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Juan Carlos Navarro Out Indefinitely With Foot Injury

Juan Carlos Navarro sustained a foot injury during Spain's tournament-opening win over China on Sunday.

"It was very strong and all of a sudden,'' Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said. "It is nothing related with his former problems. It is a probably a new injury. It is plantar fasciitis, but it is probably in a different place [within the foot].

"He couldn't play. I don't know how many games he will miss.''

Without Navarro, Spain rallied behind Pau Gasol for an 82-70 win over Australia on Tuesday.

"He's not obviously too happy right now because he's injured and he couldn't play today and we don't know exactly when he's going to be able to play,'' said Gasol. "It's not the easiest situation for an athlete to go through during an Olympics.''

Via Ian Thomsen/Sports Illustrated

Spoelstra Believes Heat Will Need To 'Reinvent' Themselves To Repeat

Erik Spoelstra wants to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.

"If we learned one thing from the 2006 title, it was that you need to continue to reinvent yourself and improve as a basketball team," Spoelstra said. "That year we brought the exact the same team back, we thought it would be the same path and same journey. It never is.

"It's always going to be different. And we ended up losing the first round and we were swept in four games. Another year later, we only won 15 games and we were the worst team in basketball and that's how fragile this game can be."

Miami signed Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis to add depth and three-point shooting to a rotation that includes Shane Battier, Mike Miller and James Jones.

Via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Lithuania Defeats Nigeria 72-53

Lithuania defeated Nigeria by a final score of 72-53 in Pool Play on Tuesday.

Darius Songaila had 12 points and four rebounds to lead Lithuania, while Sarunas Jasikevicius had nine points, nine assists, two rebounds and two steals. Jonas Valanciunas had four points, three rebounds and one block in 11 minutes.

Al-Farouq Aminue had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Nigeria. Ike Diogu had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Sixers Sign Maalik Wayns To One-Year Deal

Maalik Wayns has signed a one-year contract with the Sixers.

“It’s going to be a great experience for me, I’m just so happy and excited that things worked out the way they did,” said Wayns, who went undrafted in June. “I was confident that I was going to catch on with somebody. I knew I was going to play in the NBA. I just didn’t know where.”

Wayns averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds during the Orlando Summer League.

“I thought I played well in Orlando and there were rumors going around that a team or two were looking to sign me,” said Wayns. “But nothing happened. Still I never lost confidence that things would work out. The Sixers talked to my agent (Andy Miller) and we got a contract. I was thinking the whole time of just going to training camp and trying to make a team, really without any security. This is an added bonus.”

Via Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

C.J. Miles Could Sign With Lakers

C.J. Miles, according to a source, is drawing serious interest from the Lakers.

Miles, who has already met with the Mavericks and Cavaliers, could make a decision within the next 2-3 days.

The Lakers still have the $3 million mini mid-level exception available to sign an incoming free agent.

Via Brian T. Smith/Salt Lake Tribune

Brazil Defeats Great Britain 67-62 Behind 21 From Splitter

Brazil defeated Great Britain by a final score of 67-62 in Pool Play on Tuesday.

Great Britain held Brazil to just four points in the first quarter.

Tiago Splitter scored a game-high 21 points while also finishing with six rebounds to lead Brazil. Marcelinho Huertas scored 13 points with eight assists.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 13 points and 12 rebounds in a losing effort for Great Britain. Luol Deng had 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, but shot just 3-for-13 from the field.

Via RealGM Staff Report

France Defeats Argentina 71-64

France defeated Argentina by a final score of 71-64 in Pool Play on Tuesday.

Tony Parker had 17 points and five assists though he went 4-for-17 from the field. Nicolas Batum added 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Kevin Seraphin had 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in just over 14 minutes of play.

Manu Ginobili had a game-high 26 points to go with five rebounds in a losing effort for Argentina. Luis Scola had 16 points and eight rebounds.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kirlenko, Shved Lead Russia To 73-54 Win Over China

Russia defeated China by a final score of 73-54 in Pool Play on Tuesday.

Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 points to go with nine rebounds. Alexey Shved had 14 points and six assists, while Victor Khyapa had seven points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

Yi Jianlian led China with 16 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

USA Overcomes Slow Start To Defeat Tunisia 110-63

The United States defeated Tunisia by a final score of 110-63 in Pool Play on Tuesday.

All 12 USA players scored and played at least eight minutes despite having just a 13-point halftime lead.

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love scored a team-high 16 points apiece. Kevin Durant had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Tunisia was led by Macram Ben Romdhane's 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jamar Smith Signs With Celtics

The Boston Celtics have signed Jamar Smith.

Smith, a 6’3” guard, appeared in 44 games last season for BK Prostov in the Czech Republic and averaged 14.8 points and 2.5 assists while shooting 39.3% from three-point territory during league games.

Smith also appeared in two games during EuroCup qualifications and in six games of the EuroChallenge. Smith played for the Celtics during the 2012 Orlando Summer League and averaged 9.2 points while shooting 45.0% from three. Smith was previously with the Celtics during training camp prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. Smith previously played for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. He played collegiately for the University of Illinois and the University of Southern Indiana.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Dionte Christmas Signs With Celtics

Dionte Christmas appeared in 26 games during the 2011-12 season for AGO Rethymno Aegean in Greece and averaged 18.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

Jason Collins Signs With Celtics

Jason Collins spent the 11-12 season with the Hawks.

Nate Robinson Signs With Bulls

Nate Robinson joins the Bulls after one season with the Warriors.

Pau Gasol, Fernandez Lead Spain To 82-70 Win Over Australia

Pau Gasol had 20 points on 13 shots from the floor.

Brandon Rush Agrees To $8M Deal With Warriors

Brandon Rush will remain with the Warriors.

Bostjan Nachbar Signs With Brose Baskets Bamberg

Bostjan Nachbar has signed with Brose Baskets Bamberg, a team in the Eastern part of Germany.

Dario Saric Near Four-Year Deal With Bizkaia Bilbao

Dario Saric is close to finalizing a four-year deal with Bizkaia Bilbao.

Lakers Intend To Switch To Princeton Offense Next Season

At the suggestion of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers will run the Princeton offense next season.

Valanciunas Benched Because Of Foul Trouble, Defensive Effort Against Argentina

Jonas Valanciunas played just 14 minutes in Lithuania’s 102-79 preliminary round loss to Argentina on Monday.

Wiggins Nearing Decision On Whether To Jump To Class Of 2013

Andrew Wiggins will make a decision sometime soon on whether to jump to the class of 2013.

Bulls Close To Signing Nate Robinson

The Bulls are close to signing Nate Robinson to a one-year, veteran's minimum deal.

Mavericks, Magic Had Exploratory Talks Regarding Dwight Howard

Dallas and Orlando have had exploratory talks last week regarding Dwight Howard.

Clippers Acquire Willie Green In Sign-And-Trade

Willie Green has averaged 9.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists over his career.

Carl Landry Signs Two-Year, $8M Deal With Warriors

Carl Landry will presumably backup David Lee at the power forward position.

Draymond Green Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Warriors

The Warriors have reached an agreement with Draymond Green on a three-year, $2.6 million agreement.

London Beat: Speakers' Corner

Tyler Dorsey Set To Transfer To Las Vegas Findley Prep

Tyler Dorsey is a top-15 prospect in the class of 2015.

Perry Ellis Emerges As Most Impressive Newcomer For Kansas In Workouts

Perry Ellis has been the most impressive newcomer for Kansas during their summer workouts.

Unicaja Malaga Signs Marcus Williams

Marcus Williams will continue his pro career in Spain.

Self Identifies McLemore As Best NBA Prospect On Kansas Roster

Ben McLemore sat out last season due to being academically ineligible.
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