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Shaw: Bynum Will Help Pacers if Healthy

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“When Andrew (Bynum) is healthy, first and foremost, which he hasn’t been most of his career — but when he is healthy, he’ll be able to help this team out a lot because he’s a load out there on the floor,” (Pacers Coach Brian) Shaw said after he finished holding shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “He can rebound, he takes up space, he can protect the rim, he can score inside and he’s also a good passer. That’s No. 1.

“I think a lot of stuff that’s out there about him — he’s a good guy. He’s not a bad guy. I think he’s been in some situations when he hasn’t really respected the coach and the program that he’s been under. I know that in his personal life, he’s dealing with some things with his mom and so he’s kind of been a little distracted, which could be expected with what he’s dealing with.

“I think it’s a great pickup for the Pacers, in that I know what he is capable of. He was a big part of the two championships we won in ’09 and 2010, and it’s a situation where if he’s able to get healthy and get out there, he’ll help the team. If it doesn’t, they don’t lose anything by trying to briing him along.”

via Scott Agness of NBA.com/Pacers

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Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension

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San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener

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LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.

James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.

Source: USA Today Sports

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Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension

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Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.

Source: Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune

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