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Penny Hardaway on Kawhi Leonard: ‘Not a Superstar’

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Before injuries derailed his career, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway was one of the most exciting, promising young players in the league. He made four All-Star teams and three All-NBA teams in his first six seasons with the Orlando Magic before being dealt to the Suns, where his body slowly deteriorated.

According to Hardaway, the offcourt persona is an essential part of being an NBA superstar, and that’s why he thinks San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard doesn’t deserve the title. Hardaway explained his position on Sirius XM’s NBA show, “Bottomline.” “Superstar? No. Kawhi Leonard is not a superstar because he has no interest in being the face of the league or starring in TV commercials,” Hardaway said. “He’s a good player, but I wouldn’t consider him a superstar player.”

Source: Colin Ward-Henninger of CBS Sports

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Report: Lakers, Andrew Bogut Agree to Deal

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Free agent center Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, agent David Bauman of ISE tells The Vertical.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Source: Nuggets, Mason Plumlee Agree to Deal

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Restricted free-agent center Mason Plumlee has agreed to a three-year, $41 million deal to return to the Denver Nuggets, league sources told ESPN.

Agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports and Denver president of basketball operations Tim Connelly reached agreement on the deal late Sunday night, league sources said.

With the deal, Denver was able to avoid Plumlee signing a $4.6 million qualifying offer for the 2017-18 season — which would’ve allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Timberwolves, Andrew Wiggins Expected to Finalize Extension Before Training Camp

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The Wiggins 5-years, $148M extension is expected to be done before Saturday’s 1st practice, per a chat I had w/ owner Glen Taylor. #Twolves

Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter

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