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Chris Dempsey: On the Joffrey Lauvergne front: The #Nuggets should have him in the fold at some point next week, according to an NBA source. And there are a bevy of other hurdles to get over in getting Lauvergne to the #Nuggets. But it's going to happen. Twitter @dempseypost

The Denver Nuggets are progressing on a deal to sign 2013 second-round draft pick Joffrey Lauvergne and bring him to the NBA soon, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Lauvergne, a 6-foot-11 Frenchman, cut ties with Khimki of Moscow on Tuesday, freeing him to sign a deal with Denver and join them this season. Yahoo! Sports

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Q. What’s been the toughest challenge in your career, one that taught you some personal lesson? A. One of the hardest decisions I ever made was to play for Russia in the Olympics. It was always my dream, obviously, to play in the Olympics for the USA. But even coming off my best year in the WNBA, I didn’t get a chance to be on USA basketball. I knew I would be judged very harshly for playing for Russia, and I went through all that turmoil—wrestling to do it, not to do it—hoping the USA squad would come back around and give me a legitimate chance to make the team. All these things were swirling inside me. Washington Post

January 13, 2015 Updates

Russia’s ruble has weakened against the dollar. Declining oil prices put the country on the brink of recession, while sanctions, introduced by Western countries against some of the largest Russian companies, increased concerns about its ability to service its external debt. Putin last year said Russian businessmen “need to understand their responsibility” during a meeting with the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. He called for Russian-owned companies to register and to pay taxes in Russia. “Given the recent speculation that Mr. Prokhorov might sell his interest in light of the slumping Eastern European economies this is certainly an interesting development,” said Chuck Baker, head of sports mergers and acquisition as a partner in DLA Piper’s Global Sports, Media and Entertainment practice. Bloomberg

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A 17-year-old Russian basketball player has died after collapsing during practice with league champion CSKA Moscow. CSKA says Ruslan Gagloev, a promising center who grew up in Georgia's war-torn breakaway region of South Ossetia, lost consciousness during a training exercise and could not be revived. USA Today Sports

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