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Stanley Johnson: ‘It’s time to do my thing’

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A storage company sits behind the place where athletes from three of the four major professional sports come to stay in game shape and work on injury prevention.

And it’s here where Stanley Johnson has returned after a one-summer absence to regain his groove.

Aside from a short period of time in late June when he joined the Detroit Pistons summer league team in Orlando, Johnson has been a daily presence at P3.

The decision came before the Pistons’ off-season roster upheaval, but in the aftermath, Johnson returns to the spotlight that greeted him when the franchise passed on Devin Booker and Myles Turner to select Johnson with the eighth pick of the 2015 NBA draft.

And in the short walk to his vehicle after his mid-day workout earlier this month, one word came to mind in the brief talk with Johnson.

Excitement.

“Obviously coming off the year I had, having the opportunity to play extended minutes and a role that I aim to be at in my career, it’s going to be awesome,” Johnson told the Free Press. “I’m excited to see what I’m going to be. I don’t know what I’m going to do. It could be really, really amazing; it could be mediocre. I feel like I’m the only real, full, natural (small forward) on the team that can do both ways on it.

“It’s time to shine, it’s time to do my thing.”

Source: Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press

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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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