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Faried Leaves Court on Stretcher; Awaiting Update

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The Nuggets lost for the fifth straight game — dropping eight of their last nine — and left Oracle Arena to the scary sight of Kenneth Faried being wheeled off the floor on a stretcher after the final buzzer.

The forward appeared to be struck in the head on Klay Thompson’s go-ahead layup with 15.6 second remaining in overtime. Faried, who was gingerly helped to seated position on the floor by teammates and Nuggets staff members, was eventually strapped into a neck brace before being transported to a local hospital. Faried twice flashed a thumbs-up to applause from the remaining crowd as the stretcher left the floor.

No immediate update was available on his condition.

Source: Geoff Lepper of The Denver Post

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Sources: 76ers’ Ownership Want Mike D’Antoni as Next Head Coach

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[Tyronn] Lue is scheduled to interview for the job on Tuesday, according to multiple sources. One has to wonder if he thinks his meeting could just be a formality and/or insurance in case former Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, whose job it is to lose, doesn’t accept the job.

Sources have been saying for weeks that the job is [Mike] D’Antoni’s to turn down. They say he’s the guy the ownership group wants. One source even said the 69-year-old would have to bomb his interview with the Sixers owners not to be offered the job.

Source: Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer

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Sources: Jerami Grant Expected to Decline Player Option

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Jerami Grant wants to be back with the Denver Nuggets next season. Whether that happens may be up to Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.

Grant, who is expected to opt out of his player option, according to a league source, made himself invaluable throughout the Nuggets’ postseason run. When the Nuggets traded a first-round pick last summer for Grant, they hoped he’d provide the defensive versatility that he ultimately did.

Source: Mike Singer of the Denver Post

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Sources: Dell Demps to Join Jazz Coaching Staff

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Former New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has agreed to join the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach, reuniting with Quin Snyder, sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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