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Is Carmelo Anthony joining the Lakers?

Veteran Carmelo Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, announced on Twitter he will join the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James, a four-time MVP and four-time NBA Finals MVP, for the 2021-22 season. ... The Lakers are re-tooling their roster in an interesting way. USA TODAYCarmelo Anthony to sign one-year deal with Lakers to team with longtime friend LeBron James

What number is Carmelo Anthony Lakers?

The veteran forward agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Anthony confirmed the report with a tweet that included his “MELO” logo with the Lakers' logo replacing the No. 7. syracuse.comCarmelo Anthony agrees to one-year contract with Los Angeles Lakers (report)

Did the Lakers sign Kendrick Nunn?

Kendrick Nunn has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal with the Lakers, his agent Adam Pensack tells @TheAthletic @Stadium. Monk, 23, also joins the Lakers after playing his last four seasons with the Charlotte Hornets. NBC Southern CaliforniaLakers Agree to Sign Carmelo Anthony, Kendrick Nunn, Malik Monk, and Talen Horton-Tucker

Are Lakers done in free agency?

NBA Free Agency 2021: Los Angeles Lakers Make Major Splash With Bargain Signings. ... After surprisingly allowing promising young guard Alex Caruso to walk in free agency, the Lakers have done their best at playing damage control. The Lakers re-signed 20-year-old Talen Horton-Tucker to a three-year deal. ForbesNBA Free Agency 2021: Los Angeles Lakers Make Major Splash With Bargain Signings

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Report: Dwight Howard Agrees To Return To Lakers

CBS Los Angeles 04 August, 2021 - 10:10am

Howard’s deal was presumably for one year for the veteran minimum, which he has made for three seasons in a row, including the 2019-20 season that he spent with the Lakers.

Howard won a title with the Lakers in 2020 and then left to the Philadelphia 76ers last season, and remains with them now.

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Kyle Kuzma changes his GOAT pick after Lakers traded him

Yardbarker 04 August, 2021 - 10:10am

Kyle Kuzma was traded by the Los Angeles Lakers this week as part of a deal that will land Russell Westbrook in L.A.

Now that Kuzma is moving on, his three-year partnership with LeBron James has concluded. The pair has had an interesting relationship, to say the least. They have had some pretty brutal public exchanges, leading to speculation that they don’t like each other too much.

While it is impossible to say for certain whether that’s true or not, it is worth noting that back in 2019 Kuzma regarded James as his GOAT.

Year 17 talking about this!!! Goat talk

— kuz (@kylekuzma) November 26, 2019

In fact, at the time, he even regarded James greater than Kobe Bryant.

“Bron is Bron,” he told Hoops on Fox that year. “I’m never going to count him out, because he’s the greatest player of this generation. No question. … It’s hard to go against Kobe but, I mean, he’s been to the Finals seven straight times.”

Since then, his opinion seems to have changed a bit.

This past week, after getting dealt by the Lakers, Kuzma highlighted a new GOAT in his book – Bryant.

Greatest ever no question

— kuz (@kylekuzma) August 1, 2021

Has Kuzma legitimately changed his mind on the topic? Or is this is simply a dig at James, with whom he has had some friction in the past? That’s open to interpretation.

It’ll be interesting to see where the James-Kuzma relationship goes from here. They no longer need each other, so if they remain friends – their relationship was genuine this entire time. If they don’t – well then that’ll pretty much speak for itself.

This article first appeared on Game 7 and was syndicated with permission.

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Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich told reporters Monday that quarterback Carson Wentz required surgery to repair the foot injury he suffered last week in practice. According to Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star, Reich offered a positive update on his signal-caller Tuesday. "Very successful surgery," Reich said of the procedure. "Best-case scenario. What’s that mean? It means you go in, you remove the (piece of) bone that was in there, you look around, and there was nothing else going on. That was good news, and now it’s all about the rehab process." It was learned Monday that Wentz will be sidelined anywhere from five to 12 weeks as he recovers from the setback. The 28-year-old will stay off the foot for at least two weeks, and there's not expected to be any in-depth reveal about his potential return to the lineup until he begins his rehabilitation. He will likely miss the entire preseason. 2020 fourth-round draft pick Jacob Eason is currently Indianapolis' QB1 as the club prepares to begin the exhibition portion of the calendar against the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 15. Per Chase Goodbread of the league's website, current Chicago Bears quarterback and former Wentz backup Nick Foles told reporters Monday he hadn't spoken with the Colts about a potential trade.

Last week, Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio told reporters he was taking things "one day at a time" as it pertains to the future of star quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has requested a trade but is facing 22 lawsuits alleging acts of sexual assault and misconduct and 10 criminal complaints. Things changed Tuesday, per Sarah Barshop of ESPN, when Watson did not participate in practice for an undisclosed reason. "As I said before, we're day-to-day with him," head coach David Culley said of Watson without offering any insight regarding his quarterback's absence. "The only thing that's changed from the standpoint of that is we make decisions every day based on what's best for our football team. And I'm going to leave it at that." Earlier in the day, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported Watson’s camp is preparing for an eventual grand jury proceeding linked with the criminal investigation into allegations made against the signal-caller. It's practically guaranteed Watson will be made ineligible to play for any team via the commissioner's exempt list if he's indicted. The Texans reportedly want a minimum of three first-round draft picks in a trade for Watson at a time when logic suggests no would-be buyer would relinquish such valuable assets for a player who may not take the field this fall. As things stand Tuesday afternoon, veteran Tyrod Taylor is on track to begin the regular season as Houston's QB1.

A major conference shakeup is coming in college athletics, but there is apparently no truth to any talk of Florida State being a part of it. Texas and Oklahoma have begun the process of leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. On Monday, a report relayed Florida State and Clemson have also reached out to the SEC about the possibility of joining the conference. Florida State president John Thrasher emphatically shot down those rumors in a statement on Tuesday. “I want to be clear that persistent reports that Florida State has been in contact with the Southeastern Conference are untrue,” Thrasher said, via Stadium’s Brett McMurphy. “We have had no communication with the SEC or any representatives of the SEC.” The ACC seems more likely to expand by adding a school like Notre Dame than it is to lose any of its top programs. All of the other Power Five conferences will look for ways to improve now that the SEC is adding two more powerhouse programs, but it’s doubtful that Florida State or Clemson will go anywhere.

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge had to play the role of bad cop and angry parent on Tuesday. Per ESPN and Ryan Morik of SNY, the Giants' first day of padded practice at training camp ended with a brawl sparked by safety Jabrill Peppers delivering a hard hit to running back Corey Clement. Tight end Evan Engram retaliated, and starting quarterback Daniel Jones ultimately found himself at the bottom of a pile. An enraged Judge made players and even some coaches run 100-yard sprints and complete push-ups as punishment. He also addressed the squad using multiple expletives. "We were just competing," Jones told reporters after the melee. "Everyone’s excited, first day of pads, to get out there, but gotta do a better job of controlling that and making sure we’re controlling our enthusiasm. ... There’s consequences for that kind of stuff, and that’s the way it is in the game if you lose your cool. There’s consequences, and that hurts the team. That was the message, and everyone understands that." Fights among teammates happen during training camp sessions more than some fans may realize, but linebacker Blake Martinez admitted after the fact that the players know they "can’t do that" during a game where penalties will be harsher than just running sprints.

Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson reported for training camp amid uncertainty surrounding his future with 22 pending civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints alleging sexual abuse. With NFL and criminal investigations ongoing, a crucial point in the legal cycle could be approaching. Many expected Watson would skip Texans training camp, opting to follow through on his intention to hold out after an offseason trade demand. Instead, the 25-year-old quarterback reported last Sunday and put pressure on Houston’s front office to make a decision. The Texans have made Watson available for trade, but the asking price remains high despite the ongoing legal matters. Many expected the NFL to place Watson on the “Commissioner’s Exempt List,” barring him from all team activities while he receives full pay. However, with the investigation ongoing, commissioner Roger Goodell has let things play out. That might be about to change based on the latest update from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio: “A settlement of the 22 pending lawsuits against Watson likely won’t matter, if a settlement happens in the near future. The criminal investigation has progressed to the point where, we’re told, Watson’s camp is bracing for an eventual grand jury proceeding. (No one knows when that will get started.) If/when Watson is indicted, he almost definitely will be placed on paid leave by the league. The Houston Police Department announced on April 2 it was launching an investigation after a person came forward with a complaint against Watson. Ultimately, 10 criminal complaints were filed with eight of the alleged victims also part of the civil suits against Watson. On July 27, the NFL said it is working with the HPD during its own investigation. According to The Athletic, the league has not spoken with Watson, a majority of the reported victims, nor relevant third parties. Furthermore, the league has not received any evidence gathered by law enforcement during the criminal investigation. Stephanie Stradley, a lawyer and NFL reporter for the Houston Chronicle, detailed how the civil suits and criminal complaints are handled in the legal system and explained what authority the NFL has to discipline players. One important note, per Stradley, is only felonies would go through a grand jury proceeding. If a grand jury determines there are strong enough grounds for a trial, then it would move forward in the criminal system. If Watson is indicted, the NFL will likely see that as enough grounds to place the Pro Bowl quarterback on paid leave. He can remain on the exempt list indefinitely, and league officials would likely wait for the entire legal process to unfold before handing down their own discipline. Even if Watson isn’t indicted, there are still 22 civil suits awaiting a hearing. He can’t be deposed until 2022, meaning that there is a chance he misses the entire 2021 NFL season without a settlement. While recent reports suggested he could play this fall, he might still face a lengthy suspension even if investigations finish this year. Considering the uncertainty surrounding his availability, the allegations and the Texans’ asking price, even NFL teams desperate for a quarterback upgrade will likely wait for more information to emerge.

The Heat will add Kyle Lowry in free agency via a sign-and-trade with the Raptors and will also re-sign Duncan Robinson, as Marc Stein reports (via Twitter). Both deals had been widely expected, and Lowry has confirmed on Twitter that he’s Miami-bound. Lowry’s new three-year contract with the Heat will be worth approximately $90M, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). All three years will be fully guaranteed, tweets Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald. Robinson, meanwhile, has agreed to a five-year, $90M contract with Miami, his agent Jason Glushon tells Wojnarowski (Twitter link). The deal includes an early termination option after year four. The Heat have been after Lowry since at least the trade deadline in March. While they were unable to land the six-time All-Star at the time, they’ll add him to the mix now, beating out other rumored suitors such as the Mavericks, Pelicans, and Sixers. The move will unite Lowry with his close friend Jimmy Butler, who is expected to sign a lucrative new contract extension of his own. While a three-year, $90M investment is a risk for a player who is entering his age-35 season, Lowry has championship experience and is an ideal fit for virtually any team due to his ability to handle the ball, knock down outside shots, and provide strong defense. He averaged 17.2 PPG, 7.3 APG, and 5.3 RPG on .436/.396/.875 in 46 games (34.8 MPG) in his final season as a Raptor. While the exact terms of the sign-and-trade that will send Lowry to Miami haven’t been reported, the expectation is that the deal will include Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa, with the Raptors perhaps rerouting Dragic elsewhere. As for Robinson, he’s a career 42.3% shooter from three-point range, which put him in line for a long-term deal in the range of $16-18MM per year — that’s what sharpshooters Joe Harris and Davis Bertans received in free agency a year ago and the 27-year-old Robinson is a little younger than both players. The Heat still have the mid-level exception at their disposal as they look for additional rotation upgrades around Lowry, Robinson, Butler, and Bam Adebayo.

United States Women's National Team star Megan Rapinoe said Monday's semifinal defeat to Canada at the Tokyo Olympics is a "bitter one to swallow." The USWNT fell 1-0 thanks to a Jessie Fleming second-half penalty shot and will miss out on the chance to compete for a gold medal. "It's terrible. We just didn't have it today," Rapinoe said after the match, according to ESPN. "Just too many errors from us again. I felt like the space was there for us to play and we just couldn't get into it, too many touches or, you know, an errant touch. That's football. They got, I think, one shot on goal, a PK, and from what it sounds like it was a PK. So yeah, it's a bitter one to swallow. Obviously we never want to lose to Canada. I don't think I've ever lost to Canada. "So it's a bitter one. Obviously there's still a lot to compete for. That's what I told the girls and what we talked about in the huddle. It's not the color we want, but there's still a medal on the line. That's a huge thing and we want to win that game, but yeah, this is ... this sucks. It sucks." Monday's loss marked the first time the USWNT have been defeated by Canada since 2001. The U.S. women were looking to become the first team to win a World Cup and Olympic gold back to back. The USWNT has struggled mightily at this summer's Olympics, beginning with a 3-0 defeat to Sweden in the opening match of the group stage that snapped a 44-game unbeaten streak. The Americans defeated New Zealand 6-1 in the second game of the group stage and secured a scoreless draw against Australia in the third game. They then defeated the Netherlands on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals against Canada. Rapinoe told reporters Monday that nothing has been clicking for the U.S. women since they arrived in Tokyo last month. "It just hasn't flowed for us. It hasn't been easy," she said. "But it just didn't click for us. I don't know if it was just roster rotations. I know it's a tough tournament, trying to save people." The USWNT will play Australia in the bronze medal match on Thursday. It could be the final time many of the American women compete at the Olympics as they near retirement, including Rapinoe (36), Carli Lloyd (39) and Becky Sauerbrunn (36).

Knicks combo guard Derrick Rose will return to Madison Square Garden on a three-year, $43M contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Rose, 32, is set to re-join New York after a successful 2020-21 season with the club. The Knicks pried Rose away from the Pistons early in the year, and Rose quickly ascended the ranks within the team’s guard rotation, playing major minutes for a playoff-bound New York team, led by Rose’s former coach with the Bulls and Timberwolves, Tom Thibodeau. After the trade, Rose suited up for 35 regular season contests with New York, averaging 14.9 PPG, 4.2 APG, 2.9 RPG and 0.9 SPG in 26.8 MPG for the team. The 6’2″ vet connected on 48.7% of his field goal attempts, including a solid 41.1% on 2.6 three-point attempts a night, while nailing 88.3% of his free-throws. Rose elevated his play in the Knicks’ first-round playoff series against the Hawks, eventually stepping into the starting lineup for the team’s final three games of the series. He averaged 19.4 PPG, 5.0 APG, and 4.0 RPG across 35.0 MPG. Rose, a three-time All-Star and the 2011 MVP before his career trajectory was permanently altered by a series of severe knee injuries, was first traded to the Knicks from the Bulls ahead of the 2016-17 season. He then played for the Cavaliers and Timberwolves before inking a two-year contract with the Pistons in 2019. The retention of Rose, in addition to the expected signings of Evan Fournier, Alec Burks, and Nerlens Noel may take the Knicks out of the running for any further big free agent additions this summer.

Bru McCoy was once a highly rated prospect, but the USC wide receiver has hit another roadblock in his quest to become a household name. Keely Eure of reported on Monday that McCoy has been suspended from the USC football team following an arrest roughly a week ago. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told the publication that McCoy was arrested on July 24 and charged with intimate partner violence with injury. He was released on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 24. USC confirmed that McCoy has been suspended. “USC does not condone violence of any kind,” the athletic department said in a statement. “We are aware of the situation, and USC’s Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX is reviewing it. Because of federal student privacy laws, we are unable to share additional information at this time. The student-athlete has been temporarily removed from team activities.” According to TMZ, the incident that led to McCoy’s arrest took place near USC’s campus. McCoy was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school and ranked in the top-10 nationally. He enrolled at USC in January 2019, but he decided to leave a few weeks later and transfer to Texas after Kliff Kingsbury ended his brief tenure as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator. McCoy was with the Longhorns for just five months before he transferred back to USC, as he reportedly did not feel comfortable at Texas. McCoy caught 21 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns last season with the Trojans. Given the serious nature of the charge and that his court date isn’t until November, it’s possible he may not play at all in 2021.

The Hawks have made an offer worth $125M over five years to restricted free agent big man John Collins, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic. That offer has yet to be accepted, Amick adds. When Collins and the Hawks discussed a contract extension last offseason, Atlanta reportedly made an offer worth about $90M+ over four years, so this offer represents a bump in terms of both years and dollars. However, it’s still considerably less than the maximum the Hawks could put on the table. As we outlined earlier today, the maximum 2021-22 salary for a player with fewer than six years of NBA experience – like Collins – who has full Bird rights is $163M over five years or about $126M over four years. As Amick writes, Collins made it clear last year that he views himself as a maximum-salary player, and it seems like he and the Hawks once again have a difference of opinion on his value. While Collins may continue to wait for the Hawks to increase their offer, his leverage is limited. There’s little cap space remaining around the NBA and there has been no indication that any team that still has room – such as the Thunder – is preparing to make a run at the 23-year-old. Additionally, sources tell Amick that Atlanta wants to retain Collins and isn’t interested in exploring sign-and-trade possibilities. In other words, it still seems likely that the Hawks and Collins will eventually work something out, but it doesn’t appear a deal is imminent.

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