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Darvin Ham left Texas Tech after three years for the NBA in 1996. He played eight seasons and eventually started a coaching career that has now landed him as the top assistant with the Bucks. Twenty-three years later, he completed his degree and walked in graduation ceremony today in Lubbock.

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Vince Carter, 42, is expected to retire after playing his 22nd NBA season. He will pass Dirk, KG, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis for the longest NBA career. They each played 21 seasons.

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With free agency looming next summer, three-time All-Star @money23green has agreed to a four-year, $100M maximum contract extension with Golden State, agent @richpaul of @klutchsports tells @wojespn. The new deal starts with the 2020-21 season and brings the total length and value of Green’s contract to five years, $118M. Green’s extension pays him $22.2M, $24M, $25.8M and $27.6M over the course of the deal. The @warriors will have $129M and $138M committed to their four max players — Curry, Thompson, Green and Russell — in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, respectively.

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Rest of Christmas Day schedule, reports @malika_andrews and @tim.macmahon: @bucks at @sixers and @houstonrockets at @warriors. So the defending champion Raptors are rewarded with a home game, no Nets-Kyrie and Zion likely keeps Blazers or Jazz out.

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Clippers G @landryshamet has withdrawn from USA Basketball Select Team camp, agent @georgelangberg tells ESPN. “He was appreciative of the opportunity and hopes to be part of USAB again in future,” Langberg tells ESPN. Shamet's preparing for what could be deep LAC playoff run.

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Oklahoma City and forward Patrick Patterson have agreed to a buyout on the final season of his contract, allowing him to become a free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Once his $5.7 million salary clears waivers, Patterson’s intention is to sign with the @laclippers, league sources tell ESPN

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I will always look for an excuse to share this photo of a 5-foot-2 @3jmccollum in Canton, Ohio — set against teammate @kostakoufos. A new three-year, $100M extension is a good reminder of how far he’s come from his freshman year of high school to Lehigh to NBA stardom with the Blazers.

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McCollum became eligible for the extension last week – and joins All-NBA teammate Damian Lillard in summer deals that solidify the Blazers backcourt into the mid-2020’s.

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Gasol — a future Hall of Fame and championship center — joins a frontcourt rotation that includes Hassan Whiteside, Zach Collins and eventual return of Jusuf Nurkic.

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Free agent F @furkankorkmaz has agreed to a two-year deal to return to the @sixers, agent Mike Lindeman of @excelsm tells ESPN. Korkmaz delivers the Sixers another floor spacer as part of their bench rotation.

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New @washwizards GM Tommy Sheppard joins The Woj Pod. Show available on Tuesday AM.

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With two years, $55.8M left on current deal, John Wall out with Achilles injury and significant work to be done on roster, Sheppard understands why Beal may pause. "We need to show him that we are about building this the right way," Sheppard tells ESPN. "There are moments in a career where there are big decisions to make, and Brad will work through everything and figure out the right thing to do," agent Mark Bartelstein of @prioritysports tells ESPN. "There are nothing but great feelings for Ted [Leonsis], Tommy and Scott [Brooks]. They've treated Brad wonderfully."

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Free agent @kkorv26 has agreed to a one-year, $2.6M deal with the @bucks, agent Jeff Schwartz of @excelsm tells ESPN. Korver had a tough decision between Sixers and Bucks but relationship and history with Mike Budenholzer certainly played a major factor in Korver’s choice.

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The Wizards are elevating interim general manager Tommy Sheppard to the permanent GM title, league sources tell ESPN. Sheppard made his case to ownership since dismissal of Ernie Grunfeld. @candacedbuckner first reported news.

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Toronto Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry had a procedure to repair tendon injury in his left thumb, league source tells ESPN. Lowry hopes to be ready for USA Basketball training camp and FIBA World Cup later in summer.

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OKC has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the year with the Thunder.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are trading F Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets for a 2020 first-round pick --- a deal that saves the Thunder $39M in salary and tax and stockpiles a sixth future first-round pick in recent days, league sources tell ent days, league sources tell ESPN. Oklahoma City gathered five future first-round picks in the Paul George blockbuster to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night –-- and move Grant onto a Nuggets roster arming itself for a Western Conference title contending run.

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Proud to see my teammate @jeffpassan on the Sunday Night Countdown set ahead of Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. He’s had the best rookie year at ESPN since those Berman and Ley kids in ‘80.

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Kawhi Leonard gets his wish: Paul George is joining him with the Clippers.

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To join Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers

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“We’re extremely appreciative of how hard (Portland President of Basketball Operations) Neil Olshey worked with us to accommodate what we were trying to accomplish in sign and trade,” agent Mark Bartelstein tells ESPN. “The deal couldn’t have happened without the Blazers looking out for Jake’s best interests.”

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Suns will waive Korver, who will consider Lakers, Bucks and Sixers as a free agent, sources tell ESPN.

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McConnell joins Malcolm Brogdon, TJ Warren and Jeremy Lamb on a reshaped Pacers roster.

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Devastating blow for Klay Thompson, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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The Washington Wizards are preparing to offer Toronto Raptors President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri — architect of the 2019 NBA champions — a deal that could approach $10 million annually and deliver him the opportunity for ownership equity, league sources tell ESPN.

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Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas is declining the $17.6M player option on his 2019-20 contract, clearing the way to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources told ESPN. Valanciunas' primary intention will be to negotiate a new longer-term deal with the Grizzlies, league sources said. In the post Marc Gasol-era, Valanciunas remains the franchise's focus to continue as its starting center.

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Never know who you’ll bump into in an ESPN corridor — Fab Oberto, an Olympic gold medalist and NBA champion on the great Argentina and Spurs teams.

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Kyrie Irving is expected to partner with Roc Nation Sports for representation, league sources tell ESPN.

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Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst – an NBA executive of the year candidate – has signed a three-year contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. Horst has led Milwaukee to a 104-60 record in his two seasons, including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals In 2018-19. His free agent signing of Brook Lopez, trade for Eric Bledsoe and hiring of coach Mike Budenholzer elevated the team surrounding All-Stars @giannis_an34 and @k_mid22.

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Minnesota hiring Pablo Prigioni as an assistant, who had an illustrious international and pro career before coming to the NBA as 35-year-old “rookie.” He played on the gold medal winning Argentina teams with Manu Ginobili.

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Nets trading @allencrabbe to the Hawks clears $18M in additional cap space for free agency —- which allows Brooklyn the ability to sign two max free agents.

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Deal clears the @brooklynnets $46M in salary cap space —- which allows them to sign two max free agents. The targets are clear: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Irving is serious about the Nets, per sources. Nets could sign Irving and retain D’Angelo Russell on a max deal too.

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Sources: Minnesota is hiring Portland assistant David Vanterpool as associate head coach. He’ll run defense and play critical role in support of Ryan Saunders. Vanterpool spent seven years with Blazers, playing prominent part in growth of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Vanterpool has interviewed for several head coaching jobs in recent years.

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ESPN Sources with @ramonashelburne: Golden State officials prefer Klay Thompson sit out Game 3 to protect his sore hamstring for rest of the NBA Finals, but Thompson has continued to lobby them on playing tonight. Decision looms prior to tip.

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ESPN Sources: Among additional players expected to join USA Basketball’s training camp in August on way to a roster spot in September’s FIBA World Cup in China: LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal, Andre Drummond, Eric Gordon, Kyle Kuzma, Damian Lillard, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, CJ McCollum, Khris Middleton and Jayson Tatum. More of the 18-man camp roster includes Anthony Davis, Kemba Walker, James Harden and Donovan Mitchell

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The @lakers are hiring Lionel Hollins as an assistant coach, league sources tell ESPN. Hollins is the all-time winningest coach in Memphis and also led Brooklyn to the playoffs. Hollins joins Jason Kidd on Frank Vogel’s new staff.

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Duke forward @rjbarrett – the presumptive No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft – will make a visit to the @nyknicks early next week for meetings, medical evaluation and light court work, league sources tell ESPN. The Knicks are selecting third in this month's draft.

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The @washwizards have been granted permission to discuss franchise’s President of Basketball Operations job with @nuggets President Tim Connelly, league sources tell ESPN. Meeting is expected this week. Denver ownership’s willingness to allow its Executive of the Year candidate to meet with Wizards is based on Connelly’s Maryland-roots and extenuating family considerations – plus confidence in GM Arturas Karnisovas to assume full leadership if necessary.

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About to start four hours of NBA Draft Combine coverage at 3 PM ET on ESPN2 with @MariaTaylor, @JayBilas, @BobbyMarks42 and @Mike_Schmitz. Lottery picks, GM’s and coaches on set. First hour includes Ja Morant, John Beilein and Neil Olshey.

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Murray State PG Ja Morant met Wednesday with the top three teams in next month’s NBA Draft — New Orleans, Memphis and New York, league sources tell ESPN. Grizzlies are focused on Morant at No. 2.

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‪Boston’s Marcus Smart sustained a strained oblique, league source tells ESPN. Team will see how he responds in next 24-48 hours, source says. ‬Smart was hurt in Celtics game against Magic on Sunday night.

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Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver has become focused on the candidacy of former Detroit and New Orleans GM Jeff Bower to assume a high-ranking front office role with the Suns, league sources tell ESPN.

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Via the International Committee, Vlade Divac has been selected for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019, sources tell ESPN. He’s one of seven NBA players with 13K points, 9K rebounds, 3K assists and 1,500 blocked shots. Divac had a storied FIBA career.