There’s not a ton going on in the NBA right now. However, here’s a quick rundown of most of what has made recent NBA news and headlines. As always, we’ll connect the news to betting odds for our readers.

Jaylen Brown and the Celtics

A couple of days ago, Jaylen Brown signed a contract extension with the Boston Celtics. The deal, which was an extension, was worth $304M. It looks like Brown will be with the Celtics for the best years of his prime. Brown is currently 75 to 1 to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award in the NBA next season. He is coming off of a great year statistically where he posted 26.6 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game. His Celtics are the second favorite to win the NBA title at 19 to 4 (all odds bet365).

More Fancy Headlines for Zion Williamson in Recent NBA News

Zion Williamson made the news on Wednesday. Reportedly, a tech company is planning to litigate, alleging that repayment of a loan never took place. Allegations aren’t necessarily true. Nonetheless, Williamson seems to have a penchant for negative headlines in his non-basketball life. For instance, Mirror headlined in late June about the NBA star: “Porn star now claims she is pregnant and hints NBA star Zion Williamson is dad” (Matthew Abbott/June 29th, 2023).

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/38077486/pelicans-zion-williamson-family-sued-tech-company-ankr-loan
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/american-sports/zion-williamson-nba-porn-star-30355912

Basketball players and heart issues

LeBron James’ son, Bronny James, went to ICU earlier this week. Early reports were that he was stable. However, there has been no update since. Bronny had cardiac arrest during a basketball workout with the USC Trojans. This could actually mean that his career is over before it really starts. Any kind of weakness in the heart is a huge deal in basketball, a sport for cardio kings.

The USC Trojans are 33 to 1 on NCAAB outrights. It will be interesting to see if the odds drift in the weeks ahead.

Numerous basketball players have suffered from varying heart conditions over the decades. Zeke Upshaw, an NBA G Leaguer, collapsed on the court in 2018 and died a short time later. Reggie Lewis died in 1993 after collapsing on a basketball court during a practice session. Coincidentally, the death happened 30 years ago to the day of this article. Hank Gathers had a known heart condition when he played for Loyola Marymount University in 1990. It didn’t deter him from playing and he died on March 4th, 1990.

The YouTube video of the incident is available at YouTube (cannot be embedded). As a side note, the player on the dark-uniformed team wearing No. 30 is Erik Spoelstra, the current head coach of the Miami Heat. The footage may be upsetting to some readers.

Other recent NBA news

Mexico will host an NBA game on November 9th this upcoming season. The NBA will send the Hawks and the Magic, a middle power and bottom dweller respectively for the upcoming season. Atlanta is 70 to 1 to win the title while Orlando is 300 to 1.

Nikola Jokic decided to withdraw from the FIBA World Championships. As a result, Canada has now become the second favorite team, right after the USA.

The ongoing saga surrounding James Harden’s future in Philadelphia continues to baffle fans and analysts alike. The question of whether he will grace the court for another game with the 76ers remains unanswered, leaving supporters in a state of uncertainty. In a similar vein, reports have emerged from multiple sources suggesting that Pascal Siakam’s tenure with the Toronto Raptors may be coming to an end, potentially signaling a major shift for the franchise. Should this trade materialize, it could potentially plunge the Raptors into a period of rebuilding and transformation.

Further reading: Brock Purdy is 40 to 1 to pass for the most TDs