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Wizards’ Scott Brooks, Markieff Morris Comment on Ejection

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Washington Wizards head coach isn’t too pleased about forward Markieff Morris’ ejection from Monday’s loss to the New York Knicks with 3:45 left in the first half after he collected his second technical foul for trash talking Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson.

It isn’t a good start for Brooks’ team, who he was trying to work with on talking less, and working harder.

Morris was still heated with Robinson following the game, sharing some choice words in the locker room.

“He’s a stupid-ass rookie,” Morris said following the game, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. “Talking too much. Obviously I didn’t like what he said, and the refs overplayed it and threw me out.”

“I don’t even know him. I ain’t never really seen him before,” Morris added, his mellow voice rising. “He just checked into the game. I never even guarded him. I didn’t know there was a Mitchell on their team.”

Brooks wasn’t rushing to the defense of his player, instead expressing frustration.

“First exhibition, we let our emotions get a little out of control” Brooks said.

“It’s not good. It’s not a good look. You have five players out there competing, both teams, and you have three referees competing themselves. We have to make sure that we can control our emotions.

“It’s about playing a style of play… and keeping our composure,” he continued. “It doesn’t do any good to give up points. Games are so close. An overtime game we’re giving up free throws and we’re losing players in the game.”

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Pacers Sign Myles Turner to Four-Year, $80 Million Contract Extension

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The Indiana Pacers are signing center Myles Turner to a four-year, $80 million contract extension, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Turner, an ascending player, poured in 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game last season for Indiana, who with the new contract now protects their investment in building around Turner as their franchise player.

 

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Celtics’ Terry Rozier Rejected Contract Extension Offer

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Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier rejected a contract extension from the team that would have paid him roughly $12 million annually, according to a report from A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.

Rozier’s decision to decline the contract offer was a decision made by him and his management team.

“I’m in a great situation,” Rozier said, according to NBC Sports Boston. “My team felt it wasn’t good for me to sign an extension right now. It opens my options a little bit, but I’m focused on what’s happening right now.”

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Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis Not Expected to Receive Extension Before Deadline

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The New York Knicks are not expected to give Kristaps Porzingis a contract extension before the end of Monday’s deadline, which will make the budding franchise player a restricted free agent next summer, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Porzingis’ season-ending torn ACL and a desire to create as much cap flexibility so they can be major players in next summer’s free agency appear to be the main factors in the team coming to this decision.

 

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