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    • Devin Booker PHO G
      Suns' Devin Booker: Flirts with triple-double in loss
      4h ago

      Booke recorded 28 points (9-19 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists and two steals across 29 minutes in Friday's 132-130 loss to the Lakers.

      Booker was vastly improved from the season opener where they were manhandled by Portland. Two more assists would have given Booker his first career triple-double, but he also coughed up the ball six times on Friday, muting what was otherwise a standout performance. His evening was not without controversy - he somehow avoided ejection after a violent physical exchange with Larry Nance the escalated quickly. Tempers were high in this matchup with both teams coming off blowout losses, and a lot of sloppy defensive play made things even tenser. Booker and the Suns visit the Clippers on Saturday.

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    • Brook Lopez LAL C
      Lakers' Brook Lopez: Excels with double-double in win
      4h ago

      Lopez registered 19 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 32 minutes in Friday's 132-130 win over the Suns.

      After five frustrating seasons with the Nets where he battled injuries and fought for playing time, Lopez looks like he has found the perfect place to revive his once-floundering career. Some might actually a move to the Lakers might be a downgrade, but with Lonzo Ball on the squad, the prospect of Lopez as the recipient of numerous dishes inside by the young point guard should raise the big man's stock. He'll face a tough test on Sunday as he faces the twin towers of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.

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    • Brandon Ingram LAL F
      Lakers' Brandon Ingram: Puts up 25 in close win
      5h ago

      Ingram tallied 25 points (9-14 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), two rebounds an assist, a steal and a blocked shot across 36 minutes in Friday's 132-130 win over the Suns.

      After an up-and-down rookie season where he eventually started after the Lakers fell out of playoff contention, the 20-year-old comes into this season with more pressure than the average youngster. Now, with Lonzo Ball directing the action, the Lakers have a starting lineup with five first-round picks, and Ingram looks poised to break out if the young team can get some chemistry going. His shot was in sync on Friday, as his 64.2 percent from the floor was complemented by draining three of four three-pointers. He'll look to build on this great performance against the Pelican on Sunday.

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    • Lonzo Ball LAL G
      Lakers' Lonzo Ball: One assist shy of historic triple-double in win
      5h ago

      Ball recorded 29 points (12-27 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, nine assists and one steal across 37 minutes in Friday's 132-130 win over the Suns.

      With one more assist, Ball would've shattered the record for the youngest player to score a triple-double, an achievement currently held by LeBron James. If tonight's game was any indication, he may have more opportunities to get there. Granted, Ball was pitted against a team that had just suffered a 48-point loss to the Blazers earlier in the week, so to only beat the Suns by two points might not be a great litmus test of things to come. But a win is a win and Ball looked every bit the dynamic playmaker who was drafted second in the 2017 draft and wowed audiences in the Vegas Summer League. After a disappointing first game and an outstanding second game, we'll learn more about Ball's journey when they host the Pelicans on Sunday.

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    • Yogi Ferrell DAL G
      Mavericks' Yogi Ferrell: Scores 14 points Friday
      5h ago

      Ferrell collected 14 points (3-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 30 minutes during Friday's 93-88 loss to the Kings.

      With Dennis Smith (knee), Seth Curry (leg) and Devin Harris (personal) all out Friday, Ferrell had to be relied upon in the backcourt more than usual. While his three-ball wasn't falling, he was aggressive in getting to the basket and drawing fouls. With averages of 10.0 points, 3.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 three-pointers made per game last season, Ferrell makes for somewhat of a fringe fantasy option, though could improve this season with another year of experience under his belt.

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    • Dorian Finney-Smith DAL F
      Mavericks' Dorian Finney-Smith: Drops 14 points Friday
      5h ago

      Finney-Smith supplied 14 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes during Friday's 93-88 loss to the Kings.

      With the team down Dennis Smith (knee), Seth Curry (leg) and Devin Harris (personal), Finney-Smith was relied upon for more than usual off the pine. He averaged just 4.3 points across 20.3 minutes per game last season, so his 14-point outburst was certainly unexpected. That said, he can likely continue being avoided in the vast majority of fantasy formats.

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    • Brook Lopez LAL C
      Lakers' Brook Lopez: Excels with double-double in win
      4h ago

      Lopez registered 19 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 32 minutes in Friday's 132-130 win over the Suns.

      After five frustrating seasons with the Nets where he battled injuries and fought for playing time, Lopez looks like he has found the perfect place to revive his once-floundering career. Some might actually a move to the Lakers might be a downgrade, but with Lonzo Ball on the squad, the prospect of Lopez as the recipient of numerous dishes inside by the young point guard should raise the big man's stock. He'll face a tough test on Sunday as he faces the twin towers of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.

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    • Joel Embiid PHI C
      76ers' Joel Embiid: Another double-double in Friday's loss
      6h ago

      Embiid scored 11 points (4-16 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal in 28 minutes during Friday's 102-92 loss to the Celtics.

      He's now 0-for-10 from beyond the arc through two games, but otherwise Embiid has been providing some solid numbers to kick off his second NBA campaign. The Sixers will continue to be cautious with the big man's workload, but the 23-year-old is showing he can make a fantasy impact even without 30-plus minutes of court time a night.

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    • Willie Cauley-Stein SAC C
      Kings' Willie Cauley-Stein: Records another double-double Friday
      6h ago

      Cauley-Stein finished with 10 points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one block across 27 minutes during Friday's 93-88 win over the Mavericks.

      Cauley-Stein has posted 31 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks during his first two games this season -- encouraging numbers for fantasy owners who drafted him or deployed him in DFS. He certainly flashed upside last season, averaging 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game after the All-Star break.

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    • Al Horford BOS C
      Celtics' Al Horford: Just misses double-double Friday
      6h ago

      Horford scored 17 points (5-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding nine rebounds, three assists and a block in 36 minutes during Friday's 102-92 win over the 76ers.

      The Celtics' offense is still trying to find its way with Kyrie Irving at the helm, but Horford is providing a valuable stabilizing presence in the frontcourt while that happens. Expect him to continue serving as both a secondary scoring and distributing option going forward after he averaged a career-high 5.0 assists per game last season, his first campaign in Boston.

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    • Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
      Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Drops 20 points, 10 rebounds Friday
      6h ago

      Towns accumulated 20 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 10 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 32 minutes during Friday's 100-97 win over the Jazz.

      Towns hasn't disappointed so far this season, totaling 38 points and 23 rebounds across the team's first two contests. That's nothing unusual, however, as he averaged 25.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per game last year. There's a possibility he'll see fewer shot attempts considering the revamped nature of the team with Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, but fantasy owners are likely banking on that coming with increased efficiency.

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    • Rudy Gobert UTA C
      Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Solid performance Friday
      6h ago

      Gobert accumulated 10 points (5-10 FG), 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks across 33 minutes during Friday's 100-97 loss to the Timberwolves.

      Gobert scored 18 points during the team's opener against a fast-paced Nuggets team, but only managed to drop 10 points against a slower Timberwolves team Friday. He played well in his areas of strength, however -- rebounding and defense.

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    • Alpha Kaba 2005 PF
      Alpha Kaba: Will remain in France for 2017-18 season
      4d ago

      Kaba will play for ASVEL of the French Pro A League during the upcoming season, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Kaba was selected by the Hawks with the final pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, but was always considered a draft-and-stash prospect. He's locked into a three-year deal with ASVEL, though it likely has an NBA opt-out if the Hawks eventually want to bring Kaba over to the States during the next few years. The 21-year-old is a long-term prospect for the Hawks.

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    • Joel Bolomboy NBADRAFT PF
      Joel Bolomboy: Waived by Utah
      5d ago

      Bolomboy was waived by the Jazz on Monday, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

      The 2016 second-round pick showed some promise as a rookie, but he appeared sparingly in only 12 NBA games, spending much of the year in the D-League. With the league's roster cutdown deadline looming, the Jazz will cut ties with Bolomboy, who will likely land in the D-League or overseas. The Weber State product averaged 17.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists as a senior in 2015-16.

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    • Ekpe Udoh LAC PF
      Jazz's Ekpe Udoh: Agrees to join Utah
      07/13/2017

      agreed Thursday to a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      Udoh has been a staple overseas with Turkish club Fenerbahce Ulker since leaving the NBA following his 2014-15 campaign with the Clippers. Drafted sixth overall in 2010, Udoh will bring his talents back to the states as he figures to provide depth at power forward for the Jazz behind Boris Diaw and Derrick Favors.

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    • Ed Davis POR PF
      Trail Blazers' Ed Davis: Cleared for on-court work
      06/26/2017

      (shoulder) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

      Davis was restricted to just 46 games during the 2016-17 campaign, with ankle, wrist and shoulder injuries all contributing to the missed time. Most recently, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in March, but Davis now appears to be nearing a full recovery. He's already been cleared for on-court work, which likely means he'll be 100 percent for training camp. With an already crowded frontcourt that added Zach Collins in the 2017 NBA Draft, Davis should be slated for a reserve role off the bench, which could limit his overall upside as a fantasy option.

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    • Dirk Nowitzki DAL PF
      Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Option declined by Mavericks
      06/25/2017

      will have his $25 million team option for the 2017-18 season declined, but is expected to re-sign with the , Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

      Shortly after this past season concluded, Nowitzki was quick to announce he'd be returning for his 20th year in the NBA, but he'll first need to restructure his contract in order for the Mavericks to free up some space. A new two-year deal is expected to eventually be agreed upon between the two sides, although nothing concrete has been put in place. Once re-signed, Nowitzki should continue to be a key piece in the Mavericks regular rotation, but his numbers could continue to dip as he gets older.

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    • Lavoy Allen IND PF
      Pacers' Lavoy Allen: Has option declined
      06/23/2017

      is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the informed him they will not exercise his $4 million contract option, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.

      Allen signed a three-year deal with Indiana back in 2015 and has gone on to average just 4.3 points and 4.6 rebounds since then. This past season, he saw his minutes slip to a career-low 14.3 per game. After his option was declined, the 28-year-old will hit the open market when free agency begins July 1st.

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    • Georges Niang NBADRAFT SF
      Georges Niang: Let go by Warriors
      5d ago

      Niang was waived by the Warriors over the weekend, Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net reports.

      Niang joined the Warriors for training camp, but the former second-round pick was unable to do enough during training camp to earn a final roster spot. The 24-year-old will likely join the team's G-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, with the hope of eventually getting a call-up later in the season if injuries were to occur. Niang averaged just 4.0 minutes across 23 games last year with the Pacers.

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    • Shawne Williams DAL SF
      Shawne Williams: Released by Timberwolves
      6d ago

      Williams was waived by the Timberwolves on Saturday.

      Williams spent just two days with the Timberwolves after being signed late last week. The 31-year-old hasn't taken part in a regular-season game since 2014-15, but appears to be making a comeback attempt, and he may be a player that gets looked at during the season for added depth in the frontcourt if injuries were to occur. Either way, he's not a fantasy relevant player.

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    • Shawne Williams DAL SF
      Timberwolves' Shawne Williams: Signs deal with Timberwolves
      8d ago

      signed a contract with the on Friday.

      The 31-year-old hasn't played in the NBA since 2014-15, when he posted 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He'll likely end up being a deep reserve for the team, so can seemingly be avoided in almost every fantasy format.

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    • Josh Childress NO SF
      Nuggets' Josh Childress: Agrees to deal with Denver
      09/12/2017

      and the agreed to a contract Tuesday, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports.

      The details of Childress' contract aren't known, but considering the 2004 sixth overall pick is now 34 years old and hasn't appeared in the NBA since 2013-14, it's not expected that his deal is fully guaranteed. The swingman has bounced around the globe the last few seasons, spending time with teams in Australia, the G League, Japan and most recently, as a member of the "Ball Hogs" three-on-three squad in the BIG3 league. While the Nuggets apparently came away impressed by Childress' showing in the BIG3, he'll still face an uphill battle to see minutes at the NBA level this season, as he'll likely be a deep reserve for the Nuggets if he's able to secure a roster spot out of training camp.

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    • Perry Jones BOS SF
      Pelicans' Perry Jones: Inks deal with Pelicans
      09/11/2017

      and the agree to a training camp deal Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Jones last played in the league during the 2014-15 season. He spent all three years of his career with the Thunder. Most recently, the 25-year-old played with BC Khimki of the Russian VTB United Leauge. Albeit a long shot, the Pelicans are thin on wing depth, so Jones could potentially land a spot on the regular season roster if he can impress in camp.

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    • Georges Niang NBADRAFT SF
      Warriors' Georges Niang: Inks deal with Golden State
      08/16/2017

      signed a partially guaranteed contract with the on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Niang, a 2016 second-round pick who played sparingly with the Pacers as a rookie before being waived in July, will receive the chance to compete for a roster spot with the reigning NBA champs. More realistically though, the Warriors likely plan to stash Niang with their G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, as the 24-year-old has only a small chance of beating out the likes of Omri Casspi, Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney for one of the final available spots at forward.

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    • Michael Gbinije NBADRAFT SG
      Michael Gbinije: Waived by Warriors
      5d ago

      Gbinije was waived by the Warriors over the weekend, Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net reports.

      Gbinije spent training camp with the Warriors, but it was always going to be tough for him to make one of the more talented rosters in the league. He'll likely have to start the season in the G-League in order to prove to teams he has the skills to play at the NBA level. Of course, there's always the chance that Gbinije could head overseas if a lucrative offer is extended to him as well.

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    • Bryce Alford 2005 SG
      Bryce Alford: Waived by Thunder
      10d ago

      was waived by the Thunder on Wednesday, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.

      Alford signed a training camp deal with the team back in August, but seemingly couldn't impress the Thunder brass enough to warrant a roster spot. It seems probable he'll look for work in the G-League.

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    • Marcus Williams DEN SG
      Kings' Marcus Williams: Waived by Kings
      11d ago

      was waived Tuesday by the .

      Williams played in two preseason games for the Kings, totaling 12 points and six assists across 31 minutes in those contests. The veteran point guard will likely head back overseas, where he found moderate success playing in the Euroleague.

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    • Marcus Williams DEN SG
      Kings' Marcus Williams: Signs with Kings
      25d ago

      signed a deal with the on Tuesday, freelance reporter David Pick reports.

      The 31-year-old UConn product first debuted in the NBA back in 2006 with the Nets and played in the association until the end of the 2009-10 season. Since 2011, he's been overseas. Last year, he posted 10.1 points and 4.2 assists across 24.9 minutes per game on 39.1 percent from the field in the Euroleague.

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    • Carrick Felix UTA SG
      Wizards' Carrick Felix: Joins Wizards for training camp
      09/09/2017

      has agreed to a training camp deal with the , Chris Reichert of 2Ways&10Days reports.

      Felix, the 33rd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, has spent most of his career in the D-League. Last season, with the Long Island Nets, he posted 9.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals across 22.9 minutes per game over 34 appearances. He also shot 43.7 percent from the field and 24.7 percent from deep. The 6-foot-6 guard is likely a long shot to make the Wizards' roster considering his subpar stats in the D-League.

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    • Michael Gbinije NBADRAFT SG
      Warriors' Michael Gbinije: Joins Warriors for training camp
      09/05/2017

      signed a non-guaranteed training camp deal with the on Tuesday, E. Carchia of Sportnado reports.

      Gbinije was waived by the Pistons in mid-July, as the team didn't want to guarantee what would have been a $1.3 million salary next season. The 25-year-old appeared in just nine contests for Detroit last season, totaling four points, three rebounds and two assists across 32 minutes. He'll seemingly compete for a final roster spot, though it'll be a tough task to make the team of the 2016-17 NBA Champion Warriors.

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    • Kay Felder 2005 PG
      Kay Felder: Traded to Atlanta, waived
      8d ago

      , along with Richard Jefferson and two second-round draft picks, were traded to the Hawks on Friday in exchange for European draft rights, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. He was then waived.

      The move helped the Cavaliers get down to the maximum of 15 players at the NBA level. Felder will seemingly look for other work at the NBA level, though could end up in the G-League.

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    • John Lucas MIN PG
      John Lucas: Turns to coaching career
      11d ago

      decided to retire from professional basketball this offseason and will serve as an assistant coach for the Timberwolves during the 2017-18 campaign, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      The 34-year-old Lucas went undrafted out of Oklahoma State in 2005, but enjoyed a long playing career as a reserve guard for six teams over parts of eight seasons. At the tail end of his playing days, he established a strong connection with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, with whom he played parts of two seasons in Chicago and another in Minnesota in 2016-17. Lucas will now follow in the footsteps of his father, John Lucas II, himself a former NBA coach, as he transitions into retirement.

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    • Russ Smith MEM PG
      Russ Smith: Signs deal to remain in China
      09/13/2017

      agreed to a one-year deal with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal reports.

      Smith averaged an incredible 61.2 points per game last season in China's second-tier league, but will now be jumping up to the more talented Chinese Basketball Association. Depending on how he fares with this new team, the 26-year-old could still potentially make an NBA comeback in future seasons.

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    • Dwight Buycks LAL PG
      Pistons' Dwight Buycks: Contract with Pistons two-way
      09/12/2017

      ' contract with the for the upcoming 2017-18 season is two-way, Jake Chapman of the Pistons Radio Network reports.

      As with all two-way deals, Buycks will spend the majority of the season in the G-League, but can be at the NBA level for as many as 45 days. He most recently took part in the Orlando Summer League with the Mavericks, posting 17.8 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.3 boards across 31.2 minutes.

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    • Dwight Buycks LAL PG
      Pistons' Dwight Buycks: Signs contract with Pistons
      08/29/2017

      agreed to a contract with the on Tuesday, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports.

      Buycks has been out of the league since a six-game stint with the Lakers back in the 2014-15 season and has since spent time overseas, including the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association most recently. However, he did take part in the Orlando Summer League with the Mavericks, where he started all five games he played and averaged an impressive 17.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.8 steals across 31.2 minutes. That said, Buycks deal with the Pistons is likely only partially guaranteed and he'll need to have a strong showing during the team's training camp in order to make the regular-season roster.

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    • Marcus Paige NBADRAFT PG
      Hornets' Marcus Paige: Joins Hornets on two-way deal
      08/01/2017

      has agreed to join the on a two-way contract, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      Paige, the 55th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, has yet to see the floor for an NBA game. He spent last season in the D-League with the Jazz's affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars, posting 12.1 points, 2.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds across 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and hitting 2.1 threes per game at a 35.5 percent clip. Due to the nature of the two-way contract, he'll spend the majority of next season in the G-League, but can spend up to 45 days at the NBA level.

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