Aug 22, 2014 10:08 PM EDT
The Phoenix Suns inquired with the Minnesota Timberwolves about a possible deal for Kevin Love just hours before an anticipated deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers is scheduled to become official.
The Suns are offering Eric Bledose in a sign-and-trade agreement.
The Cavaliers and Wolves have had an agreement in place on Love for weeks, and it remains intact, sources said.
Bledsoe has been seeking a five-year, $85 million max contract and would consider only a max deal in a sign-and-trade, which would be four years and $64 million.
Bledsoe is prepared to play for the Suns under the one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer.
The Suns offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million contract similar to what Kyle Lowry received from the Toronto Raptors.
Aug 23, 2014 1:18 AM EDT
The USA Basketball National Team announced the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup that is being held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.
Named as members of the official 2014 USA Basketball World Cup Team were: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).
Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were left off the World Cup roster.
"Since taking over the USA Basketball Men's National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we've gone through," Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. "I can't stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent -- each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing."
"The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process," said Mike Krzyzewski, USA head coach and Duke University's Naismith Hall of Fame mentor. "To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward.
"I'm excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team."
Aug 22, 2014 10:23 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed Shelvin Mack.
"Shelvin has proven himself to be an excellent fit in our program,” Ferry said. “On the court, he plays well within our system and possesses a toughness and level of unselfishness that we truly value," Ferry said. "At 24, he is still a young player with the type of work ethic that can allow him to continue to keep getting better."
In 73 games for the Hawks last season (11 starts), Mack averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists (second on the team) and 2.2 rebounds in 20.4 minutes while ranking seventh in the NBA in assist/turnover ratio (3.04).
Aug 22, 2014 10:03 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder named Mark Daigneault as the head coach of its D-League team.
“Mark has placed a high value on development throughout his career and we feel that he is well aligned with the goals of our organization,” said Presti. “His experience at Florida under Coach Donovan has provided him the platform to apply his intelligence and relationship skills to help strengthen the program. We are excited about Mark joining the organization and continuing his professional growth.”
Daigneault joins the Thunder organization after spending the past four years working under Billy Donovan at the University of Florida where he most recently held the position of Assistant to the Head Coach. Last season, the Gators became the first SEC team to go 18-0 in conference play, and during Daigneault’s four years at Florida, the program posted a 120-30 record (.800) while advancing to the Elite Eight each season.
“Mark has been a valuable member of our staff the past four seasons, and I'm very happy to see him get this opportunity with a great organization,” said University of Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan. “We all wish him the best of luck and know he'll do a tremendous job.”
Prior to arriving at Florida, the Leominster, Mass. native spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Holy Cross.
Aug 22, 2014 9:13 PM EDT
Hakim Warrick will work out for the San Antonio Spurs on Sept. 1.
Warrick is not guaranteed a contract with the Spurs, but he will have an opportunity against some current Spurs players and free agents.
Warrick said he accepted the Spurs' invitation because San Antonio has some players with non-guaranteed deals.
Warrick last played in the NBA during the 2012-13 season with the Bobcats.
Aug 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT
Carmelo Anthony decided to re-sign with the New York Knicks in July after strongly considering joining the Chicago Bulls.
“It was close, it was close. I don’t even like to talk about that no more,” said Anthony. “This is home. There is no place like New York. Although the other situations were very intriguing, there is no place like New York.”
Anthony's college coach, Jim Boeheim, thought he should have left the Knicks for the Bulls to have a better shot at winning a championship.
“I haven’t heard that. I know [Boeheim] says some crazy stuff. That’s my guy. He’s been the same way for 40 years. But at the end of the day, man, with what we’re trying to create here in New York, it’s a new culture and a new identity and we’re trying to create that,” Anthony said. “As far as me staying here, a lot went into that decision. At the end of the day, I did have to believe in Phil (Jackson), I did have to believe in my teammates. So that’s all that matters.”
Aug 22, 2014 12:41 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have agreed to re-sign Francisco Garcia.
Garcia will sign for one season at the veteran’s minimum, worth $1.32 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement said.
Aug 23, 2014 2:31 PM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired forward Kevin Love in a three-team trade that sends guard Andrew Wiggins and forward Anthony Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves and a projected 2015 first round pick (via Miami) to the Philadelphia 76ers.
As part of the three-team trade, Minnesota will also acquire forward Thaddeus Young from the 76ers, while Philadelphia receives forward Luc Mbah a Moute and guard Alexey Shved from the Timberwolves.
“Kevin joining the Cavaliers represents a very special and unique opportunity for our team. At only 25, Kevin has already firmly established himself as one the NBA’s elite players and his talent, versatility and fit are major parts of our team’s vision for success," David Griffin said in a statement. “We want to also wish Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett the best as they will continue the start of their careers in Minnesota. They are both outstanding young men that have great potential on the court and long, very successful careers ahead of them.”
Aug 23, 2014 11:45 AM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Dwight Powell, the 45th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Powell played four years at Stanford, appearing in 136 games (105 starts) with averages of 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game. The 6-11, 240-pound forward from Ontario, Canada is a two-time First Team All-Pac 12 selection. He averaged 14.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals during his senior season and was the Pac 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Powell also played for Canada in the World University Games in the summer of 2013.
Aug 22, 2014 12:33 AM EDT
The Dallas Mavericks and Bernard James are finalizing a one-year deal.
James has been with the Mavericks since the 12-13 season.
James played collegiately at Florida State after serving six years in the United States Air Force.
The Wolves will trade Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and the first round pick in 2015 belonging to the Heat to the 76ers for Thaddeus Young.
Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti discuss the offseason that was, the incredible potential of this year's Cavaliers, how each conference could shake out, the best case scenario for the Knicks and many other topics.
Tim Leiweke told the board it’s his goal to pursue his personal goal of owning his own business.
The Blazers have signed Darius Morris to a non-guaranteed camp contract.
The Celtics have signed Rodney McGruder and Christian Watford to camp contracts.
Brook Lopez has lost weight since arriving at training camp last fall weighing 290 pounds.
Derrick Rose has been sidelined from Team USA with ‘‘general body fatigue’’ since a victory over Brazil on Saturday night.
The Wolves have reportedly been interested in flipping Anthony Bennett for Thaddeus Young from the 76ers.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided upon playing next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.
Nike has the right to match the offer made by Under Armour to Kevin Durant.
Aquille Carr is finalizing contract terms with the Saint John Mill Rats of the Canada National Basketball League, a source told RealGM.
Greg Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.
Phil Hubbard is a longtime assistant coach with a long tenure under Eddie Jordan with the Wizards and previous stops in the D-League.
While Harden has become one of the NBA's best scorers and was an All-NBA First Team selection in 2014, he has received criticism for his lack of commitment on defense.
The Cavaliers have finalized their coaching staff and named Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, Larry Drew and James Posey as assistant coaches on head coach David Blatt’s staff.
Anthony Bennett is expected to be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his destination is not yet certain.
The Suns have a clear logjam at point guard with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Tyler Ennis and presumably an eventually re-signed Eric Bledsoe.
Bruno Caboclo has spent the summer in North America working on his game and body, along with his grasp of the English language.
The Kings elected not to bring back Jim Eyen for the 14-15 season back in June.
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