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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2012, file photo, Washngton Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld, left, joined by coach Randy Wittman, speaks to reporters in Washington. It's been a while since the Wizards opened training camp as a team expected to make the playoffs. Even so, the men who have overseen the turnaround are cautious more than bullish as they prepare for the start of training camp next week. Grunfeld on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, proclaimed the Eastern Conference as "wide open," yet he settled for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs as something that "would be a good accomplishment" for his team. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Wizards sign guard Lucas III

- The Washington Times

In need of shooting guard help after injuries to Bradley Beal (wrist), Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) and Martell Webster (back), the Wizards signed D.C.-native John Lucas III on Tuesday.

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) looks to score as Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson (25) and Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) defend during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Pierce leaves game after banging knees

- The Washington Times

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce banged his knee coming through a screen late in the second quarter Friday and left the preseason game with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter.

Maryland men's head coach Mark Turgeon talks with reporters during a Big Ten NCAA college basketball media day in Rosemont, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Terrapins excited for fresh start in Big Ten

- The Washington Times

A new season means a fresh start, and the change of scenery adds an additional layer of unknowns, from scouting to logistics. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon pointed out Thursday that while the uniforms and venues have changed, lines can still be drawn between styles of play, and that’s what matters on the court.

Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin (13), from France, shoots as Maccabi Haifa forward Jeff Allen (12) defends during the first half of an exhibition NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards beat Israel’s Maccabi Haifa 101-95

Associated Press

Otto Porter scored 19 points and Kevin Seraphin had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help the short-handed Washington Wizards beat Israel’s Maccabi Haifa 101-95 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sits before an exhibition NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. Durant, the NBA's leading scorer of this decade and the reigning MVP, will likely miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after fracturing a bone in his right foot. The Oklahoma City star forward complained of an ache in his foot after practice Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014,  the team said. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Thunder will have to adjust to the unknown: Life without Durant

- Associated Press

Opponents have seen more than enough of Kevin Durant. Since he entered the league in 2007, he leads the league in points and minutes played. He has missed just 16 regular season games in his seven-year career and has never missed more than eight games in a season.

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NY court: Ex-ball boys can sue Boeheim for slander

- Associated Press

New York's highest court on Tuesday reinstated the slander lawsuit filed by two former Syracuse University ball boys against basketball head coach Jim Boeheim.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker, right, drives to the basket past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Holst)

Rookie Jabari Parker headlines new-look Bucks

- Associated Press

Rookie Jabari Parker speaks in the calm, measured tones of a 10-year veteran. A polished demeanor exudes confidence, while a strong work ethic draws respect from his new NBA teammates.

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan; Manu Ginobili, of Argentina; and Tony Parker, of France, talk on the bench during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in San Antonio. Miami won 111-108 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Spurs return looking to defend title

- Associated Press

The heartache from training camp a year ago is long gone, buried underneath the confetti that poured down in June during the celebration of the San Antonio Spurs' fifth championship.

Durant signs endorsement deal with Neff

- Associated Press

NBA MVP Kevin Durant has added action sports accessory brand Neff to his rapidly growing list of endorsement deals.

Judge grants motion to strike Summitt reference

Associated Press

A judge has ruled that former Tennessee director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak and two ex-Lady Vols strength coaches must remove a reference to former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt from their complaint in a lawsuit against the university.

Atlantic Division team-by-team capsules

- Associated Press

Capsules for the NBA's Atlantic Division, listed in predicted order of divisional finish by AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds':

Federal judge: Laurie Fine entitled to documents

Associated Press

A federal judge has ordered Syracuse University to disclose several documents related to its investigation into child-molesting claims against former assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.