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October 24, 2014 | 09:32 PM ET Update

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October 24, 2014 | 07:47 PM ET Update
October 24, 2014 | 06:08 PM ET Update

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October 24, 2014 | 05:21 PM ET Update

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October 24, 2014 | 04:15 PM ET Update

Ainge said he expects second-year center Vitor Faverani to return stateside with the team on Thursday. Faverani underwent a second knee surgery in Spain earlier this month and has done the initial part of his rehab there. Ainge said Faverani is being accompanied by a team trainer and Ainge's son, Austin, the team's director of player personnel (who doubles as a translator). "We’re trying to make the transition for [Favearni] easy coming back here and seeing what they are doing from a rehab standpoint over there," said Danny Ainge, before quipping, "I think they are enjoying the sunshine in Seville." Ainge wasn't certain on Faverani's timeline moving forward, but estimated that he'd need another two weeks to a month of rehab before being ready to return to practice. ESPN.com

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October 24, 2014 | 03:59 PM ET Update

Four weeks after undergoing hand surgery, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo participated in his first full-contact practice Friday as he continues to make strides towards playing in the team's season-opener next week. ESPN.com

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October 24, 2014 | 02:20 PM ET Update

Charles F. Gardner: Bucks rookie Damien Inglis said his broken right foot has not healed and he will be out for six more weeks before being re-evaluated. Inglis said CT scan showed he was still not healthy. "I was (ticked) off, man... I don't know if they messed up my surgery back in June." Twitter @cf_gardner

For the first time ever, the Brooklyn Nets NBA franchise has entered into an exclusive partnership with a fantasy sports company. The Nets have notched a deal with daily fantasy sports leader FanDuel, which will make FanDuel an official sponsor of the team and ensure FanDuel exposure during all Nets home games at the Barclays Center, along with an enhanced presence on television and radio broadcasts. FanDuel will also be entitled to more prominent exposure on the Nets’ official home page as part of the sponsorship. Forbes.com

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October 24, 2014 | 02:09 PM ET Update

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October 24, 2014 | 12:13 PM ET Update
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN PISTONS HISTORY

The Bad Boys beat the stars from Larry Brown's 2004 team at the top of the ranking.

   
October 24, 2014 | 10:43 AM ET Update

Finally, you are a free agent after next season, when the new television contract kicks in. Have you given any thought about your future? Al Horford: Not really. My focus right now is on this season. I know there are some other guys who will be free agents after this season but my biggest concern was to get back healthy, get back playing and to go out to prove to people that we have a good team and that we are ready to compete and ready to play. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For his part, Cole said he would allow the business portion of his equation to sort itself out, with the decision on offering the extension, and the degree of that offer, resting with the Heat. "To be honest," Cole said, "I only can control what I can control, and that's being professional and making sure my play on the court is the best it can be, and everything else I'm sure will take care of itself." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The reality is that based on how he has been utilized during the preseason, Cole is in a position to negotiate for starter's money. Against that backdrop, however, is Riley's plan to keep as much salary-cap flexibility as possible for the 2016 offseason, with only Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts holding Heat contracts that extended beyond 2015-16. "Of course I'm aware of it," Cole said of the Halloween deadline, "but I've never been one to worry about stuff like that. I always know that if I do what I'm supposed to do, things are going to be the way they're supposed to be." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“We’ve had an up and down preseason,” Clifford said. “Some of that is due to injuries, but that right there, that’s an unacceptable effort by most of the guys. If we’re going to play like that, it’s going to be a struggle.” Gaston Gazette

Well, Childress is now playing in Australia's NBL and he still has the afro. The mild-mannered part is a different story. In a game with his Sydney Kings, an angered Childress charged toward an opponent and leveled him with a vicious elbow. Sporting News

Boston Celtics assistant coach and former player Walter McCarty has pleaded not guilty to larceny for allegedly failing to pay $18,000 he owes for the purchase and installation of cabinets. Prosecutors say the 40-year-old McCarty ordered more than $30,000 worth of cabinetry for the home he's building in Wayland, and paid a $12,000 deposit. NBA.com

 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SUPERSONICS HISTORY

Kevin Durant may end up claiming the No. 1 spot, but for now it belongs to Gary Payton.

   
October 24, 2014 | 07:25 AM ET Update

On being able to opt out after this season: Ellis: “It is a business, but at the same time, I’m going to look into everything with my family, sit down with my wife, my kids and we’re going to go from there. But I’m with the Dallas Mavericks for the next two years and hopefully throughout the rest of my career.” Dallas Morning News

Beverley won’t deny he’s aware of the importance of the upcoming season in regard to his contract situation. But he won’t presently concern himself with his next deal. “The contract year is big for everyone,” Beverley said. “The biggest thing for me is to continue doing what I’ve been doing: playing defense, being aggressive, and leading this team. Then I’ll let the dominoes fall wherever they fall. “It’s something I can’t control. I can only control my basketball playing, and that will get me what I deserve. I haven’t thought about all that yet. It’s the beginning of the year. I’m just trying to stay healthy to lead a basketball team. I’ll let my agent do his job.” Houston Chronicle

Jon de la Presa: Sasha Vujacic on Baskonia´s radar for replacing Orlando Johnson...Do you think this is a smart move? Would have a free spot for C position.. Twitter @jondelapresa

What was your take on the whole Rick Carlisle and Chandler Parsons situation? Ellis: “Me personally, I would have addressed that a different way. But coach apologized for making that mistake. That’s all there is about it; admitting when you made a mistake. And Parsons didn’t take nothing of it, he just came in and practiced to do everything he could to get better and meet the requirement that coach wanted him to be at. He took on that challenge. I don’t think he took it personal, he just accepted that challenge. We put it behind us. We’re working hard. We want to get back to 2011 when they won the championship. At some point, things like that happen. We’re a family. Families have outbursts and disagreements, but at the same time, you come together, work together and put it behind you. Everyone knows it’s all love.” Dallas Morning News

The 14th-year veteran is the unquestioned leader of a youthful team. However, he might not play this season because of a left-knee injury that has sidelined him since January 2013. "I think it's going to be a challenge," Brown said of Richardson's putting on a uniform. "But I really don't know. I just feel like he's been out of it for a while, and it's going to be a really difficult task." Philadelphia Inquirer

Fox may have a fictional Latvian basketball player in New Girl‘s Winston, but a new comedy in development brings some professional NBA talent to the network. EW can confirm that Fox has made a script commitment to a half-hour comedy loosely based on NBA all-star Baron Davis’ life. The untitled single-camera comedy will be written by The Cleveland Show‘s Courtney Lilly and tell the story of a kid from South Central who, thanks to a scholarship, is able to attend a prestigious suburban school. With this change, he has to learn how to balance the two different facets of his home and school life. Entertainment Weekly

Rookie center Joel Embiid is still in Cameroon for Saturday's funeral for his younger brother, Arthur, who was killed in a car accident. Mbah a Moute flew to Africa on Wednesday to attend the funeral. Philadelphia Inquirer

 

THE TOP JERSEY SELLERS IN THE NBA IN THE LAST DECADE

LeBron James has the best selling jersey these days, but that's been more the exception than the norm during his time in the league.

   

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