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Cavs’ J.R. Smith Returns to Lineup in Loss to Pistons

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith returned Thursday night against the Detroit Pistons in his first game since fracturing the thumb on his right shooting hand in December.

Smith came of the bench and played 19 minutes in the Cavs’ 106-101 loss. “I felt good,” Smith said. “Just trying to get used to running up and down the floor again. But I felt better than I thought I was going to be. My shots were short and didn’t fall so I just tried to make an impact on the defensive end when I was out there.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Pistons Exercise Team Option to Keep Reggie Bullock

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The Pistons retained wing Reggie Bullock by exercising their team option for an economical $2.5 million for next season. It was a predictable outcome for Bullock, who had a breakout season with career highs of 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 44.5 percent on 3-pointers — which ranked second in the NBA — last season.

Source: The Detriot News via HoopsHype

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Nets, Shabazz Napier Agree to Deal

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Free-agent guard Shabazz Napier has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told ESPN.

The deal includes a team option on the second year, league sources said.

Napier’s pro career blossomed in the past two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he averaged a career-best 8.7 points and 20 minutes a game last year.

Napier, 27, will join a guard rotation for the Nets that includes D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Cavaliers, Channing Frye Agree to Deal

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Free agent Channing Frye has agreed to a one-year, $2.4M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell Yahoo.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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