Sports News, 07-11-19

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ The Los Angeles Clippers have completed their blockbuster trade with Oklahoma City, acquiring Paul George from the Thunder for guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari and five first-round draft picks, along with the chance to swap draft places in two other years. The Clippers also formally signed Kawhi Leonard to a three-year max contract that could be worth nearly $110 million, though the third season is at Leonard’s option. 

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Klay Thompson has signed his five-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, a package worth nearly $190 million. It’s the largest free-agent contract agreed to this summer, although he will miss part of next season while recovering from a torn ACL. Thompson has averaged at least 20 points each of the last five years and scored 21.5 per game while hitting 40% of his 3-point attempts this past season.

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ The Dallas Mavericks have signed Seth Curry to a four-year, $32 million package, completing the guard’s return after a year away. The brother of two-time MVP Stephen Curry had the best year of his career with Dallas in 2016-17, averaging 12.8 points, 2.7 assists and 29 minutes per game. He averaged 7.9 points for the Portland Trail Blazers last season after missing all of 2017-18 with a stress reaction in his lower left leg.

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says there was discussion at the board of governors meeting yesterday about finding a way to remedy the draft day problem of players wearing hats of teams that had already traded their rights. Because of league rules involving the moratorium on player moves, drafted players have been unable to be introduced by their actual franchise for more than two weeks. 

UNDATED (AP) _ Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers. Smith is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the team Sept. 30, after Tampa Bay’s Week 4 game at the Los Angeles Rams.

NEW YORK (AP) _ Adoring fans packed New York City’s Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday amid a blizzard of confetti to honor the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s Soccer Team. Broadway has long hosted so-called ticker tape parades for world leaders, veterans and hometown sports stars. The parade ended at City Hall, where Mayor Bill de Blasio presented the players with symbolic keys to the city.