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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Kawhi Leonard spent time in Beijing today with the Chinese media. Here's what Leonard had to say about how he's preparing for the upcoming season: "Everyone saw how it ended. [The offseason] started off slow, just rehabbing, getting back 100 percent. But obviously, just everything like I say every year. Just come back a better player, better man, better leader, and just work on my game. I respect it. I'm very passionate about it. I love to play. This is why I work so hard at it. [I've been working on] just everything, shooting. You'll see. You'll see next season. Something always new comes."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Former Jazz C Jeff Withey agreed to a two-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Mavs.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics announced Friday that they will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 after a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 11, 2018. Pierce's 34 will be the 22nd number retired by the Celtics and first since Cedric Maxwell's No. 31 was retired in December 2003.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The expectation last month was that the Knicks would leave one two-way deal open for training camp. If that's still the case, Jamel Artis, Nigel Hayes and Xavier Rathan-Mayes will be among those players competing for it. Once Artis and Hayes sign, the Knicks will have 18 players under contract, 14 of which are on guaranteed contracts. Teams can carry 20 players under contract in the offseason and 17 (including 2 two-way players) during the season.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBPA announced its Players Voice Awards on Friday, and three San Antonio Spurs received honors highlighted by Kawhi Leonard, who won Best Defender. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named Coach You'd Most Like to Play for, while veteran guard Manu Ginobili 2017 Teammate of the Year by his San Antonio teammates.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks have reached an agreement with Pittsburgh's Jamel Artis, league sources tell ESPN. Artis impressed the club during Summer League.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics co-owner owner Steve Pagliuca said Thursday that the team will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 jersey this season. The Celtics plan to announce their plans soon with fans eager to purchase tickets to the game where Pierce's number heads to the rafters.