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Russell Westbrook is featured in a Nike commercial for the new Air Jordan XXXI shoes.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed veteran guard Ronnie Price.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced the signing Sunday. Terms of the contract were not released.

The 11-year NBA veteran played last season for Phoenix, averaging 5.3 points, 2.4 assists and 19.5 minutes. He also has played for Sacramento, Utah, Portland, Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The NBA will be relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of HB2, North Carolina's controversial state law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people.

The league says that the Charlotte Hornets and the city of Charlotte "have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change."

But the local support for LGBT rights couldn't overcome "the climate created by HB2" in North Carolina, the NBA said in a statement.

The league says the city might host an All-Star Game in 2019, if the situation changes.

Tim Duncan, the long-time star of the San Antonio Spurs, announced today that he is retiring. He helped the team win five NBA titles since he joined the franchise in 1997.

Duncan's reserved personality kept him largely out of the spotlight, despite his consistently stellar performances with the Spurs, who made the playoffs every year that Duncan played for the team. Duncan was voted most valuable player five times, two of them regular-season M.V.P. awards and three others for his performances in NBA finals.

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mitch McGary has been suspended five games without pay for violating the terms of the NBA's anti-drug program.

The league made the announcement Friday. McGary's suspension will begin with the next regular-season game that he is eligible and physically able to play.

McGary apologized to the organization, teammates and fans in a statement released by the team. He played little last season, and left the team for undisclosed personal reasons late in the year.

It's been a while since Code Switch correspondent Gene Demby and I gathered in a studio to talk sports for the Pop Culture Happy Hour spinoff we call The Giant Foam Finger. But the stars aligned perfectly this week – thanks, in large part, to the Golden State Warriors' July 4 signing of superstar small forward Kevin Durant, which has led to prolific hand-wringing about the short-term future of pro basketball.

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Kevin Durant is leaving Oklahoma City to join the Golden State Warriors.

The NBA’s former MVP and four-time scoring champion announced his decision Monday morning to play alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on a loaded Warriors team that set the league’s regular season victory record last season.

ESPN reports the two-year deal is worth $54.3 million.

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