National Basketball Association roundup

Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:03pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Cleveland Cavaliers and center Anderson Varejao are close to agreeing on a contract extension, reported Thursday.

The deal would be for three years at an estimated $30 million, starting with the 2015-16 season. The Brazilian native is in the final year of a six-year, $42.5 million contract. He is making $9.7 million this season.

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San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals, will make his season debut Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

Leonard missed the Spurs' final six preseason games this month and the regular-season opener against the Dallas Mavericks with an eye infection. He was cleared by doctors to return, coach Gregg Popovich said Thursday.

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Point guard Jose Calderon will be out for two to three weeks due to a right calf strain, the New York Knicks said Thursday.

Calderon, who missed the Knicks' final two preseason games, was a late scratch before the season opener Wednesday after he aggravated the injury during warmups. An MRI revealed the strain.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (R) and center Anderson Varejao run during their NBA Global Games Rio 2014 basketball game against Miami Heat in Rio de Janeiro October 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Sergio Moraes