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MVP to be announced at awards show

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NEW YORK (AP) It's awards night in the NBA.

The league will announce the winner of the MVP and the other individual honors during the first NBA Awards show in New York.

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, Houston's James Harden and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for MVP of the 2016-17 season.

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Billups still unsure about joining Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) Chauncey Billups isn't sure if it's time to jump back into the NBA.

Nearly a week after first meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, Billups has not yet decided whether to join Cleveland's front office, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Monday.

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Howard says best basketball yet to come

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) At 31 and entering his 14th NBA season, eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard says his best basketball is ahead of him.

Wearing a teal suit with black trim, a smiling Howard insisted Monday he can return to being a dominant center with the Charlotte Hornets, where he will be reunited with coach Steve Clifford and play for one of his childhood heroes, team owner Michael Jordan.

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Russell: Magic's remarks are in the past

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell wasn't only traded, he was insulted on the way out the door.

After the Los Angeles Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, team President Magic Johnson said Russell played well but stressed that he needed a leader as his point guard. Given that Johnson is one of the greatest ever to play the position, the sting might have really hurt Russell.

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Collins hopes Millsap returns to Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) John Collins has used Hawks star Paul Millsap's versatile game as a model for the player he hopes to become with Atlanta.

The big question for the Hawks: Will Collins have the opportunity to take hands-on lessons from Millsap, a free agent?

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Wolves waive Hill, clearing $4M from cap

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves waived veteran forward Jordan Hill on Monday, clearing another $4 million in salary cap room as free agency approaches.

The second year of the two-year, $8 million deal Hill signed last summer was not guaranteed, so it will not be on the Wolves books this summer. Hill appeared in only seven games last season, buried behind Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng and Cole Aldrich in Minnesota's frontcourt.

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Big3 3-on-3 has close games, little AI

NEW YORK (AP) Allen Iverson plans to be more spectator than scorer in the Big3.

The Iverson of old might be the only thing Ice Cube's new 3-on-3 basketball venture can't deliver.

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Antetokounmpo wants to lead Greece by US

ATHENS, Greece (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo is dreaming big. He wants to beat the United States wearing Greek team colors.

"I'll be the next one to beat them. I'll be waiting for them somewhere," the Milwaukee Bucks star said before leading a team in an exhibition game involving Greek and foreign players before 15,000 fans at the Athens Olympic Arena on Sunday.

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Griffin opts out with Clippers to be UFA

Blake Griffin has decided to test free agency, telling the Los Angeles Clippers that he is opting out of the final year of his contract.

A person with direct knowledge of Griffin's plans confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither the five-time All-Star nor the Clippers have publicly announced the move.

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Fultz ready to turn 76ers into winners

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Markelle Fultz already has his first turnover as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

It came in an Instagram post sponsored by a watch company. "Excited to head to (City) and join the (team name). (at)Tissot.us is helping me get started with my (team name) watch," Fultz posted, not bothering to actually fill in the blanks.

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