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Bills hire 3 more assistants, including Hilliard

Bills hire 3 more assistants, including Hilliard

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Doug Marrone has hired three more assistants to his new Buffalo Bills staff, including Ike Hilliard taking over as receivers coach.

Hilliard comes to Buffalo after spending the past two seasons coaching receivers with the Washington Redskins. He's a former NFL receiver who split 12 seasons between the New York Giants and Tampa Bay.

The Bills also hired John Anselmo to work as a special teams assistant. He previously worked under Marrone at Syracuse.

Hal Luther, also from Syracuse, was hired as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

The team announced Thursday that offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will also double as quarterbacks coach.

Including Hackett, the Bills staff now features seven of Marrone's former assistants at Syracuse, where he went 25-25 over four seasons.

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Charlotte Hornets agree to trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets, per report

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Charlotte Hornets agree to trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets, per report

Let the trades begin.

The Charlotte Hornets are trading Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for center Timofey Mozgov, cash and two future second-round picks, according to league sources of ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi

One of the two future second-round picks will take place in Thursday's NBA Draft, the other in 2021. 

Howard, who is entering his 15th season in the league, had a $23.8 million expiring contract. He is changing teams for the third time in three years. 

Mozgov, who did not see a lot of playing time in Brooklyn during the 2017-'18 season, had two years, $32.7 million left on his contract. The trade will save the Nets close to $17 million during the 2019-'20 season, opening up two max salary slots for free agency in 2019. 

The deal can not become official until July 6th when the moratorium period ends. 

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Wizards will play against Knicks in London in 2018-19 regular season game

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Wizards will play against Knicks in London in 2018-19 regular season game

The Wizards will be heading across the pond next year to play a regular season game in London, England against the New York Knicks, the NBA announced on Wednesday.

The game is set for January 17 at the O2 arena in southeast London. It is usually used for concerts, but has become a popular location for NBA international showcase games. Last season, the Sixers and Celtics played there, also in January.

This will be the ninth NBA game played in England and the first for the Wizards. Washington point guard John Wall shared his reaction in the press release.

“It will be an honor to represent the Washington Wizards organization as we play our first game in the UK,” Wall said. “I look forward to connecting with our fans in London and using the experience to further bond as a team.”

The Wizards have several international players on their roster including Marcin Gortat (Poland), Ian Mahinmi (France) and Tomas Satoransky (Czech Republic).

The Wizards last played overseas in 2013 when they had a preseason game in Brazil. This is the first international regular season game in franchise history.

Majority owner Ted Leonsis also reacted to the news via the team's website.

“We are excited about the opportunity to play our first overseas regular season game in London next year,” said Leonsis. “The Wizards have a long tradition of playing international exhibition games and we love the chance to be global ambassadors for the game. We’re looking forward to getting the chance to play in front of fans in the UK.”

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