• Arnett Moultrie must prove himself in Year 3
    76ers big man Arnett Moultrie understands how much is at stake for him in 2014-15, his third NBA season.e

    Advice: Moultrie served a five-game suspension last season for repeatedly failing the NBA's anti-drug policies, and he's been out of shape for most of his brief NBA career. Sixers GM Sam Hinkie said Moultrie has been working out "really hard" in Philadelphia, and the team's shallow frontcourt puts him in position to earn minutes if he stays focused and fit. Rotoworld.com
    59 minutes ago
  • Jason Richardson (knee) rehabbing in Denver
    Jason Richardson (knee) has been training in Denver this summer but it's uncertain when or if he'll play this season.

    Advice: "I know he's focused on getting ready for camp," said 76ers GM Sam Hinkie. "I don't know exactly how that will go. We'll see when he gets closer." J-Rich opted into a $6.6 million player option for 2014-15 but he's unlikely to have a significant on-court role even if his knee allows him to get back on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:34 am
  • Dion Waiters studying tape of Dwyane Wade
    Dion Waiters has been studying video of Dwyane Wade to learn how he adapted to playing alongside LeBron James.

    Advice: "With a guy like [LeBron], he can open up the floor for you and give you a lot of opportunities," Waiters said. "When I get the opportunity to get the ball, I've got to destroy my opponent. The rest of the floor is going to be so wide open that, once I get by him, the rest of it should be easy." Waiters has a good chance to improve upon his career 42.4 percent shooting with LeBron guiding the offense, but it's also likely that his usage rate will take a dive from 26.9 percent last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Ronnie Brewer fined, given probation for DUI
    Former Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer has been fined and sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to DUI charges in Beverly Hills.

    Advice: Brewer was waived by Chicago in July and it's unclear whether he's drawn interest as an unrestricted free agent. If he does eventually sign with an NBA team he'll likely face a short suspension from the league stemming from his DUI. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:08 am
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  • Michael Carter-Williams not ready for 5-on-5
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder surgery) has not yet been cleared for five-on-five workouts with contact, according to 76ers GM Sam Hinkie.

    Advice: Carter-Williams is "working out hard" and expects to be healthy for training camp, but for now he faces medical restrictions. He missed 12 games last season but he won Rookie of the Year after averaging 16.7 points, 0.8 threes, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game. If he can stay healthy he should be a reliable top-50 fantasy option, especially in leagues which don't penalize turnovers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:47 am
  • Wolves owner criticizes Kevin Love's game
    Wolves owner Glen Taylor questioned Kevin Love's durability during a recent interview, and said Love "got away with some stuff not playing defense [with Minnesota]."

    Advice: "The only thing I still have a question mark about is his health," Taylor said. "If [the Cavaliers] sign him to a five-year contract like they're thinking about, that's a big contract on a guy who's had some times when he has missed games." Taylor also implied that Love is the third-best player on the Cavs behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and the whole interview feels like sour grapes. "I think emotions are definitely running high right now," Love replied, when told about Taylor's criticism. "For Glen to say that, I think he should be concentrating on the players he just received." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:35 am
  • Joel Embiid signs contract with Sixers
    Sixers sign rookie Joel Embiid to contract on Tuesday.

    Advice: Embiid announced his signing on Twitter and the terms are unknown. He'll be sidelined for most, if not all, of the upcoming season, meaning Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims are going to have to play a lot of minutes at center. Embiid is worth a pick in dynasty leagues, but we see little reason to use a draft pick on him in re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Kevin Love 'committed long term' to Cavaliers
    Kevin Love was officially introduced by the Cavaliers on Tuesday, and he said he's "committed long term to the end goal, and that's to win championships."

    Advice: Love is expected to sign a long-term extension with the Cavs, but he said that hasn't yet been discussed. A core of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love makes the Cavaliers an instant championship contender and they've already lured veterans Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones to Cleveland. Love will start alongside Anderson Varejao in the frontcourt, but the Cavs still hope to add another center behind Varejao -- they've reportedly targeted Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:59 pm
  • Carlos Delfino (foot) may be waived by Clips
    Carlos Delfino's surgically-repaired foot is not healing properly, and the Clippers may waive him via the "stretch provision."

    Advice: Delfino would be a useful rotation player if healthy, but as things stand the Clippers can reduce his salary-cap amount over several years and thereby clear space for one or two minimum-salary free agents (Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ekpe Udoh have been mentioned as possible targets). Delfino has already had two surgeries on his foot and it sounds like his 2014-15 season is in jeopardy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles off Team USA's bench
    Derrick Rose struggled throughout Team USA's exhibition on Tuesday, shooting 0-of-3 from the field and 3-of-6 at the FT line with three turnovers.

    Advice: Rose came off the bench behind Kyrie Irving and he looked unusually passive, even finishing with a negative +/- rating in a game the U.S. won by 30 points. Some rust was to be expected from Rose, who has taken a few days off to rest his sore knees recently, and his game will be under the microscope throughout the World Cup which begins on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Hasheem Thabeet traded from OKC to Philly
    The Thunder traded Hasheem Thabeet and cash to the 76ers on Tuesday for a second-round pick, thus acquiring a $1.3 million trade exception.

    Advice: The Sixers are expected to immediately waive Thabeet, whose fleeting acquisition bumps Philly a bit closer to the NBA's salary-cap 'floor'. With Kendrick Perkins, Steven Adams and rookie Mitch McGary filling out their center position, Thabeet was expendable for OKC, so they took the chance to earn a small salary-cap asset. The draft pick involved is so heavily protected that it's not expected to ever come to OKC. It's anyone's guess where Thabeet might land once he clears waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Jazz officially sign PG Toure Murry
    The Jazz signed PG Toure Murry to a partially-guaranteed two-year contract on Tuesday.

    Advice: The deal is worth $2 million but it's only guaranteed for $250k this season, and is fully unguaranteed for 2015-16. Utah has the youngest roster in the NBA and they'll spend much of the season developing Trey Burke and Dante Exum, so Murry doesn't have meaningful upside in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:18 pm
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  • Anthony Davis leads Team USA to easy victory
    Anthony Davis dominated during Team USA's win over Slovenia on Tuesday, racking up 18 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and four blocks in under 20 minutes.

    Advice: Davis has cemented himself as the cornerstone of Team USA's frontcourt, and his length gave the Slovenian team fits all game. The U.S. won by 30 points in their final exhibition before the FIBA World Cup begins in earnest -- they'll open the tournament with games vs. Finland on Saturday and Turkey on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • NBA improves player safety with new rules
    In an effort to improve player safety, the NBA will add one foot of open space to each side of the basket stanchion, while decreasing the number of photographers sitting along the baseline.

    Advice: NBA executive Rod Thorn said the changes had been discussed for "several years," but Paul George's awful leg injury this summer sped up the implementation. An increasing number of players, coaches and NBA executives have lobbied for greater protective measures in recent years, as more and more obstacles crowded around the court -- the new rules allow 10 photographers on each baseline, only half of what was allowed during the 2010-11 season. It's an encouraging response to an obvious problem, adding another feather to commissioner Adam Silver's cap. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:45 pm
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  • Clippers get Miroslav Raduljica from Bucks
    The Clippers acquired C Miroslav Raduljica from the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Raduljica casts an imposing shadow at 7'1", 280 lbs., and he slots in as the Clips' third-string center behind DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Hawes. It would take a few injuries for him to emerge as a fantasy factor. Although he has three years remaining on his rookie contract, Miroslav's 2015-16 salary of $1.6 million is fully unguaranteed. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Bucks trade Carlos Delfino to Clippers
    Carlos Delfino was traded from the Bucks to the Clippers as part of Tuesday's three-player deal.

    Advice: Delfino hasn't played since the 2012-13 season due to multiple foot surgeries, but he's tentatively expected to be ready for training camp. He'll give coach Doc Rivers another option at SG and SF if he stays healthy, but may have a hard time earning minutes in a wing rotation that includes J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Hawks officially announce Mike Scott signing
    The Atlanta Hawks have officially announced the re-signing of Mike Scott.

    Advice: Scott's deal will be for $10 million over three years as the 26-year-old re-joins the Hawks as a bench option behind Paul Millsap and Al Horford. Scott showed potential in averaging 9.6 points, 3.6 boards, and 0.8 treys in 2013-14, but he won't hold much fantasy value unless Millsap or Horford go down with an injury. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • Cavs still trying to acquire Timofey Mozgov
    The Cavaliers are still trying to acquire Timofey Mozgov, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: As the Cavs continue their search for a center to backup Anderson Varejao, their search is focused on the Nuggets' Mozgov and Kosta Koufos of the Memphis Grizzlies. Windhorst adds that the Cavs have been trying to acquire Mozgov for the last six to eight weeks while the Grizzlies are reluctant to part with Koufos due to Marc Gasol's injury last season. Mozgov wouldn't have much fantasy value in Cleveland, but a trade could open up more minutes for JaVale McGee and J.J. Hickson in Denver. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:40 am
  • Thaddeus Young excited to play with Pekovic
    Thaddeus Young said he is excited to play alongside Nikola Pekovic this season rather than against him.

    Advice: Speaking on his upcoming first season with the Timberwolves, Young said of Pekovic, "I bumped him in a game last year and he didn't move!" The 26-year-old is coming off a breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 19.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers over the last 28 games of the season. Young would be worthy of a top 20 fantasy pick if he beat the odds and sustained those numbers, but even a likely slip will help him return mid-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:29 am
  • Suns, Serbia have plan to keep Dragic fresh
    The Phoenix Suns and Slovenian basketball federation have an agreement in place to keep Goran Dragic fresh during the World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: The agreement will limit Dragic to one practice per day and no more than 25 minutes of playing time in exhibition games. Furthermore, the agreement stipulated that the 28-year-old would only play in five of Slovenia's 16 exhibition games leading up to the World Cup of Basketball. Coming comes off a breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals, Dragic should be one of the top 10 point guards on draft boards heading into 2014-15 drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:35 am
  • Luigi Datome will play 2014-15 season in NBA
    Luigi Datome has chosen to play the 2014-15 season with the Detroit Pistons.

    Advice: FC Barcelona was reportedly interested in the 26-year-old, but Datome has decided to give the NBA one more chance. "My goal is to try another year in the NBA and draw a line with my experience at the end of next season," Datome said. "I signed a two-year deal precisely because so many players, in their first season in America, have had difficulties." Gigi only averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds during his first season in the NBA and shouldn't be on any fantasy radars heading into the 2014-15 season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:41 am
  • Shabazz Napier struggling with leather ball
    Rookie Shabazz Napier is struggling with getting used to the NBA's leather basketball.

    Advice: "My biggest thing is getting comfortable with that basketball," Napier said. "That's one of my biggest problems and it's kind of ironic, because it's a basketball. But it's different than a college basketball." There is a substantial difference between the balls used in the college game and the NBA, but you rarely hear of a player complaining about it. Napier will eventually get it figured out and we doubt it has much of an impact on his game, but it is likely part of the reason he struggled in Summer League. He'll get some run in Miami this season, but he still doesn't look like someone who should be targeted in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Kevin Love to wear No. 0 in Cleveland
    Kevin Love will be wearing No. 0 for the Cavs this season, as No. 42 has been retired by the Cleveland franchise in honor of Nate Thurmond.

    Advice: It's not yet known why Love elected to go with No. 0, but purely speculating, in tennis, zero points is referred to as "love." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:58 pm
  • Derrick Rose taking notes on Kyrie Irving
    Derrick Rose has been taking notes on Kyrie Irving's game during his time with USA Basketball to prepare for when he has to compete against him this upcoming season.

    Advice: "I mean, we're competitors," said Rose. "We look at each other's games to see what strengths are, weaknesses are, and of course you're going to use them during the season." The Cavs will be the Bulls primary rivals in the East this season, and Rose knows that while everything is friendly now, they'll be on opposing teams when the NBA season begins. The former-MVP will be a high-risk, high-reward target come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:44 am
  • Wolves GM has high hopes for Thad
    Wolves general manager Milt Newton said Thaddeus Young "will be better statistically than he's ever been based on all the options he will have in the offense."

    Advice: That's a tall order for Young after a stat-stuffing finish to his Philly career. Thad carried his 76ers after the break with a usage rate of 26.7, averaging 19.4 points, 5.8 boards, 3.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.5 triples in those 28 games. We're not really on the same page as Newton here and we're expecting Thad to see a mild dip in production. Still, we like him as a mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:52 pm
  • Cavs, Wolves and 76ers agree on Love deal
    The Cavs, Wolves and Sixers have completed the Kevin Love trade.

    Advice: We all know the details and the only difference is that the Wolves will get a $6.3 million trade exception, not the $4 million reported yesterday. In case you weren't around the past month, the Cavs get Kevin Love; the Wolves get Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and that aforementioned trade exception; and the Sixers get Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and a 2015 first-round pick. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:03 am
  • Wolves jump the gun with newspaper ad
    The Wolves placed an advertisement in Sunday's early edition of the Pioneer Press with pictures of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and Zach LaVine.

    Advice: That pretty much makes it official and today is the first day that the Cavs and Wolves can officially make a deal due to Wiggins signing his deal one month ago. Young will slide into a power forward role and Bennett will back him up. The former 76er is still a nice mid-round target in fantasy leagues. Feel free to click the link below if you want to get a look at the ad. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:32 am
  • Coach K says Rose feels confident w/ Team USA
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Derrick Rose "feels very confident" about playing with Team USA.

    Advice: "These guys want to play with him. That's part of getting back ... to be around a group of your peers," Krzyzewski said. Coach Tom Thibodeau is an assist with the team, so he's likely been a consultant for Coach K with Rose. Both coaches seem to have the belief that the extra playing time will only help Rose get back from only playing in 10 regular season games since April of 2012. He's certainly a candidate for MVP, but he's a really risky target for where we'd expect him to be selected in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:25 am
  • Anthony Davis headlines Team USA final roster
    Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry and James Harden headlined the release of the 2014 Team USA Basketball roster on Friday.

    Advice: Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Kenneth Faried, and DeMarcus Cousins all made the squad, though Cousins' status appeared to be in doubt for much of the time. Rudy Gay and Andre Drummond also made the team, as did the ever-so-controversial Mason Plumlee. Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were among the final cuts. Team USA will be the favorites in Spain, but this is undeniably one of the weaker teams we've seen in a while. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:39 pm
  • Rose plays a little, looks good in USA win
    Derrick Rose played 14 minutes in Team USA's 112-86 win over Puerto Rico on Friday, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting with two rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Rose looked great but he isn't going to shake the questions about his health anytime soon, though this particular round of paranoia over his soreness is probably exactly that. The final roster is expected to be announced on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:12 pm
  • Official Team USA roster expected Saturday
    The official 12-man Team USA roster is expected to be announced on Saturday.

    Advice: There is a twist to this story as USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski are reportedly still debating whether they will bring 12, 13, or 14 of their current 16 players to Spain. Bringing the additional players would give the pair an extra week to evaluate their guys, as the final 12-man roster does not need to be submitted until August 29. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:54 pm
  • Kevin Love deal officially agreed upon
    The Kevin Love trade has officially been agreed upon, and the teams are now just awaiting approval from the league.

    Advice: The trade is a three-team deal in which Minnesota will send Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved (both expiring contracts) and a 2015 first-round pick (via the Miami Heat) to Philadelphia, in exchange for Thaddeus Young and a trade exception worth $4 million. And Cleveland will send two number one overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love. Wiggins figures to be a primary option on the offensive end in Minnesota, and he'll be a mid-round target heading into this year's draft. Bennett showed promise during Summer League, but the fact he'll be playing behind Young makes him more of a late-round flier in standard leagues. Love will still be an elite talent in Cleveland, but it's unlikely he will be able to sustain his 26.1 points per game while playing alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:34 pm
  • 76ers dealing trade exception w/ Thad Young
    The Wolves will receive a trade exception worth $4 million along with Thaddeus Young, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the Kevin Love three-team deal expected to be completed on Saturday.

    Advice: While Love is quite a player, that's a really nice haul for the Wolves. Young will join the Wolves in a very similar role in an up-tempo system with a point guard who is a sub-par scorer. His fantasy value doesn't take a major hit and he's still a solid target in the middle rounds. On the other hand, Bennett, Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng aren't quite as alluring with Thad around. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:29 am
  • Coach K thinks Derrick Rose is ready for FIBA
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he is planning Derrick Rose to be healthy enough to play in the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

    Advice: "I'm not going to do assumptions," Krzyzewski said of Rose. "I think he's ready. I'm thinking about him playing and being there [in Spain]." Rose is just dealing with general body soreness and missed two exhibitions for Team USA, so all eyes will be on him for tonight's match vs. Puerto Rico. His torn meniscus injury from last season isn't quite as severe as his ACL tear from 2012, but he is certainly not all the way back. He'll be a risky pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:21 am
  • D-Rose 'feeling good' after practice on Thurs
    Derrick Rose said he was "feeling good" after Team USA practice on Thursday.

    Advice: "I'm feeling good. I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow & see how it goes," Rose said. "Just trying to stay positive til then." He sat out Team USA's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday citing knee soreness. The national team has been taking every precaution with Rose as he looks to return to the NBA after missing nearly all of the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:09 pm
  • Thad Young still expected to be a T-Wolf
    Thad Young is still expected to be traded to Minnesota despite reports that Anthony Bennett will not be traded to the 76ers.

    Advice: The Philadelphia Daily news reported in early August that Young would be moved to Minnesota for a package that would include Bennett. News of Bennett staying in Minnesota was thought to derail Young being traded as well. However, Darren Wolfson of ESPN reports that the Sixers will not move Young or Shabazz Muhammad, and instead 76ers GM Sam Hinkie will have to take a package including Alexey Shved, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and a draft pick if he wants to move Thad. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • Derrick Rose set to practice Thursday
    Derrick Rose will practice with Team USA on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic due to fatigue.

    Advice: Rose's name was listed on Team Blue, while Kyrie Irving will play on Team White alongside the other Team USA starters. Team USA will have to play nine games in 16 days at the upcoming World Cup of Basketball, so there is a chance that Rose is left off the roster if the coaching staff decides to opt for a more reliable option. The 25-year-old has as much potential as any player entering 2014-15 fantasy drafts, but owners need to be aware of the huge risk that comes along with that upside. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:28 am
  • Derrick Rose plans to play vs Puerto Rico
    Derrick Rose said he will play in Team USA's exhibition game against Puerto Rico on Friday.

    Advice: Rose sat out Wednesday's exhibition against the Dominican Republican due to what he called body fatigue, but the Bulls' star said he'll be ready to go on Friday. "Just trying to protect myself, just knowing that this is a long, long schedule and this is the most basketball I'll be playing in two years," Rose said. "So I'm just going in, trying to gear up, making sure that I'm healthy." His involvement in Thursday's practice will be more telling in terms of his availability for Friday, but we'll have to take him at his word for now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:13 am
  • Derrick Rose expected to practice on Thursday
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Derrick Rose (soreness) to practice on Thursday and play on Friday vs. Puerto Rico.

    Advice: He went through shootaround on Wednesday, but the team held him out of action in the game. During NBATV's Wednesday broadcast, Coach Thibs did mention he may have sat Rose out because he wanted to get a look at some players, so that does make sense. If Rose does sit out of practice on Thursday, that could be a red flag. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:09 pm
  • Derrick Rose will not play on Wednesday night
    Derrick Rose will not play vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night in Team USA's exhibition.

    Advice: The coaching staff just wants to give him another day off. Since Saturday's exhibition, Rose has missed both practices and now he's missing game action. He's not expected to miss much more time and should be ready for when the FIBA World Cup starts on Aug. 30. Kyrie Irving is starting in place of Rose. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Coach K: Davis to score more with Team USA
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Anthony Davis will have more opportunities to score with Team USA.

    Advice: With the team missing Paul George (leg) and Kevin Durant, Davis may be the team's best weapon, and may be the most important guy on the team with its lack of frontcourt depth. He's a stud already as he heads into his third season and you can make a case for him as the No. 2 player in dynasty fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:14 pm
  • MIchael Carter-Williams ready to lead for PHI
    Michael Carter-Williams said he's ready to lead the Sixers if Thaddeus Young is traded.

    Advice: "I think regardless who is on the team, I have to be a leader out there, give direction to the new guys and really bring the team together," Carter-Williams said. The Sixers are expected to have a starting five compose of sophomores and rookies, so they'll need as much leadership as they can get out of the reigning Rookie of the Year. He's a high-end PG2 in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 18, 9:58 am
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