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Turner and NBA announce 2018 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT to air live June 25 from Los Angeles

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Turner and the NBA announced today that the 2018 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT will air live from historic Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on Monday, June 25, at 9 p.m. ET.  The star-studded event taking place at one of the city’s signature venues will honor all of the league’s top performers from the 2017-18 NBA season, including the exclusive unveiling of the Kia NBA MVP, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Kia NBA Rookie of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.

The second annual NBA Awards on TNT will once again feature current and former NBA players, coaches, musical performances and celebrity presenters throughout the evening. Additionally, the Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will be integrated throughout the show. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Last year’s inaugural NBA Awards on TNT, which was held in New York, featured award recipients including Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Kia NBA MVP), Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors (Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year), Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks (Kia NBA Rookie of the Year), Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets (Kia NBA Sixth Man Award) and Mike D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets (NBA Coach of the Year) as well as Hall of Famer Bill Russell, the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

The NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT, created by Turner Sports and the NBA, will be produced by dick clark productions.

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Report: Pau Gasol to join Trail Blazers

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Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gasol, 39, who was limited to just 30 games last season because of a variety of injuries, has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over 17 NBA seasons.



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Report: Furkan Korkmaz returning to 76ers

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Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports tells ESPN.

Korkmaz, 21, brings back a rotational forward with the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. The loss of JJ Redick in free agency – and Kyle Korver’s decision to choose Milwaukee over Philadelphia – brought some increased urgency to keep Korkmaz on the Sixers roster.

 The 21-year-old Korkmaz, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes last season.

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Report: Kevin Love to withdraw from World Cup

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.

During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.

Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.



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