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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Korver knocking down 10 in a row at practice, no biggie

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler on Taj Gibson: "Taj was amazing to me all the years that I've been here. One thing you could count on Taj, he was coming in bright spirited every day. He isn't emotional as I am on a day to day basis. Any day that anybody walked in pissed off or sad or whatever it may be, all you got to do is look at Taj, man. Taj is always smiling. That's what we're going to miss. He did all the little things for us and played extremely hard. But I think the person that he was -- that's what's going to be missed. Basketball is basketball, that's forever going to be my guy from Fort Greene, Brooklyn."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs owner Mark Cuban: "The goal has been to get younger and build an athletic core to take some of the defensive pressure off of Dirk and prepare us for the future."

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

No official word yet on availability tonight against the Lakers for Enes Kanter (participated in shootaround), or Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson. The new additions were in the building though. Gibson will wear No. 22, McDermott will wear No. 25.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler is happy to stay in Chicago for now. Sad that Taj Gibson is gone. Still hopeful that Bulls can make playoffs this year.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Ben Simmons will be the fifth No. 1 overall pick to miss the season after being drafted in the common draft era (since 1966). The previous two, Blake Griffin (knee surgery) and Greg Oden (knee surgery), also missed because of injury. David Robinson served his two-year commitment with the U.S. Navy and David Thompson played his first season in the ABA.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook on the Thunder's move to add Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott:

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The Philadelphia 76ers have selected four players in the lottery since 2014. Ben Simmons will become the third player in that group to not play in the season after being drafted. Jahlil Okafor played in 53 games after being drafted No. 3 overall by the 76ers in 2015.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs president Donnie Nelson on perceived lack of value for 76ers in Nerlens Noel deal: "Look, they had an extremely difficult situation. They were overstocked at the center position. You're looking at basically the possibility of a couple-month rental, and so I think they did the best that they could with the situation they had. It was really a need position for us, and it was taking the best possible deal they could get. They like Justin Anderson a lot. He is the critical piece, and it was hard for us to give them that piece."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN's Basketball Power Index gives the Celtics and Raptors a 42 percent chance of meeting in the playoffs, including a 32.9 percent chance of meeting in the East semifinals. Even as the higher seed, Boston is currently projected as an underdog in that series.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs president Donnie Nelson: "Nerlens [Noel] is really a Tyson Chandler starter kit. I think that's going to work really well for us."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran point guard Jarrett Jack has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Pelicans, a source confirmed. The Vertical first reported the agreement.