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

Team USA at the FIBA World Cup: Latest rosters, schedules and news

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This summer, NBA stars — well, some of them — are taking on the world in China. With players such as James Harden, Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal withdrawing from Team USA participation, who remains on the roster to challenge powerhouses Spain, France and Serbia?

Team USA also is looking to pull off a FIBA World Cup three-peat, which has never been done in the 69-year history of the event.

The action tips off Aug. 31 in China. Keep it here for the latest news and updates all tournament long.

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Team USA roster: FIBA World Cup

Head coach: Gregg Popovich (HC, San Antonio Spurs)
Assistant: Steve Kerr (HC, Golden State Warriors)
Assistant: Lloyd Pierce (HC, Atlanta Hawks)
Assistant: Jay Wright (HC, Villanova University)

Latest World Cup news Team USA scrimmage schedule (all times ET)

Aug. 9, 10 p.m.: USA White

Report: Wizards to offer Bradley Beal 3-year maximum extension

Bradley Beal will be rewarded with a three-year, $111 million maximum contract extension offer by the Washington Wizards, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

With Bradley Beal eligible for a three-year, $111M extension on Friday, Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard tells ESPN: “At the very first moment allowed, we are going to offer Brad the full max…” Story includes reaction from Beal’s agent Mark Bartelstein. https://t.co/aJS5JvRak1

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 22, 2019

Beal, who had a career-best season in 2018-19, is eligible to sign an extension beginning Friday and ending Oct. 21. The extension would start in two years, the 2021-202 season.

According to Wojarowski, Beal could be eligible to sign a five-year, $254 million supermax extension next year if he earns All-NBA status in the 2019-20 season. Without the supermax, he’s eligible for a four-year, $155 million max extension next year.

Beal averaged a career-best 25.6 points, 5.5 rebounds

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Wizards to offer Beal 3-year, $111M extension

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Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard will offer guard Bradley Beal a three-year, $111 million maximum contract extension upon the All-Star becoming eligible to sign on Friday, Sheppard told ESPN.

“At the very first moment allowed, we are going to offer Brad the full max extension,” Sheppard told ESPN.

Beal, 26, has until Oct. 21 to sign the extension, which would start with the 2021-22 season — a decision that agent Mark Bartelstein indicates that Beal will need time to consider.

“There are moments in a career where there are big decisions to make, and Brad will work through everything and figure out the right thing to do,” Bartelstein told ESPN. “There are nothing but great feelings for Ted [Leonsis], Tommy and Scott [Brooks]. They’ve treated Brad wonderfully.”

Bradley Beal averaged a career-best 25.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5 assists last season. Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE

2019 NBA Player Movement: Western Conference

All of the transactions listed on this page have been officially announced by the NBA. For Eastern Conference player movement pages, click here.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

Added:
G: Seth Curry (free agency)
G: Delon Wright (trade with Grizzlies)

Draft:
F: Isaiah Roby (No. 45 pick, via trade from Pistons)

Lost:
F: Kostas Antetokounmpo (waived)

Free Agents:
G: J.J. Barea (unrestricted)
G: Trey Burke (unrestricted)
G: Devin Harris (unrestricted)
C: Salah Mejri (unrestricted)

Under Contract:
G/F: Ryan Broekhoff
G: Jalen Brunson
F/G: Luka Doncic
F: Dorian Finney-Smith (re-signed)
G: Tim Hardaway Jr
F: Justin Jackson
F: Maxi Kleber (re-signed)
G: Courtney Lee
F/C: Kristaps Porzingis (re-signed)
F/C: Dwight Powell (opted in, subsequently extended)

Retired:
F:
Dirk Nowitzki

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Added:
F: Jerami Grant (trade with Thunder)

Draft:
C: Bol Bol (No. 44 pick, via trade from Heat)

Lost:
F: Trey Lyles (signed with Spurs)
G: Isaiah Thomas (signed with Wizards)

Free Agents:
G: Brandon Goodwin (restricted)
F: Tyler Lydon (unrestricted)

Under

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Beal, Harris latest to withdraw from Team USA

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Bradley Beal and Tobias Harris have withdrawn from playing with Team USA in the World Cup this summer, their agents told ESPN.

In addition, No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson plans to skip taking part in Team USA training camp playing for the Select Team, sources said. The Select Team is a roster of younger players who help prepare the senior team. Williamson is focusing on preparing for training camp.

Beal is expecting his second son during World Cup preparation and competition, which led to the decision, agent Mark Bartelstein said. Harris plans to focus on his upcoming season with the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Torell Harris said.

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Stars Kevin Love and Damian Lillard are on the roster but haven’t yet reached a final decision, Team USA Managing Director Jerry Colangelo told ESPN. All-Star guard Kemba Walker remains committed to the team, agent Jeff Schwartz

Wizards' Beal latest to withdraw from Team USA

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Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal has pulled out of playing with Team USA in the World Cup this summer, agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.

Beal is awaiting the birth of his second son during World Cup preparation and competition, which led to the decision. He is the fifth player to withdraw from the team in the past two weeks, joining Anthony Davis, James Harden, Eric Gordon and CJ McCollum as the guard ranks have taken a significant blow.

Bartelstein said Beal had been mulling the decision for weeks and that it was gut-wrenching because he’d been competing with USA Basketball since he was in high school.

Bradley Beal said the decision to withdraw from Team USA this summer was ‘gut-wrenching.’ Ned Dishman/Getty Images

The event runs from Sept. 1-15, but Team USA is spending a week in Australia playing exhibition games before going to Asia. The change in

Several former Steelers still looking for a team as training camp approaches

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There are still one or two former players on the open market who deserve another shot in the NFL this year

While the Pittsburgh Steelers will return to Latrobe for the start of training camp on July 25, there are still several members of the 2018 version of that group looking for a home this offseason. The names include a former first-round draft pick as well as a Super Bowl winner, but with just days to go until the last few teams begin training, their chances of making a roster in 2019 are looking increasingly slim.

Stevan Ridley

At 30-years-old with a Super Bowl ring on his finger and a 1000-yard season on his resume, it is perhaps something of a surprise to note that no one around the league has space on their roster for Ridley. With limited mileage on his body after four years of relative inactivity, it is hard to believe that Ridley is not capable of being the third choice running back on a depth chart somewhere. A sentiment the running back echoed in a recent social media post.

Coty Sensabaugh

Sensabaugh may not have lit the world on fire with his level of play in 2018, but he was arguably far better than Artie Burns, and he still has a job with an NFL team. Much like Ridley, Sensabaugh is not going to be the stand out player wherever he ends up, but he is still good enough to make an opening day roster as the fourth or fifth choice option at cornerback. His coverage grade from Pro Football Focus last season suggests he still has value this year.

Darrius Heyward-Bey

If there is a franchise still looking for a veteran leader in the locker room who can be a valuable contributor on special teams, Heyward-Bey should be the target. Unfortunately for him, his limited receiving numbers over the past four or five years do not indicate much of a weapon on offense anymore, but the 32-year-old wide receiver could still have a few years left in him on the right roster. While his experience will be missed in Pittsburgh, his hands probably will not. Heyward-Bey is still hopeful of at least one more season in 2019.

Justin Hunter

Making an argument for Hunter’s inclusion on a NFL roster is a difficult one to make after his first six seasons in the league. Despite being only 28-years-old, Hunter has shown little during his career to suggest that he will ever produce on game day, regardless of how well he practices. Seemingly unable to contribute on special teams, the wideout is unlikely to find another team willing to give him a shot in 2019 barring significant injuries to their receivers group.

Indeed, injuries may be the path back into the NFL for all of these players, with possibly a return to Pittsburgh on the cards later in the year should needs dictate additional signings. If you were forced to pick one player for the Steelers to sign in 2019, which one would be your choice?

Mid-Summer Power Rankings: Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers at the top of the East

There were 320 players who played at least 750 minutes last season. And as of Monday morning, 129 (40 percent) of those 320 are no longer with the team on which they ended the season.

Of those 129, 103 have found new NBA teams, though only 39 of those 103 changed conferences. Six of the 15 guys who made an All-NBA team changed jerseys, but in regard to the two conferences, it would have been a pretty even swap — Kevin Durant for Kawhi Leonard — if both of those guys were healthy.

There was some consolidation of stars — Leonard and Paul George, Durant and Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis and LeBron James, James Harden and Russell Westbrook — but we’re left with three teams that employ three players that have made an All-NBA team in last five years. Two of those — Brooklyn and Golden State — will be

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