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Derrick Rose Sits With 'Body Fatigue'

Derrick Rose has been sidelined from Team USA with ‘‘general body fatigue’’ since a victory over Brazil at the United Center on Saturday night.

Rose, who has had season-ending surgeries on both knees since the 2012 NBA playoffs, sat out both practices in New York but participated in the shootaround Wednesday morning and, according to one source, ‘‘moved very well.’’

According to a Chicago Bulls' source, Rose has been having ‘‘some aches in both knees, as well as his body, over the last 72 hours, but nothing unexpected or even out of the ordinary.’’ 

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Wolves May Keep Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett has been linked to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the long-anticipated Kevin Love deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he may be staying with the Minnesota Timberwolves after all.

The Wolves have reportedly been interested in flipping Bennett for Thaddeus Young from the 76ers.

Beat writer Jerry Zgoda reports that Bennett will stay with the Wolves.

"Just a reminder: if you keep reading Bennett is headed to Philly for Young in forthcoming trade...don't believe it," wrote Zgoda.

Via Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Joining Knicks' D-League Affiliate After Considering Europe Deals

After mulling between the NBA Development League and European clubs, New York draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided to play next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.

Antetokounmpo considered several significant contract offers in Europe if he elected to pass on a consecutive season in the D-League, but Knicks management made clear that it hoped Antetokounmpo would remain within the organization in 2014-15.

For now, the Knicks plan for Antetokounmpo to sign directly with Westchester, meaning no training camp deal, sources told RealGM. This allows the Knicks to maintain his rights into the D-League, leaving him off the available market as a free agent should he be released in camp participation.

Throughout Antetokounmpo’s decision-making process, Phil Jackson and Steve Mills reaffirmed their long-term vision for the 22-year-old forward, sources said. The Knicks have a full roster of guaranteed contracts at 15.

Antetokounmpo – the older brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo – was New York’s 51st overall selection in the NBA Draft in June. Thanasis Antetokounmpo showcased his defensive activity in five summer league appearances for the Knicks, and he averaged three points and nearly two rebounds per game.

Louis Labeyrie, the Knicks’ No. 57 pick in the draft, will continue to develop with his French team in Paris and could start discussions on an NBA contract next summer, a source told RealGM.

A scouted talent out of Greece, Antetokounmpo started his professional career a year ago with Delaware of the D-League. He averaged 12 points and 4.6 rebounds in 50 games for Delaware.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Under Armour Makes 10-Year, $285M Offer To Kevin Durant

Under Armour has presented to Kevin Durant a 10-year offer worth as much as $285 million.

Durant's represenation Roc Nation Sports informed Nike of the offer on Wednesday.

The deal includes Under Armour stock and other incentives, such a community center built in his mother's name, whose exact worth will not be known for some time.

Nike has the right to match the offer made by Under Armour and Durant could also still choose Nike if it doesn't match.

Nike's last offer, sources said, would have given Durant a base and a minimum royalty guarantee that would equal no less than $20 million a year.

Because Under Armour has such a small basketball business, the company has to guarantee Durant his money up front, instead of the typical shoe deals that offer a minimum guarantee plus up to 5 percent royalty on the wholesale revenues.

Via Darren Rovell/ESPN

Aquille Carr Finalizing Deal With Saint John Mill Rats Of Canada

Aquille Carr – once a Baltimore, Maryland/Washington D.C. prep phenom – is finalizing contract terms with the Saint John Mill Rats of the Canada National Basketball League, a source told RealGM.

Before entering the June NBA Draft, Carr had played 10 games with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. He averaged 10.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 14 minutes per game. Carr left the D-League in January and spent months training for his next professional team – ultimately going undrafted in June.

Carr’s deal with the Saint John Mill Rats holds an escape clause should the 20-year-old become drafted in next season’s D-League draft, a source said.

At 5-foot-5, Carr gained national recognition for his skill level and athletic talent while playing high school basketball at Princeton Day Academy in Baltimore. Carr also played in numerous exhibition, training and in-season games in the D.C. area.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Monroe Explored Sign-And-Trade With Thunder, Blazers, At Least Three Other Clubs

Greg Monroe's agent explored sign-and-trade scenarios with at least five other teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers.

Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.

Monroe ultimately was forced to sign for the qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons and will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Phil Hubbard Could Become Head Coach Of D-Fenders

Phil Hubbard is the leading candidate to become head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, D-League affiliate for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hubbard played for the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Hubbard is a longtime assistant coach with a long tenure under Eddie Jordan with the Washington Wizards and previous stops in the D-League.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Harden: I'm The Best All-Around Player In The NBA

During a promotional event, James Harden declared himself the best all-around player in the NBA.

"I'm the best all-around basketball player in the NBA," said Harden.

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.

Via Royce Young/ESPN

Cavs Hire Boylan, Brielmaier, Drew, Posey As Assistant Coaches

The Cleveland 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.

They join Tyronn Lue, who was named associate head coach earlier this summer. Phil Handy will also serve as Director of Player Development and Assistant Coach, along with Vitaly Potapenko, who has been tabbed to continue as the team’s Assistant Director of Player Development.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Anthony Bennett Focused On Basketball, Not Eventual Destination

Anthony Bennett is expected to be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his destination is not yet certain.

The Cavaliers will acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, but there have been reports Bennett would be sent to the Philadelphia 76ers in the deal.

“I’m just a young man just ready to work,” Bennett said on Monday.

“Wherever I end up, doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to play the game of basketball.”

Bennett had a disappointing rookie season after coming back from shoulder surgery and doesn't find the uncertainty on his future distracting.

“Not distracting at all, just still focused on what I have to do, just working hard, keep my body healthy, just watching what I eat,” Bennett said.

“Last summer I couldn’t really do anything, just was pretty much out from the jump. This summer I was back on track right after the season, just watching everything I do, watching what I eat, just making sure everything is right for Summer League. I’m continuing more so I can be ready for the season.”

Via Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Tyler Ennis Sees Crowded Suns' Backcourt As 'Good Thing'

The Suns have a clear logjam at point guard with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Tyler Ennis and presumably an eventually re-signed Eric Bledsoe.

Raptors Encouraged By Bruno Caboclo's Summer Work

Bruno Caboclo has spent the summer in North America working on his game and body, along with his grasp of the English language.

Jim Eyen To Become Lakers' Assistant Coach

The Kings elected not to bring back Jim Eyen for the 14-15 season back in June.

Tim Frazier Signs Camp Contract With Celtics

Tim Frazier joins an already crowded point guard position for the Celtics.

USA Could Finalize Roster By Thursday

Team USA has as many as 10 players still battling for the final six roster spots.

Rich Paul First Met LeBron While Building Retro Jersey Business

Rich Paul first met LeBron James at the Akron-Canton Airport when they were about to board a flight to Atlanta.

Clippers Won't Change Name Of Franchise

The Clippers will not change the name of the franchise under new owner Steve Ballmer.

Scottie Wilbekin Signs Deal With Cairns Taipans Of Australia

Scottie Wilbekin has signed a one-year deal with the Cairns Taipans of the Australian National Basketball League, a source told RealGM.

Toney Douglas To Sign In China

Toney Douglas was most recently with the Heat.

Knicks To Hire Jim Cleamons As Assistant Coach

The Knicks will hire Jim Cleamons as an assistant coach on the staff of Derek Fisher.

Nets Don't Plan On Restricting Brook Lopez's Minutes

The Nets are optimistic Brook Lopez will make a full return from foot reconstruction surgery this season.

Anthony Randolph Signs Two-Year Deal With Lokomotiv Kuban

Anthony Randolph has signed a two year-deal with Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia.

Cavs 'Optimistic' On Eventually Signing Ray Allen

Ray Allen remains undecided on playing during the 14-15 NBA season.

Calipari Wouldn't Have Left Kentucky Even If He'd Known LeBron's Decision

John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.

Shawn Marion Agrees To Sign With Cavs

Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cavaliers.

Portland Submits Bid For NBA All-Star Game

Portland has never hosted an NBA All-Star Game.

Phil Jackson Buys $4.85M Midtown Manhattan Apartment

There were questions on how often Phil Jackson would be in New York as has long kept residences in Manhattan Beach and Montana.

Nerlens Noel Credits Rondo For Being Biggest Help In Recovery

Nerlens Noel and Rajon Rondo each played collegiately at Kentucky.

Thibodeau: Rose Has Become More Comfortable All Summer Long

Derrick Rose had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes in an exhibition game in Chicago.

Shawn Marion Receives Interest From Clippers

The Clippers join the Cavs, Pacers and Heat in their interest in signing Shawn Marion.
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