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nba rumors Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton suffered a left hamstring injury in preseason workouts that will require surgery, General Manager John Hammond announced Wednesday. Middleton is expected to be sidelined for approximately six months, with surgery planned in the next week. “We’re obviously disappointed for Khris and our team, but injuries are an unfortunate part of the game,” said Hammond. “We’ll rely on our overall roster depth to help us while Khris is out for a significant period of the season.” InsideHoops

Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton has a left hamstring injury that will require surgery, sidelining the team's best outside shooter for about six months. The Bucks announced the injury Wednesday. Surgery is planned for the next week. Middleton tore the hamstring in a workout Tuesday. Star Tribune/AP

nba rumors These might be the final days of the Kevin Garnett era in Minnesota. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported on Wednesday night that the Timberwolves and the future Hall of Fame forward are in “advanced discussions” about a potential buyout. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Garnett has one year remaining on the two-year, $16 million deal he inked last July. St. Paul Pioneer Press

nba rumors Veteran point guard Mo Williams said Wednesday he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers for one more season. Williams made the announcement on Twitter, writing: "Coming back. #onemoreyear" Williams, who reportedly had been mulling retirement, is under contract with the Cavs for $2.2 million this season. ESPN.com

The Los Angeles Clippers and Fox Sports Prime Ticket have reached an agreement to extend their television deal. Terms were not announced Wednesday. Prime Ticket will broadcast all regular-season games not selected by a national outlet for exclusive telecast, first-round postseason games and selected exhibition games. It will be the 21st season Prime Ticket has been the team's regional telecast partner. ESPN.com/AP

nba rumors Warriors: JaVale McGee, who signed a non-guaranteed contract in hopes of filling the lone vacant spot on the roster, is trying to rediscover groove he found in his best season, 2011-12, when he averaged 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for Washington and Denver. The Warriors are open to looking at McGee because over the summer they lost starting center Andrew Bogut and primary backup Festus Ezeli, both of whom were effective defenders in the paint. CSN Bay Area

“Do you see anybody else out here who can jump and catch a lob? Who can block a shot?” Kerr, grinning, told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday. “That’s my answer, and you can quote me on that.” CSN Bay Area

nba rumors A quarter-century ago, Utah welcomed "the place that Larry built" to downtown as it unveiled a brand new, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, then known as the Delta Center. On Wednesday, the team announced plans for "the place that Gail rebuilt" — which will be Vivint Smart Home Arena 2.0. The announcement was made during a presentation for dignitaries, season ticket holders and the media at the venue. Deseret News

The majority of the construction will begin at the conclusion of the 2016-17 Utah Jazz basketball season, with anticipated completion by fall 2017, said Utah Jazz president Steve Starks. Deseret News

In June, the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City approved $22.7 million in tax increment financing in support of a planned $125 million renovation effort. The funds represent 18 percent of the project's total cost. The arena is currently among the oldest in the National Basketball Association. Deseret News

Marcus Smart found his role last season, establishing himself as a top defensive force on the Celtics with routine shutdown defense. When Avery Bradley went down in the postseason, Smart made a near-seamless transition into the role of a defense-oriented guard. Offensively, however, he was lacking, as noted by his abysmal sub-35 percent field goal percentage. He did show some potency at times, however, scoring 20-plus points on three occasions. Between Nov. 22 and Dec. 26, he missed 18 games with an injury to his lower left leg. WEEI

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have worked together over the past several days to create a plan for handling potential protests by players during the national anthem, sources told ESPN.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts on Wednesday sent a joint letter to all players. In the document, obtained by ESPN, the two sides pledged to work together to find a way to take "meaningful action" in NBA cities in the wake of the unrest in the country over police shootings and related incidents. ESPN.com

A man hit Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in the face with a pie at a charity dinner on Wednesday night, and an official said the former NBA star went on the defensive. The mayor had given a speech at the Seeds of HOPE dinner at Sacramento Charter High School before the man came up, pulled the pie from a bag and shoved it into Johnson's face, according to the mayor's chief of staff, Crystal Strait. ESPN.com/AP

Larry Brown wants to coach again and this time, he wants to coach high school basketball players at East Hampton high in Long Island, N.Y. He has a summer home there. Could you imagine being a high school kid, a sophomore, say, and having the opportunity to play for a Hall of Fame coach such as Brown? Charlotte Observer

A woman accusing NBA star Derrick Rose of rape cannot remain anonymous at her upcoming civil trial, a Los Angeles judge ruled. Lawyers for the woman, who is identified in court documents as Jane Doe, argued that her privacy should be protected because she is vulnerable and she has already been harassed after her name was leaked. Boston Herald/AP

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