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Jimmy Butler Sits Through Celtics Late Run

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Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler says he asked coach Fred Hoiberg to stay in the game to begin the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s loss to the Boston Celtics. The score was tied at 75, and the Celtics started the period on a 12-2 run without Butler on the floor.

“I told Fred not to take me out at the beginning of the fourth,” Butler said. “I wanted to play because that’s when we give up those leads, at the beginning of the fourth. Nothing against my teammates, but I think if I’m out there and I get their energy going the right way, now take me out and let me rest. But the energy’s going, the energy’s flowing. I think I got to start playing at the beginning of the fourth quarter.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Sources: NBA’s Board of Governors Pass Stricter Tampering Rules

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The NBA Board of Governors passed a stricter package of measures to enforce compliance with tampering and salary cap circumvention, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Thabo Sefolosha, Rockets Agree to Deal

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The Rockets are signing Thabo Sefolosha, league sources say

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Sources: NBA Owners to Vote on New Tampering Rules

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The NBA power brokers descending on New York this week for the league’s board of governors meeting have reacted to the league’s beefed-up anti-tampering proposal with a mix of skepticism about its potential deterrent effect and concerns of privacy.

In conversations with numerous league officials, team owners, general managers and agents, some uncertainty was expressed about the means the NBA might use to investigate alleged rules violations. Atop those concerns for team officials is what league sources insist was commissioner Adam Silver’s toughest decision in bringing new rules to a vote: an annual, random auditing of five teams’ communications with rival front offices and player agents.

In reaction to the blatant disregard of free-agent tampering rules and an angry owners meeting in July, NBA owners are faced with a vote on Friday that could reshape — even if only in mechanics — how the business of player procurement is conducted.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN

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