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Jones scores 24 as Iona trounces Liberty 87-69

Jones scores 24 as Iona trounces Liberty 87-69

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) Lamont Jones scored 24 points and Sean Armand added 23 as Iona defeated Liberty 87-69 Tuesday night.

The Gaels (5-4) had two others in double figures, with A.J. English scoring 17 points and Tre Bowman 13. They also rained 3-pointers on Liberty (1-10) throughout the night.

Iona made 18 of 41 attempts from beyond the arc, while Liberty was 7 for 20 on treys. All but two of Armand's 23 points came on 3-point baskets as he hit 7 of 14 shots from long range. Jones made 9 of 13 shots overall, including 3 of 6 3-point attempts. Bowman added two more treys.

Leading 43-37 at the break, Iona opened the second half with a 21-8 run for a 64-45 lead. At one point, Jones scored 11 straight Iona points and the Gaels never trailed after.

John Caleb Sanders led Liberty with 16 points.

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With LeBron gone and Kawhi in, who's the best player in the East?

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With LeBron gone and Kawhi in, who's the best player in the East?

With Kawhi Leonard off to the Raptors, we have a shakeup near the top when it comes to the best players in the East.

Whether it's a one-year rental or ends up being a long-term partnership, the Raptors got themselves an MVP candidate when he's healthy.

That's the issue though. What will Leonard be when he returns to the court after that quad injury took most of last season away from him?

RANKING THE TEN BEST PLAYERS IN THE EAST

With LeBron James now in Los Angeles, the East has a new pecking order when it comes to the top talent, which includes a couple of Wizards as well.

How do they stack up?

Well, here's your answer:

RANKING THE TEN BEST PLAYERS IN THE EAST

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Spurs trading Kawhi Leonard to Raptors in deal involving DeMar DeRozan, per report

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Spurs trading Kawhi Leonard to Raptors in deal involving DeMar DeRozan, per report

The NBA offseason has been nothing short of entertaining.

Overnight ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Toronto Raptors have agreed to a deal to acquire forward Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs in a trade package that includes guard DeMar DeRozan. 

Leaving San Antonio with Leonard is Danny Green, while the Raptors are dealing DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick, according to the report

As of early this morning, only DeRozan had been informed of the trade. This trade has reportedly been in talks for several weeks, almost falling through multiple times. 

According to sources of ESPN's Chris Haynes, Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto while DeRozan was told he would not be traded by members of Toronto's front office during summer league in Las Vegas. 

Leonard was open early into the offseaosn about wanting to be traded away from the Spurs and there were even talks of the Wizards being interested in him. 

DeRozan, a four-time All-Star, has three years $83 million left on his contract that includes an early-termination option for the 2020-21 season. .

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