Every national program involved enters this tournament with the goal of trying to make their country proud. For some countries, that means toppling the mighty U.S.A. For others, it’s one last shot at glory. And a few programs lurking in the shadows are hoping to use this platform to announce themselves as the world’s newest global power. Read More. Written by Brett Koremenos on Aug 29, 2014
They review the events of the offseason including which teams improved and which teams got worse, with special attention for the overhauls in Dallas and Houston. After that, the group previews the upcoming season including ranking the teams 1-5. Read More.
After being acquired in a three-player trade, Miroslav Raduljica will be waived by the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday morning, league sources told RealGM.
Raduljica had been prepared for a potential trade from the Milwaukee Bucks, and the team sent him and Carlos Delfino to the Clippers for Jarden Dudley and a first round pick. The Bucks received trade inquiries on Raduljica a season ago, deciding to reject them in order to keep him.
Raduljica, a Serbian seven-foot center, averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 48 games as an NBA rookie last season. He also shot 54 percent from the field and had a player efficiency rating of 15.3.
Raduljica, 26, has two years remaining on his contract: $1.5 million for next season and a non-guaranteed portion in 2015-16.
The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Doc Rivers to a brand new five-year, $50 million contract through the 18-19 season.
Rivers signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Clippers in June of 2013 after the club agreed to a compensation deal with the Boston Celtics.
Rivers' future with the organization became unclear following the release of racist statements made by Donald Sterling. But the ownership transfer to Steve Ballmer triggered extension talks between the Clippers and Rivers.
Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Marion also received interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat.
The Cavaliers could only offer Marion a veteran's minimum deal, but the chance to play alongside LeBron James and compete for a title clinched his decision.
Marion met with Larry Bird earlier this week and could offer more money, but the Pacers would only spend as much on him using their Paul George injury exception as would be allowed while staying under the tax.
Doc Rivers is expected to begin discussions soon on a new contract with the Los Angeles Clippers' new owner, Steve Ballmer, according to sources.
Ballmer and Rivers had been eager to forge a long-term partnership.
Ballmer gained official ownership status of the Clippers on Tuesday.
Rivers, 52, the president of basketball operations and head coach, has two years left on his original three-year, $21 million contract. Rivers is already one of the highest-paid executives and coaches in professional sports.
The Clipeprs won 57 games last season in Rivers' first year and went to the Western Conference semifinals.
Blake Griffin pulled out of Team USA's training camp for the World Cup with back concerns, but he is continuing to work out this summer.
"It's less than a hairline and my back is not fractured. Everything is still intact," Griffin said. "I can still come out here and I can do my workouts and I can do everything I used to do. I just shouldn't be playing and practicing everyday this early."
Griffin weighed continuing with USA Basketball until the end of the World Cup on Sept. 14 or being rested for the upcoming Los Angeles Clippers' season.
"My whole thing is that I didn't want to go into [Clippers training] camp and put myself in a worse position," he said. "It's not that my back is broken and I'm walking around with a broken back, or I'm in so much pain.
"But if I start playing basically two months earlier than everybody else and then go through all of next season and the playoffs, then I'm probably going to put myself in a bad position. I couldn't do that."