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LeBron James turns up heat on Cavaliers to sign free agent J.R. Smith

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LeBron James has been through this before. Just last year, fellow Klutch Sports client Tristan Thompson was embroiled in a contract dispute with the Cavaliers and James did his best to stay out of it. Now faced with a similar scenario again, James isn't staying so quiet. He is pressuring the Cavs to strike a deal with free-agent guard J.R. Smith...Read more

Yi is giving it a real shot for the Lakers

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LOS ANGELES--Yi Jianlian would never call this easy.

Training camp isn't, and it isn't supposed to be easy. Neither is making an NBA roster after four years out of the league. But there is a difference from his first attempt in the NBA, nine years ago.

"I just feel more comfortable," he said, still sweating from some extra shooting after the ...Read more

Sixers' rookie Ben Simmons breaks bone in right foot

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Philadelphia 76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons broke his right foot foot in practice Friday and the team gave no indication of how long he will be out of action.

The Sixers said in a statement that Simmons, the No. 1 pick in June's NBA draft, suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot.

Simmons rolled his right ankle ...Read more

Denzel Valentine hoping to add versatility to crack Bulls' rotation

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Just as sure as increased rookie hazing duties, Denzel Valentine knows what's coming.

The speed of the game has jumped from college to summer league to training camp. And another step up is coming when the lights get bright and the regular-season action is real.

Consistent with his reputation as a cool-headed customer, the Bulls' first-round ...Read more

Mavericks' Deron Williams hopes to have healthy season

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DALLAS -- Deron Williams doesn't want anyone thinking his offseason sports hernia surgery is something that will linger into the upcoming season -- something that will have him bouncing in and out of the lineup.

While the aftereffects of the surgery limited Williams' mobility for the majority of the summer, the Dallas Mavericks point guard said...Read more

Tyronn Lue leaves open possibility for Kevin Garnett to join Cavs coaching staff

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Doc Rivers always told Tyronn Lue he would save a spot on his coaching staff in case Lue ever wanted to coach after retirement. Now Lue is doing the same for future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett.

Lue acknowledged Thursday he has discussed the possibility of Garnett joining the Cavs' coaching staff in some capacity, although ...Read more

Dragic laughs off Wade calling Rondo best point he's played with

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- The day after Dwayne Wade called current Chicago Bulls teammate Rajon Rondo the best point guard he has played alongside, Goran Dragic decided the best response at Miami Heat training camp was a smile and a laugh.

"No," Dragic said of perhaps being bothered by such web fodder. "I mean, of course, he's his teammate." ...Read more

Walton trying to avoid going with Warrior mentality

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- While Luke Walton's pedigree includes being part of the Golden State Warriors' incredible success during the past two seasons, he doesn't like for those memories to crowd his coaching.

When he addresses his Los Angeles Lakers team, he doesn't tell many stories about the Warriors.

"I don't like doing that," Walton said ...Read more

Rebounding is focus for Clippers' Jordan

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IRVINE, Calif. -- The news was hard for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan to swallow when coach Doc Rivers insisted the team was lackluster in rebounding last season.

That's because Jordan was second in the NBA in rebounds at 13.8 per game.

So for Jordan, the fact that his coach wants the Clippers to improve their rebounding this ...Read more

For Hornets' Jeremy Lamb to keep living NBA dream, he must manage reality

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Jeremy Lamb appreciated the opportunity the Charlotte Hornets provided last season.

Lamb just wasn't good at managing a sudden wealth of playing time.

In his previous three NBA seasons, all with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Lamb's minutes were generally sporadic. The Thunder was one of the deepest teams in the NBA, with championship aspirations....Read more

Embiid shows plenty of rust in 76ers scrimmage

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GALLOWAY, N.J. -- The last time Joel Embiid played in a game was as a Kansas freshman on March 1, 2014, at Oklahoma State University.

That quickly became obvious Wednesday during the 76ers' end-of-practice scrimmage at Stockton University.

At times, Embiid had a tough time with his footwork, finding his balance and figuring out things in real-...Read more

Sparks' Jantel Lavender is the WNBA's sixth woman of the year

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Sparks center Jantel Lavender has been named the WNBA's sixth woman of the year, the league announced Wednesday. She is the first Sparks player to win the award, which was first given out in 2007.

This came a day after Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike was named the league's most valuable player. Lavender averaged 18.2 ...Read more

Clippers searching for a fifth starter

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LOS ANGELES--At some point during training camp, Wesley Johnson, Luc Mbah a Moute and Alan Anderson will settle the question of who will start at small forward for the Los Angeles Clippers.

On the first day of practice Tuesday at the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine, Mbah a Moute and Anderson spent time working with starters Chris Paul, J.J. ...Read more

Lakers' Ingram already drawing praise

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LOS ANGELES--Brandon Ingram's head peaked over the group encircling Larry Nance Jr. as Nance praised the rookie's first day of training camp.

"B.I. held his own," Nance said. "I've been saying all along he can play. He's the real deal."

But when Nance saw Ingram's face appear, grinning, he quickly reversed.

"B.I. can't play," Nance said, ...Read more

With retirement of three NBA stars, LeBron James says his era next to go, but not anytime soon

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The NBA lost three future hall of famers in one summer when Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett joined Kobe Bryant in retirement. To LeBron James, that means he's next.

"It feels like our era is next," James said Tuesday. "Me, (Dwyane) Wade, Melo (Carmelo Anthony), (Chris) Bosh. We're next. We're on deck. We're the next group ...Read more

Stephen Curry not worried about free agency distractions: 'I want to be here'

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Last season, in most opposing cities he entered, Kevin Durant faced some form of free agency questions. It loomed over the Thunder franchise. He was the big fish everyone wanted. He pushed back against rumors, but it was a steady storyline.

Durant will be a free agent again next offseason, should he, like expected, opt out of his contract for a...Read more

Bosh hope is to compete vs. LeBron, Wade; James 'surprised' by Heat move

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- If the breakup of the Big Three changed the course of the Miami Heat as they open training camp in the Bahamas, it also is what has fueled Chris Bosh to push so hard for a return to the NBA.

"I want to compete against those guys," Bosh said in his latest video release on the Uninterrupted digital network. "That's ...Read more

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 'healthy, ready to go' for Hornets

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Shooting guard Nic Batum said he feels a little cheated for only getting to play with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for seven games last season.

Two separate shoulder injuries, each requiring surgery, limited the Hornets' rugged small forward to just seven games in February. But that was the start of the drive for the Hornets to a playoff spot and 48 ...Read more

Clippers' window as NBA title contenders is still open, but for how long?

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The championship window hasn't closed on the Clippers. But the core group of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan might not have much time left to claim the opportunity before them.

Still, it'll be a tall task for the Clippers in the still-competitive Western Conference.

The Golden State Warriors remain the favorites to reclaim the NBA...Read more

Rebuilding Lakers are a long way from success, but Walton is a good fit for young roster

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A franchise that has expected excellence for most of its history now heads into a transitional period that demands patience as it rebuilds.

The Lakers finished last season 17-65, the worst record in franchise history, four games worse than the previous mark set just one season earlier.

The road back won't be quick or easy. But patience will ...Read more

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