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Noah’s Energy Sets Tone in Win Over Thunder

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The difference in Joakim Noah’s game on Thursday night was clear to Jimmy Butler. After failing to provide much of a spark for the first five games of the season in his new role off the bench, Noah played with a familiar fire in a 104-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“The lights, man,” Butler said. “Jo loves the lights. When it’s time to play your best, bet that Jo’s going to bring his best effort.” It wasn’t so much that Noah had four points, seven rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes — it was the way in which he came to accumulate those stats that caught people’s attention. He was moving up and down the court well and showing off that passion that has been missing from his game at times this season.

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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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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