a rookie for the Bucks in 2021 on their championship team. Williams played in 150 games for the Grizzlies the past three years, averaging 7.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists since he was drafted 10th overall out of Stanford in 2021.
WNBA star Arike Ogunbowale could make life tough for Team USA once again

WNBA star Arike Ogunbowale could make life tough for Team USA once again

David Brandt, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 2:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

The last time the U.S. Women's National Team snubbed Arike Ogunbowale, she made sure it paid on the court. Three years later, the circumstances are a little different, but the mission remains the same. The 27-year-old Ogunbowale will lead the WNBA All-Stars against the U.S. Women's National Team during All-Star weekend on Saturday. Ogunbowale scored 26 points and was named MVP in 2021, when the All-Star game had a similar format before the Tokyo games. Ogunbowale pulled her name from consideration for the U.S. squad months ago,  saying on a podcast there were "politics" surrounding the U.S. team's selection process.
Sports betting roundup: Bettors favoring Angel Reese over Caitlin Clark in WNBA rookie of year race

Sports betting roundup: Bettors favoring Angel Reese over Caitlin Clark in WNBA rookie of year race

Ryan Hannable Of Betmgm Sportsbook, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 10:12 a.m.  |  Save Story

The WNBA season has reached the All-Star break, which makes it a good time to look at the season as a whole and how the championship odds and individual player awards have changed since the start. The New York Liberty have the best record in the league at 21-4, thanks to a 12-1 record at home. The Connecticut Sun are next at 18-6, followed by the Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm at 17-8. Caitlin Clark's Indiana Fever are seventh at 11-15. The rookie of the year award is a two-person race between Clark and Angel Reese. Bettors are favoring Reese.
Bronny James continues promising play with 13 points in Lakers' 93-89 win over Cavaliers

Bronny James continues promising play with 13 points in Lakers' 93-89 win over Cavaliers

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 9:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lakers rookie Bronny James put together his second promising Summer League performance in a row Thursday night, scoring 13 points in Los Angeles' 93-89 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The son NBA career scoring leader LeBron James had eight first-half points on 3-of-5 shooting. He ended the game by making 5 of 10 shots, including 1 of 3 from 3-point range. James also had five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. James, taken 55th in this year's draft, had struggled throughout summer league until he scored 12 points Wednesday night in an 87-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Until then, James was 7 for 31 from the field this summer and 4 for 19 in two games at Las Vegas.
Clippers trade Russell Westbrook to Jazz. He's expected to join the Nuggets after a buyout

Clippers trade Russell Westbrook to Jazz. He's expected to join the Nuggets after a buyout

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 8:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Los Angeles Clippers have sent Russell Westbrook to the Utah Jazz in a sign-and-trade deal for point guard Kris Dunn. ESPN reports that the Jazz are expected to buy out the former NBA MVP's contract so Westbrook can sign with the Denver Nuggets. Utah also got the right to swap second-round draft picks in 2030, the draft rights to center Balsa Koprivica and cash. Westbrook is a nine-time All-Star and the 2017 MVP with Oklahoma City. He was traded for the fifth time in his career.
Cheryl Reeve is enjoying and fueling the good vibes with the Lynx as the Olympic break arrives

Cheryl Reeve is enjoying and fueling the good vibes with the Lynx as the Olympic break arrives

Dave Campbell, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 3:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

This season with the Minnesota Lynx has been as enjoyable as ever for Cheryl Reeve. That's high praise from a coach with four WNBA championships and the longest continuous tenure in league history. Reeve's loaded resume added more heft when she was picked to lead the U.S. national team through the current Olympiad. The Lynx are 17-8 at the All-Star break and tied for the third-best record in the WNBA. They led the league and defense, assists, 3-point shooting and maybe even team chemistry. Reeve's frankness, intelligence and intensity have shaped one of the most influential careers in the sport.
Phoenix Mercury unveil new practice facility as part of WNBA All-Star festivities

Phoenix Mercury unveil new practice facility as part of WNBA All-Star festivities

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 11:44 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Phoenix Mercury unveiled their new state-of-the-art practice facility as part of WNBA All-Star weekend. The 58,000-square-foot performance center was designed specifically for the WNBA team. The facility, which the Mercury said cost $100 million and is three blocks from the team's arena, will including strength and cardio areas, hydrotherapy, a sauna, offices, meeting rooms, lounge and dining room, among other amenities. It will also have a full kitchen with a dedicated chef. The U.S. Olympic team was the first team to train at the new facility. The Mercury became the third WNBA team in the past few years to debut a new practice facility as Phoenix joined Seattle and Las Vegas.
Griner, Jones among WNBA's picks for skills competitions. Clark, Ionescu decline 3-point contest

Griner, Jones among WNBA's picks for skills competitions. Clark, Ionescu decline 3-point contest

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 10:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

Phoenix's Brittney Griner and New York's Jonquel Jones are among the biggest names participating in the WNBA's special competitions on Friday during the league's All-Star weekend. The WNBA Skills Challenge will include Griner, teammate Sophie Cunningham, Atlanta's Allisha Gray, Connecticut's Marina Mabrey and Indiana's Erica Wheeler. The 3-point Contest includes Jones, Gray, Mabrey, Washington's Stefanie Dolson and Minnesota's Kayla McBride. The competitions won't include a handful of the league's most popular players, including Indiana's Caitlin Clark, Chicago's Angel Reese and New York's Sabrina Ionescu. The WNBA announced the Phoenix Mercury's first coach and general manager, Cheryl Miller, will coach the WNBA All-Stars on Saturday.
WNBA players' union leader is concerned league being undervalued in new media rights deal

WNBA players' union leader is concerned league being undervalued in new media rights deal

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 9:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

WNBA players' union head Terri Jackson is concerned the league is being undervalued with the $2.2 billion over 11 years it will receive as part of the NBA's recently approved media rights deals. The NBA's Board of Governors approved that league's next media rights deals with Disney, NBC and Amazon Prime Video at its meeting Tuesday, moving the league one giant step closer to finalizing the 11-year agreements that will be worth about $76 billion. A person familiar with the deal confirmed to The Associated Press that the WNBA would receive about $200 million a year. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Wednesday night because no official announcement has been made. The deal was first reported by The Athletic.
Caitlin Clark is looking forward to some time off after a record-setting night

Caitlin Clark is looking forward to some time off after a record-setting night

Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 4:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Caitlin Clark is savoring the thought of some time off even though the Indiana star wanted to go to the Olympics. Clark didn't look like she needed a break while setting a WNBA record with 19 assists in a game in the Fever's finale before the stoppage heading into the Paris Games. Clark's milestone came in a 101-93 loss to the Dallas Wings. It's not quite time for Clark to take a breather. She's playing for the WNBA All-Stars against the U.S. women's Olympic team in Phoenix this weekend. Indiana's season resumes Aug. 16 against Phoenix.
Magic co-founder Pat Williams, who helped bring team to Orlando, dies at 84

Magic co-founder Pat Williams, who helped bring team to Orlando, dies at 84

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated July 17 - 10:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

helping that franchise win a title in 1983. Williams was later involved in starting the process of bringing an NBA team to Orlando. The league's board of governors granted an expansion franchise in 1987, and the team began play in 1989.
Bronny James bounces back with 12 points, Lakers top Hawks 87-86 at Summer League

Bronny James bounces back with 12 points, Lakers top Hawks 87-86 at Summer League

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 9:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Bronny James got some shots to fall Wednesday night in perhaps his best performance yet out of his five games with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. The son of NBA career scoring leader LeBron James finished with 12 points in the Lakers' 87-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Summer League in Las Vegas. Bronny James made four of his first five shots, including his first 3-pointer of the summer on his 17th attempt. He finished 5 for 11 from the field, 2 for 5 from 3-point range.
Caitlin Clark breaks WNBA's game assists record with 19 in Fever's loss to Wings

Caitlin Clark breaks WNBA's game assists record with 19 in Fever's loss to Wings

Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press  |  Updated July 17 - 9:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

Indiana rookie Caitlin Clark broke the WNBA record for assists in a game  Wednesday night, finishing with 19 in the Fever's 101-93 loss to the Dallas Wings. The previous record was 18 by Courtney Vandersloot for Chicago on Aug. 31, 2020. Vandersloot also had 18 in a playoff game on Sept. 28, 2021. And the league's previous record for assists by a rookie was 16, set by Ticha Penicheiro for Sacramento on July 29, 1998. The record-breaker for Clark came on a play where she set Kelsey Mitchell up for a 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining. That tied it at 93, but Dallas closed with an 8-0 run. Clark entered the game as the WNBA's assists-per-game leader this season. She added 24 points on 10-for-19 shooting.
Caitlin Clark has 19 assists break WNBA record in Fever's 101-93 loss to Wings

Caitlin Clark has 19 assists break WNBA record in Fever's 101-93 loss to Wings

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 17 - 8:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

Caitlin Clark had 19 assists to break the WNBA game record in the Indiana Fever's 101-93 loss to the Dallas Wings on Wednesday night in the final WNBA contest before the month-long break for the Olympics. Clark broke the mark of 18 set by Courtney Vandersloot for Chicago against Indiana on Aug. 31, 2020. Vandersloot also had 18 in a playoff game Sept. 28, 2021. The record-breaker came on a play where she set Kelsey Mitchell up for a 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining. That tied it at 93, but Dallas closed with an 8-0 run. Odyssey Sims and Arike Ogunbowale each scored 24 points for Dallas (6-19). Aliyah Boston led Indiana (11-15) with a career-high 28 points. Clark had 24 points.
Connecticut acquires Marina Mabrey from Chicago for Rachel Banham, Moriah Jefferson and draft pick

Connecticut acquires Marina Mabrey from Chicago for Rachel Banham, Moriah Jefferson and draft pick

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 2:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Connecticut Sun acquired Marina Mabrey from the Chicago Sky for Rachel Banham, Moriah Jefferson and the team's 2025 first-round pick. Mabrey was averaging 14 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists for the Sky this season while starting 24 games. The Sun are in second place in the standings at the Olympic break. Sun coach Stephanie White has said that the team needed to be more consistent on the offensive end and Mabrey will provide that. She was originally drafted 19th by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2019. Chicago also has the right to swap first-round picks in the 2026 draft and Connecticut receives the Sky's second-round pick in 2025.
Natisha Hiedeman scores 16 of a season-high 18 in the fourth quarter and the Lynx beat the Dream

Natisha Hiedeman scores 16 of a season-high 18 in the fourth quarter and the Lynx beat the Dream

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 1:30 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kayla McBride had 30 points and four 3-pointers, Natisha Hiedeman scored 16 of a season-high 18 in the fourth quarter, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-79. Minnesota outscored the Dream 30-19 in the final 10 minutes for its highest scoring fourth quarter of the season. Hiedeman, who made three 3-pointers in the opening five minutes of the fourth, banked in a layup with 1:26 remaining to cap a 13-2 run for an 81-74 lead. She reached 15 fourth-quarter points on the basket, while Atlanta had just 14. After Atlanta got within 82-79 with 37.8 left, McBride dribbled down the clock before driving into the lane to make a contested layup with 19 seconds left. McBride added two free throws with 10 seconds left to seal it.
Jontay Porter, banned from NBA, is denied permission to resume career in Greece

Jontay Porter, banned from NBA, is denied permission to resume career in Greece

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated July 17 - 1:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

A federal judge has denied a request by former NBA player Jontay Porter to be allowed to resume his basketball career in Greece while he is awaiting sentencing for his role in a betting scandal that got him banned from the league. Porter, in a letter sent by attorney Jeff Jensen on Tuesday, had asked that some conditions of his bond be modified so that he can get his U.S. passport back, be allowed to travel in Europe and to reside in Patras, Greece. Jensen told the court that Porter would play for the Greek club Promitheas BC. But a court posting Wednesday shows the request was denied by Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall.
Chennedy Carter scores 34 and Angel Reese records another double-double as the Sky beat the Aces

Chennedy Carter scores 34 and Angel Reese records another double-double as the Sky beat the Aces

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 10:38 p.m.  |  Save Story

Chennedy Carter scored 34 points, Angel Reese had 13 points and 10 rebounds for her 16th double-double in the last 17 games, and the Chicago Sky beat the Las Vegas Aces 93-85. Chicago led 42-21 at the midway point of the second quarter and held the advantage until Megan Gustafson made a 3-pointer from the corner with 8:16 remaining in the fourth to give the Aces their first lead of the game at 72-71. A'ja Wilson had 28 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks for her sixth straight game this season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds for Las Vegas.
NBA moves a big step closer to finalizing new 11-year media rights deals

NBA moves a big step closer to finalizing new 11-year media rights deals

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 8:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

The NBA's Board of Governors approved the league's next media rights deals with Disney, NBC and Amazon Prime Video at its meeting Tuesday, moving the league one giant step closer to finalizing the 11-year agreements that will be worth about $76 billion. Now comes the next, and possibly final, step: seeing if Warner Bros. Discovery will match one of the deals in an effort to extend a relationship with the NBA that dates to the late 1980s. WBD has five days to match, that clock starting to run when it receives the contracts from the league.
Mavericks star Kyrie Irving breaks left hand in offseason workout, has surgery

Mavericks star Kyrie Irving breaks left hand in offseason workout, has surgery

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 16 - 8:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kyrie Irving has a broken left hand that required surgery after getting injured in an offseason workout. The Dallas Mavericks aren't providing a timeline for Irving's recovery. Irving and Luka Doncic led the Mavericks to the NBA Finals in their first full season together. Boston won the title series in five games. The 32-year-old Irving averaged 25.6 points in 58 games during the regular season while dealing with foot, heel and thumb injuries.
Sabrina Ionescu leads short-handed New York Liberty to 82-74 win over Connecticut Sun

Sabrina Ionescu leads short-handed New York Liberty to 82-74 win over Connecticut Sun

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated July 16 - 7:50 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sabrina Ionescu scored 30 points and the short-handed New York Liberty beat the Connecticut Sun 82-74 on Tuesday night. It was the last game before the month-long Olympic break for both teams. The game was tied heading into the fourth quarter before Ionescu hit a 3-pointer to start the final period and give New York back the lead it had held for the entire game. That sparked a 10-3 run which gave the Liberty a 73-66 lead midway through the period. Brionna Jones scored 17 points to lead Connecticut. Alyssa Thomas finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Sun.
Lindsey Harding will be the Los Angeles Lakers' first female assistant coach, AP source says

Lindsey Harding will be the Los Angeles Lakers' first female assistant coach, AP source says

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Updated July 16 - 5:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lindsey Harding is joining JJ Redick's coaching staff with the Los Angeles Lakers, a person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press. Harding was the G League's coach of the year last season with the Stockton Kings, becoming the first woman to win the award. The former No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick previously was an assistant coach, a player development coach and a scout for the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers. Harding and Redick have been close since both stars played at Duke over the same four-year span.
Liberty guard Betnijah Laney-Hamilton has surgery on right knee, should return after Olympic break

Liberty guard Betnijah Laney-Hamilton has surgery on right knee, should return after Olympic break

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 4:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

New York Liberty guard Betnijah Laney-Hamilton had successful surgery on her right knee on Tuesday and is expected to return soon after the Olympic break. Sandy Brondello said that Laney-Hamilton had two loose bodies in her knee _ something similar she said to what the Liberty coach had in her own shoulder.The guard is averaging 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists for New York, which has the best record in the league. She hasn't played since July 6, missing New York's final final four games before the Olympic break.
Loyd and Ogwumike combine to score 20 of Seattle's 25 fourth-quarter points in 89-83 win over Sparks

Loyd and Ogwumike combine to score 20 of Seattle's 25 fourth-quarter points in 89-83 win over Sparks

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 4:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jewell Loyd had 30 points and seven assists, Nneka Ogwumike added 23 points, 10 rebounds and six steals against her former team, and the Seattle Storm beat the Los Angeles Sparks 89-83. Seattle (17-8), which played a game on the road for the first time since June 19, closed the first half of the season by winning eight of 10 games. Loyd and Ogwumike combined to score 20 of Seattle's 25 fourth-quarter points. Ogwumike, who played her first game in Los Angeles since signing with the Storm as a free agent in February, made a driving layup with 2:20 left in the fourth to move past Lisa Leslie for 12th on the WNBA career scoring list. Loyd reached the 30-point mark for the fourth time this season.
Joe 'Jellybean' Bryant, the father of Kobe Bryant, dies at 69

Joe 'Jellybean' Bryant, the father of Kobe Bryant, dies at 69

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 16 - 1:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, the father of the late Basketball Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, has died, according to his alma mater, La Salle University. Bryant, who spent eight seasons in the NBA with three different franchises, was 69. Citing La Salle coach Fran Dunphy, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Joe Bryant recently had a massive stroke. He was the No. 14 pick by Golden State in the 1975 draft, and the Warriors wound up selling his rights to Philadelphia before the start of his rookie season. He played four years for the 76ers, three for the San Diego Clippers and one for the Houston Rockets, averaging 8.7 points in 606 games.
WNBA heads to Olympic break with big All-Star weekend, showdown between US team and league standouts

WNBA heads to Olympic break with big All-Star weekend, showdown between US team and league standouts

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 12:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

The WNBA heads into its monthlong Olympic break following this weekend's highly anticipated list of All-Star festivities. The Olympic team's matchup with a squad of league standouts featuring Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese will be one of the toughest contests the Americans will potentially play before or during the Paris Games. In 2021, the WNBA All-Star team beat Team USA behind the MVP performance of Arike Ogunbowale. It was the only loss that the Americans had en route to winning their seventh straight gold medal. Friday night's skills competition will feature a 3-point shooting contest. The field hasn't been announced, though Clark and Sabrina Ionescu could participate.
Brittney Griner and Kahleah Copper combine for 45 points in the Mercury's 96-87 win over the Mystics

Brittney Griner and Kahleah Copper combine for 45 points in the Mercury's 96-87 win over the Mystics

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 11:50 a.m.  |  Save Story

Brittney Griner had 23 points and seven rebounds, Kahleah Copper scored 10 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Washington Mystics 96-87. Copper scored six straight points in the fourth and Natasha Cloud capped the 8-0 run for an 82-72. Washington guard Ariel Atkins stole it from Diana Taurasi and raced the other way for a layup while being fouled. Atkins completed the three-point play with 2:43 left to get within 87-83 following an 8-0 run. But Phoenix made a shot on its next three possessions, capped by Sophie Cunningham's 3-pointer for a 94-85 lead. Phoenix sealed it when Taurasi blocked a Myisha Hines-Allen shot and Copper converted a fast-break layup at the other end for a 96-87 lead with 22.6 left.
Bronny James finishes with 2 points, Lakers lose to Celtics 88-74 at Summer League

Bronny James finishes with 2 points, Lakers lose to Celtics 88-74 at Summer League

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 15 - 10:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

two in Las Vegas and two at the California Classic in San Francisco. The son of NBA all-time scoring leader LeBron James is shooting 7 for 31 (23%) this summer and is averaging 4.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals.
Clippers say they wanted Kawhi Leonard on US basketball team for Paris Olympics

Clippers say they wanted Kawhi Leonard on US basketball team for Paris Olympics

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted July 15 - 4:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

from its roster last week after a four-day, four-practice training camp and replaced him with the Boston Celtics' Derrick White. USA Basketball said that it and the Clippers determined that Leonard not playing this summer was in his best interest.
Nuggets rookie DaRon Holmes II undergoes surgery to repair right Achilles tendon

Nuggets rookie DaRon Holmes II undergoes surgery to repair right Achilles tendon

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 15 - 2:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Denver Nuggets rookie DaRon Holmes II underwent surgery to repair his right Achilles tendon after suffering the injury in an NBA Summer League game. The Nuggets announced Monday that Holmes' surgery was performed by Dr. Kenneth Hunt at UCHealth Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver. There's no timetable for Holmes' return. The forward out of Dayton had 11 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes in the Nuggets' 88-78 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last Friday. Holmes was selected at No. 22 by Phoenix with his draft rights acquired by Denver.
Kelsey Mitchell drops 21, Aliyah Boston and Caitlin Clark score 17 each as Fever top Lynx 81-74

Kelsey Mitchell drops 21, Aliyah Boston and Caitlin Clark score 17 each as Fever top Lynx 81-74

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 15 - 8:36 a.m.  |  Save Story

Kelsey Mitchell scored 21 points, Aliyah Boston had a double-double and Caitlin Clark finished with 17 points with six assists to help the Indiana Fever beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-74 on Sunday. Boston scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds. Clark and Mitchell, who had a key block with 22 seconds left, combine to make 6-of-6 free throws in the final minutes to seal it. Alanna Smith had 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals for Minnesota (16-8). Bridget Carleton tied her career high with five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Napheesa Collier, who averages 20 points, missed her fourth consecutive game with a foot injury.
Ezi Magbegor scores 18, Jordan Horston adds 15 as Storm beats Dream 81-70

Ezi Magbegor scores 18, Jordan Horston adds 15 as Storm beats Dream 81-70

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 14 - 6:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ezi Magbegor scored 18 points and Jordan Horston added 16 to lead five Seattle players scoring in double figures and the Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 81-70. Jewell Loyd had 14 points and seven assists, Sami Whitcomb scored 13 and Nneka Ogwumike finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Storm (16-8). Atlanta cut its deficit to a point on two occasions early in the fourth quarter before the Storm used a 13-2 run, beginning with two free throws by Loyd with 5:33 to play, that gave Seattle its biggest lead of the game when Horston's layup capped the spurt and made it 81-67 with 1:42 remaining. Maya Caldwell scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Dream (7-16), which has lost seven straight games and 10 of 11.
Sports on TV for Monday, July 15

Sports on TV for Monday, July 15

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 14 - 3:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

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Wilson has 28 with 17 rebounds, Plum adds 22 points as Aces beat Mystics 89-77

Wilson has 28 with 17 rebounds, Plum adds 22 points as Aces beat Mystics 89-77

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 14 - 3:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

A'ja Wilson scored 28 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, Kelsey Plum scored 22 points and the Las Vegas Aces rallied from a 13-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Mystics 89-77 on Sunday for their fourth win in a row. Tiffany Hayes tied her season best with 17 points and added a season-high five assists for Las Vegas. Ariel Atkins hit six 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 36 points on 13-of-25 shooting for Washington.
Rachel Banham hits 8 3-pointers to lead the Connecticut Sun to 96-69 win over Phoenix Mercury

Rachel Banham hits 8 3-pointers to lead the Connecticut Sun to 96-69 win over Phoenix Mercury

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated July 14 - 2:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Rachel Banham scored a career-high 24 points, hitting eight 3-pointers to match the Connecticut record, and help the Sun beat the Phoenix Mercury 96-69. Banham, who was 8 for 11 from behind the arc, matched Shekinna Stricklen's mark. She was one short of the WNBA record. DeWanna Bonner added 17 points and Brionna Jones had 16 for the Sun. DiJonai Carrington had 12 points and 11 rebounds. The game saw the return of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Natasha Cloud. Taurasi (left leg) and Cloud (left knee) missed the team's previous game against Indiana on Friday. Griner injured her right hip in that game. Kahleah Copper led the Mercury with 17 points and Griner added 16 for the Mercury.
How reggaeton stars are driving a basketball boom in Puerto Rico

How reggaeton stars are driving a basketball boom in Puerto Rico

Coral Murphy Marcos, Associated Press  |  Posted July 13 - 11:48 p.m.  |  Save Story

Puerto Rico's professional basketball league is experiencing a renaissance thanks to reggaeton stars like Bad Bunny, Ozuna and Anuel AA. They're stepping into the financial game, buying local teams and helping to stack up a loyal fan base. A pivotal moment in the league's revival came in 2021 when three-time Grammy winner Bad Bunny became co-owner of Los Cangrejeros of Santurce, along with his manager Noah Assad. Other artists like Anuel AA and Ozuna quickly followed, buying their own teams and making frequent game day visits. Basketball games in Puerto Rico have transformed into a premier rendezvous, attracting celebrities and audiences of all ages hoping to see them.
Dearica Hamby scores 27, Rickea Jackson adds 23 as Sparks beat Wings 87-81

Dearica Hamby scores 27, Rickea Jackson adds 23 as Sparks beat Wings 87-81

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 13 - 4:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Dearica Hamby scored 27 points, rookie Rickea Jackson added a career-high 23 points and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Dallas Wings 87-81 in a battle between the WNBA's cellar dwellers. Azurá Stevens finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks while shooting 6 of 10 from the field, 4 of 4 from 3-point range, for the Sparks (6-17). Stevens hit a 3-pointer to make it 72-all with 5:49 to play and spark an 11-1 run that gave the Sparks an 80-73 lead with 3:49 left. Arike Ogunbowale hit two free throws to trim Dallas' deficit to 80-77 with 2:28 remaining but the Wings got no closer. Odyssey Sims led Dallas (5-19) with 23 points. Ogunbowale finished with 12 points on 2-of-15 shooting.