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Suns’ Watson: Len ‘Amazing’; ‘We absolutely love him’

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In (Tyson) Chandler’s absence, Suns center Alex Len has averaged 11.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game with 62 percent shooting from the field. (Eric) Bledsoe called him “a monster” for the way he protected the paint in Wednesday’s win. He also continues to avoid fouls better, averaging only 3.0 in his past four starts.

With no practice time to acclimate Chandler, Len might remain a starter Friday night against Minnesota.

“A-Len’s amazing,” Watson said. “He’s growing every game. We absolutely love him. Multi-talented. He doesn’t get a lot of touches, but when he does, he’s efficient with it. I think he could, one day in the future, be a guy you could play out of the post with, just watch him work and pass and go to work.”

Source: Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic

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Sources: Wiggins, Wolves Nearing Max Extension

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Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins is progressing toward a five-year, $148M maximum extension, hopeful to sign soon, sources tell The Vertical.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

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J.J. Barea Waiting to Hear From Family in Puerto Rico

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As he waits to hear from his parents and other relatives in Puerto Rico, Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has launched a fundraising campaign to prepare to help people in his homeland after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Barea and his wife, Viviana Ortiz, organized a relief fund on the same online platform used by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt to raise more than $37 million to aid people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Barea’s fund had reached three-quarters of its original goal of $100,000 as of Thursday afternoon.

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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Lakers Ink Jersey Sponsor Deal with Wish

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The Los Angeles Lakers will wear the Wish logo on their jerseys starting this season after agreeing to a three-year deal with the California-based e-commerce mobile app company.

The Lakers’ multiyear deal with Wish — a company that rose to prominence recently as a sponsor of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight — will be for $12-14 million annually, as first reported by the Sports Business Journal. The jersey sponsorship ranks second behind the Golden State Warriors’ deal with Rakuten, which is worth $20 million annually and includes naming rights to the Warriors’ team facility.

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk and Darren Rovell of ESPN

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