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Source: NBA Finals Coverage May be Split

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In a twist, the NBA may look to split up the NBA Finals between the two media companies, so that the championship round games would air on channels belonging to both, the people familiar with the matter said. That could take various forms: The networks could alternate Finals coverage each year, or carve up the Finals—played as the best-of-seven—in a given year.

Currently, the Finals air entirely on Disney’s ABC broadcast network, but Turner is pushing to get a piece of the coverage, the people said. Disney wants to maintain sole rights to the Finals, and the NBA can’t offer up those rights to anyone else in the short term without Disney’s consent, one person familiar with the matter said. The league could only do so if it fails to reach a new deal with Disney, a process that could stretch well into next year, the person said.

via Sharon Terlep and Amol Sharma of The Wall Street Journal

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Sources: Tom Thibodeau Tried to Convince Jimmy Butler to Rejoin Team

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Minnesota Timberwolves President/Coach Tom Thibodeau met with All-Star forward Jimmy Butler on Monday and tried to convince him to eventually rejoin the team in the preseason, league sources tell ESPN. Butler is sitting out, awaiting the organization to honor his trade request.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Report: Bogdan Bogdanovic Out 4-6 Weeks after Surgery on Left Knee

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Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee today in New York City. Performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the procedure was successful and Bogdanovic is expected to be on track for game action in approximately 4-6 weeks.

Source: Sacramento Kings

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Sources: HEAT Aggressive in Pursuit of Jimmy Butler

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So far, Pat Riley and Miami have been as aggressive as any team in pursuit of a Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota, league sources tell ESPN. Ownership still prefers to find a deal by early this week, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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