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Recent articles by Sam:

Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge agree on three-year, $72.3 million extension

The agreement comes as a bit of a surprise after Aldridge's frustrating finish to the 2016-17 season. → Read More

Warriors, barring any physical setbacks, are still the favorites despite contenders' moves

The Warriors are still in line to hoist their third trophy in four years as long as they can stay healthy. → Read More

Cavs trading Richard Jefferson, Kay Felder to Atlanta Hawks

The Cavs made the deal in an effort to get to 15 guys ahead of the regular season opener on Tuesday. → Read More

Sneaker wars? Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry says 'there's enough space for all of us'

The Warriors' recent trip to China was as much about preparing for the season as it was about extending their individual brands. → Read More

NBA expands global reach with massive deal with Rakuten

The $225-million deal makes Rakuten the NBA’s exclusive distribution partner in Japan for all live games. → Read More

Sights and sounds: Warriors players share highlights from fantastic preseason China trip

Now on their way home, some of the Warriors shared a few of their best memories from their preseason China trip. → Read More

Andrew Wiggins: 'No rush' on long-term extension, 'definitely' wants to be in Minnesota

The former No. 1 overall pick said he "definitely" wants to be in Minnesota. → Read More

NBA games in China a rousing success, but come at a cost

NBA games in China have been a rousing success. But this kind of blessing-and-a-curse trip comes at a cost when it comes to the actual basketball. → Read More

As NBA shoots for the stars in growing game, China and Europe are a 'one-off' — for now

Technology gives league hope that it can expand regular-season slate to China and Europe. For now, it's good enough for preseason. → Read More

NBA's massive growth in China 'beyond what anybody could have anticipated'

There was a time when the prospect of the NBA reaching these kinds of heights seemed impossible. → Read More

Diaries from China: Warriors arrive despite Steve Kerr's passport mishap

The Warriors (and USA TODAY Sports) arrived in China for their preseason games with only one minor mishap. → Read More

Spurs' Kawhi Leonard to miss entire preseason with quadriceps injury

The San Antonio Spurs are off to a rough start this season — and it hasn't even started yet. → Read More

Why the NBA's long-standing anthem rule tests league's reputation

The NBA sent a memo to its teams Friday night reinforcing how the league expects players to act during the anthem. → Read More

Sunny days ahead for Thunder after Russell Westbrook signs record contract

Russell Westbrook committed to the Thunder for the long term on Friday, inking the richest contract in NBA history. → Read More

Russell Westbrook agrees to five-year, $205 million extension with Thunder

Westbrook, the 2016-17 NBA MVP, has spent his entire career with the Thunder, and is set to team up with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George this season. → Read More

NBA A to Z: Paul George opens up on being traded, embracing Oklahoma City and his future

Paul George breaks down his offseason move on USA TODAY's NBA podcast. → Read More

Carmelo Anthony: Donald Trump doesn't understand why minorities are scared

Carmelo Anthony said President Trump has no idea the fear he has instilled in minorities. → Read More

Paul George: Thunder have 'proven everything' thus far, could offer long-term home

George has loved every minute of his time in Oklahoma City and could see a long-term future there. → Read More

Paul George on Carmelo Anthony trade to Thunder: 'This feels like a championship team'

Paul George said the Thunder's superstar trio has the makings of a title team. → Read More

Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

The New York Knicks exchanged Carmelo for the Oklahoma City Thunder's Enes Kanter. → Read More