T-Wolves star Zach LaVine declines dunk contest invite

I hope you all enjoyed it while it lasted.

Zach LaVine is done throwing it down solely for the sake of entertainment.

Winner of the last two NBA all-star slam dunk competitions, the Timberwolves guard declined an invitatiton to participate in this year’s competition, according to Basketball Insiders. That means he won’t have the opportunity to join Nate Robinson in having captured three straight dunk contest crowns.

Olsen is looking to extend his contract with the Panthers to reflect his accomplishments — he is the first tight end in NFL history to have three consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards.

Olsen’s contract, which ends in 2018, currently has him as the seventh-highest paid tight end with $7.5 million per year.

But with general manager Dave Gettleman’s firing last week and the hiring of interim GM Marty Hurney, Olsen said he didn’t want to make the Panthers an even bigger circus.

As to whether Olsen thinks he will get a new contract, he didn’t sound sure. But he said his focus was trying to play well this season and win a Super Bowl ring.

“I just didn’t think it was fair [to hold out]. I didn’t think it was fair to Marty. I didn’t think it was fair to the team,” Olsen said. “I didn’t think it was fair to Mr. [Jerry] Richardson, the organization, the players, these young guys … this first time they meet me I’m adding more distraction than I’m worth.”
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