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Thomas facing big challenge in Cleveland

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BOSTON (AP) Isaiah Thomas' basketball journey is littered with decision-makers who have underestimated the diminutive guard.

He was selected last in the 2011 NBA draft coming out of Washington, and when he arrived in Boston he looked only to be a role player for the storied franchise. Thomas has had to prove his worth with every stop.

Now, following the biggest slight of his NBA career, he'll have to do it again.

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Irving to wear No. 11 with Celtics

BOSTON (AP) Newly acquired guard Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 in Boston because the Celtics already have retired the numbers he wore in college and with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving wore No. 11 at two New Jersey high schools before switching to No. 1 at Duke. He wore No. 2 with the Cavaliers for the first six years of his NBA career.

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Clippers to name OKC's Winger new GM

LOS ANGELES (AP) The expansion of the Los Angeles Clippers' front office isn't done yet.

After removing Doc Rivers' title as president of basketball operations earlier this month, the team has reached an agreement with Oklahoma City's Michael Winger to become their general manager, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Spurs sign undrafted G Perrantes

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs have signed guard London Perrantes.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed Wednesday

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Pistons give $1M for Flint scholarships

LANSING, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and a major Michigan utility's foundation each committed $1 million Wednesday to covering college tuition for Flint high school graduates in the wake of the city's water crisis.

The $2 million in combined pledges for a fledgling "Flint Promise" program are the first to be publicly announced since work began more than a year ago. It is not clear how much more has been promised privately.

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Schiller to coach Jazz G-League team

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Martin Schiller has been named coach of the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz's NBA G League affiliate.

Schiller previously served as an assistant coach of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany and replaces Dean Cooper. He was an assistant coach for the Artland Dragons from 2010-15.

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Lakers probed for tampering with George

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is investigating whether the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with All-Star forward Paul George while he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers asked the league to open the probe.

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Pacers sign Poythress to 2-way contract

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have signed forward Alex Poythress to a two-way contract.

Poythress spent most of last season playing for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA's G-League, where he averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 46 games.

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Mavericks sign former Jazz C Withey

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent center Jeff Withey, who spent the past two seasons with the Utah Jazz.

The 7-foot Withey averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 51 games last season. He made one start. He has career averages of 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in four seasons with New Orleans and Utah.

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Antetokounmpo sidelined, Greek Fed upset

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks say Giannis Antetokounmpo was training briefly with the Greek national team when he reported to his NBA team that he was experiencing knee pain, an injury that will keep him out of the European championship.

The Bucks agreed with their medical staff's recommendation for Antetokounmpo not to play, general manager Jon Horst said. The All-Star forward reported to the Bucks that he was having right anterior knee pain following certain movements.

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