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Nuggets Trade Joffrey Lauvergne To Thunder For Two 2nd Rounders

Aug 30, 2016 1:04 PM

The Denver Nuggets have traded Joffrey Lauvergne to the Oklahoma City Thunder for two future second-round picks.

Lauvergne averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game last season with a PER of 15.8.

Lauvergne, who turns 25 in September, also participated in the 2016 Olympics with France.

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Tags: Joffrey Lauvergne, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Xavier Henry Signs Camp Deal With Bucks

Aug 30, 2016 12:32 PM

Xavier Henry has agreed to a camp deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Henry had a workout recently with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Henry ruptured his left Achilles tendon early in the 14-15 season while with the Lakers.

Henry had a training camp invite from the Warriors last season and then played in the D-League for Santa Cruz.

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Kris Dunn Scores Most Favorably In Poll Of Incoming Rookie Class

Aug 30, 2016 5:02 PM

Kris Dunn scored most favorably in a poll of his fellow rookie draft class.

When asked which player will win the 16-17 NBA Rookie of the Year award, Dunn received 29 percent of the vote ahead of Brandon Ingram with 25.8 percent and Ben Simmons with 19.4 percent. Dunn was also voted as the best playmaker at 29.4 percent and he's even the funniest at 15.2 percent.

Ingram was voted as the player most likely to have the best career with 26.7 percent, ahead of Dunn with 16.7 percent.

Jaylen Brown was voted as the most athletic rookie with 38.7 percent.

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Tags: Kris Dunn, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

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Andre Drummond: Boban Marjanovic 'Absolutely' Better Than Expected

Aug 30, 2016 12:49 PM

Andre Drummond has been impressed by Boban Marjanovic during their informal pickup matchups this summer.

"I was telling the guys after we got done playing our first pickup game, that might have been the first (time) I've been really frustrated playing against someone," Drummond said Monday, appearing at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy celebrity golf outing.

"It's so hard to score on him."

The Detroit Pistons signed Marjanovic to a three-year, $21 million deal this offseason.

"Boban is a hell of a player," Drummond said. "He's been a huge addition for us, and he's definitely going to be a big help for us throughout this season as well."

Drummond was asked if Marjanovic is better than he expected.

"Absolutely," replied Drummond.

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Tags: Boban Marjanovic, Detroit Pistons, NBA

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Chris Bosh Posts Videos Of Return To Court

Aug 29, 2016 4:15 PM

Chris Bosh posted videos on his Snapchat on Monday that showed him putting his basketball gear in his car and then going through drill work on a court in a gym.

"I know I've been gone for a moment, but now I'm back," Bosh said on one of his videos. "Everybody is always asked me am I hooping? Yes, I'm hooping. Absolutely. I'm a hooper."

Bosh has missed the second half of the past two seasons due to blood clots.

Bosh's videos Monday included shooting mid-range jumpers after running in from near the sideline and dribbling drills that finished with stepping into 3-point shots.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kevin Durant Voted Favorite Player Of Rookie Class For 3rd Straight Season

Aug 30, 2016 5:06 PM

Kevin Durant has been named the favorite player of the incoming rookie class for the third straight season.

Durant's popularity grew from 21.2 percent up to 29.7 percent this season as he returned from injury and signed with the Warriors.

Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook tied with 9.4 percent of the vote.

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Steve Novak Re-Signs With Bucks

Aug 29, 2016 5:18 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed free agent forward Steve Novak.

Novak, 33, was signed by the Bucks on Feb. 22, but appeared in just three games before a left knee injury (MCL) forced him to miss the remainder of the season. Prior to signing with the Bucks, Novak played in seven games for the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2015-16 season. 

The 6-10 forward has appeared in 459 career games (six starts), averaging 4.7 points and 1.3 rebounds, while shooting 43.1 percent from 3-point range in 10 seasons with Houston, the L.A. Clippers, Dallas, San Antonio, New York, Toronto, Utah, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee. The Marquette University product was drafted by Houston with the 32nd overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

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Trey Freeman Agrees To Camp Deal With Pistons

Aug 29, 2016 11:09 PM

Trey Freeman has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Detroit Pistons.

Freeman went undrafted out of Old Dominion in 2016.

Freeman was a two-time First-team All-Conference USA selection.

Playing for the Houston Rockets in Summer League, Freeman averaged 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 18.4 minutes per game.

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Lakers Sign Zach Auguste

Aug 29, 2016 6:30 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Zach Auguste.

Auguste averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15:41 minutes per game in four games (one start) for the Lakers’ entry in the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The 6’10’’ Auguste played four seasons at Notre Dame, averaging 14.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game as a senior in 2015-16 en route to a Third Team All-ACC selection.

The 23-year-old shot 56.7% from the field in his 128-game career at Notre Dame, and led the ACC in rebounding as a senior, highlighted by a career-best 22 rebound performance against Duke in the 2016 ACC Tournament.

The Lakers training camp roster currently stands at 16.

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Travis Wear, Lakers Agree Upon Camp Deal

Aug 29, 2016 6:57 PM

Travis Wear has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on a camp deal.

Wear will have a chance to compete for a roster spot with the Lakers in training camp.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Pelicans To Work Out Lance Stephenson
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Jason Thompson Close To Deal With Shandong
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Russell Westbrook In 'Some Run, Some Make Runways' Ad For Air Jordan
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Dunc'd On: 2017 Free Agency + Best/Worst Contracts since Lockout Awards
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Ty Lawson Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Kings
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Ra'Shad James Agrees To Sign With Cedevita Zagreb
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Bryce Cotton Agrees To Deal With Anadolu Efes
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DeMarcus Cousins Open To Playing In 2020 Olympics
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Mo Williams Strongly Considering Retiring
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John Wall: Money 'Not Why I Play The Game'
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Billy Donovan Appreciated How Kevin Durant Handled Free Agency During Season
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Execs Don't Expect DeMarcus Cousins To Re-Sign With Kings In 2018
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Jazz Trade Tibor Pleiss To 76ers For Kendall Marshall In Salary Dump
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Phil Jackson Regrets Not Trading For Jae Crowder In Tyson Chandler Trade
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Chris Broussard's ESPN Contract Up In Mid-September
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John Wall 'Rankled' By James Harden's Extension
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Celtics Renounce Draft Rights To Colton Iverson
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Warriors, Spurs, Cavs, Celtics, Raptors Lead ESPN's RPM Projected Wins
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Heat Won't Move Josh McRoberts
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