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Amid rumors, George focused on Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George showed up to work Wednesday wearing the same Indiana Pacers uniform he has all season.

He has no changes planned for Thursday either.

With rumors swirling about George's future and the NBA's trade deadline set for 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, the four-time All-Star tried to tamp down speculation by staying focused on his current job.

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Clippers PG Paul cleared by doctors

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul has been cleared by doctors and could be back in the Los Angeles Clippers' lineup on Thursday at Golden State.

Coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday that Paul "looked great" in practice a day earlier and the only remaining hurdle is how comfortable he feels after another practice.

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76ers, Hawks swap Ilyasova, Splitter

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks added scoring help for their playoff push by acquiring forward Ersan Ilyasova from the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

The 76ers got injured center Tiago Splitter and a protected second-round draft pick from Atlanta, and have the right to swap another 2017 second-round pick with the Hawks.

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Wizards acquire Bogdanovic from Nets

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards added scoring punch to their bench on the eve of the trade deadline, acquiring swingman Bojan Bogdanovic from the Brooklyn Nets.

Washington also got forward Chris McCullough in the deal and sent a lottery-protected 2017 first-round pick, Marcus Thornton and Andrew Nicholson to Brooklyn. The Wizards announced the trade Wednesday night.

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Cousins: Davis and I can 'wreak havoc'

METAIRIE, La. (AP) DeMarcus Cousins says his prayers have been answered, although not necessarily in the way he expected.

The New Orleans Pelicans' newest All-Star maintained Wednesday that he liked Sacramento and initially wasn't happy about being traded Sunday night, but added he'd become frustrated waiting through six-plus losing seasons for the Kings to add more elite players.

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'Melo: Knicks haven't talked trade to me

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Carmelo Anthony hasn't heard anything from the New York Knicks that makes him believe he's being traded.

A day before the NBA's trade deadline, Anthony said Wednesday that he expects to remain with the Knicks, since they've given him no indication they're looking to deal their All-Star forward.

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Lakers back to practice after upheaval

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Magic Johnson swept in to soothe the rattled Los Angeles Lakers, a young, struggling team still reeling from front-office upheaval and the trade of leading scorer Lou Williams.

The Hall of Famer's words were brief before practice Wednesday, with some of the players meeting for the first time the former star of the franchise's "Showtime" era in the 1980s.

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Thibodeau: 'I like the guys we have'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau said the team will continue to talk to teams about possible trades ahead of Thursday's deadline, but he didn't see a deal that makes sense for them "at this point."

The Timberwolves returned to work on Wednesday evening after the All-Star break in hopes of mounting a push for the playoffs. The Wolves are 13th in the Western Conference, but only 3 1/2 games behind Denver for the eighth seed.

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Warriors' Pachulia, West likely to play

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors are preparing to get some reinforcements for Thursday night's home game against the Clippers, with center Zaza Pachulia and David West expected to play.

While both were still listed as questionable Wednesday, coach Steve Kerr said he plans to use them as long as they have no issues after having gone through a full practice and scrimmaging.

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Yao elected Chinese Basketball president

BEIJING (AP) Yao Ming has moved into management in a bid to hasten China's basketball development.

The Chinese Basketball Association voted unanimously to appoint former Houston Rockets star as its president on Thursday, in a step toward reform for an organization which has in past been led by government bureaucrats.

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