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Sources: Rick Pitino Interested in Return to NBA

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Rick Pitino has turned down an offer to return as president and coach of Panathinaikos, the franchise he led to a Greek League championship this season, Pitino told ESPN on Friday.

The Naismith Hall of Fame coach said he wants to return to the full-time pursuit of a job in the NBA — as a coach or in a player personnel or advisory role.

Pitino led Panathinaikos to a Greek Cup title, completing a 15-0 season. The team was 7-0 when he arrived. Pitino also led the team into postseason play in the EuroLeague playoffs.

Pitino, 66, won NCAA titles at Kentucky and Louisville, reached seven Final Fours and claimed conference titles in the Big East, SEC and ACC. His career has also been marred by scandals that led to his demise at Louisville, where a national title and two Final Four appearances were vacated. He was fired in 2018.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Kyle Korver, Bucks Agree to Deal

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Free-agent guard Kyle Korver has agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, his agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, told ESPN.

Korver labored over a decision between the Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, but his history and relationship with coach Mike Budenholzer played a significant role in his ultimate choice, league sources said.

The 38-year-old Korver played three-plus seasons under Budenholzer in Atlanta and was an All-Star there in 2015.

According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the Bucks will incur a $1.6 million cap hit on Korver’s deal. The Phoenix Suns, who waived Korver earlier this month, will receive a $559,000 set-off on the $3.4 million they owe him.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Frank Mason III, Bucks Agree to Two-Way Deal

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Guard Frank Mason III has agreed to a two-way NBA contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell
@TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Wizards to Name Tommy Sheppard Full-Time General Manager

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Sources at @TheAthleticDC: All indications point to Wizards interim GM Tommy Sheppard getting the full-time GM job, though no contract has been formalized yet. An official announcement from the team could come within the next week.

Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

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