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Wizards’ Meeks Will Miss Postseason Due to Suspension

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Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks has been suspended 25 games for violating the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program, the league announced Friday. The punishment will prevent him from being on the team’s postseason roster.

Meeks tested positive for banned compounds ipamorelin and growth-hormone-releasing peptide-2, the league said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Teams ‘more wary’ of Signing Kyrie Irving in Free Agency

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Kyrie Irving is going to get paid. He’s going to get a max contract from someone, and the Celtics would still like to be the team that signs those checks. Let’s put that right up front.

But, man, is it getting strange out here on the Kyrie beat.

The most interesting bit of information from several sources that we’ve been able to consolidate and confirm is that some teams thought to have interest in Irving as a free agent are now a great deal more wary. Based on the way things played out with the Celtics this season and Irving’s role both off the court all year and on it in the playoff loss to Milwaukee, certain clubs are concerned about putting too many eggs in his basket right away.

Source: Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald

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Sources: Grizzlies Interview Igor Kokoskov for Head Coach

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Former Suns coach Igor Kokoskov recently interviewed for the vacant Memphis Grizzlies coaching job, sources told ESPN. Kokoskov was fired last month after one season in Phoenix.

Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

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Sources: Nets ‘have a real shot’ at Jimmy Butler in Free Agency

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Kevin Durant may be the Nets’ top target in free agency, but he’s not the only one. The feeling around the NBA is the Nets will have a very real chance to pry four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler away from Philadelphia.

Finally having the cash and cachet to get looks from the top free agents this July, Nets general manager Sean Marks is expected to be in the hunt for both Durant and Kyrie Irving. But Butler isn’t just a fall-back plan; he’s a two-way star league sources said the Nets have a real shot at landing.

Source: Brian Lewis of the New York Post

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