NBA notebook: Harden withdraws from
FIBA World Cup
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[July 20, 2019]
Houston Rockets star guard James Harden has withdrawn from
playing for USA Basketball in the FIBA World Cup in China, according
to the Houston Chronicle.
Harden has informed coach Gregg Popovich that he won't be
participating, according to the report. The event runs Aug. 31-Sept.
Harden is electing to focus on the Rockets and plans to use the time
to adapt to playing with new backcourt mate Russell Westbrook.
Harden is the second NBA star to pull out in recent days. Los
Angeles Lakers power forward Anthony Davis reportedly withdrew last
--The Indiana Pacers added more guard help in the wake of Darren
Collison's recent retirement, signing a one-year, $4.8 million deal
with free-agent guard Justin Holiday.
The move unites Holiday with brother Aaron, who figures to see his
responsibilities at point guard increase in his second NBA season.
The two are also brothers of veteran New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue
Justin Holiday, 30, averaged 10.5 points and had 3.9 rebounds in 82
games (77 starts) for the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies last
season. The Bulls traded him to Memphis in January.
--Former Duke and WNBA player Lindsey Harding has been hired by the
Sacramento Kings as an assistant coach.
Most recently a player development coach for the Philadelphia 76ers
beginning in April, Harding was the first black woman to become a
full-time NBA scout when the Sixers hired her before the 2018-19
Other female coaches in the NBA include Kara Lawson of the Boston
Celtics, Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs, Jenny Boucek of the
Dallas Mavericks and Lindsay Gottlieb of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Orlando Magic v Chicago
Bulls - Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City - December 13, 2018
Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier in action with Chicago Bulls' Justin
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--The Toronto Raptors announced the signing of guard Matt Thomas, a
move that had been in the works for weeks.
Thomas, who played college ball at Iowa State, spent the last two
seasons playing professionally in Spain.
The deal is reportedly for three years, though official terms were
--Tommy Sheppard will have the interim title pulled off and be named
general manager of the Washington Wizards, the Washington Post
Sheppard, who joined the organization in 1994, has been serving as
the interim general manager since Ernie Grunfeld was fired in early
Sheppard was the team's senior vice president of basketball
operations for most of the 2018-19 campaign. He handled the salary
cap and contract negotiations while in that role.
(Field Level Media)
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