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Duncan back with Spurs as asst. coach

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 28: NBA legend Tim Duncan smiles during Manu Ginobili's Jersey Retirement Ceremony after the game between the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers on March 28, 2019 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Tim Duncan is back with the San Antonio Spurs, this time as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich.

Duncan, the Spurs' all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots - and the only player to be on all five of San Antonio's NBA championship teams - officially returned to the franchise Monday. The Spurs, per their usual style, made the announcement in a very understated way, not even putting Duncan's name in the headline of the news release.

"It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan's assistant, that he returns the favor," Popovich said in the release.

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Wizards name Sheppard GM in restructure

WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard is losing his interim tag as part of an organizational restructuring that includes hires from outside the NBA.

Changes announced Monday are part of the new leadership team for Monumental Basketball, a fledgling collective composed of the Wizards, Washington Mystics, Capital City Go-Go and Wizards District Gaming. Sheppard, a 25-year veteran of the NBA, had been serving as the Wizards' interim GM after president Ernie Grunfeld was fired late in the regular season, overseeing the team's draft and free agency.

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Lakers claim Antetokounmpo's brother

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim.

The Lakers announced the move Monday to acquire the 21-year-old brother of Milwaukee Bucks star and league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Raptors' Lowry undergoes thumb surgery

TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry has undergone surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left thumb, an injury he played through during the last two rounds of Toronto's run to the NBA championship.

The Raptors say Friday that Lowry had the surgery in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Pacers sign Justin Holiday for $4.8M

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent guard Justin Holiday has agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.8 million with the Indiana Pacers.

Holiday joins his younger brother, Aaron, with the Pacers, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the move had not yet been announced.

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Kings add WNBA alum Harding as assistant

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have hired former WNBA player Lindsey Harding as an assistant and player development coach on Luke Walton's staff.

The team also hired Stacey Augmon and Rico Hines on Friday.

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New Celtics Walker, Kanter meet media

BOSTON (AP) Enes Kanter took a playful swipe at him.

Kemba Walker will try to replace him.

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Wolves sign undrafted rookie C Reid

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed rookie center Naz Reid to a multiyear contract, upgrading the two-way deal they initially gave him before a strong performance for the team's entry in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

The new contract, completed Thursday, all but ensures that Reid will be on the regular-season roster, after going undrafted out of LSU.

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76ers extend Simmons for $170M, 5 years

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers and All-Star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension.

Simmons was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2016. He made his NBA debut in the 2017-18 season and was the Rookie of the Year. He was an All-Star for the first time last season. He has averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.9 assists in his two seasons.

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Simmons backs out of World Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Ben Simmons' new contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers came with bad news for Australian basketball fans: The Melbourne-born NBA All-star won't play for the Boomers at the World Cup.

Hours after Simmons and the 76ers agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension on Tuesday, Simmons said he preferred to spend time with his new teammates in September instead of travelling to China for the Aug. 31-Sept. 15 World Cup.

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