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Sixers’ J.J. Redick Taking on Mentorship Role

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Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick is taking on a mentorship role on the team, despite not coming back to the team for another season, following a career year, expecting to be in a mentorship role.

“I’ve always looked at leadership, mentorship, as something that requires a certain amount of diligence on both sides,” Redick said, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “It requires an organic process rather than just assigning roles to people.”

Redick’s teammate T.J. McConnell notes that Redick’s personality naturally assumes the role of mentor.

“Whether he likes to believe it or not, it’s just his personality; guys flock to him because the type of person he is and the type of player he is and his work ethic,” McConnell stated. “For him to say that he wasn’t going to come in and be a mentor early on is just crazy.”

Redick is quick to point to Keyon Dooling, who mentored Redick when the two were together playing for the Orlando Magic.

“Whether he knows it or not, Keyon had a big impact on me and provided encouragement for me when things were looking grim,” Redick said. “I remember my spirits being lifted by just simple words. You don’t know the impact you can have on someone. Elton [Brand] and Keyon didn’t realize it probably, so hopefully, I’m doing something right and I’m not even realizing it and I’m having an impact on someone.”

Chicago Bulls

Bulls Pulling Jabari Parker from Regular Rotation

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It appears that the Chicago Bulls are souring on Jabari Parker, who will reportedly be pulled from the regular rotation, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

The 23-year old Parker came to Chicago via a two-year, $40 million deal during the offseason, and marked a return to his hometown and a chance to re-ignite his career.

Now, it appears certain that the Bulls will decline his option, sending Parker back to free agency next summer.

“Jabari has been great,” Bulls head coach Jim Boylen said, according to Andrews. “He understands. Jabari wants to make it about helping the team win. And that’s what I’ve asked him to do.”

Parker has averaged 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds for Chicago this season.

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Detroit Pistons

Pistons Interested in 76ers’ Markelle Fultz

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The Detroit Pistons may be in the market for a point guard and are apparently eyeing struggling Philadelpha 76ers’ point guard Markelle Fultz, according to The Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis.

Detroit is reportedly eyeing a young point guard in preparation for the potential departure of Reggie Jackson via free agency following next season.

The report pointed out that in order to take on Fultz, the Pistons would have to move money around to avoid the luxury tax.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Tristan Thompson for two-to-four weeks with a sprained left foot, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.

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