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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23:  Ben Simmons is interviewed after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 23, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Arrest made in crash that killed Ben Simmons’ cousin two days after NBA draft

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HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say an arrest has been made in a New Jersey hit-and-run that killed the cousin of Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft.

Officials plan to announce details Friday at Hoboken Police Headquarters.

Authorities say 21-year-old Zachary Simmons died after being struck by an SUV while crossing a street in Hoboken on June 25. The vehicle fled the scene.

Ben Simmons played one season for Louisiana State University before being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers. The victim’s mother told WCBS-TV that her son had gone with Ben Simmons to the NBA draft the week he was killed.

After the fatal crash, Ben Simmons wrote in a Twitter post: “Hearing the news this morning is a reminder to never forget the important things in life.”

Report: Rajon Rondo’s 2017-18 salary with Bulls $3 million guaranteed

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 21: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Sacramento Kings shoots against Justin Holiday #7 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 21, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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When the Bulls signed Rajon Rondo to a two-year contract, there was one key question: How much of his 2017-118 salary was guaranteed?

Chicago needed help at point guard and was below the salary floor. Rondo was the best free agent point guard remaining. He upgraded the Bulls next season, and they could afford the help.

Later adding another perimeter player with subpar outside shooting in Dwyane Wade complicated matters. But, just as at the time of the signing, Rondo’s 2017-18 salary was the big unknown variable.

Now we know.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders:

$3 million is not a trivial amount, but if the Bulls waive and stretch Rondo, his cap hit would be just $1 million next season. That’s manageable.

In that scenario — counting Nikola Mirotic‘s cap hold and the salary for the No. 15 pick in the 2017 draft — Chicago projects to have about $24 million in cap space (though that’s based on a cap projection that could significantly change if the Collective Bargaining Agreement does). That’s not enough for a max contract, but the Bulls could extend one to someone with up to nine years experience by renouncing Mirotic (again, based on the current system).

Wade has a player option, and if he opts out, that would add major space. Chicago’s other players under contract through 2017-18 — Robin Lopez, Doug McDermott, Jerian Grant, Bobby Portis, Denzel Valentine — also appear to be easily movable.

The Bulls don’t have an easy road ahead, but at least they’re not beholden to Rondo beyond this season.

Stephen Curry: Neither Warriors nor Kevin Durant will have to change for each other

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 30:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors speaks with Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder after their 96-88 win in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Kevin Durant said Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala coming to the Warriors’ meeting in the Hamptons helped sway him to Golden State.

Durant, via Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area:

“But to see them together, they all walked in and it looked like they were holding hands. It was just a family. I could tell they enjoyed being around each other . . . that was something I couldn’t ignore. It was just a great vibe throughout the whole day. I’m glad I’m here, man. Like I said, I’m excited, and I’m just ready to play ball.”

But what exactly did they say?

Curry, via Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group:

We told him he wouldn’t have to change anything and we wouldn’t have to change anything for him. He just fits right in.

Good luck with that.

LeBron James‘ super teams (with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Cleveland) have taught us how difficult this is. Predictions of immediate domination have repeatedly proven false.

There’s an adjustment period. Durant won’t just slide into Harrison Barnes‘ role and acclimate perfectly. Everyone will have to change.

The Warriors’ superior shooting ability gives them a better path to jelling than LeBron’s teams had. So does Steve Kerr’s establishes system. Golden State emphasizes ball movement culturally.

But Curry and Thompson still take quick shots. Draymond Green still dominates the ball like few bigs. Durant is used to isolating.

The Warriors, including Durant, will have to change to make this work.

I believe they can and will, and the upside is a historically dominant team. This is a challenge well worth undertaking.

But it is still a challenge.

Report: Warriors re-sign James Michael McAdoo

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 10:  James Michael McAdoo #20 of the Golden State Warriors and Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reach for the ball during the first half in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Larry W. Smith - Pool/Getty Images)
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The Warriors are keeping some of the band together.

After breaking up its roster to sign Kevin Durant, Golden State is re-signing a couple players.

First, Ian Clark.

Now, James Michael McAdoo.

Marc J. Spears of ESPN:

Golden State renounced McAdoo to sign Durant, so this is a minimum deal.

The Warriors like the 23-year-old McAdoo. They even gave him key minutes in Games 4 and 5 of the Finals.

He’s an athletic power forward with some raw skills, but he hasn’t put them all together yet. Golden State will get a chance to keep developing him.

Thunder’s Mitch McGary suspended five games for violating NBA’s drug policy

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A drug violation sent Mitch McGary to the NBA.

Another one will prevent him from beginning next season with the Thunder.

NBA release:

The NBA announced today that Mitch McGary of the Oklahoma City Thunder has been suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.  McGary’s suspension will begin with the next NBA regular season game that he is eligible and physically able to play.

A third marijuana violation would trigger a five-game suspension.

The NBA shouldn’t test and punish players for using marijuana, which is legal in multiple states and similar enough to alcohol that the hypocrisy of drug laws are glaring. Perhaps, the players union will take that up in Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.

But, in the meantime, McGary failed to follow his own advice.