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ATLANTA (AP) Dwight Howard’s Atlanta homecoming was short-lived. The Hawks sent Howard and the No. 31 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to Charlotte for center Miles Plumlee, shooting guard Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, getting the deal completed late Tuesday night. Howard, an eight-time All-Star and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, …

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It’s been a wild day in the NBA but one of the biggest surprises came toward the end of the night as a photo surfaced of Kawhi Leonard with an apparent haircut. Leonard has rocked cornrows and braids in the past but is now sporting a new and short summer look. Pour one out for …

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New general manager and president of basketball operations Travis Schlenk hardly moved into his new Atlanta office before purging the Hawks’ payroll of the $47 million still owed to underperforming veteran center Dwight Howard. Schlenk and the Hawks traded Howard, who signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal to return to his hometown last summer, and …

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Having cap space is great. It’s about the only way you can add stars in free agency (since the NBA neutered the old sign-and-trade), as the Warriors did when they signed Kevin Durant this past offseason. Finding a way to get rid of Timofey Mozgov’s ridiculous contract is a big win for the Lakers, even …

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The Cleveland Cavaliers apparently will have one less option to improve their roster. All-Star guard Jimmy Butler informed the Cavs that he intends to stay with the Chicago Bulls rather than be traded to Cleveland, TNT reported Tuesday. Butler has been the subject of increased trade speculation the past few days as the Cavs have …

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Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler has reportedly informed the Cleveland Cavaliers that he would prefer to stay in Chicago than be traded, according to David Aldridge of TNT. Butler has been the subject of many rumors over the past few days involving the Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves. On Tuesday afternoon. Dwyane Wade reportedly …

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Three days before the NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers make a trade for future cap space and another first round pick. As reported by The Vertical‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade guard D’Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in …

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The Lakers will reportedly trade D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in this week’s NBA Draft, according to a report from The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Lakers are trading Tim Mozgov and D’Angelo Russell to Nets for Brook Lopez and 27th pick Thursday, sources say. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) …

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Pau Gasol has declined the option on his contract for next season with the San Antonio Spurs, but it’s doubtful he’s going anywhere. Gasol declined the $16 million option on Tuesday with the intent of signing a longer-term deal with the Spurs so the franchise can gain some flexibility to hit the free agent market, …

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Dwyane Wade has reportedly informed the Chicago Bulls that he will be picking up his $24 million player option for next season, according to Vincent Goodwill of CNS Chicago. Wade, 35, is coming off a season in which he averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Wade had until June 27 to …

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