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76ERS: Fired general manager and team president Billy King and replaced him with New Jersey Nets general manager Ed Stefanski . King, who had been with the franchise since June 1997, had said he was using this season as the start of a three-year rebuilding plan. The Sixers are 5-12 and in last place in the Atlantic Division. After reaching the NBA Finals in 2001, Philadelphia has missed the postseason three of the past four years.

BOBCATS: In need of a big man, Charlotte reached an agreement on a three-year offer sheet with Cleveland's restricted free agent Anderson Varejao , giving the Cavaliers a week to match the deal or lose him.

The 6-foot-10 Varejao has been in a prolonged contract dispute with the Cavaliers, which has kept him sidelined this season.

TIMBERWOLVES: Coach Randy Wittman was preparing for back surgery and missed Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Wittman is scheduled to have surgery today.



Howard dominates boards in debut as Hawks top Wizards in opener

ATLANTA — Dwight Howard was everything the Hawks were hoping for in his hometown debut.

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Whiteside leads Heat to opening win



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