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NBA denies Wiggins vax exemption request

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The NBA has denied Andrew Wiggins' request for a vaccination exemption, leaving the Golden State Warriors swingman ineligible to play home games until he meets San Francisco's vaccination requirement.

The ruling was announced Friday, hours after the New York Knicks said their entire roster is vaccinated, making all their players eligible to play in their home games.

Because of local coronavirus regulations in New York and San Francisco, the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Warriors are required to be vaccinated to play in their home arenas unless exemptions for medical or religious reasons apply.

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Wizards' Hachimura to miss start of camp

WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards forward Rui Hachimura will miss the start of training camp for personal reasons.

The team said Saturday this is an excused absence and there will be more updates when appropriate.

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Bulls F Williams to miss 4-6 weeks

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams has a severe left ankle sprain that could cause him to miss the start of the season.

The news announced Friday is a blow for a team hoping to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference after some major offseason moves.

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Ginobili rejoins Spurs in adviser role

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Manu Ginobili is back with the San Antonio Spurs, with the club announcing his hiring Friday as a special adviser to basketball operations.

Ginobili spent the entirety of his 16-year NBA career with the Spurs, helping them win four championships. The Argentine was a two-time All-Star, a two-time All-NBA selection and averaged 13.3 points over 1,057 regular-season games from 2002 through 2018.

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Knicks: Roster is fully vaccinated

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Knicks' entire roster is vaccinated, making all the players eligible to play in their home games.

Because of local coronavirus regulations in New York and San Francisco, the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors are required to be vaccinated unless exemptions for medical or religious reasons apply.

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Warriors owner fined for Simmons remarks

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA fined Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob $50,000 for violating the league's anti-tampering rule with comments he made about Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons.

Lacob said the Warriors had no interest in the disgruntled Sixers guard.

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Wolves fire basketball ops head Rosas

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves fired president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas on Wednesday, less than a week before training camp in yet another change in leadership for this long-languishing franchise.

Owner Glen Taylor announced that the Timberwolves "parted ways" with Rosas in a two-sentence statement that revealed no direct explanation for the dismissal after just two seasons.

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Bulls pick up options on White, Williams

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls exercised rookie scale contract options for the 2022-23 season on guard Coby White and forward Patrick Williams on Wednesday.

White, who had his fourth-year option exercised, averaged 15.1 points and 4.8 assists in his second NBA season. His status for the start of the upcoming season is in question after he had surgery on his left shoulder in June. The Bulls said at the time he was injured "while engaged in basketball activities away from the team."

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Simmons snubbing 76ers camp, wants out

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons may have missed his last playoff free throw with the Sixers.

Simmons will not report to Philadelphia 76ers' training camp next week and prefers to continue his NBA career with another team, a person with direct knowledge of the player's plans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Heat's Herro putting tough year behind

MIAMI (AP) There were times when Tyler Herro felt overwhelmed last season.

The Miami Heat guard would see his name linked to trades all over Twitter along with questions about his personal life and how he wasn't taking basketball seriously. He also was preparing to become a father for the first time.

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