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1:26 PM ET In a surprising move, Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox has withdrawn from Team USA, managing director Jerry Colangelo told ESPN on Saturday. The decision comes just hours before the group was scheduled to fly to Australia for exhibition games leading up to the FIBA World Cup in China. Fox played a
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9:54 PM ET Newly released evidence in the federal government’s criminal case against attorney Michael Avenatti suggested that employees at Nike were paying high-profile college basketball prospects’ handlers and families tens of thousands of dollars in under-the-table payments. In a July 30, 2016, email from Carlton DeBose, the director of Nike’s EYBL grassroots basketball division,
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6:35 PM ET The San Antonio Spurs will retire Tony Parker‘s No. 9 jersey, the team announced Friday. The Spurs will honor Parker in a ceremony Nov. 11 ahead of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Parker played 17 seasons and won four NBA titles with the Spurs, before conluding his career last season with
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5:17 PM ET ESPN News Services ANAHEIM, Calif. — Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker has withdrawn from consideration for USA Basketball’s World Cup roster, meaning 14 players remain in consideration for 12 spots. Tucker withdrew Friday, citing a minor left ankle issue. He has twisted the ankle twice in the last several days and decided
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1:56 PM ET Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has always championed his players and he’s gone to a new extreme in praising James Harden. “It’s just factual that James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan,” Morey said on the “Selfmade with Nadeshot” podcast. Morey acknowledged that people “hate” his take, but explained
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9:46 AM ET Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has officially agreed to sell his remaining stake in the Brooklyn Nets and full ownership of Barclays Center to Joe Tsai, the team announced Friday. Tsai, who had already paid $1 billion for a 49% share of the Nets in 2018, is paying an additional $1.35 billion for
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9:23 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Brett Yormark, who has served as CEO of the Brooklyn Nets for more than a decade, will step down from his post, league sources confirmed to ESPN. Yormark has been in the role since 2005, when he came to the Nets from NASCAR, and helped usher the franchise to Brooklyn
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1:35 PM ET Free agent forward Patrick Patterson has agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the LA Clippers, league sources told ESPN. Patterson and the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to a buyout on the final season of his contract recently, allowing him to become a free agent. The Clippers, with one available roster
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