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Josh Childress reaches one-year deal with Brooklyn Nets

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Adding some depth and athleticism on the wing — something they already had but can you ever have enough? — the Nets have reached a one-year deal with Josh Childress.

Childress himself confirmed this on twitter. Howard Beck of the New York Times broke the story.

This is a non-guaranteed deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. Which means the Nets can cut him in camp and just pay a small buyout, but if he pans out he would get the veteran minimum.

Childress has a career average of 9.5 points per game, but it was never higher than 5 with the Suns.

This is one of a couple smart gambles by the Nets on athletic players amnestied by other team — Childress was amnestied by the Suns, Andray Blatche by the Wizards. What it really means is other executives saw enough potential in these guys to offer fairly big contracts, but ones they did not live up to. However, those are the kinds of guys that are steals and can have value with a minimum contract.

Childress was an up-and-coming star with the Hawks but felt he was lowballed when it came time for his first big post-rookie contract, so he jumped to Greece to play for a couple seasons. The Suns got him via trade when he returned and it seemed a good fit on paper — the athletic Childress paired with Steve Nash — but it never worked out.

For the Nets, this is another smart gamble.

Al Horford shows he still has hops dunking on Solomon Hill (VIDEO)

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That’s just nasty.

Atlanta’s Al Horford gets the ball out high, but within his range, so when he pump fakes Indiana’s Lavoy Allen goes flying by. That opens up the lane and Horford attacks it, Solomon Hill tries to cut him off, but Horford just finishes threw him.

Pacers and Hawks played an entertaining, close game Friday night.

Dwyane Wade shows he still has hops with dunk on Hornets (VIDEO)

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Dwyane Wade still has some springs.

In what may be his best dunk in recent memory, he shoulders Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to create space in transition, then gets up and throws it down before Nicolas Batum can get there for the block.

Not sure even Wade saw that one coming.

Reigning dunk champ LaVine: ‘I’ve got tricks up my sleeve’

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine is heading back to All-Star weekend to defend his slam dunk title. And he says he has “a few tricks up my sleeve” after dominating the event last year.

LaVine will compete against Detroit center Andre Drummond, Denver swingman Will Barton and Orlando forward Aaron Gordon in Toronto next weekend.

LaVine was one of the breakout stars of All-Star weekend last year with his electric performance in the dunk contest. He says he debated about coming back and made his decision after strong encouragement from his fans.

If LaVine wins, he will become the fourth player in the 31-year history of the event to repeat as champion. Michael Jordan, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson are the others.

Report: Blake Griffin has second procedure on hand, timeline remains unchanged

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Blake Griffin will still return to the Clippers some time in March (barring any setbacks).

That said, he had a second procedure this week to repair the boxer’s fracture in his right hand, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin underwent a second procedure this week on his broke right hand, sources told ESPN. The procedure was a part of the original surgery last week, so sources said the 4-6 week timeframe for his return remains unchanged.

This might help explain why Griffin’s hand looked so swollen and scarred this week. But to be clear, this was a planned second procedure, not a setback.

Griffin suffered the fracture punching a Clippers’ equipment manager while everyone was out to dinner in Toronto recently, while Griffin was still sidelined with a quadricep injury. The Clippers have moved on, but it is likely the league will tack on a couple of game suspension for Griffin upon his return to health.

And no, the Clippers are not looking to trade Griffin in spite of this. So stop asking.