Athlete contracts

FILE - In this April 19, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks as San Antonio Spurs' Rudy Gay (22) watches during the the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio. Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, 2019, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
July 07, 2019 - 10:42 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The deal bringing Kevin Durant to Brooklyn is official, and he's changing his number along with his address. The Nets completed a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, with Brooklyn landing Durant and a protected first-round pick in next year's draft for D'...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018 file photo Philadelphia 76ers' Jimmy Butler speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the NBA basketball team's practice facility in Camden, N.J. There is no more doubt about Butler's future. The Miami Heat completed agreements on what will become a four-team trade Monday, July 1, 2019 to land Butler from the 76ers, with the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers also involved. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)
July 06, 2019 - 11:50 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Toronto said farewell to Kawhi Leonard. Miami said hello to Jimmy Butler. The Lakers finally have Anthony Davis. Free agency became real Saturday. The four-team trade that sent Butler to the Heat — with a new $142 million, four-year contract — was one of the first big moves to get...
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File-This March 26, 2019, file photo shows Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (15) reacting after making a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. A person with knowledge of the situation says Kemba Walker has told the Charlotte Hornets of his intention to sign with the Boston Celtics once the NBA's offseason moratorium ends July 6. Walker is planning to meet with the Celtics on Sunday, June 30, 2019, to discuss and likely finalize a four-year, $141 million deal, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither Walker nor the Hornets publicly revealed any details. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
July 06, 2019 - 9:38 pm
The Latest on NBA free agency (all times EDT): 9:30 p.m. The Hornets have officially announced they have acquired Terry Rozier and a protected 2020 second-round draft pick from the Boston Celtics in exchange for three-time All-Star Kemba Walker and a 2020 second-round draft pick as part of a sign-...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2017, file photo, LL Cool J, second from front left, and Ice Cube watch the action as The Power plays the Ghost Ballers during the first half of a BIG3 basketball game in Philadelphia, Pa. Whether sitting courtside in Philly or filming in Hollywood, Ice Cube remains the famous face of his 3-on-3 halfcourt Big3 basketball league. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)
July 05, 2019 - 12:35 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ice Cube and Dakota Johnson were snapped this week in Los Angeles rehearsing for a new movie. Johnson was dressed in a white top, black leather jacket and distressed jeans. Cube? He kept it sports chic: a Raiders hat, dark shades and a Killer 3s T-shirt straight out of the Big3...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis. Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, 2019, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
July 01, 2019 - 7:06 pm
The Latest on NBA free agency Monday (all times EDT): 7 p.m. Enes Kanter is coming back to the Eastern Conference, joining the Boston Celtics. Kanter's manager, Hank Fetic, wrote on Twitter that Kanter had agreed to two-year deal with the Celtics , with the second-year being a player option. The...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2018, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York. The New York Rangers' rebuild just took a giant leap forward. Winger Artemi Panarin, the top free agent available this offseason, signed a seven-year, $81.5 million deal to join the Rangers, a person with knowledge of the signing told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team didn't announce terms of the deal Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
July 01, 2019 - 6:53 pm
The much-anticipated breakup of the Columbus Blue Jackets' star-laden core came quickly. Once Artemi Pararin completed the exodus of talent leaving Columbus by signing with the New York Rangers a little over an hour into the NHL's free agent signing period Monday, the real intrigue began. The...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin carries the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL hockey game, in Columbus, Ohio. The New York Rangers' rebuild just took a giant leap forward. Winger Artemi Panarin, the top free agent available this offseason, signed a seven-year, $81.5 million deal to join the Rangers, a person with knowledge of the signing told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team didn't announce terms of the deal Monday, July 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)
July 01, 2019 - 6:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — John Davidson had a close-up look at how good Artemi Panarin is while the two were with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now, they will be reunited in New York. Some six weeks after Davidson returned to the Rangers as team president following seven seasons in the same position with the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2013, file photo, hockey pucks are stacked on the boards as Vancouver Canucks players skate past during an informal NHL hockey practice at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. NHL free agency day began with two rivals helping each other out of a jam by way of a trade. The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Cody Ceci, a 2020 third-round pick and minor leaguers Ben Harpur and Aaron Luchuk from the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Nikita Zaitsev, forward Connor Brown and minor leaguer Michael Carcone. The teams announced the trade early Monday, July 1, 2019, roughly 3½ hours before the start of free agency. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck, File)
July 01, 2019 - 3:01 pm
The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern): 2:45 p.m. The Montreal Canadiens have tendered an offer sheet to Carolina Hurricanes restricted free agent forward Sebastian Aho. The offer sheet is worth $42.27 million over five years, an annual salary cap hit of $8.54 million. If Carolina does...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against Indiana Pacers' Cory Joseph (6) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis. Rarely relevant at the same time on the basketball court, the Knicks and Nets are front and center in the free agency race, two of the teams best positioned to make a splash when the market opens. Both can afford two top players, with hopes of landing not only a Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving, but possibly even both. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
July 01, 2019 - 1:13 am
The Latest on NBA free agency (all times ET): 1:05 a.m. A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets capped their big day by agreeing to a deal with Kyrie Irving. The point guard left the Boston Celtics to sign on with a Nets team that also got agreements from Kevin Durant and...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, shoots near Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)
July 01, 2019 - 1:01 am
Damian Lillard wasn't a top-five pick. Tobias Harris wasn't a lottery pick. Khris Middleton wasn't even a first-rounder. Their bank balances won't know the difference soon. Free agency opened Sunday with nearly $3 billion in deals getting struck in the opening hours — including Kyrie Irving...
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