Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Quick-Sixer Granger heads to the Clippers

Who´s that masked man? It´s the Miami Heat´s LeBron James, who donned the protection Thursday against the Knicks for his broken nose, drawing a laugh from Carmelo Anthony. LeBron had the last laugh: a 108-82 win.
Who's that masked man? It's the Miami Heat's LeBron James, who donned the protection Thursday against the Knicks for his broken nose, drawing a laugh from Carmelo Anthony. LeBron had the last laugh: a 108-82 win. ALAN DIAZ / AP
Forward Danny Granger, whose contract was bought out by the 76ers after being acquired last week, has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

In a similar move, forward Caron Butler has agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder after the Milwaukee Bucks bought out his contract Thursday, according to a person close to the situation.

Granger spent his entire nine-season NBA career with the Indiana Pacers until they traded him and a second-round pick to the Sixers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. He joined the Clippers on Friday and could make his debut at home Saturday against New Orleans.

Butler is expected to sign with Oklahoma City after he clears waivers Saturday, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized.

We're talking tanking

Former Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo acknowledged Friday that he tried to tank the 2011-12 season to improve the team's chances for a high draft pick.

Speaking as a panel member at an analytics conference where a system was discussed to replace NBA's draft lottery, Colangelo indicated that the practice is fairly common but rarely discussed among executives.

The Raptors finished 23-43 that season and ended up with the eighth pick in the draft, which they used to pick Terrence Ross.

Holiday out for season

Former 76er Jrue Holiday has undergone surgery for a stress fracture in his right tibia and will miss the rest of the season, the New Orleans Pelicans said. Holiday, who was traded to the Pelicans last summer, has not played since Jan. 8 because of the shin injury. In 34 games this season, Holiday has averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 33.6 minutes.

Cavaliers 99, Jazz 79 - Kyrie Irving recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds to lead Cleveland over visiting Utah.

- Inquirer wire services

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