12:16 AM ET Nick DePaulaESPN Russell Westbrook, the NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player, will look to continue to establish himself as one of the league’s top global superstars, inking a 10-year extension with Nike’s Jordan Brand that will be the most lucrative total endorsement deal for a Jordan athlete to date, according to industry sources.
Golden State Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant has been making statements with his apparel all summer, and his Nike KD 10 Finals shoes, released Tuesday, keep up the conversation. Last month, Durant released a new color for his KD 10s surrounded by red velvet cupcakes, a reference to the moniker given him by former teammate Russell
The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a non-guaranteed training camp deal with forward Josh Childress, a former first-round pick, sources confirmed to ESPN. Childress, 34, last played in the NBA during the 2013-14 season with New Orleans Pelicans. He was co-captain of the Ball Hogs team that participated in the inaugural season of the Big3
12:47 AM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Ian Begley Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the New York Knicks for ESPNNewYork.com Former New York Knicks great Charles Oakley is preparing to file a civil suit in response to a February run-in with security at Madison Square Garden and the incident’s aftermath, sources familiar with the matter told ESPN.
7:35 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Free-agent center Tyler Zeller has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told ESPN. Zeller, 27, was one of the top remaining free agents on the market. He’ll compete for minutes behind the Nets’ expected starting center, Timofey Mozgov. The deal is guaranteed for the 2017-’18
Stephen Curry responded to Kevin Durant‘s recent shots at Under Armour, telling the Charlotte Observer that the teammates had a conversation and the issue won’t affect the Golden State Warriors’ chemistry. Durant, a Nike spokesperson, told The Ringer on a podcast last month that “nobody wants to play in Under Armours.” No athlete is more
SAN ANTONIO — Retired San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan called the response to his plea Friday for donations toward Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands “amazing,” adding that more than 9,000 donors, including the Spurs, local grocery store chain H-E-B and the San Antonio Food Bank, have contributed. “I’m blown away
The long-simmering feud between Ray Allen and the other members of the 2008 Boston Celtics championship squad might be coming to an end. Paul Pierce, the NBA Finals MVP for that team who signed a one-day contract with Boston earlier this summer to retire as a Celtic, posted a picture of himself and Allen together
This week’s mailbag features your questions on young playoff teams, offensive- and defensive-minded teams and more. You can tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is excited about 76ers. Is there precedent for a team’s top 3 being so inexperienced and making the postseason? — Josh Cornelissen (@XavierStar) September
SAN ANTONIO — Retired San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan penned an impassioned plea Friday in The Players’ Tribune for donations toward Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and by Saturday he’d reached more than half of his $1 million goal. One of just four players from the U.S. Virgin Islands to
Former San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan is one of only four players from the U.S. Virgin Islands to have ever appeared in an NBA game. As Hurricane Irma ravages his homeland, with Hurricane Jose not far behind, the future Hall of Famer is asking for help. Duncan penned an urgent article via the Players’
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Once reluctant to accept that he deserved a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Tracy McGrady stood on stage at Springfield’s Symphony Hall on Friday night and firmly declared that he belongs alongside the game’s greatest players. “Yes, I deserve to be here,” said McGrady, the headliner of this
Jerry Krause won, he just didn’t win people over. That’s the only explanation for the chasm between his accomplishments and his accolades. Krause, who died Tuesday at age 77, was the general manager who surrounded Michael Jordan with the proper pieces to win six championships for the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s. Krause’s resume ranks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hornets coach Steve Clifford emphatically threw his support behind Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Friday, saying the often-criticized small forward is a significant contributor and will continue to start. The five-year NBA veteran has been widely criticized for his offensive deficiencies and his awkward-looking jump shot, but Clifford insists the former No. 2 overall
From the moment Tracy McGrady first appeared on The Jump, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols has always introduced the seven-time All-Star as “Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady.” That title becomes reality on Friday, when McGrady is enshrined in Springfield, Massachusetts, alongside the the legends of basketball. McGrady played 938 regular-season games in his NBA career — plus
Ohio State will see Michigan‘s Jordan deal and raise it with LeBron James cleats. The Buckeyes announced the football team will wear the LeBron Soldier XI cleat against Oklahoma on Saturday. A cleat fit for a King 👑 Introducing the LeBron Soldier XI cleat. @Nike x @KingJames On field Sat. 7:30P ET ABC #GoBucks #BeatOklahoma
SEATTLE — An investment group that wants to build a sports arena for professional basketball and possibly hockey has offered to also rebuild KeyArena, the former home of Seattle’s departed NBA franchise. The move Thursday by the group led by investor Chris Hansen is the latest in the long-running debate over building a new arena.
While introducing their acquisitions from the summer’s blockbuster trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers were reluctant to discuss Isaiah Thomas‘ health during a news conference Thursday. “To be fair to Isaiah, we’re not going to address any specifics on his hip injury,” general manager Koby Altman said. “We’re also not going to put a timetable on it.”