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Pistons’ Gbinije Hopes to Play for Nigerian National Team

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Detroit Pistons rookie Michael Gbinije isn’t the first All-American in his family, but he could be the first Olympian.

He’s also working for a spot on the Pistons permanent roster in the fall and a spot on the Nigerian National Team at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio.

“My first responsibility is to the Pistons, but if it happens that would be wonderful,” he said. “Definitely looking forward to it; right now it’s not 100% if I’m going to do it or not, but I want to do it. I have to qualify and who doesn’t want to play in the Olympics?”

Source: Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press

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76ers to Workout Kevin Knox, Zhaire Smith for Second Time

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Philadelphia 76ers Pre-Draft Workout (6.19.18)

WHAT:

Philadelphia 76ers Pre-Draft Workouts – Media Availability

SCHEDULED PARTICIPANTS:

11:00 A.M. Group Workout:

G-F B.J. Johnson (La Salle)

G De’Anthony Melton (USC)

G Tyler Nelson (Fairfield)

G Malik Newman (Kansas)

G Landry Shamet (Wichita State)

G Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech)

1:00 P.M. Workout:

F Kevin Knox (Kentucky)

Source: Philadelphia 76ers

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Sources: Jamal Crawford Declines Player Option with Timberwolves

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford has declined his $4.5 million player option for next season and will become a free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Crawford, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year, will become one of the top reserve scorers on the open market after facing Monday’s deadline to decide on his option.

In his 18th NBA season, Crawford averaged 10.3 points and 20.7 minutes in 80 contests, marking his 16th consecutive year that he scored in double figures per game. He joined the Timberwolves on a two-year contract last offseason and served as a veteran leader for the franchise’s first playoff season since 2004.

Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports

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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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