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Kevin Garnett Still Hasn't Informed Nets If He'll Play In 14-15

Kevin Garnett is expected to play a 20th NBA season, but he still hasn't given the Brookly Nets an indication that he will return.

Garnett has one season and $12 million remaining on his contract.

Garnett was traded by the Boston Celtics to the Nets in the 2013 offseason.

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Earl Clark Agrees To Camp Deal With Grizzlies

Earl Clark has agreed upon a training camp deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to sources.

Clark was most recently on successive 10-day contracts with the New York Knicks. 

Clark signed a free agent deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2013 offseason and was later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Danny Ferry's Leave From Hawks Expected To Become Permanent

Danny Ferry's "leave of absence" as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks will almost assuredly become permanent.

"I still wonder why in the hell he would ever paraphrase that back to ownership," one NBA general manager said. "…Maybe just say, "Potential character issues have turned up but I would still recommend we sign him for up to 'X' million. I can't believe someone would ever repeat that or go into detail like that for an ownership level meeting."

Before Ferry met with Steve Koonin on Friday to finalize his leave of absence that most inside the organization believe will become permanent, Ferry met with members of the African-American clergy in Atlanta, according to a source.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Heat Sign Khem Birch

The Miami Heat have signed forward Khem Birch. 

Birch appeared in six games (all starts) with the Washington Wizards during the 2014 Vegas Summer League and averaged 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.17 blocks and 19.3 minutes while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

College Prepared Krzyzewski For Single Elimination International Tournaments

Mike Krzyzewski believes his experience as a college coach in which the NCAA tournament is a single-game elimination format is a strong attribute for his job as head coach of the United States.

"We know that we're watched closer than anybody," Krzyzewski said. "And I'm the most prepared [coach] to do that, because we've been closely scrutinized for at least 25 years in college basketball. Actually it helps that I'm coming from that environment. 

"Another thing I think that helps when we're in these competitions is that one-and-done is what we live all the time, whether it's an ACC tournament or an NCAA tournament. I've been in 150 to 200 one-and-done games." 

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers Work Out Pooh Jeter, Ronnie Price, Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Tyler, James Nunnally

The Los Angeles Lakers recently worked out Pooh Jeter, Ronnie Price, Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Tyler and James Nunnally.

Jeter is currently signed to a deal overseas, while Price, Elliington, Tyler and Nunnally are NBA free agents.

Via Emiliano Carchia/Sportando

Milos Teodosic Would Seek $3M+ Annually To Come To NBA

Milos Teodosic would seek a salary of more than $3 million annually in order to come over to the NBA from CSKA.

Teodosic has helped lead Serbia to the gold medal game of the World Cup.

Teodosic, 27, went undrafted in 2009 when he was at Olympiacos.

The Memphis Grizzlies were the most recent NBA team to pursue Teodosic with a serious offer, though that was in the 2013 offseason.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Grantham: NBA Front Offices Need More Diversity

Charles Grantham severed as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association from 1978 until 1995 had some interesting opinions about the issues that have faced the Atlanta Hawks in regards to race.

“When you have an entire white ownership without anyone in that room giving a different opinion, this is what you come up with,” he said. “The question is what is the sanctity of the agreement you have with the players in regards to free agency. A free agent who has paid his dues is entitled to a marketplace that has determined his value based on his ability. What we see now potentially is a grievable subject here because now I’m wondering if this was a centralized scouting report that everybody in the league had access to. We’re tainting the market for this young man.

“An apology is great but this is a grievable moment if I am standing on the other side, because it may lead to an unfair labor charge.”

The Hawks have four African-Americans in their front office with the highest-ranking being David Lee, who is senior vice president of external affairs.

Grantham would like the situations of Danny Ferry and Bruce Levenson result in change rather than a banishment.

“We have to figure out a way to deal with them directly, and in an actionable way,” he said. “Part of the action that I think is necessary in all these leagues, as long as you have an ownership that’s going to be 99 percent white, how do we integrate these types of staffs and situations? Until I see more [diversity], we’re not going to change the attitude because we haven’t changed the action. Which one do you want?”

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Chance Comanche Commits To Arizona

Chance Comanche has committed to Arizona.

Comanche is a 6'10 center in the class of 2015 out of Beverly Hills High School.

Comanche is a top-100 player and is considered to have tremendous upside.

Via Josh Gershon/Scout.com

Gay Upset With Fractured Jaw, Broken Tooth From 'Dirty Play' By Lithuania

Rudy Gay took an elbow to the top of his mouth in the third quarter of Team USA's win over Lithuania on Thursday.

"I've got a fracture in my jaw, a broken tooth and am going to probably need a root canal," Gay said. "The top is where I got hit. It's painful. It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man.

"I think (the elbow) had a little bit to do with (the situation afterward)," Gay said. "It was a dirty play, man. It was a dirty play."

Gay had to receive treatment into the night before traveling to Madrid for the gold medal game.

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Tobias Harris Hopeful To Reach Contract Extension With Magic

Tobias Harris is confident in his fit with the Magic.

Hedo Turkoglu Re-Signs With Clippers

The Clippers have re-signed Hedo Turkoglu.

Devon Collier To Sign With Bnei Herzliya After Declining NBA Camp Deal

Devon Collier has passed on an invitation to NBA training camp to sign a deal with Bnei Herzliya in Israel, sources told RealGM.

Jim Dolan Spending Less Time Around Knicks, Not Involved In Free Agency

Jim Dolan says he has taken a step back as owner of the Knicks.

Danny Ferry Takes Indefinite Leave Of Absence From Hawks

Danny Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence as general manager of the Hawks, the team announced Friday.

Kenneth Faried Noticing Increased Respect From Team USA Play

Kenneth Faried said he is not concerned about his contractual status but will focus on it once he is finished with Team USA.

Delonte West Agrees To One-Year Deal With Shanghai Sharks

Delonte West played for the Clippers in the NBA Summer League this July.

Chris Crawford Signs Two-Year Deal With Cavaliers

Chris Crawford signed a two-year contract with the Cavaliers, including partial guarantees, league sources told RealGM.

Dedric Lawson Reclassifying To 2015, Will Join Brother At Memphis

Dedric Lawson would immediately give Memphis even more depth in the frontline.

Bird, George Release Statements For Tweets On Ray Rice, Domestic Violence

Larry Bird and Paul George released statements on Thursday regarding tweets that were sent out by George stemming from Ray Rice's domestic violence incident.

Jerome Jordan Signs With Nets

Jerome Jordan spent last season with Virtus Bologna in the Italian League.

Bucks Expect To Keep Larry Sanders Part Of Future Plans

Larry Sanders will start his four-year extension this season.

Jalen Brunson Commits To Villanova

Jalen Brunson is ranked No. 22 by ESPN for the class of 2015.

Tyler Zeller More Likely To Start For Celtics Than Be Traded

Tyler Zeller is now eligible to be traded by the Celtics, but he is more likely to become their starting center.

Leandro Barbosa Officially Signs With Warriors

The Warriors signed Leandro Barbosa to a contract on Wednesday.

Adam Silver Believes Danny Ferry Shouldn't Be Fired By Hawks For Racial Remarks

The Hawks disciplined Danny Ferry, but it is unclear what form of punishment he received.

Elton Brand Re-Signs With Hawks For One-Year, $2M

Elton Brand averaged 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds last season.

Dionte Christmas Reaches One-Year Deal With Pelicans

Dionte Christmas has reached an agreement with the Pelicans on a one-year contract, a league source told RealGM.

Jerry West, Warriors Agree Upon Two-Year Extension

Jerry West recently told associates he was considering retring for good.

Additional Details Emerge On Danny Ferry Conference Call

Several sources told Yahoo that within the basketball operations, Danny Ferry was Atlanta's biggest proponent to sign Luol Deng.
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