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Recent articles by Sam:

NBA Week 8 conclusions: The Thunder won't trade Paul George or fire Billy Donovan

Rival executives are monitoring the OKC situation closely, as things haven't gone smoothly since the Thunder added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. → Read More

NBA, G League stay ahead of the curve with Twitch partnership

The NBA today will announce a partnership between the G League and Twitch. → Read More

Terrence Jones, a 2012 NBA first-round pick, to sign with Santa Cruz Warriors of G-League

Terrence Jones was an 18th overall selection of the Houston Rockets in 2012. → Read More

LaMelo, LiAngelo Ball sign with Lithuanian pro team

LaMelo, 16, and LiAngelo, 19, are the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. → Read More

Do the Houston Rockets have a shot at LeBron James in free agency? It's not outlandish

USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick writes that the Houston Rockets could put the pieces in place to make a run at landing LeBron James in free agency. → Read More

76ers agree to trade former No. 3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor to Nets

Jahlil Okafor was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015. → Read More

James Harden, Chris Paul pairing has Rockets playing like title contenders

James Harden and Chris Paul have morphed the Rockets and have them playing on Golden State's level. → Read More

NBA Week 7 conclusions: The Thunder are finally clutch, and the Jimmy Butler trade wasn't so bad

Our NBA insiders examine the Thunder's early struggles and we re-visit the Jimmy Butler trade. → Read More

MRI on Stephen Curry's right ankle was negative; All-Star to be re-evaluated in two weeks

Steph Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks after rolling his ankle on Monday → Read More

Clippers at a crossroads with prospect of DeAndre Jordan trade

As the Clippers have fallen to 8-14, everything is up for debate, including the futures of Doc Rivers and DeAndre Jordan. → Read More

Lonzo Ball struggling to find his footing in NBA

Ball had just two points and three assists in the Lakers' loss to the Rockets on Sunday. → Read More

Chris Paul on relationship with DeAndre Jordan: We talk 'just about every day'

LOS ANGELES - Chris Paul returned to a Los Angeles basketball court on Saturday afternoon. Not that you’d know it by the lack of media attention when he arrived. Reporters were sparse inside the UCLA gym where his Houston team practiced, in part because the Clippers team that he left behind last summer was on the road and the Lakers team that the Rockets face on Sunday was handling the front end… → Read More

Chris Paul on relationship with DeAndre Jordan: We talk 'just about every day'

Chris Paul addressed the alleged friction with his former teammate DeAndre Jordan, a Houston native who's expected to be a free agent this summer. → Read More

Lakers make case as a destination in loss against Warriors

Los Angeles lost to the defending champion, but Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram shined. → Read More

NBA Week 6 conclusions: Grizzlies coaching change won't help, and don't sleep on the Pistons

This week USA TODAY Sports' NBA insiders assess what really happened in Memphis and we predict a renaissance with the Pistons. → Read More

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin suffers sprained MCL

Blake Griffin's injury occurred late in the fourth quarter of the Clippers' win over the Lakers on Monday night. → Read More

Grizzlies' David Fizdale firing reinforces how NBA is star-driven league

The David Fizdale firing has as much to do with a broken relationship as it did with the Grizzlies underperforming. → Read More

Memphis Grizzlies fire head coach David Fizdale

The Grizzlies have fired their second-year coach. → Read More

Clippers PG Patrick Beverley undergoes knee procedure; no timetable for his return

There's no timetable for Beverley's return after Monday's procedure. → Read More

NBA Week 5 conclusions: Cavs' defense isn't awful, and are the Clippers due for a major shake-up?

Week 5 of USA TODAY's NBA series features an honest assessment of both the Clippers and the Timberwolves. → Read More