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The NBA Might Change College Sports Forever

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The NCAA has been under fire for their rules and not paying players. It seems that NBA is ready to change that and provide high school basketball players with a secondary option. NBA commissioner Adam Silver is fielding ideas to get rid of the one and done rule by starting a new league.

“We’re spending a lot of time on [youth basketball]. I think there is a big opportunity, on a global basis, focus on elite players in terms of better training, better fitness, so that they ultimately can be successful at the highest level,” Silver said during All-Star Weekend. “That is something from a league standpoint, together with our teams, we’re putting an enormous amount of energy and resources into.”

“We are looking at changing the relationship we have with players before they reach the NBA,” one high-ranking league official said. “This is a complex challenge, and there’s still a lot of discussion about how it’s going to happen, but we all see the need to step in.”

Athletes from every sport have called out the hypocrisy of NCAA for not paying athletes while coaches make millions of dollars. Lebron James is the biggest voice in sports and he spoke out for “student-athletes”.

“I don’t know all the rules and regulations about it. But I do know what 5-star athletes bring to a campus, both in basketball and football. I know how much these college coaches get paid. I know how much these colleges are gaining off these kids. … I’ve always heard the narrative they get a free education. But you guys aren’t bringing me on campus to get an education. You guys are bringing me on it to help you get to a Final Four or to a national championship.”

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Rumor: Anthony Davis Is Still The Lakers Top Target

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The Los Angeles Lakers are not giving up on signing a big star to play with Lebron James.

On Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (via Real GM) provided updates on both situations, starting with the Lakers’ desire to keep their future assets for possible talks with New Orleans.

“Here’s the line they have to walk: They’re not going to give away picks and their top young players in some deal that makes them incrementally better this season because they have to save all those assets for Anthony Davis, a big trade this summer either pre- or post-free agency,” he reported.

The Lakers are also interested in signing Kawhi Leonard in the summer of 2019.

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Trevor Ariza Is Traded To The Washington Wizards

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Trevor Ariza has found a new home Washington.

Ariza was traded to the Wizards on Saturday. The Wizards trade to acquire Ariza via a three-team trade that fell apart on Friday. Wojnarowski reported on Friday night the Wizards, Suns and Memphis Grizzlies initially agreed to a three-team deal. In that scenario, Ariza would go to Washington, Oubre would go to Memphis, and Rivers, Wayne Selden and a third player would go to Phoenix.

The Los Angeles Lakers were originally interested Ariza but the Suns were not interested in keeping Ariza in the same conference.

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Dwayne Wade And Lebron James Share The Court One Last Time

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Dwayne Wade and Lebron James played their final game against each other in the Staple Center on Monday night.

This is a bitter-sweet moment that both players have been dreading since Wade announced that this would be he would be retiring at the end of the year.

James spoke to ESPN about the impact that Wade had on his career. “Obviously, without D-Wade in my career, I wouldn’t be sitting here with this résumé that I have,” said James. “Individually, I think I would still be doing my thing individually, but as far as me accomplishing the team goals that truly mean most to me? Twenty-seven wins in a row. Four straight Finals. Two back-to-back championships. It goes without saying. I wouldn’t be able to accomplish it without him.”

Wade had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Lebron was able to force him into a bad shot from the arch.

“He knew my move at the end that stopped me from getting to my shot,” Wade said. “That’s how well we know each other, man. Just two competitors who enjoy the game of basketball, who love each other and love competing. So I’m glad that in my 16 years that we were on the court together, we was in this game, we’ve made a big impact on and off the court.”

It was clearly tough for both players and great moment to witness.

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