What does the Raptors' NBA Finals win mean for the Drake curse?

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Many were quick to celebrate the death of the Drake curse following the Raptors' Game 6 victory over the Warriors on Thursday night. But is the curse really broken?

After all, Drake has strong connections to the Warriors. He has referenced them in many songs, and he even has tattoos of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant on his arm. Drake is so close to Curry, the Warriors star talked to the rapper on the phone after Curry's team lost the NBA Finals.

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But even putting all of that aside, there's a deeper message to be learned here from the Raptors' win as it relates to the Drake curse. For a better understanding, let's go through the history of Drake's sports fandom and see why the curse existed in the first place.

Drake was known as a fair weather fan

Before the curse existed, people would just make fun of Drake for switching teams so often. There were multiple stories written about how he'd alw[......]


Wizards to offer Raptors' Masai Ujiri huge deal

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The champagne isn't dry on the Raptors' NBA title and the Wizards are preparing to offer Toronto president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a massive deal that could pay him close to $10 million a year with an opportunity for an ownership stake in the team, ESPN reported late Thursday, citing unidentified league sources.

With the NBA Finals wrapped up and the Raptors bringing home the first championship in franchise history, the Wizards are expected to reach out to seek formal permission to meet with Ujiri, 48, and, per ESPN, "offer a staggering financial package that would include running the Wizards' basketball operations and, perhaps, taking on a larger leadership role in the Monumental Sports and Entertainment company that oversees the Wizards and NHL's Capitals, league sources[......]


Stephen Curry congratulates Drake on FaceTime after Raptors win NBA title

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Drake celebrated along with all Raptors fans after Toronto won its first NBA title in franchise history Thursday — but he made sure to reach out to Stephen Curry after the game.

The rapper could be heard chatting with Curry on FaceTime as the Warriors star walked out of Oracle Arena.

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Curry congratulated Drake and all Raptors fans on the win.

"Enjoy it man," said Curry. "It's big time for you. You, the whole city, the whole everybody. Y'all deserve it. Congrats."

The two-time MVP was surprised Drake already had a championship hat.

Drake said he had it made before the game. He also asked Curry about Kevin Durant.

"I'm going to keep on it," said Curry.

Durant, who r​uptured his Achilles tendon during Monday's Game 5, has been expected by many to leave the Warrio[......]


Rumors: AD trade makes Walker 'top target' for Lakers

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The Lakers are looking to make their next move.

Los Angeles agreed to send Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft, to New Orleans in exchange for Anthony Davis on Saturday, according to an ESPN report.

But now it is looking to make Charlotte's Kemba Walker a "top target" since it secured a second All-Star to pair with LeBron James, according to a report from The New York Times.

Walker, 29, is coming off a career year in which he averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists. While the Hornets posted a 39-43 record and missed the playoffs, Walkers made the All-NBA third team and qualified for a supermax contract. But the UConn product even toyed with the idea of taking a pay cut so the Hornets coul[......]


NBA world reacts to Anthony Davis trade to Lakers

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The NBA world is still reeling from the Anthony Davis trade just like you are.

Oh, did you miss that? Yeah, Davis is going to the Lakers in a blockbuster deal featuring Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks including the No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft, according to ESPN.

Just a few weeks ago, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson said she would trade Davis to the Lakers "over my dead body." And yet, here we are.

So just to put this deal — and the surprise around it — into perspective, we put together some of the best reactions from the NBA world for your enjoyment.

And here…we…go.

NBA Twitter reacts to Anthony Davis trade

Rockets' Chris Paul demands trade, report says

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The town isn't big enough for Chris Paul and James Harden.

Paul has demanded the Rockets trade him while Harden has gone to the organization and said "It's him or me," according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

It all came to a head after the Rockets lost in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. Paul then asked to be traded while Harden offered his ultimatum.

According to Yahoo Sports, Paul and Harden went nearly two months during the season without speaking to each other while the former Clippers guard reportedly repeatedly complained to coach Mike D'Antoni about how the offense ran with the 2018 MVP on the court.

Harden reportedly has not responded to any of Paul's attempts to communicate with him this offseason.

“There’s no respect at all, on either side,” a source told Yahoo Sports. “They need to get away from one another. Chris doesn’t respect James’ standing in the league, and James doesn’t respect the work Chris has put in to this point.”

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Former Piston Josh Smith booed in BIG3 opener

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Josh Smith didn't receive a welcome he would have liked when he returned to Detroit.

Smith spent one year with the Pistons early in his 15-year NBA career and Saturday he again took the court at Little Caesars Arena for the BIG3 season opener.

Smith, who plays for the Bivouac, was not only booed during the game but he was also ejected.

He and Royc夜网论坛e White, who plays for the Enemies, were both tossed after getting into an altercation early in the contest. 

Smith's coach Reggie Theus didn't mind seeing that intensity from his player. 

"As a coach, I enjoyed the intensity and the passion," Theus said, via USA Today. "Obviously he's got to contain himself."

While both moments were not ideal, the boos weren't far-fetched.

Smith didn't exactly excel in Detroit.

During his time with the Pistons, he averaged 15 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and shot 41.3 percent from the floor while struggling from 3-point range (26.2 percent). He did not necessarily mesh well his younger teammates at the time and played 105 games for the franchise before being waived in December 2014.

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Pelicans willing to give Al Horford a 'lucrative deal'

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Al Horford appears to be generating plenty of interest.

The Pelicans are among the teams who could offer Horford a “lucrative deal” this offseason, according to a report from Bleacher Report, which cites unidentified sources. The Mavericks, Clippers, Lakers and 76ers will reportedly all pursue him this summer, as well.

Horford declined his $30.1 million player option with the Celtics for 2019-20, according to multiple reports, and he had been discussing inking a new three-year deal with the team. But, the two sides are no longer expected to come to an agreement and Horford is likely to sign elsewhere.

Horford has a chance to receive a four-year contract, worth around $112 million, this summer, according to a report from the New York Times.

Horford was a vital member of the Celtics’ rotation last season. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 36% from 3-point range.

“It’s something that I haven’t even stopped to think about,” Horford said about free agency last month (via MassLive.com). “I’ve enjoyed being here in Boston. Just have to wait and see what we’re going to do as a team. And it's steps that the management is going to do moving forward and continue to get better.”

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Kawhi Leonard to meet with Lakers, Clippers

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Kawhi Leonard is kee夜网论坛ping his options open in Los Angeles.

According to Yahoo, Leonard will meet with both the Lakers and Clippers after free agency kicks off June 30.

The Athletic reported earlier this week that Leonard and his team of representatives have set up a tentative meeting with the Clippers for July 2.

As for the Lakers, their longshot chances took a considerable jump Thursday when they reportedly shipped three players, Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga, and their 2022 second-round pick to the Wizards to create enough cap space for a max free agent signing.

However, according to ESPN, the Raptors will get the final meeting Leonard.

Leonard posted career-high per-game averages in points (26.6) and rebounds (7.3) last season with the Raptors as he helped the team win its first title, and the city has expressed overwhelming support in the weeks since with the hope the two-time Finals MVP will re-sign with Toronto.

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Leonard free agency: Star wants Magic in Lakers meeting

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Kawhi Leonard has a big request for when he meets with the Lakers ⁠– he wants former Lakers president Magic Johnson to be involved in the pitch. 

"A friend of mine called and says Kawhi wants to meet with you," Johnson told ESPN on Friday. "I said no problem. I'm available if that's what this man wants."

The only problem is that the NBA has specifically told the Lakers that Johnson can't be part of the team's formal free-agency process, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources.

The Lakers haven't attempted to work with Johnson formally, and Johnson said he has tried to contact owner Jeanie Buss about meeting with Leonard. But he hasn't heard back. 

"Whatever she wants to do I'm fine with it," Johnson said. "Everyone at this point just wants the Lakers to be good, and it's from her leadership. ... I don't know if last year or two years ago she would have made these moves. But now she is really incredibly involved, she's aggressive and making t夜网论坛he moves she needs to make. She's stepped up big time. I'm so proud of her."

As expected, Leonard opted out of the final year of his contract with the Raptors. He reportedly is set to meet with teams around the NBA and has been linked to the Nets, Clippers and K[......]