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Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade reportedly hasn’t spoken to his team’s front office for some time.

Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype cited a source Tuesday who said Wade hasn’t talked with Chicago’s front office since the team traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in June.

Kennedy noted the Bulls and Wade have not yet engaged in contract buyout talks, but they are expected to happen before the 2017-18 season begins.

The 35-year-old Wade is set to make $23.8 million in the 2017-18 campaign, per Spotrac, and keeping him long term doesn’t make much sense for a Bulls team that embarked upon a rebuild when it traded its centerpiece in Butler.

However, Dan Feldman of NBC Sports noted Chicago has an incentive to hold onto Wade until the trade deadline, as the team could use his expiring contract in a move. “If no trade comes up and Chicago is out of the playoff race, as expected, a buyout would make far more sense,” Feldman wrote.

Kennedy’s report comes after Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon said on the Wine and Gold Talk podcast (via Feldman) that “people close to [LeBron] James are fairly confident that, at some point this year, Dwyane Wade is going to end up on the Cavs.”

If Wade and Chicago’s front office do find themselves speaking again the near future and agree on a buyout, the three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers make sense as a potential destination.

Wade could serve as a veteran leader for a team with championship aspirations, and he’s already accustomed to playing alongside James since they won two championships together with the Miami Heat.

Despite the incessant rumors of a possible move to the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Miami Heat, shooting guard Dwyane Wade has not talked to the Chicago Bulls’ brass since the team traded former teammate Jimmy Butler, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.
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The 12-time All-Star is expected to engage in buyout talks with the organization before the start of the regular season, though.

Wade could become one of the hottest free agent commodities after a frenzied offseason that has seen an all-time high in salaries and plenty of moves to keep NBA fans entertained.

The 35-year-old is owed a whopping $24 million for next season and would have to take a major shave off that amount to make a buyout possible, in light of the rebuilding process the franchise has chosen to undergo.

Wade was rumored to be looking for a comeback to the Miami Heat, but the South Beach backcourt is jam-packed with six players between the two guard spots, making this a potential logjam if Wade was to arrive as a free agent acquisition. Miami has chosen to go young and build around cornerstone Hassan Whiteside, making Wade’s potential homecoming a rather aesthetic move than a functional one.

LeBron James’ camp is expecting Wade to join the Cleveland Cavaliers at some point this upcoming season, but the process will be a painful one with the Cavs’ proverbial hands tied to their salary tax situation and the Bulls unlikely to cut Wade any slack in the buyout process, hoping to take the least amount possible contractually to put him on the free agent wire.

While nothing between Wade and the Bulls has gotten started, talks could soon begin, ensuing a league-wide race for his services.

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For the last year, the Indiana Pacers have celebrated the past, commemorating their 50th season of professional basketball with a season-long deep dive into memorable players and moments from each decade.

So it is fitting that the 51st season marks the beginning of a new chapter.

On Friday, the Pacers officially unveiled the first phase of a brand refresh, built around the “We Grow Basketball Here” platform and highlighted by the unveiling of new white and blue uniforms, a new playing court, and two new logos – a state icon and seal for basketball in Indiana.

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The platform is the result of a three-year focus on reestablishing the franchise’s identity that began with the debut of the Hickory jerseys and honoree program for the 2015-16 season, continued with the 50th season celebration last season, and now looks forward to the future while continuing to pay tribute to the state’s rich basketball heritage.

“I think when you talk to anybody about Indiana and what comes to mind, basketball is it,” said Todd Taylor, Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s Senior Vice President/Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. “As we look at it, being Indiana’s team from border to border, I think it’s important that we sort of look at our roots. And those roots really are basketball and growing the game.”

The new uniforms in particular are an exciting development for Pacers fans. Indiana last unveiled new uniforms in Sept. 2005 and has sported the same design for the past 12 seasons.

One of the signature elements of the new uniforms is the lettering encircling the number on the front of each jersey spelling out both “Indiana” and “Pacers.” The Pacers will be the only NBA team to have their full team name featured on their uniforms with the number perfectly centered between the two names.

“We wanted to have a traditional uniform, but with a much more modern look,” Taylor said. “So as we started research, the (Fort Wayne) Zollner Pistons was a uniform that we looked at from a long time ago that had a name identifier and team identifier on the front.

“We thought it would be interesting to try to incorporate both Indiana and Pacers to reinforce that we are a team of the state and not just Indianapolis.”

Both uniforms also feature unique lining along the sides of both the jersey and the shorts, featuring dynamic gold lines on blue piping. These dimensional lines invoke the imagery of Indiana farmland and are a physical representation of growth, tying into the notion that basketball is grown in Indiana.

“It’s a great new look for the new-look Pacers,” Pacers guard Lance Stephenson said. “They fit great, they feel great. I think fans are really going to like them.

“I like them so much I’m going to buy my own jersey.”

The uniforms also include a number of smaller tweaks.

cheap nba basketball jerseys with numbersThey feature a new compact typeface and the letters and numerals on the blue uniforms are now gold with white trim (the previous blue jerseys had white lettering with gold trim). The necklines of both jerseys now feature a solid, v-neck trim (blue on the white uniforms and gold on the blue uniforms).

Both uniforms also feature the new state icon on the center of the waistband on the shorts. This secondary logo was originally seen on the customized IndyCar Larry Bird drove in New York City to deliver the franchise’s bid for the 2021 All-Star Game to the NBA’s league offices and pays homage to the Pacers representing the entire state of Indiana on the basketball court.

The Pacers shared initial concepts with Nike, who replaced Adidas this summer as the official manufacturer of NBA uniforms, which modified the design to come up with a ‘modern traditional’ look.

“They were really excited about putting both the state and the team name on the front and just the unique factor of the design,” Taylor said. “I think they did a great job of keeping a traditional look, while adding enhancements, like the side panel design, to create a nice balance.”

The jerseys are already drawing rave reviews from key Pacers players, like 21-year-old star center Myles Turner.

“I think Nike did a really good job with the whole look of the uniform, from the shorts to the tops,” Turner said. “Aside from the look, they did their homework into making them comfortable for the players.

“These uniforms are going to be very popular.”

One change the NBA is implementing league-wide is the abolishment of designated “Home” and “Road” uniforms. Instead, the new white Pacers uniform will be termed Indiana’s “Association Edition,” while the blue uniform is the franchise’s “Icon Edition.”

For the 2017-18 season, home teams will be allowed to choose which uniform they want to wear for each particular game on their schedule. Visiting teams can then choose any uniform that contrasts with the home team’s selection.

These changes allow for greater flexibility in jersey choices than had happened in the past. Previously, the Pacers never wore their blue uniforms at home and only wore white on the road on rare occasions. Fans can expect to see greater variety in uniform choices next season.

The new court design also echoes many of the elements in the brand refreshment.

The sidelines will now be Pacers blue (on the previous court, they were simply a lighter shade of wood than the playing surface) with the dimensional lines that represent farmland and early morning sunrise emanating from all four sides of the playing surface. “We Grow Basketball Here” will be emblazoned on the west sideline as a reminder of the organization’s foundational ethos.

The playing surface will feature the new secondary state logo in the southeast and northwest corners and a 400 square-foot Pacers P at center court. The previous center court logo was much smaller at 169 square feet and featured the global logo, with the Pacers P on a white circle surrounded by a gold ring that spelled out “Indiana Pacers.”

Another important element of the brand refresh is a new seal for basketball in Indiana, which was designed to serve as a symbol of unity, bringing together all those with a shared devotion to the game.

The seal features a basketball rising over the horizon of dimensional lines of farmland. Surrounding that imagery is a gold ring with the state name, 19 stars (Indiana was the 19th state), the year 1894 (commemorating when the first game of basketball was played in the state), and the mantra “We Grow Basketball Here.”

By happenstance, the brand refresh coincides with a summer in which the Pacers are also undergoing significant refresh within the locker room. Newly promoted President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard has been very active in recent weeks, already adding eight new players to the roster through the draft, trades, and free agency.

In more ways than one, the team that takes the court for Opening Night in October will have a completely different look.

“I think it gives us a great opportunity to really start fresh in a lot of ways as we begin the next 50 years of professional basketball,” Taylor said.

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Rajon Rondo, who spent last year dipping in and out of the Chicago Bulls’ rotations, has agreed on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because the deal wasn’t announced publicly.

Rondo, an 11-year vet, had a tumultuous run with the Bulls last season before suffering a fractured thumb in their first round postseason matchup against the Boston Celtics. It was largely Rondo who helped engineer a 2-0 lead before the injury occurred.

Rondo fell completely out of the Bulls’ rotation last season for a stretch of five games in January before coach Fred Hoiberg came to rely on him as a veteran presence. Rondo was routinely praised by his teammates for mentoring the team’s younger players.

He also called out veterans Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler in an Instagram post in January after they had publicly criticized some of their other teammates.

Rondo averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists last year with the Bulls, marks that were significantly lower than his career averages of 10.7 points and 8.5 assists.

The 31-year-old will back up incumbent starter Jrue Holiday, who recently agreed to a 5-year, $126 million dollar deal to stay in New Orleans.

The Vertical first reported the news.

The New Orleans Pelicans have reached a one-year deal with free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo, a source confirmed to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears on Saturday.

Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe on Thursday that Pelicans officials — which included general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry — met with Rondo and that it went “excellent.”

Rondo’s agreement with the Pelicans was first reported by The Vertical.

Rondo surged in the playoffs before breaking his thumb after what had been a largely disappointing and turbulent season with the Chicago Bulls in which he averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists — well below his career averages of 10.7 points and 8.5 assists per game.

The Pelicans re-signed Jrue Holiday to a five-year, $126 million guaranteed deal that could be worth more than $150 million with incentives, but they were intrigued by the possibility of shifting Holiday off the ball for large chunks of games, sources told ESPN.

New Orleans did not have a traditional backup point guard after trading Tim Frazier to the Washington Wizards for a second-round pick.

Rondo played with Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento during the 2015-16 season, and the two formed a strong bond.

In their lone season together, Rondo averaged a league-leading 11.7 assists per game, to along with 11.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals. He recorded 237 assists to Cousins — his most assists to one player in a single season.

This will be Rondo’s fifth team dating to the 2014-15 season.

After helping the Bulls get off to a solid start in November, Rondo struggled to find his form alongside ball-dominant players like Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler. He was benched for five straight games in late December/early January and didn’t re-enter the starting lineup until mid-March.

Rondo was suspended for one game in early December for conduct detrimental to the team after a verbal altercation with assistant coach Jim Boylen, including towel-whipping him in the face.

Aside from that incident, Rondo was praised repeatedly by coaches, teammates and executives for his professional approach. He was lauded throughout the organization for the leadership he exhibited toward younger players on the roster. Those bonds strengthened even more in late January after Rondo took to Instagram to rip Wade and Butler for how they called out younger players in the wake of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks a night earlier.

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There are many ways to study the Warriors’ long history. Scan the Internet, maybe pick up a few reference books, and you’re there cheap jerseys China.

There’s a simpler way, as well: Go straight to Al Attles.

Attles and fellow coaching legend Hubie Brown were honored at the NBA Finals Sunday with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement award, presented annually by the National Basketball Coaches Association for “special contribution” over the years, joining a prestigious list of honorees including Pat Riley, Lenny Wilkens, Tommy Heinsohn, Jack Ramsay, Dick Motta, K.C. Jones and Tex Winter.

Attles is also a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, elected in 2014 by winning the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement award.

There isn’t much about the Warriors that Attles, 80, doesn’t recognize from personal experience. He broke in as a rookie with the Philadelphia Warriors in 1960, playing alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Tom Gola and Paul Arizin, among others. Attles was an obscure, fifth-round draft pick out of North Carolina AT&T and figured he had no chance to make the team, but he wound up playing 11 years as one of the toughest, most defensive-minded guards in the league. (The Warriors moved to San Francisco for the 1962-63 season.)

Over 57 consecutive years with the organization — think about that for a moment — Attles has done it all, serving as the team’s general manager and later a multilayered administrator. He even held an ownership stake at one time.

He is most remembered, though, for his coaching. Over 13 years, he led the Warriors into six postseasons and notched a then-franchise record 59 wins in 1975-76. Attles started out as a player-coach, replacing George Lee, with 30 games left in the 1969-70 season, and when he was promoted to full-time duty in 1971-72, he became the first African American man to hold that distinction in any of the major sports.

Moreover, when the Warriors reached the 1975 Finals against Jones’ Washington Bullets, it was the first time two African American coaches had faced each other – another American pro-sports landmark.

Attles and Brown, 83, have a championship connection. Just as Attles’ Warriors won the 1975 title in a four-game sweep – “the biggest upset in the history of the three major sports, in my opinion,” said team mainstay Rick Barry – Brown coached the Kentucky Colonels to the ABA title that season, winning the finals in five games over the Indiana Pacers. Brown went on to coach the Hawks, Knicks and Grizzlies over a 13-year NBA coaching career.

As Brown greeted Attles before the press conference, he told him, “Two Jersey guys. We made it out of the neighborhood.” And Brown had a story to tell.

“I grew up in Elizabeth, he was from Newark, we go back a long way,” Brown said. “So I’m a high-school coach sitting on my couch, and you remember when ABC had the ‘Wide World of Sports,’ and there’s Howard Cosell interviewing Wilt Chamberlain. Said ‘Wilt, is it true that you are challenging Muhammad Ali to a heavyweight championship fight? How could you do this?’ And Wilt — this is great — puts his hand up and said, ‘Howard, there’s only one guy that I would never fight. And that’s ‘The Destroyer,’ Al Attles.’”

As old Warriors teammate Tom Meschery recalled, “He really earned that nickname. Al was the single toughest fighter I ever saw in the league. But I think he deserves plenty of credit as a player. He was a guy with great lateral movement and fabulous speed. He could beat everybody in a footrace, even Wilt. He would have made every all-defensive team if they’d had ‘em back then, and he’d guard anyone: Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Bob Cousy. Most of the publicity went to K.C. Jones as a backcourt defender, because he was on more of a sexy team (the Celtics), so people tended to overlook Al. Not the players, though.”

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Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has won cheap jerseys China the Professional Basketball Writers Association’s 2016-17 Magic Johnson Award, the organization announced today.

The award, which has been given annually since 2001, honors a player who “best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public.”

On the court, Lillard, 26, just completed the best season of his five-year career. He posted 27-point, 5.9-assist, 4.9-rebound averages and led the Blazers to the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, where they fell to the Golden State Warriors in four games.

Off the court, he’s become known as one of the more approachable, accessible stars in the league, both with members of the media and fans.

“It comes with the job,’’ Lillard said recently, per CSN Northwest. “There will come a day when people won’t want my autograph … and there will come a day when the media doesn’t care what I have to say. So I think you have to appreciate it, and that’s what I try to do. I don’t take either for granted.’’

In addition to Lillard, finalists for the award were DeMar DeRozan, Paul George, Draymond Green and Paul Millsap.

Past winners of the award are listed below.

2000-01: Ray Allen, Milwaukee Bucks
2001-02: Elton Brand, L.A. Clippers
2002-03: Jalen Rose, Chicago Bulls
2003-04: Jermaine O’Neal, Indiana Pacers
2004-05: Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards
2005-06: Grant Hill, Orlando Magic
2006-07: Shane Battier, Houston Rockets
2007-08: Derek Fisher, Los Angeles Lakers
2008-09: Brandon Roy, Portland Trail Blazers
2009-10: Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors
2010-11: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
2011-12: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
2012-13: Shane Battier, Miami Heat
2013-14: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
2014-15: Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls
2015-16: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

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Before they ever dress in NBA uniforms jerseys from china, the University of Kentucky’s latest soon-to-be millionaires should have some business sense about them.

That was the advice offered by Shaquille O’Neal, a Naismith Hall of Fame member who won four NBA championships before retiring in 2011. He was in town as the keynote speaker for the University of the Cumberlands’ 12th annual edition of “The Excellence in Leadership Series.”

“Be prepared to handle your business,” O’Neal said. “Nineteen-year-olds, 20-year-olds making 20, 30 million (dollars), it’s kind of hard to handle. You need to have some sort of business type about yourself.”

O’Neal added with a grin, “One term you must know is FICA. FICA will take all your money.”

He recalled wanting to go pro after his freshman year at Louisiana State University. His mother took him shopping and instructed him to balance a checkbook.

“I couldn’t do it,” O’Neal said. “She said, ‘You’re not ready.’” Eventually O’Neal went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 draft following his junior season. He went 3-2 against UK, a program for which he holds a great deal of respect.

“I love, well, I can’t say I love UK basketball,” Shaq said with a laugh. He went on to mention that the Wildcats are on the list of programs for his son, Shareef O’Neal, a four-star prospect out of Los Angeles who’s considered the 30th-best recruit in the Class of 2018 by 247Sports. That site’s crystal ball prediction has UK tabbed as the favorite to land the 6-foot-7 power forward, but UK hasn’t yet offered him.

“I don’t know where he’s gonna go, but I would love for him to play for a coach like (John Calipari),” O’Neal said. “The fans there are always good.”

O’Neal was selected as the keynote speaker for Cumberlands’ event in part because of his vocal support of law enforcement. Leadership awards in honor of Daniel Ellis and Jason Ellis, two police officers who were slain while on duty in recent years, were presented to their respective widows, Katie and Amy, before O’Neal spoke before a sold-out crowd. Scholarships were presented to Hunter and Parker Ellis, the sons of Jason and Amy, and Luke Ellis, the son of Daniel and Katie, as part of the program.

The 15-time All-Star described himself as a “medium-level juvenile delinquent” as an adolescent. He had two uncles, both policemen, who took him to the local jail and left him there for three days.

“They said, ‘If you keep going down the wrong path, this is where you’re gonna end up,’” O’Neal said. “I didn’t like it. … Cops always looked out for me, so I just love law enforcement. All of ’em.”

His passion eventually resulted in action. While he was with the Los Angeles Lakers, O’Neal graduated from the police academy, and he did so again in Florida after he was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004. He’s currently a deputy sheriff in Doral, Fla., and hopes to run for sheriff in Georgia or Florida in 2020.

“Rather than someone just give me a badge, I wanted to earn my spot,” O’Neal. “I wanted to be just like everybody else. So when I run for sheriff, I’m sure I could probably just win off of name recognition, but I’m not looking for that. I want the troops to respect me and understand that I feel for them and I always did the same things that they did. Hopefully it’ll work out.”

Most of O’Neal’s other ventures in life have. The 7-foot-1 hulk has successfully transitioned from basketball star to media personality and businessman; the “Shaq” brand is affiliated with everything from energy drinks to shoes to pain-relief medication.

“Being a player and being on championship teams, I understand partnerships, so I’ve partnered up with people that are a lot smarter than I am,” O’Neal said. “… I wish I could say I was an expert.”