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Zion Williamson agreed to a five-year, $193-million maximum contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans, his agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The star forward can earn as much as $231 million over the course of the deal – which runs through the 2027-28 season – with additional contract incentives.

Williamson averaged 25.7 points on 60.4% shooting from the field, seven rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 85 career games. The former Duke product is the only player in NBA history to average 25 or more points on 60% shooting, according to Statmuse.

The 6-foot-6 forward missed the entirety of the 2021-2022 season with a foot injury after making the All-Star team the previous season. The Pelicans finished with a 36-46 record, good for eighth in the Western Conference. New Orleans made it out of the play-in tournament and pushed the Phoenix Suns to six games in its first-round defeat.

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is hanging up his gloves for good.

The former UFC title challenger announced his retirement following a submission loss to Jim Miller at UFC 276 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

“I don’t love it anymore, Joe,” Cerrone said to UFC color commentator Joe Rogan after the fight. “It’s hard for me to get up. … I’m not complaining to anybody. I just don’t love it anymore. I’m going to be a movie star, baby. It’s time to bow out.”

Cerrone walks away from mixed martial arts after a 16-year career with several noteworthy achievements on his resume. He’s tied for the second-most fights (38), wins (23), and finishes (16) in UFC history, and he owns the most performance bonuses (18).

The bout against Miller was a rematch of their 2014 Fight Night main event, which Cerrone won by knockout after stepping in on a week’s notice when Bobby Green withdrew for undisclosed reasons. This was his first submission loss since April 2010.

Miller, now riding a three-fight winning streak, was tied with Cerrone and former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski for most wins in UFC history heading into Saturday’s rematch. Miller now owns the leading total by himself with 24.

Cerrone went through a tough stretch at the end of his UFC run, going 0-6 (1 NC) to close his career. Cerrone’s final victory came against Al Iaquinta in May 2019.

The 39-year-old, who spent time at both 155 and 170 pounds in the Octagon, challenged Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title in 2015 but lost by TKO. He owns notable wins over Eddie Alvarez, Benson Henderson, Charles Oliveira, Matt Brown, and Edson Barboza.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and All-Star guard Darius Garland agreed to terms on a five-year, $193-million maximum designated rookie contract extension, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal could be worth up to $231 million should Garland make one of the league’s three All-NBA teams in each season of the contract, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The agreement represents the largest contract in Cavaliers franchise history.

Garland averaged 21.7 points, 8.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals for the Cavs this past campaign to earn his first All-Star appearance. Cleveland drafted Garland fifth overall in 2019.

The Cavaliers doubled their win total from the prior season to collect 44 victories in 2021-22. Despite the improvement, Cleveland lost both play-in games, marking the club’s fourth straight campaign without playoff basketball.

The Cavs have been busy this offseason, drafting Kansas wing Ochai Agbaji 14th overall, reportedly retaining key free agent Ricky Rubio, and adding veterans Robin Lopez and Raul Neto.

The Chicago Bulls and Zach LaVine agreed to a five-year, $215.2-million maximum contract, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The deal contains a player option in the fifth year.

LaVine made his second straight All-Star team this past season. He averaged 24.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in 67 games for the Bulls, helping the team reach its first postseason since 2016-2017.

The 27-year-old has spent five seasons in Chicago since being dealt to the Bulls in the Jimmy Butler trade in 2017.

Chicago also reportedly added center Andre Drummond on a two-year, 6.6-million deal.

The Boston Bruins named former Dallas Stars bench boss Jim Montgomery the 29th head coach in franchise history, the team announced Friday.

“Jim has a winning history, and throughout the interview process, he conveyed his ability to connect with all types of players while also demanding that his teams play with structure. We are excited for Jim to begin to make his imprint on our team,” general manager Don Sweeney said.

Montgomery served as an assistant coach on the St. Louis Blues’ bench for the past two seasons. He was named head coach of the Stars before the 2018-19 campaign and led them to the playoffs after they failed to qualify the previous two seasons.

The Stars fired him midway through the following campaign due to unprofessional conduct. Less than a month after his dismissal, Montgomery revealed that he checked into rehab for alcohol abuse.

Overall, the Stars went 60-43-10 under Montgomery.

Montgomery replaces Bruce Cassidy, who was fired by the Bruins after they were eliminated by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the playoffs.

Boston made the postseason in each of Cassidy’s six seasons as head coach, but the team only advanced past the second round once. The Bruins fell to the Blues in seven games in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

Cassidy was hired by the Vegas Golden Knights shortly after his departure from Boston. The Bruins announced that they signed Sweeney to a multi-year contract extension earlier this week.

The Vancouver Canucks and winger Brock Boeser agreed to a three-year extension worth $6.65 million per season, the team announced Friday.

“We’re very happy to have worked out a new deal for Brock,” Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said. “He is a very talented player and has been an effective goal-scorer throughout his entire career. We look forward to seeing his game progress in the years to come.”

Boeser was set to become a restricted free agent after playing out the final season of a three-year contract that carried a $5.875-million cap hit.

His new deal includes a 10-team no-trade list in 2024-25, according to CapFriendly. The 25-year-old can reach unrestricted free agency at the end of that season.

Boeser put up 23 goals and 23 assists in 71 games this season. He matched his goal total from the shortened 2020-21 campaign in 15 fewer games, but he potted three fewer points in 2021-22.

The Minnesota product saw an uptick in production after Bruce Boudreau replaced Travis Green behind the bench in December.

SPLITGPGPP/GPATOI
Boeser under Green224100.4518:30
Boeser under Boudreau4919360.7318:39

His 19 goals in 49 contests under Boudreau translates to a 32-goal pace over an 82-game season, which would be a career high. The closest he’s come to cracking the 30-goal plateau was in 2017-18 when he lit the lamp 29 times.

Drafted 23rd overall by the Canucks in 2015, Boeser was a finalist for the Calder Trophy in 2018. He has 121 goals and 135 assists in 324 career contests.

Bradley Beal isn’t leaving the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards re-signed the All-Star guard to a five-year, $251-million contract as free agency opened Thursday, his agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Beal declined his $36.4-million player option for the 2022-23 campaign before inking the new mega-deal with Washington.

The Florida product has spent his entire career in the nation’s capital.

Beal has averaged 22.1 points, 4.2 assists, 4.1 boards, and 1.1 steal over 10 seasons with the Wizards. He finished second in the NBA scoring race in 2020 and 2021.

Washington has been reshaping its roster around Beal this offseason. The club reportedly acquired guard Monte Morris and wing Will Barton from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for sharpshooter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and guard Ish Smith.

The Wizards also added veteran guard Delon Wright on a two-year, $16-million contract, his agent told Wojnarowski.

The Milwaukee Bucks are re-signing forward Bobby Portis to a four-year, $49-million contract, his agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Portis has played the last two seasons in Milwaukee, averaging 13.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest. The journeyman has provided the team with an offensive punch and deft shooting touch, making 42% of his 3-pointers with the Bucks.

The Arkansas product has started 120 games across seven seasons in the league after being drafted with the No. 22 pick in 2015.

The Portland Trail Blazers and guard Anfernee Simons have reached an agreement on a four-year, $100-million contract, Simons’ agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Simons had a breakout campaign last year, more than doubling his scoring from 7.8 to 17.3 points per game. The 23-year-old stepped into the Blazers’ starting lineup admirably following Damian Lillard‘s abdominal injury absence. He averaged 23.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per contest while shooting 42.3% from distance as a starter.

He struck a career-high 43 points in a Jan. 3 win over the Atlanta Hawks, going 9-of-16 from the 3-point line to help Portland withstand a 56-point outburst from Trae Young. He set his previous personal best as a rookie in 2019 when he dropped 37 on the Sacramento Kings in the final game of the regular season.

The former 24th overall pick was a restricted free agent this offseason coming off his fourth NBA campaign. Though his year was cut short due to a knee issue in late March, he’s expected to suit up alongside Lillard in Portland’s starting backcourt to begin the 2022-23 season.

The Phoenix Suns and guard Devin Booker agreed on a four-year, $224-million super-max contract extension, his agents told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Booker’s new deal kicks in 2024-25 and brings his total contract value to six years and $295 million.

The three-time All-Star averaged a career-high 26.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.1 steals in 68 games with the Suns this past season. The 25-year-old’s performance was recognized with All-NBA first-team honors.

The Dallas Mavericks eliminated the Suns in the second round of the playoffs, a year removed from Phoenix’s first NBA Finals appearance since 1993.

Booker previously signed a five-year, $158-million extension with the Suns in 2018.

The Kentucky product has spent all seven seasons of his career in Phoenix since the franchise picked him 13th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.