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Knicks’ Kevin Knox ‘Getting Real Close’ to Return

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The New York Knicks may be getting prized rookie guard Kevin Knox back on the court as soon as this week.

Knox provided an update via Newsday’s Steve Popper:

“I felt good out there playing. Didn’t feel no pain or anything, just sore. I’m getting real close. Not [Sunday]. Probably a game-time decision on Monday — maybe, I don’t know yet. We’ll see. I’m going to keep progressing, make sure I stay in shape and keep getting my body ready.”

Knicks head coach David Fizdale also spoke about Knox’s progress.

“We’re going to bring him step by step, try to get him there,” Fizdale said. “And then eventually when we do a five-on-five practice, after we get that under his belt, then he’ll play.”

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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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