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All they needed to do was welcome Gordon Hayward back and watch the uncertainty around them in their conference. Mission accomplished.

No one in the Eastern Conference had a better summer than Celtics president Danny Ainge, and all he did was retain a couple of his own free agents, draft a project late in the first round, and bring a veteran expat back from overseas. There were some rumors, as there always are with the Celtics, but they weren’t as breathless as past summers.

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Half a Banana Boat Crew is better than nothing.

Thursday’s reported trade of Carmelo Anthony from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team deal also involving the Philadelphia 76ers -- and which will be followed by the Hawks waiving Anthony -- obviously clears the way for Anthony to join Chris Paul in Houston. This move has been rumored for weeks once it became clear OKC had to get rid of Anthonyto lower what would have been a lethal luxury tax bill next year.

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The coach who brought Golden State to glory is sticking around.

We’ve known it was coming for a while, but today it became official. The Golden State Warriorshave extended head coach Steve Kerr’s contract.

The team officially announced the extension today, on their website and through social media.

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It’s exactly what he’s supposed to do.

immy Butler set NBA — mainly Timberwolves — Twitter on fire when KSTP’s Darren Wolfson reported the All-Star wing declined a four-year, max contract extension in the $110 million range. And to the untrained eye, Friday’s news may be indication that Butler doesn’t want to re-sign in Minnesota after this season. But while that may end up being the case in the end, that’s not necessarily what this all means.

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This is the chance Thomas needs to re-assert himself as a star point guard in the NBA.

Former All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas is a free agent no more. After spending more than 10 days on the market, watching his counterparts get scooped up by teams left and right, Thomas signed a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum with the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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The King is taking his talents out West this time.

The Decision has been made.

LeBron James will not return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Instead, The King is taking his talents out to the West Coast to join the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. James signed a four-year, $154 million max contract, according to a release from Klutch Sports Group. He officially signed his contract on Monday.

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