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Butler again practices with Wolves

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler is still suiting up for the Minnesota Timberwolves, with the opener three days away.

Despite his preference to play elsewhere, signs have begun to point to him staying with the Timberwolves at least to start the season. Butler took part in practice on Sunday, the second time he has done so since training camp began with his trade request as the focal point of the team.

"They want me to go out here and hoop to the best of my abilities," Butler said. "Make sure I'm healthy, compete, because that's what I love to do, and do it for the guys in the same jerseys as me."

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Knicks cut Noah with $37.8M left on deal

NEW YORK (AP) Joakim Noah's disappointing Knicks career is over after just two seasons.

Unable to find a trade, the Knicks waived the 33-year-old center Saturday with two years and $37.8 million remaining on his contract.

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Pelicans cut veteran G Jack, F Green

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have waived guard Jarrett Jack and forward Garlon Green.

Jack had signed with New Orleans a week before training camp and averaged 3.3 points and two assists in three preseason games.

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Hawks waive Robinson, Hunter, Anderson

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have waived three players as they move toward setting their roster for the regular season.

Forward Thomas Robinson and guards R.J. Hunter and C.J. Anderson were let go by the rebuilding team, which opens the season next Wednesday at New York.

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Heat give Winslow 3-year, $39M extension

MIAMI (AP) Justise Winslow has agreed to a $39 million, three-year extension with the Miami Heat.

A person with direct knowledge of the agreement confirmed the terms to The Associated Press on Friday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Winslow isn't signing the contract until this weekend.

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Mavs' Nowitzki to miss 'multiple weeks'

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki's debut in his record 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks won't be in the opener.

Coach Rick Carlisle said Friday the 40-year-old Nowitzki will miss "multiple weeks" with a longer-than-expected recovery from left ankle surgery in April. The Mavericks open the season Wednesday in Phoenix.

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Antetokounmpo has 32-12-10 in 25 minutes

From LeBron James' arrival in Los Angeles to Jimmy Butler's desire to leave Minnesota, it's been an eventful NBA preseason.

It was a rocky one for the Timberwolves, who spent most of it dealing with the Butler drama and finished it dealing with Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in just 25 minutes of Milwaukee's 143-121 romp.

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Spurs' White out 6-8 weeks due to heel

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio point guard Derrick White will miss six-to-eight weeks after injuring his left heel in his first game as a starter since replacing Dejounte Murray, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich announced during Friday's shootaround that the second-year guard will be out for up to two months. White was already ruled out of the preseason finale on Friday with the Orlando Magic.

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Doncic gives Mavs hope during rebuild

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic is getting help from a variety of angles as the teenager makes the transition from European basketball to the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Slovenian rookie has mom to keep things settled at home, 40-year-old fellow Euro transplant Dirk Nowitzki to teach what it takes to become an NBA MVP and young point guard Dennis Smith Jr. to share the burden of expectations for lifting a fading franchise.

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Innovative coach Winter dies at 96

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Tex Winter, the innovative "Triangle Offense" pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96.

Winter's family said he died Wednesday in Manhattan, where he began his coaching career at Kansas State in 1947 and led the Wildcats to two Final Fours and eight Big Seven/Eight titles as head coach from 1954-68.

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