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Raptors' Lowry undergoes thumb surgery

TORONTO, ON- JUNE 17 - Kyle Lowry with the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy as the Toronto Raptors hold their victory parade after beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in Toronto. June 17, 2019. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry has undergone surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left thumb, an injury he played through during the last two rounds of Toronto's run to the NBA championship.

The Raptors say Friday that Lowry had the surgery in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

The All-Star point guard was hurt May 12 during Game 7 of a victory over Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He continued to play and helped Toronto win its first title when he finished with 26 points and 10 assists in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Golden State.

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Pacers sign Justin Holiday for $4.8M

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent guard Justin Holiday has agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.8 million with the Indiana Pacers.

Holiday joins his younger brother, Aaron, with the Pacers, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the move had not yet been announced.

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Kings add WNBA alum Harding as assistant

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have hired former WNBA player Lindsey Harding as an assistant and player development coach on Luke Walton's staff.

The team also hired Stacey Augmon and Rico Hines on Friday.

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New Celtics Walker, Kanter meet media

BOSTON (AP) Enes Kanter took a playful swipe at him.

Kemba Walker will try to replace him.

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Wolves sign undrafted rookie C Reid

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed rookie center Naz Reid to a multiyear contract, upgrading the two-way deal they initially gave him before a strong performance for the team's entry in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

The new contract, completed Thursday, all but ensures that Reid will be on the regular-season roster, after going undrafted out of LSU.

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76ers extend Simmons for $170M, 5 years

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers and All-Star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension.

Simmons was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2016. He made his NBA debut in the 2017-18 season and was the Rookie of the Year. He was an All-Star for the first time last season. He has averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.9 assists in his two seasons.

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Simmons backs out of World Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Ben Simmons' new contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers came with bad news for Australian basketball fans: The Melbourne-born NBA All-star won't play for the Boomers at the World Cup.

Hours after Simmons and the 76ers agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension on Tuesday, Simmons said he preferred to spend time with his new teammates in September instead of travelling to China for the Aug. 31-Sept. 15 World Cup.

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Pistons claim F-C Wood off waivers

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have claimed Christian Wood off waivers.

The Pistons announced the move Wednesday. The 6-foot-10 Wood appeared in 21 games last season for Milwaukee and New Orleans, averaging 8.2 points. He's averaged 5.3 points in 51 career NBA games for Philadelphia, Charlotte, Milwaukee and New Orleans.

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Warriors GM Myers moves on from Durant

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Bob Myers has accepted Kevin Durant's departure for the Brooklyn Nets with an appreciation for all the superstar forward accomplished with the franchise, even if the Golden State general manager would have loved to keep KD around a little longer.

"I have a peace about it," Myers said Monday as he discussed the Warriors' flurry of moves in free agency.

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Cavs waive G Smith after eventful tenure

CLEVELAND (AP) J.R. Smith's never-a-dull-moment run with the Cavaliers is over.

Cleveland released the colorful shooting guard Monday before his $15.6 million contract for next season became guaranteed. The Cavs had been trying to trade Smith for months, but the team was unable to find the right deal even after he agreed to extend his guarantee date from June 30 to July 15.

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