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Warriors owner fined for Simmons remarks

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NEW YORK (AP) The NBA fined Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob $50,000 for violating the league's anti-tampering rule with comments he made about Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons.

Lacob said the Warriors had no interest in the disgruntled Sixers guard.

"In some ways, it doesn't really fit what we're doing," Lacob said this week. "He makes a lot of money. And, can he finish games? I don't know.

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Ginobili rejoins Spurs in adviser role

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Manu Ginobili is back with the San Antonio Spurs, with the club announcing his hiring Friday as a special adviser to basketball operations.

Ginobili spent the entirety of his 16-year NBA career with the Spurs, helping them win four championships. The Argentine was a two-time All-Star, a two-time All-NBA selection and averaged 13.3 points over 1,057 regular-season games from 2002 through 2018.

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Wolves fire basketball ops head Rosas

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves fired president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas on Wednesday, less than a week before training camp in yet another change in leadership for this long-languishing franchise.

Owner Glen Taylor announced that the Timberwolves "parted ways" with Rosas in a two-sentence statement that revealed no direct explanation for the dismissal after just two seasons.

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Bulls pick up options on White, Williams

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls exercised rookie scale contract options for the 2022-23 season on guard Coby White and forward Patrick Williams on Wednesday.

White, who had his fourth-year option exercised, averaged 15.1 points and 4.8 assists in his second NBA season. His status for the start of the upcoming season is in question after he had surgery on his left shoulder in June. The Bulls said at the time he was injured "while engaged in basketball activities away from the team."

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Simmons snubbing 76ers camp, wants out

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons may have missed his last playoff free throw with the Sixers.

Simmons will not report to Philadelphia 76ers' training camp next week and prefers to continue his NBA career with another team, a person with direct knowledge of the player's plans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Heat's Herro putting tough year behind

MIAMI (AP) There were times when Tyler Herro felt overwhelmed last season.

The Miami Heat guard would see his name linked to trades all over Twitter along with questions about his personal life and how he wasn't taking basketball seriously. He also was preparing to become a father for the first time.

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G Redick retires after 15 NBA seasons

J.J. Redick, the sharpshooter who was The Associated Press college player of the year at Duke before embarking on a 15-season NBA career, announced his retirement Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Redick played with six NBA teams - Orlando, the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Milwaukee and Dallas. He averaged 12.8 points in 940 regular-season games, and his 1,950 career makes from 3-point range rank him 15th in NBA history in that category.

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Nets don't expect vaccine mandate issues

NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks said Tuesday he doesn't anticipate any Nets being unable to play because of vaccination rules when the NBA season begins next month.

Marks said the entire roster wouldn't currently be eligible to play in New York, but the Nets don't open their season until Oct. 19.

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Luring defenders into fouls new for refs

There was a play early last season that generated much attention around the NBA. Atlanta's Trae Young used his speed to dribble past Brooklyn's Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. And as Luwawu-Cabarrot tried to catch up, Young slammed on the brakes.

Collision. Whistle.

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Clippers break ground on $1.8B arena

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) The design meetings have been going on for years. Technology has evolved throughout the process. Painstaking decisions were made time and time again, right down to what an inch or two difference in leg room between rows would mean or where cupholders should be affixed to the seats.

Finally, Steve Ballmer and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to build their new home.

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