Kobe Bryant update 

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Kobe Bryant played in just six games this season and the last time he was on the floor came on Dec. 17 when he fractured his left knee. Bryant has been working his way through the rehab process and next week he's planning to ramp it up, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers held their collective breath on Wednesday night as shortstop Hanley Ramirez left the game in the seventh inning after getting hit on the left hand by a Ryan Vogelsong fastball.

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Rick Adelman to retire 

April, 17, 2014
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The Minnesota Timberwolves disappointing season ended on Wednesday with a 136-130 double overtime loss to the Utah Jazz. Head coach Rick Adelman spoke with the media after the game regarding his future and an announcement will likely come soon. Both parties have two weeks to terminate the contract. Adelman will meet with owner Glen Taylor and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders as early as today to discuss what's best moving forward.

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Rodney Stuckey's time with Pistons over? 

April, 17, 2014
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Rodney Stuckey has played seven seasons with the Detroit Pistons since he was the No. 15 selection in the 2007 NBA draft and his time with the team is probably over.

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Grant Hill not an option for Pistons 

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The Detroit Pistons will immediately begin the process of hiring a new head of basketball operations and Thursday ESPN.com's Marc Stein listed Grant Hill and Scott Perry as two possible candidates. Hill can be crossed off that list.

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In two seasons since being drafted in the second round, San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James has carried the ball only 39 times. With Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter ahead of him on the depth chart and Marcus Lattimore expected to be recovered from his horrific knee injury, James may become expendable.

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No rush says Rudy Gay 

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The Sacramento Kings once again are going home with no playoff games on the schedule, so after Wednesday's regular season finale, small forward Rudy Gay was asked what is the status regarding his player option for 2014-15. Gay plans to take his time and won't announce anything until after his first child -- a son -- is born.

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Getting Joel Freeland's rhythm back 

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Backup center Joel Freeland played on Wednesday for the first time since he suffered a sprained MCL on Feb. 12. Head coach Terry Stotts doesn't think it will take too long for Freeland to get back up to speed and get his rhythm back like it was prior to the injury.

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Terry Stotts' team option 

April, 17, 2014
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When Terry Stotts signed to become the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers he agreed to a deal that guaranteed two years with a team option for 2014-15. There has been no talk so far of the team picking up the option, per the policy from general manager Neil Olshey, and Stotts didn't have much to offer on Wednesday night.

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Ish Smith's future with Suns 

April, 17, 2014
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The Phoenix Suns have a combined eight players who could be free agents come July 1. Guard Ish Smith is one of them and he hopes to be on the team next season.

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Cody Latimer visited the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, and the 6-foot-3 receiver out of Indiana explained over social media that he had a great time.

That doesn't necessarily mean that the Seahawks will draft Latimer, but as Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times puts it, "his visit is worth noting because it presents yet more evidence that Seattle may be interested in bolstering its receiving corps going forward, and especially with a bigger receiver. ..."

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Apparently the Seattle Mariners had seen enough. The team recalled Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, a day after being shutout for a third time in a six-day span. Where Franklin will play upon joining the M's in Texas remains a giant question, however

The 23-year-old switch-hitter was used at the two middle infield positions while at Tacoma, where he smacked four home runs in 11 games prior to the call-up, including one on Tuesday. But Robinson Cano has second base blocked for the next decade and Brad Miller's glove, hustle and pop make it unlikely that Franklin will assume the starting role at shortstop, either.

That means the M's will make room for him in the outfield, right? There's plenty of speculation in that regard, but it's entirely out of necessity. Franklin appeared in the outfield in only one Spring Training game this past March, and is hardly ready to be thrown into an every-day outfield role, either. And even if he was, the question is where? He'd probably profile best in left field, but the M's have said they'd like to keep Dustin Ackley at that spot. And Franklin doesn't have the ideal arm to play in right.

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Will McCarron land in Cleveland? 

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If the Cleveland Browns pass on a quarterback with their first pick in next month's NFL draft, the No. 4 overall selection, it would rule out the big names like Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel and open up the possibility of the team drafting a QB with their next pick at No. 26.

It's possible that Teddy Bridgewater may slip that far, and others like Derek Carr and AJ McCarron are expected to be available. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report writes that the Browns really love Carr, and "there's a feeling with many in football that Cleveland will take him with the No. 26 pick," but that other name, McCarron, is one the Browns are getting a good look at this week.

ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reports that McCarron will conduct a private workout for the Browns on Wednesday, and, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, a source indicates that the steady Alabama product will also visit Cleveland next week.

If Bridgewater is still on the board at No. 26, it's unlikely that the Browns would pick Carr or McCarron ahead of him at that spot. But if Bridgewater is already selected, the Browns could address another position at No. 26 and wait until the second round (pick No. 35) to land their next QB of the future.

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Is Aldon Smith done in SF? 

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Following Aldon Smith's arrest on Sunday at the Los Angeles International Airport, another disappointing run-in with the law for San Francisco's dominant pass-rusher, word is now circulating that the former first-round pick may have played his last snap with the 49ers.

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