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Pelicans, Thunder Pay Tribute to Monty Williams Loss

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Thunder star Kevin Durant blinked back tears during an emotional morning shootaround interview as he talked about the loss of Ingrid Williams, the wife of assistant coach Monty Williams who died following a Tuesday evening car crash. “Just love Coach Monty so much, man,” Durant said. “I feel for him, man. It’s somebody we all love.”

The Thunder forward joined his teammates for a moment of silence for Ingrid Williams before their 121-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night, hours after he strained to compose himself when expressing his condolences to Monty Williams for a tragedy he referred to as something “I just don’t understand.”

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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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