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Latest update with NBA’s return a month away

The NBA’s restart in Orlando at the end of this month could be unlike anything in sports history. At stake: a championship, of course, but also the order for the 2020 NBA Draft, which will be held October 16.  The teams that weren’t invited to Florida are already locked into the eight best odds to win the lottery. Meanwhile, squads like the Suns and ...

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Wizards rule out John Wall returning this season

John Wall will not join the Washington Wizards for the resumption of the NBA season this summer, ending the chances of the five-time All-Star guard playing his first game since 2018. General manager Tommy Sheppard effectively ruled out Wall returning this season when he said Monday the 29-year-old wouldn’t be part of the Wizards’ traveling party to Central Florida. Among ...

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The NBA is coming back, and here’s 10 things to know

The deals are done. The NBA is coming back. The season will resume on July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida. Here are 10 things to know about the restarted season: THE RACE FOR 8 There are six teams in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference — Memphis, Portland, New ...

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NBA, players sign off on final terms for restarted season

Acknowledging that no option would have been risk-free during a pandemic, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that the concern shared by the league and its players surrounding next month’s restart of the season is rising as coronavirus cases in Florida keep climbing. That said, the league and the National Basketball Players Association is moving forward — finalizing the deal ...

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Pistons sign oft-injured center Justin Patton

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons signed center Justin Patton on Friday, hoping the 2017 first-round pick can stay healthy to help the franchise’s turnaround. Patton had surgery for a broken foot in 2018 for the second straight year. The 6-foot-11 player was selected No. 16 overall three years ago by the Chicago Bulls, who traded him on draft night ...

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Welcome back: The NBA sets the schedule for season restart

Zion Williamson is about to get another chance at opening night. Injury kept him out of New Orleans’ appearance in the first game of this NBA season when the Pelicans started the year at Toronto, but now the big-name rookie will be in position to be on center stage at Disney when play resumes — against the team that was ...

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Brogdon, Parker, Len all reveal they have coronavirus

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA expected positive coronavirus results to happen once players began undergoing mandatory tests, and three players revealed Wednesday they are dealing with COVID-19. Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon and Sacramento Kings players Jabari Parker and Alex Len all said they have tested positive for the coronavirus. Brogdon and Parker made announcements in the form of statements ...

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Vince Carter, 43, retires after record 22 NBA seasons

Vince Carter made his retirement official on Thursday, announcing on his podcast that his 22-year NBA career has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of this season that this would be his last in the NBA. His 22 seasons are the most in league history, ...

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AP source: Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. tests positive for virus

MIAMI (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says Miami forward Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus, a result that came in shortly after the Heat and other NBA teams began mandatory testing in preparation for next month’s resumption of the season. Jones, the reigning NBA slam dunk contest champion, still plans to play when ...

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