29 Jul 2016 at 2:49am
Jimmy Butler spun a basketball on his finger. Back in Chicago on the eve of the Olympics, Butler is fitting in quite nicely with the U.S. national team. It's good practice for the fall, when Butler returns to a new-look Bulls team that suddenly includes a pair of longtime opponents for the versatile swingman.
28 Jul 2016 at 5:33pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
26 Jul 2016 at 4:38pm
Amar?e Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns slam dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 28, 2009. Amar?e Stoudemire, a six-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection and Rookie of the Year whose pick-and-roll finishing and rim-rocking dunks made him one of the game?s most electric offensive forces for a number of years, announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday after 14 pro seasons. A free agent after spending last season with the Miami Heat, the 33-year-old power forward/center signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the New York Knicks ? the team he joined in 2010 on a five-year, $100 million deal, pledging to lead New York back to NBA prominence before injuries, inconsistency and internal intrigue scuttled those grand plans ? so he could announce the end of his NBA playing days.
26 Jul 2016 at 1:07pm
A great many sports fans, whether die-hard NBA followers or casual observers, experienced pretty serious sticker shock during the opening days of free agency, as players who aren?t exactly household names (well, outside of Russia) started signing deals eight-figure deals that dwarf the top paydays of some of the greatest NBA players of even the very recent past. Nets general manager Sean Marks made the lucrative offer, which included ?poison-pill? guarantees of $18.8 million and $19.6 million in the final two years of the deal, in hopes that the Heat ? who picked up the undrafted Fresno State product in the summer of 2014, added him to their D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, and helped develop him into a versatile young backcourt piece for the senior club ? would be too cap-strapped down the line after maxing out center Hassan Whiteside, and too wrapped up with their pursuit of top free agent Kevin Durant and attempts to re-sign franchise legend Dwyane Wade, to exercise their rights in restricted free agency and match the offer sheet.
26 Jul 2016 at 1:06pm
MIAMI (AP) -- Shooting guard Dion Waiters has signed a $5.93 million, two-year contract with the Miami Heat, and he'll compete for a starting job as Dwyane Wade's replacement.
25 Jul 2016 at 9:08pm
Dion Waiters has been looking for a team that can offer him a prominent scoring role. The Miami Heat could have just the role for him after a disappointing split with franchise star Dwyane Wade. Waiters and the Heat were finalizing a one-year contract worth $2.9 million, two people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.
25 Jul 2016 at 8:57pm
Basketball icon Michael Jordan, long reluctant to speak out on social issues, has condemned violence fueling rising racial tension in America and pledged $2 million toward efforts to build trust. "I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent," Jordan said in a letter released via theundefeated.com, a website backed by ESPN. It was a watershed moment for a superstar who throughout his playing career, in which he led the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association championships between 1991 and 1998, was criticized for his hesitance to wade in on politics.
25 Jul 2016 at 6:29pm
Michael Jordan broke a longstanding silence and spoke out Monday on police shootings and mounting racial tension across the United States. Jordan, the Chicago Bulls legend and Hall of Famer, said he will donate $1 million to the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In a statement to The Undefeated, Jordan wrote, "As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers.
25 Jul 2016 at 5:26pm
Michael Jordan finally spoke out on Monday about racial tensions in America in hopes of easing conflicts between blacks and law enforcement. The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner announced he is giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and another $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. ''As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers,'' Jordan said in a statement.
25 Jul 2016 at 12:58am
Athletes today are using their platforms as sports celebrities to bring attention to the violence that has erupted across the country and recently Carmelo Anthony has been one of the most outspoken. The New York Knicks All-Star is taking a break from his preparation with the Olympic basketball team Monday to host a meeting in Los Angeles with athletes, politicians and people in the community to advance the conversation about what he's called a broken system. University of California-Berkeley professor emeritus Dr. Harry Edwards said today's athletes have a level of power that Muhammed Ali and others didn't have in the 1960s, and they have begun using it to speak out against violence both by and against police.
21 Jul 2016 at 3:01pm
Ryan Knaus analyzes the fantasy prospects for dozens of Summer League players from the Eastern Conference.
21 Jul 2016 at 1:34pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers have signed veteran point guard Aaron Brooks to a one-year deal.
20 Jul 2016 at 3:28pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Isaiah Canaan.
19 Jul 2016 at 3:44pm
DeMarcus Cousins still isn?t totally clear what?s going on. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
19 Jul 2016 at 10:03am
In the bid to get the band back together to defend their 2016 NBA championship, one contract situation appears to be greater than other negotiating challenges this summer, and it's not LeBron James' deal. J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers are far apart in contract talks, per multiple reports, and the 30-year-old might not see a better offer, at least from luxury-tax strapped Cleveland. The 30-year-old played a key role for the Cavaliers under coach Tyronn Lue, and even with the addition of shooting guard Mike Duleavy -- acquired from the Chicago Bulls via trade -- the Cavs don't want to take another hit to their rotation.
19 Jul 2016 at 8:31am
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Denzel Valentine put a thrilling finish on the NBA Summer League.
18 Jul 2016 at 11:15pm
The NBA?s Las Vegas Summer League is more about the chance to see top draft picks and youngsters before real games start than about the competition itself. A few more games like Monday night?s tournament final between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls could change that opinion soon enough. Down 69-68 entering the fourth quarter, the Wolves managed to enter the final few possessions tied at 74-74.
17 Jul 2016 at 9:44pm
Tyus Jones fought through an injured left wrist and thumb to lead Minnesota to the final of the tournament with 29 points, six assists and three rebounds. Jones had 18 points in the first half, but was injured when he landed hard on the court before halftime. The 2015 No. 24 pick came out of the break heavily bandaged, but continued to play as the Timberwolves outscored the Suns 24-18 in the third quarter to take a 67-66 lead.
16 Jul 2016 at 11:28pm
Tyler Ulis buried a 3-pointer from well behind the arc to give the Suns an 82-81 overtime victory over the Nuggets. Ulis finished with 19 points and four assists in an odd Summer League game. Suns forward and No. 4 overall pick Dragan Bender was fouled as time expired in regulation and went to the line needing to hit 1 of 2 to end the game.
16 Jul 2016 at 8:02pm
Nate Thurmond, the tenacious defensive center who played with Wilt Chamberlain and was an iconic figure in two cities, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia. The Golden State Warriors announced the death of one of the team's most respected players less than a month after they lost the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games. Thurmond played 11 of his 14 seasons with the Warriors and retired after the 1976-1977 season, one year after leading the ''Miracle'' Cavaliers to an improbable trip to the Eastern Conference finals.
16 Jul 2016 at 6:34pm
Pat Riley makes sure you see the ring. Pat Riley says he still has not spoken with Dwyane Wade, a three-time titlist with the Miami Heat that left the team after 13 years to join the Chicago Bulls as a free agent earlier in July. The Heat president, now entering his 22nd season with that title, says he has only begun to draft a long email to his longtime superstar, as yet unsent.
16 Jul 2016 at 3:43pm
A contrite Pat Riley revealed Saturday that he blames himself for Dwyane Wade's decision to leave the Miami Heat, adding that he wishes he could have done more to keep the three-time champion. Riley, the Heat's president, said if he had the chance, he would have handled Wade's free agency differently. Wade signed a $47 million, two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls earlier this month, leaving Miami without its franchise leader in several categories and sparking a rebuilding project for a franchise that was in the NBA Finals just two years ago.
16 Jul 2016 at 3:01pm
Nate Thurmond, a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee considered one of the greatest centers ever to play in the NBA, died on Saturday at age 74, his former team the Golden State Warriors said in a statement. Thurmond, known for his bruising on-court style, died in San Francisco after a short battle with leukemia, the team said. The seven-time National Basketball Association all-star excelled at all aspects of the game during a career that spanned from 1963 to 1977.
16 Jul 2016 at 1:35pm
Basketball Hall of Famer and Golden State Warriors great Nate Thurmond died on Saturday, the seven-time NBA All-Star was 74. Thurmond, who was named to the NBA?s 50 Greatest Players list in 1996, had reportedly been battling leukemia. Thurmond was a burly, all-around center whose work in the middle last through two NBA generations.
15 Jul 2016 at 9:12pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- Dwyane Wade has signed his contract with the Chicago Bulls.
15 Jul 2016 at 4:49pm
Let?s hope this basketball court at Dwyane Wade?s former Chicago home isn?t a metaphor for his game. Cue the ?Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous? theme. The scene opens in South Holland, Ill., with an aerial shot of Dwyane Wade?s former home ? a 7,847-square-foot abode complete with a theater room, pool house and outdoor basketball court.
15 Jul 2016 at 12:05am
A look at play Thursday at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas:
14 Jul 2016 at 5:55pm
The San Antonio Spurs signed Pau Gasol, beefing up a front line that will be without Tim Duncan next season for the first time in 19 years. The 7-foot Gasol has won two NBA titles and is a six-time All-Star. Gasol is one of six players in NBA history to reach 19,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocks, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Duncan, who retired earlier this week.
14 Jul 2016 at 4:16pm
(Reuters) - The San Antonio Spurs, looking to fill a void left by the retirement of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, officially added Pau Gasol on Thursday in an effort to shore up their front line. Terms of the contract were not disclosed but it was widely reported that Gasol, the only NBA player to average 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists a game last season, signed a two-year deal worth $30 million. Gasol, a 15-year NBA veteran who played last season for the Chicago Bulls, had previously written in the Players' Tribune that he would be joining the five-times NBA champions Spurs.
14 Jul 2016 at 4:15pm
Owner Mark Cuban applauds before Game 3 of the 2016 Western Conference Quarterfinals. You?re not going to believe this, but Mark Cuban disagrees with the commissioner of the NBA. Granted, this difference of opinion isn?t nearly as vast or volatile as the ones Cuban shared with longtime foe and eventual friend David Stern, but one day after Commissioner Adam Silver said he believes so-called ?super-teams? like the reloaded Golden State Warriors aren?t ?good for the league,? the owner of the Dallas Mavericks offered a dissenting perspective.