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Danny Ainge: No Recent Effort to Add Jimmy Butler

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Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Friday that while he had “many conversations” with the Chicago Bulls in recent years about the availability of Jimmy Butler, the two teams did not engage in trade discussions in the days before the three-time All-Star was dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.

“We knew [Butler being traded] was likely. Quite honestly, I thought that he was going to be traded last summer,” said Ainge. “He’s a terrific player.

“But we’ve had many conversations with [the Bulls] over the last couple years. We just couldn’t get anything done.”

Asked whether any of those conversations had occurred in the past week, Ainge replied, “No. No.”

Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN

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Sources: Dante Cunningham, Pelicans Agree to Deal

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Free agent forward Dante Cunningham has agreed on a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources tell The Vertical.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical on Twitter

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Magic Johnson Subpoenaed to Testify in Green Lawsuit

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Magic Johnson has been subpoenaed as a witness in a civil lawsuit accusing Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green of assault, according to court documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press.

Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations, and Green both played basketball for Michigan State, and the plaintiff played football at MSU.

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Patrick Patterson ‘Hopes’ to be Ready for Training Camp

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Patrick Patterson (knee) on if he’ll be ready for training camp: “I hope so. I would love to be out there on the court with my teammates”.

Source: Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript on Twitter

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