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Nets sign Archie Goodwin to multiyear contract

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Archie Goodwin to a multiyear contract.

Goodwin has played in seven games since signing the first of two 10-day contracts on March 25. He has averaged 6.6 points while shooting 57.1 percent (16 of 28) from the field.

Goodwin was a first-round pick in the 2013 draft out of Kentucky and has previously played for Phoenix and New Orleans. He has averaged 6.2 points in 160 games.

The Nets visit Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Kentucky’s Malik Monk, potential top-five pick, declares for NBA draft

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Kentucky’s starting backcourt is headed to the NBA draft.

After De’Aaron Fox declared, fellow freshman Malik Monk is also turning pro.

Kentucky release:

Malik Monk announced Tuesday that he plans to enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft and will sign with an agent, effectively ending his career at UK.

The combo guard likely goes in the top 10 and could go in the top five.

Monk is a lights-out scorer. He excelled from beyond the arc (40% on nearly seven 3-point attempts per game), and used above-the-rim athleticism and some craftiness to finish well at the basket.

But his athleticism didn’t translate to ancillary skills like defending and rebounding at Kentucky, which invites questions. So does Monk’s position.

Is the 6-foot-3 Monk big enough to play shooting guard in the NBA? Does he have the distributing skills to play point guard?

Still, scoring is the hottest commodity. That alone will lift Monk high in the draft and give the 19-year-old opportunities to find the rest of his game.

Magic GM Rob Hennigan: Leaked lists ‘simply listing options, including some of which other teams have inquired about’

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The Magic’s run-of-the-mill late-season signing of Patricio Garino turned into something much bigger when his agent tweeted a photo of his client inking the contract in front of this board:

Just what exactly does that show?

Josh Robins of the Orlando Sentinel:

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said the lists are “not indicative of plans” and were “simply listing options, including some of which other teams have inquired about.”

This is a special “What else is he supposed to say?” Obviously, Hennigan was going to down downplay the lists. This embarrassing leak comes at what could be the end of his underwhelming tenure. But the “some of which other teams have inquired about” is impressive spin. If only Hennigan managed Orlando’s roster that well.

The truth is we don’t know what these lists mean, and while it’s fun to speculate, that’s all we can do.

Ex-financial adviser guilty of defrauding Tim Duncan

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An ex-financial adviser to retired San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan has pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar fraud case and faces up to 20 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 49-year-old Charles Banks of Atlanta pleaded guilty Monday in San Antonio to one count of wire fraud.

Investigators say Banks manipulated Duncan – identified in court documents as “T.D.” -into guaranteeing payment of a $6 million debt related to a merchandising business. Prosecutors say Banks failed to disclose commissions and loans he received in the deal.

Duncan previously sued Banks over what he alleged were more than $25 million in failed investments.

Banks remains free on bond pending sentencing. He could be ordered to make restitution to Duncan, who retired last year after five NBA championships with the Spurs.

Kevin Durant: James Worthy did ‘some shady s— to me’

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Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors was met with widespread “I never would have done that” criticism from former players – many of whom would have done that if they could have.

But one former great drew special attention from Durant for his hypocrisy.

Durant on The Bill Simmons Podcast, via CSN Bay Area:

Simmons then asked Durant: “What’s the best criticism you’ve heard of yourself from the guys on TV?”

As Durant started to answer, his agent, Rich Kleiman, started to laugh and chimed in.

“Yo. You know what’s the best story, I’m not gonna name names … tell him the story about how the player came up to you, and you were like, ‘He kept it so real…'”

Durant: “Do you want me to say his name?”

Kleiman: “That’s up to you guys.”

Durant: “Out of his respect to him … but he did kind of do some shady sh*t to me.”

Durant then shared the following story:

“We played in Vancouver, first game in a Warriors uniform. And I see James Worthy walking out as I was leaving the game … it’s a legend here. ‘Big Game James.’ I didn’t get to see him play but I just know all about him … I’m a little skeptical at this point to even talk to anybody from the generation before because I don’t even know how they feel about me as a person, as a player because these dudes — they look at me as like, ‘Oh you switching teams, you chasing this, you chasing that.’ So I’m just gonna keep it moving.

“But he was like, ‘Man. Don’t worry about that stuff. People change jobs every single year, every single day. Don’t worry about that. Just go out there and keep working and go win.’ So I’m like, ‘Man that’s nice.’

“So I came back home that night and my boy Randy — I was like, ‘Man. James worthy was cool. He showed me so much love. I appreciate that.’ He (Randy) was like, ‘Huh? He was talking so bad about you on TV. He was saying Magic wouldn’t have done that. I wouldn’t have done that…’

“Yo, stop selling out. Stop selling your brothers out. This is a fraternity. Stop selling us out … stop doing that man, and then come in my face talking that nonsense. I was really fooled with him.”

We’re obviously hearing only Durant’s side of the story, but I’m glad Durant named Worthy. Why protect him in this situation?