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Will Nets’ Brook Lopez Retain Starting Role?

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After spending the last four games coming off the bench, Brook Lopez got a shot to get back into the starting lineup when Kevin Garnett sat out Tuesday night’s game against the Bulls.

After scoring 29 points to lead the Nets to a 96-82 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 22,032 inside United Center, it might be hard for coach Lionel Hollins to take him back out of it again.

“I didn’t know I was going to start tonight,” said Lopez, who finished with those 29 points on 13-for-21 shooting — including going 10-for-14 over the final three quarters.

via Tim Bontemps of the New York Post

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Sources: Tom Thibodeau Tried to Convince Jimmy Butler to Rejoin Team

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Minnesota Timberwolves President/Coach Tom Thibodeau met with All-Star forward Jimmy Butler on Monday and tried to convince him to eventually rejoin the team in the preseason, league sources tell ESPN. Butler is sitting out, awaiting the organization to honor his trade request.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Report: Bogdan Bogdanovic Out 4-6 Weeks after Surgery on Left Knee

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Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee today in New York City. Performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the procedure was successful and Bogdanovic is expected to be on track for game action in approximately 4-6 weeks.

Source: Sacramento Kings

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Sources: HEAT Aggressive in Pursuit of Jimmy Butler

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So far, Pat Riley and Miami have been as aggressive as any team in pursuit of a Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota, league sources tell ESPN. Ownership still prefers to find a deal by early this week, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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