Why Taj Gibson doesn't mind bench role 

October, 2, 2014
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Taj Gibson would like to be the Chicago Bulls starting power forward, but that is not in the cards as management swapped Carlos Boozer (amnesty) for Pau Gasol via free agency. Gibson will still get plenty of minutes and play a valuable role for the team.

Pacers: Who starts at SG, SF? 

October, 2, 2014
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Heading into the preseason, Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel likely has an idea who will be his starting five and two of the names might be a surprise. The Pacers have lost most of the their shooting guards and small forwards due to free agency or injury, which means those two spots will likely feature newcomers Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles.

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Paul Millsap's future in the ATL 

October, 2, 2014
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The Atlanta Hawks were lucky to land power forward Paul Millsap last year as a free agent. His two-year, $19 million contract expires in June and he should garner a lot of attention. The Hawks are hoping to have him on the team for the duration of his NBA career.

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Position battle: Barton vs McCollum 

October, 2, 2014
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Heading into the 2014 preseason, the Portland Trail Blazers don't have a lot of questions as most of the 2013-14 roster has returned. The starting lineup is already set for the coming season, so the month of October will determine the four to five players who will be part of Terry Stotts' regular rotation. With that in mind, one of the preseason battles will include Will Barton vs C.J. McCollum for the backup shooting guard minutes behind starter Wesley Matthews.

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Why Al Horford is fine at center 

October, 2, 2014
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Al Horford has talked in the past about the possible shift from center to the power forward spot after playing at that position for his entire seven-year NBA career. This week, Horford was asked once again about that possible move.

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Cavs starting center: Tristan Thompson? 

October, 2, 2014
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The Cleveland Cavaliers played their annual Wine and Gold Scrimmage in front of a packed house and one player starting with the first unit was a surprise. The five consisted of SF LeBron James, PF Kevin Love, SG Dion Waiters, PG Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson at center. Will this be the starting unit when the regular season tips off at the end of the month?

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Clippers not an option for Ray Allen 

October, 2, 2014
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Free agent shooting guard Ray Allen still remains undecided if he's going to play again in the NBA or retire. Should he choose to play, one team that has been linked with him won't be in the mix for the 18-year NBA veteran. That team is the Los Angeles Clippers since they already have a roster full of shooting guards.

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Big improvements for MKG's offense? 

October, 1, 2014
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For the two years Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been in the NBA, the same problem has continued to haunt him and, truth be told, lower his ceiling as a player in this league. That problem, as you know, is his shooting.

MKG's unnatural shooting motion has hurt his offensive abilities, because as long as he's a non-threat from the perimeter then defenders can sag off him to stop his drives and cut off passing lanes.

But, judging by the look of MKG's new-and-improved jumper, year three could be a big one for the former Kentucky star.

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Why K.J. McDaniels is not with Sixers 

October, 1, 2014
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UPDATE: K.J. McDaniels has decided to take the second option we discussed below, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. McDaniels will sign a one-year contract for the rookie minimum of $507,336 that is not guaranteed.

McDaniels will now be a restricted free agent in 2015 and he could cash in next July if he does put up solid numbers and starts at shooting guard.
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Rookie shooting guard K.J. McDaniels, the No. 32 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, was not with the team as the began training camp on Tuesday. A representative of the teams tells Tom Moore of The Intelligencer that McDaniels' contract "hasn’t been executed" since he and the Sixers have not agreed to terms yet.

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Mavs: Jameer Nelson to start at PG? 

October, 1, 2014
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The Dallas Mavericks have three veteran point guards on the roster who have started a lot of games, which means there is plenty of competition for that spot during the preseason. The Mavs have tipped off training camp and Jameer Nelson is the first one of the three to run with the starting group, according to ESPNDallas.com.

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Will Rondo return by opening night? 

October, 1, 2014
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Rajon Rondo is currently sidelined due to the broken third metacarpal bone in his left hand. Rondo's timeline to recover from the injury is six-to eight weeks, which means he could miss the first month of the 2014-15 regular season. Rondo is hoping to return much soon than that timeline.

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Why Fisher is restricting Stoudemire 

October, 1, 2014
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The New York Knicks went through practice on Tuesday, however Amar'e Stoudemire didn't make it all the way through as head coach Derek Fisher sat the power forward for the last 30 minutes. Fisher will continue to limit Stoudemire practice time during training camp and the regular season.

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Bulls, Jimmy Butler close to a deal? 

October, 1, 2014
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The Chicago Bulls have until Oct. 31 to sign Jimmy Butler to an extension and the starting shooting guard hopes it gets done so he doesn't have wait until July as a restricted free agent. The Bulls and Butler's agent, Happy Walters, will continue the negotiations until the deadline later this month.

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Justin Hamilton's heart surgery 

October, 1, 2014
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Miami Heat center Justin Hamilton won't be available for the next three weeks after having a "minor" heart procedure on Monday. Hamilton felt "light-headedness" over the weekend during a practice and was sent to meet with the doctor.

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Rockets: Good news for Jones, Motiejunas 

October, 1, 2014
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The Houston Rockets have a full training camp roster and when it comes time late this month to name the 15-man regular season squad there are going to be some tough cuts. There has been some speculation that Donatas Motiejunas might be moved off the roster via a trade or waivers, but that is not in the cards.

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