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Report: NBA Award Winners Announced

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Turner Sports and the NBA held the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT at Barker Hangar. The third annual NBA Awards honored the league’s top performers from the 2018-19 regular season as well as legends Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts.

Following are the complete list of finalists and winners:

Featured Awards Finalists

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player
[WINNER} Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
James Harden, Houston Rockets

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year
[WINNER} Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Kia NBA Sixth Man Award
[WINNER] Lou Williams, LA Clippers
Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers
Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers

Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year
[WINNER] Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder

Kia NBA Most Improved Player
[WINNER] Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets

NBA Coach of the Year
[WINNER] Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets
Doc Rivers, LA Clippers

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Report: Nick Nurse, Raptors Agree to Extension

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The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed head coach Nick Nurse to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This past season, Nurse guided the Raptors to a 53-19 record during the regular season (second best in the NBA) and set a franchise-record with a .736 winning percentage. Toronto also reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the fifth straight year.

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Sources: Rockets Interested in Tyronn Lue, Sam Cassell for Head Coach

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Sources: There is mutual interest between the Rockets and Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell. Cassell started his playing career with the two-time champion “Clutch City” Rockets.


With a head coaching vacancy in Houston, expect the franchise to take a strong look at Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue.

Source: Tim MacMahon and Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: Mike D’Antoni Won’t Return to Rockets Next Season

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Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has informed the franchise that he’s becoming a coaching free agent and won’t return to the team next season, he told ESPN on Sunday.

“It’s with tremendous sadness and gratitude that my wife Laurel and I announce that our incredible journey in Houston has ended for now and that we’ll be moving to a new chapter,” D’Antoni told ESPN in a statement.

D’Antoni, whose contract expired with the end of Houston’s season in the Western Conference semifinals on Saturday, turned down extension offers before the season.

He will be considered among a group of candidates for the Philadelphia 76ers’ coaching opening, sources told ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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