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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard to Return ‘sooner rather than later’

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich offered an update of sorts on the status of injured All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard.

Asked if there is “light at the end of the tunnel” for the Spurs’ linchpin player, Popovich said after shootaround Tuesday morning, “Oh, sure. He’s gonna be back sooner rather than later.”

Popovich also offered some insight on the mindset the Spurs adopted once they knew Leonard was going to be out for an extended period after he was diagnosed with right quadriceps tendinopathy, an ailment that has bothered him since last season.

The Spurs have been without Leonard since the start of the preseason. The club has yet to offer a timetable for his return, and Popovich said last week the star’s process toward recovery has been slower than expected.

Source: Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News

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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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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Bulls, Jabari Parker Agree to Deal After Bucks Rescind Qualifying Offer

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Free agent forward Jabari Parker has agreed to a two-year, $40M deal with the Chicago Bulls, league sources tell ESPN. Milwaukee rescinded Parker’s qualifying offer moments ago, making him unrestricted.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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