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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: Jimmy Butler Prefers Trade to Clippers, Interested in Knicks, Nets

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After registering a trade request with the Minnesota Timberwolves, All-Star Jimmy Butler is most interested in pursuing a future with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN.

Butler’s ability to partner on the Clippers with a second star player in a deep summer free agency market holds a strong appeal to Butler, league sources said.

The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July, and are emerging as a front-runner for Toronto’s All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard when he becomes a free agent in July, league sources said.

Butler told Minnesota president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau that he would like to be traded before reporting for Timberwolves media day on Monday and prefers the possibility of the Clippers — as well as the New York Knicks, league sources said. Butler told the Timberwolves that he planned to leave the franchise in free agency next summer, sources said.

The Brooklyn Nets’ ability to sign two max free agents in the summer will keep them in consideration for Butler, but he has prioritized the Clippers and Knicks over them, league sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Brandon Knight Had ‘clean up’ Procedure on Left Knee

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On @theathleticnba @watchstadium: Houston’s Brandon Knight underwent surgery on his left knee, considered a “clean up,” and will miss some time, per league sources.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Report: Pelicans Waive Emeka Okafor

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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has requested waivers on center Emeka Okafor.

Okafor, 6-10, 252, appeared in 26 regular season games last season with New Orleans after signing with the team on February 3, 2018 and finished the season with averages of 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.

Source: New Orleans Pelicans

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