Kevin Love at least a month away from returning

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February 12, 2016 | 1:05 pm EST Update
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Marc Stein: In Toronto with ESPN Radio, Kevin Durant addressed the possibility of signing a short-term contract this summer to, in essence, delay his free agency one year and put himself on the same track with teammate Russell Westbrook. “Actually that’s probably one of the first times I’ve heard that one, but, no , I haven’t really thought about it, man. I’m just, with [coming back from] injury and just getting back to playing again, I haven’t thought about contracts or free agency or none of that stuff at all. … I really haven’t thought about that one. I guess I have to.”
Storyline: Kevin Durant Free Agency
But that guy you’re honoring because you know, deep down, he can’t touch your game anymore? Remember how quickly he became that guy. How quickly time made him into it. You’re in no way immune. In fact, Kobe warned LeBron when they faced one another in the regular season last year. “Yeah man,” LeBron said after a game against one another. “He called me old head and for the first time I kind of looked at him and said, ‘Ok, you got a little point there.'”
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No date has been set, but Hamilton will be the next Piston from the 2004 NBA title team to have his jersey retired, a person with firsthand knowledge of the organization’s thinking told the Free Press on Wednesday night. It’s probably too late this season to plan such an event, but it’s quite apparent the bridges Hamilton burned when he was paid not to play for the Pistons after the NBA labor lockout in 2011 have been repaired. Billups campaigned for it. “Rip has to be next,” Billups said during a news conference before the game. “I would love for him to be next week, next month. Rip Hamilton holds so many records here. He had a long run here. He did a lot of great things in the community here. I’m looking forward to that day.”
Besides, Hamilton said he has the only honor that matters — a championship banner that hangs in the Palace. “My jersey is up there,” he said. “That’s from winning that championship. That banner. That’s what we played for. As a kid, you grow up, watching the NBA, you grow to say, ‘You know what? I want to win a championship.’ “You don’t grow up saying, ‘You know what? I want my jersey retired,’ because it’s so far-fetched. And winning a championship is so far-fetched. But when you can win something like that, with a group of guys, that’s a special feeling.”
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