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Oklahoma City Thunder anticipate Chris Paul will still be on team at start of next season

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Apparently there isn’t a lot of NBA teams interested in taking on Chris Paul’s bloated contract.

According to reports, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s attempts to trade All-Star point guard Chris Paul have stalled. It appears highly likely that the 34-year old will start the 2019/2020 season as a member of the Thunder.

Paul, who was officially acquired in a blockbuster deal that sent Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets, had been working alongside the Thunder organization to find a suitable trade partner that fits his needs.

However, teams are unwilling to take on his contract considering his injury history and decline in play, and the Thunder want to avoid attaching draft picks/future assets to entice teams to take on Paul’s contract at this point.

He still has three more years left on his contract that will pay him a whopping $124 million, which includes a player option in the final year of the deal worth $44.2 million.

Paul averaged 15.6 points, 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 58 games last season.

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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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Kyle Lowry signs one-year, $31 million contract extension with Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors are rewarding their legendary point guard with some extra money in the bank.

The team announced Monday that they have signed the five-time NBA All-Star to a one-year, $31 million extension that will keep him under contract with the team through the 2020/2021 season.

The 33-year old, who will be entering his eighth season with the franchise, has one-year remaining on the three-year, $100 million contract he signed back in the summer of 2017.

Lowry is coming off an impressive postseason where he averaged 15.0 points, 6.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 24 games, and played a pivotal role in clinching the franchise’s first-ever NBA title in June.

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