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Glen Taylor says agreement not to move team part of Timberwolves sale

Glen Taylor says agreement not to move team part of Timberwolves sale

Every time owner Glen Taylor in recent years, there was considerable interest from people/groups outside Minnesota looking to buy the team and move it to what is perceived as a better market. Taylor, a former senator from Minnesota, shot those overtures down.Now Taylor and they are in negotiations to buy the team. Part of the deal being finalized is a provision that the team will not be moved, Taylor .“They will keep the team here, yes. We will put it in the agreement,” Taylor said. “At this point we have a letter of intent, but when we make up the contract we’ll put that in there. That’s...

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NBA reportedly expects full arenas for games starting next season

NBA reportedly expects full arenas for games starting next season

: Get through it, play enough games to meet television contract requirements, try to keep players healthy while trying to (all while knowing teams will lose a lot this season). Then, next season, get back to “normal” with a schedule that starts in October and full arenas.The NBA expects the second part of that — full arenas — to happen in the fall thanks to the speed of the vaccine rollout in recent months, .What’s new is the NBA teaming up with biometric screening company CLEAR — something familiar to many from airport security lines — as a way to help fans both show they are vaccinated...

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Kyle Korver, will you return to the NBA this season? "I don't know"

Kyle Korver, will you return to the NBA this season? "I don't know"

In a league where the premium on shooting has never been higher, one of the sits at home.is okay with that. The 17-year NBA veteran is not bored, he’s spending time with family and doing appearances on TNT’s The Arena. But could Korver return, knock down some clutch threes, and be the solid veteran presence every contender needs in the locker room? and got basically a long-winded shrug as an answer.“I’m not sure [about a return]. I’ve talked to a few teams about it. Coming out of the bubble, I believe in honoring the game. I believe you honor the season with a good offseason. Coming out of...

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Kawhi Leonard after latest Clippers collapse: 'We've got to change it'

Kawhi Leonard after latest Clippers collapse: 'We've got to change it'

It wasn’t just that the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead against the Nuggets last playoffs, it was that they led by 16 and 19 in games five and six in that series but could not hold on to secure the win.and shook up the roster — letting Sixth Man of the Year — in an effort to change that momentum. It didn’t work on Friday night — the Clippers led by 21 points in the third quarter, but a red-hot .Blowing leads and something the Clippers have become known for, something:Since the start of last season, and including the playoffs, the Clippers have lost an NBA-high eight games when leading by at...

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Marvin Bagley III's father Tweets for Kings to trade son; casts shadow over team's solid start

Marvin Bagley III's father Tweets for Kings to trade son; casts shadow over team's solid start

The Sacramento Kings are 3-3 to start the season, have beaten red-hot Phoenix, and show some promise with their young core. For a team trying to snap a 14-year playoff drought, that’s a promising start — and that’s the talking point the Kings want out there.. It’s all just so very Kings.The father Tweeted, then deleted, a request for the Kings to trade Bagley.Marvin Bagley's dad has requested a trade out of Sacramento for his son. Yikes city.— Tony Xypteras (@TonyXypteras)Deleting a Tweet never stops anything. It was a big enough story that after the Kings’ loss to the Rockets Saturday,...

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Wizards likely to sit Russell Westbrook during back-to-backs this season

Wizards likely to sit Russell Westbrook during back-to-backs this season

The plan had been to sit during back-to-backs this season, trying to preserve the legs of the aging superstar with an injury history. …For , an aging superstar with an injury history (although he has played more than Wall in recent years. That means the plan to sit their star in half of every back-to-back remains in place, something coach Scott Brooks said pregame,This is often what Mike D’Antoni did in Houston with Westbrook.Westbrook has proven fairly durable throughout his career, but he has had five surgeries on his right knee, and there are a lot of miles on his 32-year-old body. It’s...

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Paul George on Clippers after extension: "I owe them a trophy"

Paul George on Clippers after extension: "I owe them a trophy"

There’s something about an extra $190 million that makes you feel beholden to deliver., one that kicks in next season and will lock him in Los Angeles for years (the reporting of this as a $226 million contract includes the current year he was already signed for). George is taking a lot of Steve Ballmer’s money (), and it’s clear he feels an obligation.“I owe them a trophy,” George said. “I owe them a trophy. That’s what I owe this organization. This is a window that we’re trying to capture. My commitment and my job is to being a title here.”George said he showed commitment to an...

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Referees to focus more on offensive player fouls, freedom of movement this season

Referees to focus more on offensive player fouls, freedom of movement this season

Ball handlers driving the lane then using their off-arm to push off and create space for a shot. Defenders holding up pick-setters to slow their roll to the rim. Traveling. Players making grand gestures after a foul call.All of that and more will be the focus of NBA referees — what the league calls “points of education” — heading into the 2020-21 NBA season. Here are some videos from the league about what officials will be looking for.Please see below for Part 1 of the 2020-21 Points of Education video (narrated by SVP, Head of Referee Development & Training Monty McCutchen), which provides...

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Report: NBA to continue policy of not testing players for marijuana

Report: NBA to continue policy of not testing players for marijuana

We all see which way this issue is trending, right?While marijuana is still on its banned substance list, the NBA and players union agree to terms that would not text players in the Orlando restart bubble for pot. That is going to carry over to this season, reports Ben Dowsett.League sources: Continuing a theme from the Orlando bubble, the NBA will not test its players for marijuana for the upcoming 2020-21 season.— Ben Dowsett (@Ben_Dowsett)Sources say this decision is largely based on COVID safety – just another way of limiting unnecessary contacts.However, there's also significant...

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Report: Lakers, Clippers among four teams pursuing Glenn Robinson III

Report: Lakers, Clippers among four teams pursuing Glenn Robinson III

A 6’6″ wing who can knock down the three and knows how to get to the rim, plus can defend a little is the description of a player a lot of NBA teams could use.That’s — — and there are four teams after him, .The Kings are one of four teams showing the most significant interest in free agent small forward Glenn Robinson III, league sources told The Sacramento Bee… The most likely suitors at this point appear to be the Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz, sources said. The Kings could be looking for depth on the wing after they declined to match ’s offer from the...

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