NBA scoring champion James Harden and playmaker Chris Paul would have Philadelphia star Jimmy Butler as a new teammate if the Houston Rockets get their way, ESPN reported Wednesday. Unnamed league sources told the US-based telecaster that the Rockets want Butler to push the 76ers for a sign-and-trade deal that would let the All-Star forward move to Houston. The Rockets, who lack salary cap room for the deal, would potentially have to involve a third team in the deal and potentially part with center Clint Capela, forward P.J. Tucker or guard Eric Gordon to make any swap work under NBA contract rules. The Sixers would see some compensation for Butler compared to if he departed as a free agent but they also could sign him to a long-term deal of their own. NBA free agency opens Sunday and the 76ers can offer Butler the best possible terms at $190 million over five years. The Rockets could pitch $140 million over four seasons. Philadelphia obtained Butler last November in a trade with … [Read more...] about Rockets eye NBA deal for Butler with Sixers: report
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AJ Neuharth-Keusch USA TODAY Published 5:04 PM EDT Apr 20, 2019 Tempers boiled over in the third quarter of Game 4 between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets on Saturday afternoon, resulting in two players being ejected. The incident occurred when Nets forward Jared Dudley got in the face of 76ers big man Joel Embiid after he hit Nets center Jarrett Allen with a hard foul. Sixers swingman Jimmy Butler then came over and shoved Dudley from behind, causing a skirmish between the two teams that spilled into the courtside seats under the basket. Dudley and Butler were both ejected from the game as the Nets, looking to tie the series at two games apiece, led 67-61. Embiid was given a Flagrant 1 foul. There's no love lost between the two teams, and tension has been growing since the series began last weekend. Sixers guard Ben Simmons and Dudley have exchanged barbs through the media, and Embiid caught flak after he and Simmons appeared to … [Read more...] about Jimmy Butler, Jared Dudley ejected after skirmish between 76ers, Nets
The Golden State Warriors began their quest for a three-peat by clobbering the Los Angeles Clippers, while the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic delivered a pair of upset victories as the NBA playoffs began Saturday. Stephen Curry drained eight three-pointers to give him the most in league playoff history as the two-time defending champion Warriors dominated the Clippers 121-104. "We imposed our will for 48 minutes," said Curry. "We have been working for the last month on our collective mindset, raising our intensity and focus. "It might not be flashy but we all got to do our jobs." Curry finished with 38 points, shooting eight of 12 from beyond the arc to pass Ray Allen (385) for career postseason threes with 386. One of his three-pointers was from a distance of about 30 feet. "Shout out to the contacts," said Curry. Curry also tallied a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and seven assists. "Curry has destroyed us all year," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. Game two is Monday at the … [Read more...] about Curry fires Warriors but Sixers, Raptors stunned in playoff openers
It's the best time of the year for pro-hoops fans as the 2019 NBA Playoffs kick off this weekend. There's no shortage of storylines as LeBron James misses his first postseason since 2005. His move to the West means a new king will be crowned in the Eastern Conference, and MVP finalist Giannis Antetokounmpo is hoping to lead his No. 1 seeded Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA Finals. His road won't be easy with Kawhi Leonard's No. 2 Toronto Raptors, and Joel Embiid's star-studded, No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers squad looking to make a splash in the postseason.In the West, all eyes will be on the defending champion Golden State Warriors, who are looking to win their third consecutive championship, and their fourth NBA title in five years. Check below for the full schedule of first-round matchups. All times are Eastern.Eastern Conference 1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 8. Detroit PistonsWhat to look for: For the first time since the early 1970s, the Bucks earned the best record in the NBA and won 60 games. … [Read more...] about NBA Playoffs 2019: How to watch Nets vs. Sixers
Martin Frank Delaware News Journal Published 9:11 PM EDT Apr 12, 2019 PHILADELPHIA — Oh yes, there is pressure. The Philadelphia 76ers feel it everywhere they turn as they embark on a second straight playoff appearance. The pressure began before this season started when head coach Brett Brown said the goal is the NBA Finals. And that was before general manager Elton Brand traded for Jimmy Butler in November and Tobias Harris in February, giving the team a starting five surpassed only by the Golden State Warriors. And that was before all those hopes and expectations were turned into panic over the possibility that the key to all of it, 7-foot center Joel Embiid, isn't fully recovered from a knee injury despite having most of the last two months to rest. In fact, he was listed as "doubtful" for Game 1 on the NBA’s injury report Friday. He did not practice. When asked if he would be ready for Saturday afternoon's tip-off, Embiid said, "I have no idea." So yes, … [Read more...] about 76ers: Joel Embiid key to deep playoff run, but is he healthy enough?