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Sources: Spurs, Gregg Popovich Expected to Agree to Three-Year Deal

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Once Gregg Popovich formally commits to return for his 24th season as San Antonio Spurs coach, he’s expected to sign a three-year contract that will keep him as the highest-paid coach in the NBA, league sources told ESPN.

A Popovich contract extension has been a foregone conclusion for months, but the deal won’t change the fact that he will continue to take his coaching future year to year, league sources said. Spurs ownership believes he’s entitled to manage his future the way he wants, sources said.

Popovich, 70, told reporters on Monday that he was negotiating a new contract and suggested that he would see them again in the fall. His five-year contract ended with the Spurs’ Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Popovich will coach Team USA in the FIBA World Cup in China in September and in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. There’s a belief that he could use the Olympics as a final coaching act, but that remains unclear.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Lakers Granted Disabled Player Exception for DeMarcus Cousins

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The Lakers have been granted a disabled player exception worth $1.75M from the NBA for the expected season-ending ACL injury to DeMarcus Cousins, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. It expires on March 10, 2020.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Report: Isaiah Thomas Out Six-to-Eight Weeks after Left Thumb Surgery

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Washington, D.C. – Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas underwent successful surgery to repair a rupture of the radial collateral ligament of his left thumb today. The injury occurred during routine workouts on Monday. Thomas is expected to miss 6-8 weeks before returning to action.

“This was an unfortunate setback for Isaiah, but with his resolve and the top care he will receive from our medical team, we expect him to make a full recovery,” said Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard. “In the meantime, he will continue to mentor our young guards and have a positive impact on the team as we start training camp.”

The procedure was performed this morning by Dr. Curtis Henn with assistance by Wizards Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih at MedStar.

Thomas was signed as a free agent by the Wizards on July 6.

Source: Washington Wizards

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Sources: Multiple Veteran Free Agents to Attend Rockets’ Mini Camp

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Source: Terrence Jones, Nick Young, and Luc Mbah a Moute will be among the players in Vegas for the Rockets’ minicamp.


Source: Corey Brewer and Raymond Felton will also be at #Rockets’ minicamp too.

So Brewer and Mbah A Moute, two former Rockets, will be there.

Source: Kelly Iko and Alykhan Bijani on Twitter

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