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Sources: No Tampering Found Between Lakers’ Brian Shaw, Paul George

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George said Wednesday that the Indiana Pacers suspected his relationship with Los Angeles Lakers associate head coach Brian Shaw constituted tampering over the summer, but the NBA’s investigation found no evidence of tampering by Shaw, multiple sources told ESPN.

“They thought it was tampering,” George said after the Thunder shootaround before their game in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). “There was no tampering at all. It was kind of crazy. Our relationship, myself and B-Shaw, was far more stronger than the team’s, me coming to the Lakers, was. B-Shaw has been a mentor for me, so it was kind of comical.

“The Pacers thought there was more depth, of him trying to recruit me. It wasn’t. The only thing me and B-Shaw ever spoke about was fishing. We challenge each other on fishing trips. B-Shaw has way, way better class than trying to recruit me.”

Shaw was the Pacers’ associate head coach early in George’s career, and the two developed a close relationship off the court that continued after Shaw left to coach the Denver Nuggets.

Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN

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Sources: Timberwolves Meet with LaMelo Ball

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Projected No. 1 pick LaMelo Ball met with the Minnesota Timberwolves, owners of the top selection in the NBA draft, on Tuesday, a source told ESPN.

The meeting, conducted in Southern California, consisted of an interview and did not feature any basketball activity. It was attended by Gersson Rosas, the Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations, and head coach Ryan Saunders, the source said.

Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN

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Sources: Knicks Open to Using Cap Space on ‘undesirable contracts’

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A note on the offseason: several teams said the Knicks are open to using their cap space to take on undesirable contracts via trade, SNY has learned.

The Knicks would presumably acquire another draft pick and young player in this kind of trade. New York has the No. 8, No. 27 and No. 38 picks in the draft.

The idea of taking a bad contract into cap space could be one of several avenues the Knicks are considering this offseason. Depending on what they decide to do with the contract options for Bobby Portis, Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock, New York could have more than $60 million in cap room in the offseason.

Source: Ian Begley of SNY.tv

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Sources: 76ers, Daryl Morey in ‘advanced talks’ on Deal

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The Philadelphia 76ers are in advanced talks on a deal to hire Daryl Morey to oversee the franchise’s basketball operations, sources tell ESPN.


A deal is expected to be finalized in the next few days, and Sixers GM Elton Brand is expected to remain in his current position, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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