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Kings’ Coach Joerger on Lineup: ‘We’re Going Small’

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Big isn’t always better. Just ask Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger, who’s ready to make wholesale changes after the team’s 4-9 start to the season.

“I’ve seen enough,” Joerger told reporters after the Kings’ 121-115 loss to the LA Clippers on Friday night. “We’re going to play small.”

That means moving DeMarcus Cousins, who had 38 points and 13 rebounds, to center and surrounding him with smaller players. Kosta Koufos, who started at center on Friday, did not play in the second half vs. the Clippers.

Along with sliding Cousins to center, Joerger inserted point guard Darren Collison to play alongside Ty Lawson, and he moved Arron Afflalo to small forward and Rudy Gay to power forward.

Source: Associated Press

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Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans

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Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.

Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

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Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight

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Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Joel Embiid Still Not Cleared for Back-to-Back Games

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he has not been cleared to play back-to-back games and does not expect to be in the lineup Saturday at Toronto.

Embiid was in the starting lineup for the home opener Friday night against the Boston Celtics, scoring 11 points to go along with 14 rebounds in 28 minutes as Philadelphia lost 102-92. Asked after Friday’s game if he was OK with not playing Saturday night, Embiid replied, “Um I’m not OK with it but we have a plan in place and we have to follow it.”

Source: ESPN

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