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Atlantic Notes: Toppin, Reddish, Rose, Warren, Barnes, Durant

[ad_1] Obi Toppin averaged 17.1 MPG in his second season with the Knicks and it’s unlikely his playing time will increase, Fred Katz of The Athletic writes in his latest mailbag. With Julius Randle at power forward and the duo of Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein at center, along with the presence of Jericho Sims, Toppin won’t have a big role unless there’s an injury or trade. It’s still more playing time
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Raptors Give Jalen Harris Qualifying Offer

[ad_1] The Raptors tendered a two-way qualifying offer to Jalen Harris, according to RealGM transactions log. That makes Harris a restricted free agent. Harris was reinstated by the league earlier this week. He was dismissed and disqualified from the NBA on July 1, 2021 for violating the terms of the league’s anti-drug program. He became eligible to apply for reinstatement last month. Harris was still under contract with Toronto at the time of
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Southeast Notes: Mitchell, Beal, Kuzma, Porzingis, Adebayo, Young, Murray

[ad_1] August 20th 2022 at 8:40am CST by Dana Gauruder The Wizards should be bold and acquire a star player like Donovan Mitchell to pair up with Bradley Beal, who’s now locked into an extension, Josh Robbins of The Athletic opines. That pairing would put up big offensive numbers but Washington would have to make other moves to cover for the backcourt’s defensive shortcomings. The front office would have to
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Poll: Donovan Mitchell’s Future | Hoops Rumors

[ad_1] When word first broke on July 1 that the Jazz had agreed to a blockbuster trade sending Rudy Gobert to Minnesota, reports from ESPN and The Athletic quickly clarified that Utah had no plans to trade Donovan Mitchell and intended to build its roster around the All-Star guard. The reports made some sense. After all, there had been rumored tension between Gobert and Mitchell for years. Mitchell, who will
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Longest-Tenured NBA GMs/Presidents | Hoops Rumors

[ad_1] As is the case in the NBA’s head coaching ranks, a handful of long-tenured heads of basketball operations have been replaced in 2022, a result of some offseason front office shakeups. Oddly, since we put together last offseason’s list of the league’s longest-tenured heads of basketball operations, all of the major front office changes have occurred in the Northwest Division. Thunder GM Sam Presti is the only lead basketball
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As fall COVID-19 surge looms, is it worth waiting for an Omicron-tailored vaccine? – Winnipeg Free Press

[ad_1] Anticipation is mounting for Canada to approve an updated version of the COVID-19 vaccine as fall threatens to usher in a new wave of infections. Earlier this week, British regulators became the first in the world to authorize Moderna’s bivalent vaccine, which protects against both the original strain of the novel coronavirus and the Omicron BA.1 subvariant. Health Canada is currently reviewing bivalent booster candidates from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech,
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Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton On Goals, Future, Trade, More

[ad_1] Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton has been working hard this summer with trainer Drew Hanlen in order to become a more aggressive scorer, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball News, who recently had an in-depth interview with Haliburton that also features Indiana’s general manager, Chad Buchanan. The 22-year-old had a very impressive 26-game stint with the Pacers last season after being traded by the Kings in February, averaging 17.5
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Jazz Owner Smith Trying To Bring Third Pro Team To Utah

[ad_1] Jazz owner Ryan Smith has sold a minority stake in Smith Entertainment Group, the team’s parent company, to Arctos Sports Partners with the “intention to bring a third professional sports franchise to the state” of Utah, writes Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune. As Walden details, Smith Entertainment Group also owns Vivint Arena, the Jazz’s home venue, and is a shareholder in Major League Soccer club Real Salt