As expected, Sixers to extend qualifying offers to Young, Hawes

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Both Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes will become restricted free agents come July 1… we think. I mean there will be a lockout and who the heck knows what things will look like on the other end of that.

What we do know is that this week the Sixers will extend qualifying offers to Young and Hawes, Philly.com’s Deep Sixer blog reports. This was expected. What that really means is that when both test the free agent market the Sixers will have the right to match the offers of any other team. (Probably. Again, totally unknown territory ahead of us, but that’s how the old system worked.)

If Hawes and Young do not reach any deal with other teams, they could return to the Sixers (both would be due $4 million next season).

The Sixers want to keep Young around but have been rumored to be thinking about another center.

Robin Lopez and T.J. Warren exchange contact, heated words (video)

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Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.

Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.

Lakers blow 5-on-1 fastbreak (video)

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Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.

Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.

But at least the Lakers won.

Did Reggie Jackson distract Jimmy Butler into missing game-tying free throw? (video)

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With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.

Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.

Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.

Bulls’ Kris Dunn dunks on T.J. Warren after savvy/explosive halfcourt drive (video)

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Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.

T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.