Sources — Rockets, Sefolosha reach 1-year deal

Forward Thabo Sefolosha has agreed to sign a fully guaranteed one-year deal with the Houston Rockets for the veteran’s minimum, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday. Sefolosha, a 13-year veteran, has been among several free agents who attended the Rockets’ voluntary minicamp in Las Vegas this week. Sefolosha, 35, has earned a reputation as a quality defender during his career. He has career averages of 5.9 points and 3.8 rebounds. Sefolosha is a trusted teammate to Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook, having played with them with the Oklahoma…

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NBA board passes stricter tampering measures

Sep 20, 2019 Tim BontempsESPN NEW YORK — The NBA’s board of governors on Friday unanimously approved a series of measures to more strictly enforce compliance with tampering and salary-cap circumvention. In addition to being subject to fines up to $10 million, teams can also lose draft picks, executives can be suspended, and contracts can be voided when rules are not followed. In addition, teams must save communications with agents for one year, and random auditing of a team’s communication with agents and other teams can take place. “We had,…

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New anti-tampering proposal at center of owners meeting

Editor’s note: This piece has been updated from its original publication on Thursday after Friday’s Board of Governors vote. The NBA’s Board of Governors on Friday unanimously approved a series of measures to more strictly enforce compliance with tampering and salary cap circumvention. The NBA power brokers descending on New York this week for the league’s board of governors meeting have reacted to the league’s beefed-up anti-tampering proposal with a mix of skepticism about its potential deterrent effect and concerns of privacy. In conversations with numerous league officials, team owners,…

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Carter, 42, to play swan song season with Hawks

Vince Carter, the NBA’s oldest player, will return for a record 22nd season, the Atlanta Hawks announced Friday. The Hawks are bringing the 42-year-old back for a second season. Last season, he averaged 17.5 minutes, 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 76 games for the rebuilding Hawks. If Carter, an eight-time All-Star, sticks with the team through the new year, he will be the first player in NBA history to appear in a game in four different decades, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. Carter announced in August that 2019-20…

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Clips knew OKC wanted to break team up

Doc Rivers has revealed eye-opening, undisclosed details of the Los Angeles Clippers‘ free-agent meeting at his house with Kawhi Leonard and how the team approached it. Rivers, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, says the Clippers, knowing the Oklahoma City Thunder “wanted to break their team up,” provided Leonard with a list of players to choose from. And it included Paul George. “Which was a mistake, but we got lucky,” Rivers told the Times. “We shouldn’t have had a list, because then he got to choose who he…

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U.S. keeps No. 1 spot in FIBA rankings after loss

USA Basketball has kept its No. 1 spot in the FIBA world men’s rankings, even after a disappointing seventh-place showing in the World Cup that ended earlier this week. It’s now nine years and counting in the top spot for the U.S., which has held the No. 1 ranking since winning the 2010 world championship. World Cup champion Spain stayed No. 2, Australia leaped eight spots to No. 3, World Cup finalist Argentina rose one spot to No. 4 and World Cup bronze medalist France fell two slots to No.…

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Wizards’ Thomas has surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery Wednesday, meaning he could miss the start of the regular season. The Wizards announced that the operation was to repair a ruptured radial collateral ligament in Thomas’ left thumb. The two-time All-Star suffered the injury Monday during routine workouts. Hurt my damn thumb tryna play defense… Never again lol never again! — Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) September 19, 2019 “This was an unfortunate setback for Isaiah, but with his resolve and the top care…

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Curry commits to Olympics — ‘That is the plan’

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is committed to playing for Team USA in next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. “That is the plan, for sure,” Curry said in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “You know, obviously knock on wood, you don’t want any injuries or things like that to interfere.” This would mark Curry’s first appearance in the Olympics, an experience he is looking forward to, when asked specially by Nichols if he was committing to the team. “Definitely wanna go,” Curry said. “I’ve never been on the…

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NBA 2K partners with league for new championship

NBA 2K game developer Take-Two Interactive, the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and ESL will launch the NBA 2K20 Global Championship, which will feature more than $100,000 in prize money, in October, the four companies announced Tuesday. The multievent circuit will feature both online and offline events and will run from October to February, which aligns with the offseason for the NBA 2K League, which ran from April to August this year. NBA 2K20 was released on Sept. 6. “We’re excited to partner with the NBA, NBPA and ESL…

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Jordan, other NBA owners enter tequila business

BOSTON — When Michael Jordan decided to get into the tequila business, he could have slapped his name on the label, maybe autographed a few bottles and sold out the whole run in hours. No matter what it tasted like. Instead, the basketball hall of famer and owner of the Charlotte Hornets teamed up with owners from the Celtics, Lakers and Bucks to create an ultra-premium blend of the agave liquor that has already won prizes at tasting competitions from New York to Los Angeles. “It’s not about the ownership…

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