CJ McCollum

The Portland Trail Blazers and guard C.J. McCollum have reached an agreement on a four-year extension worth $106 million, as first reported Monday by The Vertical and confirmed by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

The deal does not include a player option, according to The Vertical, and will start in the 2017-18 season.

McCollum, 24, was voted as the NBA's Most Improved Player this this past season after a breakthrough third season with the Blazers.

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Zhai Xiaochuan (CHN) - Photo courtesy of 2016 NBAE Juan Ocampo/USAB.com

LOS ANGELES (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - China head coach Gong Luming readily admits he expected his team to be overmatched against the USA in their exhibition game on Sunday in California.

More than 19,000 fans filed into the Staples Center in Los Angeles and watched the two-time defending Olympic champions roll to a 106-57 triumph over the Chinese.

What Gong wanted before the tip-off is for his 2015 FIBA Asia Championship winners to gain experience against the best, and the USA, the team most people expect to capture the gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games next month, are certainly that.

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Thornton also had seven boards as he sank crucial baskets to pace PH-Mighty Sports which is now 2-0 in the tournament.

Zach Graham added 13 points, while Dewarick Spencer contributed 12 markers.

PH-Mighty Sports got off to a 12-5 start, but Korea made a run and took the lead, 18-17.

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Kyrie Irving. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

NBA All-Star and Team USA point guard Kyrie Irving says he is not worried about facing Australia at the Rio Olympics.

Irving, who was born in Melbourne but elected to play for the US, also said he has not thought about going head-to-head with his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Matthew Dellavedova.

"My job is not to worry about them," Melbourne-born Irving told AAP on Sunday.

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Kevin Ferrer shook off the cobwebs and found his old form late, saving Tanduay in his debut game on Monday.

Missing his first six three-point attempts, the former UST standout mustered enough courage and heaved one last shot, this time drilling an all-important trey to push the Rhum Masters up, 75-74, past Cafe France with 39.2 seconds left which would eventually be the game-winning basket.

“Binigyan lang ako ng tiwala ni coach at ng teammates ko,” said Ferrer as he announced his arrival in style. “Nagtiwala din ako sa sarili ko kasi kung di ko itinira yun, walang mangyayari. Keep on trying lang naman eh.”

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Dion Waiters averaged 9.8 points for the Thunder last season. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Dion Waiters has been looking for a team that can offer him a prominent scoring role.

The Miami Heat could have just the role for him after a disappointing split with franchise star Dwyane Wade.

Waiters and the Heat were finalizing a one-year contract worth $2.9 million, two people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed and announced.

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Kevin Ferrer. PBA IMAGES

Tanduay continues to own Cafe France’s number.

Kevin Ferrer nailed the go-ahead three with 39.2 seconds to go, while Reden Celda had the game-saving block as the Rhum Masters gutted out a 75-74 thriller over the Bakers for its fourth straight win in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena.

“Sana lagi na lang ganun, na matatalo namin sila,” said coach Lawrence Chongson. “It’s one of those games where we got lucky. You really need to bring your A-game and a little bit of luck to beat this team.”

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