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Raptors’ Dwane Casey Named Coach of Team LeBron

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Raptors coach Dwane Casey was showered with water by Kyle Lowry and other players in the locker room after clinching his first All-Star head coaching nod.

With the Raptors’ 123-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre, Casey clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot and will coach Team LeBron in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. This is Casey’s first time coaching an All-Star squad in his nine seasons as head coach and he’s the first Raptors’ head coach to earn the distinction in the franchise’s 23 seasons.

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

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Sources: Nikola Vucevic Out at least Four Weeks with Right Ankle Injury

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Orlando Magic All-Star center Nikola Vucevic will miss a minimum of four weeks with right ankle injury, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: 76ers Never Offered Jimmy Butler Max Contract

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But on June 30, there was no five-year maximum offer for [Jimmy] Butler, multiple sources say. Perhaps the Sixers pivoted after learning of [Al] Horford’s interest in joining. Perhaps they were concerned about tension between Butler and some within the team, including on the coaching staff. Maybe those two things were interrelated. Like every team chasing Butler, they probably wondered how he would age.

Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN

 

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Report: Trail Blazers Waive Pau Gasol

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Portland has waived F/C Pau Gasol, per Gasol. He’s been unable to successfully rehab left foot following surgery. Blazers had protections in 1-year deal. Gasol, Blazers working on details of coaching role as future HOFer remains in Portland to rehab.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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