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Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant defends Zaza Pachulia as ‘clumsy,’ not dirty

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A day after reigning Kia MVP Russell Westbrook accused Warriors center Zaza Pachulia of intentionally trying to hurt him in the Warriors’ recent 112-80 victory over the Thunder, Kevin Durant defended his teammate as “clumsy” rather than dirty.

“I don’t think Zaza is trying to hurt anybody,” Durant said after practice on Sunday, as reported by the Mercury News. “He is clumsy, don’t get me wrong. A lot of big guys are. But I watched the tape. I don’t think he’s trying to hurt him at all. It was an unfortunate play. And I’m glad Russ didn’t get hurt from that.”

The incident in question took place in the third quarter of Saturday’s clash, when Pachulia toppled onto Westbrook’s legs as they and Warriors guard Nick Young battled for a rebound. 

“He fell over my leg,” Westbrook said after the game. “He tried to hurt me.” 

Pachulia faced similar accusations during last season’s playoffs, when Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ripped the 15-year veteran after an incident in which Kawhi Leonard suffered a series-ending sprained ankle as Pachulia challenged his shot. The Warriors went on to sweep the Spurs en route to their second championship in three years. 

Despite that history, Durant was more than willing to give Pachulia the benefit of the doubt. 

“I don’t think Zaza is trying to hurt anybody,” Durant said. “He loves the game too much and respects the game too much. But obviously we need something to talk about.”

 

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Report: Pau Gasol to join Trail Blazers

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Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gasol, 39, who was limited to just 30 games last season because of a variety of injuries, has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over 17 NBA seasons.



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Report: Furkan Korkmaz returning to 76ers

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Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports tells ESPN.

Korkmaz, 21, brings back a rotational forward with the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. The loss of JJ Redick in free agency – and Kyle Korver’s decision to choose Milwaukee over Philadelphia – brought some increased urgency to keep Korkmaz on the Sixers roster.

 The 21-year-old Korkmaz, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes last season.

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Report: Kevin Love to withdraw from World Cup

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.

During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.

Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.



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