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Suns’ James Jones Discusses TJ Warren, Josh Jackson Trades

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Phoenix Suns general manager James Jones has been a busy man this offseason, and part of that activity saw him trade away TJ Warren and Josh Jackson.

Jones chalked it up to the team just growing, and maturing.

“It’s just the maturation of a team,” Jones said, according to Kellan Olson of Arizona Sports 98.7 Radio. “When we looked at our team, we knew our two young building blocks were Devin (Booker) and Deandre (Ayton) and so every move we made after that was really to add guys that would complement and help them become better players.

Jones praised the players, with Warren likely the most deserving of the praise, and wished both the best in the future.

“The guys that we moved on from are great players, they’re great talents — we wish them the best. But when you’re building a team you have to make tough decisions so we made decisions that we thought would help us and (added) proven guys that would help us.”

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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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Rockets, Clippers Interested in Andre Iguodala

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The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers are two teams that are in strong pursuit of Memphis Grizzlies veteran forward Andre Iguodala, according to Stadium’s Shams Charania.

According to the report, the Grizzlies have tried to find a suitable trade partner to ship out Iguodala in the hopes of getting some value back, and have engaged in talks with the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets at different points.

In regards to the Rockets, they are still not comfortable with the idea of going deep in the luxury tax just to land Iguodala.

The Clippers appear to be resistant in giving up newly acquired forward Mo Harkless in landing Iguodala.

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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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