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Thunder reportedly looking to move on from Russell Westbrook

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Things change rather quickly in the NBA.

Just days after the shocking trade that sent Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, it appears that the Oklahoma City Thunder have embraced going full tank mode and are weighing their options with their franchise point guard.

According to reports, the team is considering trading Russell Westbrook and are looking to talk with potential suitors to gauge what return they can get for the eight-time NBA All-Star.

While Westbrook is one of the league’s best players, his contract is an absolute albatross. He is due $170 million over the next four seasons, which will make it difficult to find a team that is a) willing to take on that contract, and b) willing to part with the necessary players/their overall depth in order to match salaries.

The Miami Heat and Houston Rockets are among the teams interested in his services, but still have a lot of work to do in order to finalize a deal.

If Westbrook does get dealt this offseason, it will certainly be the end of an era in OKC. The 30-year old has spent his entire NBA career with the organization, averaging 23 points, 8.4 assists, and seven rebounds over a span of 821 regular season games and 11 seasons.

The Thunder already a big head start with all the future draft picks they acquired in the Clippers trade (three unprotected first-round picks [2022, 2024 and 2026] from the Clippers, two first-round picks via Heat [2021 unprotected and 2023 lottery protected], and two unprotected pick swaps via Clippers in 2023 and 2025), and are looking to acquire additional assets to help boost their rebuild in a big way.

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Basketball’s EuroLeague cancels remainder of season due to coronavirus pandemic

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Europe’s top basketball league isn’t taking any chances with the COVID-19 pandemic, and has decided to cut the cord on the rest of the 2019/2020 campaign.

Euroleague Basketball President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu confirmed the league’s decision to cancel the season in a released statement.

“Without a doubt, this is the most difficult decision we have had to take in our 20-year history…Due to reasons beyond our control, we have been forced to cut short the most successful and exciting season in European basketball history.” said Bertomeu.

To look on the bright side, it appears things will be back to normal next season. The league will use this extra time off to ensure the 2020/2021 season will start at it’s expected time on October 1st.

EuroLeague officials plan to start the 2020-21 season on Oct. 1.

“All the league’s stakeholders maintained their determination and exhausted every possible avenue in trying to deliver a complete and uniquely special season to our fans, whose passion is the driving force for all our efforts,” added Bertomeu.

“That is our commitment and our passion every single season, and so falling short due to forces beyond anyone’s control is what saddens us most.”

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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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