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Butler Acquisition Seen As Transformative Move For T'Wolves; Bulls Appear To Begin Rebuild

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 23 / 17

T'Wolves President of Basketball Operations and coach Tom Thibodeau "made what may be the biggest splash" in franchise history Thursday night by acquiring Bulls F Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick in the NBA Draft, according to Jace Frederick of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. The T'Wolves then sele...

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Warriors Practices A Hot Spot For Celebrities

The Warriors in recent seasons have experienced a "growing number of celebrities, boldface names and 'friends of the family'" attending the team’s practices, according to Scott Cacciola of the N.Y. TIMES. For a "select few -- a group that includes authors, actors, politicians and athletes ...

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49ers Honoring Franchise History In '17

New 49ers GM John Lynch on Wednesday said that the organization will "honor their five-Super-Bowl dynasty in several ways" in '17, according to Eric Branch of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The 49ers will "re-establish what they had at Candlestick Park by recognizing the 26 players in their ring of honor." The ...

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Pohlad Says Twins Attendance Needs Work

The Twins are 27-23 and in a tie for first place in the AL Central with the Indians, and while Owner Jim Pohlad said the team's record is "clearly turned around" from '16, he also noted they still have to "keep working on improving attendance," according to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUN ...

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Heat Buy Controlling Interest In D-League Skyforce

In South Dakota, Matt Zimmer reports the Heat have "purchased a controlling interest" in their NBA D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The Heat and Heineman family, which owns the Skyforce, will be partners in the team and will "continue to run the team as they have over the past four ...

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Earthquakes Hire Former EPL Exec To Replace Kaval

The Earthquakes "continued to pivot toward European soccer" with the hiring of former Aston Villa CEO Tom Fox to replace President Dave Kaval, who "now will focus all of his energy" on the A's, according to Elliott Almond of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Fox will be introduced on Tuesday, the late ...

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Cavs Release Updated Logos For '17-18

The Cavaliers yesterday "released a series of updated logos that will debut along with new Nike uniforms in the offseason," according to Joe Noga of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. The logos include the "addition of the color black as a nod to the turning point" of the '16 NBA Finals when the team ...

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Mr. Met Loses Composure, Flicks Off Fans

The Mr. Met mascot last night "reached a breaking point" and "flipped the bird at some fans" during a 7-1 loss to the Brewers at Citi Field, according to Healy & Popper of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. A video posted by a fan on Twitter "captured the moment when Mr. Met gave the finger to a group of shou ...

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Jeter Still In On Marlins Talks With Bush Out

Jeb Bush has "dropped his pursuit" of purchasing the Marlins, but the team has been informed that Derek Jeter "plans to continue attempts to buy the team without Bush," according to sources cited in a front-page piece by Jackson & Hanks of the MIAMI HERALD. The two sources were described as ...

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No Islanders Games At Nassau Coliseum Next Year

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the Islanders will "not play four regular season games at the renovated Nassau Coliseum next season, despite an agreement to do so" by Forest City Ratner Chair & CEO Bruce Ratner in his '13 lease with the county, according to Brodsky & Baumbac ...

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Storm Get KeyArena Lease Extension

A 10-year lease extension "has been approved" for the WNBA Seattle Storm that keeps the team at KeyArena through '28 and "protects the squad if it has to relocate because of a major NBA/NHL renovation of the facility," according to Geoff Baker of the SEATTLE TIMES. The new deal provides the Storm up ...

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