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Labor Deal May Include Rookie Extensions After Year 2

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There’s a real chance, I’m told, that the forthcoming labor deal will enable teams to sign prized first-round draft choices to extensions after Year 2 of their rookie-scale deals.

Players are currently eligible for such extensions after Year 3, resulting in the mega-contracts we saw over the summer for Portland’s C.J. McCollum and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and the flurry of deals (Rudy Gobert, Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, etc.) we just witnessed on Halloween.

Source: Marc Stein of ESPN

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Magic Forward Aaron Gordon Misses Game With Concussion

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Orlando leading scorer Aaron Gordon missed Saturday’s 117-110 loss to the Hawks because of a concussion, further draining the short-handed Magic.

The 6-foot-9 Gordon, averaging 18.5 points per game, was injured Friday as the Magic lost to Denver. Mario Hezonja started in Gordon’s spot Saturday night.

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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76ers’ Robert Covington Injured After Diving into stands

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Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington was helped off the court by two teammates after crashing into the stands alongside the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench with 1:08 remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday night.

Covington was diving to save a loose ball.

Source: ESPN

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Pacers End Cavs 13-Game Winning Streak

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With the Cavaliers’ franchise-record-tying 13-game winning streak ending with a 106-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, the biggest disappointment in Cleveland’s postgame locker room stemmed from news that weather issues would delay the team flight home, not the defeat.

If anything, the loss provided Cleveland a chance to reflect on the team it has become in the last 3 ½ weeks, going from a 5-7 record to holding the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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