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OSU’s Marcus Smart Declares for NBA Draft

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(Marcus) Smart officially announced his decision to enter the NBA Draft in a reflective and candid one-on-one interview with The Oklahoman on Monday. While he insisted that he made the right decision to play with the Cowboys a second year, saying he gained life lessons and enjoyed extending relationships, Smart also lamented not staying true to himself and his game.

“A lot of times this year, I got caught up trying to be what people wanted me to be, you might say, instead of just being who I am,” Smart said. “Instead of just going out and playing basketball.”

via John Helsley of The Oklahoman

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Report: Earl Watson Fired as Suns Coach

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Phoenix coach Earl Watson has been fired, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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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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