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Bulls Enter Kevin Love Trade Talks

The Chicago Bulls have entered the Kevin Love trade talks with a package offered to the Minnesota Timberwolves believed to be centered around Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler.

The Bulls shelved their interest in Love while pursuing Carmelo Anthony.

The Bulls and Golden State Warriors were intially believed to be Love's preferred destinations, but he's now interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers following their signing of LeBron James.

The Cavaliers remain the favorites to trade for Love, offering Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first round pick. The Warriors have remained determined not to trade Klay Thompson in a deal for Love.

Cleveland is increasingly optimistic that a deal will be accepted by the Wolves.

Via Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Emmanuel Mudiay Agrees To One-Year, $1.2M Deal In China

Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong of the China Basketball Association.

Mudiay committed to SMU, but concerns of his eligibilty became an issue this month.

Mudiay is expected to be a top lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Sportando first reported news of the agreement.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Robbie Hummel Re-Signs With Timberwolves

Robbie Hummel has re-signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hummel's deal will reportedly be for one year at his minimum.

Hummel averaged 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds over 12.4 minutes in 53 games with the Timberwolves last season.

Via Nathan Baird/Lafayette Journal&Courier

Suns Maintain Hope Of Re-Signing Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledose has yet to sign with an NBA team in restricted free agency, and the Phoenix Suns remain a likely option.

"We'll continue to work as hard as we can within that restricted free agency system established by the collective bargaining agreement," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said Monday. "We continue to hope and expect that he will remain in a Suns uniform."

The Suns have been negotiating with Bledsoe and have the right to match any offer sheet. Bledsoe has sought a maximum-level contract.

Bledsoe has a $3.7 million qualifying offer that he could choose to play for next season and then become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

LeBron's Camp Didn't Push Him To Sign With Cavaliers

LeBron James' camp did not push him to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason.

"This was a decision that LeBron made in his heart," Maverick Carter told ESPN.com's Jason Whitlock on the Real Talk podcast. "We didn't push him to do it. We don't push him to do anything. If he asks our opinion or what did we think about the pros and the cons, we help him think through it. We don't push him."

James spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Cavaliers before going to the Miami Heat for four seasons in 2010.

"Listen," Carter said, "LeBron's a 29-year-old man with lots of money, got a wife, two kids, one on the way. He makes his own decisions. He doesn't need anyone pushing him any way, and a guy like that, you're not going to push him either way. We'll help him think through things and help him see through things, but he makes his own decision in his heart. Because, ultimately, he has to live with it. I'm not the one who has to show up and play games for any team."

Via Jason Whitlock/ESPN

Bulls Sign Cameron Bairstow

The Chicago Bulls have signed Cameron Bairstow, their second round pick out of New Mexico.

“We like Cameron’s combination as a player with his size, energy and physicality,” General Manager Gar Forman said in a statement.  “He is a hard worker who will only get better with time.”

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Evan Turner Agrees To Deal With Celtics

Evan Turner has agreed upon a contract with the Boston Celtics, according to sources.

Turner will sign for a portion of the Celtics' midlevel exception.

Turner finished last season with the Indiana Pacers after starting his career with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Via Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Van Gundy Tells Josh Smith He's Unlikely To Be Traded

Stan Van Gundy has reached out to Josh Smith to inform him that reports of trade talks involving the Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings have been inaccurate. Van Gundy told Smith he expects him to be in training camp with the Pistons this fall.

The Kings made calls about Smith back in June, but there was never an offer that created serious discussions.

The frontcourt of the Pistons is in flux with Greg Monroe being a restricted free agent. The combination of Smith, Monroe and Andre Drummond produced mixed results.

Smith is said to be enthusiastic about playing for Van Gundy.

Smit has three seasons and $40 million remaining on his contract.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Chris Singleton Receives Interest From Heat, Pacers

Chris Singleton has received interest from the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.

Singleton was the 18th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards and is a free agent.

Singleton played in just 25 games (250 minutes) this past season after the Wizards declined their fourth-year option on his contract. Singleton had a "Jones fracture" before the season began.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Bucks Claim Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

The Milwaukee Bucks have been awarded the contract of guard Kendall Marshall on a waiver claim.

Marshall was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on July 18.

Appearing in 54 games for the Lakers in 2013-14, Marshall, 22, averaged 8.0 points, 8.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds per contest. In his best stretch of the season in January, he tallied at least 10 assists and scored at least 10 points in five consecutive games. He ranked fifth in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.18) and shot a career-high 39.9 percent from the 3-point arc. Prior to being called up by the Lakers, Marshall appeared in seven games for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League and averaged 19.4 points, 9.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bird: Pacers Did What We Could To Keep Stephenson

The Pacers' best offer for Lance Stephenson was reportedly $44 million over five years, but his camp was searching for a $55 million contract.

Glen Rice Jr. Named Summer League MVP

Glen Rice, Jr. is joined on the All-NBA Summer League First Team by Otto Porter, Doug McDermott, Tony Snell and Donatas Motiejunas.

Jan Vesely Expected To Sign With Fenerbahce Ulker

Jan Vesely has played in just 2,455 minutes over three NBA seasons.

Andrew Wiggins Expected To Soon Sign Rookie Deal With Cavs

Players who sign their rookie contracts cannot be traded for 30 days thereafter.

Jazz, Heat Interested In Toure' Murry

The Jazz have expressed interest in signing Toure' Murry, according to a source.

Patric Young Signs Two-Year Deal With Pelicans

Patric Young will sign a two-year deal with the Pelicans, according to OnlyGators.com.

Dwight Howard: Chandler Parsons' Departure Won't Affect Rockets At All

Dwight Howard praised the Rockets' addition of Trevor Ariza.

Diante Garrett Waived By Raptors

Diante Garrett was released by the Raptors on Saturday.

Bucks To Claim Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

The Bucks will claim Kendall Marshall off waivers, according to sources.

Andrew Bynum May Sit Out 14-15 Season, Knicks Interested In Him If Healthy

Andrew Bynum is considering sitting out the entire 14-15 NBA season in order to undergo the Regenokine knee therapy procedure.

Pau Gasol Prioritized Chance To Win Title In Picking Bulls

At the age of 34, Pau Gasol finally joined the Bulls on a three-year, $22 million deal.

Aaron Brooks Close To Deal With Bulls

Aaron Brooks played for the Rockets and Nuggets last season.

Raptors To Release Dwight Buycks

The Raptors have decided to release point guard Dwight Buycks within the next two days, before his contract guarantee date on Monday, league sources told RealGM.

RealGM Radio: Nate Duncan On Free Agency, Summer League, Love

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux and Nate Duncan discuss the fallout of the NBA Draft, the first two weeks of free agency, and NBA Summer League.

Bulls Sign Nikola Mirotic To Three-Year, $16.6M Deal

Nikola Mirotic has signed a three-year, $16.6 million deal with the Bulls.

Udonis Haslem Re-Sign With Heat On Two-Year, $5.5M Deal

The Heat were able to restructure their roster by giving Udonis Haslem a new deal.

Cavs Reportedly Offering Wiggins, Bennett For Kevin Love

A trade was nearing completion at one point, but the Wolves want more than the Cavaliers' current offer.

Lakers To Waive Kendall Marshall, Interested In Re-Signing Him

The Lakers have interest in re-signing Kendall Marshall if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

Xavier Henry Agrees Upon One-Year, $1M Deal With Lakers

Xavier Henry played well for the Lakers before undergoing surgery for a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Eric Griffin Signs Three-Year Deal With Mavs

Eric Griffin’s contract with the Mavericks is a three-year deal, league sources told RealGM.
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