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Suns’ Tyson Chandler Has Offseason Plans for Teammates

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Before the next Suns training camp, there are plans for Camp Chandler.

Suns center Tyson Chandler plans to host the core of the Suns roster during the summer to get a jump on the work he felt the team lacked entering this season, which is a loss away from being the franchise’s worst season since the 1968-69 inaugural team.

“To me, it’s important that this organization builds the right way. When I signed on to it, I’m here. I want to win. I want to be part of the change. In order to do that, I know there are areas I’ve got to lead because it hasn’t been done for a while. The (Steve) Nashes and all of them, they’re gone. We’ve got to turn this thing back around to a winning culture.”

Source: Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic

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Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans

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Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.

Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

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Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight

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Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Joel Embiid Still Not Cleared for Back-to-Back Games

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he has not been cleared to play back-to-back games and does not expect to be in the lineup Saturday at Toronto.

Embiid was in the starting lineup for the home opener Friday night against the Boston Celtics, scoring 11 points to go along with 14 rebounds in 28 minutes as Philadelphia lost 102-92. Asked after Friday’s game if he was OK with not playing Saturday night, Embiid replied, “Um I’m not OK with it but we have a plan in place and we have to follow it.”

Source: ESPN

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