Pelicans to Rivers: Option declined 

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The New Orleans Pelicans have exercised their 2015-16 team option for Anthony Davis. The Pelicans made the announcement on Friday. Missing from the announcement was word regarding third-year guard Austin Rivers and that is not a surprise since his team option is set to be declined, according to The Times-Picayune.

Why Blatt chose to start Anderson Varejao 

October, 25, 2014
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There has been some talk that Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt could name Tristan Thompson as his starting center when the 2014-15 NBA regular season tips off since his big man had that role at times during the preseason. Well, Friday, Blatt announced incumbent Anderson Varejao will keep his position with the first unit. According to Blatt, Varejao's history with LeBron James is a major key to the decision.

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And down goes Anthony Morrow 

October, 25, 2014
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The Oklahoma City Thunder took another hit on Friday when the team revealed shooting guard Anthony Morrow will be sidelined 4-6 weeks due to a sprained left MCL, according to ESPN.com's Royce Young. Oklahoma City will now be without Morrow, Kevin Durant (right foot) and Mitch McGary (left foot) until at least the end of November.

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NBA update: Extensions and Options 

October, 25, 2014
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First round picks from the 2011 NBA draft or those that signed rookie contracts that year are eligible to sign an extension by Oct. 31. Should deals not get done they will be restricted free agents next July if tendered a qualifying offer by June 30.

So far Kyrie Irving, No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, has signed a max five-year extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, while the Morris twins have signed with the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets completed a deal with power forward Kenneth Faried. That group is now up to five as Nikola Vucevic has reportedly accepted a four-year, $54 million extension from Orlando.

Teams also have until Oct. 31 to pick up the fourth-year team option for 2012 first round picks and third-year team options for 2013 first round picks. Friday saw a lot of movement on this front as the following options were picked up: Brooklyn's Sergey Karasev and Mason Plumlee; Detroit's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Andre Drummond; and New Orleans' Anthony Davis.

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Hornets cut three; Roster set 

October, 24, 2014
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The Charlotte Hornets made three transactions on Friday as they placed training camp invitees Justin Cobbs, Dallas Lauderdale and Brian Qvale on waivers.

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Victor Oladipo's facial fracture 

October, 24, 2014
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During Thursday's practice Victor Oladipo received and elbow to just under his right and after consulting with the team doctor it was determined he suffered a facial fracture. The Orlando Magic are currently listing him as "out indefinitely" with surgery needed to repair the damage.

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With a future Hall of Famer in Jason Witten ahead of Gavin Escobar, there has been no reason to consider Escobar's fantasy prowess -- until Sunday, when he pulled in three passes for 65 yards and 2 TDs.

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Where will Maddon end up? 

October, 24, 2014
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In a move that seemed to come out of nowhere, it was announced Friday that "Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team immediately... Maddon said there was discussion with the Rays on a new contract but 'we were still too far apart.'"

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How will Rams backfield split carries? 

October, 24, 2014
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Prior to Sunday's battle between the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks, Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer implied that he would use a full-blown running back by committee, with the intention of leaning on the hot hand later in the game. In the end, though, it was basically all Tre Mason, who had 18 carries for 85 yards. Benjamin Cunningham had just two carries and Zac Stacy had zero. In fact, WR Tavon Austin had more carries (5) than either of them.

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It's hardly a shocker that the Tennessee Titans decided to insert their rookie QB Zach Mettenberger as this week's starter, at least if you consider how much their passing game has struggled. They rank 28th in the NFL with just 210 passing yards per game.

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Broncos backfield once Ball returns 

October, 24, 2014
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In just five games -- and only three as a the featured back -- Ronnie Hillman has racked up more rushing yards this season (349) than he did in either of his previous two seasons (330, 218). Hillman has topped 100 combined yards in each of his three starts, including 138 combined yards Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers.

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With Sizemore in, is Brown out? 

October, 24, 2014
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In a move that prevented Grady Sizemore from entering the free agent market, the Philadelphia Phillies announced Thursday that they have signed the outfielder to a one year, $2 million contract that includes performance bonuses.

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Who will step up if Wayne sits? 

October, 24, 2014
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The Indianapolis Colts practiced Thursday without Reggie Wayne, as he nurses an elbow injury sustained during Week 7's game. His status for their Sunday tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers is uncertain. If Wayne sits, it will be interesting to see how the likes of Hakeem Nicks, Donte Moncrief and Griff Whalen pick up the slack out of the Colts WR corps.

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Lakers without Steve Nash 

October, 24, 2014
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The Los Angeles Lakers have lost Steve Nash for all of the 2014-15 season, which doesn't come as a surprise when talking about a 40-year old with back issues.

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Could Cuddyer come to New York? 

October, 24, 2014
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The New York Mets tried to fill a hole in their lineup with Chris Young in 2014, and that failed experiment ended mid-season with the outfielder's release. That hole still remains for 2015, and it may well be filled by Michael Cuddyer.

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