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Report: Pacers reach two-year, $3.6 million deal with Kevin Seraphin

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Indiana already had a full roster of 15 players with guaranteed contracts.

However, after working him out, the Pacers decided they couldn’t pass on adding the depth of Kevin Seraphin to their front line. So they inked him to a two-year deal (team option the second), reports The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

Seraphin is an undersized center at 6’9″ who was solid but unspectacular as a member of the Wizards the first five seasons he was in the league. He has no shooting range, but he can pass, is tough, and is someone teams can trust for 15 minutes a night. At least he was until last season in New York. Seraphin had his worst NBA season as a Knick, shooting 41 percent overall and he suddenly struggled to finish at the rim (he shot just 53.7 percent inside the restricted area). Seraphin is also a physical man defender inside who can step out a little on the perimeter and be effective.

The Pacers already have a full roster so they need to trade one of their guaranteed contracts, or they need to cut someone — maybe Jeremy Evans or maybe Rakeem Christmas. But someone making north of $1 million is going to get paid not to play.

Seraphin is not going to get a lot of run in Indy, he’s an insurance policy. The Pacers will start Myles Turner at the five and bring Al Jefferson off the bench behind him. Seraphin will get the minutes that are left.

Aly Raisman hanging with LeBron James (in Ellen’s green room)


Three-time Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman was going on the Ellen DeGeneres Show to show off her medals and talk Rio. And probably dance, because Ellen.

And who should she run into in the green room: LeBron James.

😱😱😱 @kingjames thanks for being so kind. My parents and I loved meeting you!!!

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So you don’t have to look it up, she’s 5’2″ (and was the tallest member of the Final Five this year).

Raisman has been all over the media the past couple of weeks. Which she should do. Strike while the iron is hot and all.

(Hat tip Eye on Basketball)

Dwyane Wade says he felt “conflicted” after Donald Trump’s tweet about cousin


Nykea Aldridge, a first cousin to the Bulls’ Dwyane Wade, was one of so many victims of violence in Chicago when she was shot and killed on Aug. 26 while pushing a stroller down the street. She was an innocent caught in the crossfire.

Not long after the news broke, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Tweeted this (for the record, this is a corrected Tweet, the first misspelled Wade’s name).

While Trump later Tweeted his condolences to the family on the loss, it was the above tweet that became a firestorm. It was taken by many as a politician trying to capitalize on a tragedy.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, Wade said he felt “conflicted” by Trump’s tweet.

“I was grateful that it started a conversation but on the other hand, it just left a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family is dealing with and what our city of Chicago is dealing with and it looks like it’s being used as political gain,” Wade said.

It was for political gain. Welcome to election season, where nothing is off limits.

Check out the full interview with Wade, discussing both the tweet and gun violence in Chicago, on Good Morning America on Friday.

This is fun: Watch Top 10 Oklahoma City plays from last season

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Yes, Thunder fans, there are some Kevin Durant highlights in here, including the No. 1 slot. Because he was on the team and he’s good at basketball.

But there are more Russell Westbrook plays — which are fun because there is no more explosive player in the league — plus some Steven Adams. Enjoy this.

Charles Barkley visited Craig Sager in Houston hospital Thursday


Charles Barkley had hip replacement surgery about a month ago, and he has not yet been cleared by doctors to travel. Do I need to even tell you what Barkley thinks of doctor’s restrictions?

He flew to Houston to be with Craig Sager Thursday, bonding with his fellow TNT broadcaster who is about to undergo a third bone marrow transplant in his fight against leukemia.

Barkley did this because Sager’s wife caught a cold and doctors told her she had to stay home and away from her husband because of it.

There are few people in the world as generous of spirit as Barkley.