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Cavs extend qualifying offer to C Allen

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CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers extended a qualifying offer Friday to center Jarrett Allen, making him a restricted free agent.

The team had until Aug. 1 to make the offer to Allen, a 23-year-old acquired last season in a trade from Brooklyn and viewed as one of Cleveland's core pieces.

The Cavs can now match any offer given by other teams to Allen, whose size and athleticism at both ends of the floor makes him enticing.

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Fans celebrate Bucks' title with parade

MILWAUKEE (AP) Thousands of fans lined downtown Milwaukee streets on Thursday to catch a glimpse of their beloved Bucks in a parade to celebrate the city's first NBA championship in half a century.

Six police officers on horseback clopped past cheering fans at the head of a procession that included a hook-and-ladder fire truck, occasionally blaring its horn, and open-air buses and flatbed trucks carrying Bucks stars including Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, as well as the trophy they captured Tuesday night with a Game 6 victory over Phoenix.

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Pelicans officially hire Green as coach

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green as their new head coach.

Green, a former NBA player who turns 40 on July 28, is a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years - first with Golden State and then with Phoenix, which lost to Milwaukee in the NBA Finals on Tuesday.

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Bill Russell to auction personal items

BOSTON (AP) The most decorated man in NBA history will be giving the public a chance to own some of the prized memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career.

Bill Russell announced Thursday he is offering hundreds of items from his personal collection, including trophies, rings, basketballs, jerseys, letters, photos and other keepsakes. The items span his 13-year career as a player and coach for the Boston Celtics, and also feature mementos chronicling his work during the civil rights movement and beyond.

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Loyal to Bucks, Giannis delivers title

MILWAUKEE (AP) This could have been the offseason in which Giannis Antetokounmpo entered the free-agent market and perhaps teamed up with another superstar to try winning multiple NBA titles together.

Antetokounmpo instead will spend the summer celebrating a championship he won with the team that picked him.

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USA's Popovich still seeks golden touch

Gregg Popovich is regarded as the NBA's best, a coach that has won five championships and kept his team near the top for a quarter of a century.

In international basketball, he hasn't yet found that golden touch.

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Suns now wait to see if Paul returns

PHOENIX (AP) In his 16th season, Chris Paul took a risk, deciding that a young, unproven Phoenix Suns team was worth joining in his pursuit of his first NBA championship.

To the surprise of just about everyone outside the locker room, it nearly worked.

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Hawks' Okongwu has shoulder surgery

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward-center Onyeka Okongwu had surgery Wednesday night in Los Angeles to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

The team said Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic performed the surgery. Okongwu is expected to be fully recovered in about six months.

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Giannis caps stellar postseason with MVP

MILWAUKEE (AP) Three weeks ago, a knee injury left Giannis Antetokounmpo looking 50/50 to return for the rest of the Bucks' playoff run.

Look at him now.

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Greece celebrates Antetokounmpo's title

SEPOLIA, Greece (AP) With less than a minute remaining in the game, Yiannis Tzikas was already setting out plastic cups to fill with champagne.

"It's over. No one can turn this game now," he said, his hands trembling slightly as he popped the cork.

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