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Miami to Raise Shaq’s No. 32 to Rafters

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The franchise’s first of three NBA championships followed two years later, and the Heat will give (Shaquille) O’Neal their version of an ultimate thank you on Thursday night when they raise his No. 32 to the rafters.

He will be the third Heat player to get such an honor, joining Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway.

“I said, ‘I promise I’m going to bring a championship here,'” O’Neal said. “And we did.”

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

Spurs Listening On Trade Offers For Kawhi Leonard

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Spurs are willing listeners on Kawhi Leonard trade proposals, but haven’t been proactive in chasing down offers, league sources tell ESPN. For now, make an offer and they’ll add it to their board. Spurs and Lakers have had no dialogue on Leonard.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Bucks Looking To Trade Down, Unloading Matthew Dellavedova

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The Bucks are pursuing trades using the no. 17 pick to dump point guard Matthew Dellavedova, who has two years and $19.2 million remaining on his contract.

Milwaukee, however, is only looking to trade down in the draft, not to use a deal as an outright salary dump.

Source: Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer

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Sources: Multiple Teams in Discussion to Acquire No. 4 Pick

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The Memphis Grizzlies are in discussions with a number of teams to trade the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, league sources tell ESPN. Any such trade would likely include forward Chandler Parsons, whose contract is considered an albatross because of his knee problems.

The Grizzlies have several potential trade partners, as the Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and LA Clippers have shown varying degrees of interest in a deal, a source told ESPN.

According to sources, the Grizzlies don’t anticipate the most serious proposals to arrive until they are on the clock Thursday, shortly before 8 p.m. ET. While contingent deals can be made earlier, the Grizzlies and other teams might want to see which prospects are available at No. 4 before deciding on a deal.

Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN

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