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Nuggets C-F Hickson suspended 5 games

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NEW YORK (AP) Denver Nuggets center/forward J.J. Hickson was suspended for five games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for violating the terms of the anti-drug program.

Hickson averaged 11.8 rebounds and 9.2 rebounds in 69 games last season, his first with Denver. He has played six seasons in the NBA with Cleveland, Sacramento, Portland and Denver, averaging 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds.

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Rockets acquire Terry from Kings

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have acquired Jason Terry and draft picks from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson.

Along with Terry, the Rockets will get Sacramento's second-round pick in 2015 if they select between 31 and 49, and they'll also receive New York's unprotected second-round pick in the 2016 draft.

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Mayor talked to 6 possible Hawks buyers

ATLANTA (AP) The mayor has already heard from plenty of potential buyers for the Atlanta Hawks.

And the city is ready to kick in a hefty sum to make the deal happen.

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Arrest made in burglary of George's home

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Police have arrested a man in connection with the April burglary at the Indianapolis home of Indiana Pacers star Paul George.

Indianapolis police say 43-year-old Michael Lewis of Whitestown was arrested Wednesday on burglary and theft charges for the April 28 break-in during which George's platinum All-Star ring valued at $15,000 was taken.

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Wolves sign Robinson, Barea on way out?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed second-round draft pick Glenn Robinson III.

The Wolves announced the signing on Wednesday, less than two weeks ahead of the start of training camp. Robinson was the 40th overall pick in the June draft out of Michigan, but wasn't assured of a roster spot as the Timberwolves went through a massive overhaul while trading Kevin Love to Cleveland.

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Heat promote Fizdale, hire Smart, Quinn

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat have promoted David Fizdale to assistant head coach, and hired Keith Smart and Chris Quinn as assistants on Erik Spoelstra's staff.

The team announced the moves Wednesday, exactly six weeks before Miami opens the regular season at home against Washington.

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Knicks sign ex-St. John's F Sanchez

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks signed former St. John's forward Orlando Sanchez on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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New James banner could hang in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) A 10-story tall LeBron James could tower over downtown again.

Sherwin-Williams Co. has asked the city for approval to hang a new banner of James on its headquarters across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, the Plain Dealer reported Tuesday.

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Kings to retire Stojakovic's No. 16

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings are planning to retire Peja Stojakovic's No. 16 jersey.

The Kings announced Tuesday that Stojakovic's jersey will be retired when they host Oklahoma City on Dec. 16. He joins Vlade Divac (21), Chris Webber (4) and Mitch Richmond (2) as the only players to have their jerseys retired by the Kings since the franchise moved from Kansas City in 1985.

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No 'King James' roller coaster after all

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park is partnering with the LeBron James Family Foundation instead of renaming a roller coaster for the basketball superstar.

The Sandusky park had vowed to rename a coaster "King James" if the four-time NBA MVP returned home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, which he did. Cedar Point says park officials and James decided the partnership announced Tuesday will have greater impact than renaming a ride.

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