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Thanksgiving one liners: Kevin Durant returning to Seattle

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Happy Thanksgiving. We know you have a lot on your plate — literally — so we just bring you a few appetizers. 

• We at PBT are thankful for all of you who read us every day. What makes this site fun is the comments and interaction with you. (What would make it even more fun is actual NBA basketball, but…)

• Kevin Durant is coming back to Seattle. For a charity game, but he is coming back.

• Jazz ownership wants you to know the rumors are not true, the Miller family has no intention of selling the team.

• Charles Barkley is ticked at the owners right now, but says the players should not be mad at Michael Jordan.

• The Miami Heat’s biggest stars — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem — worked out together last week at the Nike facility in Oregon. No Mike Miller with them, read into that what you will (think amnesty clause).

• Would a franchise tag in the NBA really help small market teams all that much?

• If you’re a fan of Matt Barnes or “Basketball Wives” you need to check out Barnes’ twitter comments from yesterday, essentially saying his wife did have a thing with rapper Game.

• Chase Budinger has signed to play in Russia during the lockout.

• The Milwaukee Bucks want you to know their fans win a lot of awards.

• The Idaho Stampede of the D-League have released Antoine Walker, but that was really just to clear up roster space for a short time. He said he will join the team in a couple weeks once clearing up some personal matters, something confirmed by multiple reports now.

• An interesting feature on Joey Buss, another of the up-and-coming Buss children who will be the future of Lakers management.

• Talking life after the NBA with Lamond Murray.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.