The Daily Outkick: Thursday, July 4, 2019

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Kawhi Leonard Is Now On The Clock With Free-agency Meetings Likely Behind Him (LA Times) There hasn’t been an “on-the-record” update on the proceedings since Magic Johnson said he had spoken to Leonard on Sunday.

The Perils Of Empire (Washington Post) America’s rise and the British Empire’s decline are of a piece. What does that say for America’s future?

The Big Gamble On Kevin Durant’s Achilles Tendon (Wall Street Journal) The science and history regarding Durant’s Achilles tendon injury suggests that he faces a long and uncertain road ahead.

Violent Clashes In Portland, Ore., Prompt Call For Anti-mask Laws (Fox News) “We cannot allow people to continue to use the guise of free speech to commit a crime,’’ police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a Wednesday news conference.

DeMarcus Cousins Is A Man Without A Team (The Ringer) After a season with the Warriors that was supposed to bring a ring and a rebirth and provided neither, the center is stuck in free agency without any suitors.

Justice Dept. Reverses Course On Citizenship Question On Census, Citing Trump’s Orders (New York Times) The reversal sends the future of the census — which is used to determine the distribution of congressional seats and federal dollars — back into uncertain territory.

Kevin Durant Calls ‘BS’ On Stephen A. Smith’s Explosive Claims On First Take (For The Win) Smith said that the night before he met with the Golden State Warriors in the Hamptons, Durant promised Russell Westbrook that he would be staying with the Thunder.

Fire Destroys Jim Beam Warehouse Filled With 45,000 Bourbon Barrels (CNBC) Lightning might have been a factor, but fire investigators haven’t been able to start looking for the cause.

Julian Edelman Is Back On Top And Ready To Take Over The World (SI) With his injury and suspension behind him, the Patriots’ wide receiver has come full circle.

Seinfeld Is 30 Years Old. Here Are 5 Ways It Changed Television. (Vox) After the “show about nothing,” TV sitcoms would never be the same.

Ezekiel Elliott Will Not Be Suspended By NFL After Vegas Incident (The Big Lead) Elliott met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week to discuss an incident from May, where an altercation between Elliott and a festival worker was caught on video.

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