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SACRAMENTO, Calif.  (AP) -- Sacramento Kings president Chris Granger is leaving the team to take on a new challenge.

Granger announced his decision Monday to leave the team after almost four years in the role. Granger was in charge of the business side for the team and played a major role in the construction of the new downtown arena that opened this past season.

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his move clears up long-term salary, possibly for Paul George.

The Los Angeles Lakers will trade Timofey Mozgov and D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the No. 27 overall pick in the 2017 draft on Thursday, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal comes just days after Paul George told the Indiana Pacers he would not re-sign after his contract expired in 2018, stating he preferred landing with the Lakers.

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Los Angeles spent the past few months hinting that they might draft someone besides Ball, which was smart.

It looks more and more like the Lakers have settled on Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick headed into the 2017 NBA draft, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford. Ball and Los Angeles have been linked for months, but we still hadn’t seen any firm decision reported. Now, it looks like the Lakers might be reaching the conclusion of their draft plans.

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Cleveland needs to match Golden State’s firepower. Adding Jimmy Butler to the mix would be a step in the right direction.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have vaulted themselves into trade discussions in an attempt to acquire Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

The Cavaliers reportedly worked on Monday to add a third team to the deal to give Chicago the necessary assets — young players and draft picks — needed to pry the two-way wing from the Bulls.

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