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The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. The league had expressed its opposition to the law known as HB2 since it was enacted in March, and its decision Thursday came shortly after stage legislators revisited the law and chose to leave it largely unchanged. Star Tribune/AP
Yahoo Sports reported the league is focusing on New Orleans as a replacement location. Several other NBA cities have become options, including Chicago and New York/Brooklyn, sources told ESPN. But North Texas could also be a suitable replacement venue.
It would take an extended set of dominoes to fall, but Dallas has all the necessary framework in place that would make it a legitimate option for the league, most notably hotel and convention space. Dallas Morning News
The Spanish basketball federation says that center Marc Gasol will miss the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after failing to recover from a broken foot in time. The federation says "Marc Gasol hasn't passed the necessary medical tests" and will miss the games. Star Tribune/AP
Former University of Memphis guard/forward D.J. Stephens has agreed to terms on a partially-guaranteed two-year contract with the Grizzlies, according to a Yahoo Sports report. Stephens averaged 10.3 points and four rebounds per game for Memphis' summer-league team in Las Vegas earlier this month, shooting 59.1 percent from the floor over three games. Undrafted in 2013, he finished last season with the Grizzlies' D-League affiliate, the Iowa Energy. Memphis Commercial Appeal
The NBA is preparing to announce the relocation of the 2017 All-Star weekend from Charlotte in response to the state's anti-LGBT legislation, two people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The people requested anonymity because the information has not been made public yet. Detroit Free Press/USA Today
The Mavericks have signed free agent guard Kyle Collinsworth. According to the Deseret News, it is a two-year, partially guaranteed contract. Collinsworth (6-6, 210) recently competed for the Mavericks at Samsung NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas. In six summer league games, he averaged 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal in 15.3 minutes per contest. InsideHoops
As Kyle Collinsworth was in the process of setting the NCAA record for most triple-doubles in a career, there was hot debate concerning whether or not he could find a place in the NBA. That question has been answered in the affirmative. Deseret News
The Rockets signed rookie forward/center Chinanu Onuaku (Chih-NAH-noo On-ooh-AH-koo) today. According to the Houston Chronicle, it is a three-year, fully guaranteed deal. Onuaku was selected by Houston with the 37th overall pick in the 2016 Draft. InsideHoops
The Rockets, who have a weak frontcourt and need any help they can get, have signed free agent center Nene (ne-Nay). If the season began today, the teamís starting power forward may be Ryan Anderson. At center, it could be Nene, or young power forward Clint Capela. InsideHoops
Delonte West has been down. But heís apparently not out. Westís mother recently told TMZ Sports that her son is getting his life back together and is working toward returning to the NBA. West, who turns 33 next week, hasnít appeared in an NBA game since the 2011-12 season. The comeback attempt comes on the heels of some concerning incidents involving West, whoís battling mental health issues, his mom says. NESN
The gloves were off when Mavericks owner Mark Cuban went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday night. Cuban unleashed a whole segment of Trump disses. Among the highlights: "The gloves are off. Speaking of gloves, I got you a pair for your birthday. You're a child's medium, right?" "I've got a travel tip for you. When you're going through customs and they ask if you've got anything to declare, try not to blurt out 'bankruptcy.'" Dallas Morning News
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