Two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Bucks. Antetokounmpo delivered on his promise by winning a championship in 2020. He’s signed with the Bucks until 2026 but recently commented about possibly playing for a rival.
Meanwhile, Draymond Green married his longtime girlfriend, Hazel Renee, over the weekend. It was a star-studded event with many of his former and current Golden State Warriors teammates in attendance. Other NBA superstars were also present, including LeBron James and Jayson Tatum.
Here is the latest NBA news roundup for Aug. 16 brought to you by Sportskeeda.
The NBA has not officially announced the schedule for next season’s Christmas games. However, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that there are already five games expected to be played on Dec. 25. The defending champions will host the Memphis Grizzlies, a matchup Ja Morant and Draymond Green wanted.
LeBron James and the LA Lakers will battle Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks will battle it out in Beantown, while the Denver Nuggets take on the Phoenix Suns. The Celtics and Bucks faced each other in last year’s playoffs, while the Nuggets and Suns have had their fair share of postseason drama.
The NBA’s Christmas Day schedule won’t be complete without the New York Knicks. They will clash with the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks hold the record for most games played on Dec. 25.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most beloved figures in the city of Milwaukee. He brought a championship in 2020 while also showing loyalty to the Bucks since they drafted him in 2013. “The Greek Freak” is entering his 10th year in the NBA with a contract until 2026.
However, Antetokounmpo commented about possibly playing for the Chicago Bulls later in his career. He maintained his loyalty to the Bucks, but the comments surely made some people in Milwaukee nervous.
Ben Simmons refused to play for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, losing nearly $20 million in salary. The Sixers ended up trading him to the Brooklyn Nets as part of the James Harden deal. However, Simmons filed a grievance against the Sixers to recoup some of his money.
According to a report by ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, Simmons and the Sixers agreed to a settlement regarding the grievance on Monday. The terms of the deal are not available to the public and will remain confidential. The three-time All-Star cited his mental health and a back injury for not playing for the Sixers.
With the settlement agreed between Simmons and the Sixers, both parties are likely ready to move on. Simmons is expected to be fully healthy at the start of next season after undergoing back surgery this summer. Meanwhile, the Sixers are ready to compete for a championship.
It has been a good summer for Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors. Green celebrated his fourth championship while being eligible for a max contract extension. Over the weekend, the Warriors superstar married his girlfriend, Hazel Renee.
Green and Renee have two children together, Kyla and Cash. Among the guests were Green’s current and former teammates with the Warriors.
The Curry Family was also present, including Steph and Ayesha, Seth and Callie Rivers, and Sydel and Damion Lee.
Other basketball personalities in attendance were LeBron James, Jayson Tatum and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. James’ agent Rich Paul and business partner Maverick Carter were also present, while rappers DaBaby and Roddy Rich performed during the celebration.
Thirteen new members will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 10. The headliners for the Class of 2022 are Manu Ginobili, Tim Hardaway, Swin Cash and George Karl. Other members include Bob Huggins, Lindsay Whalen, Marianne Stanley, Hugh Evans, Lou Hudson, Larry Costello, Del Harris, Theresa Shank-Grentz and Radivoj Korac.
On Monday, the NBA announced the presenters for the Class of 2022. Tim Duncan will welcome Ginobili. Hardaway chose Isiah Thomas, Nate Archibald, Yolanda Griffith and his “Run TMC” teammates, Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond.
Swin Cash will be presented by Thomas, Tamika Catchings, Teresa Weatherspoon, Tina Thompson and Geno Auriemma. Roy Williams, Gary Payton and Bobby Jones are the presenters for George Karl.
Here are the remaining presenters for the Class of 2022.
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