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James Harden & Nike

No Knee-Jerk Reactions

To Adidas Offer

8/4/2015 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0804_james_harden_adidas_nike_gettyNike is unsure if it's gonna just do it with James Harden -- TMZ Sports has learned the Swoosh isn't jumping to top his $200 million Adidas offer.

We spoke with some Nike honchos who told us they held a war room style gathering in the wake of Adidas trying to nab last year's MVP runner-up, and former Nike client. We're told they were unable to reach any consensus about a counter offer amount, or if they even want to make a counter.

As one source put it, "Signing James is Nike's top priority, but we do have other athletes as well that we're looking to sign."

Translation: We're not sure we want to break the bank for just one guy. Nike has one week to counter, and we're told it will use all of that time, if necessary.

Tick tock ...

50 Cent Bankruptcy

G-Unit Is

Bleeding Me Dry

8/4/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0803-50-cent-tmz-0150 Cent's financial woes are coming into focus ... because new financial docs show G-Unit Records and G-Unit Brands have cost 50 more than $10 million over the last three years. 

According to new documents filed as part of 50's bankruptcy, the two branches of G-Unit have been in the red each of the last three years -- $10.45 million in losses. The silver lining ... they've done better this year ... they're still losing dough, but not as much.

The documents reveal a few other 50 financial tidbits. 50 is currently paying child support to Daphne Joy for their young son, Sire ... and the docs say by the time the kid hits 18 ... he'll have paid out $832,600.

50 says he has more than $15 million in personal property, which does not include houses. And get this ... he has $2.7 million in his checking account.

50's monthly expenses include $5,000/month for gardening, $1,500 for pool maintenance and $9,000/month for security.   

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Britney Spears

Lifetime Conservatorship

8/3/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Britney Spears has been under a remarkably successful conservatorship for 7 1/2 years, and sources familiar with the situation tell us it could last a lifetime.

We're told there are no plans to end the conservatorship, even in the long term, and no one involved is complaining. As TMZ and every other media outlet reported, Britney was so bad off at the end of 2007 her family was in fear she would die.

After she was taken to the hospital on a psych hold, her dad, Jamie Spears, went to court and a conservatorship was established in January 2008. There are actually 2 conservatorships ... one for the person, and one for finances.  

Fact is ... the conservatorships have worked remarkably well. Britney -- who at her worst was on the verge of losing permanent custody of her kids -- is now by any standard a great parent. Jamie and Britney's doctors have stabilized her to the point she can successfully work and maintain a personal life.

As for the financial conservatorship, it has been a huge success. Last year alone the conservatorship raked in $14 million, and that's only a portion of Britney's financial machine. As one source said, before the conservatorship her finances were an absolute mess, and the ship has been fully righted. 

We're told Britney -- who has a team of lawyers and doctors, along with Jamie, managing the conservatorship -- has "substantial day-to-day freedom" to make her own decisions.

Short story ... if the conservatorship were to end, there would be significant risk she could backslide. The plan is to continue the conservatorship indefinitely ... because it works.

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Soulja Boy

Yes Way, Jose!

I'll Fund Canseco's Poker Career

8/3/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jose Canseco might've just hit the jackpot ... 'cause hip hop superstar Soulja Boy tells TMZ Sports he's willing to drop some major cash to fund Canseco's poker obsession.

Soulja was hitting the clubs in L.A. when he started yapping to our guy about a new venture called the World Poker Fund ... where celebrities find average Joes to stake in high limit poker events.

So we had to ask ... would Soulja be down to put a little of that hip hop money behind former Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco ... who's been competing in big money tourneys for years and recently launched his own campaign to find financial backers to stake him.

Check out the clip -- Soulja says he's willing to go all in with Canseco ... promising that he's actually willing to inject some green into the former bash brother.

Make it rain ...

Fetty Wap

Olive Garden

Is Lucky I Paid Anything

8/1/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-fetty-wap-olive-garden-GETTY-901Fetty Wap was like, "Hey, what's up? Hello," at an Olive Garden Thursday night ... and then he bolted without paying the bill.

Fetty was dining with a group of friends at the famous franchise in Wayne, NJ when he stormed out of the restaurant.  

We're told he threw down $100 for the apps and drinks, but by the time he left, the bill swelled to $160 ... possibly leaving the server on the hook for $60.

Fetty says he was there for 2 hours and the service was so slow his food never came, so he said "arrivederci."

But Olive Garden employees say he was there for only 30 minutes and it was a simple case of dining and dashing. 

Happy ending ... the server didn't have to pay.

We couldn't reach Fetty for comment.

Russell Wilson

I'M RICH, BIATCH!!

... Signs $87 Mil Contract

7/31/2015 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0731-russell-wilson-getty-01No more hard times for Russell Wilson -- the QB just signed a massive 4-year $87.6 million contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks ... with roughly $60 mil guaranteed!!!

Wilson was one of the lowest paid starting QBs in the NFL last year -- despite the fact he won a Super Bowl and 2 NFC championships in the past 2 seasons. 

Wilson just tweeted about the deal -- "Blessed to be w/ this organization for 4 more years! Can't wait to get on field w/ the fellas! @Seahawks #ChampionshipMindset."

Now, Wilson can afford to pay other people to push Ciara's kid in a stroller

James Woods

Suing Twitter Troll

... for $10 Million!!!

7/30/2015 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0730-james-woods-tmz-01James Woods is suing a guy for something every celebrity has to deal with every day -- someone talking trash on Twitter ... and he's gunning for $10 million.

Woods is going after a guy who goes by the name of Abe List. Woods claims List trashed his good name several times -- with tweets calling him a "prick," "joke," "scum," "clown-boy" ... but crossed the line when he accused the star of being a "cocaine addict." 

It's worth noting ... List has a paltry 2,274 followers, but Woods claims his 238,932 could have seen the tweet as well. 

Woods claims his reputation was damaged to the tune of $10 mil. 

William 'Refrigerator' Perry

Super Bowl Ring for Sale

7/30/2015 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Got a couple thousand bucks lying around? Then you could own William "The Refrigerator" Perry's 1985 Super Bowl ring ... 'cause it just hit the auction block.  

It's not Fridge selling the ring -- he already unloaded it back in 2000 to a private collector ... who sold it to someone else in 2007.  

Now, it's up for sale again through Heritage Auctions -- which says it also has a picture of Perry holding the ring to prove its authenticity. 

As for the specs -- it's 10 karat gold with diamonds ... and it's somewhere between a size 23 and 25 -- so it's HUGE. 

Good luck ... 

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John Salley

Cecil's Death is Appalling

But How'd that Dentist Score $55k?

7/29/2015 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Video

NBA legend/vegan crusader John Salley is joining the chorus of celebs who are incredulous over the death of Cecil the lion ... but he raises an issue we haven't heard up to now ... how did a dentist blow $55k to pay hunters to kill the lion?

Salley went on TMZ Live to describe his outrage ...then wondered aloud how much this dentist charges for novocaine. 

Fair question.

KoЯn’s Jonathan Davis

Lawyers Slaying Me

For Serial Killer Museum Case

7/26/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0724-jonathan-davis-tmz-01Korn frontman Jonathan Davis got a bloody good deal when he wriggled out of a costly lawsuit over a failed serial killer museum, but he forgot to pay the guys who got him that deal ... and now they're suing. 

Davis was supposed to open the "American Curiosities Museum" with another investor, but the deal fell apart and Davis got sued twice. His lawyers say they stepped in, in 2006, and helped reach a settlement ... and even gave him a payment plan to settle his legal tab.

The attorneys say he owed $158,407 ... and they agreed to let him pay it down $1,000 a month. However, Davis stopped paying after just 2 months.  

Now they're suing for the balance plus interest -- which brings his legal debt to a whopping $256,021.

Davis is learning the hard way -- the only thing scarier than a serial killer ... is an unpaid lawyer.

50 Cent

Socked With Another $2 Mil

in Sex Tape Damages

7/24/2015 1:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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2:25 PM PT -- 50 Cent's attorney has released a statement saying the rapper plans to fight the judgement hoping to "reduce the size of the award." 

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50 Cent has to fork over another $2 million in punitive damages to Rick Ross' baby mama for leaking her sex tape. 

The jury announced the judgment in NYC on Friday. 50 already got hit with a $5 million judgment in the case earlier this month ... which lead to him filing for personal bankruptcy. 

He told the jury this week that he was worth less than $5 million -- in an effort to get some leniency. Seems like it worked ... since Lastonia Leviston was seeking $15 mil in punitive damages.

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Kourtney Kardashian

All Signs Point to Lawyering Up

In Scott Disick Breakup

7/22/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0721-kourtney-kardashian-fame-01Kourtney Kardashian paid a visit to an L.A. office building Monday, and all signs suggest she's lawyering up for some custody and money issues with baby daddy Scott Disick.

Kourtney went to a Century City office building filled with lawyers, and one stands out -- disso queen Laura Wasser. We don't know which office Kourtney visited, but when you think about it, 2 of her sisters -- Kim and Khloe -- used Wasser in their divorces, so it's not that hard to connect the dots.

Kourtney needs to work out a custody arrangement for her 3 kids, as well as a financial settlement.

They never married, but they were together for 9 years.

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Soulja Boy

Terrible Money Management Advice

Makes It Rain In Front Of Kid

7/21/2015 3:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Soulja Boy has a ton of money to blow … even enough to let blow away in the wind while he makes it rain from the balcony of a mansion … with a little kid watching.

The Supermanning rapper shelled out some hundies while smoking on a blunt … problem is all that money showered down on nobody.

Hopefully it wasn’t a particularly windy day or his neighbors might have been greeted with some fresh new Benjamins.

Check out the video that would make any accountant lose their mind.

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