Marc J. Spears

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Marc Spears covers the NBA for Yahoo! Sports. He previously has written for the Boston Globe and Denver Post.

  • Sources: Kings sign Marshall Henderson

    Former Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson has signed a make-good contract with the Sacramento Kings, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

    Marshall Henderson (Getty Images)Marshall Henderson (Getty Images)Henderson played in Iraq, Qatar and Italy this past season after he wasn't drafted out of the University of Mississippi in 2014. The two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection averaged 19 points during his final season with the Rebels and was one of the most flamboyant characters college basketball has seen in recent years.

    Henderson, however, also had drug problems and maturity issues that damaged his reputation.

    The Kings had interest in Henderson as an NBA Development League prospect prior to last season. The Houston Rockets also worked out the combo guard, who wasn't invited to any NBA-sanctioned predraft camps last year.

    Henderson will participate in training camp with the Kings, who have had a turbulent offseason.

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  • Source: Jeff Adrien finalizing one-year deal with Pelicans

    The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a one-year deal to pay the veteran’s minimum to veteran forward-center Jeff Adrien, a source told Yahoo Sports.Jeff Adrien (AP)Jeff Adrien (AP)

    Adrien, 29, averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 17 games last season. The Pelicans have been courting him throughout free agency, but Orlando, Dallas, Minnesota, New York, Charlotte and Philadelphia also showed interest, too, the source said.

    The 6-foot-7, 245-pound journeyman has also played for Golden State, Houston, Charlotte and Milwaukee.

  • Sources: Guard Jason Richardson to sign with Hawks

    Jason Richardson (L) and the Timberwolves' Luke Ridnour chase a loose ball. (AP)Jason Richardson (L) and the Timberwolves' Luke Ridnour chase a loose ball. (AP)Veteran shooting guard Jason Richardson will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Atlanta Hawks, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Richardson, 34, averaged 9.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in a little less than 22 minutes per game in 19 contests last season with the Philadelphia 76ers. Richardson, who has spent 13 seasons in the NBA, visited with the Hawks on Friday and is expected to sign the contract on Monday. Hawks vice chair of the board Grant Hill was a teammate of Richardson's with the Phoenix Suns.

    Richardson has averaged 17.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his NBA career.

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  • Sources: 76ers center Joel Embiid to have surgery Tuesday

    Joel Embiid (AP)Joel Embiid (AP)Injured Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will have a second surgery on his right foot Tuesday and is expected to miss the upcoming season, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 NBA draft missed his entire rookie season after having surgery in June 2014 to repair a stress fracture in the foot.

    Embiid, 21, is expected to have a bone graft procedure similar to the foot surgery of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant. The Sixers announced in July that Embiid needed a second surgery after a routine CT scan in June revealed less healing than anticipated.

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    Embiid last played with the University of Kansas during the 2013-14 season. Assuming the surgery goes well, the 7-foot, 250-pounder is expected to be ready for training camp for the 2016-17 season. Philadelphia has three other healthy centers on its roster in rookie Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims.

     

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  • Source: Tayshaun Prince agrees to one-year deal with Timberwolves

    Tayshaun Prince, right. (AP)Tayshaun Prince, right. (AP)The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to sign forward Tayshaun Prince to a one-year deal paying the veteran's minimum of at least $1.4 million, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    Prince is a 13-year NBA veteran who has averaged 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds during his career that included a 2004 NBA Finals championship with the Detroit Pistons. Along with veteran Kevin Garnett, Prince, 35, will add a veteran presence to a very young Timberwolves squad that includes the top pick in each of the past three drafts: power forward Anthony Bennett (2013), small forward Andrew Wiggins (2014) and center Karl-Anthony Towns (2015).

    Prince bounced around last season, spending time with the Pistons, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies.

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  • NBA's top 10 games for the 2015-16 season

    The 2015-16 NBA season won't lack for entertaining storylines. After the league released its schedule on Wednesday, here's an early look at 10 of the season's most intriguing games.

    10. DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl open their season in Sacramento, Oct. 28
    The Sacramento Kings made headlines during the offseason with their power struggle between All-Star center Cousins and Coach Karl. Karl wanted Cousins traded, prompting Cousins to voice his displeasure on his Twitter account. Kings fans will vocalize their loyalty or disdain for both during introductions in the team's season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.

    9. Kristaps Porzingis debuts at the Garden, Oct. 29:
    New York Knicks fans strongly booed Porzingis when he was selected with the fourth overall pick in this year's draft. Porzingis, however, showed flashes of greatness for the future during summer league. Will Knicks fans cheer or boo the rookie during his Madison Square Garden debut against the Atlanta Hawks?

    LaMarcus Aldridge gets to play for the Spurs now. (Getty Images)LaMarcus Aldridge gets to play for the Spurs now. (Getty Images)8.

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  • Q&A: Kobe Bryant talks retirement, playoffs and life after basketball

    Kobe Bryant says this absolutely could be his last NBA season, but the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar says he has not made a final decision.

    Bryant, 36, told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview on Tuesday during a business trip to China that he won’t decide whether he will retire until after the upcoming NBA season.

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    Coming off another season cut short because of injury – a torn rotator cuff – the 17-time All-Star covered a variety of topics in a Q&A with Yahoo Sports.

    Q: Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has hinted that next season can be your last. Could it be?

    Kobe Bryant has always taken the extra step in maintenance and preparation. (Getty Images)Kobe Bryant has always taken the extra step in maintenance and preparation. (Getty Images)Kobe: “We haven’t set anything in stone and I’ve talked about it before. But could this be the last [season]? Absolutely. It’s tough to decide. It’s really tough to make those types of decisions. Players I have spoken to say, ‘Kobe you will know.’

    “I’m making this very simple. Either I like playing the game and going through this process or I don’t. I try to

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  • Jerry Colangelo talks Team USA, LeBron and post-Coach K era

    CARMEL, Calif. – With Clint Eastwood’s mammoth mansion looming far in the background, USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo on Wednesday took some time at Tehama Golf Club to discuss his future and the state of Team USA, among a variety of topics.

    The following is a Q&A with the 75-year-old Colangelo, who remains as passionate as ever about his commitment to USA Basketball.

    Q: Do you expect LeBron James to be playing for USA in the Olympics next year?

    Mike Krzyzewski, Jerry Colangelo and Jim Boeheim talk during a Team USA practice session. (Getty)Mike Krzyzewski, Jerry Colangelo and Jim Boeheim talk during a Team USA practice session. (Getty)Colangelo: He is one of the greatest players of all time. If he wants to be on the team, how is he not going to be on the team? It’s really not my call. It’s really his call. If that is still important to him and what he wants to do, I truly believe that’s what he wants, than he will be there.

    Q: Has James said he will be playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics?

    Colangelo: I think he is intent on wanting to play for USA Basketball and be in the Olympics next year.

    Q: Paul George broke his leg playing in an exhibition game for USA

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  • How NBA champ Festus Ezeli fell into basketball after emigrating from Nigeria at 14

    Festus Ezeli departed from Nigeria in July 2004 as a nervous 14-year-old who stood 6-foot-6 and dreamed of becoming a doctor. While there is no medical degree 11 years later, the Golden State Warriors' center on Wednesday returned to Africa five inches taller and an NBA champion after living a real-life fairy tale.

    Festus Ezeli hugs the Larry O'Brien trophy after the Warriors won the NBA title in June. (AP)Festus Ezeli hugs the Larry O'Brien trophy after the Warriors won the NBA title in June. (AP)

    "I've been beyond lucky, blessed or whatever it is," Ezeli told Yahoo Sports. "I've had people come into my life that I never expected. I've had people come and support me that I never expected. They all are a part of my journey…

    "Nothing is impossible. You just have to be able to dream big and work hard for it."

    Ezeli is returning to Africa to play in the first-ever NBA Africa Game, an exhibition on Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Nigeria native will be playing for the Africa Team coached by the San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich with teammates such as Luol Deng and Giannis Antetokounmpo. The World Team roster includes All-Stars Chris Paul, Marc Gasol and Pau

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  • Chris Copeland goes from harrowing incident to stint with Facebook

    SAN FRANCISCO – Nearly five months after a life-threatening stabbing incident, forward Chris Copeland says all is well now.

    And realizing how precious life is, he is making the most of it.

    Forward Chris Copeland will play for Milwaukee next season. (Getty Images)Forward Chris Copeland will play for Milwaukee next season. (Getty Images)Copeland was in the Bay Area this week taking part in a short externship with Facebook. He is developing his own app ideas and has been working with Facebook engineers, a project that was set up by NBA senior director of player development Kate Skidmore.

    “Just walking around campus and seeing how Facebook is run, it was seriously an honor to be there,” Copeland told Yahoo Sports on Thursday night in his first interview since the April 8 incident in New York. “Facebook is one of the top businesses, companies, apps in existence. For me to be a part of their culture, even for a little while, and really learn from the people there is priceless for me.”

    It was an opportunity Copeland almost didn’t get.

    In the early morning of April 8, Copeland, in his third NBA season and playing for the Indiana Pacers,

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