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Report: Pelicans adding Swin Cash as senior executive

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One of the best players in WNBA history is set to join an NBA front office.

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the New Orleans Pelicans will hire WNBA star Swin Cash to a senior front office position with the team. She is expected to be named vice president of basketball operations and team development. In this role, Cash will guide player development on and off the court and take on other roles within the organization, Lowe reports.

In all-time WNBA annals, Cash ranks 17th in scoring (5,119 career points) and assists (1,133), 12th in rebounding (2,521) and 25th in blocks (258). She played 15 seasons in the WNBA, winning WNBA titles with the Detroit Shock (2003, ’06) and Seattle Storm (’10) and was named one of the WNBA’s Top 20 Best and Most Influential players. A four-time WNBA All-Star, Cash won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S. Women’s National Team (2004, ’12).

 After wrapping up her playing career in 2016, Cash was named the New York Liberty’s director of franchise development in early 2017. The expected hiring of Cash is another move in a busy offseason for the Pelicans, which saw them hire David Griffin as their new executive president of basketball operations in mid-April. Last month, the Pelicans hired Trajan Langdon as the team’s new general manager. Two weeks before that, the Pelicans hired Aaron Nelson away from the Phoenix Suns to serve as New Orleans’ vice president of player care and performance.

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Report: Pau Gasol to join Trail Blazers

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Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gasol, 39, who was limited to just 30 games last season because of a variety of injuries, has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over 17 NBA seasons.



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Report: Furkan Korkmaz returning to 76ers

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Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports tells ESPN.

Korkmaz, 21, brings back a rotational forward with the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. The loss of JJ Redick in free agency – and Kyle Korver’s decision to choose Milwaukee over Philadelphia – brought some increased urgency to keep Korkmaz on the Sixers roster.

 The 21-year-old Korkmaz, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes last season.

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Report: Kevin Love to withdraw from World Cup

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.

During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.

Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.



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