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Report: Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer granted permission to meet with Phoenix Suns

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Three years after guiding the Hawks to a franchise-record 60-win season, coach Mike Budenholzer’s time in Atlanta may be coming to an end.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hawks have granted Budenholzer permission to speak with the Phoenix Suns about their head-coaching job.

Budenholzer, a native of Arizona, is planning to meet with Suns officials early next week, reports Wojnarowski.

The Suns still are considering interim coach Jay Triano, who replaced Earl Watson three games into the regular season.

While Budenholzer did not sign up for a rebuild when he left Gregg Popovich’s staff to come to Atlanta, there was no indication he was ready to move on during Wednesday’s exit interview.

“I love what I do. I love this team. I’m focused on what we just did and how we can get better going forward,” Budenholzer said.

Budenholzer won four NBA titles as a member of Spurs’ staff and led the Hawks to the playoffs in four of his five seasons at the helm.



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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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