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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans' final roster spot is expected to come down to Alonzo Gee and Lance Stephenson. The deadline for a decision is Monday at 5 p.m.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The new James Harden shoe. Harden Vol. 1.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After being signed on Friday night, Ryan Kelly practiced Saturday with the Boston Celtics. He'll be released by the end of the day and shuffle up to the team's D-League affiliate in Maine. Brad Stevens on Kelly: "He killed us two years ago [with the Lakers] … Spacing the floor, and he passes the ball. Kind of what we were talking about with Kelly [Olynyk]. His ability to make the right basketball play has always been one of his greatest strengths."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens on Marcus Smart's injured ankle: "He looked a lot better today. He's out of the boot, he's doing things in the weight room and everything else. He's not going to practice Monday, but we'll see how he progresses." Stevens reaffirmed that Smart has not been ruled out for season-opener on Wednesday against the Nets.

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Doc Rivers said Paul Pierce won't practice today and will miss the season opener in Portland.

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Chris Paul believes the Clippers need to start the season better than they have in recent years, which starts with protecting home court: "We've talked about it a lot. The very first day of camp, our team meetings, we talked about getting off to a good start. One of the biggest things for us is our home court hasn't really been a home court. I don't know -- for some reason we haven't made it a tough place to play."

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Does Luc Mbah a Moute think it's important to win the starting SF for the Clippers: "I've been in different positions on this team. So, to me, I'm not going at it as 'I'm the starter' or whatever. I think we have a lot of guys that can play, that can fill in that position as well... For me, sometimes I started and I only played 5-10 minutes. Sometimes I didn't start and I played 25 minutes. Coach (Doc Rivers) knows what he's doing and for us, me especially, is just be ready."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens is 40 today. So the Celtics' youngest players sang him Happy Birthday. ??


Chris Haynes 

The Minnesota Timberwolves are releasing veteran forward Rasual Butler and guard Toure' Murry, league sources told ESPN. This move clears a nice path for John Lucas III to grab roster spot.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kay Felder has been placed into the league's concussion protocol, per the team. His status for opening night vs. NYK will be determined Tuesday morning. Cleveland could be mighty thin at point guard versus the Knicks.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving, wearing a soft brace on his left calf, has gone through practice without a hitch the last two days.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says Derrick Rose looked good in first practice back and didn't have problems picking up offense. Hornacek says "we'll see" on whether Rose will start. "He did his homework," Hornacek said. "He looks in pretty good shape."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose on his game and mentality entering season: "The confidence never left."


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose on what he missed the most during his trial.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) returned to contact activities today. Played some 5-on-5 in practice.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah working on his mid-range game at Knicks practice.


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose back at Knicks practice shooting free throws.


Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Denver Nuggets announce they have waived Robbie Hummel and Nate Wolters. Kept Jarnell Stokes for the final spot.