Hawks position battle: Backup PG 

October, 21, 2014
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Most of the Atlanta Hawks playing rotation is set with one week to go until the 2014-15 NBA regular season tips off. The backup point guard position may still be up for grabs as Dennis Schroder continues to push Shelvin Mack.

Pacers: David West has 'a good sprain' 

October, 21, 2014
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David West had a MRI on Monday after he hurt his right ankle on Saturday and the Indiana Pacers received good news as it didn't reveal any structural damage.

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Wolves: Race to trade Chase Budinger? 

October, 21, 2014
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There was an item last week claiming the Minnesota Timberwolves are shopping small forward Chase Budinger since the team is loaded with wing players. Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders adamantly refuted the report, however Budinger might be the player who gets moved off the roster so the team can reach the 15-man limit by Monday's deadline.

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Greg Stiemsma lock to win final spot? 

October, 21, 2014
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The Toronto Raptors have 14 players on the preseason roster who are locks to make the regular season squad, which means the 15th spot is up for grabs between the training camp invitees with make-good contracts. One of those invitees is center Greg Stiemsma and he knows he has a fight on his hands with guard Will Cherry and forward Jordan Hamilton for the final roster spot. Between the three, Stiemsma is the favorite to make the final cut.

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Alex Len on the mend 

October, 21, 2014
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Phoenix Suns backup center Alex Len took part in Monday's practice and scrimmage, which is a good sign his broken right pinky finger is healing. Len has missed the last two weeks and he's hoping to get some game action before the preseason ends in a few days.

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Heat: Justin Hamilton's status 

October, 21, 2014
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The Miami Heat have been without forward Justin Hamilton since the start of training camp when it was determined he had a heart issue. His recovery is going well and he might be available for the start of the 2014-15 regular season next week.

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Knicks: Who starts at PF? 

October, 20, 2014
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The New York Knicks starting power forward spot is one of the positions up for grabs during the preseason and with eight days until the start of the regular season there in no favorite for the position. Andrea Bargnani likely would have landed the spot, but he's missed most of the preseason due to a hamstring injury. The other options under consideration by head coach Derek Fisher are Quincy Acy, Amar'e Stoudemire and Jason Smith.

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Tough cuts coming for Rockets 

October, 20, 2014
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All NBA teams must submit their opening 2014-15 regular season roster a week from today and one of the teams with difficult decisions are the Houston Rockets. The Rockets currently have a full 20-man preseason roster, which leaves five players to be moved off the team by Oct. 27.

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Will Warriors keep a 15th man? 

October, 20, 2014
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The Golden State Warriors appear to have 14 players under contract who are locks to make the regular season roster. The 15th roster spot is up for grabs and head coach Steve Kerr isn't sure if the team will fill that position or keep it open when the regular season starts next week.

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Kawhi Leonard’s infected eyes 

October, 20, 2014
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The San Antonio Spurs are currently without starting small forward Kawhi Leonard due to an infection that is affecting both of his eyes. According to head coach Gregg Popovich, Leonard will likely miss at least the rest of the preseason and could be unavailable for the start of the regular season next week.

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Pacers without David West 

October, 20, 2014
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Indiana Pacers starting power forward David West went down with a sprained right ankle on Saturday and his return to the active roster is uncertain. According to The Indianapolis Star, West will have an MRI on Monday to help determine the extent of the injury and a timeline to return.

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Xavier Henry's lingering knee issue 

October, 20, 2014
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Xavier Henry was hoping to finally get over all his injuries the last few years, but heading into the 2014-15 regular season the swingman is still having pain in his surgically repaired right knee.

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Tyler off to China; Lakers roster set? 

October, 20, 2014
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The Los Angeles Lakers have yet to make any cuts ahead of the NBA regular season, but they could start on Monday. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers are set to release Jeremy Tyler so he can sign a contract with a team in China.

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NBA update: Extensions and Options 

October, 20, 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. The Denver Nuggets and power forward Kenneth Faried also completed a four-year, $50 million extension.

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. Portland's Damian Lillard, Indiana's Solomon Hill, Toronto's Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas and Washington's Otto Porter Jr. and Bradley Beal, Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson as well as New York's Shane Larkin had their option picked up prior to Sunday. Yesterday Minnesota picked up the options for Anthony Bennett, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad and Sacramento did the same for Ben McLemore.

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Bynum's days with Boston numbered? 

October, 19, 2014
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The Boston Celtics pulled off a minor trade this week, when they shipped Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for Will Bynum. The move was done partly to shed salary, and it appears that Bynum's stay in Beantown will be short-lived.

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