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Pistons’ Van Gundy: Brandon Jennings ‘ready to go’

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Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said after today’s practice (Brandon) Jennings has made progress, is “moving a lot better” maneuvering around screens defensively and is “ready to go.” Yet with Reggie Jackson entrenched as the starting point guard and backup Steve Blake guiding solid bench production over the past three games, there is seemingly little reason to rush Jennings’ highly anticipated return and no exact date pinned.

“It’s a tough thing to weigh; it’s a dilemma a little bit,” Van Gundy said. “Brandon has looked good.

“It’s a matter of timing and when we want to go to him, but he’s ready to go I think.”

Source: Marlowe Alter of the Detroit Free Press

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Sources: NBA Investigating Free Agency Tampering

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Within days, the league opened an investigation centered on the timing of some of the earliest reported free-agency deals on June 30, sources familiar with the matter told ESPN.com. The scope of that investigation is developing. It is expected to include interviews with players and possibly agents and team employees, sources say.

The league has the power to punish teams it finds to be guilty of tampering ahead of June 30 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time — the first minute that teams are allowed to speak with representatives of free agents. It also might seek information on the timing of negotiations so that any revised free-agency calendar might better align with what is actually happening.

Source: Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst of ESPN

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Sources: Ben McLemore, Rockets Agree to Deal

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Free agent Ben McLemore has agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Houston Rockets, league source tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Report: Wizards to Offer Bradley Beal Three-Year Max Extension

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Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard will offer guard Bradley Beal a three-year, $111 million maximum contract extension upon the All-Star becoming eligible to sign on Friday, Sheppard told ESPN.

“At the very first moment allowed, we are going to offer Brad the full max extension,” Sheppard told ESPN.

Beal, 26, has until Oct. 21 to sign the extension, which would start with the 2021-22 season — a decision that agent Mark Bartelstein indicates that Beal will need time to consider.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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