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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Lakers' CEO & Controlling Owner Jeanie Buss on the passing of former Laker Tommy Hawkins:

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

NBA China announced Wednesday that two-time NBA All-Star Kawhi Leonard will visit China from Aug. 18-24 to support the growth of basketball in the country, and coach top youth talent from the region at The NBA Academy Zhejiang. This would mark Leonard's first trip to China. Leonard will host a basketball clinic in Beijing for select migrant school students as part of the league's celebration of its partnership with CCTV. Leonard will also meet fans at NBA 5v5, the league's five-on-five tournament for elite players in China, and visit Tencent's studio in Beijing.

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Nevada sports books will be offering betting on the NBA Rookie of the Year and regular-season MVP this upcoming season, per gaming control.

Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN 

Sources: Free agent Georges Niang signed partial guarantee with Golden State. He'll likely play for Santa Cruz, GSW's G-League affiliate.