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New York Knicks’ instability reportedly turning off other players

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The New York Knicks missed out on marquee free agents this summer and an incident between owner James Dolan and former player Charles Oakley may have something to do with it.

NBA players “took notice” of the incident, which occurred in February 2017, according to The New York Times. Dolan reportedly had Oakley escorted out of Madison Square Garden and video showed the former NBA veteran getting physical with security during the incident.

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The instability in the Knicks organization also played an impact in free agents’ decisions to avoid the team, agents told The New York Times.

It wasn’t clear whether any free agent had an interest in joining the Knicks. New York had been linked to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the months leading up to the start of free agency, but New York didn’t land either player.

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New York reportedly didn’t offer Durant a max contract because of the injury he suffered during the NBA Finals. The Knicks also reportedly didn’t take a meeting with Kawhi Leonard – who eventually agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Since the Knicks lost in the 1999 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, the team has had 12 coaches and only gotten as far as the Eastern Conference semifinals once.

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George to join NBA’s LA Clippers: reports

The basketball world was buzzing Friday evening with news that the Los Angeles Clippers would be adding star players Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

The deals would bring the two stars to Los Angeles soon after the Brooklyn Nets added Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. They are also the answer to the rival Los Angeles Lakers adding Anthony Davis to a team that includes LeBron James.

Leonard, a free agent after recently leading the Toronto Raptors to the first NBA championship in franchise history, disclosed that he plans to sign a contract with the Clippers, according to ESPN.

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George, meanwhile, was said to be the key player being moved in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, which would reportedly receive numerous draft picks in exchange.

Joining the Clippers would mark a homecoming for both players: Leonard is a Los Angeles native who played college basketball at San Diego State, while George is a native of Palmdale who played college ball at Fresno State.

Other teams said to be hoping to sign Leonard included the Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks.

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is seen during a game against the San Antonio Spurs, Jan. 3, 2019, in San Antonio. (Associated Press)

The terms of Leonard’s reported deal with the Clippers were not immediately available. Details of the reported trade for George also weren’t immediately available.

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Paul George responds to a question during a news conference, Aug. 15, 2014, in Indianapolis. (Associated Press)

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Leonard, 28, is a 6-foot-7 small forward who began his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs in 2011 after being drafted by the Indiana Pacers.

This year, Leonard provided one of the top highlights of the Raptors’ championship run when he hit a game-winning fade-away jumper at the buzzer to seal Toronto’s Game 7 win over the 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

George, 29, also a small forward, started his NBA career with the Pacers and is a six-time NBA all-star.

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Kevin Durant left Warriors because fans didn’t appreciate him: report

Kevin Durant, who will be joining the Brooklyn Nets, left the Golden State Warriors because he felt under-appreciated by its fans, according to a Sunday report.

Kendrick Perkins – Durant’s former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate – and another source close to Durant, told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears that Durant felt overshadowed by Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry.

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FILE: Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts as he leaves the court after sustaining an injury during first-half basketball action against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto.  (The Canadian Press via AP)

Durant’s feeling is understandable, given that Curry, who was picked in 2009, is largely the face of the franchise, writes Spears.

“There was always the sense that the 10-time All-Star felt like a distant second fiddle to Stephen Curry,” Spears said.

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He added that two events further alienated Durant from the Warriors: fans chanting “M-V-P” for Curry at home games, and general manager Bob Meyers joking during the Warrior’s 2018 championship parade that Durant could have whatever contract he wanted in free agency – the same thing he had apparently told Curry the year prior.

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Durant will sign a deal with the Brooklyn Nets when his free agency status ends on July 6th. ESPN reported that the contract will be worth $164 million.

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NBA All-Star Kemba Walker informs Hornets he’s signing with Celtics

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker told the team he intends to sign a multimillion-dollar deal with the Boston Celtics once a moratorium on free-agent contracts ends on July 6, according to media reports.

The three-time NBA All-Star is expected to meet with the Celtics on Sunday to discuss a four-year, $141 million contract, The Associated Press reported. The Hornets could have paid Walker as much as $221 million over five years, The Charlotte Observer reported.

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Jordan Brand Family Member, Kemba Walker, arrives at the House of Jumpman on June 21 in Paris. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision for Jordan Brand/AP Images)

The team felt it could justify less than $170 million due to concerns about the league’s luxury tax, which penalizes teams for large payrolls.

Walker, 29, spent his first eight seasons with the Hornets and is their all-time leading scorer. He averaged 25.6 points per game last season.

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Walker’s addition to the Celtics would be welcome, as the team is expected to lose point guard Kyrie Irving in free-agency, according to the paper. He could possibly sign with the Brooklyn Nets.

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Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns says Colin Kaepernick is ‘the man’

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns was spotted in Southern California on Monday apparently shopping in Beverly Hills while sporting a Colin Kaepernick jersey.

Towns was wearing the black Kaepernick jersey that Nike released after the brand announced the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was going to become the face of its new ad campaign. The front of the jersey says “#IMWITHKAP.”

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“Kap’s the man,” Towns told TMZ Sports.

The Timberwolves’ big man wasn’t the only one making news after supporting Kaepernick over the last few days.

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Antone Exum, a current defensive back for the 49ers, said he’s planning to release a song in honor of the quarterback called “Officer Kaepernick.”

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Exum told TMZ Sports on Saturday he has “no fear” of any backlash he might receive from the track.

Kaepernick hasn’t played football since the 2016 season. He created a firestorm when he took a knee during the national anthem in order to protest perceived racial injustices in the U.S.

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He opted out of his contract after the 2016 season and has not signed with a team since, despite signing an endorsement deal with Nike.

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Kristaps Porzingis landing spots: 5 NBA teams who could possibly sign him in 2019 free agency

Kristaps Porzingis spent the entire 2018-19 season recovering from a torn ACL and during the season he was traded from the New York Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks.

It’s unclear when Porzingis will be healthy enough to return to the basketball court. Any team that attempts to go after him hopes it will be for the start of the 2019-20 season. However, there’s one caveat for any team that wants to sign the lanky 7-foot 3-inch forward.

Porzingis is a restricted free agent. Unlike Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving, any team could sign Porzingis to an offer sheet but the Mavericks have the opportunity to retain him by matching the offer. The original team would have two days to match an offer.

Dallas has until June 29 to submit a qualifying offer to Porzingis. Free agency begins June 30.

Here are five teams who could possibly sign Porzingis.

Dallas Mavericks

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The Mavericks appear to be the odds on favorite to retain Porzingis. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)

Most rumors appear to indicate that the Mavericks will end up retaining Porzingis once the free agency period opens up. Porzingis has yet to play a game for Dallas, but the team reportedly likes the idea of going after a big-name free agent to match with Porzingis and Luka Doncic. The Athletic reported that the Mavericks will be ready to offer Porzingis a five-year, $158 million max contract once free agency opens.

Brooklyn Nets

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The Nets reportedly could consider Porzingis if all else fails. (AP)

While the Nets appear to be the favorites to sign Durant during the offseason, NBA executives indicated to the New York Post that the Nets could be in play to make a “long-shot” offer sheet to Porzingis if things go haywire. But by the time Brooklyn learns whether they have failed in their pursuit of the marquee players on the market, it might be too late to even think about Porzingis.

Sacramento Kings

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Porzingis was once linked to a trade with the Kings. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

ESPN reported months before the start of free agency that the Kings and the Knicks were in talks about a Porzingis trade during the 2018 draft. While the Kings might have to break the bank for Porzingis as this point, it’s worth noting that there are other teams that have expressed interest in the Latvian before. Even better, Sacramento wouldn’t have to give up any assets to acquire him this time around.

Boston Celtics

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The Celtics were reportedly interested in Porzingis at one point. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Celtics were also among the teams looking to trade for Porzingis back when it appeared the Knicks were willing to talk to everyone and anyone about a potential deal but the asking price was too high, according to multiple reports. Boston would be in a position to try to get a big man during free agency, but going after a restricted free agent might not be in the cards.

Phoenix Suns

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Are the Suns a dark horse to go after Porzingis? (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Suns, along with the Celtics, were reportedly willing to offer the Knicks guard Devin Booker a deal before talks broke down. The Suns didn’t bite on the trade offer clearly. But things are different this time around and who knows what the Suns front office could be capable this offseason.

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Tobias Harris landing spots: 5 NBA teams who could possibly sign him in 2019 free agency

Tobias Harris is one player who has made a significant impact on every team he’s been on but can’t seem to stay in one place. That might change this offseason.

Harris is likely to seek a long-term deal once free agency opens this summer. Harris spent the 2018-19 season between the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers and averaged double-digit point totals on both teams. He also played all 82 games for the second time in his career.

There could be a handful of teams lining up to sign Harris this offseason.

Here are five teams that could sign Harris once free agency begins on June 30.

Philadelphia 76ers

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The 76ers reportedly fear that could lose Harris in the offseason. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports – 12675090)

Harris played 27 games for the 76ers after the team acquired him in a trade with the Clippers during the season and while it looks like Philadelphia has a core that’s poised to breakout, including the forward in future plans might not be the play. While it’s rumored that the Sixers might have an interest, GM Elton Brand has said the team has “tough decisions to make” regarding Harris and Jimmy Butler.

Brooklyn Nets

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The Nets are reportedly an option for Harris. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets and Harris reportedly have “mutual interest” and the forward would fill a hole the Nets need to fill during the offseason. However, the Nets have their sights set on bigger names like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and it’s not clear whether Harris would take a lesser contract to fit the team’s plans.

Sacramento Kings

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Harris, who spent a few seasons with the Orlando Magic, might draw interest from the Kings over the summer. (AP)

The Philadelphia Inquirer named Harris a potential suit for the Kings back in May. The 26-year-old forward would definitely fit the young core that Sacramento is trying to build with De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III. But wrapping a lot of money in one player with a few years left before they have to make decisions on their younger guys might deter the Kings away from anything major.

Dallas Mavericks

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Dallas might add Harris to a core that includes Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

The Mavericks have been linked to Harris ahead of the start of free agency. Dallas has a few spots to fill and adding a player like Harris could make them more competitive in the Western Conference. But with reports that Dallas plans on signing Kristaps Porzingis to a max contract, it’s unclear what Dallas could offer Harris and whether they would choose to go after him over someone like Jimmy Butler.

Indiana Pacers

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Pacers may need to overpay for Harris. (David Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

Add the Pacers to the list of possible suitors for Harris. Indiana will be looking to add to a group that already consists of Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner. The Pacers may have to give Harris a max contract to convince him to join the organization, but will definitely have competition from the teams above. The Pacers better make sure their potential pitch is ship shape.

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Kyrie Irving landing spots: 5 NBA teams who could possibly sign him in 2019 free agency

Kyrie Irving reportedly plans to opt out of his current contract with the Boston Celtics and become a free agent once the period opens up at the end of the month.

Irving is still one of the top point guards in the league, though his play on the court was overshadowed by criticism over his antics during the season and the Celtics’ early exit from the playoffs.

Irving is going to be linked to the top teams in the league heading into free agency, but he’s given almost no indication as to where he wants to go and he’s likely to demand a max contract wherever he signs.

Here are five teams that could sign Irving once free agency begins on June 30.

Brooklyn Nets

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The Nets appear to be the front runners to sign Kyrie Irving. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Nets have been rumored to be the frontrunners to sign Irving. Bringing the point guard onto the team would add a veteran who has championship experience and would immediately make Brooklyn a contender in the Eastern Conference. However, the Nets reportedly only want Irving if Kevin Durant comes with him. Though Brooklyn looks like the frontrunner now, no one knows what their plan entails.

New York Knicks

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The Knicks will be among those looking to get a meeting with Irving. (Associated Press)

Until the season ended and the Nets almost came out of nowhere to reportedly grab Irving’s attention, the Knicks appeared to be the frontrunner to land the point guard. Irving, as he would with the Nets, would make the Knicks a viable opponent in the Eastern Conference — something the Knicks haven’t been in many years. However, he would go to a team that has proved to be dysfunctional. Irving would be a big asset to either New York City team.

Los Angeles Lakers

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Could Irving team up with LeBron James again? (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

When Irving told the media he had called former teammate LeBron James and apologized for being naive, it started the rumblings that Irving may be trying to get to the Lakers and team up again with the superstar. The Lakers reportedly included Lonzo Ball in a trade for Anthony Davis so the Lakers would have an opening at the point guard position to form another big three-type team. It’s reportedly expected Irving will at least sits down with the Lakers before choosing a team.

Los Angeles Clippers

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The Clippers might have a point guard position to fill in the summer. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

The Clippers aren’t particularly known for landing marquee free agents but with the team rumored to be in the conversation for Kawhi Leonard, it may behoove them to go after Irving as well. The Clippers reportedly called the Celtics about a possible trade for Irving during the season, which makes the interest clearly there. The Clippers could also be set to lose Patrick Beverley during free agency, which gives Los Angeles a hole to fill.

Boston Celtics

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It appears unlikely at this point, but there’s a small chance Irving could re-join the Celtics. (AP)

While it was rumored that Irving would meet with the Celtics during free agency, basketball insider Jackie MacMullan revealed on the Hoop Collective podcast that Irving had issues with people within the organization. She said Irving “didn’t like Boston” and had issues with coach Brad Stevens and executive Danny Ainge. It’s unclear whether that report would deter the Celtics from trying to hash things out and go after him in free agency.

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Warriors GM to meet soon with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson

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Golden State general manager Bob Myers plans to meet with both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson ahead of the start of free agency this weekend.

“Yes,” Myers answered succinctly Monday when asked about sit-downs with both free agents, each injured for the runner-up Warriors during the NBA Finals and expected to miss at least most of next season.

Is Myers optimistic about having productive conversations with the two stars?

“We’ll see.”

And that was all on that Monday, when the Warriors formally introduced their three draft picks.

Though Myers did say he expects Thompson to have surgery this week after he tore the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Game 6, which the Warriors lost at home as the Raptors clinched the franchise’s first championship. Durant was injured in the previous game at Toronto and underwent surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon that could keep him out for the majority of the 2019-20 season.

Myers and coach Steve Kerr have made it clear they would like to keep Durant but are prepared for the waiting game as the two-time finals MVP makes his decision.

He signed a two-year contract last summer that includes a player option for next season, so Durant can become a free agent to pursue a maximum five-year deal. Thompson also is likely to command a max contract.

Top draft pick Jordan Poole hasn’t heard a peep from Draymond Green yet, though Green reached out to Myers on draft night last Thursday to get Poole’s number. The new shooting guard out of Michigan knows some good-natured banter is coming from the NBA veteran from Michigan State.

And Poole will wait to see what Green does before deciding how he might respond.

“I would watch a lot of the videos in college about Michigan State and how he said he’ll hate Michigan forever,” Poole said. “Being able just to see that he gave me the approval that he gave Bob Myers, ‘I really like this kid,’ and I walked in the locker room today to put my shoes and stuff in there and he’s my locker buddy. It’s just amazing. I’m excited to meet him. Obviously there’s going to be a lot of fun activity going on with him. He hasn’t hit me yet (with a text). He has my number. I feel like it’s something coming soon, though. I’ll kind of just play it out, kind of ride the wave and see where it goes.”

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Phoenix Suns’ Josh Jackson accused of getting 5-month-old daughter high with marijuana use: report

Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson was reportedly accused in court documents of using marijuana and getting his 5-month-old daughter high off the drug.

Lorena Villela, 41, the mother of Jackson’s child, have been in a court battle over paternity, child support, and other issues, the Arizona Republic reported Friday. Villela said she’s smelled marijuana coming from Jackson’s home when she picked her child up.

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Villela accused Jackson, 22, in a court motion filed June 4 of using the drug several times and requested that he gets drug tested, according to the newspaper. A judge has yet to rule on the request. Villela insists she’s not trying to harm Jackson’s image or financially gain from the lawsuit.

Villela claimed that after Jackson spent time with the baby on May 22 she noticed the child was “very lethargic” and she said she tried to wake the baby up multiple times through the night but the child “appeared to be high and could only lift her eyelids to midway point,” the newspaper reported, citing court records.

Jackson sent a text message to Villela’s marijuana accusations, according to Arizona Sports. He said he doesn’t smoke marijuana when he’s around the child.

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Josh Jackson will be entering his third season with the Suns. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

“The people in this house will tell you I don’t do that when she’s around or before I see her so say what you want,” Jackson said.

Lawyers for Villela and Jackson have both released statements about the case.

“If [the] father was truly concerned for the best interest of the minor child and how his public image may impact the minor child, he would not be getting arrested for attempting to flee police custody,” Ryan Reppucci, Villela’s attorney, said in a court filing.

Jackson’s attorney responded: “Josh Jackson categorically denies these defamatory and deeply upsetting allegations. He would never endanger the well-being of his daughter or any other child. Period. We look forward to clearing Josh’s name as swiftly as possible and continuing to pursue justice for his daughter.”

Jackson, who was drafted by the Suns in 2017, was arrested in May and charged with resisting arrest after an incident at a music festival in which he allegedly attempted to enter a VIP area without the correct pass.

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Villela has also had trouble with the law. According to the Arizona Republic, she served one month in jail and completed three years of probation after being convicted of child abuse in 2008.

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