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Philadelphia's Ben Simmons signs a five-year extension on Monday
Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons has reportedly signed a five-year $170 million dollar extension on Monday.
Simmons will remain in Philadelphia for five more years after signing a max-extension on Monday. Expect the 22-year old to increase his usage rate in 2019-2020.
In 79 games last season, Simmons averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists.
Tyson Chandler signs a one-year contract with the Rockets
The Houston Rockets and center Tyson Chandler have agreed to a one-year deal on Friday.
Chandler will reportedly become a Rocket after signing a one-year contract with Houston. Expect the veteran center to play with the Rockets' second unit in 2019-2020.
In 55 games last year, Chandler averaged 3.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 0.7 assists.
Chris Paul headed to Oklahoma City in blockbuster deal
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook. The teams will also exchange picks.
Tensions between Paul and star James Harden were reported a month ago, and speculation about a possible trade has been brewing ever since. With Paul George's exit from Oklahoma City making Westbrook expendable, it was a natural trade fit. The Rockets are giving up their first round picks in 2024 and 2026, and the Thunder will have the option of swapping selections in 2021 and 2025.
In 58 regular season games last season, Paul averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 37.6 FanDuel points per game.
Russell Westbrook traded to Houston for Chris Paul, picks
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been shipped to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and a number of picks.
The blockbuster was reported Thursday night, and the superstar point guards will be exchanged. After Paul George was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers last week, there were reports of Westbrook being moved as well. The Rockets are giving up their first round picks in 2024 and 2026, and the Thunder will have the option of swapping selections in 2021 and 2025.
In 73 regular season games last season, Westbrook averaged 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 54.7 FanDuel points per game.
Mark Cuban says Dallas will 'load manage' Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis will have his usage managed, owner Mark Cuban said.
2019-20 will be Porzingis' first year back after tearing his ACL with the Knicks in February 2018. Cuban did not say to what degree his playing time would be limited.
Porzingis has averaged 17.8 points per game over three NBA seasons.
Coby White will be brought along slowly, Bulls say
Chicago Bulls rookie guard Coby White will be brought along slowly during his rookie season, executive John Paxson said.
Paxson said White's Summer League performance was underwhelming and said he will have to adjust to the speed of the professional game. White was the seventh overall pick out of North Carolina.
He averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game at UNC with a 55.6% True Shooting Percentage.
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