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Mayo on return to Bucks: 'I owe them'

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(TSX / STATS) -- O.J. Mayo would relish a return with the Milwaukee Bucks when he returns from his two-year suspension from the NBA.

Mayo has less than a year remaining on his ban for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

"I want to go back to what I left (in Milwaukee)" the 29-year-old Mayo told The Crossover. "I was real close with (coach) Jason Kidd. ... I had great relationships with Giannis (Antetokounmpo) and Khris Middleton. I felt like I let them down, cheated them for two years. They paid me $8 million to be, in my eyes, a subpar player. They invested millions of dollars for me to be on top of my (stuff), and when you're not on top of your (stuff), it shows. I'll be 30 next summer. If they just give me the chance, I can make it up. I owe them."


Raptors ink ex-Rockets, Nets F McDaniels

(TSX / STATS) -- The Toronto Raptors signed forward K.J. McDaniels to a contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the club for McDaniels, who split last season between the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets.


Lakers probed for tampering with George

(TSX / STATS) -- The NBA is investigating the Los Angeles Lakers for alleged tampering involving Paul George after the Indiana Pacers filed a formal complaint.

The league released a statement Sunday from Mike Bass, executive vice president of communications.


Clippers offer GM job to OKC exec Winger

(TSX / STATS) -- The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly offered Oklahoma City Thunder executive Michael Winger their general manager job.

A deal is expected soon, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday.


Magic sign F Payne to 2-way contract

(TSX / STATS) -- The Orlando Magic signed free agent forward Adreian Payne to a two-way contract on Monday.

The team announced the move but did not disclose financial terms of the deal.


Celtics to retire Pierce's No. 34

(TSX / STATS) -- The Boston Celtics plan to retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 during the season next year, cementing his 15-year legacy with the franchise.

The Celtics announced Friday they will honor Pierce after a midseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Feb. 11.


Durant rips Trump, won't do White House

(TSX / STATS) -- If the Golden State Warriors are invited to the White House, Kevin Durant said he will not visit with President Donald Trump to celebrate the team's 2017 championship.

Durant was honored in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md. and the 2017 Finals MVP told ESPN he will not attend any possible ceremony with Trump.


Ex-Lakers, Royals F Tommy Hawkins dies

(TSX / STATS) -- Former NBA player Tommy Hawkins, who was also a college star at Notre Dame, has died. He was 80.

Hawkins, a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers and Cincinnati Royals, died in Malibu, Calif., on Wednesday, according to family members. No cause of death was revealed.


James calls Trump 'so-called president'

(TSX / STATS) -- Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James referred to President Donald Trump as the "so-called president of the United States" while calling for unity in the wake of the Charlottesville, Va., tragedy over the weekend.

During his annual family reunion charitable event Tuesday night in Sandusky, Ohio, James gave an emotional speech as he held his daughter, Zhuri, in his arms and was flanked by his two sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus, while standing on stage before students, parents, Cavs teammate JR Smith and pop musician Jordin Sparks.


NBA unveils complete 2017-18 schedule

(TSX / STATS) -- The NBA offseason featured plenty of movement. However, two notable stars who changed addresses will have to wait until the new year to face their former teams at the place they used to call home.

The NBA released its regular-season schedule on Monday, with Jimmy Butler and Gordon Hayward returning to Chicago and Utah, respectively, in 2018.