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Wolves To Acquire Young From 76ers For Mbah a Moute, Shved, Miami's 1st Rounder

The Minnesota Timberwolves will trade Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and the first round pick in 2015 belonging to the Miami Heat to the Philadelphia 76ers for Thaddeus Young.

Mbah a Moute's value to the 76ers, at least in part, comes from his close relationship with Joel Embiid.

There had been speculation that Anthony Bennett would be traded to the 76ers, but he will stay with the Wolves following his trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Via Jerry Zgoda/Minnesota Star Tribune

Carmelo: Leaving Knicks 'Was Close'

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.”

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Mavs, Bernard James Finalizing One-Year Contract

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.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Francisco Garcia Re-Signs With Rockets

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.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On Offseason, Looking Ahead Toward Season

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) has a wide-ranging conversation with Arturo Galletti of Box Score Geeks (@ArturoGalletti). 

The two discuss the offseason that was, the incredible potential of this year's Cleveland Cavaliers, how each conference could shake out, the best case scenario for the New York Knicks and many other topics.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Tim Leiweke Leaving MLSE By June 30

Tim Leiweke will step down as CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment on June 30, 2015 or earlier if a successor is found.

“Under Tim’s leadership, MLSE has made a number of key moves to strengthen our organization on the path to championship success,” Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of MLSE, said in a statement Thursday morning.

“We look forward to working closely with Tim to build on this foundation and further accelerate our momentum as we seek a new leader for MLSE.”

Leiweke said in his statement that “it’s an honour to lead MLSE, a world-class organization in a city and a country so passionate about sports.”

“But with new opportunities on the horizon, it’s time for me to begin the transition from sports and entertainment executive to entrepreneur,” Leiweke said.

“Right now, my total focus is here at MLSE and I look forward to working with the board and MLSE team to continue strengthening our franchises while ensuring a smooth transition to a new leader.”

Leiweke told the board it’s his goal to pursue his personal goal of owning his own business.

Via Mark Zwolinski/Toronto Star

Blazers Sign Darius Morris To Camp Contract

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Darius Morris to a non-guaranteed camp contract.

Morris has played on four NBA teams since being picked in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Morris played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies.

Via Joe Freeman/Oregonian

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

Celtics Sign Rodney McGruder, Christian Watford To Camp Deals

The Boston Celtics have signed Rodney McGruder and Christian Watford to camp contracts.

Watford played in Summer League for the Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors.

McGruder spent part of last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Via Mark Deeks/Hoop365

Brook Lopez Weighs 15 Pounds Less Than He Did Last Fall

Brook Lopez has lost weight since arriving at training camp last fall weighing 290 pounds.

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

Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided upon playing next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.

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

Nike has the right to match the offer made by Under Armour to Kevin Durant.

Aquille Carr Finalizing Deal With Saint John Mill Rats Of Canada

Aquille Carr is finalizing contract terms with the Saint John Mill Rats of the Canada National Basketball League, a source told RealGM.

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

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

Hoosiers Receive Commitment From Emmitt Holt

Indiana has received a commitment from Emmitt Holt, a 6'7 forward from Vermont Academy.

Phil Hubbard Could Become Head Coach Of D-Fenders

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

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

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.

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

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 Focused On Basketball, Not Eventual Destination

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

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.
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