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Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter join Celtics

UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 3:08 p.m.

Even as the Boston Celtics were introducing new point guard Kemba Walker at their practice facility, there was still a lot of attention on the old one. The Celtics and their fans still haven’t gotten over Kyrie Irving’s brief flameout in Boston, where he joined a conference finalist but never really clicked. Irving left for the Brooklyn Nets, and Walker will try to replace him. Walker also helped recruit fellow Celtics newcomer Enes Kanter.
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New Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram says he’s ‘close’ to normal

Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram says he’s “pretty close” to resuming normal workouts as he continues to recover from surgery to address a blood clot in his right arm. Ingram says he has not resumed shooting. But he says he has worked on his shooting form while also conducting ball-handling and passing drills as well as lower-body workouts. Ingram was trade to New Orleans this offseason as part of a multi-player and multi-draft pick deal that sent six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to the Lakers.
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Suns re-sign forward Kelly Oubre Jr.

UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. re-signed with the Phoenix Suns. Oubre was acquired in a trade with the Washington Wizards for veteran Trevor Ariza last December. He averaged 16.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 40 games with the Suns to go with his energy on defense.

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Ben Simmons, 76ers agree to $170 million, 5-year deal

The Philadelphia 76ers and All-Star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract. Simmons will make about $8.1 million this season, the last of his four-year rookie deal. Simmons was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2016. He made his NBA debut in the 2017-18 season and was Rookie of the Year.
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Oklahoma City Thunder’s rebuild will take some time

UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are heading into a major transition. Russell Westbrook was the last remaining player from the team that moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008. Kevin Durant, James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Paul George and others are all gone. Now Westbrook is too after an 11-year career with the franchise. The Thunder rebuild includes multiple first-round draft picks, but it will take time.
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Natasha Howard plays amid abuse allegation, Storm beat Liberty

Natasha Howard scored 14 points a day after abuse allegations were raised against her to help the Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty 78-69. The team said it is still looking into allegations on social media that Howard physically threatened and abused her wife. No charges have been filed.
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Sylvia Fowles makes history, helps Lynx beat Mercury 75-62

Sylvia Fowles set a WNBA record with her 157th career double-double and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the second half to beat the Phoenix Mercury 75-62. Fowles finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth consecutive double-double and broke Lisa Leslie’s mark of 156 set from 1997-2009.
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AD3: Anthony Davis joins Lakers with championship plans, new number

Anthony Davis has finally joined the Los Angeles Lakers after several months of courtship between the superstar and the 16-time NBA champions. Davis believes the Lakers can become an immediate championship contender in his first season alongside LeBron James. The six-time All-Star knows the Lakers play under a larger microscope than the New Orleans Pelicans, but he can’t wait for the challenge of winning big in the Hollywood spotlight.
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NBA Summer League: Run ends for international teams

UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 10:56 p.m.

The NBA’s decision to invite a pair of international teams to the Summer League showed promise, even as it also demonstrated the competitive challenges facing the host team for the 2019 Basketball World Cup.
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76ers unveil Al Horford & Co. as upgrades in championship chase

The Philadelphia 76ers have a new look as they make a championship push. Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick are out. All-Star Al Horford and Josh Richardson are in. Tobias Harris returns to a franchise that fell one win shy of the Eastern Conference finals. General manager Elton Brand says the 76ers are an “elite team” for years ahead.
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NBA ref Jason Phillips to oversee league’s replay center

Longtime NBA referee Jason Phillips has been announced as the new operations principal for the league’s replay center. Phillips was an on-court referee for 19 seasons and worked more than 1,100 games, including 94 playoff games and two in this past season’s NBA Finals. Phillips will be now responsible for day-to-day operations of the NBA Replay Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.
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Report: Oklahoma City trades Russell Westbrook to Houston Rockets for Chris Paul

UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 8:09 p.m.

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a shake up of top point guards and a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden. The Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons.