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LeBron James: 2018 Brooklyn First-Rounder ‘might not even be that good’

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For LeBron James, the Nets’ 2018 first-round draft pick was not the centerpiece of what the Cavaliers received in return for Kyrie Irving.

“It might not even be that good of a pick,” James told cleveland.com.

The Cavs traded Irving to the Boston Celtics Aug. 22 for two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ first rounder. A week later, the Celtics added a 2020 second-round pick from Miami for the Cavs.

The Nets’ pick is so highly coveted because the upcoming draft is expected to be deep, and Brooklyn has been one of the league’s worst teams. The Nets ended up with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, but the Celtics owned that pick, too, and ultimately traded it to the Philadelphia 76ers.

There is plenty of time for things to turn south for Brooklyn, which finished with the worst record in the NBA last year. The Nets have already lost Jeremy Lin for the season to a knee injury. Nevertheless, they currently share the same record (3-2) as the Cavs.

Source: Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com

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Paul Millsap Returns to Practice, Return Still Unknown

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Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap on Wednesday returned to his first full practice since undergoing left wrist surgery in November. Although Millsap said it felt good to be back with his teammates, he stopped short of putting an exact date on when he’ll return to game action.

“Hopefully pretty soon,” Millsap told reporters, according to the Denver Post. “It feels good now. We’ll see how it feels in the morning or after [Thursday’s] practice, and we’ll go from there. My intention was to come right back after the All-Star break and get into it, but we have to be smart about it. This was my first practice today, full contact, and I have to be smart about my wrist and my body.”

Source: ESPN

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Mark Cuban Fined $600K for ‘Tanking’ Comments

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $600,000 by the NBA for saying his team should tank this season.

Cuban called tanking “brutal” but acknowledged that he told his team that it would be best to lose for the rest of the 2017-18 season. Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement that the fine was for “for public statements detrimental to the NBA.”

Source: ESPN

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LeBron on Potential Playoff Reseeding: ‘Let’s not get too crazy’

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Fresh off being named MVP of the NBA All-Star Game played in a reimagined format that seemingly reinvigorated the February festivities, LeBron James urged the league to pump the brakes when it comes to potential changes to the playoffs.

“It’s cool to mess around with the All-Star Game — we proved you can do that — but let’s not get too crazy about the playoffs,” James said after Cleveland Cavaliers practice Wednesday. “You have Eastern Conference and you have Western Conference. You have Eastern Conference champions, you have guys from the Eastern Conference that win the big dance and sometimes you have it from the West as well.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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