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Team World Beats Team Africa in 2017 NBA Africa Game

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Chalk up another win for Team World.

Saturday’s 2017 NBA Africa Game was the second straight win for Team World, pushing them to 2-0 over Team Africa.

Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown lead the way for the World team with 15 points, three rebounds, and three assists. New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins had 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds and two assists, while Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry scored 13 points in addition to seven rebounds and five assists.

Team Africa was led by Victor Oladipo and Emmanuel Mudiay. Oladipo scored 28 points along with nine rebounds, five assists, and a steal. Mudiay had 22 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds.

Source: Dane Carbaugh of NBC Sports

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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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