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Thu Oct 3 201919:40Gasol has new team and new role, mentor to young BlazersZach CollinsPFTrailblazersFree Agent
Tim DuncanFree Agent
Pau GasolCTrailblazersFree Agent
Enes KanterCCelticsFree Agent
Skal LabissierePF/CHawksFree Agent
Jusuf NurkicCTrailblazersFree Agent
Hassan WhitesideCTrailblazersFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Pau Gasol is already having an impact in Portland without even taking the court: The 7-foot Spaniard has become something of a mentor for the younger Trail Blazers.What a mentor to have.He’s a six-time All Star and one of just four players with over 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks in his career, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. He’s got a pair of NBA championship rings from a stint with the Lakers.About to embark on his 19th NBA season, Gasol is hoping for a fresh start with the Blazers. He came to Portland as a free agent in the offseason but he’s been limited at the start of training camp as he makes his way back from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.Gasol played just three games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season before the surgery. The Bucks signed him in March after he reached a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs. In total, he played in just 30 games last season,... [More]
Thu Oct 3 201915:10Wizards backup center Mahinmi joins growing list of injuredC.J. MilesSFWizardsFree Agent
Troy BrownSFWizardsFree Agent
Ian MahinmiCWizardsFree Agent
Isaiah ThomasPGClippersFree Agent
John WallPGWizardsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards backup center Ian Mahinmi will miss the start of the regular season because of a strained right Achilles tendon, joining the team’s long list of injured players.The Wizards said Thursday that Mahinmi “will be treated conservatively” and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.Washington is currently holding training camp. Its first regular-season game is Oct. 23 at Dallas.Wizards point guard John Wall is expected to miss most, if not all, of the season because of a ruptured Achilles tendon.Other injured Wizards include Isaiah Thomas, Troy Brown Jr. and C.J. Miles.___More AP NBA: and
Tue Oct 1 201902:53NBA referees aim to make traveling take a walkGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden slides sideways or steps backward, and the screaming starts.Whether seated on the opposing bench or on a stool in a sports bar, somebody is insisting that Harden must have traveled between the time he finished dribbling and launched his shot from a different spot. Traveling will be an emphasis this season for officials, who are determined not to allow offensive players to gain an extra edge by taking an extra step.Scoring stars like Harden already got an advantage once hand-checking on the perimeter was no longer legal, so they can't be given another one."If we can't allow people to hand check, we can't allow them to travel because then they're almost unguardable," vice president of referee operations Mark Wunderlich said.That said, most times when Harden does his signature step-back, he doesn't travel."It is legal, except for the fact that he gets a third step in every now and then when his rhythm is just off, which shows you the highlight of how difficu... [More]
Tue Oct 1 201901:34Chris Paul happy to return to NBA roots in Oklahoma CityPaul GeorgeSGClippersFree Agent
Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderSGThunderFree Agent
Chris PaulPGThunderFree Agent
Andre RobersonSFThunderFree Agent
Dennis SchroderPGThunderFree Agent
Steven AdamsCThunderFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGRocketsFree Agent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chris Paul is happy to be back where his professional career began.Paul started his career in Oklahoma City with the Hornets when they relocated after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was rookie of the year during the 2005-06 season, the first of two years he spent in Oklahoma City.Now he's 34, a nine-time All-Star who came back to where it all started by way of a trade that sent Thunder cornerstone Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange.Paul still has fond memories of the community that welcomed him to the NBA."The people here, the fans here, make this city what it is," he said. "It's crazy. Our life comes full circle. Now I have two kids. To bring them out here — they came out here this weekend to see me, them and my wife — it's cool to give them perspective because it changes."Paul, who averaged 15.6 points and 8.2 assists last season, said he holds no resentment toward the Rockets for trading him. He still feels he has plenty left to offer, and... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201922:14Mitchell and Conley pairing could give Jazz offense a liftBojan BogdanovicSFJazzFree Agent
Mike ConleyPGJazzFree Agent
Ed DavisCJazzFree Agent
Rudy GobertCJazzFree Agent
Jeff GreenPFRocketsFree Agent
Joe InglesPFJazzFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
Emmanuel MudiayPGJazzFree Agent
Royce O'NealeSFJazzFree Agent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah changed the entire dynamic of its backcourt after acquiring veteran point guard Mike Conley from the Memphis Grizzlies in July. Will it be enough to turn the Jazz into an NBA championship contender?That's what Utah is banking on heading into the 2019-20 season. Conley joins rising star Donovan Mitchell to form what could be one of the league's more potent backcourt duos in the season ahead.Mitchell averaged 23.8 points and 4.2 assists in his second season, but struggled at times with his scoring efficiency. Conley promises to relieve some of the playmaking burden that Mitchell felt at times as an NBA sophomore."Mike Conley is an elite point guard," Quin Snyder said at the team's media day on Monday. "When I say elite that manifests in a lot of different ways. Certainly on the court, some of the things he does and the feel he has for the game and for players around him is really unique. He impacts the game."Conley is one of the league's most efficient point ... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201921:53Mitchell and Conley pairing could give Jazz offense a liftBojan BogdanovicSFJazzFree Agent
Mike ConleyPGJazzFree Agent
Ed DavisCJazzFree Agent
Rudy GobertCJazzFree Agent
Jeff GreenPFRocketsFree Agent
Joe InglesPFJazzFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
Emmanuel MudiayPGJazzFree Agent
Royce O'NealeSFJazzFree Agent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah changed the entire dynamic of its backcourt after acquiring veteran point guard Mike Conley from the Memphis Grizzlies in July. Will it be enough to turn the Jazz into an NBA championship contender?That's what Utah is banking on heading into the 2019-20 season. Conley joins rising star Donovan Mitchell to form what could be one of the league's more potent backcourt duos in the season ahead.Mitchell averaged 23.8 points and 4.2 assists in his second season, but struggled at times with his scoring efficiency. Conley promises to relieve some of the playmaking burden that Mitchell felt at times as an NBA sophomore."Mike Conley is an elite point guard," Quin Snyder said at the team's media day on Monday. "When I say elite that manifests in a lot of different ways. Certainly on the court, some of the things he does and the feel he has for the game and for players around him is really unique. He impacts the game."Conley is one of the league's most efficient point ... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201920:53Porzingis that much closer to return, preps for Mavs debutSeth CurrySGMavericksFree Agent
Luka DoncicSGMavericksFree Agent
Tim HardawaySFMavericksFree Agent
Boban MarjanovicCMavericksFree Agent
Dirk NowitzkiPFMavericksFree Agent
Kristaps PorzingisPFMavericksFree Agent
Dennis SmithPGKnicksFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis can now count in days what he once couldn't even really count at all: his return to the court for a real game for the first time since a knee injury nearly 20 months ago.The 7-foot-3 Latvian preparing for his debut with the Dallas Mavericks might even be willing to count the first preseason game for his new team, in about a week.That Porzingis will be doing all that with new Euro sidekick and reigning rookie of the year Luka Doncic as the Mavericks move on from 21 seasons with German superstar Dirk Nowitzki makes it all the more interesting for a club that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2016."I can't even explain in words how excited I am," said Porzingis, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in what ended up being his final game with the New York Knicks on Feb. 6, 2018. "It's been a long time."On media day Monday — the first without Nowitzki since 1997 — coach Rick Carlisle wasn't ready for any playoff proclamations for a f... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201920:34Tight-knit Timberwolves relishing fresh startRobert CovingtonPFRocketsFree Agent
Jeff TeaguePGHawksFree Agent
Karl-Anthony TownsCTimberwolvesFree Agent
Andrew WigginsSFWarriorsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The tension that the Minnesota Timberwolves lugged into last season has been long stamped out, replaced by talk of creating culture, establishing process and building relationships under a new regime.This team will be flying under the radar in the star-bursting Western Conference, facing a steep climb to the fringe of the playoff picture after finishing in 11th place in 2018-19. How much impact a fully healthy roster, an upbeat mood and a modernized on-court strategy will ultimately have on performance remains a mystery, but for now it's clear at least that these players have been enjoying each other's company.Whether through a trip to the Bahamas led by center Karl-Anthony Towns or the well-attended informal workouts on the court at team headquarters, the Timberwolves didn't have to share how-they-spent-their-summer-vacation stories when they showed up on Monday for the start of training camp. They spent so much of the offseason together they already knew the deta... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201920:13Pelicans' Williamson: Turning pro has been 'crazy and fun'Nickeil Alexander-WalkerPG/SGPelicansFree Agent
Lonzo BallPGPelicansFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
Josh HartSGPelicansFree Agent
Jaxson HayesCPelicansFree Agent
Jrue HolidaySGPelicansFree Agent
Brandon IngramSFPelicansFree Agent
Zion WilliamsonPFPelicansFree Agent
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson has thoroughly enjoyed his jet-setting, appearance-making first offseason as a pro.The Pelicans' top overall draft choice suspects he'll like his first training camp even more."It's been crazy and fun. Always on the move," Williamson said Monday of the months since he left Duke for the NBA. "I think when people look at what I'm doing, they'd say it's very stressful, but I'm having fun with it."Bouncing from city to city, sitting in three-, four-hour meetings, listening to people trying to pitch you on their company. It's a lot, and only having like an hour or two to try to get in the gym and then hop back on a plane and go somewhere else," Williamson continued. "But for now that part has slowed down a lot. ... For now, it's just focusing on the Pelicans."In recent weeks, Williamson has increasingly been working out at Pelicans headquarters with trainers, focusing on core strength exercises and flexibility more so than traditional weights. David Gr... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201919:33Blazers welcome new faces for 50th anniversary seasonKent BazemoreSGKingsFree Agent
Pau GasolCTrailblazersFree Agent
Maurice HarklessPFKnicksFree Agent
Enes KanterCCelticsFree Agent
Meyers LeonardCHeatFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Jusuf NurkicCTrailblazersFree Agent
Anthony TolliverPFGrizzliesFree Agent
Evan TurnerPGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Hassan WhitesideCTrailblazersFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers have a number of new players for Portland's 50th anniversary season— and a new resolve after their playoff run last spring.Joining the well-established backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum on Portland's roster are such offseason acquisitions as Hassan Whiteside, Pau Gasol and Kent Bazemore. The Blazers open preseason camp on Tuesday."I feel like it's coming together, naturally," Lillard said Monday at the team's media day. "Being together for some weeks now and playing pickup has just been cool. I think the environment that we've created over the years, guys come in and it's easy to get comfortable with it. I think that's what's happening."Last season the Blazers finished 53-29 and clinched the third seed in the Western Conference, earning home court for the first round — and a series with the Thunder. Portland wrapped that series up in five games, capped by Lillard's memorable walk-off 3-pointer, and advanced to the conference final... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201919:13Pistons' Casey says he'll be cognizant of Griffin's workloadAndre DrummondCCavaliersFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFPistonsFree Agent
Reggie JacksonPGClippersFree Agent
Joe JohnsonSFPistonsFree Agent
Markieff MorrisPFLakersFree Agent
Derrick RosePGPistonsFree Agent
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Blake Griffin worked so hard to lift the Detroit Pistons to the playoffs, then couldn't contribute as much once they were there.That's what coach Dwane Casey would like to avoid this season."I've said too many times, being from Kentucky, we rode him like a cheap horse last year," Casey said at media day Monday. "If we didn't, I don't think we would have made the playoffs, because he was that special to us, but again, with addition of some other talented guys on our team, hopefully we don't have to use him as much. I'm not going to put that in concrete, but I have to be smarter as far as the usage, because he takes a beating."Griffin averaged 35.0 minutes per game last season, his most since 2014-15, while also achieving the highest scoring average (24.5) of his career. He played 75 regular-season games, his most since 2013-14, but he missed two of the four games when the Pistons were swept by Milwaukee in the first round of the playoffs.Griffin ended up hav... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201919:04Age is just a number for new Cavaliers coach BeileinMatthew DellavedovaPGCavaliersFree Agent
Darius GarlandPGCavaliersFree Agent
LeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
Kevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
Larry NancePFCavaliersFree Agent
Collin SextonSGCavaliersFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — John Beilein was out of bed before the sun came up and on his treadmill before 6 a.m. Monday.The oldest, first-time, non-interim coach in NBA history was too excited about his new job with the Cleveland Cavaliers to sleep in."This is great," the 66-year-old Beilein said, surveying the media day scene at Cleveland Clinic Courts. "I'm thrilled to be in this position. College basketball has been so good to me, but I just love this new change in my personal life."I'm not concerned about anything, I'm optimistic. We're going to have this incredible mindset all year long and we're going to represent the Cavaliers' history."Beilein took a leap of faith on May 13, signing a multiyear contract with Cleveland after spending 12 seasons — with two national championship game appearances — at Michigan.He compiled an 829-468 record in 41 years at the college level and is one of 14 coaches to take four Division I schools to the NCAA Tournament (Michigan, West Virginia, ... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201919:04Bulls set sights on making big jump to playoffsWendell CarterCBullsFree Agent
Kris DunnPGBullsFree Agent
Luke KornetPF/CBullsFree Agent
Zach LaVineSGBullsFree Agent
Lauri MarkkanenPFBullsFree Agent
Otto PorterSFBullsFree Agent
Denzel ValentineSGBullsFree Agent
Coby WhitePGBullsFree Agent
Thaddeus YoungPFBullsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The way John Paxson sees it, the Chicago Bulls are ready to contend for a playoff spot.The team's top basketball executive made that clear Monday as the Bulls reported for their first training camp under coach Jim Boylen."We think we can compete," Paxson said. "And when you compete at a high level, you have the ability to be a playoff-caliber team. We set that as a goal."Playoffs? Bulls?They insist it's a possibility coming off an injury-riddled season in which they posted one of the worst records in franchise history at 22-60.That will hinge largely on promising core players Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. staying healthy and taking their games to a higher level. The Bulls also believe they set themselves up for bigger things with the moves they made in the offseason.They signed veteran forward Thaddeus Young to a $41 million, three-year contract. They also gave point guard Kris Dunn some competition after he took a step back last ... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201918:53Giannis, Bucks look to be last team standing at season's endGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Thanasis AntetokounmpoSFBucksFree Agent
Dragan BenderPFWarriorsFree Agent
Malcolm BrogdonPGPacersFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Kyle KorverSFBucksFree Agent
Robin LopezCBucksFree Agent
Wesley MatthewsSGBucksFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGRocketsFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Expectations for Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have never been higher.After leading the Bucks to a league-best 60 wins in the regular season and losing to the NBA champion Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals earlier this year, Antetokounmpo is putting his league MVP trophy on the shelf and focusing solely on taking Milwaukee to the next level."We gotta focus on ourselves, which is getting better each day, competing in practice so you can carry over to the game, and just build that winning culture, the great habits that we built last year," Antetokounmpo said. "If we do that, we're going to be one of the teams that will be the last one standing. That's our goal."Antetokounmpo, who is entering his seventh season with the Bucks, had the busiest offseason of this career. He had new press obligations after winning the MVP, launched his signature shoe with Nike, and played on the Greek national team in the FIBA World Cup. Somewhere along the way, Antet... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201918:34Celtics vow to move past last year's disappointing seasonJaylen BrownSGCelticsFree Agent
Gordon HaywardSFCelticsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
LeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
Enes KanterCCelticsFree Agent
Marcus SmartSGCelticsFree Agent
Jayson TatumPFCelticsFree Agent
Daniel TheisCCelticsFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGCelticsFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Change is everywhere for the Boston Celtics this season. And it's noticeable in many ways, big and small.Point guard Kyrie Irving is gone and has been replaced by another All-Star in Kemba Walker.The spot in the middle of Boston's offense that once belonged to Al Horford will now be occupied by free-agent pickup Enes Kanter.Some returning players the Celtics do have even literally look different in some cases. Fourth-year guard Jaylen Brown's trademark flat top haircut? It's gone, too, and replaced by a sleeker, low-cut style."It is a fresh start. We all see Jaylen Brown's hair, right?" Marcus Smart joked during the Celtics' media day on Monday.It's all apropos for a team that despite having All-Stars like Irving, Horford and Gordon Hayward, as well as young talent like Brown and Jayson Tatum, woefully underachieved — victims of a lack of team chemistry and public infighting.Now Boston has gone from the team that was the favorite to take over the Eastern Conference f... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201918:33Carter promises record-breaking 22nd NBA season is his lastJohn CollinsPFHawksFree Agent
Allen CrabbeSGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Kevin HuerterSGHawksFree Agent
De'Andre HunterSFHawksFree Agent
Alex LenCKingsFree Agent
Jabari ParkerPFKingsFree Agent
Cam ReddishSGHawksFree Agent
Vince CarterSFHawksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Vince Carter is on the cusp of a revered NBA career record, the most seasons ever played.He promises season No. 22 will be his last."I wouldn't let you guys say this is the last one if that wasn't the case," Carter said Monday at the Atlanta Hawks' media day. "I don't want to do that. Even if I change my mind now, for me I feel like it's too late, but no, this is it."When Carter checks into his first game — likely the Oct. 24 opener at Detroit — he will break a tie with Robert Parish, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki, all of whom played 21 years.Carter, who turns 43 in January, still can't quite comprehend what the record encompasses, but he's glad to have all of training camp and the preseason to sort out what's next."Stepping on the court to make it official is going to be kind of crazy," he said. "When you see that list and you see that cluster of guys and you see the next number is 22 and to see me passing guys like that — I've been asked that al... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201918:24Phoenix adds talent, tries to rise in Western ConferenceAron BaynesCSunsFree Agent
Devin BookerSGSunsFree Agent
Cameron JohnsonSFSunsFree Agent
Frank KaminskyPFSunsFree Agent
Kelly OubreSFSunsFree Agent
Ricky RubioPGSunsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have the unenviable task of trying to gain ground in the NBA's Western Conference, which is once again home to several of the league's powerhouse teams.There's a young nucleus already in place. Guard Devin Booker and forward Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick one year ago, are back after productive seasons. The frustration was that the big numbers didn't lead to much winning — the Suns were last in the West with a 19-63 record.Suns general manager James Jones said it is his job to find some talent to help Booker and Ayton. In his mind, the mission has been accomplished."We just wanted to get some good players, and we've done that," Jones said during media day Monday. "We've added some maturity and we have a good mix of people."The Suns signed point guard Ricky Rubio and Frank Kaminsky. They acquired rookie Cameron Johnson and veteran Aron Baynes in trades and re-signed Kelly Oubre Jr. after he had an impressive run with the Suns last season follow... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201918:14New Warriors center Cauley-Stein sidelined for training campWillie Cauley-SteinCMavericksFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFNetsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Kevon LooneyCWarriorsFree Agent
Alen SmailagicCWarriorsFree Agent
Omari SpellmanPFTimberwolvesFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New Warriors big man Willie Cauley-Stein will be sidelined for training camp with a left foot injury, while Klay Thompson is making progress from a July 2 surgery for a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee but will be out at least until the All-Star break.General manager Bob Myers said at Monday's media day that Cauley-Stein strained his foot last week while scrimmaging. Cauley-Stein is scheduled to be reevaluated in about a month with an update on his status expected at the end of October."It's disappointing for him mostly, I know he was ready to go," Myers said at the new Chase Center, where the Warriors will begin training camp Tuesday. "You like to have new players get a chance to get acclimated in camp, so for him and obviously the coaches, myself, the whole organization, we want him to get back. The good news is he will be back. But camp is a formative time for him and his teammates. Nothing you can do, injuries are clearly a part of it. We... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201918:14Murray's return has Spurs eager to start new seasonMarco BelinelliSGSpursFree Agent
DeMarre CarrollPFRocketsFree Agent
Mike ConleyPGJazzFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
DeMar DeRozanSFSpursFree Agent
Bryn ForbesPG/SGSpursFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSGClippersFree Agent
Danny GreenSFLakersFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
LeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
Keldon JohnsonSFSpursFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
Trey LylesPFSpursFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
Dejounte MurrayPGSpursFree Agent
Tony ParkerPGHornetsFree Agent
Jakob PoeltlCSpursFree Agent
Luka SamanicPFSpursFree Agent
Lonnie WalkerSGSpursFree Agent
Quinndary WeatherspoonSGSpursFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGRocketsFree Agent
Derrick WhiteSGSpursFree Agent
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs understand how they can be overlooked in the Western Conference given the flurry of trades and free agent signings in the offseason that reshaped so many of their rivals.That doesn't mean they have to like it."We've got a lot of dogs," Spurs guard Dejounte Murray said. "A lot of dudes with chips on their shoulders. A lot of guys are ready to go and go to war against any team in the NBA."That resolve is needed if San Antonio hopes to earn its 23rd straight postseason berth under Gregg Popovich.Already long regarded as the league's strongest conference, the West got even tougher during a whirlwind first week in July.Former Spurs star Kawhi Leonard has teamed with Paul George on the Los Angeles Clippers. Anthony Davis joined LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers. Russell Westbrook is again playing alongside James Harden but this time in Houston. Utah traded for Mike Conley to pair with Donovan Mitchell.The Spurs' offseason consisted of adding De... [More]
Mon Sep 30 201918:14Magic make few roster moves, expect to win after playoff runAl-Farouq AminuPFMagicFree Agent
D.J. AugustinPGMagicFree Agent
Mo BambaCMagicFree Agent
Markelle FultzPGMagicFree Agent
Aaron GordonPFMagicFree Agent
Nikola VucevicCMagicFree Agent
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic will open training camp Tuesday with an expectation they haven't had in many years — to win.After making the NBA playoffs for the first time in seven years, the Magic brought back every rotation player including Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ros after both signed four-year contracts this summer to stay in Orlando after becoming free agents."If you look at all the teams in the past that brought back the same teams, like the Spurs, they always win," said guard D.J. Augustin. "They keep the same culture and the same chemistry. It's going to be great for our team. If we start how we finished last year, we can do amazing things this year."Under first-year coach Steve Clifford, the Magic won 22 of their last 31 regular-season games to finish 42-40, then lost in five games to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors."Just to get a taste of the playoffs was a great feeling," said forward Aaron Gordon. "We put together a great stretch after the All-Star bre... [More]
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