Athlete contracts

FILE - In this April 29, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives against Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson (1) in the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Cleveland. The appeal for James to stay home is different now than it was eight years ago when he bolted for Miami. He’s more matured, and with three children and a burgeoning business empire, his priorities, responsibilities and goals are different. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
June 28, 2018 - 7:41 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is approaching a deadline that may be little more than a starting line. Not just for him, but for free agency around the league. The NBA's most impactful player has until 11:59 p.m. Friday to decide what to do with a $35.6 million contract option for next season with...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George (13) hangs from the rim after a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. An NBA free-agent class with a little something for everyone hits the market on July 1. The group includes an array of superstars, big men, glue guys and sharp-shooters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
June 28, 2018 - 9:56 am
Paul George turned down one option and created a slew of new ones. George has decided not to exercise his $20.7 million option for next season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. George will become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday. The person...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives against Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson (1) in the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Cleveland. The appeal for James to stay home is different now than it was eight years ago when he bolted for Miami. He’s more matured, and with three children and a burgeoning business empire, his priorities, responsibilities and goals are different. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
June 27, 2018 - 8:28 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James sprung to his feet and screamed along with thousands of delirious Cleveland fans. When Indians outfielder Rajai Davis connected off Chicago Cubs reliever Aroldis Chapman for a tying home run in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, James came unglued...
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FILE - In this April 7, 2018, file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) carries the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. As the No. 1 pending free agent, Tavares not only gets to hand out his rose like hockey’s version of “The Bachelor” but can set the tone for the rest of the players available. He can only get an eight-year contract from the Islanders--unless they execute a sign-and-trade to recoup some value--and could very well become the league’s second-highest-paid player behind Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who makes an average of $12.5 million a season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
June 27, 2018 - 2:12 am
NHL teams seeking a center are in luck, especially the ones that can get an audience with John Tavares. It's no secret that Tavares is where free agency begins. He and his representatives have already met with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks and should speak with the...
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The Chicago Bulls first round draft picks, Wendell Carter Jr., left, and Chandler Hutchison pose with their jerseys after an NBA basketball news conference where they were introduced to Chicago reporters Monday, June 25, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
June 25, 2018 - 3:33 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls like to think they are one of the NBA's up-and-coming teams, one that could challenge for a playoff berth next season. They also admit there are many more boxes to check off first. Led by forward Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls return a slew of young talent but the team...
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File- This May 17, 2018, file photo shows Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) skating with the puck during the third period of Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Washington. A person with knowledge of the move says the Capitals have re-signed Carlson to a $64 million, eight-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday, June 24, 2018, because the deal hadn’t yet been announced. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
June 25, 2018 - 2:45 am
The first big free agent re-signing with his own team is just the beginning of the frenzy that's to come around the NHL. Defenseman John Carlson signed a $64 million, eight-year deal with the Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals. His agent and the representatives for other pending unrestricted...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) skates with the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, in Washington. A jump in the salary cap should make for a more entertaining NHL offseason. Tavares and Senators captain Erik Karlsson could be among the high-end players on the move in the coming weeks. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
June 23, 2018 - 7:58 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the Kings in his return to the NHL, the Hurricanes and Flames pulled off a five-player trade, and John Tavares will now explore different possibilities for his future. After a dull first round of the draft, action picked up Saturday as teams laid the...
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Rasmus Dahlin, of Sweden, puts on a jersey after being selected by the Buffalo Sabres during the NHL hockey draft in Dallas, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
June 22, 2018 - 9:09 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres and Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov second to the Carolina Hurricanes in the two most predictable developments of an NHL draft that also featured some curveballs. The Sabres taking Dahlin was automatic since...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2018, file photo, Charlotte Hornets' Dwight Howard (12) kisses the basketball before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Charlotte, N.C. A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two future second-round draft picks. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, June 20, 2018, because the teams have not announced the trade and the league has not yet approved it. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
June 20, 2018 - 11:57 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Hornets will get the Nets'...
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a pass behind offensive guard Zack Martin (70) and center Travis Frederick (72) during NFL football minicamp Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
June 13, 2018 - 8:46 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Cowboys and Zack Martin have agreed to terms on an $84 million, six-year contract extension that will make the two-time All-Pro the highest-paid guard in the NFL. The deal includes $40 million guaranteed money and will...
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