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The Toronto Raptors are signing free-agent guard Patrick McCaw for the rest of the season, league sources told ESPN. McCaw cleared waivers on Wednesday afternoon, sources said. McCaw, 23, has been the subject of some intrigue in recent weeks -- a Golden State restricted free agent who signed a non-guaranteed offer sheet with Cleveland, only to be waived after three games with the Cavaliers. Golden State declined to match the sheet.

For about the past week or so, itís been a progression of exercises and drills for Ish Smith. Some light shooting one day. Some running and cutting another day. By Tuesday, the activity had ramped up to more game-like activity, including cutting and defensive drills. That appears to be one of the final rungs on the ladder to a potential return for Smith, who has been on the shelf since Dec. 5 because of a right groin tear. Detroit News

The Celtics have brought back old friend, shooting guard R.J. Hunter, Hunterís agency Priority Sports announced Wednesday afternoon.

Halfway through the season, Chicago is in a three-way tie with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers for fewest three-point attempts per game with 9.2. They rank 20th in three-point percentage, hitting from beyond the arc at a 34.6 percent clip. The Bulls rank dead last in the NBA in offensive efficiency, scoring just 100.5 points per 100 possessions, nearly three points worse than the 29th-place Cavs. NBC Sports

Now that Holiday, the Bullsí starting small forward for much of the season, is out of the picture, LaVine plans to look for more outside shots. He has shown proficiency in that part of his game earlier in his career ó before he suffered a torn ACL during the 2016-17 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he was hitting 38.7 percent of his threes through two-plus seasons in the NBA. NBC Sports

The PGA Tour abandoned plans Tuesday to hold a new, Stephen Curry-hosted event at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City in September. Tour officials had anticipated announcing the new tournament in the next two weeks. They even held dates on the calendar (Sept. 19-22) for the fall portion of the 2019-20 season. SF Chronicle


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