Report: Thaddeus Young invited to Team USA camp

Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young has been invited to participate in USA Basketball’s training camp in advance of the upcoming FIBA World Cup in China. 

Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young has been invited to participate on Team USA’s training camp roster for World Cup, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA@Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 22, 2019

Young, who recently signed with the Bulls as a free agent, averaged 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds with the Indiana Pacers last season, his 12th in the NBA. 

The World Cup begins Aug. 14. Team USA has won the past two tournaments, and five overall. 

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Spurs hire San Antonio legend Tim Duncan as assistant coach

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs on Monday announced that Will Hardy and Tim Duncan will be added to Gregg Popovich’s bench as assistant coaches.

Hardy first joined the Spurs as a basketball operations intern in 2010 after graduating from Williams College.

“Will Hardy is a talented, young basketball mind who has earned a great deal of respect from everyone in the organization thanks to his knowledge, spirit and personality,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich.

Duncan, a 1997 Wake Forest graduate, played 19 seasons with the Spurs before retiring in the summer of 2016.

“It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” said Popovich.

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MLB DFS: Nelson Cruz and top July 22 picks for DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy baseball lineups

MLB DFS players have a loaded main slate to evaluate on Monday night with 11 games on the MLB schedule. First pitch between Red Sox and Rays is at 7 p.m. ET, with the action extending late into the evening as the Rangers and Mariners square off at 10:10 p.m. ET. There are plenty of intriguing matchups such the AL West battle between the Astros and Athletics, the NL matchup between the Cubs and the surging Giants, and the potential ALCS preview between the Yankees and Twins, a game that should be of particular interest for MLB DFS players since it features two of the AL’s top three offenses. Before locking in any MLB DFS picks for Monday on a daily Fantasy site such as FanDuel or DraftKings, first be sure to see what Mike McClure has to say.

Lakers claim Giannis' younger brother, Kostas

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim.

The Lakers announced the move Monday to acquire the 21-year-old brother of 24-year-old Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Kostas Antetokounmpo played in two games last season for Dallas. The Mavericks acquired him in a draft-night trade last summer after Philadelphia chose him with the 60th and final pick. The 6-foot-10 forward played 40 games for the Mavs’ G League affiliate last year, when he averaged 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds.

Kostas Antetokounmpo is headed to the Lakers after being claimed off waivers Monday. Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

The Mavericks waived him Friday.

Antetokounmpo attended high school in suburban Milwaukee while his brother began his NBA career. He then spent two seasons at the University of Dayton.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s older brother, Thianis, signed

Report: Zion Williamson joins growing number of players withdrawing from FIBA World Cup

No. 1 Draft pick Zion Williamson has withdrawn from Team USA and and FIBA World Cup play to keep his focus on preparing for the upcoming NBA season, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic

New Orleans Pelicans No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson has withdrawn from USA Basketball’s Select Team for FIBA World Cup training, Team USA director Jerry Colangelo told @TheAthleticNBA@Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 22, 2019

Williamson joins a growing number of players who, either for personal reasons or to focus on the rapidly approaching NBA season, have decided not to participate this summer with USA Basketball.

News of Sixers forward Tobias Harris withdrawing also was reported Monday by Charania.

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris has withdrawn from USA Basketball’s training camp and FIBA World Cup play to continue focus on preparing for upcoming NBA season, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA@Stadium.

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Cowboys again top the list of most valuable sports franchises, Yankees make big move to No. 2

Great news for the Yankees/Cowboys/Lakers fan in your life — all three teams have ranked top ten in the list of most valuable sports franchises in the world. 

Forbes released its annual Top 50 list this week, providing evaluations for the most popular and profitable teams in sports. It should come as little surprise that the Dallas Cowboys top the list with an estimated value of $5 billion  — a four percent growth since last year.

The New York Yankees, who have climbed three spots with a 15 percent growth since 2018, rank second among all franchises with a $4.6 billion valuation. Not only have the Yankees seen a rising level of success on the field — they’re coming off a 100-win season in 2018 — but their attendance numbers jumped 10% last year, giving them their highest attendance

Red Sox vs. Rays odds, line: MLB predictions, picks for July 22 from proven model on 27-10 roll

The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox each have high goals for 2019. Those goals are still attainable, and games like Monday’s matchup between the teams may help decide which team accomplishes them. The Rays host the Red Sox at 7:10 p.m. ET in a nationally-televised showdown featuring teams solidly in the American League Wild Card race. Tampa (57-45) and Boston (54-46) are the first two teams out of the two AL Wild Card slots, currently held by the Indians (57-41) and Athletics (57-43). Both are well behind the Yankees (63-33) in the AL East. The latest Red Sox vs. Rays odds have Boston as a -130 favorite on the money line (risk $130 to win $100), while Tampa is posted at +111. The over-under for total runs scored is set at 8.5. Before locking in any Red

Fantasy Football Rankings 2019: Busts from model that beat experts include Todd Gurley, Jarvis Landry

Bills running back LeSean McCoy entered last season with a ton of promise. In fact, McCoy rushed for over 1,100 yards in 2016 and 2017, finishing inside the top 10 Fantasy running backs on both occasions. However, McCoy saw a dramatic drop-off with Josh Allen under center last season. The six-time Pro Bowl running back finished last season averaging just 3.2 yards per carry, the worst of his career. Fantasy football owners who drafted McCoy banking on his consistent production were quickly disappointed. And while Fantasy football championships can’t necessarily be won or loss on draft day, selecting a Fantasy football bust like McCoy can be detrimental to your team’s success. But in order to avoid a Fantasy football bust that can derail your entire season, you’ll need a set of 2019 Fantasy football rankings you can trust. SportsLine’s

Lakers awarded Kostas Antetokounmpo on waiver claim

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim, it was announced Monday by General Manager Rob Pelinka.

Antetokounmpo, who is currently signed to a two-way contract, appeared in two games for the Dallas Mavericks last season and played 40 games (25 starts) for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, where he averaged 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals in 25.4 minutes.

Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 60th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Antetokounmpo was acquired by the Mavericks in a draft-night trade.

The Greece native played the 2017-18 season at Dayton, averaging 5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 15.1 minutes.

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2019 NBA free agency tracker: Kawhi Leonard picks Clippers; Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving to Nets; Celtics sign Kemba Walker

It’s safe to say that this summer has been one of craziest free agency periods that the NBA has ever seen. There’s been more movement around the league than has been seen in quite some time with several big names changing addresses.

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There were many huge moves with none bigger than Kawhi Leonard picking the Los Angeles Clippers. Also, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both joined the Brooklyn Nets. In addition to those seismic shifts, Kemba Walker will  take Irving’s place as the point guard with the Boston Celtics. The Warriors might’ve lost Durant, but they aren’t walking away empty-handed, though, as they acquired All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Nets. They also re-signed Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney. Additionally, Jimmy Butler relocated from Philadelphia to Miami, while Al Horford left