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Silver: Labor agreement getting closer

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NEW YORK (AP) This season hasn't started and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver already has good news about next season.

It appears there's no chance it will be affected by a work stoppage.

Silver said Friday the league and players have made "tremendous progress" toward an extension of the collective bargaining agreement, saying he hoped a deal would be completed soon.


Pelicans F Davis returns, has 33 and 13

The New Orleans Pelicans would have been happy just seeing Anthony Davis on the court.

The way he played should make them ecstatic.


Replay Center refs to make more rulings

NEW YORK (AP) Officials in the NBA's Replay Center will make the ruling this season on all reviews except player altercations and flagrant fouls.

Referees on the court will still make the determinations after watching replay of those situations. The expanded role for the Replay Center was unanimously approved by NBA owners Friday.


Amundson, Early among Knicks' cuts

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks waived forwards Lou Amundson and Cleanthony Early and injured guard Chasson Randle, trimming their roster to 15 players.

Guard J.P. Tokoto and forward Damien Inglis were also cut Friday as the Knicks got down to the roster limit.


Nets waive G Ferrell to get roster at 15

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have waived guard Yogi Ferrell to reduce their roster to the limit of 15.

The former Indiana University guard averaged 4.3 points and 1.7 assists in three preseason games. Coach Kenny Atkinson raved about the 6-foot Ferrell's energy after one contest, but the Nets already have Jeremy Lin, Greivis Vasquez and others who can play point guard.


76ers F Brand retires after 17 seasons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand has announced his retirement.

Brand was the first overall pick out of Duke in the 1999 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls and was named rookie of the year. Brand played 17 seasons in the NBA and was in his second stint with the Sixers.


Thunder set to begin life without Durant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Maybe life after Kevin Durant won't be so bad for the Thunder.

After the longtime face of the franchise left for Golden State, crestfallen Oklahoma City fans were worried it was just a matter of time before the team's co-star, Russell Westbrook, would follow suit. In a move that shocked many, Westbrook re-signed with Oklahoma City. The former scoring champion and two-time All-Star MVP's return gives the team hope.


Memphis, Fizdale want deeper playoff run

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Mike Conley are playing for their third different head coach since starting the best run in Memphis Grizzlies' history.

Conley said there's one simple reason the aging core is eager to follow first-year coach David Fizdale.


Jazz facing sky-high expectations

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Joe Johnson had options of where to chase a ring in the twilight of his career and the seven-time All-Star chose to sign a two-year deal with a Utah Jazz team that hasn't reached the playoffs since 2012.

Johnson, 35, bought into the widespread belief that the Jazz will improve from young up-and-comers to a competitive playoff team.


Nowitzki, Mavs eye top-4 spot in West

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki goes into his 19th season looking to get Dallas into the top four in the Western Conference because the big German believes that is the easiest way to advance in the playoffs.

The Mavericks haven't done that since winning the championship in 2011, which helps explain first-round exits in four of the past five seasons. Dallas didn't make the postseason the other year.

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