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76ers C Embiid not cleared for 5-on-5s

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has not been cleared for 5-on-5 drills and the team will take a cautious approach in his return from his injured left knee.

Embiid's career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

The Sixers will soon decide how to handle his playing time when training camp opens next week.

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Bulls tab Collins as special adviser

CHICAGO (AP) Doug Collins has returned to the Chicago Bulls. Just not on the sideline this time around.

The rebuilding Bulls hired Collins on Tuesday to serve senior adviser of basketball operations, providing "an expert resource" for the front office and coaching staff.

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Pelicans re-sign F Cunningham for 1 year

A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans and forward Dante Cunningham have agreed on a one-year contract worth $2.3 million.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement, which was first reported by Yahoo, has not been announced.

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Key witness probed in Morris twins trial

PHOENIX (AP) The man accusing NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris of aggravated assault was pressed Tuesday by defense lawyers about his financial motives in the case.

An Arizona grand jury indicted the Morris brothers on felony aggravated assault charges. They are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24, 2015.

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Irving: I don't owe James an explanation

BOSTON (AP) New Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving says he doesn't care if anyone took it personally that he left Cleveland, even Cavaliers star LeBron James.

Appearing Monday on ESPN's "First Take," Irving said he doesn't feel like he owed James an explanation for asking for a trade.

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Dragic retiring from Slovenia after gold

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) NBA guard Goran Dragic has confirmed he is retiring from the Slovenia team that won the European basketball championship.

Dragic says on Tuesday, "I achieved what I wanted, the gold medal, and this is the right time to bid farewell."

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Nuggets keep Mason Plumlee on $41M deal

DENVER (AP) Mason Plumlee lived out of a hotel last season after being acquired in a February trade and didn't get a chance to venture out much in Denver.

He hopes to change all that - even mingle more with the fans - after the restricted free agent center agreed Monday to return to the Nuggets on a three-year, $41 million deal, which was first reported by ESPN. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the deal to The Associated Press.

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Bucks re-sign 40-year-old G Terry

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed Jason Terry after the veteran guard shot 42.7 percent from 3-point range last season.

The Bucks announced the contract Monday night. There was no word on the length or value of the deal.

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Heat, Arison part of $10M in Irma relief

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat Charitable Fund, Carnival Corporation and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation said Thursday they are giving up to $10 million in Hurricane Irma relief efforts across Florida and the Caribbean.

The pledge starts with an immediate $2.5 million donation by the Arison family to Direct Relief, UNICEF and the United Way of Miami-Dade County. Carnival Foundation and the Heat Charitable Fund are each pledging to raise a combined $5 million, and the Arison Foundation will match those efforts up to $5 million in total.

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Pelicans sign veteran free agent G Allen

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The Pelicans signed free-agent guard Tony Allen on Friday, and a pair of free-agent forwards also agreed to terms with New Orleans.

Allen's contract is worth $2.3 million for one year, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial terms have not been disclosed.

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