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New Celtics Walker, Kanter meet media

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BOSTON (AP) Enes Kanter took a playful swipe at him.

Kemba Walker will try to replace him.

Kyrie Irving is no longer with the Celtics, but his brief flameout in Boston is still on the minds of fans in the city and even, apparently, players who have yet to play a minute for the team.

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76ers extend Simmons for $170M, 5 years

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers and All-Star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension.

Simmons was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2016. He made his NBA debut in the 2017-18 season and was the Rookie of the Year. He was an All-Star for the first time last season. He has averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.9 assists in his two seasons.

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Simmons backs out of World Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Ben Simmons' new contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers came with bad news for Australian basketball fans: The Melbourne-born NBA All-star won't play for the Boomers at the World Cup.

Hours after Simmons and the 76ers agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension on Tuesday, Simmons said he preferred to spend time with his new teammates in September instead of travelling to China for the Aug. 31-Sept. 15 World Cup.

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Pistons claim F-C Wood off waivers

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have claimed Christian Wood off waivers.

The Pistons announced the move Wednesday. The 6-foot-10 Wood appeared in 21 games last season for Milwaukee and New Orleans, averaging 8.2 points. He's averaged 5.3 points in 51 career NBA games for Philadelphia, Charlotte, Milwaukee and New Orleans.

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Warriors GM Myers moves on from Durant

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Bob Myers has accepted Kevin Durant's departure for the Brooklyn Nets with an appreciation for all the superstar forward accomplished with the franchise, even if the Golden State general manager would have loved to keep KD around a little longer.

"I have a peace about it," Myers said Monday as he discussed the Warriors' flurry of moves in free agency.

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Cavs waive G Smith after eventful tenure

CLEVELAND (AP) J.R. Smith's never-a-dull-moment run with the Cavaliers is over.

Cleveland released the colorful shooting guard Monday before his $15.6 million contract for next season became guaranteed. The Cavs had been trying to trade Smith for months, but the team was unable to find the right deal even after he agreed to extend his guarantee date from June 30 to July 15.

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Ingram 'close' to normal after surgery

METAIRIE, La. (AP) 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 has worked on his shooting form while also conducting ball-handling and passing drills, as well as lower-body workouts.

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Suns re-sign Oubre Jr. to multiyear deal

PHOENIX (AP) Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. re-signed with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

The team said it was a multiyear deal.

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Bucks sign Giannis' brother Thanasis

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks announced Tuesday that they have signed free agent forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Bucks forward and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo joins Milwaukee on a guaranteed two-year, minimum contract, according to Giannis' agent, Alex Saratsis.

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Lawyer gets 5 years for scamming Barkley

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre also ordered Donald Watkins to pay about $14 million in restitution.

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