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Jeff Teague, Kent Bazemore, Marvin Williams, C.J. Miles opting in

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Kent Bazemore signed with the Hawks in 2016, when the salary jumped more than $24 million – more than triple the next-largest increase in NBA history. That same year, with Charlotte coming off its best season since reemerging as the Bobcats, Marvin Williams re-signed with the Hornets. In 2017, Jeff Teague signed with the Timberwolves, who were run by president-coach – a more-common title then – Tom Thibodeau. C.J. Miles also signed with the Raptors in 2017 after shooting 41% on 3-pointers the prior season.

Suffice it to say, those conditions have changed.

But all four players remain on those contracts. So, Bazemore ($19,269,662 with Hawks), Teague $19 million with Timberwolves) and Miles ($8,730,158 with Grizzlies) have all opted in for next season. Williams ($15,006,250 with Hornets) will also opt in, according to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer.

Teague, Bazemore, Williams and Miles are all overpaid and too old to have untapped upside. But they can also be helpful players next season. On expiring contracts, they could hold positive trade value in many situations.

Trae Young gets ankles absolutely destroyed by Dejounte Murray (video)

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The Hawks got Trae Young his desired help, trading for Jeff Teague.

Maybe Young will do his part and step up on defense.

That didn’t happen on this possession against Spurs guard Dejounte Murry.

At least Young continued his breakout season on the other end, scoring 31 points and dishing nine assists in Atlanta’s rare victory in San Antonio.

Tristan Thompson slaps Jae Crowder’s rear end, gets ejected (video)

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What is it about Cleveland athletes slapping butts and getting in trouble?

Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. faces a simple battery charge for slapping a police officer’s backside in LSU’s locker room after the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Last night, Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson got ejected for slapping Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder‘s behind.

Thompson and Crowder got double technical fouls earlier in the game. So, Thompson got ejected with a tech for this incident between free throws.

Though the two are former Cleveland teammates, Crowder didn’t look amused. Crowder doesn’t play.

The Cavs rallied without Thompson, but Memphis won, 113-109.

Kyle Lowry flings in wild 3-pointer (video)

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Kyle Lowry had the ball in his left hand when he felt contact. Not only did he try to sell a foul by flailing his arms, the right-hander tried to draw a shooting foul by hurling an off-balance 31-footer toward the basket.

No continuation. No whistle at all.

But Lowry made the shot, anyway.

Lowry and the Raptors will take it, but they didn’t need a break like that against the Wizards’ dismal defense last night. Toronto won, 140-111.

Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett out at least a week with right ankle sprain

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NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett will miss at least a week with a sprained right ankle.

Barrett was hurt during the Knicks’ loss to Phoenix on Thursday. On Friday, he had X-rays, which were negative.

The Knicks announced afterward that Barrett will be re-evaluated in a week.

The No. 3 pick in the draft from Duke is averaging 14.1 points.