NBA ‘all-in’ tiers: Who is focused on the present, the future or is stuck in between?

7:10 AM ET Tim Bontemps Kevin Pelton Close ESPN Senior Writer Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system When the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a blockbuster trade to land Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year wasted … Read more

Why sport stars are wealthier than ever — but they still may not be getting their fair share | CNN

CNN  —  Sometimes, it’s tough for the average person to comprehend how much money some professional athletes make. Witness the recent MLB trade deadline. We saw the Washington Nationals trade away Juan Soto after the left fielder turned down a $440 million (!) deal. Likewise, the NFL preseason has begun, and the top salaries there … Read more

Moments that would have broken sports Twitter

8:49 AM ET Joe DeMartinoESPN Editor Close General Editor Joined ESPN in 2006 Massachusetts native, Northwestern graduate On this date in 1993, Nolan Ryan hit Robin Ventura with a pitch in a game between the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox. Ventura paused briefly after the hit, as if to consider his course of action, … Read more

Sources: Smith as No. 1 pick in ‘firm’ draft order

As NBA teams finalize their boards ahead of Thursday night’s NBA draft, sources have told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the order of the top three picks is “increasingly firm,” with Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr. going to the Orlando Magic at No. 1, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 2 and Duke’s … Read more