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Cavs' Gilbert, Billups meet for 2nd time

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CLEVELAND (AP) Chauncey Billups once competed against the Cleveland Cavaliers as a player. He could be joining them as an executive.

Billups met with team owner Dan Gilbert on Wednesday for the second straight day to discuss a front-office position with the Cavaliers, who are regrouping after losing to Golden State in the NBA Finals.

Gilbert could be close to offering a job to Billups, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. Billups is the first person to meet with Gilbert since he parted ways with general manager David Griffin this week when talks about a possible contract extension broke down.

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Butler could be option for Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves enter the NBA draft with the No. 7 overall pick in the first round, and not sure if the player they want will be available. And that player might not necessarily be a rookie.

When the draft opens Thursday night, two All-Stars could lord over the proceedings. Indiana All-Star Paul George is on the trading block after informing Pacers that he will not re-sign with them and Chicago star Jimmy Butler could also be pried away for the right price.

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Clifford: Howard can be dominant again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte coach Steve Clifford is confident he can help newly acquired Hornets center Dwight Howard become a dominant force and an NBA All-Star again.

Clifford is familiar with Howard, having coached him for six seasons as an assistant in Orlando and Los Angeles.

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Draft intrigue begins after Fultz, Ball

NEW YORK (AP) Markelle Fultz is still expected to be the No. 1 pick, though the destination has changed.

Lonzo Ball wants to stay home with the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, and it seems surer than ever he will.

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Wizards get PG Frazier from Pelicans

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards have acquired point guard Tim Frazier from the New Orleans Pelicans for a second-round pick in the NBA draft.

Wednesday's deal gives the Pelicans the No. 52 overall selection Thursday night.

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Lakers' Young opts to become free agent

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nick Young will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after declining his $5.66 million contract option for next season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers announced Young's decision Wednesday.

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Sixers hoping 'Process' leads to results

PHILADELPHIA (AP) If championship rings were awarded for No. 1 draft picks, Josh Harris' fingers might look like Tom Brady's.

The NBA and NHL team owner has two shots at one this weekend - first on Thursday night with the Philadelphia 76ers and then 24 hours later with the New Jersey Devils. Harris, the dual sport owner, and the 76ers already had the top pick in last year's draft. And this year's snag of No. 1 in a trade with Boston made them just the fourth team in NBA history to pick first in two straight drafts.

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Wizards to have G-League team in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) The Wizards will have their own team in the developmental NBA G League that will be based in Washington and begin playing in the 2018-19 season.

The Wizards announced the acquisition of the team Wednesday that will play home games at their new 5,000-seat practice facility in Southeast Washington. It's the 27th team in the newly renamed league sponsored by Gatorade that was previously known as the NBA D League.

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Lakers to deal Russell to Nets for Lopez

LOS ANGELES (AP) Three people with knowledge of the deal say the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade point guard D'Angelo Russell and high-priced center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for big man Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in the upcoming draft.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the trade hadn't been consummated.

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GM gone, James swipes Gilbert in tweet

CLEVELAND (AP) Nothing ever seems good enough for Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.

Not a championship. Not three straight appearances in the NBA Finals. Not a rapt fan base. Not being forgiven by LeBron James.

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