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Nelson: No Grudges Toward Orlando, Dallas

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Jameer Nelson wants everyone to know he’s OK.

The text messages and phone calls started flooding in once the news broke that the Dallas Mavericks were about to trade him, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, a future conditional first-round pick, a future second-round pick and a large trade exception to the Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell.

The Magic released Nelson on June 30, before the remaining $6 million of his $8 million salary for the 2014-15 season became fully guaranteed.

“I wish them nothing but the best of luck,” Nelson said. “It wasn’t a bitter situation when I left here. It wasn’t when I left Dallas. I’m not a guy who’ll hold grudges or anything. Obviously, I felt things could’ve been done different, but that’s not for me [to say]”

via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel

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Steve Ballmer: Clippers Moving to Inglewood ‘come hell or high water’

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“I love L.A. I also love my wife, by the way, but I love L.A. and I don’t want there to be any mistake about it. We want to be part of the fabric of this community,” said [Steve] Ballmer, who stepped down as Microsoft’s CEO early in 2014, shortly before he rescued the Clippers from the clutches of disgraced Donald Sterling and bought the franchise for $2 billion.

“We’re moving to Inglewood come hell or high water,” he said of a proposed arena near the site of the stadium being constructed for the Rams and Chargers. “We gotta have a house. So we’re working on a plan to get our own house. We want to get our own house. It turns out the way this works in L.A., which is much beloved to me, that if you start now you might be done in six years.” He then urged fans to contact their Assembly representative and state senator to urge approval of legislation that would accelerate the process. He probably inspired more than a few emails and phone calls.

Source: Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times

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Sources: Rockets, Bruno Caboclo Agree to Deal

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Free agent forward Bruno Caboclo, Houston have reach an agreement, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: Rockets Waive R.J. Hunter

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Sources: The Houston Rockets have waived former Celtics first-round pick R.J. Hunter, who was on a two-way deal.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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