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NBA Offseason Day 1

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The NBA transaction moratorium was lifted Monday at noon, leading to a bunch of trades and even more rumors.

What We Know:

  • The biggest trade from day 1 is without a doubt the Chris Paul deal. The OKC Thunder sent the All-Star guard and Abdel Nader to the Phoenix Suns for Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Leque, and a 2022 first-round draft pick. Considering that Paul’s huge contract seemed untradeable just a year ago, Thunder GM Sam Presti brought back a haul of assets for him this offseason. Paul will join rising star Devin Booker in Phoenix and they are poised to be a fun and competitive team in the West this year.
  • OKC didn’t just move CP3, but they also flipped Dennis Schroder for more assets. The Thunder are sending Schroder to the LA Lakers for Danny Green and a 2020 first-round pick. The Lakers are adding one of the best bench guards in the league to their already championship-winning roster and the Thunder are adding another pick to their huge stock of draft assets. This deal also has implications for Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, who many are expecting to leave the team in free agency. The Lakers seemingly have found his replacement in Schroder, paving the way for Rondo to sign with the Atlanta Hawks or the LA Clippers.
  • Day 1 has also seen plenty of players opt in or out of their current contracts. The Lakers have three players who are opting out of their contracts to test free agency with Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Rondo. Even though Rondo might leave for another team, no one really expects Davis or KCP to move. Other notable players opting out and entering free agency are the Denver Nuggets’ Jerami Grant and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez and Wesley Matthews.
  • Several players are also opting in for the last year of their deals to secure some extra money. The big ones are Nicolas Batum, Mike Conley, DeMar Derozan, and Otto Porter, with each of them making well over $25 million next season. Derozan is worth keeping his eye on because he’s still an All-Star caliber player and some contending teams like the Lakers might try to trade for him.
  • Perhaps the biggest name floated in Monday trade talks was former MVP James Harden. After his teammate Russell Westbrook demanded a trade, Harden let the Rockets know that he was committed to the team. However, it is now being reported that Harden is looking to be traded, with his preferred destinations being the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers. Brooklyn is Harden’s top choice because he loves the idea of reuniting with Kevin Durant, but Philadelphia might be more realistic because they have better players to include in a trade. For a player as good as Harden, it would require one of the most generous trade packages in NBA history to get a deal done.

This is a huge week for NBA player movement. Not only did the trade moratorium end on Monday, but the draft will be held Wednesday night and free agency opens up on Friday.

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Alex Haynes is Editor-At-Large/NYC Editor at Urban Newsroom, Executive Editor at UNR's Black Alerts and the host of Boss Mornings and Unmuted Nation. Alex joined Urban Newsroom in 2010 and contributes regular op-ed and editorial pieces while advising the columnist and contributing staff.

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ESPN Cancels Rachel Nichols Show After Racist Comments About Maria Taylor

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In addition to cancelling The Jump, ESPN also removed Rachel Nichols from NBA coverage.

What We Know:

  • The network confirmed Nichols’ departure on Thursday. ESPN’s Senior Vice President of Production David Roberts declared in a statement that Nichols and ESPN mutually agreed that ending her time with the channel was the best approach for NBA coverage. Roberts went on to call Nichols “an excellent reporter, host, and journalist;” he also thanked her for her contributions to NBA content.
  • Nichols confirmed her time with the sports network ended on Twitter. On social media, she thanked The Jump’s production crew for assisting her for the past five years and declared there was “more to come.”

  • Nichols’ deadline with ESPN comes after The New York Times released a recording of her bashing coworker Maria Taylor. In a conversation with Lebron James’ adviser Adam Mendelsohn and agent Rich Paul, Nichols implied ESPN only selected Taylor to host  NBA Countdown during the NBA finals because of her skin color. Nichols stated the channel would not take her “thing” away because officials felt pressure about their “crappy longtime record on diversity.”
  • After her comments became public, ESPN removed Nichols from her NBA Finals assignment. She also apologized for her statements on The Jump. Nichols affirmed she respected her colleagues and apologized for disappointing anyone she hurt, especially Taylor.
  • Despite the apologies, Taylor quickly left the channel. After she and ESPN could not reach an agreement on her salary, Taylor proceeded to host the 2021 Tokyo Olympics with NBC Sports. Taylor will also cover Football Night in America, the Super Bowl, and Prime Plus with Mike Trico.

ESPN will continue producing episodes of The Jump without Nichols for the next few weeks. After its run, ESPN will replace it with a new afternoon NBA show.

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Michael B. Jordan Launches Basketball Showcase for HBCU Athletes

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The “Hoop Dreams Classic,” a one-night event in Newark, New Jersey, will feature the nation’s top Division 1 HBCU men’s and women’s basketball teams.

What We Know:

  • HBCU Gameday reported that Hoop Dreams Classic would include two games featuring the teams with the biggest HBCU basketball rivalries. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will play against Howard University, and North Carolina Central University will go against Hampton University.
  • The showcase will also celebrate HBCU culture and tradition through live musical performances, a Battle of the Bands competition, and film festivals. It will also provide educational resources for students to learn more about opportunities for college and career advancement.
  • Actor Michael B. Jordan first announced the basketball showcase in December 2020. The Black Panther actor stated he felt inspired to put on the event following the increased global awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement, especially after the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, among others. In a statement, Jordan wrote 2020 was a “tipping point” for many, including himself, who is “revving up support” for the Black community. He further said as a Newark native, he feels committed to bring change to the community and will do so with the Hoop Dreams Classic.

“Through our shared love of basketball, I look forward to bringing the communal spirit of HBCUs to the city that helped shape me into the man I am today,” said Jordan.

  • In addition to the event, Jordan amplifies Black voices and stories through his #ChangeHollywood initiative. This movement aims to hold Hollywood accountable for showcasing Black stories and hiring Black creators.

The Hoop Dreams Classic will take place at Newark’s Prudential Center on December 18, 2021. In addition, a percentage of the proceeds will go to organizations working to advance HBCUs in the area.

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Olympics: Simone Biles out of team gymnastics final ‘due to medical issue,’ officials say

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((BREAKING NEWS))

Biles withdrew due to a medical issue, according to a statement from USA Gymnastics.

“She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions,” officials said in the statement.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist competed in Team USA’s first rotation on vault Tuesday, bailing out of her Amanar and only completing a 1.5 twist on a 2.5-twisting Yurchenko, then taking a big stumble backward on the landing.

She scored a 13.766 and was seen walking off the floor with her bag and a trainer.

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