'Hawks in the NBA

Undrafted Cliff Alexander signs with Portland

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jul/24/294649/ Passed on 60 times during the 2015 NBA Draft, one-and-done Kansas big man Cliff Alexander had to make the most of his opportunity in the NBA’s summer leagues to keep his professional dream alive. Though the 6-foot-9 power forward didn’t dominate as a temporary member of the Brooklyn Nets, ...

Paul Pierce, Cole Aldrich join L.A. Clippers to chase a championship

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jul/22/294587/ With 17 NBA seasons, 1,250 regular-season games and 158 playoff contests in his rear-view mirror, veteran Paul Pierce only had one thing in mind when he hit free agency this summer: getting back to the NBA Finals. Pierce, Boston’s 2008 Finals MVP, reunited with former Celtics coach Doc Rivers ...

Andrew Wiggins gives downtrodden Timberwolves hope for future

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jul/17/294480/ The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t finished with a winning record in any of the previous 10 seasons, nor reached the NBA Playoffs since 2004. This summer, however, only optimism — well, that and probably a lot of patience — surrounds a franchise that won just 19.5% of its games in ...

Highs and lows of Summer League will help Kelly Oubre Jr.'s development

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jul/16/294437/ For an NBA rookie such as Kelly Oubre Jr., the Las Vegas Summer League can serve as a platform to show you belong one night, then humble you the next. It’s a setting full of early lessons about the pro level, and the 19-year-old from Kansas should only benefit ...

Cole Aldrich leaves woeful Knicks for contending Clippers

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jul/14/294298/ Just a few weeks ago, before NBA free agency began, [former Kansas standout Cole Aldrich really had no idea which team he might play for][1] in the 2015-16 season. At the time, re-signing with New York, which finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference (17-65), seemed like ...

Report: Joel Embiid to have another foot surgery, could miss 2015-16 season

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/feb/14/286906/ Joel Embiid’s injury-riddled, still-young basketball career just suffered another blow. [The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey][1] reported Saturday the 7-footer from Kansas, who just sat out what would have been his rookie season with the 76ers, will have a second surgery on his right foot after suffering a setback in ...

Forget Phoenix: Marcus Morris ready for expanded role with Detroit

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Vacationing with his twin brother and teammate Markieff Morris last week, [Marcus Morris abruptly learned Phoenix had traded him to Detroit][1]. Caught off guard by the news then, Marcus appeared over the transaction that split up the Suns’ twin tandem when the Pistons introduced their newest player at a Friday ...

Kelly Oubre Jr. learns quickly, changes his brash approach

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jul/09/294131/ Kelly Oubre Jr. has yet to play even a Summer League game in the NBA, but it appears he is learning quickly. After making some [brash statements about how he compared to other 2015 draft picks][1] in his initial Washington D.C. media appearances, the rookie from Kansas turned down ...

Tarik Black enters Summer League prepared to prove himself to Lakers all over again

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jul/08/294034/ In the NBA, you constantly have to prove yourself, especially if you’re an un-drafted player on a non-guaranteed contract. Such is the life of Tarik Black. You wouldn’t know it by listening to the former Kansas big man speak, but Black might not have nearly as large a role ...

Thomas Robinson finds 'right opportunity' with Brooklyn Nets

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jul/03/293789/ Thomas Robinson didn’t have to wait long to find his new NBA home for the 2015-16 season. On the second day of free agency, the former Sacramento King, Houston Rocket, Portland Trail Blazer and Philadelphia 76er (who was waived by the Denver Nuggets without playing a game for them) ...

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