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>>Pacers Deal Collison To Mavs

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  The Indiana Pacers have traded point guard Darren Collison to the Dallas Mavericks.  The Pacers also sent swingman Dahntay Jones to Dallas in a sign-and-trade deal that will ship free agent center Ian Mahinmi to Indiana.  Collison has one year left on his contract at $2.3-million.  He averaged 10.4 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game last season with the Pacers.  Mahinmi averaged 5.8 points and 4.7 boards per game last season for Dallas.

>>Pacers Sign D.J. Augustin

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Multiple outlets report the Indiana Pacers will sign former Charlotte Bobcats point guard D.J. Augustin.  He will replace Darren Collison as the back-up point guard to George Hill.  Augustin was originally a restricted free-agent, but the Bobcats renounced his right to let him become unrestricted after they agreed to terms with Ramon Sessions.  The former lottery pick averaged 11 points and six assists last season in 48 games.  

>>Pacers Sign Gerald Green

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  The Indiana Pacers have signed veteran swingman Gerald Green.  During his career, Green has played for Boston, Minnesota, Houston, Dallas, and the Nets.  Last season, he averaged a career-best 12.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 31 games for the Nets.  Green was also the winner of the 2007 Slam Dunk Contest.

>>USA Crushes Dominican Republic

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The USA Men's Basketball team crushed the Dominican Republic, 113-59, in their first exhibition game.  Kevin Durant led all scorers off the bench with 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds.  The starting lineup for Team USA was Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.  Melo added in 13 points, while Deron Williams led the team with 10 assists.  The second of the USA's five exhibition games is Monday against Brazil in Washington D.C.

>>Griffin To Miss Olympics

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is expected to miss the Olympics due to a knee injury.  Griffin hurt his left knee during a Team USA practice on Wednesday.  He underwent an MRI Thursday and was diagnosed with a medial meniscus tear.  Griffin will have arthroscopic surgery, but the Clippers said he will be ready for training camp this fall.  Griffin just signed a five-year extension with L.A. on Wednesday worth as much as $95-million.  He averaged 20.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season.  Griffin has been replaced on the roster by rookie Anthony Davis.

>>Report: Rockets Making Big Push For Howard

(Undated)  --  ESPN reports the Houston Rockets are making a big push to acquire Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic.  According to the report, the Rockets have reconstructed their trade proposal and they are willing to take back more long-term contracts in a deal.  If the Rockets use the amnesty clause on forward Luis Scola, they would likely be able to take the contracts of Jason Richardson, Glen Davis and Chris Duhon from Orlando.  The Rockets would reportedly have to ship Kevin Martin, Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris and Chandler Parsons to Orlando.  The Magic would also reportedly get the draft rights to Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones.  All three players were just selected in the first round of last year's draft.

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