Player Profiles

Thompson the Unsung Hero of Cavaliers Title Run

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The final player to officially join the Cavaliers roster last summer proved to be an intricate part of the first title in franchise history. Just six days before the start of the 2015-16 regular season, Tristan Thompson ended his holdout with the organization by signing a five-year, $82 million deal.

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Podcast: LeBron James Inks $100 Million Deal

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LeBron James became the highest paid player in the NBA for the first time in his 13-year career Friday afternoon. Cleveland retained the four-time MVP by signing him to a three-year, $100 million contract extension. The deal will pay James $31 million next year, the most in the NBA, and $33.3 million in 2017-18, the highest in league history.

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Westbrook Signs 3-Year Extension with Oklahoma City

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The rumor mill has one less superstar to churn through. Russell Westbrook ended any speculation about his future in Oklahoma City by signing a contract paying him $85.7 million over the next three seasons, bypassing an opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Exactly one month after Kevin Durant departed for Golden State, the Thunder convinced its other …

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Weber Hoping to Stick in Miami

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Briante Weber found a variety of ways to have the ball in his hands Tuesday afternoon at the 2016 NBA Summer League in Orlando. Brought in to Miami to serve as a defensive stopper just four days before the 2015-16 regular season concluded, Weber is using his time at the NBA Summer League to prove he can contribute on both ends …

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Durant Opts for Golden State in Free Agency

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Kevin Durant took a drastic step to fix the one glaring omission on his Hall-of-Fame resume. Independence Day marked a new beginning for the four-time scoring champion, as he concluded to join the Warriors in an effort to secure his first NBA championship. Individual accolades — which Durant has plenty of — have piled up since he was selected by Oklahoma City …

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Young Thriving in Leadership Role for the Pacers

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Joe Young enters his second stint at the NBA Summer League in Orlando with a different set of expectations. Last season, the second round pick out of Oregon was just trying to secure a place on the Pacers roster. This summer, first year coach Nate McMillan challenged him to carry the team by rounding out his game. All the 6-foot-2 …

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Catching Up with Phil Pressey

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Phil Pressey is accustomed to being on this side of the NBA’s fringe. Three years ago, the undrafted guard out of Missouri defied the odds to not only claw his way onto the Celtics roster, but earn a spot in the rotation. Boston had Pressey step onto the court 75 times during his rookie campaign, with seven of his appearances lasting …

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Catching Up with Kristaps Porzingis

An appearance on the court wasn’t even needed for Kristaps Porzingis to distinguish himself as the most recognizable player on opening day at the 2016 NBA Summer League in Orlando. The 7-foot-3 forward took a 5,000 plus mile journey, from Latvia to New York to the Amway Center to finally meet his new head coach, Jeff Hornacek, and begin individual workouts …

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Payne Sinks Dallas at the Buzzer in Summer League Opener

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Cameron Payne didn’t wait long to impress during his Summer League debut. The 14th overall pick proved capable of thriving at either guard position, running the point during a dominant stretch in the opening quarter then closing out the game with a clutch jumper at shooting guard. The 16 point, seven rebound, four assist, two steal performance from Payne is the type of …

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Knicks Strike Deal with Chicago for Rose

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New York didn’t even bother waiting until the start of free agency to revamp its back court. The acquisition of point guard Derrick Rose came a week before negotiations with 185 free agents can officially commence, enabling the Knicks to address other areas of concern next week. The team decided to strike quickly, as it doesn’t have any selections in Thursday’s …

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