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FRESH OFF his Executive of the Year award, new GM Masai Ujiri shipped soft big man Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks for three picks and deadeye Steve Novak. That creates space for center Jonas Valanciunas, who averaged 13.5 points and nine rebounds per 36 minutes as a 20-year-old. This offseason, he was Summer League MVP with a 19/10 line. Still, J-Val and the starters, who outscored foes by 11.9 points per 48 minutes, better build a lead; their bench is a year away.
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