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Sources: NBA to Televise 2019 NBA All-Star Draft

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The National Basketball Association and the N.B.A. Players Association have agreed to televise the playground-style draft in which two captains will select their squads for the 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte, N.C., according to two people familiar with the plans.

A firm date and specific format for the televised draft has not yet been finalized, but Jan. 30 and 31 have emerged as two potential targets for a TNT broadcast, according to the people, who were not authorized to discuss the plans publicly. The schedule availability of the two captains, once they are identified through fan balloting, is among the variables needed to lock in the broadcast specifics.

Last year’s draft, conducted by conference call with the East’s leading vote-getter, LeBron James (then of the Cleveland Cavaliers), and the West’s, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, took place on Jan. 25.

Source: Marc Stein of The New York Times

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Sources: Kyrie Irving ‘strongly considering’ Nets in Free Agency

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Sources tell SNY that Kyrie Irving and his camp are strongly considering Brooklyn if he decides to leave Boston. Irving’s camp has kept a close eye on the Nets as the season progressed and the team got better, with the playoffs only helping their case.

SNY also learned recently that the Nets would not shy away from signing Irving even if they re-sign point guard D’Angelo Russell. The ideal scenario would be to pair two max free agents, such as Kevin Durant and Irving, but sources say the Nets would be open to pairing Irving and Russell in the backcourt together.

Source: Anthony Puccio of SNY.tv

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Sources: Hornets to Host Simi Shittu for Workout

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Vandy PF Simi Shittu will workout for the #Hornets on June 1, per a source. The 6-9 1/2 Shittu is a former McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic selection. He measured with a robust 7-1 1/4 wingspan as well.

Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter

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Sources: Trail Blazers, Neil Olshey Agree to Extension

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Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey has agreed to a contract extension through 2024, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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