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NBA Referees to Crack Down on Groin Hits, Traveling

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NBA referees will be cracking down this season on the kind of hits to the groin area that resulted in Draymond Green’s suspension during the NBA Finals.

They also will more closely monitor traveling after complaints from coaches that players are getting away with too many steps on the perimeter. The referees were informed and instructed about those items this week during their preseason meetings and training camp.

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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Sources: Raptors Want Top-10 Pick, Interested in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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According to one league source, no one on Toronto’s roster is off limits as the Raptors pursue a top-10 pick

Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

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Sources: Rudy Gay to Decline Player Option with Spurs

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San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay is declining his 2018-19 player option to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources tell ESPN.

Gay is turning down a salary of $8.8 million in order to hit free agency.

The 31-year-old veteran signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Spurs last offseason, and the deal contained a player option on the second year.

Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN

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Sources: Clippers Prepared to Offer Tobias Harris, 12th or 13th Pick for Kawhi Leonard

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It’s also unclear if the Spurs would be willing to trade [Kawhi] Leonard to the Lakers or any other team. If they are, other teams might have more significant assets to offer, especially given that the Lakers do not have a lottery pick this year. They will select 25th in next week’s draft, a pick they got in a trade with Cleveland.

The Clippers have more to offer than the Lakers. They would be willing to create a package with forward Tobias Harris and the 12th or 13th pick in this year’s draft, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.

Source: Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times

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