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To sum up quickly: Phoenix keeps franchise player Devin Booker happy (and possibly committed long-term) as it looks to end an embarrassing decade-long playoff drought. The hope is Paul helps Booker get even better and brings centre DeAndre Ayton along and doesn’t get hurt. If so, it’s a good deal for both sides.

The Thunder went from being gifted a bunch of picks to take on Paul’s then-scary contract (for Westbrook), to getting a pick, a nice young piece in Oubre and a solid veteran in Rubio for an aging player.

This helps the Raptors quite a bit as Phoenix, considered a major Fred VanVleet suitor like they were the last time he was a free agent, are now likely out of the market for the talented guard.

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Los Angeles Lakers acquire Dennis Schroeder from Oklahoma City Thunder for Danny Green, 2020 first-round pick.

Oklahoma City might have sold low here on Schroeder, perhaps the best reserve in the NBA at the moment and a perfect fit for the Lakers. But they probably move Green again for another late-first down the line. Schroeder will make the defending champions even scarier, but they’ll miss Green’s defence.

What could come next:

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Resolution on Harden’s situation. Scorers this lethal, with resumes this thick, MVP-wise (Harden has won one MVP, finished second three times, third last season) don’t often become available. If Holiday and even Covington commanded all those draft picks, what would Harden fetch? Would Philadelphia offer the much-younger Ben Simmons? Would Brooklyn, having seen another big deal blow up so spectacularly (a million first-rounders and pick swaps for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce) years ago, offer up a bevy of picks, in addition to talents like Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and Spencer Dinwiddie?

Would Harden even work with his old pals Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving after being the most utilized singular force in the history of the NBA while with the Rockets?

The league will be waiting on that one.

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‘Eternal genius’: World mourns Diego Maradona’s death – Aljazeera.com

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The football world has gone into mourning after the death of Argentinian football legend Diego Armando Maradona, with tributes pouring in from all over the globe.

Long considered one of the greatest players, the 60-year-old superstar who led his country to a World Cup title in 1986 died on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack in the city of Tigre.

Here’s how the world reacted:

Argentina President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning, expressing his sorrow for the loss and thanking Maradona “for having existed”.

“You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all. Thanks for having existed, Diego. We will miss you for a lifetime,” he said on Twitter.

Meanwhile in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, where he has long been worshipped as “El Dios”, the God, people began pouring onto the streets gathering in the San Andres neighbourhood where he lived and also in La Plata where he had lately been technical director for local team Gimnasia y Esgrima.

Argentinian football superstar Leo Messi, widely seen as the best active player in the world, said that this was a “very sad day for all Argentines and football”.

“He has left us but he will never leave us because Diego is eternal. I will keep all the beautiful moments that I lived with him and would like to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.”

Retired Brazilian football star Pele, considered by many as the only player to have come close to Maradona’s skill level, was among those to express his sorrow.

“Sad news today. I have lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a legend,” Pele, 80, wrote on Instagram, alongside a picture of Maradona hoisting the World Cup trophy in 1986.

“There is much more to say, but for now may God give his family strength. One day, I hope, we will play soccer together in the sky.”

Portugal and Juventus superstar Christiano Ronaldo described Maradona as an “unparalleled magician”.

“Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius. One of the best of our times. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too early but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten,” he said on Instagram.

Victor Hugo Morales, Argentina’s most popular sportscaster, said Maradona will ultimately be remembered for a thrilling style of play that has never been duplicated.

“He has been one of the great artists of my time. Like great masters of music and painting, he has defied our intellect and enriched the human spirit,” Morales said. “Nobody has thrilled me more and left me in such awe as Diego.”

Former England striker Gary Lineker hoped Maradona will now “finally find some comfort in the hands of God”, he said on Twitter, referencing the Argentinian’s infamous “hand of God” goal in the World Cup quarterfinal match against England in 1986.

“By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time,” he added, posting in another tweet a video showing the two players meeting in 2006.

Italian football club Napoli, where Maradona played from 1984-1991, said it was impossible to describe the sadness felt after the news of Maradona’s death broke.

“What words can we use [to describe] a sorrow as the one we are living through? Now is the moment of tears. Then there will be the moment for words,” it said on Twitter.

Maradona was adored in Napoli after taking the team to two Serie A titles. Videos on social media showed people in the southern city mourning the football star in front of murals depicting Maradona.

Translation: Napoli mourns for a son.

Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora, a native of Naples, also paid tribute to Maradona.

“The death of Maradona is terrible news. He was more than a champion, he was a football genius, an absolute champion,” Spadafora said. “In an unrepeatable season he represented the dreams and hopes of the people of my city. Naples is crying tonight.”

French footballing great Michel Platini said, “a bit of our past has gone”.

“I am very sad. I am nostalgic for what was a wonderful era,” Platini, who starred for France in the 1980s and played for Juventus against Maradona’s Napoli, told French radio station RTL. “Diego left a mark on my life.”

The Argentinian Football Association, through its president Claudio Tapia, expressed its deepest sorrow. “You will always be in our hearts,” it said on Twitter.

Maradona also played for the Spanish team Barcelona for two years starting from 1982.

“Thank you for everything Diego. FC Barcelona expresses its deepest condolences regarding the death of Diego Armando Maradona, a player for our club (1982-84) and an icon of world football,” Barcelona said in a statement.

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales praised Maradona as a person who “fought for humble people”.

“With pain in my soul I have learned of the death of my brother, Diego Armando Maradona. A person who understood and fought for humble people. The best player in the world.”

Former Argentina player Javier Mascherano expressed his gratitude to the football star.

“Eternally Thanks Diego for everything you gave us !!! Rest in peace. You earned it more than enough,” he said on Twitter.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola paid tribute to Diego Maradona’s legacy to football.

“There was a banner in Argentina one time I read years ago, it said: ‘It doesn’t matter what you have done with your life, it matters what you have done with our lives.’

“There are a few incredible players in all of history, he is one of them. For people of our generation, the World Cup in ’86 in Mexico was something which made this sport better.”

Boxer star Mike Tyson also paid his respects for the football player saying he was both a hero, and a friend.

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In Pictures: Diego Armando Maradona, 1960-2020 | Latin America – Aljazeera.com

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Diego Armando Maradona, who was one of history’s best football players and who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, has died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 60.

With an illustrious club career at Italian side Napoli and Spanish giants Barcelona, among others, Maradona captivated fans worldwide over a two-decade period.

Although his reputation was tarnished by his addictions, he remained idolised in Argentina as the “Pibe de Oro” or “Golden Boy” and by football fans globally.

The number 10 that he wore on his jersey became synonymous with him, as it also had with Pele, the Brazilian great with whom Maradona was regularly paired as the most skilled of all time.

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Tributes for ‘legendary’ Diego Maradona pour in from around sports world – Sportsnet.ca

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Diego Maradona’s sudden death at the age of 60 shook the world, let alone soccer and sports as a whole, to its core on Wednesday.

The Argentine legend, who won the World Cup in 1986 and who guided Napoli to new heights in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was so revered that there was a literal deity named after him. Hundreds, if not thousands, of newborn boys in Naples were named after Maradona thanks to his heroics.

Maradona clearly influenced so many lives, which is what led to an outpouring of tributes for one of the greatest players of all-time.

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