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January 15, 2019 2:53 AM Mavericks ramp up efforts to deal PG Dennis Smith Jr., sources say

The Dallas Mavericks are escalating talks to trade guard Dennis Smith Jr., pushing to end a partnership that has run its course for both the franchise and former first-round pick, league sources tell ESPN. Two teams in pursuit of a point guard -- Phoenix and Orlando -- have been active in talks with the Mavericks, league sources said. Dallas has also searched 130

January 14, 2019 9:45 PM Kyler Murray enters name in NFL draft, but A's can still negotiate with Heisman Trophy winner

The Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner has given himself the option to choose the NFL over Major League Baseball, for which he has a contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus. A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Murray actually submitted the paperwork Friday. The A's, who selected 144

January 14, 2019 2:59 AM Mavericks' J.J. Barea to have Achilles surgery on Monday

Dallas Mavericks sixth man J.J. Barea will undergo surgery Monday on his torn right Achilles tendon, coach Rick Carlisle said Sunday. Barea was injured during Friday's 119-115 road victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Barea, 34, a longtime Dallas fan favorite who played a key role on the 2011 championship team, has been the leader of one of the NBA's 141

January 13, 2019 9:47 PM NBA Power Rankings: Surging Spurs and a change at the top

The Toronto Raptors are back atop the East after a double-overtime win over the Washington Wizards. In the midst of a top-three shakeup, Kawhi Leonard & Co. have regained the No. 1 spot in our weekly Power Rankings. Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz, Tim MacMahon and Andre' Snellings, The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears and FiveThirtyEight's 84

January 9, 2019 8:37 PM Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel out of hospital after suffering concussion

Noel was struck by Andrew Wiggins' elbow, and the team said he lost consciousness from the fall he took to the floor at the 5:16 mark of the third quarter. He was held overnight at OU Medical Center for tests and observations and was released Wednesday. Per the NBA's concussion policy, Noel will now begin the NBA-mandated return-to-participation protocol 85

January 7, 2019 10:13 PM Cavs' Kevin Love: Still weeks away from return

CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love is still weeks away from getting on the court as he recovers from surgery on his left foot, he said Monday. Love played in just four games before undergoing surgery Nov. 2 to relieve pressure around his big toe. He was recently cleared by doctors to begin some "select basketball activities," but Love said Monday 75

January 7, 2019 7:53 PM Ed McCaffrey to serve as commissioner of Pacific Pro Football

SAN DIEGO -- Don Yee, the agent for Tom Brady and other NFL stars, and three-time Super Bowl champion Ed McCaffrey will head Pacific Pro Football, a league that will provide an alternative path to the NFL that has never existed. Pacific Pro Football announced Monday that it is scheduled to begin play in July 2020 with four teams in Southern California 91

January 7, 2019 9:04 AM Bears' Cody Parkey gets support from Kobe, D-Wade

Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey jogged off the field Sunday to boos from fans at Soldier Field, but he's found plenty of support on social media from two of the biggest names in the NBA. Parkey's potential 43-yard game-winning field goal was tipped and hit the left upright and bounced off the crossbar, giving the Philadelphia Eagles a 16-15 victory 78

January 5, 2019 3:14 PM Enes Kanter: New York Knicks player will not travel to London over Turkish spy fears

New York Knicks centre Enes Kanter says he will not travel to London for his side's upcoming NBA game because of fears over Turkish spies. The Turkish native is a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and was detained in Romania when he travelled overseas in May 2017. The Knicks will play the Washington Wizards at the O2 Arena on 17 January 100

January 4, 2019 7:13 PM LeBron James to miss another week with groin strain before reevaluation

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James will miss at least another week as he continues to recover from a significant groin strain, with the team ruling him out for Friday's game against the New York Knicks as well as an upcoming two-game road trip. The Lakers said in a release Friday that James continues to receive daily treatment and will be reevaluated 71