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BELGRADE, SERBIA - JULY 08: Nikola Jokic (R) of Serbia in action against Tomas Satoransky (L) of Czech Republic during the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying basketball Semi Final match between Serbia and Czech Republic at Kombank Arena on July 08, 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Tomas Satoransky, Wizards finalize deal to bring him from Spain

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WASHINGTON (AP) Guard Tomas Satoransky has signed with the Washington Wizards.

The team announced the deal with their 2012 second-round draft pick Thursday, without revealing the financial terms.

Earlier this month, the Wizards and Satoransky agreed to a $9 million, three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the move who spoke on condition of anonymity at the time because there was an NBA moratorium on such signings.

As part of the deal, the Wizards agreed to contribute $650,000 toward Satoransky’s buyout from the Spanish club he has been with.

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Satoransky is from the Czech Republic.

Boston’s Jae Crowder: “Toronto is not a team we’re worried about”

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28:  Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics reacts after receiving his 6th personal foul against the Atlanta Hawks  during the fourth quarter of Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 28, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Hawks defeat the Celtics 104-92. 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 Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Heading into next season, the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are the clear and heavy favorites again in the East.

Second in the East is probably Boston. Or Toronto. It’s a toss up depending on how Al Horford blends in with the Celtics, and if Kyle Lowry can have another massive year for the Raptors.

Of course, that’s not how Boston’s Jae Crowder sees it. From MassLive.com’s Tom Westerholm:

“My guys were telling me that Bleacher Report says we’ll win 59 games,” Crowder said. “That’s a lot of wins, but I want to get past the first round of the playoffs. Two seasons in a row getting swept” (Note: The Celtics lost in six games this past year) “that’s my goal to be honest with you. I think our ceiling is the Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto is not a team we’re worried about. I think Cleveland is the top team. That’s what it comes down to.”

There is only one team in the East that should be picked to win 59 games or more, and they play in Northeast Ohio.

Should Boston be worried about Toronto? Yes, within reason. Crowder is right it remains Cleveland then everyone else in the East, and Boston has work to do.

“I still do think we are missing a few pieces, I’m not going to lie to you,” Crowder said on Thursday, before his appearance at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 60 Days of Summer. “I know we can win games. I’m just trying to advance, advance, advance. Looking at how the playoffs played out the last two years, I feel like we have a good chance.”

Boston is not only positioned well for this season, but also they are in a great spot going forward — eventually they will land another star and those pieces Crowder wants.

But for now, Crowder should worry a little about Toronto.

Attorney: Resolution in Draymond Green case could come after Olympics

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 18:  Draymond Green #4 of the 2016 USA Basketball Men's National Team reacts during a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on July 18, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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EAST LANSING, Mich. — An attorney for Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green says a misdemeanor assault and battery charge from a confrontation near the Michigan State campus may be resolved after the U.S. basketball team competes in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The attorney, James Heos, tells the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/2afT4KC ) that Green appeared during a closed-door pretrial conference Thursday in East Lansing District Court via FaceTime. The U.S. team starts play in Rio on Aug. 6.

Heos said a plea agreement is a possibility and that he’s “still accumulating witness’ statements” and “trying to get to the bottom of this.”

Green is a former Michigan State standout. He’s accused of striking ex-Spartan football player Jermaine Edmondson on July 10 near campus.

Edmondson received a release to transfer from the school.

Stephen Curry disappointed All-Star Game will not be coming to his hometown Charlotte in 2017

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 02:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on before Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 2, 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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The NBA did the right thing pulling the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte in the wake of North Carolina’s “bathroom law.”

A number of NBA teams came out publicly to back the NBA’s decision (something that was discussed with the owners at the Board of Governor’s meeting in Las Vegas a week ago.

However, players — ever so concerned about their brand — have been far more cautious in their response. That includes Charlotte’s hometown hero Stephen Curry, so spoke to ESPN’s SportsCenter from the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Here is what Olympian Paul George told Brian Windhorst of ESPN (via Ramona Shelburne).

“I’m huge on keeping your word. I’m not necessarily saying it’s bad for the NBA to move it. Charlotte is a growing city and the Hornets have picked that program up. It’s a shame it’s possible that we’d take that away from them.”

Carmelo Anthony (and a lot of people around the league) felt bad for Michael Jordan.

Stephen Curry: “I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the” Olympics

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Right now, Stephen Curry is basking in the 78-degree weather at beautiful Lake Tahoe — right on the California/Nevada border — getting ready to play in the weekend’s American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament (which will be broadcast on NBC).

He would rather be sweating in the 100-plus degree temperatures of Las Vegas.

That’s because Vegas is where Team USA is getting ready for the Olympics (then the team heads to Los Angeles for an exhibition this weekend). Curry pulled out of the Rio Games during the NBA Finals, but said he isn’t happy about it in a Facebook Live chat from Tahoe (hat tip the Mercury News for the transcription).

“I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the Games… I wish I would be able to play in those. I was looking forward to it….

“When I got hurt in the playoffs and knew that the recovery time over the course of summer was going to be important for me to get ready for next year, I tried to give Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and Mr. Colangelo (Jerry Colangelo) and the whole USA staff more time to figure out what they need to figure out for the roster. With the situation as it is now, to rest and get ready for next season, to what I need to prepare my body … It’s a nice mental break as well to be able to play some golf and get out here and enjoy this experience.”

Only Curry knows his body and what kind of rest and recovery he truly needs. He should be right by the start of next season.

Curry is an avid golfer, and hopefully he will be healthy in 2020 when Team USA is put together for the Tokyo games. My guess is new USA coach Gregg Popovich could use Curry’s shooting. Just a hunch.