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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jabari Bird is living up to his reputation as a strong shooter during pre-draft workouts. Bird, a 6-6 shooting guard out of California, hit 77 of 100 3-point shots in workouts with Milwaukee and Boston earlier this month and 67 out of 100 during a workout for Minnesota. Bird is a strong spot up shooter and can be effective in transition, which makes him an intriguing prospect for NBA decision-makers.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers are in the process of finalizing a deal to hire Miles Simon as a player development coach, a league source confirms to ESPN. Simon would replace former Lakers player development coach Theo Robertson, who left after one season to become an assistant coach for his alma mater, the California Golden Bears. Like Lakers coach Luke Walton, Simon is an Arizona alum. Simon served as an assistant coach on Arizona's staff and recently was a college basketball analyst for ESPN. The Los Angeles Times first reported that the Lakers were in the process of adding Simon to their staff.

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

"We never really had a second guy who was a perennial year-to-year second guy (next to) LeBron," said ex-Cavs coach Mike Brown, now the Warriors' acting head coach, to The Undefeated.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Does Kelly Olynyk, a restricted free agent, want to be back in Boston next season? "I'd love to be back. Unbelievable city, unbelievable fan base," he said. As for whether he expects to be back, Olynyk added, "I don't know. You control what you can control. I don't know if I will or not, but if I had the opportunity I would love to."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas to his doctors: "Let's make sure I come back even better. And I will."

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Isaiah Thomas said that surgery is not the number one option right now. Said he has seen one specialist for his hip injury thus far, but team has sent the info to others. "We're waiting on the swelling to go down … Hopefully I don't have to have surgery, but I know that is an option."

ESPN Staff  

Dwyane Wade congratulated former teammate LeBron James on Friday afternoon. James' streak of seven straight NBA Finals appearances is the first of its kind since the 1960s Boston Celtics dynasty.