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Gordon Hayward Suffers Fractured Left Ankle, Broken Tibia

Oct 17, 2017 8:39 PM

Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome leg injury during the first quarter of his regular season debut with the Boston Celtics. Hayward was diagnosed initially with a fractured left ankle and broken tibia.

Hayward landed awkwardly and the severity of his injury was immediately apparent.

The game was delayed for several minutes as Hayward was stretchered off the floor.

Hayward signed a four-year max contract with the Celtics in the offseason.

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Nikola Mirotic Out Indefinitely After Being Punched In Face By Bobby Portis

Oct 17, 2017 7:29 PM

Nikola Mirotic has been hospitalized and is out indefinitely with a fractured bone in his face after being punched by Bobby Portis.

Mirotic also suffered a concussion.

Mirotic and Portis shoved each other during the Chicago Bulls' practice on Tuesday and then Portis allegedly hit him in the face with a cheap shot.

Mirotic re-signed with the Bulls on a two-year, $27 million deal.

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LeBron James Wants To Be 'At Top Of Food Chain' Longer Than Anyone In NBA History

Oct 17, 2017 11:38 AM

LeBron James was asked how he thought he might be considered greater than Michael Jordan by most people.

"If I was the most consistent and was at the top of the food chain more than anybody in NBA history," said James.

James entered the NBA straight out of high school and has remained almost entirely healthy and never left the game as Michael Jordan did for a season and a half. Jordan, however, won six titles while James sits at three at the age of 32.

"I know I won't be able to play at this level forever, but to be washed (up) and play ... I don't know if I can play washed," James said. "but I damn sure would love to stick around if my oldest son can have an opportunity to play against me. That'd be, that'd be the icing on the cake right there."

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Suns Exercise 18-19 Options On Devin Booker, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss

Oct 17, 2017 7:33 PM

The Phoenix Suns have exercised their 2018-19 options on guard Devin Booker, forward Dragan Bender and forward Marquese Chriss.

Booker led the Suns with 22.1 points per game last season, the third-highest scoring average ever posted by a player 20-years-old-or-younger at season’s end, behind only LeBron James in 2004-05 and Kevin Durant in 2008-09. The 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Booker’s 2,774 total points through his first two seasons trail only James, Durant and Carmelo Anthony for the fourth-most ever by an NBA player before his 21st birthday.

Bender averaged 7.2 points and 7.0 rebounds this preseason, after averaging 3.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.51 blocks in 43 appearances as a rookie last season, missing 31 games to a right ankle injury. The 4th overall pick and youngest player in the 2016 NBA Draft, Bender averaged 14.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Suns at NBA Summer League 2017 in Las Vegas, and also played for Croatia’s national team at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 this past summer.

Chriss was named to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie Second Team for averaging 9.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting, 4.2 rebounds, 0.85 blocks and 0.82 steals while playing all 82 games. The 8th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Chriss led all rookies in games started (75) and dunks (103), and was one of just two first-year players along with Joel Embiid to rank in the top 10 on the rookie leaderboard in scoring average, rebounds per game, blocks per game and steals per game.

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Thunder Sign PJ Dozier To Two-Way Contract

Oct 17, 2017 2:51 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard PJ Dozier to a two-way contract.

In two seasons at South Carolina, Dozier (6-6, 205) appeared in 70 games (64 starts) and averaged 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.34 steals in 24.0 minutes per game.

During the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Dozier averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as he helped the Gamecocks clinch their first Final Four berth in school history.

Dozier has also been assigned No. 35 upon his request, which previously belonged to Kevin Durant.

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Rodney McGruder Undergoes Successful Surgery On Tibia Stress Fracture

Oct 17, 2017 8:44 PM

Rodney McGruder underwent successful surgery to repair a left tibia stress fracture. The 90-minute procedure was performed by Dr. Charles Jordan and Heat team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Doctors Hospital.

He is expected to begin rehabilitation in one week. A timetable for his return has not been set.

McGruder appeared in five preseason games (five starts) with the Heat, averaging 7.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 22.3 minutes while shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three-point range.

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Gary Payton II Signs Two-Way Contract With Bucks

Oct 17, 2017 12:03 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed Gary Payton II to a Two-Way contract. 

Payton II, 24, originally signed with Milwaukee on April 2 and played in six games during the 2016-17 season where he averaged 3.3 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds. 

Payton appeared in four preseason games and averaged 7.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

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Warriors Agree Upon Two-Way Deal With Quinn Cook

Oct 17, 2017 8:53 AM

The Golden State Warriors have agreed upon a two-way contract with Quinn Cook.

Cook was released last week by the Atlanta Hawks.

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Tags: Quinn Cook, Golden State Warriors, Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Dunc'd On: Season Preview 2017-18

Oct 17, 2017 7:45 AM

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Video: 2017 Rookie Scale Extensions Summary

Oct 16, 2017 10:26 PM

Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Gary Harris and T.J. Warren signed Rookie Scale Contract Extensions as members of the 2014 draft class.

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Chris Paul Sits Out Final Minutes With Knee Soreness
Chris Paul was rooting on his teammates and waving a towel in celebration during the final minutes of the game.

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Richard Jefferson Agrees Upon One-Year, $2.3M Deal With Nuggets
The Nuggets feel Richard Jefferson will give them depth at small forward and also be a strong veteran presence.

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Dante Exum To Undergo Surgery On Left Shoulder
Dante Exum suffered a separated left shoulder on October 6.

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Marcus Smart, Celtics Were Close On Extension
The Celtics and Marcus Smart were unable to agree upon a contract extension before Monday's deadline.

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Hawks Agree Upon Two-Year Deal With Isaiah Taylor
Isaiah Taylor was waived by the Rockets last week.

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Bulls Claims Kay Felder Off Waivers
Kay Felder was traded last week by the Cavaliers to the Hawks and subsequently waived.

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Bucks Claim DeAndre Liggins Off Waivers
DeAndre Liggins has been on the roster of the Cavaliers, Mavericks, Rockets, Clippers, Hawks, Heat and Bucks since April of 2017.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Agrees Upon Three-Year, $72.3M Extension With Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge could have become a free agent in 2018.

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Gian Clavell Signs Two-Way Contract With Mavericks
Gian Clavell averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 18.7 minutes per game for the Mavericks in Summer League.

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Stephen Curry: I'm The Best Version Of Myself To Date
Stephen Curry hopes to be in the conversation for MVP this season.

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Raptors Exercise 18-19 Options On Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam, Delon Wright
The Raptors have guaranteed the contracts of three Rookie Scale Contract players.

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LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs In Serious Talks On Extension
LaMarcus Aldridge can sign an extension with three additional seasons.

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Grizzlies To Trade Or Waive Wade Baldwin
Wade Baldwin was the 17th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Nuggets Interested In Signing Richard Jefferson
Josh Kroenke enjoys a strong friendship with Richard Jefferson.

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Celtics Likely To Start Jayson Tatum On Opening Night
Jayson Tatum will likely get the start for Boston while Marcus Morris recovers from knee soreness.

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RealGM Radio: Season Preview With Seerat Sohi
Danny Leroux and Seerat Sohi preview the major storylines of the upcoming NBA season.

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Dunc'd On: BOS Season Outlook w/ Jared Weiss; PHI w/ Derek Bodner
Nate Duncan is joined by Jared Weiss to preview the season for the Boston Celtics. Then Derek Bodner joins the pod to preview the season for the 76ers.

Pistons Exercise 18-19 Options On Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellenson
Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson are now under contract for 18-19.

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Wolves Exercise 18-19 Options On Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyus Jones
Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones were members of the 2015 draft class.

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Markelle Fultz To Begin Season As Reserve
Markelle Fultz was limited in preseason due to soreness in his right knee and right shoulder.

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