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Heat's Deng meets with Obama about future of South Sudan

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MIAMI -- Among Miami Heat players conspicuously absent from the team's informal offseason workouts has been Luol Deng. For good reason. He instead has been tirelessly this summer trying to make his native part of the world a better place.

Friday, that activism had Deng at the White House with President Obama. This weekend it has him in ...Read more

Once again, Derrick Rose uncomfortable under intense scrutiny

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On April 28, 2012, Derrick Rose stood as the NBA's reigning most valuable player, the youngest in league history, leading his top-seeded Bulls to a matinee victory over the 76ers in the opening game of the playoffs.

You know the rest: With 1 minute, 22 seconds remaining, Rose came to a simple jump stop, elevated and crumpled to the ground, his ...Read more

Bulls' Derrick Rose accused of rape; spokeswoman says allegations 'completely false'

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a former girlfriend in Los Angeles -- a charge Rose quickly denied through a spokeswoman.

The woman, identified in the court filing as "Jane Doe," alleges that she was "gang raped" by Rose and two of his friends in August 2013. The ...Read more

Hornets lock in Kidd-Gilchrist with $52 million extension

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Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might have made some more off his second NBA contract by waiting until he reached restricted free-agency next July.

Instead he chose the security of a four-year, $52 million extension in a place and with a franchise that have become his home.

"Why wait?" Kidd-Gilchrist said at a Wednesday ...Read more

Pistons' Jennings says he's OK with coming off bench

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Don't expect a point guard controversy when Brandon Jennings returns to the Detroit Pistons this year.

Three weeks after Jennings' second season in Detroit ended Jan. 25 after he suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the Pistons acquired Reggie Jackson in a trade. Then they signed Jackson to a five-year, $80 million contract this summer.

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Heat's Andersen not sweating tax, nor overstating 3-point prowess

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Chris Andersen spoke Tuesday of higher math, with the Miami Heat center in each case making it clear that numbers are the least of his concerns.

During a promotional appearance at a Winn-Dixie supermarket, Andersen was asked about how he fits into the Heat's luxury-tax equation, as well as an apparent move of his game beyond the 3-point line.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist signs 4-year extension with Hornets

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The Charlotte Hornets have made sure Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a Charlotte Hornet long-term.

The Hornets have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract, sources confirmed Monday. The deal will keep him off the free-agent market, similar to when the Hornets signed point guard Kemba Walker to a four-year, $48 million contract a year ago.

Kidd-...Read more

Clippers fined $250,000 by NBA for improper offer to DeAndre Jordan

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $250,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league's rules that prohibit teams from offering players "unauthorized business or investment opportunities."

The Clippers committed the violation during their pitch to DeAndre Jordan on July 2, offering the free-agent center improper marketing ...Read more

Amar'e Stoudemire seeks to go from 'Trainwreck' to Heat stability

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The irony of the situation was not lost on Amar'e Stoudemire. But since it was a comedy, the Miami Heat offseason acquisition said Monday he enjoyed rolling with it.

To say an operating table, especially for knee surgery, would be the last place the Heat would want to see Stoudemire would be an understatement. And yet, this summer, shortly ...Read more

Cavaliers, center Sasha Kaun agree to two-year contract

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The Cavaliers have agreed to a two-year contract with center Sasha Kaun, a league source confirmed. He will serve as a backup in a deep frontcourt.

Kaun, 30, was a 2008 second-round pick, but has spent his career overseas. He averaged 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds last season for CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague.

Kaun was drafted 56th overall by ...Read more

'Born Ready' Stephenson eager for a career rebirth

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LOS ANGELES -- They wouldn't leave Lance Stephenson alone. The all-stars from New York's Staten Island would score and point directly at the Los Angeles Clippers small forward, hardly inconspicuous even as he milled about the sideline in jeans and a dark blue T-shirt with a couple of heavy chains around his neck.

Stephenson had come to the game...Read more

Heat add guard Corey Hawkins, son of former NBA player Hersey Hawkins

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The Miami Heat have signed undrafted free-agent UC-Davis guard Corey Hawkins, a 3-point specialist and the son of former NBA guard Hersey Hawkins.

Hawkins, who began his collegiate career at Arizona State before finishing at UC-Davis this season as Big West Player of the Year, received a non-guaranteed contract. The agreement will allow the ...Read more

Several Pistons players to train with UFC fighters

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A contingent of Detroit Pistons will travel to Las Vegas on Aug. 31, but it won't be fun and games.

Members of the team are going to train with some UFC trainers. It's a team bonding event put together by the players with Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond being the leaders.

Two weeks ago, some UFC fighters came to the team's practice facility ...Read more

Warriors' Kevon Looney out 4-6 months after hip surgery

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Warriors first-round draft pick Kevon Looney underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his right hip and will miss four to six months of basketball activity after the arthroscopy, according to the team.

Looney, 19, originally suffered the injury before his freshman season at UCLA and did not miss any games in college. The 6-foot-9 ...Read more

J.R. Smith returning to Cavaliers

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J.R. Smith is returning to the Cavaliers.

Smith wrote on his Instagram account late Thursday he was returning, and a team source confirmed he intends to sign, but the deal isn't yet completed.

Smith declined a player option that would've paid him $6.4 million for this season, then struggled securing another, more lucrative deal.

"When I opted...Read more

Sixers will explore different ways to rehabilitate Embiid's foot after surgery

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Now that Joel Embiid has had surgery, the 76ers will try to find different ways to rehabilitate his right foot, general manager Sam Hinkie said Wednesday.

Five doctors were involved Tuesday in bone-graft surgery to repair the navicular bone in Embiid's foot. The recovery time for the 7-foot center is five to eight months. However, Hinkie ...Read more

76ers' Embiid has successful surgery

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76ers center Joel Embiid underwent bone-graft surgery to repair the navicular bone in his right foot on Tuesday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The 76ers center tweeted a selfie after the procedure. "Everything went really well," he typed amid several hashtags under the photo. " ... Excited for the future."

The 7-footer...Read more

Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford won't talk new contract until after season

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Al Horford is not concerned with his contract status.

That business can wait.

The Hawks center will enter the final year of a contract that will pay him $12 million in 2015-16. He will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Then, and only then Horford said, will he think about his future. The priority is the season at hand.

"My focus right...Read more

Hawks to sign Jason Richardson to non-guaranteed deal

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Jason Richardson, a 13-year NBA veteran will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Hawks and come to training camp next month, according to a person familiar with the situation. He is expected to sign the contract Monday.

Richardson, 34, played 34 games with the 76ers last season. He averaged 9.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 21.9 minutes. ...Read more

76ers' Embiid to have foot surgery Tuesday

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Fans of the 76ers finally know when Joel Embiid will have foot surgery.

Yahoo Sports reported early Saturday that Embiid will undergo surgery Tuesday. A source confirmed the Sixers' rookie center had acknowledged that on Friday.

Embiid was the lone Sixers player at the wedding reception Friday night for assistant coach Lloyd Pierce and Melissa...Read more