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Pierce, Rondo, among NBA stars planning world tour


Pierce, Rondo, among NBA stars planning world tour

Want to see Paul Pierce or Rajon Rondo play ball?

If you happen to be in London, Australia, Macau, or even as close as Puerto Rico, you could be in luck.

As NBA lockout talks continue in New York, a group of star players reportedly have plans to hoop it up worldwide.

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, a group of NBA athletes are in the works for a six-game exhibition tour that would span four continents over two weeks. (The report notes the tour has not been finalized.) The games would take place October 30 through November 9, during the period of regular season games that were canceled earlier in the month.

The reported list of athletes expected to play reads like an All-Star Game roster, and includes members of the Boston Celtics -- Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo -- in addition to Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Amare Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade, and Russell Westbrook. Also, Kevin Garnett and Kevin Durant are among those who are reportedly thinking about participating.

A few notable bullets from Broussard:

The tour has been being planned for nearly three months by business mogul Calvin Darden and the NBA players agents.

Rondo and Pierce are among players who have already signed contracts (as well as Bosh, Bryant, Griffin, and Wade).

According to sources in the report, the NBA players will be paid salaries ranging from six figures up to 1 million. A portion of the money from the tour will also be donated to charity.

Rondo recently said he may play overseas but has been focusing on the NBA season.

Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery


Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will not need surgery on his right hip after being hampered late in the postseason. 

Thomas originally suffered the injury March 15 against the Timberwolves and missed two games before reaggravating it in Game 6 of the second round against the Wizards. He played the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals but was shut down for the final three. 

“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Globe. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”

The Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach wrote that the team waited for swelling to go down before determining whether surgery would be needed, and that “barring any further setbacks,” he will not. 

Thomas is coming off a career year in which he averaged 28.9 points a game. He is entering the final year of his contract.