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September 26, 2021

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Dame + Shaq: The ‘Shaqnosis’ sneaker collaboration is here

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2:55 PM ET Jeremy WillisESPN.com Damian Lillard and Shaquille O’Neal are teaming up to rebrand a classic pair of kicks. The “Shaqnosis” has a new look courtesy of the Portland Trail Blazers star and the former Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat champion and Hall of Famer. 1 Related The......

Sources: Bulls sign-and-trade Markkanen to Cavs

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Chicago Bulls restricted free-agent forward Lauri Markkanen on a four-year, $67 million contract as part of a three-team, sign-and-trade agreement, sources told ESPN on Friday. The Cavaliers are sending forward Larry Nance Jr. to the Portland Trail Blazers and a 2023 second-round draft pick via......

Mailbag: Are the Warriors Serious Title Contenders?

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Welcome to A Crossover Mailbag! Is this a recurring segment or something to do during the slow part of the offseason? Only time will tell! Either way, I want to sincerely, genuinely thank everyone who sent in questions. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so appreciated in my life.......

NBA 5-on-5: Will Ben Simmons start the season with the Sixers?

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The peak of NBA free agency is in the rearview. The full 2021-22 season schedule has been released. Training camps can officially open on Sept 28. Still, there are a few potential moves that remain unresolved. Will the Philadelphia 76ers trade Ben Simmons? How much longer will Damian Lillard remain......

NBA Offseason Report Cards: Grading Every Team in the West

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Pina Coming off an 18-month stretch that included postseason play inside a single-site bubble, extended isolation from friends and family, an abundance of injuries that were (somewhat) brought on by an atypically tight regular-season schedule and shortened offseason, dozens......

NBA Power Rankings: Who are the league’s best teams now?

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How has the NBA’s landscape changed after the draft and free agency? The biggest shocker came on draft night, when the Los Angeles Lakers sprung a deal with the Washington Wizards to land former MVP Russell Westbrook. The move created the league’s newest superstar Big Three of Westbrook, LeBron James......

Sources: McCollum to follow CP3 as NBPA prez

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6:04 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider Close Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 Follow on Twitter Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been elected as the president of the National Basketball Players Association, succeeding two-term president Chris Paul,......

Sources: Ex-All-Star Aldridge eyeing NBA return

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After medical consultation, seven-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is seriously considering a return to the NBA this season, sources told ESPN. Aldridge abruptly retired with the Brooklyn Nets in mid-April after heart concerns sidelined him, but now is exploring the possibility of resuming his 15-year NBA career. Aldridge is expected......

Which Team Should Trade for Damian Lillard?

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyNzI0MDM0NzYzNDMzMzc5/damian-lillard-usa-france.jpg Kyle Wood There has not been an official trade request to date by Portland star Damian Lillard. That hasn’t stopped speculation about his future with the franchise who drafted him nine years ago. Lillard, a six-time All-Star, denied a report that a trade request was imminent, but he made......

NBA Power Rankings, way-too-early edition: Where the Bucks, Suns and every team stand right now

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The Milwaukee Bucks are the 2021 NBA champions after rallying from a 2-0 series deficit against the Phoenix Suns. Now what? We’re not wasting any time spinning forward to next season, where a host of current contenders and potential superteams will aim to unseat Giannis Antetokounmpo & Co. in 2022.......

Lillard Wants a Championship. Can Portland Deliver?

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LAS VEGAS – Damian Lillard addressed reporters on Friday, hours after a report indicating that Lillard intended to request a trade from Portland went online, and if you only listened to the first few seconds you probably left feeling relieved. “It’s not true,” said Lillard, a USA Basketball banner hanging......

Report: Portland Conducted Brief Investigation into Billups

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Madeline Coleman Sam Forencich/Getty Images Editor’s Note: This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual assault allegations. The Trail Blazers made it clear on June 29’s introductory press conference that they were done discussing new head coach Chauncey Billups’s past—his sexual......

Welcome to the ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ soundtrack featuring Damian Lillard

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3:30 PM ET Tory BarronESPN Editor Close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. The “Space Jam: A New Legacy” soundtrack sees the OG film’s soundtrack......

Sources: Brooks finalizing deal as Blazers asst.

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Former Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks is finalizing a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers to become Chauncey Billups’ top assistant coach, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Brooks spent the past five seasons as the Wizards’ coach, taking Washington to the playoffs three times and advancing to the Eastern Conference......

NBA Rumors: Lillard Breaks Silence on Trade Gossip

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Madeline Coleman With Portland’s 2020-21 season in the rearview mirror, Damian Lillard broke his silence Thursday and addressed the trade rumors that have been brewing.  The reportedly disgruntled point guard sounded like he was willing to give next season a......

Trail Blazing Arrogance

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Olshey and the Blazers introduced Billups at a press conference on Tuesday. Sam Forencich/NBAE/Getty Images The Trail Blazers had two options for handling Chauncey Billups’s candidacy for their head-coaching position. One was to hire somebody else. The second was to hire Billups, then explain that while they feel secure in......

Melo wins NBA’s 1st Kareem social justice award

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Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony is the inaugural winner of the NBA’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award, it was announced Tuesday. The NBA said Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, was selected “for his dedication over the past year to pursuing social justice and......

Carmelo Anthony Wins NBA’s Social Justice Champion Award

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Wilton Jackson Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony is the NBA’s inaugural winner of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice award, the league announced on Tuesday. Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, earned the award for his dedication over the past year to social......

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