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Caron Butler Aims to Make Difference for Pistons

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(Caron) Butler, targeted by (Stan) Van Gundy early in free agency as not only a talented player but a disciple for his message in the locker room, says opposing players are going to see that in this year’s Pistons.

That’s exactly what Van Gundy had in mind when he wasted little time once free agency opened in letting Butler know he was wanted – and needed – by the Pistons.

“He reached out to me immediately and told me he’d love to have me,” he said. “The opportunity to play quality minutes and be a mentor to these guys, share my experiences and get us over the hump was big.”

via Keith Langlois of NBA.com/Pistons

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Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension

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San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener

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LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.

James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.

Source: USA Today Sports

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Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension

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Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.

Source: Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune

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