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Seattle Agrees To Key Arena Renovation Proposal

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The City of Seattle made significant progress in bringing in an NBA or NHL team on Monday when Seattle’s City Council passed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday that would allow for a proposed $650M renovation of Key Arena.

If all things go according to plan, the building could be ready to play by 2020, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge.

The completely renovated Key Arena would hold 18,350 for NBA games and 17,150 for NHL games.

This moves Seattle closer to being NBA-ready by 2020, according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports.

Over the summer NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that Seattle “no doubt be on a short list of cities we’ll look at” when discussing expansion or relocation.

Seattle lost its franchise, the Super Sonics, to Oklahoma City, who are now known as the Thunder, back in 2008.

Houston Rockets

Rockets, Clippers Interested in Andre Iguodala

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Andre Iguodala

The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers are two teams that are in strong pursuit of Memphis Grizzlies veteran forward Andre Iguodala, according to Stadium’s Shams Charania.

According to the report, the Grizzlies have tried to find a suitable trade partner to ship out Iguodala in the hopes of getting some value back, and have engaged in talks with the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets at different points.

In regards to the Rockets, they are still not comfortable with the idea of going deep in the luxury tax just to land Iguodala.

The Clippers appear to be resistant in giving up newly acquired forward Mo Harkless in landing Iguodala.

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Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers’ Anthony Davis Says He is the Best in the World

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Anthony Davis

Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis isn’t short on confidence, and he believes he is the very best in the world.

Although he didn’t win much during his tenure with the New Orleans Pelicans, nor has he ever won a championship, Davis is likely to be in title contention on his new team, the Lakers.

“I’m the best in the world,” Davis proclaimed, according to Alam Abdeldaiem of Sports Illustrated. “I think I do a lot of things that a lot of players can’t do as far as playing a complete game. I can play on the block, play on the perimeter, play defense on both ends, switch 1-5, guard, score the basketball. I want to be the most dominant player in the game, and I’m going to continue to do that.”

Davis also considers other players on the same level as himself, including his teammate LeBron James.

“Obviously you have players like Kawhi, KD, LeBron, Steph all of those guys who are the same way. They’re great players, talented players, Hall of Famers, and that’s what makes our game fun. Everyone wants to be the best in the league. Everyone wants to be the most dominant, and that’s when our competitive edge comes out on the floor and makes the game so fun to watch.”

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Minnesota Timberwolves

Wolves’ Ryan Saunders Believes Andrew Wiggins Will Have ‘Breakout Year’

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Andrew Wiggins

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders believes a big year is on the horizon for the struggling Andrew Wiggins, who many believe is losing the confidence of the organization.

Despite the rumors, Saunders isn’t ready to give up on Wiggins just yet.

“We look forward to him having a breakout year” Saunders said, during an appearance on NBA TV during Summer League action.

“He’s already in the gym, and we feel confident about Andrew in that sense” Saunders stated.

Wiggins logged 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game last season with Minnesota, but the production still isn’t on par with the team’s expectations.

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