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The Sacramento Kings and forward Rudy Gay have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $40 million that runs through the 2017-18 season, according to two league sources. Both sources spoke to News10 on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly and because no official announcement from the team had been made. News 10
The three-year deal includes a player option in the third year, allowing Gay to become a free agent should he desire to do so. News 10
This past offseason, Gay, 28, opted to pick up his final year on his existing contract to remain with the Kings rather than become a free agent. His current deal will pay him $19.3 million this season and he would have become a free agent following the season. News 10
Dwyane Wade, who had hoped to play in all of the Heat’s games this season, missed his second consecutive game with a strained left hamstring on Sunday and said he doesn’t know whether he will be able to play Monday at Brooklyn. “It’s day by day,” said Wade, who traveled with the team to Brooklyn, according to coach Erik Spoelstra. Miami Herald
When Wade missed Friday’s game at Atlanta, Spoelstra started James Ennis because the coach wanted Mario Chalmers with “the second unit [to] keep that unit somewhat the same.” But Spoelstra opted to start Chalmers in place of Wade on Sunday, and Chalmers scored a team-high 18. Miami Herald
Forward Danny Granger remains out with a strained left hamstring. He said he could play immediately if the team needed him but “they want to make sure I’m 100 percent, all the way there.” Miami Herald
[James] Harden’s advice for [Reggie] Jackson as he navigates this process is simple: keep your head up. “I just said to him, keep going out there and hooping,” Harden said. “Do what you’re doing; going out there, being aggressive and attacking, being the vocal leader that you are and everything will fall into place.” The absence of injured stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook has given Jackson a platform Harden never had in Oklahoma City. The best thing Jackson can do, Harden said, is take advantage of this time. Oklahoman
“He’s in a great positon,” Harden said. “I’m sorry to hear that KD and Russell are out. But he has a great opportunity to show everybody that he can play and that he is talented enough to carry a team. He’s doing a great job. They’re in every single game, they’re competing hard and he’s the leader. He has the ball in his hands every possession. He’s handling it the right way.” Oklahoman
Amar'e Stoudemire said he could take a break every 10 games or so but nothing’s set. “Something we’ve talked about for a long time,’’ Stoudemire said of the break. “So many games, five games in seven nights, played every back to back and tough matchup. Depending on the schedule, we’ll see what makes the best sense when medical staff looks at the schedule.’’ NY Post
Coach Derek Fisher said Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) and Jose Calderon (calf) should return to practice by Friday but thinks it is a longshot for Monday. Though it would be mostly coincidence, the two Europeans could be on similar tracks now.
There has been no thought of giving Bargnani a rehab game with their new D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, who made their franchise debut Sunday in Oklahoma City. Bargnani lives only blocks from the Westchester County Center in White Plains. NY Post
But [Xavier] Henry has been substantially less effective this season, missing almost all of the preseason because of soreness in the same knee that required a trip to Germany for treatment on it last month. Henry, 23, is averaging only 2.1 points in the regular season after scoring eight in the meaningless fourth quarter of the Lakers' 136-115 loss Sunday to Golden State. " 'X' is just trying to get back to who he is," [Byron] Scott said. "It's really just trying to find out if he's going to be the player that he was last year before the injuries or if he'll be a different type of player. Which means he'll have to adjust his game." LA Times
Roc Nation Sports has hired a former salary “capologist” for the New York Jets, as well as an NBA agent who worked for Kobe Bryant’s agent. Ari Nissim, who was the Jets’ director of football operations, has been hired as director of strategy and analytics. Sports Business Daily
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