NEW YORK (AP) – Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks says the expectation is Kevin Durant won’t play this season, although the All-Star forward will have a say in determining when he’s ready. Durant is recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered while playing for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. He left the Warriors to sign with the Nets in July. Marks says Durant’s recovery is going well and believes he wants to play this season.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA has fined the Bucks $50,000 over a comment general manager Jon Horst made about the team’s plans to offer league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo a “supermax” extension. The league says Horst violated league rules about the “timing of discussions regarding future player contracts and permissible commitments to players.” Antetokounmpo will be eligible next July to sign a record five-year extension worth nearly $250 million.
AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State transfer guard Rasir Bolton will be eligible for the upcoming season after getting an NCAA waiver. Iowa State says Bolton received the immediate eligibility waiver after the NCAA considered the circumstances surrounding his transfer from Penn State. He averaged 11.6 points a game as a freshman for the Nittany Lions last season, shooting 36.1% on 3s and 87.6% from the line.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Blues have bolstered their blueline by getting All-Star Justin Faulk from the Carolina Hurricanes for fellow defenseman Joel Edmundson and a prospect. The defending Stanley Cup champs immediately signed Faulk to a seven-year, $45.5 million extension that begins next year. The 27-year-old Faulk set team records for defensemen with 85 goals and 258 points during his eight seasons with the Hurricanes, who selected him in the first round of the 2010 NHL draft.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Christopher Bell has been promoted to NASCAR’s top series and will drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2020. Leavine is an affiliate of Joe Gibbs Racing, which along with Toyota has Bell under contract. Bell has won seven times this season and leads the Xfinity standings after last week’s playoffs opener.