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Sources: D’Angelo Russell ‘highly unlikely’ to Return to Nets if Kyrie Irving Signs

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As of late this week, teams interested in pursuing Kyrie Irving remained under the impression that the Nets were the odds-on favorite to land the point guard, per sources. But no team interested in Irving, including the Knicks and Lakers, had been led to believe that they are out of the running to sign him, those sources say.

If Irving ends up signing in Brooklyn, it may have an interesting ripple effect on the roster, particularly D’Angelo Russell.

If Irving signs with the Nets, SNY sources familiar with the matter say it is highly unlikely that Russell remains with the Nets. Members of the Nets organization have communicated that idea in recent days, per sources.

Source: Ian Begley of SNY.tv

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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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