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Sources: Cavaliers ‘still committed to winning’ Despite Struggles

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One day before the Cavaliers suffered a demoralizing blowout loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the home opener, coach Tyronn Lue and general manager Koby Altman sat with the team’s three oldest players and told them the organization was going young.

Kyle Korver is 37 and in his 16th season, and he has the fourth most 3s in NBA history. He’s played in two Finals here. JR Smith is 33, in his 15th year, and was the Cavs’ starting shooting guard on the 2016 championship team. Channing Frye is 35 and in his 13th season, and he was a role player on that title team. Each player was told he was not going to be in Lue’s rotation for the foreseeable future.

The front office is still committed to winning this year rather than tearing down, a source said, and views what happened Sunday as not representative of who the Cavs will be this season.

Source: Joe Vardon of The Athletic

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: ‘Increasing expectation’ Chris Paul Will Start Season with Thunder

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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the team, league sources tell ESPN.

Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the season with the Thunder. For now, there’s a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 — or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.

The market expands on Dec. 15, when players who signed offseason free-agent deals can become eligible to be included in trade packages.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Report: Reggie Bullock Undergoes Surgery on Cervical Disc Herniation

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Medical Update: Reggie Bullock underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for a cervical disc herniation. The team will plan to provide an update on his rehab and progress around the start of training camp.

Source: New York Knicks on Twitter

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Cameron Payne, Raptors Agree to Deal

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Guard Cameron Payne has agreed to a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell
@TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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