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Thunder guard Russell Westbrook played 80 games during the 2015-16 regular season and then 18 postseason games. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBA/Getty Images

With Dion Waiters agreeing in principle to a deal with the Miami Heat, according to multiple reports, the Oklahoma City Thunder have opened the option to offer All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook a maximum level extension.

In the wake of former MVP Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors, the Thunder have turned their attention to locking up Westbrook long-term as their primary offseason objective and will present him with an extension offer. Westbrook is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The Thunder rescinded Waiters' $6.8 million qualifying offer last week, making him an unrestricted free agent. However, they did not renounce him, keeping his Bird Rights, which also put a $12.8 million cap hold on their books. With Waiters set to sign with the Heat, that hold will come off, bringing the Thunder more than $14 million under the salary cap. To sign Westbrook to a maximum extension, the Thunder need about $8.7 million in space.

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Tyronn Lue's new five-year, $35 million contract extension puts him into a class with other NBA coaches who have won a title.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and coach Tyronn Lue reached an agreement on a five-year extension Monday, sources told ESPN.

The first four years are fully guaranteed, sources said. The fifth year is a team option.

Lue did not sign a new contract when he was promoted from associate head coach to take over for David Blatt in January, sources previously told ESPN.

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OKC's Cameron Payne undergoes surgery on broken foot (July 26, 2016)
Royce Young [ Source: ESPN ]

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cameron Payne underwent surgery to repair a Jones fracture on his right foot, the team announced Monday.

He is expected to be fully cleared and ready for training camp in October.

Payne began dealing with soreness in March. After identifying the issue, the team reduced his training plan and had him wear a walking boot before and after practices and games.

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Russell Westbrook will be the focal point of Oklahoma City's electric offense, now that Kevin Durant is in Golden State. AP Photo/Alonzo Adams

A few days before Kevin Durant left for the Hamptons, he ate dinner at BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles with Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison. Durant's two longest-tenured teammates were making their pitch, trying to convince the Oklahoma City Thunder's cornerstone player to come back, if only for one more year.

Westbrook didn't hold back. The conversation reflected their relationship: full of depth, emotions, respect, admiration and appreciation.

On the morning of July 4, Durant picked Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, leaving Westbrook behind.

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 Star's RR Garcia (12) earned Player of the Week honors for his effort against GlobalPort. Photo from ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Star guard RR Garcia earned Player of the Week honors after playing his best game in a Hotshots jersey on Sunday and leading his new team to a 105-102 overtime victory over the GlobalPort Batang Pier.

He lost his personal scoring duel with former Far Eastern University teammate Terrence Romeo, who scored 27 points, but it was Garcia's team who wound up with the victory.

Garcia, who was acquired in a trade prior to the conference, had 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting in the hard-fought victory, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime.

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CJ McCollum

The Portland Trail Blazers and guard C.J. McCollum have reached an agreement on a four-year extension worth $106 million, as first reported Monday by The Vertical and confirmed by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

The deal does not include a player option, according to The Vertical, and will start in the 2017-18 season.

McCollum, 24, was voted as the NBA's Most Improved Player this this past season after a breakthrough third season with the Blazers.

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Tenorio says Kings import Brownlee will only get better (July 26, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Brgy. Ginebra's Justin Brownlee getting ready for a rebound against Alaska's Calvin Abueva. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Forced to find a replacement import after Paul Harris sustained a hand injury, Ginebra coach Tim Cone has been bracing for the worst when he got Justin Brownlee last week.

And his fears materialized in the Gin Kings’ game against Alaska on Sunday.

The 28-year-old forward suffered from cramps as early as the third quarter, something that Cone has been anticipating in the buildup to this game, bared LA Tenorio.

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Henton gets job done in Aces’ first win (July 26, 2016)
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Alaska import LaDontae Henton dunks during the Aces’ overtime win over the Barangay Ginebra Kings Sunday night. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

After failing to lead Alaska in its opener against Meralco last Sunday, LaDontae Henton was motivated to prove that the Aces didn’t make the wrong choice on entrusting him the reins of the team  in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup.

And the next time he got a chance, he truly showed his worth.

The 24-year-old forward led the Aces to a 109-100 victory over Ginebra in overtime on Sunday as he led his squad with 29 points, nine rebounds, and zero turnovers.

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Zhai Xiaochuan (CHN) - Photo courtesy of 2016 NBAE Juan Ocampo/USAB.com

LOS ANGELES (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - China head coach Gong Luming readily admits he expected his team to be overmatched against the USA in their exhibition game on Sunday in California.

More than 19,000 fans filed into the Staples Center in Los Angeles and watched the two-time defending Olympic champions roll to a 106-57 triumph over the Chinese.

What Gong wanted before the tip-off is for his 2015 FIBA Asia Championship winners to gain experience against the best, and the USA, the team most people expect to capture the gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games next month, are certainly that.

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Alaska’s Vic Manuel tries to attempt a basket against the outstretched arms of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel import Justin Brownlee in their PBA game Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Alaska won in overtime, 109-100.

After getting hospitalized when he suffered cramps in his debut last Sunday, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel import Justin Brownlee was back during his team’s practice yesterday at the CCF gymnasium in Ortigas.

Brownlee spent time on the bench in the overtime period of Ginebra’s 109-100 loss to Alaska at the Smart Araneta Coliseum when he was hit by cramps after playing 29 minutes.

He was brought to The Medical City where he was given an intravenous drip by doctors and then later sent home.

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