Ben Simmons agrees to max contract with the Sixers

Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed on a five-year, $170 million dollar maximum contract. The deal was confirmed to The Athletic’s Shams Charania by SImmons’ agent Rich Paul. After missing his first year, Simmons have shown to be an impactful player, winning Rookie-of-the-Year in 2017-18 and then building on that by making his first All-Star team in 2018-19, where he averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. However the glaring hole in his game, his either inability or refusal to take and make any jump…

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Wesley Matthews signs deal with Bucks

Veteran wing Wesley Matthews signed a two year, $5.26 million deal according to The Athletic’s Mike Scotto. The deal is really a “one-plus-one”, as the second year is a player option. Matthews and the re-signed George Hill will be charged with replacing the steady play and defensive void left when Malcolm Brogdon signed a four-year, $85 million deal with the Indiana Pacers earlier in this offseason’s Free-agency bonanza. Last season between the Dallas Mavericks, that two game cup of coffee he had with the Knicks, and the Indiana Pacers, Matthews…

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BIG3 deactivates Lamar Odom, Baron Davis, Bonzi Wells and Jermaine O’Neal for rest of the season; Glenn Davis facing fine

The BIG3 dropped the hammer on some notable players Wednesday and sent a message they are not league to be taken anything less than serious. The league announced via a press release that several players would be deactivated for the remainder of the season. Big Baby was ejected from Power’s matchup against Trilogy for going back and forth with the officials. Once he got the boot, rather than making his way off the court , Davis went into stands, where he was saluted by fans. He then removed his jersey…

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DeMarcus Cousins’ goal is to play in all 82 games next season

It is no secret that Demarcus Cousins has been hampered by injuries over the past few season, however the freshly signed Los Angeles Lakers has at least one lofty goal for the 2019-20 campaign. Lakers Nation’s Matthew Moreno reports that Cousins wants to play in all 82 games next season. Cousins also attest his quadriceps that he injured in the playoffs is “100% healed.” He returned from the injury in the Finals but did not resemble the Boogie we have seen in previous years, averaging just 8.3 points 4.7 rebounds…

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Warriors waive Shaun Livingston

The Golden State Warriors waived guard Shaun Livingston Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. As the Warriors try to reform and remain a force in the Western Conference in lieu of the departure of Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins and the injury to Klay Thompson, the team had to recently trade stalwart and jack of all trades Andre Iguodala and now Livingston is the latest fixture to be shown the door. Though Livingston is only 33, he did not resemble the player we have seen for Golde State over the…

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NBA allegedly approves challenge flags for the 2019-20

In a NBA season and offseason was not short on WTF moments, the league’ has given us another one, but not in a good way. The NBA thought it would be a good idea to institute the challenge flag rule from the NFL. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the NBA’s board of governors approved the change Tuesday and it will go into effect in the 2019-20 season. Per the AP’s Tim Reynolds, each coach will get one challenge per game and and can contest “a personal foul…

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Lakers to add Avery Bradley once he clears waivers

Though the Lakers missed out on the big fish of Kawhi Leonard, they have made several quality-appearing signings in the interim. Since this weekend, the Lakers have added, Demarcus Cousins, Danny Green, and Quinn Cook and resigned Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee. With Avery Bradley agreeing to a two-year, $9.7 million deal, it appears Los Angeles ha made another solid addition to their roster. The deal is actually a “one plus one”, with the second year being a player option. Last year it was a tale of two…

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Grizzlies not ‘Planning to Keep’ Swight Howard post trade

What should not come as a major shock, Dwight Howard does not fit into the Memphis Grizzlies’ long term plans. So little does he fit with those plans that according to Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic, the team doesn’t not plan on keeping the recently acquired eight-time All-Star. Sankofa II adds the acquisition was “purely money-saving maneuver.” Howard, appeared in a mere nine games this past season for the Washington Wizards, and averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per in that limited time. As Howard now moves through is…

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Oklahoma City trades Jerami Grant to Denver

After shocking the NBA world by trading Paul George Sunday morning, the Thunder apparently are done wheeling and dealing. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Oklahoma City Thunder are sending forward Jerami Grant to the the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a 2020 first round pick. The deal seems to address the issues of rebuilding for the future and financial relief as it will save the franchise $39 million in salary and luxury tax. Prior to making this trade, the Thunder was staring at a nearly $33 million tax bill.…

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Tyus Jones signs a 3 year deal with Grizzlies

Former Timberwolves backup point guard Tyus Jones has agreed to a three year, $28 million dollar offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies, who have been more active than usual this offseason. Initially it was reported the offer sheet was for three years at $24 million, however Jones’ agent, Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports Management told the Pioneer Press that the number was closer to $28 million when factoring in “likely incentives.” Jones , a restricted free agent, has spent the first four years of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.…

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