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nba rumors Josh McRoberts is back on the Heat’s books. McRoberts has exercised his opt-in to return to the Heat for $6 million next season, agent Mike Conley told the Palm Beach Post on Tuesday. It’s the final season of the four-year, $22 million contract he signed with Miami in the summer of 2014 — the same summer the organization lost LeBron James to Cleveland. Palm Beach Post

Now that McRoberts is not eligible to be a free agent this summer, he is eligible to be traded by the Heat to create more cap space. Miami reportedly tried to trade the 30-year-old forward last offseason, but it was not able to find a match. With McRoberts on the roster, the Heat are still expected to have about $38 million in cap space after they clear Chris Bosh’s contract off their salary cap. Palm Beach Post

nba rumors The Orlando Magic have named John Hammond general manager, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. Hammond brings more than 35 years of coaching and administrative experience to Orlando, including the last nine seasons (2008-17) as general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. During Hammond’s 26 years in the NBA, his teams have made 15 postseason appearances. Weltman served as assistant general manager under Hammond for five seasons (2008-13) and also worked with him in Detroit (2007-08). Inside Hoops

Prior to joining the Bucks, Hammond spent seven seasons as vice president of basketball operations with the Detroit Pistons, where he was responsible for directing day-to-day operations of the basketball operations department, handling player personnel issues and assisting in roster development. During his time with Detroit, the Pistons were 330-158 (.676), reached the Eastern Conference Finals six consecutive times (2003-08), made two straight trips to the NBA Finals (2004-05) and captured the NBA World Championship in 2004. In addition to his time as vice president of basketball operations, Hammond also served as director of player personnel, scouting director and assistant coach in two stints with the Pistons. Inside Hoops

Boston Celtics big man Amir Johnson will not start in Tuesday night's Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a right shoulder sprain, coach Brad Stevens said. Kelly Olynyk will start in his place. Stevens said he's uncertain if Johnson will play at all Tuesday night due to the injury. ESPN Boston

Boston Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas has visited one hip specialist and plans to see others. Thomas, who is done for the season with a right hip injury he sustained in March and aggravated in the playoffs, told Celtics coach Brad Stevens that he intends to get "one or two more opinions" before a course of action is set. It's possible Thomas could undergo surgery on his hip. The Celtics have described Thomas' condition as a tear in his hip. Star Tribune/AP

nba rumors As the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena takes form downtown, the team is now looking to put $750,000 toward a project of a different kind. The Bucks, in conjunction with partner Johnson Controls, will construct a $150,000 “multi-sport complex” at Milwaukee Public Schools' Browning Elementary School and the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, both in Westlawn, on the northwest side of the city. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Bucks’ unveiling of community service follows years of community pressure. During a hearing held by the Milwaukee Common Council in 2015, the nonprofit coalition Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground called for council members to vote against the use of public funds toward the Bucks arena. The council eventually approved a $47 million spending plan for construction, part of $250 million of public funds signed off by Gov. Scott Walker toward the cost of the $500 million stadium. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


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