Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and John Wall join forces, provide Hurricane Florence relief

Three of the NBA’s point guards are teaming up for a massive and much-needed off-court assist.

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and John Wall are jointly aiding those affected by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and the surrounding area. All three were born in North Carolina and have watched their home state ravaged by the latest hurricane to rip through the United States.

The effort, titled “Assist for Hurricane Florence,” has already raised more than $10,000, with a public goal of $500,000. Donations are being made through the Edward Charles Foundation.

Please join myself, @CP3 and @JohnWall supporting our home state of North Carolina and the surrounding area in #HurricaneFlorence recovery efforts! A lot of work to do and any amount helps those in the area get back on their feet quickly.

— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) September 20, 2018

.@stephencurry30, @johnwall & myself are teaming up to help with

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Reports: Jimmy Butler requests trade from Minnesota Timberwolves

All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler is reportedly seeking a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski, Butler has given the Timberwolves a list of one to three teams with which he is open to signing a contract extension. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers, New York Knicks are on Butler’s list of preferred trade destinations, with the Clippers looming as his favorite landing spot. Minnesota currently has no interest in trading him, Wojnarowski reports.

In addition, Butler may have given the Wolves a preferred date by which he’d like to be traded, reports Wojnarowski:

Butler told Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota’s president of basketball operations and coach, that he would like to be traded before reporting for Timberwolves media day on Monday and prefers the possibility of the Clippers — as well as the New York Knicks, league sources said. Butler told the Timberwolves that he

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Season preview: Boston Celtics


STAYING: Aron Baynes, Jabari Bird, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris, Semi Ojeleye, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis and Guerschon Yabusele.

ADDED: Justin Bibbs (Virginia Tech), PJ Dozier (Oklahoma City), Nicholas King (Middle Tennesee), Walter Lemon Jr. (Fort Wayne), Jeff Roberson (Vanderbilt), Brad Wanamaker (Fenerbahce) and Robert Williams (Texas A&M).

GONE: Kadeem Allen (New York), Abdel Nader (Oklahoma City), Jonathan Gibson (Qingdao Eagles), Shane Larkin (Anadolu Efes) and Greg Monroe (Toronto).

STRENGTHS: They are just chock full of quality players … Deepest team in the NBA? … The Celtics have star power, creative playmakers, fine shooters, lockdown defenders, paint enforcers, great young talent … It’s an embarrassment of riches … Kyrie Irving is one of the most clutch/talented players in basketball … Might be the best ballhandler too … With Terry Rozier,

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Donovan Mitchell, Ricky Rubio reveal Utah Jazz throwback jerseys

The Utah Jazz made the playoffs every year from 1984 through 2003. The first 12 years of that run were highlighted by the franchise’s ‘J’-note logo and uniforms, a look that will return in throwback form this upcoming season.

Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio revealed the old/new look via Twitter, providing a glimpse as to how Utah’s current generation will pay homage to an era that included Hall-of-Famers John Stockton and Karl Malone.


— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) September 19, 2018

🔥🔥🔥🤙🏼 Throwback

— Ricky Rubio (@rickyrubio9) September 19, 2018

Mitchell in particular is a fan of the NBA old-school. The runner-up for 2017-18 Kia Rookie of the Year paid homage to Vince Carter jersey during the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest by wearing his Toronto Raptors jersey. The event also saw Mitchell don the jersey of former Jazz guard and 1980-81 Rookie of the Year Darrell

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Bontemps: 'Zero percent chance' that Anthony Davis is traded this year

Assuming that Jimmy Butler is the next star to be traded in the NBA, who would come after that? For now, we shouldn’t expect Anthony Davis.

While the Minnesota Timberwolves likely have to pursue a move to send Butler out sooner rather than later, many assume that Davis is the next to demand a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.

But according to Washington Post‘s Tim Bontemps during a recent podcast with Chris Mannix, this situation is incredibly unlikely (via Yahoo Sports):

“I don’t think there’s any chance, I’m going to say, now. I think there’s a zero percent chance that Anthony Davis is traded this year — under any circumstances. The only caveat I would give to that is if Anthony Davis announces: ‘I need to be traded today.’ But I do not see him doing that and I do not

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Report: Jimmy Butler would sign extension with Knicks, Nets, Clippers


Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler has reportedly requested a trade and would sign a contract extension with “one to three” teams.

Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski. Butler has given Minnesota a list of one-to-three teams with whom he’s open to signing extension, in anticipation of trade.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 19, 2018

The 29-year-old will become a free agent next offseason after playing just one year with the Timberwolves. He met with his head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau on Tuesday, according to reports, and told the organization he wants out.

While The Athletic’s Shams Charania did not include the list of the teams, other reporters including ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski have provided some of their research to see which franchises Butler would

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Blogtable: Player who has most to prove to start 2018-19 season?

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Gaze into your crystal ball and tell me: which player has the most to prove to start the 2018-19 season?

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Steve Aschburner:  Kawhi Leonard. The season-long drama over his fitness demands answers, both on the court and from his lips. Enough with the coy. Time  for a grown man to deal with other grown men and women properly, and that includes the Spurs fans, through the media. Leonard doesn’t have to cut open a vein and give us Manu. We’ll settle for him being an adult and giving us a proper, mature Tim, with a dry but full state-of-Kawhi address. Then he needs to go out and dominate at both ends like his old self, and not waste another year.

Shaun Powell:  Markelle Fultz, just barely ahead of Paul George (who must hold it down until Russell Westbrook heals) and Carmelo Anthony (can he help Houston?).

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What is the NBA's minimum salary?

Just like the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has a maximum salary – i.e., the highest monetary amount a team can offer a player – it also has a minimum salary.

The minimum salary is in place in order to protect all players (especially veterans, who are rewarded with higher values on their minimum deals depending on their years of service in the league), providing them with an absolute floor amount for what they will earn from teams interested in signing them.

Here is how the numbers break down according to years of experience:

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Blogtable: Two teams in Eastern Conference you'll be watching as camps open?

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As camps open in the coming days, which two teams in the East will you be keeping an eye on and why?

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Steve Aschburner:  The Raptors and Bucks. I’m keeping an eye on the Raptors because they’ve made dramatic changes at the risk of being too clever by half. Dwane Casey fired, Nick Nurse promoted, Kawhi Leonard acquired, DeMar DeRozan traded … when maybe all they needed was to have LeBron — the human wall physically and mentally between them and an Eastern Conference title — move his business westward. The Bucks, meanwhile, wasted a year of development and potential progress in 2017-18, in my opinion. With a new coaching staff and system, and with a shiny new arena as a diversion from real urgency, Milwaukee needs to take a major step this season and embrace its obligation to maximize Giannis Antetokounmpo’s career. Otherwise the

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The endorsement game: How NBA players make money off the court


The life of a professional athlete is seemingly amazing, but it’s also strange in many ways. In most situations, it’s considered very rude to ask someone how much money they make. This is sensitive information that’s typically kept private, especially among co-workers.

However, if you’re an NBA player, anyone can learn exactly how much you’re being paid. Nowadays, it only takes a few seconds for someone to look up a player’s current salary, total career earnings, the length of their contract and even specifics of their deal (like whether they have a trade kicker or certain incentives).

But while players’ NBA salaries have become common knowledge, how much money they make from endorsement deals is largely a mystery. With some major marketing deals, there will be an announcement – like when LeBron James signed a

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