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Nuggets' Porter agrees to $207M max deal

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DENVER (AP) Sharpshooting forward Michael Porter Jr. has agreed to a five-year maximum extension with the Denver Nuggets that could be worth up to $207 million.

His agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. ESPN first reported the deal.

Porter's agreement would be worth at least $173 million over five years and could rise to the supermax level of $207 million over that span if he reaches certain criteria this season.

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Irving on Zoom amid NYC vaccine mandate

NEW YORK (AP) Unable to attend the Brooklyn Nets' media day, Kyrie Irving asked for privacy Monday when pressed about his vaccination status and availability for home games.

On a bizarre day in which comedian David Letterman was present but Irving wasn't, the seven-time All-Star spoke via Zoom through a monitor set up in the interview room at Barclays Center. New York has a mandate requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for athletes who play in or practice in the city.

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Zion 'hopeful' for opener after surgery

Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson know it will be a while before they can get back onto the court.

Zion Williamson wants to do it on opening night.

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As expected, Simmons won't attend camp

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons grew from lottery picks to All-Stars to franchise cornerstones getting paid max contracts together and - the thought was - they would try for a decade to win NBA championships together.

"We've been building this thing around us," Embiid said.

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Wiggins headstrong on vaccine beliefs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins is sticking to his beliefs when it comes to staying unvaccinated for COVID-19, even though that decision could soon cost him playing in home games.

Wiggins faces the possibility of not being allowed into Golden State's home building at Chase Center for games come Oct. 13 when the San Francisco Department of Public Health begins requiring proof of vaccination for large indoor events.

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Lowry ready for first practice with Heat

MIAMI (AP) Kyle Lowry posed for pictures with new Miami Heat teammates Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler. He chatted up some new teammates for the first time. And he struggled a bit trying to remember the names of various people he was meeting, a task that proved challenging since most were wearing masks.

The first day at his new job wasn't easy.

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Giannis feeling OK but will monitor knee

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo says he feels fine as he prepares for the Milwaukee Bucks' title defense but will be careful with the left knee that he hyperextended during the championship run.

Antetokounmpo missed the final two games of the Eastern Conference finals after hurting his knee but returned to earn MVP honors in the NBA Finals. He scored 50 points in a title-clinching Game 6 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

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Celts coach Udoka has breakthrough case

CANTON, Mass. (AP) Ime Udoka will have to wait one more day to get together with his new team.

The Boston Celtics head coach tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 this month and was in his last day of isolation when the team convened for media day on Monday. Udoka, who is vaccinated, will be able to preside over the first day of training camp on Tuesday.

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Raptors back in Toronto after 18 months

TORONTO (AP) After more than 18 months in exile because of COVID-19 border restrictions, returning home to `The North' has been a journey of discovery for the Toronto Raptors.

- Head coach Nick Nurse walked into his arena office for the first time since Feb. 28, 2020, and found a forgotten, and very dusty, blue suit hanging in his locker.

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Love, Cavs looking forward as camp opens

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love is ready to put a difficult season for himself and the Cleveland Cavaliers behind him.

The Cavaliers finished with a 22-50 record last season and are attempting to build around a group of young players acquired in the draft or trades.

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