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Thunder GM disagrees with Paul George’s notion that trade to Clippers was “mutual”

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During his Clippers’ introductory press conference earlier this week, Paul George opened up about his trade request from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

While commenting he is thankful for his time with the organization, he also said that the trade was ‘mutual’ as both sides felt it was time to move on.

Apparently this is news to Thunder GM Sam Presti.

Presti respectfully denounced George’s comments on Thursday, basically admitting that he had no desire to trade the All-Star before he was given the trade request.

“I know that he had used the term ‘mutual’…I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that because that would infer that we were wanting to trade Paul George, which I think most people would agree that that probably wasn’t on the top of our offseason priority list.” said Presti.

“But I would say that it was not adversarial at all and I also fully respect the way that it was handled. And the fact that we were able to make it work in a way that benefited the franchise made it something that we could do.”

On the bright side, at least Presti and the Thunder benefitted greatly from the trade. Just by trading George alone, they acquired rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, veteran Danilo Gallinari, a whopping five future first-round draft picks, and the rights to swap two other first round picks.

This will give the Thunder a great opportunity to rebuild and create another powerhouse in the West.



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Toronto is reportedly a viable option to host NBA games

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The city of Toronto could be welcoming more than the NHL when professional sports finally make their return.

According to Yahoo! Sports insider Chris Haynes, Toronto is among the cities being discussed as a possible ‘hub location’ to host NBA games whenever the league finally decides to resume. It was mentioned during a conference call involving NBA commissioner Adam Silver

“(Silver) mentioned Toronto in that conference call, too,” Haynes told Sportsnet earlier this week.

“He said Toronto is an option, but he would like to keep the season in the States. But he said he’s not ruling out Toronto.”

Despite all of this, Toronto basketball fans should keep their expectations in check. Orlando and Las Vegas are apparently the two most likely cities that will host games when the league returns to action.

More to come.


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Tony Parker aspires to one day own an NBA team

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A San Antonio Spurs legend is looking to get back into the league, but not as a player.

The former NBA All-Star spoke with ESPN the other day, and went into detail about his future plans.

The 37-year old – who is already an esports investor, and co-owns women’s soccer club Seattle Reign FC – is looking to add something bigger to his resume.

“It’s a strong possibility. Right now, we have different objectives and goals. But in five to 10 years … I am the type of person who always dreams big” said Parker when asked about the possibility of owning an NBA team.

He has been in discussions about the idea with Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of Ligue-1 soccer club Lyon.

Parker averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists over a span of 18 NBA seasons from 2001-2019.

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NBA reportedly telling teams not to test asymptomatic players, staff when league returns

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It’s feeling more and more likely the NBA will return sometime this summer. But will the league be ready to protect it’s players and employees?

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has told teams not to test players and members of their organization that are not showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

“Once the NBA shared its guidelines with teams on protocols for bringing players into the facility for workouts, it prohibited the use of tests on players unless they were showing Covid-19 symptoms,” reports Wojnarowski.

“For the time being, it is not appropriate in the current public health environment to regularly test all players and staff for the coronavirus” 

The league’s stance on this is they don’t want to take too many test kits away from people in the general public who are in desperate need of being tested.

It is not yet known when the league will restart, or which locations will be used for venues.


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