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76ers promote ex-All-Star Brand to GM

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Elton Brand is in charge of the Philadelphia 76ers.

A person familiar with the situation says the Sixers have made Brand their new general manager, replacing Bryan Colangelo. Colangelo resigned in June as the 76ers' president of basketball operations after what an investigation concluded was "careless and in some instances reckless" sharing of sensitive team information on Twitter.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the move had not been officially announced. Brand is expected to be introduced at a news conference on Thursday.

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Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan grew up playing high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina. So when the former NBA star watched the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence to his hometown and surrounding area, he acted quickly to help.

The six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner donated $2 million on Tuesday to assist residents of the Carolinas - $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

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Raptors GM says Leonard happy, healthy

TORONTO (AP) Kawhi Leonard has yet to address the media in Toronto since his trade to the Raptors, but team president Masai Ujiri said Tuesday that his star acquisition is happy and healthy.

"He is determined and seems in the right frame of mind," Ujiri said. "You will be hearing from him shortly. I think there is a fire inside of him and we are all excited about that."

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Heat G Waiters won't be ready for season

MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters will begin this season as he finished last season - unable to play.

Waiters has not recovered sufficiently enough from left ankle surgery to be ready for the start of training camp next week, the team announced Tuesday. Heat President Pat Riley said it's unlikely that Waiters will be ready for the start of the regular season as well.

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Wolves' Patton again has surgery on foot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves center Justin Patton has had surgery for a broken foot for the second straight year and is out indefinitely.

The team said Tuesday that Patton's operation on his right foot in New York went as planned.

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Pelicans bringing back veteran G Jack

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to terms on a one-year, veteran-minimum contract with guard Jarrett Jack.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the roster move and contract terms have not been announced.

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NBA, union: Mental health help available

MIAMI (AP) NBA players were reminded Tuesday that help for their mental wellness is available if needed, and they were urged to take advantage of that whenever necessary.

A letter from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts wished players well as they start the season and stressed that the game provides an opportunity "to change lives."

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76ers' Simmons, Fultz looking to hit 3s

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz are expected this season to join Philadelphia's Big Three.

No, not as franchise cornerstones - the No. 1 draft picks were already part of that trio with All-Star center Joel Embiid.

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US rolls past Panama in FIBA qualifier

PANAMA CITY (AP) U.S. coach Jeff Van Gundy came into the start of this second round of qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup cautioning his players that they would face enormous challenges.

They clearly heeded his words, and the Americans are now closing in on a trip to China next year.

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Wade to return to Heat, delay retirement

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade looked into the camera, stood alone in the middle of a darkened room and talked for 10 minutes. He struggled with his words at times, unable to control his emotions. He wept.

And finally, he made what he called the hardest decision of his life.

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