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“That’s the rule - no layups,” Blatche said. “It was on the board on Monday - ‘No layups.’ No easy buckets.”

McGuire hasn’t demanded much attention from opposing defenses and viewed himself as an offensive liability. So this summer he worked to develop a midrange jumper. But his primary goals remain rebounding, defending and handing out assists.

“I don’t see my role changing,” he said. “People ask me what position I play, and I don’t know. I’m just a basketball player.”