Anthony Davis trade winners and losers: Lakers give LeBron James second star; Celtics miss their target

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The 2019 offseason is already on fire, less than 48 hours removed from Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

The Pelicans agreed to trade star forward Anthony Davis to the Lakers on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Los Angeles will send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks (including this year's No. 4 pick) to New Orleans. Kyle Kuzma, who had been a significant part of trade discussions, will stay in LA.

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As talks intensified over the past week, it seemed the Lakers held a clear advantage over other suitors in the Davis sweepstakes. And yet, following months of rumors and speculation about Davis' future, it still takes a moment to digest — LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be wearing purple and gold next season.

In the immediate aftermath of the trade, let's run through some of the biggest winners and losers.

Anthony Davis trade winners

Los Angeles Lakers: The 2018-19 season was full of losses, injuries and embarrassing moments. How do you get such a bitter taste out of your mouth? Acquire arguably one of the five best players in the NBA.


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Celtics rumors: Boston targeting Malcolm Brogdon

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The Celtics could lose both Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier in free agency this offseason so they have reportedly started to build a list of targets to go after if that happens.

"Chatter" is starting to build that Boston could potentially target Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon in free agency, according to Yahoo Sports.

The team is also looking at another guard in Tomas Satoransky of the Wizards, according to the report.

Both players are restricted free agents, so their respective teams could match any offer the Celtics make, but considering Boston's situation at the point guard position, bigger deals could be in order for these players, especially for Brogdon, who is one of the most efficient players in the NBA and could be a great fit for Brad Stevens.

And if Boston offers a deal bigger than the one their respective teams can offer, it very well may land them.

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Free agency rumors: Warriors sign Klay to max contract

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Klay Thompson has moved closer to being a Warrior for life.

According to multiple reports, including the New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle, the Golden State sharp shooter agreed to a 5-year, $190 million deal with the team Sunday.

The 29-year-old star has been planning to stay with the organization but was ready to explore other options if Golden State did not offer him a max contract.

Thompson was reportedly open to meeting with other teams, including the Lakers and Clippers. But, he didn't need to with the max deal in place.

The five-time All-Star finished the season averaging 21.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 78 games. He's been a consistent offensive presence for the Warriors, knocking down 41.9 percent of his 3-point attempts over his eight-year career.

However, Thompson's 2018-19 season came to a disastrous end when he suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors. He is expected to miss most, if not all, of next season.

"I've said for a long time I want Klay to be a Warrior for life, and so (the injury) doesn't cha[......]

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Clippers signing Ivica Zubac to 4-year, $28M deal

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The Clippers are looking to finalize their roster.

Los Angeles is signing big man Ivica Zubac to a four-year, $28 million deal, according to a report from ESPN.

The Clippers acquired Zubac from in trade with the Lakers in 2018-19 and his stats received a healthy boost after making the move. The 22-year-old went from averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game to 9.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He said he was happy to be playing "good basketball" with his new team in April, and it appears like there could be a lot of that ahead given the Clippers' rapidly improving roster.

Zubac could be helpful alongside a strong list of other supporting players that include Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet. But it's Los Angeles' newfound star power that's really turning heads.

The Clippers signed 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in free agency Friday and traded Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and four first-round draft picks to acquire Paul George from the Thu[......]

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Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo on roster changes around the NBA: 'It's insane'

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Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo called the roster changes around the NBA "insane" after there were so many moves between trades and free agency signings.

"Like people ask for a trade and a trade happens. Players ask for a trade, 'I want to get traded there,' and players go there,"  Antetokounmpo explained (via ESPN). "It's insane. A lot of star players have a lot of power right now. This is the league we live in."

One of the most notable changes came when Anthony Davis demanded a trade from the Pelicans. After months of speculation, New Orleans granted the six-time All-Star his wish as he was sent to the Lakers to play alongside LeBron James.

Another one came when Kawhi Leonard signed with the Clippers in free agency, undoubtedly shaking up the Eastern Conference after he led the Raptors to its first title in franchise history.

"For me personally, I would love for Kawhi to stay in the East and stay in Toronto because I would love to go through the series (with them) again," Antetokounmpo said. "But unfortunately, this is the NBA we are talking about. Moves happen. People change teams. But we got an opportunity right now. We got to take advantage of it, and hopefully we can seize the opportunity and make big things[......]

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NBA free agency 2019: Kelly Oubre Jr., Suns agree to 2-year, $30M deal

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Restricted free agent forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and the Suns have agreed to a "multi-year contract," the team announced Tuesday.

His agent told last week that the deal was worth $30 million over two years.

The contract gives the 6-7 small forward, who turned 23 in December, financial security in the near term but an opportunity to return to the market as a 25-year-old unrestricted free agent in 2021.

Oubre — who on Tuesday told reporters, "I just want to be a leader" — appeared to allude to the new contract in a July 11 tweet that read, simply: "VALLEY BOYZZZZZZ #Shhh"

Acquired from the Wizards at the trade deadline, Oubre immediately brought a palpable intensity and a fresh style to a struggling Suns team.

"Today's a good day for the Phoenix Suns," GM James Jones said Tuesday. "I think you had a glimpse of what we can become at the end of the season."

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Stephen Curry defends Ayesha after the internet mocks his wife's dancing video

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Stephen Curry is defending his wife, Ayesha, after she was criticized on social media for doing the "Milly Rock" dance at the opening of International Smoke, her fourth restaurant, in Del Mar, Calif.

The cookbook author and TV host's dance moves were heavily mocked on Twitter:

Steph responded to the hate in a video on his Instagram Stories on Wednesday:

"Slow news day today, I see, huh?" the two-time NBA MVP said. "Just make sure y’all send me the video of you dancing at your own restaurant opening. And we’re going to keep 'Milly Rocking' until that happens."

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LeBron James, Drake announce ‘Uninterrupted’ partnership in Canada

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LeBron James and Drake are teaming up to bring "Uninterrupted" to Canada, marking the platform's first international expansion.

The Lakers star and Canadian rapper announced their partnership Tuesday with the mission of empowering "Canadian athletes to be more than an athlete." The platform was founded by James and his longtime business partner Maverick Carter in 2015 with backing from Warner Bros. and Turner.  

“Expanding into Canada with some incredible partners puts 'Uninterrupted' on a global scale and creates new opportunities for even more athletes and fans to be a part of what we’re building,” LeBron James said in a statement (via Variety).

Drake added: “Uninterrupted has been an incredible platform for athletes to tell their stories and connect with fans. I’m honored to partner with LeBron to bring Uninterrupted to Canada, a country that continuously supports innovation and creativity.”

Still just getting started!!! 💯🇨🇦 #StriveForGreatness🚀

— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) July 30, 2019

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Spurs setting jersey retirement date for Tony Parker

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One of San Antonio's all-time greats is set to have his jersey hanging from the rafters of the AT&T Center in 2019-20.

The Spurs announced Friday, they will be retiring Tony Parker's No. 9 on Nov. 11 when the team hosts the Grizzlies.

Parker, 37, retired from the NBA in June following a 2018-19 season with the Hornets in which he missed the playoffs for the first time in his lengthy career. He averaged 9.5 points in his final campaign.

But now the four-time NBA champion and 2007 Finals MVP will be honored for his role in building one of the most successful dynasties in the history of the league as San Antonio's reliable floor general.

Parker, a six-time all-star, is the Spurs' all-time leader in assists (6,829), ranks second in games played (1,198), fourth in points (18,943) and steals (1,032), fifth in free throws made (3,309) and sixth in rebounds (3,313).

In his 18-year career, Parker was one of only five players to record at least 19,000 points and 7,000 assists — joining the likes of Oscar Robertson, John Stockton, Gary Payton and LeBron James.

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Lonzo Ball confronts father LaVar over 'demolished' Big Baller Brand

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Lonzo Ball is ready to throw in the towel when it comes to Big Baller Brand, but his father LaVar is not.

In a promo for the Facebook series  "Ball in the Family," Lonzo can be seen confronting LaVar on the state of the brand after co-founder Alan Foster allegedly embezzled millions from the company.

"The brand is demolished right now," Lonzo tells his father, who responds the brand isn't destroyed.

Lonzo's mother, Tina, later tells the camera she feels the tension between the Ball patriarch and his son.

Lonzo Ball cut ties with Foster and Big Baller Brand in late March after his financial advisor reportedly informed the family about irregularities, but Ball wasn't aware that $1.5 million went missing until then.

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