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OG Anunoby believes the Raptors will repeat as champions in 2020

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The odds may be against them, but that isn’t stopping forward OG Anunoby from having confidence in his Raptors squad.

The 22-year old doesn’t put much stock in the 100-1 odds Vegas put on Toronto winning the NBA title again in 2020. He believes that despite losing Kawhi Leonard, the team still has that championship pedigree.

“I think we’re gonna repeat. We have a really good team and we believe in ourselves and that’s all that matters.” said Anunoby while talking with reports at Raptors media day over the weekend.

Anunoby is expected to be a key bounce-back candidate after a difficult 2018/19 campaign. Aside from the death of his father just days before their season opener, he also missed time in the regular season due to a concussion, and was sidelined for the entire postseason run after undergoing an emergency appendectomy prior to Game 1 of their first round matchup vs the Magic.

With Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles, Anunoby will be expected to win and maintain a role as the team’s starting small forward and be a key part on defence with his defensive versatility.

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Kings ink Buddy Hield to lucrative four-year contract extension

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They finally did it!

After weeks of bickering and bantering, the Sacramento Kings have negotiated a deal with Buddy Hield.

According to reports, the team signed the 26-year old guard to a four-year, $94 million contract extension that could reach as much as $106 million in bonuses.

Hield, who was selected sixth overall in the 2016 NBA Draft and acquired by the Kings in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans midway through his rookie season in February 2017, has averaged 14.9 points, 4,0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over a span of four seasons and 244 games.

He is coming off a career-season where he averaged a career-high in points (20.7), rebounds (5.0) and assists (2.0).

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Wizards ink Bradley Beal to two-year max contract extension

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The trade rumours can be put to rest, because Bradley Beal will be staying in the nation’s capital for a little while longer.

The Washington Wizards announced Thursday that they have signed star guard Bradley Beal to a two-year, $72 million max contract extension that includes a player option for the 2022/2023 season. The deal also has a 15% trade kicker, and a no-trade clause during the regular season.

The 26-year old still has two years remaining on his current contract, so the total value of his two deals combined is close to $130 million over a span of four years.

Beal, who was selected third overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, has averaged 19.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in seven seasons and 488 regular season games.

He averaged a career-high 25.6 points last season on a 47.5 field goal percentage.

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Bucks starting point guard Eric Bledsoe out 2-3 weeks with rib injury

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The Milwaukee Bucks are probably going to have to start the 2019/2020 NBA regular season without their starting point guard.

The team announced that Eric Bledsoe will be sidelined for approximately 2-3 weeks after sustaining a small fracture of his rib.

He suffered the injury midway through the Bucks’ 133-99 preseason win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. After the game, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer that the injury is not too serious.

“It feels like it’s not that severe,” said Budenholzer after the game.

“but I’m sure Troy (Flanagan, the team’s director of performance) and those guys will give me an update. … Just talking to Bled (it seemed positive) – I don’t know if you can trust Bled – Troy will be the truth-teller”

The 29-year old, who is entering the first season of a lucrative four-year, $70 million contract, averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 78 games in 2018/19.

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