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Liberty Links: Furkan Korkmaz drops 15 in win over Latvia

Korkmaz is currently playing for Turkey in the FIBA U20 European Championship.

2017 Las Vegas Summer League - Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Furkan Korkmaz is back in action after joining the Sixers for Las Vegas Summer League. The first round pick in 2016 is a member of Turkey’s U20 team, and dropped 15 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in a victory over Latvia. You can watch his highlights, courtesy of

Here’s what else happened on Thursday:

Former Sixers center Kwame Brown blames Sixers’ medical staff for end of career - Kyle Neubeck, Liberty Ballers

If this was your run-of-the-mill NBA franchise, it would be easy to write off an anecdote like this as a one-man mistake, or even an alternative version of history from a guy who has motivation to paint his NBA exit as a product of someone else’s failure. Brown did nothing to keep himself in the league on the hardwood, and to be frank, he’s lucky he lasted as long as he did.

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at JJ Redick’s decision to join the Sixers in free agency - Kyle Neubeck, Liberty Ballers

Sources: Derrick Rose talks deal with Cavs, meets with Lakers - Brian Windhorst & Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN

While those talks continue, Rose also met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, sources told ESPN's Chris Haynes and Ramona Shelburne. Sources told Haynes the meeting with the Lakers lasted three hours.

The former No. 1 draft pick has met with several teams over the past three weeks, including the Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers, but he has gained momentum on a deal with the Cavs in the past several days, sources said.

Playing on a contender is important to Rose. If he agrees to a deal in Cleveland, it would also allow him to be closer to family in Chicago.

Source: Celtics to add free-agent guard Shane Larkin - Chris Forsberg, ESPN

Larkin, the No. 18 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, played 72 games with Saski Baskonia in Spain last season and averaged 13.8 points and 5.4 assists. He elected to pass up a $6.3 million option to compete for a spot on a Boston roster that will now feature 16 guaranteed contracts.

James Jones retires, joins Suns as vice president under Ryan McDonough - Kristian Winfield, SB Nation

Jones spent two seasons in Phoenix from 2005-07 where he averaged a career-high 9.3 points on 38.6 percent three-point shooting. He also spent two years in Indiana and a year in Portland before joining the Heat two seasons before LeBron’s arrival in 2010. He never averaged double-digit scoring but had been a dead-eye perimeter shooter throughout his career.

Jones has no NBA front office experience, but is well-regarded among players and took a leadership role with the players union.

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