Kawhi Leonard's uncertain return 

October, 23, 2014
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The San Antonio Spurs are currently without Kawhi Leonard due to an infection that is affecting both of his eyes and head coach Gregg Popovich isn't sure when he'll get his starting small forward back for game action.

Ben McLemore won't rush to hire agent 

October, 23, 2014
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During the 2013 pre-draft process many NBA executives with picks in the lottery (Nos. 1-14) were displeased with Ben McLemore's lack of conditioning. For that reason he slipped a bit to the Sacramento Kings at No. 7. Most of them blamed the people around him for the bad advice and poor workouts. Eventually he hired Rodney Blackstock of Rivals Sports to represent him, but Blackstock is no longer his agent.

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Considering that Percy Harvin was averaging just 6.6 touches per game with the Seattle Seahawks, he surely is hoping to be granted a much larger role on offense with the New York Jets. However, coach Rex Ryan downplayed expectations for Harvin in his debut this weekend against the Buffalo Bills.

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Nuggets shopping Quincy Miller? 

October, 23, 2014
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The Denver Nuggets, as expected, began to reduce their preseason roster on Wednesday as general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly placed forward Jerrelle Benimon and forward Marcus Williams on waivers. The Nuggets now have 16 players under contract, which leaves one more to be moved off the roster.

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Why Sixers may keep JaKarr Sampson 

October, 23, 2014
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The Philadelphia 76ers could begin to trim their roster on Friday and one player who could make it tough on general manager Sam Hinkie and head coach Brett Brown is small forward JaKarr Sampson. The St. John's product has impressed going back to the Orlando Summer League and through the preseason schedule and that gives him a chance to make the opening night squad.

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Spencer Dinwiddie's expected debut 

October, 23, 2014
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The Detroit Pistons liked Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie enough that they used the No. 38 pick in the 2014 NBA draft to select him. Dinwiddie has been recovering from a torn ACL since January and he'll finally get to play in a game as the Pistons complete the 2014 preseason schedule on Thursday against Philadelphia.

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NBA update: Extensions and Options 

October, 23, 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. The recent additions to this group come from Oklahoma City as the Thunder picked up the options for Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb on Wednesday.

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Bigger workload for Bradshaw in Week 8? 

October, 22, 2014
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No matter which scale you're looking at -- real life or fantasy football -- Ahmad Bradshaw has measured up as one of the best running backs in the NFL over the first half of the season. What's more impressive is that he's done so -- averaging 4.8 yards per carry, hauling in 24 catches and going for seven touchdowns -- despite splitting time in the backfield with Trent Richardson.

So why might the 28-year-old veteran have one of his biggest games of the season against Pittsburgh this weekend? Several reasons.

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Any chance RG III plays on MNF? 

October, 22, 2014
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It has been five weeks since Robert Griffin III dislocated his ankle on Sept. 15, and as Washington is set to roll with Colt McCoy as its starting quarterback on Monday night against Dallas, rumors have started to swirl that RG III may return to the field and play this week. Is there any chance of that actually happening?

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Updated Tomas sweepstakes 

October, 22, 2014
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Free agent Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is still getting courted by several major league teams, but there may be a frontrunner emerging from the interested pack.

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Yankees pitching staff in flux? 

October, 22, 2014
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The New York Yankees have $168 million in salary dedicated to just 10 players going into 2015, and that's before they make any free agent signings to replace the likes of Derek Jeter in their lineup for next season.

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Burnett to return for 2015? 

October, 22, 2014
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While retirement may yet end up the option that pitcher A.J. Burnett chooses to take, the door still remains open for the 37-year-old to return to the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2015 season.

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Celtics: Ainge shopping Will Bynum 

October, 22, 2014
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Will Bynum, acquired last week from the Detroit Pistons, will never wear a Boston Celtics uniform. The Celtics have no need for another point guard, so until rosters have to be set on Monday, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is trying to find a new home for the point guard.

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Joakim Noah's lingering knee pain 

October, 22, 2014
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Joakim Noah has been dealing with sore feet -- plantar fasciitis -- for several years and while that is currently not a problem, he is now dealing with a sore left knee. A source tells the Chicago Sun-Times that Noah may have to deal with pain for all of 2014-15. Noah had a "minor" procedure in May to fix an issue with the knee, but that may not have been enough.

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Griz: Dave Joerger's starting five 

October, 22, 2014
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When training camp started the Memphis Grizzlies had two open starting positions -- shooting guard and small forward -- as far as the media knew. Well, the regular season starts next week and on Tuesday head coach Dave Joerger finally revealed his first unit.

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