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A CT scan revealed that Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay did not suffer a fractured jaw after taking a hard blow during a preseason game, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Gay was also given a precautionary concussion test that was negative.
Gay took an elbow to the face from Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle during Friday's preseason game in Las Vegas. Gay didn't return to that exhibition game. The CT scan was taken in Sacramento.
It's uncertain if Gay will be available for the Kings' regular-season opener against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
Gay also took a hard hit to the jaw while playing for USA's Basketball's gold-medal winning team at the 2014 World Championships.
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Klay Thompson's camp is frustrated that the Golden State Warriors haven't offered a maximum contract in their ongoing extension talks with Friday's deadline nearing, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Thompson is seeking a maximum deal paying upward of $15 million per season, a source said. The Warriors have improved their offer to get in the vicinity but have not offered a full maximum contract, sources said.
If Thompson and the Warriors do not come to terms on an extension by the Halloween deadline, he will be a restricted free agent next summer.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob has yet to become comfortable offering a maximum extension, sources said. A source close to Thompson said any offer shy of a max would be "absurd" considering his improvement and the influx of money to come to NBA teams from the next television contract.
Thompson averaged 18.4 points, 2.8 3-pointers, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last season and also has a reputation as a strong defender. He helped his stock with a strong performance for the gold-medal winning USA Basketball team during the 2014 World Cup in Spain. Thompson is slated to make $3 million this season.Fri, Oct 24Denver112 - 119Golden StateGame Recap
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The Orlando Magic have agreed to terms on a four-year, $54 million contract extension with center Nikola Vucevic, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Vucevic averaged 13.6 points and 11.5 rebounds during his first two seasons with the Magic after being acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers to replace Dwight Howard.
The Magic had until the end of Halloween to reach an extension to avoid Vucevic becoming a restricted free agent next summer where he would have been one of the top big men on the market.
Vucevic, who turns 24 on Friday, will make $2.9 million in the final year of his contract this season before making an average of $13.3 million per season in his new deal.
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CLEVELAND – Prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers' first practice of the preseason, LeBron James surprised his teammates by telling them to join him in a meeting room. New coach David Blatt was anxious to get practice started, but gave James his blessing to have the players-only meeting before a ball was bounced. For about the next 30 minutes, James told every player from fellow All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to the guys just hoping to make the team what was expected during the upcoming season.
"I was looking like, 'Wow.' That's crazy that he broke down every individual thing he wants guys to do," Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters told Yahoo Sports. "He wrote down every player from the guy in training camp who may be here or may not be here. …It was unbelievable. It was great."
Said Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao: "He used to talk individually to the players before, but not like that."
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The Dallas Mavericks have been shopping point guard Gal Mekel and center Bernard James in trade talks, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Mavericks would prefer to keep one or two of their 15 roster spots open entering this upcoming season, the sources said. No trade for either player is currently imminent, a source said.
Dallas currently has 20 players on its preseason roster.
Mekel averaged 2.4 points and 2.0 assists in 31 games as a rookie with Dallas last season. James has averaged 2.1 points and 2.3 rebounds during the past two seasons with the Mavericks.
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CINCINNATI – LeBron James wouldn't mind a shortened NBA schedule. But he isn't a fan of the league's upcoming experiment to shorten games to 44 minutes.
The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will play a 44-minute preseason game on Sunday as part of the NBA's experiment. The exhibition will be four minutes shorter than the NBA's standard 48-minute game with four 11-minute quarters, one minute less each than usual. James thinks fewer games would be better for the NBA in the 82-game regular season rather than fewer minutes in a single game.
"It's not the minutes, it's the games," James said. "The minutes don't mean anything. We can play a 50-minute game if we have to. It's just the games. We all as players think it's too many games in our season.
"Eighty-two games are a lot. But it's not the minutes. Taking away minutes from the game isn't going to shorten it at all. Once you go out and play on the floor, it doesn't matter if you're playing 22 minutes … or you play 40 minutes. Once you play, it takes a toll on your body."
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant could miss up to eight weeks with a right foot fracture that typically requires surgery.
Durant told the team after practice on Saturday that he had discomfort in his right foot, the Thunder said in a statement. Following imaging studies, the Thunder determined the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player had a Jones fracture, which is a fairly common fracture of the fifth metatarsal in the foot. Based on the time-frame, if Durant has surgery he could return to action some time between mid-November and early December. The Thunder are still determining what course of action to take for Durant.
"We are in the process of collaboratively evaluating the most appropriate next steps with Kevin, his representatives, and Thunder medical personnel," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. "Until a course of action is determined, we are unable to provide a timeline specific to Kevin's case."
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LOS ANGELES – After missing all but six games last season, Kobe Bryant understood why reporters asked question after question about how he felt Wednesday following his first scrimmage of training camp. But that didn't mean Bryant was too excited about answering them.
Bryant made two of four shots, all midrange jumpers, and dished two assists in one full quarter of action during the Los Angeles Lakers' scrimmage. After being peppered with many questions about how he played and felt, Bryant finished his nearly 11-minute media session by saying: "I feel fine. You guys got to work on your [expletive]. You guys are killing me."
Bryant hasn't played in an NBA game since Dec. 18 when he injured his knee playing against the Memphis Grizzlies. He has played in five-on-five scrimmages recently in the offseason, but this was the first time he played in a structured scrimmage in a Lakers practice since the injury. Bryant said he felt physically fine after his second practice and that he had some normal soreness and heavy legs.
"It feels good being out there to compete," Bryant. "It's fun. …I understand the level of curiosity. But I just do what I do."
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LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant sat in a chair taking a breather at the end of Tuesday's practice while the majority of his teammates ran wind sprints. With teammate Jordan Hill looking tired, Bryant sounded like a coach as he yelled, "Push it J. Hill."
First-year Lakers head coach Byron Scott plans on using Bryant "like another assistant coach" in Bryant's 19th NBA season. But Scott doesn't see Bryant joining himself, Pat Riley, Magic Johnson, Derek Fisher, Brian Shaw and Michael Cooper as former Lakers turned NBA head coaches after he retires.
"He's too tough," Scott said after the Lakers' first practice on Tuesday. "He would probably be a whole lot more demanding than Pat Riley, myself and guys like that. It would be tough. Plus, he would expect guys to play like him, to have that type of passion that he has for the game. And to have the love for the game that he has and to have that commitment.
"Guys today just don't have that like he does. He's just a dying breed. I don't think he would bode well if he wanted to coach."
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LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant watched on television as Derek Jeter walked off the field at Yankee Stadium for the last time last week. The Los Angeles Lakers guard hopes to eventually walk away just like Jeter did. But he also hopes to delay that day by a couple years.
"The biggest key for anybody in retirement is you always want to retire by choice," Bryant told Yahoo Sports. "Hopefully, I will be fortunate enough to have that option. You don't want to see another catastrophic injury or something like that. When you walk away, you want to feel like you walked away on your terms."
Bryant, 36, will be entering the 19th season of his career after playing in just six games last season because of injury. He missed 19 games while recovering from Achilles tendon surgery and another 57 with a fractured left knee that ended his season. Bryant's last appearance in an NBA game was Dec. 17 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bryant sees no reason why he won't play in Monday's preseason opener against the Denver Nuggets in San Diego. More than anything, he's motivated prove to himself he can still be an elite player.