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Bucks Not Likely To Retain Jabari Parker

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The Milwaukee Bucks plans for the future apparently won’t include 23-year old forward Jabari Parker, whose career has been marred by injuries.

Reportedly, the chances of Parker remaining with the Bucks are “slim to none,” as he was really close to being traded before this year’s trade deadline, according to Gery Woelfel of The Racine-Journal Times.

Instead, Milwaukee will prioritize locking up Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton as their unrestricted free agency’s approach.

The report points to a rift between former Bucks head coach Jason Kidd and Parker. Kidd was rumored to be especially harsh on Parker during his recovery, something that also caused a rift between Parker and the organization.

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76ers, Ben Simmons Agree to Contract Extension

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons have agreed to a five-year, $170 million contract, according to Simmons’ agent Rick Paul, via The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Sixers had extended a max contract offer to Simmons at the start of free agency, so the deal had been on the horizon for a while.

Simmons, 22, has been a franchise cornerstone for the Sixers, and averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game for Philadelphia last season.

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Cavs Expected to Waive and Stretch J.R. Smith

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to waive guard J.R. Smith after failing to find a suitable trade, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon.

According to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, the Cavs plan to stretch his contract over the next three years.

Smith played in only 11 games during the 2018-19 season as the Cavs veered towards a youth movement.

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76ers’ Re-Sign Mike Scott

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The Philadelphia 76ers have re-signed Mike Scott to a two-year, $9.8 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

“Mike epitomizes what Philadelphia loves – a fierce competitor with a tireless work ethic, who’s driven by the desire to win,” Sixers’ general manager Elton Brand said in a statement. “His toughness, grit and passion are palpable, as the city of Philadelphia has come to know. We are thrilled to have Mike back with the 76ers.”

Scott was a key reserve player for the 76ers last year, averaging 7.8 points per game.

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