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A: In most cases, yes. New Jersey guard Deron Williams said on Twitter early Saturday that he would soon be leaving his Turkish club, Besiktas. That team will not be thrilled to see him leave _ Williams had a 50-point game a few days ago. Some players who signed deals with Chinese clubs may have to work a bit harder (or, well, pay) to escape those contracts.


Q: What happens to these scheduled charity games, like the “Homecoming Tour” featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, or Mario Chalmers’ game in Alaska on Dec. 1?

A: Organizers were working Saturday to salvage at least some of them. Wade said he wanted to use the planned four-game tour he’s involved with as a way to play competitive basketball before the season, even though he didn’t know at the time when the season would begin. Although most players are in great shape, there’s a big difference between that and “game shape.” A two-week training camp might not be enough time to get them there, either.


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