Former NBA player Iman Shumpert was arrested at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport last weekend for allegedly trying to bring six ounces of cannabis through security. The police report from the Dallas-Fort Worth Department of Public Safety shows police were called to a TSA checkpoint at about 3:40 p.m. on July 30. The police report says Shumpert told officers the bag contained marijuana and “asked if there was any way he could make his flight” to Los Angeles. Shumpert was told no and charged with felony possession of marijuana. The police report said it was an amount more than four ounces but less than five pounds.
The Milwaukee Bucks have hired former NBA player DeMarre Carroll and former Utah Jazz assistant coach Vince Legarza as assistant coaches. Carroll will reunite with Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer after playing for him with the Atlanta Hawks from 2013-15. Carroll played in the NBA from 2009-20. The Bucks also promoted Charles Lee from assistant coach to associate head coach, promoted Blaine Mueller from head video coordinator to assistant coach and promoted Sidney Dobner from assistant video coordinator to head video coordinator.
The Chicago Bulls and guard Goran Dragic have finalized a one-year, $2.9 million contract. The Bulls tweeted a welcome message in announcing the deal about a month after the two sides reached an agreement. The 36-year-old Dragic has averaged 13.7 points and shot 36.2% on 3-pointers over 14 seasons with Phoenix, Houston, Miami, Toronto and Brooklyn. From Slovenia, he made an All-Star team with the Heat during the 2017-18 season and helped them advance to the 2020 NBA finals. Dragic averaged 7.5 points while shooting 25.4% from beyond the arc last season for Toronto and Brooklyn.
The NBA is investigating whether or not the Knicks made contact with former Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson before free agency began.
William Felton Russell made his living in a profession that judges success by an unequivocal bottom line: Winning. How much of that did you do?
Bill Russell never had to find his voice as an activist. He didn’t know any other way but to speak his mind. Before Russell developed the skills that would eventually make him an 11-time NBA champion, two-time Hall of Famer or Olympic gold medalist, he had a front row seat to racial indignities confronted by his parents growing up in segregated Louisiana. It was the foundation of a path that led him to become one of the most prominent voices of his lifetime to speak out against the prejudices of the day, leading him to take social and political stances that have threaded to today’s generation of athletes.
The NBA great Bill Russell has died at age 88. His family said on social media that Russell died on Sunday. The statement did not give the cause of death, but Russell was not well enough to present the NBA Finals MVP trophy in June due to a long illness. Russell anchored a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 titles in 13 years. His last two were as the first Black head coach in any major U.S. sport. Russell was a Hall of Famer, five-time MVP and 12-time All-Star. He won with defense and rebounding and waged battles with Wilt Chamberlain. Russell also marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and stood with boxer Muhammad Ali when he refused military induction.
Bill Russell lived a life that was full even when his many basketball accomplishments aren't factored into his story. The greatest winner in the history of team sports was a civil rights champion. He loved telling stories. Had an appreciation for music and fast cars. He climbed mountains. Loved the outdoors. He could opine intelligently on just about any topic. Russell died Sunday at 88. His basketball exploits were legendary. Yet he always made sure to say playing the game was just what he did, and that being a basketball star wasn't who he was.
NBA great Bill Russell, the defensive anchor of Boston Celtics dynasty, dies at 88, family says.
The Philadelphia 76ers are being investigated by the NBA for possible tampering in offseason free-agency moves involving James Harden, P.J. Tucker and Danuel House, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday night. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said the team is cooperating with the investigation. Harden signed a deal worth slightly over $68 million, paying him about $33 million this season with a $35 million player option for the 2023-24 season. Harden, though, will make about $14.5 million less this coming season than he could have earned under his previous deal. ESPN reported Friday there are questions involving Harden and the Sixers having “a handshake agreement in place on a future contract.”
Grammy Award-winning musician and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson sat courtside with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive during a Las Vegas Summer League game earlier this month.
The Philadelphia 76ers and James Harden have agreed on a new multi-year contract. Harden signed a deal worth slightly over $68 million, paying him about $33 million this season with a $35 million player option for the 2023-24 season. He will make about $14.5 million less this coming season than he could have earned under his previous deal. Harden had a $47.4 million option for this coming season that he declined last month. Harden said he wanted to give the 76ers flexibility to improve their roster and compete for a championship.
The Phoenix Suns have officially agreed to a multi-year contract extension for Monty Williams, who was the NBA’s Coach of the Year last season after leading the franchise to a team-record 64 wins in the regular season. The team announced the extension on Wednesday. Williams, 50, led the Suns to the NBA Finals in 2021 where they lost in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the first time the franchise had been in the Finals since 1993. They were the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference last season, but fell in the second round to the Dallas Mavericks.
The New Orleans Pelicans says second-round draft choice E.J. Liddell has had surgery to repair torn knee ligaments. The injury to the 6-foot-6 forward from Ohio State occurred July 11 during a Summer League game against the Atlanta Hawks in Las Vegas. The Pelicans say the procedure performed Monday was a right ACL reconstruction and that Liddell remains out indefinitely. Liddell averaged 19.4 points and 7.9 rebounds with the Buckeyes last season. He was drafted 41st overall by New Orleans.
The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on guard Sharife Cooper, a 2021 second-round draft pick from Auburn. The move came after Cooper averaged 4.4 points in five games on Atlanta’s Summer League team. Cooper’s possible path to a roster spot in Atlanta became more difficult this offseason. The Hawks have fortified their point guard depth behind Trae Young with trades for Dejounte Murray and Aaron Holiday. After signing a two-way contract, Cooper averaged only three minutes in 13 games with Atlanta as a rookie last season. He averaged 17.4 points and 6.4 assists in 34 G League games with the College Park Skyhawks.
The Nets have received their best and most realistic trade offer in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes
A federal judge in North Carolina has again ruled in favor of New Orleans Pelicans player Zion Williamson, this time in connection with a lawsuit he filed against a marketing agent two years ago in an attempt to break a contract. U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs denied a number of motions filed by Prime Sports Marketing and Gina Ford, which entered an agreement to represent Williamson. The defendants were seeking to recover payment for the work they did for Williamson. Biggs denied multiple motions for summary judgment and to stay proceedings in the case regarding the contract. The court ruled previously that because neither the company nor the agent complied with North Carolina law, their agreement was void and unenforceable.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have finalized a contract with guard Austin Rivers. The 6-foot-4 son of Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers spent last season with Denver. He averaged 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 67 games. Rivers registered his best year in the NBA in 2017-18 with the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 15.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 61 games. He has played 10 seasons in the league for six teams. Rivers was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft by New Orleans out of Duke.
The Philadelphia 76ers are taking the first steps toward building a privately-funded sports and entertainment arena. The team’s managing partners on Thursday announced the creation of a new development company to create its future home in the city’s Fashion District. They say 76 Place is anticipated to cost about $1.3 billion. Josh Harris and David Blitzer say in a news release they’re committed to creating “a privately funded arena that strengthens ties within the local community through investments that prioritize equity, inclusivity and accessibility.” Groundbreaking is not expected for several years and the project is expected to be finished in time for the 2031-2032 NBA season. The Sixers currently play at Wells Fargo Center.
James Harden has agreed to terms on a two-year contract to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers and will make about $14.5 million less this coming season than he could have earned under his previous deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.
James Harden has agreed to terms on a two-year contract to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers and will make about $14.5 million less this coming season than he could have earned under his previous deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday. Harden will sign a deal worth slightly over $68 million, paying him about $33 million this season and with a $35 million player option for the 2023-24 season, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal. ESPN first reported the agreement.
Prosecutors say Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges has pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles to felony domestic violence charges after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their two children last month. The LA County district attorney says his office filed one felony count of injuring a child’s parent and two felony counts of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death. Bridges was arrested on June 29 by Los Angeles police and later released on $130,000 bond.
Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges is facing three felony domestic violence charges.