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Highly-touted NBA prospect Ja Morant has signed an endorsement deal with Nike. The news comes courtesy of NBA insider Shams Charania who says the projected top-2 pick in this year’s NBA Draft has joined the brand on a multi-year deal.

Morant’s draft stock and name recognition rose during the 2019 March Madness tournament. The Murray State point guard helped lead the 12 seed Racers to an upset victory over 5 seed Marquette in the opening round. It is widely assumed he will be taken second overall by the Memphis Grizzlies on June 20 at the 2019 NBA Draft.

The 19-year old confirmed Charania’s report with a tweet of his own saying, “Now I’m proud to say I work for the check.” Specifics of the deal have not yet been confirmed.

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If anything has been made clear about the Los Angeles Lakers this past week, it’s their current state of dysfunction. The franchise is being run by leaders who do not trust each other, who do not communicate with each other, and who do not stay in their lane.

One example that was pointed out by Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus happened during the Anthony Davis trade talks in February when Magic apparently offered more in the package then what was originally communicated to Jeanie.

According to someone familiar with the situation, the disconnect stems back to the trade deadline. Johnson apparently offered the New Orleans Pelicans more in a trade for All-Star forward Anthony Davis (notably Lonzo Ball) than had been communicated with Buss.

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Roughly a week after losing the greatest coach the men’s basketball program had ever seen, Michigan brought back one of its own in an effort to fill the void.

Juwan Howard, a former Michigan All-American forward and member of the famed Fab Five recruiting class, agreed in principle to become the program’s new head coach Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
The deal, according to the person, is a five-year contract. The financial terms have not been made available at this time. Howard was officially offered the job by Michigan on Wednesday after meeting with athletic director Warde Manuel on Tuesday.
Howard, 46, has been hired to replace John Beilein — the program’s all-time winningest coach — who ended his 12-year run at the school last Monday to become the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has struggled during the Western Conference finals series against the Golden State Warriors, and it might partly be attributed to injury.

Lillard has been playing with separated ribs, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The star guard appeared to have suffered the injury in Game 2 after Warriors center Kevon Looney landed on top of him and rolled over during a loose-ball scramble.

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Tim Anderson is putting his legs — and wallet — to good use on and off the field.

The 25-year-old White Sox shortstop is donating $500 each time he steals a base this season, with proceeds going to his anti-violence foundation, he announced in an Instagram post. Anderson leads Major League Baseball with 12 stolen bases.

“With EVERY stolen base I swipe this season, I personally pledge $500 to help steal away from senseless violence within our communities,” he wrote in the post Wednesday.

In conjunction with his donations, he started a pledgeit.org drive seeking $25,000. As of Thursday afternoon, it had raised $1,665.

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It’s no secret that Anthony Davis is going to be on the trade block this offseason, and the New York Knicks are sure to be one of the potential suitors for the Pelicans’ big man.

Although, if the price tag for AD is anything like what is being reported right now, trade talks may be over before they really even begin.

Apparently the demands have not changed since the Pelicans basically asked for the Lakers entire young core and a slew of draft picks back in February.

I mean come on now, this “equitable package” is absolutely absurd. For one, we don’t even know if the Knicks are even going to get the first overall pick, that will be decided at the conclusion of the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday.

For argument’s sake, lets say New York lands Williamson, who just might be the most hyped amateur prospect since Lebron James. That alone is a pretty high price to pay for Davis, who already has one foot out the door and has certainly hampered the Pelicans’ leverage in trade talks.

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Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons entered the 2018-19 NBA season with the goal of fully dominating the LeBron James-less Eastern Conference and winning an NBA championship title. The Pistons have succeeded to return to the Eastern Conference Playoffs, only to be swept by the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the first round – the same fate they suffered in their past two playoff appearances.

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The Pistons’ early playoff exit was mostly blamed to Blake Griffin’s injury. However, even if the All-Star power forward was healthy, no one still expected the Pistons to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals 2019. After suffering another huge disappointment, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report believes that the Pistons may go on some “soul-searching” and explore the possibility of trading Griffin and his lucrative contract in the 2019 NBA offseason.

With their limited salary cap space and lack of interesting trade assets, the Pistons don’t have enough flexibility to have a major upgrade on their roster next summer. Buckley thinks that the Pistons’ current situation may force them to consider everything, including undergoing a rebuilding process which could start by trading Blake Griffin. Once Griffin becomes officially available on the trade market, one of the NBA teams who could express strong interest in adding him to their roster is the Miami Heat.


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