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Magic already excited by LeBron's impact

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Magic Johnson can already see LeBron James' impact on the young Los Angeles Lakers before they've even had a regular practice together.

After just a few weeks of unusually competitive offseason scrimmages, the Lakers' basketball boss can't wait to see how James' leadership will translate into real success.

Magic and general manager Rob Pelinka on Thursday pronounced themselves thrilled with the offseason progress made by their revamped roster and James, their prize free-agent acquisition. The Lakers have been working out together informally at the club's training complex ahead of the start of training camp Tuesday, and Johnson likes what he sees so far.

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Knicks won't rush future building plans

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis is back with his teammates, though the New York Knicks don't know when he'll be back on the court.

Joakim Noah won't be back, though the terms of his departure still are being negotiated.

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76ers introduce ex-All-Star Brand as GM

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Only two years out of the NBA, Elton Brand is set to return to the league as a 39-year-old general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.

For a franchise that underwent the painful "Process" for a few seasons and had its last GM caught up in a Twitter scandal, a youth movement in the front office could be what the Sixers need to take the next step into Eastern Conference contention.

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Cuban donates $10M after workplace probe

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to help further the cause of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence after an investigation released Wednesday substantiated numerous incidents of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct within the franchise going back more than 20 years.

Investigators hired by the outspoken billionaire said there was no evidence to show Cuban knew of the most explosive allegations involving former team president Terdema Ussery. But the report faulted Cuban for not firing two employees when there were clear signs he should have.

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Raptors GM says Leonard happy, healthy

TORONTO (AP) Kawhi Leonard has yet to address the media in Toronto since his trade to the Raptors, but team president Masai Ujiri said Tuesday that his star acquisition is happy and healthy.

"He is determined and seems in the right frame of mind," Ujiri said. "You will be hearing from him shortly. I think there is a fire inside of him and we are all excited about that."

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Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan grew up playing high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina. So when the former NBA star watched the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence to his hometown and surrounding area, he acted quickly to help.

The six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner donated $2 million on Tuesday to assist residents of the Carolinas - $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

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Heat G Waiters won't be ready for season

MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters will begin this season as he finished last season - unable to play.

Waiters has not recovered sufficiently enough from left ankle surgery to be ready for the start of training camp next week, the team announced Tuesday. Heat President Pat Riley said it's unlikely that Waiters will be ready for the start of the regular season as well.

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Wolves' Patton again has surgery on foot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves center Justin Patton has had surgery for a broken foot for the second straight year and is out indefinitely.

The team said Tuesday that Patton's operation on his right foot in New York went as planned.

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Pelicans bringing back veteran G Jack

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to terms on a one-year, veteran-minimum contract with guard Jarrett Jack.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the roster move and contract terms have not been announced.

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Blazers make Biofreeze jersey sponsor

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have announced a multi-year jersey sponsorship deal with Performance Health, an Illinois-based company that manufactures products for the rehabilitation and sports medicine markets.

A logo for the company's product Biofreeze will be featured on the left shoulder of Portland's uniform. With the deal, the Blazers become the 24th NBA team to include a corporate sponsor on its jerseys.

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