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Not only will the Memphis Grizzlies be on ESPN more this season, but one of their players will be featured on the network’s NBA shows. Grizzlies forward Danny Green has agreed to a TV deal with ESPN. Green will make 15 appearances and give his analysis and opinion on what’s happening in the association. “When I’m done playing, it’s something that I always wanted to venture out into,” Green said. “This an opportunity to build a resume and can get some reps.”

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The Golden State Warriors have returned to 2018 levels; NBA Finals ratings have not. The six-game Warriors-Celtics NBA Finals averaged 12.40 million viewers on ABC, topping only the past two out-of-season years as the least-watched Finals since 2007 (Spurs-Cavaliers: 9.29M). In the Nielsen people meter era, which dates back to 1988, this year’s Finals tops only the past two years, 2007 and 2003 (Spurs-Nets: 9.86M). Ratings were not immediately available.

CJ McCollum joins ESPN as NBA analyst

ESPN today announced it has signed CJ McCollum as a multi-platform NBA analyst. McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans star and current NBPA President, will make his debut on Thursday, June 2 – the date of NBA Finals Game 1. McCollum will appear as part of NBA Finals: Celebrating 75, ESPN2’s alternate presentation for NBA Finals Game 1, which will celebrate the NBA 75th Anniversary Season. More telecast details will be announced on Tuesday.

Draymond Green is going into TV. The Golden State Warriors star has received an exclusive multiyear agreement to join Turner Sports as an active player, set to make appearances with the network’s “Inside the NBA” program among other content opportunities with Turner Sports and Bleacher Report. So, this means Green will sit alongside the studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith as an analyst when his schedule permits, while also working remotely to contribute to various other programs and special projects throughout the season.

Erik Horne, a news editor at The Athletic in Oklahoma City for the past two years, joins The Undefeated as a senior editor for sports, reporting directly to the platform’s deputy editor for sports Ed Guzman. “I am very pleased to welcome Mike and Erik – two tremendously talented journalists – to the team,” said Raina Kelley, ESPN Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, The Undefeated. “Their experience, creativity and innovation within the profession will expand our gaze on Black experience across sports, culture, fashion, and everything.”

Shaquille O'Neal: Charles Barkley will never quit 'Inside the NBA'

Shaq was a guest on this week’s “Marchand and Ourand” sports media podcast, a joint production between The Post and Sports Business Journal, and was asked by John Ourand if Barkley will really be done with the NBA studio show in two years, as he’s claimed. “He’s never gonna quit,” O’Neal said. “Charles is gonna be here forever. We need him, and he needs us. I’m convinced that if I’m retired and I don’t do nothing, I will falter away. This is what we do and what we live for. It’s what we’ve been doing, and we need each other. “We keep each other going. Look, I’ve been here 11 years. I’ve heard that spiel before, but he’s gonna be here till the wheels fall off.”

ESPN Podcasts is set to debut it’s newest podcast, Swagu & Perk, on Monday, Oct. 25. The weekly podcast will be hosted by former NFL veteran and analyst Marcus Spears (Swagu) and NBA champion and analyst Kendrick Perkins. The duo will take fans inside the latest news across the NFL, NBA and beyond with their own unique, personal insight and expert, in-depth analysis with new episodes every Tuesday morning. Spears and Perkins will also bring listeners inside their lives, career journeys and so much more with can’t-miss conversations and welcome in top sports and celebrity guests.

Gambling companies to pursue Adrian Wojnarowski?

A possible Woj bomb: Another source said the cash-rich gambling companies could eventually try to pick off ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski as part of their drive to become full-fledged sports media companies. “The competitive landscape is shifting under our feet as we speak,” warned another source. “The legacy networks want to cut or maintain talent salaries. The gambling companies are flush [with money] — and increasingly willing to spend for sports media talent.”

The Portland Trail Blazers announced today the addition of Neil Everett to the broadcast team starting in the 2021-22 season. Everett will be Television Studio Host for pre, half and post-game coverage for most Trail Blazers road games. Everett, a Portland native, has strong Pacific Northwest ties. After high school in Spokane, he attended Willamette University in Salem before transferring to the University of Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. Everett joined ESPN in July 2000 as an anchor for ESPNEWS and is a household name on SportsCenter, where he will continue to anchor the late-night edition from Los Angeles.

Veteran broadcaster Bill Land returns for his 19th season of calling Spurs basketball as the lead play-by-play announcer and former Spur Sean Elliott is in his 21st year as the lead analyst. Former Spur Matt Bonner is back for his fourth season at the studio desk alongside primary host Dan Weiss. Fans will notice two new additions during select broadcasts this season – former sports reporter Michelle Beadle as a special correspondent and former Spurs center Fabricio Oberto as a studio analyst.

Maria Taylor headed to NBC?

Maria Taylor and ESPN are divorcing — and she is headed to NBC and will cover the Olympics, The Post has learned. Taylor, 34, leaves ESPN just weeks after the existence of a year-old private recording of leaked comments was reported by the New York Times in which fellow NBA host/reporter Rachel Nichols alleged ESPN gave Taylor the Finals hosting job to make up for what Nichols described as the network’s “crappy longtime record on diversity.”

Kevin Calabro’s return to the broadcasting booth with the Trail Blazers is not a done deal. The Blazers, who let Jordan Kent go last week as their TV play-by-play announcer, have extended an offer in principle to Calabro, who served as their TV play-by-play man from 2016-20 but gave up his job during the COVID-19-interrupted 2020 campaign. Calabro said Tuesday his agent, Kristin Bredes, is negotiating with the Blazers, “but we have not come to any kind of terms. If you don’t have an agreement inked, you don’t have a deal. There is a mutual desire to get something done, but it hasn’t been done. We’ll continue to explore all other options.”

BasketballNews.com adds Matt Babcock to oversee the site’s NBA Draft coverage Today, BasketballNews.com announced that they have hired Matt Babcock to lead their coverage of the NBA Draft and evaluate prospects at various levels. Babcock was previously the owner and founder of Babcock Hoops, a basketball website that had an emphasis on NBA Draft coverage. As part of this deal, Babcock Hoops will be dissolved and Matt’s work will be found exclusively at BasketballNews.com.

Amin Elhassan: For those of you who listened to this ep of @LeBatardShow , the cat’s outta the bag: after 8 yrs, I am leaving ESPN & will be joining the pirate ship down in Miami. In true narcissistic navelgazing fashion, here’s a thread of thoughts on end of 1 chapter & start of a new one. I’m grateful for time at ESPN; when I arrived, I was an unknown former NBA front office lifer & now I leave with a much bigger platform than I ever imagined having. I never imagined working in media until ESPN asked me to & gave me the opportunity to share my thoughts to millions. I’m especially thankful for having worked for the Walt Disney Company, a fact which not only gave my kids a great point of pride in their dad, but also gave their dad the opportunity to give them endless Disneyland trips and walk the red carpet on a Star Wars premiere. Very cool

NBC Sports Boston’s Celtics coverage team has undergone several changes since the start of last season, but a familiar face is returning. Abby Chin will host pregame and postgame coverage, and will be in the role when the Celtics open the preseason Tuesday night against the Sixers. “It means so much to me,” said Chin, who lost her job as sideline reporter due to wide-ranging layoffs by NBC Sports Boston’s parent company in August. “Over the years I’ve been interested in that role, and now, coming back after everything that happened, I feel like I’ve been allowed to have an even bigger role.”

The Charlotte Hornets announced today that Sam Farber has been named the team’s new radio play-by-play broadcaster. Farber comes to Charlotte from Southern California and brings a wide variety of broadcasting experience to the Hornets. He regularly calls play-by-play for college basketball, college baseball and high school football for both ESPN and FOX Sports West/Prime Ticket. Farber also serves as a Game Break Update anchor for college football games on FOX and FOX Sports 1, as well as the halftime and postgame host for University of Southern California football. Additionally, he has been a play-by-play announcer for the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League on Spectrum SportsNet since 2016. From 2014-2016, Farber was the pregame host for the Los Angeles Clippers flagship station, The Beast 980, where he also was an anchor, reporter and host.

The Sacramento Kings announced today that Kyle Draper has been named as the team’s additional TV play-by-play announcer, following the recent announcement of new primary TV announcer Mark Jones, and host of “Kings Pregame Live” and “Kings Postgame Live” on NBC Sports California. Draper, who arrives in Sacramento with more than 20 years of television experience, will call select games alongside analyst and Kings legend Doug Christie on NBC Sports California when Jones is on assignment for ESPN.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark to the Kings family and watch him partner with Doug to form a new, dynamic broadcast team for the franchise and its proud fans,” said Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “Throughout his impressive career, Mark has amassed a tremendous wealth of experience broadcasting some of the largest events this league has hosted. We are excited he has chosen to continue his career in Sacramento as we look towards the bright future of this organization.
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December 7, 2022 | 11:27 am EST Update

Jaylen Brown: I think Jayson Tatum and I are probably the best two-way players in the league

Are you and Jayson Tatum the best duo in the league right now? Jaylen Brown: I don’t subscribe to what’s being said. I try to stay as even-keeled as I possibly can. Right now, things are going well. Tomorrow can flip just like that. So I just want to stay balanced and continue to move forward and continue to win games. I think me and JT are probably the best two-way players in the league. I’m excited to be able to continue to get better, excited to be able to win games, and that’s not a knock on anybody else. But I’m hungry and I’m looking toward the future.
Last question. LeBron James was critical of the media about the lack of criticism for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after a photo of Jones surfaced of him standing among a group of white students at North Little Rock high school in Arkansas on Sept. 9, 1957. How did you feel about LeBron sharing that the critique of Jones was not as harsh as the recent controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving? Jaylen Brown: I’ve seen LeBron’s comments, and I think it should be looked at. I think he made some good points, and I think that people should pay attention and chime in. And he had an opinion against it before. I think those conversations need to be had.
December 7, 2022 | 10:52 am EST Update

Knicks active on trade calls: Immanuel Quickley, Evan Fournier, Derrick Rose and Cam Reddish available

Now, the Knicks are already on the phones. League sources said the most-common players they have discussed with other teams are, in no particular order: Immanuel Quickley, Evan Fournier, Rose and Reddish. They fielded calls on Fournier leading into last winter’s trade deadline and then again over the summer. He has two seasons, including this one, remaining on his contract and hasn’t touched the court in three weeks. But it’s not like they’re desperate to send him out of town.
The Knicks have not shown any interest in attaching draft picks to Fournier just to move him, league sources said. Still, that doesn’t mean a Fournier trade is impossible. They have expressed to other teams that they would consider dealing him for a less desirable contract if it meant bringing back an asset. The Knicks owe Fournier $18 million this season and $18.9 million next season. There is a team option for 2024-25, the final season of his contract, for $19 million.
They also have communicated that they are willing to attach Quickley or Reddish to Fournier to make a trade work, league sources said. The Knicks have discussed with other teams various types of Quickley-related deals. In discussions where the 23-year-old is the standalone piece going out, New York has targeted a future first-round pick, league sources said. The team is overflowing with guys who could justify playing time. Moving on from one of the guards could free up space.