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[June 02, 2014]  June 1 (The Sports Xchange) - Former New Jersey Nets co-owner Lewis Katz died in a plane crash in Massachusetts on Sunday. He was 72.

Katz was also a former co-owner of the New Jersey Devils and minority owner of the New York Yankees.

In addition, Katz co-owned the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News newspapers and the website.

"All of us at the NBA were extremely saddened to learn of the tragic, sudden death of former Nets owner Lewis Katz," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Lewis was a trusted friend and valued member of the NBA family."

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Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders said he expects All-Star forward Kevin Love to be with the team next season.

Love is rumored to be traded - perhaps by the June 26 draft - since news came out that he plans to be a free agent after next season.

Love can opt out of his contract after the 2014-15 season. He reportedly is not interested in a contract extension so he can test free agency and play for a contender. The Timberwolves have failed to make the playoffs since drafting Love in 2008.

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San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker has a sprained ankle but hopes to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat on Thursday, according to Yahoo Sports.

Parker sustained the injury during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs won the series with a Game 6 overtime victory on Saturday. He played with the injury Saturday but had to sit out the second half of the clincher.

(Editing by Larry Fine)

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