Week That Was In The NBA

All-Star George signs five-year extension with Pacers
NBA news reports, Pacers Paul George has signed a deal valued between $80 million and $90 million that could ultimately be worth more than $100 million if George hits an escalator clause.

DeMarcus Cousins nears extension
Marc Stein ESPN reports, Two sources told ESPN.com that Cousins could actually have a deal wrapped up before the Kings open training camp next week in Santa Barbara, Calif.

New York City to host NBA All-Star 2015
NBA news reports, New York City has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2015. The 64th NBA All-Star Game will be played at Madison Square Garden. The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will be held at Barclays Center.

Finally..The NBA's Best Will Be Coming To Toronto in 2016
DNB reports, The NBA All-Star Game is finally coming to Canada and Toronto in 2016. Tim Leiweke when he came in to take over MLSE had one of his priorities for the organization was to land this All-Star game for their twenty year in the league anniversary.

Lakers Kobe Bryant Weeks Away From Training
Pro Bball reports, Lakers fans are slowly coming to accept the fact that Kobe Bryant is not going to start the season on time and his injury really is serious.  Bryant remains a “few weeks away” before advancing to full-weight bearing running and then basketball-related activities.

Heat to open training camp in the Bahamas
NBA news reports, the Miami HEAT are holding training camp at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

Shaq joining Kings ownership group
NBA news reports, the Kings announced Monday that Shaquille O'Neal has acquired a minority stake in the team.

James Johnson Signs With The Atlanta Hawks
Pro Bball reports, Small forward James Johnson, formerly with the Bulls, Raptors and most recently the Kings, has signed what is believed to be a non-guaranteed training camp invite with the Atlanta Hawks.

Canadian Kelly Olynyk Still Slowed By Plantar Fasciitis
Pro Bball reports, Canadian Kelly Olynyk has been slowed down by a plantar fasciitis injury this summer that caused him to miss playing for Team Canada at the FIBA Americas tournament, but the young center says it is getting better.  Olynyk was drafted 13th overall by the Boston Celtics in June.

Prosecutors to press forward with Sullinger's assault case
NBA news reports, Prosecutors say they intend to pursue domestic assault charges against Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger even though his accuser wants to drop the case.

Lou Williams hopes to be back from injury before All-Star Break
Kris Willis SB Nation reports, Williams hasn't been cleared for full contact yet.  Williams indicated with almost a sly grin that he was supposed to say that he is on schedule to return sometime before the All-Star break.

France Wins Gold At Eurobasket
Pro Bball reports, France defeated Lithuania 80-66 to win their first ever European Championship and the Spurs Tony Parker won the 2013 Eurobasket MVP.

Raptors' Amir Johnson bought 2 stores' full stock of Drake's new album to give away to fans
Dan Devine Ball Don’t Lie reports, The willingness to shell out shekels to both support a hometown boy made good and give back to Raptors fans will only further entrench Johnson as one of the Raptors' most popular players.

Al Iannazzone on twitter reported, Cole Aldrich makes 17 players signed for camp. It will be 19 when the #Knicks ink Ike Diogu and Josh Powell.

Stephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the ACC.  A member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, Stephen is the editor and publisher of Pro Bball Report.  You can follow Stephen on twitter @stevesraptors

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