Rockets ship Westbrook off to Wizards in exchange of point guards

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Houston Rockets agreed to send disgruntled point guard Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for former first round draft pick John Wall, the Wizards announced on Wednesday. The Wizards also received a first round draft pick in the blockbuster deal which reunites Westbrook with former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks. The trade ends a single season in Houston for the 32-year-old Westbrook, who spent the previous 11 […]

LeBron James agrees to contract extension with Lakers: report

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Reigning NBA finals MVP LeBron James, who will turn 36 this month, has agreed to a two-year, $85 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent Rich Paul said on Wednesday. The extension means James will make $39.2 million next season and will be a Laker through the 2022-23 season, American sports broadcaster ESPN reported Paul as saying. James will also make $41.1 million in 2021-22 and […]

Australia’s former NBA championship winner Andrew Bogut retires

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — NBA championship-winning centre Andrew Bogut announced his immediate retirement from basketball Tuesday after a 15-year career. The 36-year-old Australian, who was the NBA’s top draft pick in 2005 for the Milwaukee Bucks, said the coronavirus shutdown had given him the time to reflect on his future. “The decision hasn’t been an easy one, but I think its the right decision,” he said on his podcast ‘Rogue Bogues’. “I’ll be retiring from […]

Maradona’s doctor investigated for involuntary manslaughter

  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) — Diego Maradona’s personal doctor was on Sunday being investigated for involuntary manslaughter four days after the Argentina legend suffered a fatal heart attack, prosecutors in San Isidro near Buenos Aires reported. Police raided Leopoldo Luque’s surgery and home in search of possible evidence pointing to negligence, according to television images. The probe was triggered by concerns raised by three of Maradona’s daughters Dalma, Giannina and Jana over the treatment […]

Celtics’ Tatum, Jazz’ Mitchell land rich extensions – reports

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell landed lucrative extensions to their NBA rookie deals, US media reported Sunday on the second day of the league’s free agency negotiating period. The Salt Lake City-based Deseret News was among the outlets reporting that all-star guard Mitchell had agreed a five-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $163 million with the Jazz. The deal has escalators that could bring Mitchell’s five-year total […]

Thompson out for season after torn Achilles: Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson is expected to miss the entire 2020-2021 NBA season after suffering a torn right Achilles tendon, the team announced on Thursday. Thompson — who missed all of last season after a knee injury sustained in the 2019 NBA Finals — had limped out of a workout on Wednesday with an injury to his right leg. An MRI scan early Thursday confirmed Thompson’s season-ending […]

Timberwolves take Edwards first overall in NBA draft

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves made University of Georgia standout Anthony Edwards the first overall selection in the 2020 NBA draft on Wednesday. The Timberwolves, who finished 19-45 in the coronavirus-disrupted 2020 season, opted for Edwards, who averaged 19 points per game as a freshman, to bolster a roster that includes young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. The 2020 draft comes barely four weeks after LeBron James and the Los […]

Warriors sharp-shooter Thompson injured in workout

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson suffered a leg injury during a workout on Wednesday, the NBA team confirmed without elaborating. News that Thompson was hurt trickled out in US sports media, with few details available apart from the fact that it was a lower leg injury. “We will provide further updates as appropriate,” the Warriors said in a brief statement. Thompson, 30, was scheduled to return in the […]

Phoenix rising for Paul in Thunder trade

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Ten-time All-Star Chris Paul is set to join the Phoenix Suns from the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a blockbuster deal that sends four players and a draft pick the other way, reports said on Monday. ESPN reported that Paul and team-mate Adel Nader would head to the Suns in exchange for Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome and Jalen Lecque. Oklahoma City would also receive a 2022 […]

NBA approves 2020-21 season deal

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The NBA’s board of governors formally approved a deal for a shortened 2020-2021 season on Tuesday, with the new campaign tipping off on December 22. An NBA statement said the league’s board unanimously approved adjustments to the current collective bargaining agreement, which has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The statement said the league would continue to negotiate with the National Basketball Players Association on other aspects of the […]

Ronaldo still positive for coronavirus before Barcelona game

  TURIN, Italy (AFP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive again for coronavirus on the eve of Juventus’s Champions League clash against his great rival Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, according to media reports in Italy and Portugal. Portuguese TVI reported that Ronaldo “has once against tested positive for Covid-19” following a swab carried out by Juventus. The 35-year-old is now awaiting the result of a UEFA test which, if also positive, would rule him out of […]

Tyronn Lue agrees to become next coach of LA Clippers: reports

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Tyronn Lue, who coached the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA title, has agreed to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple reports Thursday. ESPN and USA Today reported that Lue has agreed to replace Doc Rivers, who parted ways with the Clippers just over two weeks ago, with ESPN saying the deal was for five years. Lue, 43, served as the lead […]