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The Bulls shouldn’t feel great about Kris Dunn – acquired in the Jimmy Butler trade – as their point guard of the future.

But they should at least feel better Cameron Payne no longer holds the designation.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

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Bulls guard Cameron Payne will undergo surgery on his right foot and be sidelined until late November, league sources tell The Vertical.
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Payne – Chicago’s main return for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a second-rounder in a pre-deadline trade last season – looked dismal in his partial season with the Bulls.

These foot issues might be a culprit. This is Payne’s third surgery on his right foot in the last 14 months. After a promising rookie year with the Thunder, he just hasn’t looked the same since.

Chicago has until Oct. 31 to decide on a $3,263,294 team option for 2018-19. Payne is just 23, but his career looks as sidetracked as ever. At this point, the Bulls might consider declining his option and freeing 2018 cap space.

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Defensive lineman Tyson Jackson squared off against Kyle Shanahan’s offense during Falcons practices last year and the two men could be back under the same umbrella this year.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Jackson is working out for the 49ers on Tuesday.

Shanahan left his perch as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator for the 49ers head coaching job in February and Jackson was released by the Falcons the next month. Jackson spent three years in Atlanta after signing a five-year contract with the team in 2014. He played in every game for the team over that span, but went from a full-time starter in 2014 to starting 12 and seven games in his final two seasons.

The 49ers drafted Solomon Thomas in the first round this year, making it three straight years that the team has used a first-round pick on a defensive linemen. Those two players — Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner — join Thomas, Earl Mitchell, Aaron Lynch, Tank Carradine, Elvis Dumervil, Quinton Dial and 2017 sixth-round pick D.J. Jones up front for the Niners.

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The NBA released the 2017-2018 schedules for all 30 teams on Monday. Take a look at the some of the most notable matchups the Toronto Raptors have in store this season.

Opening Night
The Raptors kick off their 23rd season in franchise history at home on Oct. 19 against the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls, who barely made the playoffs last season, traded away superstar Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer and might be on the outside looking in this season. However, Toronto has always had trouble against the Bulls, losing two of three games against the team from the Windy City last season. The opener is a full week earlier than last year’s first game as the league lengthened its season in a effort to avoid crowding in the schedule.

Early Road Swing
Embedded ImageThe Raptors will get an early test in 2017-18 as they will go on a long, tough West Coast six-game road swing within the first week of the season. After playing their first two games at home, the Raptors will travel to San Antonio to battle the Spurs on Oct. 23 followed by Stephen Curry and the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors two nights later on Oct. 25. On Oct. 27, they’ll face one of the most intriguing rookies this year in No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball. No word yet if his controversial father LaVar will be in attendance. The second half of the trip features games against the Portland Trail Blazers (Oct. 30), Denver Nuggets (Nov. 1) and finally the Utah Jazz (Nov. 3).
Toronto should be pretty used to the road early on as 20 of their first 33 games will be played away from the Air Canada Centre.

The New-Look Rockets
The Houston Rockets added All-Star point guard Chris Paul in the off-season with the hopes of competing with the Warriors in the Wild West. The Raps will get their first look at the new-look squad on Nov. 14 at the Toyota Center in Houston. The Rockets travel to Canada on March 9.

Back-To-Back Tests
Embedded ImageIt has been evident in the last two postseasons that the Raptors are still not in the same class as the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James and the Cavs swept the Raptors with little effort in the second round last year before making it to the NBA Finals where they lost to the Warriors. If the Raptors want to prove they have what it takes to compete with The King, a solid performance against the Cavaliers on Jan. 11 at the ACC would be a good place to start. Two nights later, Toronto welcomes Golden State to town in what will be another very tough game. Toronto has lost its last six contests against the Oakland team, last beating them on March 2, 2014.

The MVP
Embedded ImageRussell Westbrook is coming off one of the best seasons in NBA history. Now the Most Valuable Player gets to play with Paul George after the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired him from the Indiana Pacers this off-season. It may be a one-and-done type deal as George has shown interest in signing with the Lakers as a free agent next summer, but it will be interesting to see what this team is capable of in 2017-18. Toronto plays them in Oklahoma City on Dec. 27 and in Toronto on Mar. 18.

Coming Home
On Jan. 30, Canadian basketball fans will get to see one of their homegrown talents in person as Toronto native Andrew Wiggins comes to town with his Minnesota Timberwolves.

Divisional Rivalry
Embedded ImageThe Raptors and Boston Celtics should be competing for the top spot in the Atlantic Division all season long, making their four matchups against each other some of the most important on the calendar. The Raptors took the season series last year 3-1, but the Celtics got the last laugh by winning the division by two games.

- The Raptors will play 14 back-to-back games this season and don’t have any four games in five nights stretches.
- Toronto will not play on Christmas Day for a 16th straight season with 2001 being the only year they were chosen to play on the holiday.
- They will appear on U.S. national television five times in 2017-18, down from six last season.
- Their longest home stand is four games from Feb. 2-8 against the Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Celtics and New York Knicks.
Click here for the full schedule.

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hit the 150th home run of his six-year career, drilling a first pitch breaking ball from Odrisamer Despaigne out to right field for a solo shot.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Harper is the 14th player to hit 150 home runs before his 25th birthday. He joins Eddie Mathews, Alex Rodriguez, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mike Trout, Frank Robinson, Albert Pujols, Orlando Cepeda, Giancarlo Stanton, Johnny Bench, and Andruw Jones.

Harper entered Monday’s action batting .326/.422/.615 with 28 home runs and 81 RBI in 453 plate appearances. Pretty good.

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It all started with LeBron James (responding to Draymond Green‘s taunts about his hairline) posting a workout video to Tee Grizzley’s “First Day Out.” You’ve probably seen it already, but in case not, here you go.

That was followed by Stephen Curry appearing to mock the #LeBronChallenge video when “First Day Out” came on last weekend at Harrison Barnes‘ wedding — and that is Kyrie Irving laughing along.
Except Curry said he is not mocking LeBron, speaking to Marcus Thompson II of the new Athletic Bay Area (this story is worth the read, and not behind the pay wall).

“I’ve been watching that video twice a day since it happened because its my favorite video in the entire world,” Curry said. “He made a song popular by making a video. And that lives. So now every time I hear that song, that’s all I think about. And I’ve been doing that dance because of him, at my house, at dinner. When something good happens, I pull that out, because I like it and it makes me laugh and it makes me happy. Not making fun of him.”

Curry’s rendition went viral and became the latest edition in the rivalry between he and LeBron, the Warriors and the Cavaliers. Fanning those flames was the presence of Irving.

“One thousand percent,” Curry said. “That was just a casualty of the moment because me and him were hanging out all night. Then that song came on and I was having a good time. Obviously, that’s a separate side story to their relationship, but neither one of us was trying to clown him.”

Is that spin, or is that Curry being honest? Probably a little of both, but I will take Curry at his word. Of course, LeBron will use it as fuel when the Cavs face the Warriors again — he uses everything as fuel.

It’s more obvious when Kyrie Irving is mocking LeBron.