The Clippers had just signed him to a 10-day contract before the season shut down.Joakim Noah reportedly to sign with Clippers for restart in Orlando — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
The NBA has firmed up the schedule for what will be a hectic time for teams this fall, deciding on Oct. 16 as the date for this year’s draft and saying clubs can begin talking to free agents two days later. The annual moratorium will begin at 9:01 a.m. PDT on Oct. 19 and continue…NBA draft set for Oct. 16, free-agent talks may begin Oct. 18 — Press Telegram
The NBA has set the draft date for Oct. 16, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday morning.
The early-entry deadline to declare for the draft is Aug. 17, according to Wojnarowski.
Players who have already applied need not reapply, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Players who have already withdrawn are allowed to re-apply.
The draft lottery is scheduled for Aug. 25. At that time, the Golden State Warriors will know where they will be picking in the first round. From there, they will have about 7.5 weeks to finalize their plans.
With the worst record in the league, the Warriors have a 14% chance of getting the first pick and a 47.9% chance of getting the fifth pick.
Golden State has a 40.1% chance of staying in the top three.
Important to clarify that after the NCAA withdrawal deadline of August 3rd, any collegiate player who enter the NBA Draft (by August 17th) will be in for good. This is all pending NBPA approval, so nothing official yet until that happens.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 20, 2020
The deadline to withdraw from the draft is Oct. 6, according to Givony. However, because the NCAA withdrawal deadline is Aug. 3, a player who waits until October to withdraw would not be able to play at school.
Similarly, a prospect who declares for the draft on or around Aug. 17 cannot return to school, as it is after that Aug. 3 deadline.
This will likely not affect the Warriors, whose first-round pick will be in the top five and who do not currently own a second-round pick.
None of the players Golden State is considering in the first round would decide to return to school.
The extra time for undecided international prospects also likely won’t play a role in the Warriors’ decision. LaMelo Ball and Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) wing Deni Avdija are the only two international players in the realm of that Warriors pick, and they have been considered top prospects all season.
If Golden State does trade into the second round, that’s where this deadline could come into play.
The Cubs non-tendered Russell last DecemberAddison Russell signs with Korea’s Kiwoom Heroes — HardballTalk | NBC Sports
The Chinese basketball league has restarted after an almost five-month shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, with fewer foreign players and no fans in the stands. The CBA was suspended on Jan. 24 after the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, a week before it was scheduled to return following a spring break at the end of the […]Basketball restarts in China after coronavirus shutdown — VOICE OF THE HWY
Don’t look now, but what’s happening with the coronavirus pandemic in Florida doesn’t look great for players concerned about the safety of the NBA’s return at Walt Disney World in Orlando for the end of July. Just one week after reopening bars and restaurants, the state had to shut them back down due to record-highs…Justise Winslow Rips NBA, Claims Return Is ‘All About The Benjamins’ — NESN.com
Two players in the Angels organization have tested positive for COVID-19, general manager Billy Eppler said on Friday night. Eppler would not specify whether the players were major leaguers or minor leaguers, but he said that neither had been working out at Angel Stadium or at the team’s complex in Arizona. Both players are currently…Two Angels players test positive for COVID-19 — Press Telegram
He would be preparing to get back into Warriors games, except there are no more Warriors games this season.Klay Thompson reportedly cleared to train without restrictions — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Veteran Toronto FC defender Justin Morrow is the executive director of the newly-formed Black Players Coalition of MLS. Read MoreTFC defender Justin Morrow one of the leaders of the new Black Players Coalition — Toronto Sun
eteran Toronto FC defender Justin Morrow is the executive director of the newly-formed Black Players Coalition of MLS.
The organization was announced this week. The BPC said it’s mandate is to “address the racial inequalities in our league, stand with all those fighting racism in the world of soccer, and positively impact black communities across the United States and Canada.”
On a video conference call with reporters, Morrow said the BPC’s goals are: To have a voice in all racial matters as it relates to MLS, increased black representation in the MLS Players Association and the highest levels of MLS, and to have an impact in black communities.
The BPC, made up of 70 players, has secured $75,000 in charitable contributions from the MLS Players Association on behalf of the coalition. The BPC will lobby for initiatives such as implicit bias training and cultural education courses, while its community efforts will include targeted spending, educational advancement initiatives and mentorship programs. The announcement coincides with Juneteenth, which commemorates June 19, 1865, the day on which Union forces in Galveston, Texas, delivered the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to the region.
“MLS proudly recognizes and supports the Black Players Coalition of MLS — a group of players who today, on Juneteenth, have established themselves as influential change leaders,” MLS said in a statement. “The League looks forward to continued and long-standing collaborations with the Black Players Coalition of MLS through efforts aimed at developing the game in Black communities, prioritizing diversity, and addressing implicit bias through league-wide cultural and educational initiatives.”
In the wake of the death of George Floyd on May 25, as well has rising tensions created by the COVID-19 pandemic and heated negotiations between the MLSPA and MLS on a new collective bargaining agreement, Morrow said a group of players began meeting on social media to discus the way the league treated black players.
“It kind of felt like my world was crumbling, and when I reached out to my black soccer player peers, they all felt the same way,” Morrow said. “And so when we came together on that call, it was the most hopeful thing in one of the darkest weeks of my entire life. And I say that because it was like seeing my brothers and being in a room full of friends. And you know, everyone was there full of love and compassion. And it was really there that we decided that we needed an organization for ourselves.
“One of the central focuses is elevating our voices as a player pool and creating a sustainable path, sustainable organization that can create change and that’s going to outlive all of our careers and be passed down to the next generation so that they can continue these efforts,” he added.
UPDATE (10:40 p.m. ET): Major League Baseball reportedly will indeed be closing down all 30 spring training sites for deep cleaning. This will go into effect immediately. https://t.co/f2i7wQwH6Z — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 20, 2020 As Post reported earlier that MLB was strongly considering, the league is indeed closing all 30 spring camps in Fla/Az…MLB Rumors: Spring Training Sites To Temporarily Close For Cleaning Amid COVID-19 Outbreak — NESN.com
As sports try to make a return in the United States, the coronavirus pandemic continues to make things difficult. And with college athletes allowed back on campus for voluntary workouts, there were bound to be a few positive coronavirus tests. Or in the case of Clemson University, more than a few. The school announced Friday…Clemson Reports 28 Members Of Athletic Department Tested Positive For Coronavirus — NESN.com
Enes Kanter got some good news Friday. The Boston Celtics center announced on Twitter that his father was released from prison seven years after he was arrested by the authoritarian government. “Wow! “I could cry “Today I found out that 7 years after arresting my dad, taking him through a Kangaroo court and accusing him…Celtics’ Enes Kanter Reveals Father Released From Prison In Turkey — NESN.com