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James salutes NFL protests, slams Trump

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(TSX / STATS) -- LeBron James met with the media on Monday and answered questions on a wide range of topics, including President Donald Trump without mentioning his name.

James defended the protests at NFL games on Sunday in response to Trump attacking players through the weekend for kneeling during the anthem to protest racial injustice.

"First of all, I salute the NFL, the coaches, the players, the owners, the fans. Everyone had any association with the NFL was unbelievable," James told reporters at NBA Media Day. "There was no divide. Even from that guy that continues to try to divide us as people.


Cavs expect Thomas to play by January

(TSX / STATS) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Monday that newly acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas is expected to return from his hip injury in January.

Thomas was acquired last month from the Boston Celtics in a trade for Kyrie Irving. Thomas suffered a torn labrum in his right hip last season that caused him to sit out the last three games of the Celtics' loss to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals.


James: I'd love to have Wade join Cavs

(TSX / STATS) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be the frontrunner to land free agent Dwyane Wade after he reached a buyout agreement with the Chicago Bulls.

The 35-year-old shooting guard was slated to make $23.8 million with the Bulls in 2017-18 but reached the buyout agreement with the Bulls after one season, according to multiple reports Sunday.


Randolph: I was wrongfully arrested

(TSX / STATS) -- Sacramento Kings power forward Zach Randolph told reporters that he was "wrongfully arrested" last month at a Los Angeles housing project on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell.

Randolph was charged with misdemeanor drug possession and resisting arrest, instead of the felony charge, and ultimately was sentenced earlier this month to 150 hours of community service.


Suns' Warren gets 4-year, $50M extension

(TSX / STATS) -- Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract extension, ESPN reported Monday.

Warren, 24, has missed parts of his three NBA seasons because of injuries, including foot surgery that ended his 2015-16 season.


Popovich latest to sound off on Trump

(TSX / STATS) -- San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich took the opportunity of the Spurs' media to blast President Donald Trump for rescinding the Golden State Warriors' invitation to the White House and for comments about NFL players kneeling or sitting during the national anthem.

"Our country is an embarrassment in the world," Popovich said referring to Trump saying in a speech last week in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who do not stand for the national anthem.


Thunder finalize trade for Anthony

(TSX / STATS) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder officially acquired All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks on Monday.

In exchange, the Knicks get center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second-round draft pick from the Thunder.


Pacers sign F Uthoff

(TSX / STATS) -- The Indiana Pacers signed forward Jarrod Uthoff, the team announced Monday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed for the 6-foot-9 Uthoff, who appeared in nine games with the Dallas Mavericks last season, averaging 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds.


Hawks get Liggins, cut him for exception

(TSX / STATS) -- The Atlanta Hawks acquired guard/forward DeAndre Liggins and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for draft considerations, the team announced Monday.

A couple of hours later in an expected move, the Hawks released Liggins and the veteran is now an unrestricted free agent.


Durant endorses NFL protests

(TSX / STATS) -- NBA superstar Kevin Durant watched the NFL demonstrations play out across the nation on Sunday and was pleased with what he witnessed.

The Golden State Warriors forward, the reigning NBA Finals MVP, became part of the conflict between sports stars and President Donald Trump last month when he said he did not want to celebrate the team's title at the White House with Trump.

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