Athlete contracts

Minnesota Timberwolves new point guard Jimmy Butler smiles during a press conference at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., on Thursday, June 29, 2017.(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
June 29, 2017 - 7:34 pm
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Jimmy Butler's formal introduction to Minnesota was held at the Mall of America, an appropriate location for the Timberwolves and their prized new player. They'll be shopping for sidekicks starting this weekend, and Butler will be part of the sales team. "I'll be talking...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul laughs as he, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, right, talk during the team's NBA basketball media day, in Playa Vista, Calif. The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to trade for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul according to a person familiar with the deal. The league source spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the team hasn't finalized the trade.(AP Photo/Ryan Kang, File)
June 29, 2017 - 6:00 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Drama is never in short supply during NBA free agency. This year will be no exception. Case in point: A Utah fan has been lobbying Gordon Hayward to stay with the Jazz, citing a story this week about how the Massachusetts Legislature is aiming to raise taxes on those who make more than...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says Kevin Durant has declined to opt in for the second year of his contract with Golden State as expected, and will become an unrestricted free agent. Durant now must work out a new deal with the Warriors when free agency begins Saturday, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity Thursday, June 29, 2017, because Durant’s choice had not been formally announced. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
June 29, 2017 - 4:25 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant declined to opt in for the second year of his contract with Golden State and will become an unrestricted free agent, an expected move for the NBA Finals MVP who said he plans to do his part to keep the core of the champion Warriors intact to chase more titles. A...
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) goes up under the basket, next to Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to trade for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul according to a person familiar with the deal. The league source spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the team hasn't finalized the trade. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
June 28, 2017 - 8:55 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul is heading to Houston to join James Harden, giving the Rockets two All-Stars in the backcourt to lead their chase for a championship. In the NBA's second blockbuster trade in less than a week, the Rockets acquired Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday in exchange...
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) goes up under the basket, next to Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to trade for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul according to a person familiar with the deal. The league source spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the team hasn't finalized the trade. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
June 28, 2017 - 6:35 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul is heading to Houston to join James Harden, and the Rockets will soon have two All-Stars in the backcourt to lead their chase for a championship. In the NBA's second blockbuster trade in less than a week, the Rockets acquired Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday...
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) goes up under the basket, next to Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to trade for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul according to a person familiar with the deal. The league source spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the team hasn't finalized the trade. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
June 28, 2017 - 1:33 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul is heading to Houston to join James Harden, and the Rockets will soon have two All-Stars in the backcourt to lead their chase for a championship. The Rockets have reached an agreement to acquire Paul from the Clippers in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam...
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June 26, 2017 - 6:02 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that dismissed a lawsuit filed by minor league baseball players accusing Major League Baseball of colluding to suppress wages. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th District on Monday affirmed a district court ruling , saying the minor...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 9, 2017, file photo, St. Louis Blues' Ivan Barbashev (49), of Russia, chases Colorado Avalanche's Matt Duchene (9) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in St. Louis. Moves made before and at the draft were just the start of some big shakeups around the NHL going into free agency. While Kevin Shattenkirk, Montreal winger Alexander Radulov, Washington veteran Justin Williams and Pittsburgh defenseman Trevor Daley are among the top free agents available, players like Duchene, Vegas’ Marc Methot or Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk could be traded first and change the course of the market. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce, File)
June 26, 2017 - 8:16 am
As New York Rangers players cleaned out their lockers after a second-round playoff exit, all the talk was about impending change. That's just getting started — for the Rangers and the rest of the NHL. Big moves leading up to and at the draft by the Rangers, rival New York Islanders, Chicago...
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Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball, center, poses for photos with Magic Johnson, left, and general manager Rob Pelinka during a news conference, Friday, June 23, 2017, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
June 23, 2017 - 9:35 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson pointed a long index finger at the wall of the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex, where the 16-time NBA champions' nine retired numbers hang over the practice court. "I'm going to put a little pressure on you right now," Johnson said to Lonzo Ball. "You...
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June 23, 2017 - 7:55 pm
Blake Griffin has decided to test free agency, telling the Los Angeles Clippers that he is opting out of the final year of his contract. A person with direct knowledge of Griffin's plans confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither the...
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