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 Posted: Wed Oct 26th, 2016 05:02 am
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Golden State lose their first game on the way to a 9-73 season.:tongue:  San Antonio 129 Golden State 100 and it could have been worse but San Antonio turned it off in the 2nd half of the 4th quarter.



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The Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement with point guard Dennis Schroder on a four-year extension.

The 23-year-old guard announced the deal on Twitter:

GLAD TO BE HERE 4 MORE YEARS WITH THE @atlhawks !!!! LOVE THE FANS , PPL , COACHES , ORGANIZATION & MY TEAMMATES !!! ATLANTA IS HOME !!!! 💯💯 pic.twitter.com/JfcoTipO8e

— Dennis Schröder (@DennisMike93) October 26, 2016
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Schroder's contract will pay him $70 million over the next four seasons.

The Hawks made their intentions clear when they moved starting point guard Jeff Teague this summer for a first-round pick. Schroder was to be promoted from backup to Atlanta's lead guard of the future.

Schroder profiles as a lightning-quick playmaker, who is excellent getting to the basket and involving his teammates. His jump shot is inconsistent and he struggles with turnovers on account of wildness, but the talent is clearly there.

The young German put up averages of 11 points and 4.4 assists in 20.3 minutes per game last season.

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I'm eager to watch the Timberwolves tonight. The team last played a playoff game in the 2004 Western Conference Finals. Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen were still playing that season and a kid who'd just finished kindergarten at the time graduated from high school earlier this year. After all the heartbreak and false hopes, it looks like they have a team in place to go for a #8 seed and make some noise in the coming seasons. Karl-Anthony Towns is going to be considered one of the biggest young stars in the NBA by this time next year as opposed to just a guy coming off a hot rookie season.

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Dikembe Mutombo began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets in 1991, and on Saturday night the franchise became the second team to retire his number (the Atlanta Hawks did so last season).

Related: Nuggets hold finger-wag inspired giveaway on Mutombo night

After introducing the big man by his true name - Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo - the Nuggets presented the NBA's second all-time leading shot blocker with a portrait of his biggest moment in Denver.

The painting captures his reaction after the Nuggets shocked the No. 1 seed Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the 1994 playoffs - the first time a No. 8 seed had pulled off that sort of upset.

Then, Mutombo's No. 55 was raised to the rafters of the Pepsi Center.

At 5,280 feet, #MtMutombo rises...

Forever. #Nuggets pic.twitter.com/CNkcriRVMS

— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) October 30, 2016

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tamalie wrote: I'm eager to watch the Timberwolves tonight. The team last played a playoff game in the 2004 Western Conference Finals. Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen were still playing that season and a kid who'd just finished kindergarten at the time graduated from high school earlier this year. After all the heartbreak and false hopes, it looks like they have a team in place to go for a #8 seed and make some noise in the coming seasons. Karl-Anthony Towns is going to be considered one of the biggest young stars in the NBA by this time next year as opposed to just a guy coming off a hot rookie season.Their  starting 5 can compete  but the bench is lacking.



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The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded forward Ersan Ilyasova to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Jerami Grant, sources have told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Thunder had been pursuing a trade for Grant for months, Wojnarowski reports.

The 76ers will also receive a heavily protected first-round draft pick from the Thunder in the bargain. The pick is protected from slots 1 through 20, and, since the Thunder already owe a 2018 first-rounder to the Utah Jazz, cannot be conveyed until 2020. If it isn't conveyed that year, it will turn into two second-rounders, The Vertical's Bobby Marks reports.

On top of acquiring a player they've long been after, the Thunder will get out from under Ilyasova's $8.4-million contract. They take back Grant's non-guaranteed deal, which is worth just under $1 million this season, and comes with a team option for 2017-18 at $1.05 million. Ilyasova will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end.

Under former general manager Sam Hinkie, Ilyasova likely would've already already been waived by now, but the Sixers intend to keep him as a stretch-four who can play alongside Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.

In Grant, the Thunder get an affordable piece with scads of athleticism and decent upside. Ilyasova was never going to be part of their long-term plan, and with an extra, laughably cheap year of Grant's services, they'll get a chance to see how he fits in with the new core they've locked up for the foreseeable future.

Grant, 22, averaged 9.7 points, 4.7, 1.8 assists, and 1.6 blocks in 77 games for the Sixers last season, taking steps toward refining his raw, unharnessed ability. He still hasn't shown much potential as a shooter, which could be an issue for a Thunder team already sorely wanting for floor-spacers.

Ilyasova - who came over as part of the offseason trade that sent out Serge Ibaka - provided that spacing in theory, but shot just 37.5 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep in three games with the Thunder, and they didn't appear to have much use for him otherwise.

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Chicago Bulls point guard Michael Carter-Williams will be sidelined for the next three-to-four weeks, after suffering a bone bruise in his left knee along with a left wrist sprain on Monday night, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports.

Carter-Williams, who was acquired by the Bulls just before the start of the regular season in exchange for Tony Snell, suffered the injury in the first half of Chicago's blowout win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Through his first three games as a Bull, he's averaged four points, three rebounds, and 2.7 assists, while shooting 26.7 percent from the field.

Carter-Williams also dealt with a left knee injury last season - albeit a comparatively minor one - which sidelined him for four games before hip surgery shut him down. He's struggled to stay on the floor since being drafted in 2013, missing 56 games across three seasons.

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After two and a half years of on-again, off-again speculation, Ray Allen has finally made it official.

The future Hall-of-Fame shooting guard announced in a Players' Tribune essay Tuesday that he is retiring from the game "as a man who is completely at peace with himself."

Over the course of what was, until his announcement, merely a long hiatus, Allen dropped plenty of hints about his sustained fitness level and his ability (or even desire) to play again in the NBA. The possibility of a return seemed to grow increasingly remote as the weeks turned to months and the months to years - he hadn't suited up since his Miami Heat lost the 2014 Finals - but he always left the door open. As recently as this past August, he was talking about which teams he could see himself playing for.

"I've been waiting to see if the opportunity presented itself where I think I could fit," he said.

In the end, he decided that he'd given enough to basketball, and basketball had given enough to (and demanded enough of) him.

"Basketball will take you far away from that school yard," he wrote in his essay, framed as a letter to his younger self. "You will become far more than just a basketball player. You'll get to act in movies. You'll travel the world. You will become a husband, and the father of five amazing children.

"Now, the most important question in your life isn't, 'Who am I supposed to be?' or even, 'What do I have to do to win another championship?'

"It's, 'Daddy, guess what happened in math class today?'

"That's the reward that awaits you at the end of your journey."

Allen retires as the NBA's all-time leader in total 3-pointers made. He ranks seventh in career free-throw percentage, 22nd in scoring, 19th in games played, and 14th in minutes. He was a 10-time All-Star, a two-time All-NBAer, and a two-time champion.

He'll be remembered for a good many things, but none more than his picturesque jump shot - with his ridiculous body control and his cat-quick release - and the indelible moment in the dying seconds of Game 6 of the 2013 Finals, when those preternatural skills came together at just the right time, in just the right place, to produce one of the great plays the NBA has ever seen.

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It wasn't their prettiest effort, but the Toronto Raptors were able to pull off their second win of the season thanks to the strong performance of DeMar DeRozan on Monday night.

The 6-foot-7 shooting guard dominated offensively for the third straight game, becoming the first player in franchise history to start a season with three consecutive 30-point games. He also became the first player since Kobe Bryant in 2005 to start the season with three straight games of 30 points or more without a three-pointer, according to Elias Sports.

DeRozan would finish the night with 33 points on 13-of-23 shooting, adding in five rebounds, one assist, and one steal in the 105-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

With Kyle Lowry off to a slow shooting start, DeRozan has anchored the Raptors' offense in the early going, averaging 35 points on 53.8 percent shooting.

After taking exception to his SI player ranking last month, DeRozan has certainly proved his doubters wrong during the first week of the season. Should he continue his hot pace going forward, the USC product would be a strong candidate to be named an All-Star for the third time in his career.

DeRozan will attempt to build off of his strong week Wednesday, when he'll go up against Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.

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The Golden State Warriors managed to eke out a 106-100 victory Sunday in the valley against the Phoenix Suns, though head coach Steve Kerr knows his players are frustrated at the team's getting-to-know-you phase.

"We were frustrated in the first half. You guys can all see it. This is not coming easily," Kerr said, according to ESPN.com's Chris Haynes. "We have a new team and a lot of different faces, but even for the returning guys, it's a different mix."

Though Golden State won Sunday, Phoenix converted the Warriors' 16 turnovers into 25 points. Additionally, the team's previous win came against an injury-riddled New Orleans Pelicans squad.

Outside of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, the team shot 32 percent from the field.

Kerr said he's calling more plays than usual to enforce a sense of continuity, but the lack of cohesive play is evident.

"We're not clicking and everybody can see that," he said.

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The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a four-year, $56-million extension with Cody Zeller, league sources tell The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Zeller is coming off his best season as a pro, averaging career highs in points (8.7) and rebounds (6.2), while shooting 52.9 percent from the field.

The 24-year-old is the eighth player to sign a rookie-scale extension this summer, joining C.J. McCollum, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dennis Schroder, Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, Rudy Gobert, and Gorgui Dieng.

With center Roy Hibbert currently out with a knee injury, Zeller will have plenty of opportunity to prove his worth in the coming weeks.

Through three games in 2016-17, Zeller is averaging 10.7 points and 5.9 rebounds on 61.1 percent shooting.

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lobo316 wrote: The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded forward Ersan Ilyasova to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Jerami Grant, sources have told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Thunder had been pursuing a trade for Grant for months, Wojnarowski reports.

The 76ers will also receive a heavily protected first-round draft pick from the Thunder in the bargain. The pick is protected from slots 1 through 20, and, since the Thunder already owe a 2018 first-rounder to the Utah Jazz, cannot be conveyed until 2020. If it isn't conveyed that year, it will turn into two second-rounders, The Vertical's Bobby Marks reports.

On top of acquiring a player they've long been after, the Thunder will get out from under Ilyasova's $8.4-million contract. They take back Grant's non-guaranteed deal, which is worth just under $1 million this season, and comes with a team option for 2017-18 at $1.05 million. Ilyasova will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end.

Under former general manager Sam Hinkie, Ilyasova likely would've already already been waived by now, but the Sixers intend to keep him as a stretch-four who can play alongside Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.

In Grant, the Thunder get an affordable piece with scads of athleticism and decent upside. Ilyasova was never going to be part of their long-term plan, and with an extra, laughably cheap year of Grant's services, they'll get a chance to see how he fits in with the new core they've locked up for the foreseeable future.

Grant, 22, averaged 9.7 points, 4.7, 1.8 assists, and 1.6 blocks in 77 games for the Sixers last season, taking steps toward refining his raw, unharnessed ability. He still hasn't shown much potential as a shooter, which could be an issue for a Thunder team already sorely wanting for floor-spacers.

Ilyasova - who came over as part of the offseason trade that sent out Serge Ibaka - provided that spacing in theory, but shot just 37.5 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep in three games with the Thunder, and they didn't appear to have much use for him otherwise.

Horrible deal for the Sixers if it doesn't become a 1st rounder. The kid is talented and a bull in the china shop type of player. I saw the shot at Hinkie at the new guy getting waived already. Hinkie would turned Grant in 2 1st rounders.

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lobo316 wrote: Chicago Bulls point guard Michael Carter-Williams will be sidelined for the next three-to-four weeks, after suffering a bone bruise in his left knee along with a left wrist sprain on Monday night, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports.

Carter-Williams, who was acquired by the Bulls just before the start of the regular season in exchange for Tony Snell, suffered the injury in the first half of Chicago's blowout win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Through his first three games as a Bull, he's averaged four points, three rebounds, and 2.7 assists, while shooting 26.7 percent from the field.

Carter-Williams also dealt with a left knee injury last season - albeit a comparatively minor one - which sidelined him for four games before hip surgery shut him down. He's struggled to stay on the floor since being drafted in 2013, missing 56 games across three seasons.

And people laughed when the great Sam Hinkie traded him for basically a top 5/10 pick. In Hinkie we trust.



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The oldest player in the league is still chugging along, and he's still setting records.

Vince Carter became the 24th player in NBA history to score 24,000 career points in the Memphis Grizzlies' lopsided loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old came off the bench for the Grizzlies to score five points. Carter's tally now sits at exactly 24,000 points.

Carter's next milestone would be to surpass Allen Iverson for 23rd in all-time scoring. At his current average of 7.8 points per game, Carter would need roughly 50 games to equal The Answer.

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While one hyped NBA reunion sees the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Golden State Warriors Thursday, another one on Friday has Derrick Rose (and Joakim Noah) returning to Chicago as a member of the New York Knicks.

Rose isn't expecting a unanimous standing ovation, either.

"That would be a dream, but I know I'm going to get some boos here and there," Rose said, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "It's all a part of the game ... It's not going to affect the way that I play and how bad I want to win that game."

Rose didn't really leave his hometown Bulls on bad terms, rather than get traded after injuries had cursed most of his previous five seasons. A Chicago hoops prodigy since childhood, he's still revered by many in the city and elsewhere - although his civil sexual assault case this past offseason didn't help his public image.

He said he holds nothing against the Bulls - who drafted Rose first overall in 2008 - for moving on from him.

"There's no bad blood there at all," Rose said. "I totally understand the business of this game ... I never felt that way about getting traded or me coming to this team. I always took it as a blessing that I had the opportunity to come in this (New York) market, this franchise, and to be able to create a culture here."

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