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Varejao likely miss Rio due to injury

Warriors C Anderson Varejao may not have the opportunity to represent his native Brazil at the upcoming Olympic Games due to a back injury. Details

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

It was recommended to Varejao that he skip the Olympics, sources say, after a Monday examination by noted back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources: Warriors center Anderson Varejao is likely to be ruled out of the Olympics in his native Brazil this week due to a back injury

OKC looks to secure Westbrook long-term

With Dion Waiters headed for Miami, the Thunder's salary cap has increased -- giving Russell Westbrook the upper hand in possibly obtaining a maximum-level, $26.5M extension.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat $50 million G Tyler Johnson told reporters of his contract figure and signing the Nets' restricted offer sheet which Miami matched: "I threw up a couple times when I heard the number go out there. I was in shock. I even lost a little bit of weight just because of the anxiety of going through the process, not knowing where I was going to be. I mean, I was almost 100 percent sure I was going to end up in Brooklyn. But it's just an incredible feeling and I'm excited to get back to work."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Philly, Brooklyn, Denver, Minnesota, Phoenix and Utah have at least $10 million in cap space. Waiters wound up settling for Miami's $2.9 mil

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Rough July for Dion Waiters. Until OKC's deal with Alex Abrines, its $6.9M qualifying offer to Waiters was on the table for two-plus weeks.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In a Twitter poll, big man Larry Sanders included the Knicks in a list of teams he asked users to choose from, asking the question, "Which team do you believe will utilize my skills the best???" The Knicks, according to a league source, are not among the teams who have expressed interest in Sanders at this point.