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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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NBA commissioner says league moved away from the term ‘owner’

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Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, said in an interview published Monday that the league has moved away from the term “owner” and said they are now referred to as governors.

Silver was stopped in New York by TMZ and said he is “sensitive” to the term owner. TMZ reported earlier that few NBA teams have dropped the term because of its racial component and since most of the players in the league are black.

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“You shouldn’t say owner,” Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said on HBO last year.

Silver pointed to the Green interview and said that he “completely respects” his opinion on the matter.

He did say that some players took pride when Michael Jordan was able to call himself an owner and said players have generally gone “both ways” on the issue.

TMZ Sports initially reported that the league was having discussions over nixing the term because of its racial connotations.

A quick glance at each team’s staff directories listed on their official websites showed about 15 organizations do not list an owner.

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The Boston CelticsCharlotte HornetsChicago BullsCleveland CavaliersLos Angeles ClippersMiami HeatNew York KnicksOklahoma City ThunderOrlando MagicPhiladelphia 76ersPhoenix SunsSacramento KingsSan Antonio SpursToronto Raptors and Utah Jazz list some kind of variation of chairman, managing partner, chief executive officer or governor.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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WATCH: Top NBA Draft pick Zion Williamson gets emotional when talking about his mom after being selected

Zion Williamson won’t take the floor in the NBA for months, but the top pick in Thursday’s draft might’ve won over some new fans already.

Moments after being drafted first by the New Orleans Pelicans, the explosive prospect gave an emotional interview to ESPN.

“I don’t know what to say,” Williamson said, holding back tears while being interviewed by Maria Taylor.

“I didn’t think I’d be in this position, my mom sacrificed a lot for me. I wouldn’t be here without my mom, she did everything for me, I just want to thank her.”

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Taylor then spoke of how Williamson’s mother, Sharonda — who was stood beside her son during the interview, coached the star prospect until he was 14.

Responding, Williamson said: “She put her dreams aside for mine. She always looked out for the family first before herself.”

As the top pick stepped back from the microphone, tears in his eyes, Sharonda stepped in and described her emotions in the moment.

“We, he’s worked since 5 for this moment… to watch his hard work pay off and to this, we’re so happy for him, we’re so happy,” she said.

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“I’ve seen someone who put in the work, who put those naysayers aside and just continued to do what we asked, continued to believe in the process. Because of that, we’re here today.”

Wrapping up the interview with tears visibly rolling, Williamson added: “It don’t even seem real… I dreamed about this since I was 4, and for it to actually happen, I just thank God for it.”

Williamson, who averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 68 percent from the field in his one season at Duke, has been the consensus No. 1 choice for months, making the Pelicans’ draft decision the easiest since the Cleveland Cavaliers selected LeBron James with the first pick back in 2003.

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Khris Middleton to decline $13 million player option with Milwaukee Bucks: report

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Milwaukee Bucks swingman Khris Middleton will reportedly decline his $13 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent when the period opens up at the end of the month.

Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports, Middleton’s agent, told ESPN about his client’s offseason plans Wednesday.

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Middleton and the Bucks plan to work on a long-term contract, sources told ESPN.

Middleton, who signed a five-year, $70 million deal in 2015, is reportedly expected to demand a max contract from the Bucks and is part of the team’s offseason priorities.

He will be able to sign a five-year, $190 million max contract with the Bucks or a four-year, $141 million max contract with another team.

The former Texas A&M product has spent six seasons with the Milwaukee team. He has averaged 16.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in those six seasons. He was named an All-Star for the first time during the 2018-19 season.

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With Middleton’s help, the Bucks made the Eastern Conference Finals this season. The Bucks eventually lost to the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors.

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Memphis Grizzlies to trade star Mike Conley Jr to Utah Jazz for multiple players, draft picks: reports

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The Memphis Grizzlies agreed to trade point guard Mike Conley Jr. to the Utah Jazz for a package of players and multiple draft picks, according to multiple reports.

The Grizzlies will receive Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, the No. 23 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft and a protected 2020 pick, according to ESPN.

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The trade will become official on July 6.

Conley has been one of the Grizzlies’ franchise centerpieces since the team drafted him with the No. 4 pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. He’s played in a majority of the team’s games since then, though he only played in 12 during the 2017-18 season.

The Grizzlies rewarded Conley with a five-year, $152 million contract extension during the summer of 2016, which made him the highest paid player in the league at the time. He has two more seasons left on the deal and would become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

Last season, Conley averaged 21.1 points and 6.4 assists in 70 games. Memphis also traded their other face of the franchise, Marc Gasol, to the Toronto Raptors during the season.

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In return, the Grizzlies will receive two veterans in Korver and Crowder and a young guard in Allen who is entering his second season in the league. Memphis also has a chance to build something with having the No. 2 pick and reportedly having the Jazz’s No. 23 pick of Thursday’s draft.

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Attorney: Deputy in clash with Raptors president has concussion is on medical leave

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A California sheriff’s deputy is on medical leave after suffering a concussion and jaw injury following an altercation with Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri minutes after the team clinched its first NBA championship in Oakland last week, his lawyer said.

Attorney Davis Mastagni said his client, a 20-year veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office who has not been publicly identified, is considering legal action against the basketball exec over the June 13 incident.

“The officer is off work, disabled and wants to go back to work,” Mastagni said.

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The clash started when Ujiri was denied entrance onto the court to celebrate his team’s Game 6 victory over the Golden State Warriors because he didn’t have proper credentials.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said the Raptors executive and the deputy pushed each other before Ujiri shoved him and struck the deputy on the head. Several bystanders intervened and Ujiri was let onto the court without displaying his credentials.

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Raptors spokeswoman Jennifer Quinn told Fox News that the “incident is being looked at,” and that the team is cooperating with authorities.

“We look forward to resolving the situation,” she added.

Investigators are questioning witnesses, Kelly said, adding the sheriff’s office hopes to file a report with prosecutors this week recommending a misdemeanor battery charge against Ujiri. He said the office does not plan to publicly release footage from the deputy’s body camera.

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Warriors fan Greg Wiener said last week that the altercation began when the deputy put his hand on Ujiri’s chest and pushed him. Ujiri shoved him back, he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Kawhi Leonard receives housewarming gift from infamous ‘Plant Guy’

What’s more important to the NBA Finals MVP than the Larry O’Brien Trophy? How about a house warming present from Toronto Raptors fans hoping he stays with the team next season and beyond?

As fans celebrated the Raptors defeating the Golden State Warriors last week, one man vowed to give Kawhi Leonard a plant as a housewarming present. The man called the plant a “Kawactus.”

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He was instantly dubbed “Plant Guy.”

On Monday, Plant Guy showed up near the Raptors’ bus that was carrying the team through the city. Lo and behold, Plant Guy delivered a much smaller “Kawactus.”

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The fans cheered as Plant Guy handed the object to Leonard.

The man even gave a leaf to Drake – who was also on the team bus celebrating with his beloved Raptors.

TSN later caught up with the man behind the gifts. He explained to the sports network where he got the plants.

“I took it from home,” the man said with a stunned look on his face. “I live in the woods. People don’t believe me. Come find me. B.C. Just come find me. Pull up that weird highway, like the weirdest ‘f—-ing stretch. You’re gonna find my tent.”

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It’s unclear whether Leonard will be back with the Raptors next season. Leonard is expected to be one of the most sought-after free agents on the market once free agency opens. ESPN reported Tuesday Leonard’s decision might come down to the Raptors or Los Angeles Clippers.

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