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Jazz Alec Burks Excited to Return to Action After Injury

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This is why General Manager Dennis Lindsey told anyone who would listen that Burks’ return to the lineup — he missed most of the year after shoulder surgery — could end up being Utah’s biggest addition over the summer. And it’s worth noting that Lindsey made good on that statement, staying out of the free-agent market, clearly putting his faith in Burks’ ability to stay healthy.

“Man, I can’t wait to get back,” Burks told The Tribune last week. “I haven’t played in about nine months. It kind of feels like getting drafted all over again. Everyone’s excited and everyone’s working hard. We just want to get better on each side of the ball and keep growing together.

“Physically, Burks feels like he’s better for the experience. He’s worked long and hard over the summer to strengthen and condition his body. He was cleared for full basketball activity just over a week ago, and he feels like a better overall player.

Source: Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune

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Report: Magic Exercise Options on Markelle Fultz, Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac

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The Orlando Magic took a major step toward locking up their talented and promising young core for the foreseeable future on Monday.

By exercising their fourth-year option on forward Jonathan Isaac’s contract and their third-year options on contracts for center Mo Bamba and point guard Markelle Fultz, the Magic are now assured of having their young trio signed through the 2020-21 season. Isaac, Bamba and Fultz are all just 21 years old.

“Mo (Bamba), Markelle (Fultz) and Jonathan (Isaac) have each demonstrated a strong work ethic, while exhibiting a commitment to team values,’’ Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman said. “We look forward to exciting futures with them as part of the Magic family.’’

Source: Orlando Magic

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Report: Hasheem Thabeet to Workout with Knicks

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Former No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet is scheduled to participate in workouts with the Knicks in Westchester again this week, agent Jerry Dianis told SNY.

The Knicks may have an open spot for training camp, depending on what happens with Kris Wilkes. Wilkes had a 2-way agreement with the Knicks but, according to the New York Post, they may not end up having Wilkes on the roster.

It was first reported on Aug. 28 that Thabeet had been participating in informal 5-on-5 scrimmages alongside Knicks players, SNY learned more about the former No. 2 overall pick’s involvement with members of the team going forward.

Source: Colin Martin of SNY.tv

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Sources: NBA Sends Memo to Teams to Improve Tampering Compliance

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In an effort to prevent tampering, NBA sent memo to teams about improving compliance, @TheAthletic @Stadium has learned.

Memo proposes that a lead team ops member certify annually that it didn’t engage in impermissible free agency talks; max fine amounts raised significantly.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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