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Heat forward was held out of the lr Giroud.Lampard has had no complaints with is delighted with what he’s seen from Patrick Roberts.Manchester City winger Roberts struggled at Norwich City, but his second loan spell of the the Ajax forward. Relations between Barca and Ajax are good so the deal may be easier to reach, although there is little time left.Tadic is having a great season, as he did last year, but with Ajax out of the Champions League he may be easier to per season looks more promising already.Woodgate said, “Patrick hasn’t played at all for Norwich (loan) thGiroud after the Frenchman missed out on a move away in January.He said, “Oli had a very difficult December. I was asked every few days if he would leave, and that’s a difficult position for a player to be ineup for Friday’s game against Boston with a lingering ankle injury, the team announced. It’s the second straight game Haslem has missed because of the issue, but is hoping to have the problem cleared up by the start of the playoffs.


Chris Paul agrees to deal with Clippers for $107 million


Apparently Chris Paul agreed to his deal with the Clippers Monday, based off this tweet he sent. 

I’M IN!!!

— Chris Paul (@CP3)

the deal has an opt out after the fourth year, making him a free agent in 2017. Paul’s agent Leon Rose confirmed the deal.

The have been a legitimate team since trading for in 2011. They went from being a joke around te is determined to stay with Trabzonspor.Sturridge is set to reject a move to Aston Villa this summer because of his desire to play in the Champions League with Trabzonspor.The 30-year-old has been at the Turkish club since the summer after his contrhe for decades to being one of the most relevant teams in the NBA. While they haven’t quite contended for a championship yet, having the best point guard in the NBA essentially directing your organization is something a lot of teams would spend a lot of money to have.

Unfortunately for the other 29 teams in the NBA, it doesn’t look like they’ll have that chance to spend money on Chris Paul. that as soon as the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. ET, Chris Paul and the Los Angester United have made a move for veteran Napoli striker Dries Mertens.TMW says Mertens will be a free agent at the end of the season and is therefore likely to join those moving on with United among the clubs interested.Inter Milan and Borussia Dorteles Clippers are going to agree to a contract extension of $107 million over five years.

Chris Paul is expected to verbally agree to a five-year, $107 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers shortly after the team is able to officially offer it to him, beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday morning, sources have told ESPN.

This is a no-brainer for the Clippers and quickly drops a big domino in the free agency madness that is going to happen over the next couple of weeks. Sure, we still have , who will probably try to suck every bit of media attention out of this situation, but at least Chris Paul has moved his offseason along quickly. City.The England star left Anfield for Manchester City in a £49m deal in 2015 as he became the most-expensive English player ever. Sterling told GQ: “When I got into Liverpool I said if I haven’t won the Premier League by the time I’m 21 I need to Now the Clippers can move on to either trying to bring in a third star to join Chris Paul and , or they can focus on filling out the roster with role players.

The Clippers currently have , , , , and  as free agents from last year’s roster. Matt Barnes is expected to be in demand for teams looking to add key wing role players.


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guard logged in a team-high 24 minutes of game action off the bench in Saturday’s preseason win over the Timberwolves.

Buycks, who is fighting for.James, after a two season-long loan with Bayern Munich, is available from Real and a confirmed target for Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis.However, Okdiario says nothing is as to stay at Atletico Madrid for the rest of his career.The Chelsea striker joined Atleti on loan for 18 months in January and netted six times in 17 appearances for the La Liga giants this term.The 26-year-old told Marca: “I am very clear that I wangreed with the Azzurri and instead is eager to hear from United.For t backup minutes with , shot 3 for 9 from the field and knocked down all two of his free throw attempts. He finish has enjoyed his debut season at the club.The Italy international came under intense pressure throughout the season as he struggled to adjust to the Premier League after arriving from Napoli in the summer.But Jorginho believes he has a good season aned with eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals in a 104-97 victory. Augustin had just eight points on 3 of 6 shooting while logging 18 minutes.


Report: Andrew Bynum to have ‘Kobe treatment’ in Germany in September


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has an injury history, to put it lightly. He suffered multiple severe knee injuries and mulCrystal Palace chief Steve Parish has reaffirmed hopes of keeping hold of Wilfried Zaha.For the moment, Zaha wants to leave this summer.But Parish told The Sun: “I don’t want Wilf to leave. “We want to progress and the best way of doing that is Wilf in our team.“At the same time, I know you can get boxed into a corner over these things — but he is on a long contract.”tiple surgeries, before having a fully healthy 2011-2012 campaign and establishing himself as the player he was hyped as for years. That injury factor lead in part to the ‘ decision to upgrade him with , and it was a precautionary note for the Sixers when they acquired him last week.

Now the Inquirer reports he’s having some light surgical work done on the knee. But not until September. From the Inquirer:

Source: Bynum to undergo precautionary non-invasive knee procedure early in Sept. in Germany.

— john mitchell (@JmitchInquirer)

OK, it’s just non-invasive. And precautionary.

But it’s just not how you want the Bynum era to start in Philadelphia.

The good news is about the context of the surgery. You may have noticed that word “German” and the name “‘ may have popped into your head. The Inquirer indeed notes it’s the same procedure.

The procedure, known as Orthokine/Regenokine, will be performed by Dr. Peter Wehling. Bryant initially underwent the procedure to prevent the inevitable wearing down of his knee cartilage. The procedure is a derivation of platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP. The procedure, which is not yet performed in the United States, is less invasive than many, if not all, other forms of knee surgeries presently used.

According to the source, Bynum is not feeling any pain in his knees. However, the center wants to explore any options that will help to prolong the healthy status of his knees. According to the source, Bynum was so impressed with the results that Bryant experienced last season that he agreed that exploring the procedure was a viable option.

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There’s also a secondary issue. Why isn’t the surgery coming sooner? It’s likely simply the soonest it could be schedu club’s fans after Brescia striker Mario Balotlow insists the club did not spend for the sake of it.The recently promoted club spent £144.5m on 12 players this summer. And Purslow says it was necessary to remain competitive in the Premier League.He told Sky Sports News: “It is a lot of money, aelli kicked the ball into the stands claiming racist chants.He also threatened to walk off the pitch before being calmed down by his teammates.But Setti insisted: “We did not hear anything. I arrived in Vled. But having it in September could complicate the start of his season. The process involves platelets and a treatment, then centrifuge, and a re-injection to the knee. 

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Bryant credited the procedure with his rejuvenation and uptick in production as well as his minutes load (though his shooting percentages dipped). Alex Rodriguez and other athletes have opted for the surgery, and Bryant clearly sold Bynum on it. 

If it helps Bynum long-term and has no complications (there have been no reports of athletes being affected by such issues yet), then it’s a win-win. But it’s going to be a tight squeeze for Bynum to be ready for training camp with his new teammates.


Report: Hayward, Jazz ‘far apart’ on extension talks


Yahoo Sports reports that the and are not close on a contract extension with the October 31st deadline less than a week away.

As the deadline for Class of 2010 contract extensions looms at midnight on Friday, the Utah Jazz and forward Gordon Hayward remain far apart in discussions, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Talks are expected to pick up this week, but there’s nothing resembling even the baseline for an agreement in place, sources told Yahoo.

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The Jazz just gave . Hayward is better than Favors, so one would assume his reps would want a better deal than that. The combination of the two deals could seriously impact their future cap space, but they also know the two players are good enough to provide a core for them to build towards the future with.

The deadline for extensions for players coming off rookie scale deals is Oct. 31. If a deal isn’t in place, they will enter restricted free agency next summer.

The Jazz are likely anticipating a breakout season for Hayward, a player they selected ninth overall in 2010. Hayward, 23, has steadily improved season by season, putting up respectable numbersiallorosso.Mkhitaryan is on a season-long loan at Roma from Arsenal, but has struggled with injury.The midfieldewith Parma, Kulusevski is attracting interest from across Europe – including from Juventus and Wolves.Corriere di Bergamo says Arsenal are also keen and the Oribici have set a price of €25m to sell.The Swede is on a straight loan with Parma and Atar was back for yesterday’s victory over Hellas Verona, however, and was asked about staying long-term in the post-match mixed zone.He told in 2012-13, while improving quite a bit as a defender.

With Utah entering in a bit of a rebuilding mode, Hayward is set to take on more offensive responsibility and could improve on his 14.1 points he averaged last season. That happens, and with the hunger throughout the league for stars, Hayward could find himself getting a lucrative offer sheet in restricted free agency. So the Jazz are trying to get out in front of it. It’s kind of a gamble because Hayward could have a mediocre season and you don’t know how he’s set to respond, but he’s performed well in preseason and appears ready.

The Jazz are really banking on Favors and Hayward being key parts of their future, because they’re set to commit a solid portion ofnce of the future of Bukayo Saka.The young Gunners manager wants to ensure the teenager renews his contract before this summer.18-year-old Saka would only have a year left on his deal, and it could prompt the club to consider cashing in on him.Arteta their cap to both. It’s a gamble, but probably a necessary one. Because once you get talent, you really can’t just let them walk away.


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Knicks forward was able to make his presence felt during Game 1 of New York’s first-en to a return to Serie A this summer.That’s according to TMW, which report AC Milan are ready to test Arsenal’s resolve with a bid for the Uruguay internatiogainst Newcastle United.The United right back has been excellent defensively this season, but has seemed tentative going forward.He was at his explosive best against the Magpies, getting an assist for Marcus Rashford’s header that sealed the win for nal.Milan, however, must find buyers for several fringe players in order to comply to UEF par opponents ended the game with ten players in this Group 2 North clash.The Manchester clubs met on the opening day of the WSL season at the Etihad Stadium on 7 September which City won 1-0.Since then City, who are the Continental Cup holders, havA fround playoff series against the Celtics. Martin finished with 10 points and nine rebounds in the 85-78 win on 4 of 7 shooting from the field. He also added two blocks and one steal to his stat line, while logging 28 minutes off the bench.


Thunder could pursue Jeff Van Gundy, Phil Jackson if Brooks not retained


This is a lot like winger Alexis Claude-Maurice.Aliadiere thinks the 21-year-old could be a bargain buy for the Gunners, considering it would reportedly take £10m to secure his signature.He told football.london: “For the money that we talk about I think he’ll make itsaying “If I dump the significant other I’ve been with for four years and who recently bought me a boat, I might pursue Kate Upton/Gerard Butler” but it’s out there. 

Scott Brooks is going to be a free agent on July 1st, and the have still been unable to come to terms. ESPN reports that the issue is over the number of years. And if for some reason they cannot come to a conclusion with the man who took them to the Finals, they are developing backup plans. Big backup plans. From ESPN:

The reality is that Brooks and his bosses, after months of talks, don’t have a deal … and time is running out. And sources say that the Thunder, just to be seas Kristoffer Jungdal.The 17 year-old arrives at Milan from Vejle and will initially be registered with the primavera team.Milan completed the signing of Jungdal today.Milan have deposited the contract of teenage Danish goalkeeper Andreas Kristofferafe, have started brainstorming in-house about whom they plan to pursue should negotiations with Brooks collapse. Two names, according to sources, that have come up in those discussions: ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy and, yes, 11-ringed coaching free agent Phil Jackson.

You’d still be wise to expect an extension for Brooks in the near future.

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Jackson has been floating around job openings, including one to run basketball operation in Orlando, but pulled out of the deal due to a resistance to living in Orlando. Presumably a con was happy to deflect the praise after victory at Torino.Musa Barrow had missed a penalty before Robin Gosens nodded in the opener, but Higuain hit a brace before Paulo Dybala sealed it in stoppages.“We knew this was going to be an extremely complaching job would be a different situation, especially one to contend like in OKC. Nevermind that Jackson’s approach likely wouldn’t mesh with the fun-loving Thunder who are very much young and energetic or more importantly that Jackson’s Triangle system does not fit at all with OKC’s personnel. 

Jeff Van Gundy is a possibility, but again, you’re looking at messing with one of the Thunder’ biggest strengths, their chemistry. Brooks has the support of both his All-Stars and just took the team to the Finals. Don’t expect these big names to land in the Sooner state.


Report: Phil Jackson will not take Raptors job, Colangelo may resign


Sportsnet.ca reports that the chances of Phil Jackson taking over as president of basketball operathe goalkeeper has been competing with Bernd Leno for the number one jersey this season.He will now take part in Argentina’s games with Colombia and Ecuador.”It’s a dream come true,” Martinez said. “As a young kid, I always wanted to play for the natiions for the are “remote:” 

One name that can be crossed off any lists, sources say, is Phil Jackson. The 11-time NBA champion head coach won six titles working with Leiweke in Los Angeles and the two are friends, but the likelihood of Jackson relocating to Toronto and taking on a full-time role as a club executive are considered remote at this point.

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Jackson had been under consideration since Tim Leiweke, who worked with Jackson when Leiweke was head of AEG — the company that runs Staples Center when Jackson was head coach of the  — took over as the new head of MLSE, which runs the Raptors. Jackson recently said he has been approached by a number of teams offering involvement in their basketball operations, but that Jackson will keep his options open.

Jackson also reportedly wants to see how the .

The Raptors weren’t an ie “ultimate professional” after he lead the club to Champions League glory on Saturday.The 28-year-old became the first Reds captain since Gerrard to lift the European Cup after beating Tottenham in Madrid.”When Jordan [Henderson] lifted the trophy adeal situation for Jackson to begin with, far away from his home in Montana, with a cap-loaded roster and no elite players on staff, things Jackson has been drawn toward in the past. 

Meanwhile, after meeting with the board for MLSE last week, there’s a possibility that current GM Bryan Colangelo could resign from the Raptors this week, Sportsnet reports. Colangelo met with the board last week, and despite multiple reports indicating a decision was expected at various points, the board and Leiweke have taken their sweet time deciding his fate regarding whether to pick up his option. 

Holding on this long was already a mistake. I thiBayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been offered to Napoli.The Germany international has been told he can leave Bayern this summer.Corriere dello Sport says Boateng’s minders have now offered their client to Napoli. The defender is keen on a move to Italy – and to Naples.Boateng’s brother Kevin-Prince Boateng is currently on the books of Sassuolo.nk you can make an argument for good things Colangelo has done throughout his career as an executive. He definitely deserves another shot somewhere else with a clean slate. But the roster, and particularly the salary situation is a mess. ,  and are on the books for $35 million just between themselves next year.

A fresh start is what Toronto needs, even if Jackson isn’t the savior they hoped for.



VIDEO: LeBron James says ‘I ain’t got no worries’ after Finals MVP


is the 2013 NBA Finals MVP and says he can’t were still alive to see him take charge of the Magpies.The Geordie, 58, lost both Joe and Sheenagh within a few months of each other last year.He said: “My mum would have burst into tears, she would have been so proud. And my dad would have said ‘aworry about what people say abou of freezing during Tottenham’s sensational Champions League comeback last night.Ajax blew a 3-0 aggregate lead to lose the semifinalpp was impressed by Sander Berge in last night’s Champions League defeat of Genk.The Norway midfielder was linked with the Reds going into the tie.And at the final whistle, Klopp made a beeline for Berge to embrace him and offer some encouraging word 3-3 on the away goals rule.”I think, it hurts me a little bit to say this, I want to give 99 per cent credit to ten t him. 

“I ain’t got no worries.”


Report: Bobcats, Bulls, Clippers, Grizzlies among suitors for Jamison


The Sporting News reports four teams, the , , and have interest in signing veteran forward Antawn Jamison. Jamison told the outlet he learned something from jumping in too fast wirko Grujic says he’s in regular contact with parent club Liverpool.The Serb is on a season-long loan at Hertha.”Liverpool plays a lot of games and has loaned many players. But there is a person responsible who looks at the loaners, keeps in touch andth the last season: 

Jamison said he will definitely tread more cautiously through this latest decision on his NBA future. As he did when he chose League Two Morecambe have signed 19 year old defender George Tanner on a season-long loan from Manchester United.”George comes highly rated and will be a good addition to our defensive ranks,” boss Jim Bentley said.”We are looking forward to working with him over the coming months.”to sign a one-year veteran’s minimum deal with the Lakers last summer, Jamison has suitors. The Bulls, Clippers, Grizzlies and Bobcats have all showed interest in the 37-year-old free agent, who believes he has a couple more years left of competing at a high level.

“I think last year, getting the opportunity to play for the Lakers and their organization, I really jumped into it,” Jamison said. “Didn’t really view my options, but this year I really want to make sure I’m going to the right situation, where I have a good rapport with the coaching staff and also with management I’m able to communicate and get an understanding of what they want from me.

“Because it looks good on paper doesn’t mean it’s the perfect fit, so I really want to make sure the next team I go to, whether it’ser United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Romelu Lukaku is fit to face Leeds United on Wednesday.Lukaku missed United’s clash with Perth Glory last week, along with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.Solskjaer has confirmed all three players are fit to f a one- or two-year deal, that it’s a really good fit and we have a understanding with each other as well. That’s why you really have to take your time and key into what’s best not just for me but for my family as well.”

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Jamison averaged nine points and five rebounds in 76 contests with the snakebitten Lakers last season. He shot 46 percent from the field and had a near-league-average 15.3 PER. But his defensive issues were even more severe as he’s gotten older, and he struggled to find consistent minutes under Mike D’Antoni. 

Jamison and skipped the Lakers’ exit interviews. It was not a great parting. 

He’d give the Bulls a bench scorer and Tom Thibodeau’s system would cover up many of his defensive warts. The Grizzlies need a stretch four after trading to make room for . The Clippers still need help down low, especially rebounding off the bench, and the Bobcats just need anyone who can play at any position. The Cats were hot after Jamison last year before he signed with LA.