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The latest news and rumors from the NBA off-season as the league prepares for training camp.

September 08, 2016

By Tom Downey, Chat Sports

NBA training camps don't start up until later in September, making this a quiet period for the league. However, some buzz has been generated by the 2016 NBA Hall of Fame class induction set for Friday, of which the headliners are Allen Iverson, Yao Ming and Shaquille O'Neal. 

Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below. 

• Elton Brand is heading back to the Philadelphia 76ers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The one-year deal will bring him back for his 18th season in the NBA. 

• Wojnarowski also reports that the 76ers plan to eventually trade either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel. The team "doesn't believe the two players' talents are complimentary," Wojnarowski reports.

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• New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said Anthony Davis will start the season with no restrictions. Davis had knee and shoulder issues last year and was shut down after 61 games. 

• Paul Pierce is still undecided on whether he'll play a 19th season, head coach Doc Rivers said, according to ESPN. Rivers said Pierce has gone back and forth about returning, and that Pierce doesn't want to go out after struggling last year. 

• The Charlotte Hornets announced they've signed Andrew Andrews and Rasheed Sulaimon. Both are guards and give the Hornets 18 players under contract. 

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• The Orlando Magic have only 13 players on their roster, and the Orlando Sentinel reports the team has extended training camp invites to six players. Those players are Nick Johnson, Kevin Murphy, Branden Dawson, Cliff Alexander, Arinze Onuaku and Damjan Rudez. 

• The Milwaukee Bucks are close to adding former NBA swingman Stacey Augmon to their staff as an assistant coach, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. Augmon had spent the last five years as an assistant at UNLV, his alma mater. 

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