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Shaun Livingston retires from NBA after 15-year career

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Former Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston has decided to ride into the sunset and call it a career.

The 34-year old formally announced his decision to retire from basketball on Friday.

“After 15 years in the NBA, I’m excited, sad, fortunate and grateful all in one breath. Hard to put into a caption all of the emotions it takes to try and accomplish your dreams. I wasn’t supposed to be here. Anybody that has beat the odds understands the mental and emotional strain it takes to inspire yourself on an uphill war, let alone inspire others.” said Livingston in an emotional Instagram post.

“With my time in the League what I will be most proud of is the fact that my character, values and faith were tested, and I persevered. To my pops that told me to ‘go get the big ball’ I THANK YOU. To my Grandpa that always showed me there was more to life than basketball I THANK YOU. To my Uncles that helped raise me like I was one of their own, THANK YOU. To my wife and kids…the future IS BRIGHTER than our past, and I couldn’t see myself taking on this chapter without you.”

Livingston averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds over a span of 833 combined games with the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets and Warriors from 2004-2019.

He leaves the game as a three-time NBA champion, and a role model for those who are forced to overcome major obstacles to reach their peak.

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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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