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The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - DAILY DEUCE -

Nu­mer­ous re­ports Tues­day in­di­cated that will opt out of the fi­nal year and $21.5 mil­lion on his ex­ist­ing con­tract with Dal­las and be­come a free agent. Dal­las hopes to keep Now­itzki, its all-time lead­ing scorer and re­bounder.

will re­turn to the Hous­ton Rock­ets af­ter pick­ing up his player op­tion for next sea­son. Yao sat out last sea­son af­ter re­con­struc­tive foot surgery and said he wanted to see how the in­jury healed be­fore mak­ing his de­ci­sion. Yao should be 100 per­cent when train­ing camp be­gins.

The New Jersey Nets traded for­ward to the Washington Wizards, cre­at­ing about $3 mil­lion un­der the salary cap as they head into free-agency. The Wizards sent for­ward

to the Nets. Yi, the No. 6 pick in the 2007 draft by Mil­wau­kee, av­er­aged ca­reer highs of 12.0 points and 7.0 re­bounds last sea­son but was limited to 51 games be­cause of in­jury. | The As­so­ci­ated Press

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