Anticipated return for Sixers’ Markelle Fultz unlikely before Christmas

CLEVELAND — Markelle Fultz basically got the clearance to ramp up his workload. The 76ers announced Saturday in a statement that the first-overall pick in June’s NBA draft is no longer experiencing soreness in his right shoulder and the scapular muscle imbalance is resolved. As a result, he’ll be involved at practice. Then after “approximately” […]

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76ers trade 2015 No. 3 pick Jahlil Okafor to Brooklyn

PHILADELPHIA — Buried on the bench in Philly, Jahlil Okafor has a chance to prove in Brooklyn he’s not a bust. Okafor got his wish when the Philadelphia 76ers finally traded the No. 3 overall pick of the 2015 draft to the Brooklyn Nets. The deal ends the stalemate that had kept Okafor on the […]

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Cavs’ Thomas nearing return

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cavaliers All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas played 4-on-4 on Wednesday, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury. Thomas, who has yet to make his debut with Cleveland, scrimmaged along with injured forward Tristan Thompson, rookies Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic, and members of the coaching staff. With coach Tyronn […]

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Donald Trump calls LaVar Ball an ‘ungrateful fool’

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump started off his first day of Thanksgiving vacation Wednesday by resuming his taunts of the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China, calling him an “ungrateful fool.” In a series of tweets fired off before dawn, the president complained yet again that LaVar Ball, […]

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Ben Simmons’ future is easy to predict. Sixers? Not so much.

One of the most impressive plays Ben Simmons made was one that didn’t even show up in the box score. Five minutes into the Sixers’ preseason opener at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night, the 6-foot-10 point guard grabbed a Grizzlies miss off the front of the rim, turned upcourt, and spotted fellow rookie […]

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NBA changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teams

NEW YORK — The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season. The league said Tuesday that the leading vote-getter from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves. The change will begin with […]

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Analysis: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade

MIAMI — It’s not the principals that will define the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and Boston. Great point guard leaves one city for another. That seems fair. All the other parts, they will tell the story. There are many ways to claim victory in the deal made Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving wanted his own team […]

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Boston bound: Cavs trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas, more

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving was tired of being teammates with LeBron James. Now he has to figure out how to beat him. Cleveland’s All-Star guard, who asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, was dealt Tuesday night to the Boston Celtics in exchange for star guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center […]

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Cavaliers reject Irving trade talk

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert spent more than 30 minutes presenting a positive portrait of his franchise. The reality is that the Cavs are troubled. In his first public comments since Kyrie Irving asked to be traded, Gilbert would not confirm whether he’ll honor the All-Star point guard’s request, but he also didn’t […]

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AP source: Free agent Derrick Rose agrees to deal with Cavs

CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the decision says free agent Derrick Rose has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose, a former league MVP who has battled knee injuries, will get a one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million, said the person who spoke Monday to The Associated Press on condition […]

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