Blockbuster NBA Trades That Would Blow Up the Offseason

The 2018 NBA offseason is escalating to a new level as teams jockey to make major moves that could change the league’s landscape for the next thee to five seasons…

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June 30, 2018 at 04:49PM

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Russell Westbrook Reportedly Hosts Huge Summer House Party as Free Agency Starts

Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (0) stands next to teammate Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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With free agency set to begin at midnight, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder await Paul George‘s decision.

Well, Westbrook is kicking off the free-agency period in style.

ESPN.com’s Royce Young reported that the former NBA MVP is hosting a “summer hype house party” on Saturday night, although the reason behind the party is not clear. George reportedly arrived in OKC earlier in the day, so it’s possible that the shindig could be related to his decision in some manner.

Then again, Westbrook could just be trying to live it up this offseason.

Per Young, there will be 500 guests and a “surprise performance by a multi-platinum artist,” with Nas as the rumored performer. Attendees will reportedly have to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

The Thunder point guard made it clear during the season that he wasn’t going to make some elaborate recruiting pitch to George, instead wanting to let the team’s play do the talking:

Perhaps Westbrook decided to change his approach after the Utah Jazz knocked OKC out of the playoffs in the first round.

On a related note, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Saturday that George is “strongly considering signing a two- or three-year deal to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder.”

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June 30, 2018 at 04:49PM

Baker Mayfield’s big year continues with engagement

Baker Mayfield’s big year continues with engagement

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Baker Mayfield’s big year continues with engagement





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Baker Mayfield has had a good run the past few months.

He won the Heisman, led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff, became the No. 1 overall draft choice and now has topped it off with his engagement.

Mayfield, 23, asked girlfriend Emily Wilkinson to marry him. She said yes. Sort of.

What is that?” Mayfield asks her while posting video of the ring in his Instagram story, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“You did good,” Wilkinson said.

“Did you say yes?” Mayfield asks his fiancee.

“Yeah, I think I did, right? she responded, laughing.

The Browns quarterback later posted video of the proposal with a caption reading: “Can’t wait to do life with the most perfect girl, Emily Wilkinson, I love you.”

He also posted a photo of the ring and captioned it, “Love of my life, Forever.”



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June 30, 2018 at 04:42PM

NBA Free-Agency Rumors: Derrick Favors, Jazz to Meet Sunday in Atlanta

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

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The Utah Jazz will reportedly meet with free-agent power forward Derrick Favors in Atlanta on Sunday, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Favors has spent parts of eight seasons with the Jazz, but he can start negotiating with all teams Sunday as an unrestricted free agent.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

 

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June 30, 2018 at 04:42PM

Will Barton, Doug McDermott, Joe Harris Rumored to Be Pacers Targets in FA

Denver Nuggets' Will Barton plays against the Minnesota Timberwolvesin the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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The Indiana Pacers reportedly have interest in pursuing Will Barton, Doug McDermott and Joe Harris in free agency, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski specifically mentioned Barton as a “strong focus” for Indiana and cited the team’s need for perimeter help.

     

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June 30, 2018 at 04:42PM

Croatia’s Modric ‘from a different planet’, says Rakitic

Croatia’s Modric ‘from a different planet’, says Rakitic

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2018 Fifa World Cup last 16 – Croatia v Denmark
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Luka Modric is from a “different planet” and the best player in Croatia’s history, says team-mate and fellow midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

Modric, 32, has scored twice at the World Cup, leading his side to a last-16 tie with Denmark by coming through the group stage with a 100% record.

Rakitic has played alongside Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta at Barcelona.

“Both of them are among the best players ever in their positions,” said the 30-year-old.

Modric joined Real Madrid from Premier League side Tottenham in 2012 and has won three Champions League titles, as well as La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

Iniesta is one of the most successful players in history, and left Barcelona at the end of last season to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

He had been at the Spanish giants since the age of 12, making 674 senior appearances and winning 32 trophies.

Rakitic said: “It seems like both of them are from different planets and they came to play football with us mortals here.

“It has been a great honour to play with Andres in the last four years at Barcelona, and with Luka for the last 11 years for Croatia.

“If I created a football team, I would have both of them in my team. Andres is one of my best friends and I see Luka as my big brother.”

Former Real and Barca midfielder Robert Prosinecki, who won 49 caps for Croatia, has said Modric is the country’s best ever player.

“I would agree completely,” added Rakitic. “Not only that Luka is the best player, but he is a great person, a leader and we are following him. I am sure he can feel our confidence in him.”

On Sunday, Modric will come up against a man who succeeded him at Spurs – Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen.

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June 30, 2018 at 04:36PM

Joel Embiid Questions LeBron James’ Legacy with Lakers Amid Free-Agency Buzz

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid made a last-gasp pitch to LeBron James on the eve of the new league year.

In a post on Twitter with less than five hours remaining before the start of free agency, Embiid appeared to send a message to James regarding his legacy amid rumblings that he could land with the Los Angeles Lakers:

The Sixers, along with the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers, are one of the few teams that have been linked to James as he prepares to hit the open market for the first time since 2014.

According to updated odds released Saturday on OddsShark, the Lakers are massive -5000 favorites (bet $5,000 to win $100) to secure James’ services. The field, meanwhile, is listed at +1500.

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June 30, 2018 at 04:28PM