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The Clippers have traded Jared Dudley to the Bucks, league source tells Yahoo. Bucks will send Carlos Delfino and Radiluca to the Clippers for Dudley and a future first-round pick, source tells Yahoo. Yahoo Sports

The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety. The new regulations, calling for an extra foot of open space on both sides of the basket stanchion, were sent to teams Tuesday by league president of operations Rod Thorn and executive vice president of team marketing and business operations Amy Brooks in a memo that was obtained by The Associated Press. AP

Thorn says clearing the congestion behind the playing area was planned even before Indiana's Paul George broke his right leg when he crashed into the stanchion last month during a USA Basketball exhibition game. AP

"The conversations about this topic preceded Paul's injury by several years," Thorn said. "As a matter of fact, at our league meetings in July we informed our teams this was the direction we were going. But of course when an injury occurs like the one to Paul, it reaffirms the changes we have made and the need to continue to evaluate our policies." AP

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nba rumors Q: Pretty much the entire team is returning, with only Aron Baynes yet to be re-signed. Were you ever concerned the Spurs were going to move on without you? Matt Bonner: "I had several teams calling me to check about my availability, and I kept telling everyone I wanted to wait and see what happens with the Spurs because that was my No. 1 option. It took a little while. I understand I’m not the No. 1 priority anymore. I shouldn’t say anymore; like I ever was. But I understand being a role player, somewhat towards the end of the bench. They have to let the market play out and see what other opportunities are available. They told me the whole way they wanted me back. They just had to do their due diligence. I understood that so I stayed patient and told everybody I was going to wait for the Spurs." San Antonio Express-News Blog

Q: So why is it that you’ve never splurged now that you’ve made a few bucks? Matt Bonner: "I don’t even understand when people say that because to me, I do splurge. My Impala is the LTZ top trim model. I’ll eat at any restaurant I want now. In the past, I would always wait until 10 o’clock so I could get the Domino’s late night deal. But now, if I want pizza, I’ll go to a gourmet pizza place at 4 o’clock if I feel like it. To me, that’s splurging." San Antonio Express-News Blog

nba rumors Kyrie Irving will start opposite Goran Dragic at point guard Tuesday night when Team USA plays Slovenia in its final tuneup game leading into the FIBA World Cup. But Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, in tabbing Irving as his starter against the Dragic-led Slovenians, told ESPN.com that one option under consideration is letting Irving and Derrick Rose trade off as the starter throughout the tournament, which opens Saturday in Bilbao with the Yanks facing Finland. ESPN.com

Team USA arrived in Las Palmas early Sunday morning and held a two-hour practice Monday after voluntary workouts on their first afternoon in Spain. Going forward, Krzyzewski said, all practices will be noncontact amid a schedule that calls for five group games in a span of six days. The focus from here, when Team USA can get on the practice floor, will be on offensive and defensive execution and working on new wrinkles like starting center Anthony Davis' cameos at power forward. ESPN.com

Despite the pullouts of Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Russell Westbrook, as well as the emotional injury loss of Paul George, Team USA remains a heavy favorite to cruise through Group C play with no real resistance. Turkey, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic and Mike Fratello-coached Ukraine are the Yanks' other opponents in pool play after the Finland game. ESPN.com

Joel Przybilla, the former Trail Blazers center who became a fan-favorite during his time in Portland, is retiring from his professional basketball career and the NBA. Przybilla appeared in 592 games during his 15-year NBA career, which included stops in Portland, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Charlotte. During that time he posted averages of 3.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Oregonian

If Weber State basketball fans were mourning former Wildcat Damian Lillard being cut from the USA basketball World Cup roster, then the star point guard had something to cheer them up Monday morning. Lillard announced on Twitter he would be gracing the cover of the upcoming EA Sports game, NBA Live 15. The guard also shared the news with a video he posted on Instagram. In the video, Lillard is holding a copy of the game and speaks about the honor of being on the cover. Deseret News

Las Vegas likes the New York Knicks’ odds better than the Brooklyn Nets heading into the 2014-15 season. Vegas sports book Bovada has the Knicks at 50-1 to win the championship. The Nets are at 66-1. The betting lines were adjusted after Kevin Love was officially traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. ESPN NY

Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing and sports agent David Falk are donating $3.3 million to Georgetown's new athletics center. The school said Monday the amount of the gift reflects the uniform No. 33 that Ewing wore at Georgetown and in the NBA. AP

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