Phoenix Suns likely to fetch record sale price for an NBA team, bankers say

As Robert Sarver prepares to sell the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, investment bank officials who have managed the sales of professional sports franchises told ESPN that they expect the transaction’s final price to set a record. “It’ll be the highest price ever paid for an NBA team,” one investment bank official … Read more

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns was on bed rest for days due to throat infection

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns was hospitalized last week with a throat infection that caused him trouble breathing and forced him to be on bed rest for days, sources told ESPN. Towns spoke to the media Monday for the first time since falling ill and said his weight was down to 231 pounds (he’s listed … Read more

Memphis Grizzlies, Steven Adams agree to two-year, $25.2 million extension

Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams has agreed to a two-year, $25.2 million contract extension, tying him to the franchise through the 2024-2025 season, his agent, Darren Matsubara of Wasserman, told ESPN on Saturday. Adams, 29, was entering the final year of his deal, and now is under contract for three years and $43.1 million for … Read more

Los Angeles Lakers starting Kendrick Nunn, Damian Jones in camp; LeBron James to play more in preseason

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — With the Los Angeles Lakers’ preseason debut fast approaching, the first signs of new coach Darvin Ham’s impact on the team are beginning to reveal themselves. For starters, Ham said Friday that guard Kendrick Nunn and center Damian Jones have joined LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook in his preferred … Read more

Celtics’ Ime Udoka used crude language with female staffer

The law firm conducting Ime Udoka’s investigation found the Celtics head coach used crude language while speaking to the female subordinate he later started an improper workplace relationship with, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Celtics announced on Sept. 22 that Udoka was suspended for the season after news broke of him having a consensual … Read more

Investigation found Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka used crude language in dialogue with female subordinate prior to start of improper relationship

The independent law firm probe into Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka found that he used crude language in his dialogue with a female subordinate prior to the start of an improper workplace relationship with the woman, an element that significantly factored into the severity of his one-year suspension, sources told ESPN. Those investigative findings — … Read more

Warriors in Japan: James Wiseman shines and more preseason opener observations

SAITAMA, Japan — The Warriors only had three training camp practices before a 10-hour flight across the Pacific Ocean. Their preseason opener tipped off while their adjusting body clocks still told them it was 3 am This is a lucrative trip to Japan, with tourist benefits, but doesn’t cultivate the ideal developmental environment in the … Read more

Thunder, Rockets Pull Off Eight-Player Trade, per Report

The Rockets and Thunder reportedly executed an eight-player trade on Thursday that will carry noteworthy cap implications for both teams entering the 2022–23 season. Oklahoma City is reportedly trading center Derrick Favors, guard Ty Jerome, forward Moe Harkless, guard Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick (via the Hawks) to Houston in exchange for forward … Read more