Suns trade Goran Dragic to Miami Heat

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The Suns have traded Goran Dragic to the Heat, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Goran and his brother Zoran Dragic went to Miami, and the Suns received Danny Granger, Norris Cole, Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton and two first-round picks — one from 2017 (top-seven protected), the other from 2021.

The deal was part of a big roster shakeup for the Suns, but one that leaves them in a better position going forward, and especially heading into next season.

Dragic had informed Phoenix that he wouldn’t re-sign there as an unrestricted free agent this summer, due to trust issues he had with the front office, along with being unhappy with his off-the-ball role alongside fellow point guards Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas.

The Suns netted two first-round picks for Dragic, which is a lot for someone who would have been gone at the end of the season regardless. Most of the ancillary players in the deal are likely to be waived, and one — Norris Cole — was already traded to the Pelicans.

Phoenix also netted Brandon Knight from Milwaukee as a very nice Dragic replacement, and one who will be a restricted free agent this summer, yet won’t command the max contract that Dragic is likely to (and almost certainly would have been seeking). That move cost them Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis, but neither player was a key part of the rotation this season.

Finally, the Suns solved their too-many-point-guard problem by sending Isaiah Thomas to the Celtics, in exchange for Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first round pick (via Cleveland) that is top-10 protected in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and unprotected in 2019. With the Cavaliers expected to be one of the league’s top teams again next season, however, Phoenix will likely get to use it next year.

Nets will reportedly give away 10,000 Kyrie Irving jerseys vs. Knicks

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The Brooklyn Nets will be without Kevin Durant for the majority if not all of next season. In his place they will have to make do with the young squad they have nurtured into a potential playoff threat… and Kyrie Irving.

Irving is one of the latest players to join the Nets, coming over from the Boston Celtics in a move that Brooklyn fans hope will be the start of a potential championship run in New York.

To that end, the Nets appear as though they will be giving away a pretty significant gift early in the season in Brooklyn. According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily nNews, the Nets will give away 10,000 Irving jerseys on October 25th as Brooklyn it takes on their crosstown rivals in the New York Knicks.

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Giving away an entire jersey is a pretty big outlay.

The Nets certainly want Irving to know that he is important to them, and for fans understand that he is going to be just as revered as Durant in the coming years.

Rudy Gobert says France’s bronze medal ‘means everything’

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Some countries, like the United States, don’t really care about the World Cup. The 2019 FIBA World Cup in China was perhaps evidence of that, with Team USA not even bothering to medal.

For countries like France and players like Rudy Gobert, the World Cup is a chance to show that their nation is one that is coming forth as a place to be reckoned with when it comes to basketball development.

France recently took home third place in the 2019 Cup, and for that the Utah Jazz center was grateful. Speaking to reporters after their win over Australia, Gobert said that grabbing the bronze “means everything” to him and to France.

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That’s some pretty moving stuff from a guy in Gobert who we know is someone who wears his emotions on his sleeve.

Bernie Sanders says LeBron James is the GOAT over Michael Jordan (VIDEO)

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Everyone has an opinion about who is the greatest player of all time between Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Most folks still seem to pick Jordan, although it’s been hard to argue with the type of player that James is in a vacuum outside of measurements like championship rings.

In any case, we now have one more person who has tossed their opinion into the ring of public consciousness. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has now said that he believes that LeBron is the GOAT thanks to his public service.

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“I think LeBron has been willing to do what a lot of athletes are not and get involved in the political process, put money into education, and I respect that.”

James has certainly done a lot politically, socially, and as an activist. He’s supported things like entire schools, and he’s been on the bleeding edge of NBA activism against things like police brutality.

Jordan has also done his part, including a recent pledge for $1 million in funds to aid Bahamanian hurricane relief. Folks like to bag on MJ for his purported “Republicans buy sneakers, too” comment, but it’s unclear whether he actually ever said or felt that.

In either case, it appears that we know who Sanders thinks is the GOAT. Next someone should ask Elizabeth Warren if she would have taken Kobe or Shaq in 2004.

Watch Zion Williamson snap the head off a golf club (VIDEO)

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As any good golfer can tell you, the key to getting a pure ball flight is figuring out the idea of compression. Instead of scooping the ball off the ground, the idea is to hit the ball first and use the ground to compress the dimpled object between the earth and the clubface.

And while New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson probably isn’t concentrating on his golf game heading into his first NBA season, it looks like the idea of compression isn’t lost on him.

As the Pelicans held a golf event this week, Williamson was filmed snapping the head off of an iron while taking a shot off the tee box.

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It’s hard to tell from this angle, but it looks like Williamson has a pretty solid swing. I’m extremely jealous of the amount of lag he has at the return parallel position on the downswing.

Someone get this guy a stiffer shaft or something. I can only imagine the kind of havoc Williamson is going to inflict on NBA rims this year if this is how the man golfs.