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Sources: Aldridge, Horford Were Picked Last in All-Star Draft

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San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge said he wasn’t surprised to learn he was the last pick in the inaugural 2018 NBA All-Star Draft. “I’m not a flashy player,” the six-time All-Star said. “That’s OK.”

Aldridge was the last player chosen by LeBron James’ team, and Boston Celtics power forward Al Horford was the last pick by Stephen Curry’s team, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “We’re all All-Stars, so, at the end of the day, we should be thankful to be here,” Aldridge told ESPN. “Picked first, picked last, it doesn’t matter. We’re all competitive, too. It won’t be the easiest thing to be picked last, but at the end of the day, you’re just happy to be here.”

Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN

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Report: Blake Griffin Out Until November Due to Knee, Hamstring Soreness

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The Detroit Pistons will be without Blake Griffin until at least early November due to continued soreness in his knee and hamstring.

Griffin did not travel to Indiana for Detroit’s season opener against the Pacers on Wednesday, with the team saying he will continue treatment and conditioning “for left hamstring and posterior knee soreness.”

The Pistons say he will be re-evaluated the first week of November.

Source: ESPN

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Steve Kerr: ‘It’s unlikely’ that Klay Thompson Plays this Season

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Ever since Klay Thompson tore his left ACL four months ago, the Warriors guard has held out hope that he could return this season in time for a potential NBA playoff run.

His coach, however, isn’t betting on that timeline.

“It’s unlikely that he’s going to play this year,” Steve Kerr recently told NBC Sports Bay Area in an exclusive interview that aired Tuesday in “NBA Season Tip-Off,” only on the MyTeams app. “So we have to understand that.”

Thompson, who suffered the knee injury during Game 6 of the NBA Finals, had surgery July 2, and has said he hopes to play after the NBA All-Star break in February. Recent history, however, suggests that might not be possible.

Source: Logan Murdock of NBC Sports Bay Area

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Report: Max Strus, Bulls Agree to Deal

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The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Max Strus (Stroos) to a Two-Way contract. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Source: Chicago Bulls

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