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Paul Millsap Receives Invitation For Team USA

Paul Millsap has been invited to the Team USA camp in Las Vegas.

The United States has a shortage of frontcourt players after both Blake Griffin and Kevin Love withdrew from participating.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

LeBron James Returns To Jersey No. 23

LeBron James will wear jersey No. 23 in his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James announced his decision on Twitter and Instagram.

"23 it is! It's only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6."

James wore No. 23 from 2003-2010 with the Cavaliers and then wore No. 6 in four seasons with the Miami Heat.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bledsoe: Suns Using Restricted Free Agency Rules Against Me

Eric Bledsoe made his first comments Saturday since entering restricted free agency on July 1.

Bledsoe remains unsigned after receiving a four-year, $48 million offer from the Phoenix Suns.

"I'm letting my agent Rich Paul handle it," Bledsoe said. "You know, I understand the Phoenix Suns are using restricted free agency against me but I understand that."

The Suns are the only team that can give Bledsoe a five-year contract and that could be worth up to $84 million, leaving open the possibility that Bledsoe's camp could desire a sign-and-trade.

The Suns have stated they hope to re-sign Bledsoe.

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Saunders Increasingly Interested In Trading For Wiggins, Bennett

Flip Saunders is becoming increasingly interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers' offer of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and future first round picks for Kevin Love.

Saunders was long believed to prefer a trade with the Golden State Warriors to acquire Klay Thompson for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he was never reportedly offered.

Saunders is president of the Wolves and also the head coach, so he was unlikely to want an extended rebuild.

‘‘It gives [Saunders] a chance to mold the team how he wants it,’’ the source said.

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

NBA Considering Expanding Length Of All-Star Break

The NBA is considering expanding the All-Star break to give teams a full week off at midseason.

The move would give players seven days off between games in mid-February and result in an increase of one or two back-to-back sets per team.

"That's the model they're using right now while they're filling in the schedule," an NBA source familiar with the process told the Sun Sentinel Friday. "Could they go back and use some of those dates if needed? That's possible. But the week off looks like what's going to happen."

With the elongated All-Star break, the possibility of then starting the 2015-16 season a week earlier also has been deliberated recently, although that dynamic has yet to gain traction, according to an NBA source familiar with the situation.

Teams currently are given a five-day layoff during the All-Star break, with one of those days a mandated return to practice. 

Via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Byron Scott Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a four-year contract with Byron Scott.

Scott was most recently head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Scott played for the Lakers during his playing career.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kevin Johnson Exits NBPA As Vote For New Executive Director Nears

Kevin Johnson has exited the NBPA search committee for finding a new executive director.

Johnson wanted to play a larger role in controlling the meeting on Monday to present three finalists for the job.

The three candidates are Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery, Washington D.C. attorney Michele Johnson and Dean Garfield, president and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Johnson sent an abrupt email to player agents on Friday evening, telling them his committee was "no longer involved in the search process," and "while we'd hoped to help bring this to completion, it's clear that won't be possible."

Johnson had an invitation to join the election proceedings on Monday in Las Vegas, but as one source said, "wanted no part out of it, he bailed."

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Love Withdraws From USA Basketball

Kevin Love has withdrawn from the USA Basketball this summer due to the uncertainty of his trade request from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors are interested in trading for Love, but no deal is expected to be complete until at least the middle of August.

Love was expected to be a key part of the United States' World Cup of Basketball roster.

Sources said that Love couldn't risk injury at this point with the trade talks in a sensitive place.

Via Jon Krawczynski/AP

Lakers Pencil In Carlos Boozer As Starting Small Forward

Carlos Boozer was introduced by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

The Lakers were not optimistic about landing Boozer during the waiver claim process but did so with a $3.25 million bid.

Boozer heard the news from his agent.

"I was ecstatic and I was jumping up and down," Boozer said. "I went back out there and got two more hours in."

Boozer is penciled in as the Lakers' starting small forward, although he has played power forward throughout his 12-year NBA career.

Boozer said he believes he could play up to seven more seasons.

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Will Cherry Receiving Interest From Cavaliers, Raptors

Will Cherry is receiving interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, according to a source.

Cherry averaged 12.8 points and 4 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the field for the Cavaliers in summer league.

Cherry spent last season with the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Omri Casspi To Sign With Kings For One-Year, Vet Minimum Deal

Omri Casspi's deal will be for the veteran's minimum.

Report: Knicks Offered Amar'e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. To Wolves For Kevin Love

The Timberwolves reportedly declined the Knicks' offer.

Omri Casspi Goes Unclaimed On Waivers

There had been an expectation that a team would claim Omri Casspi.

Shelvin Mack Agrees To Three-Year, $7.3M Deal With Hawks

Shelvin Mack has been a restricted free agent after averaging 7.5 points and 3.7 assists per game.

Lakers Offer Job To Byron Scott

The Lakers have offered their head coaching job to Byron Scott.

Darius Miller Re-Signs With Pelicans

Darius Miller re-signed with the Pelicans on Friday.

Carmelo Struggled To Choose Between Knicks, Bulls

Carmelo Anthony believes the Knicks aren't too far away from becoming a contender.

Heat Non-Committal On Re-Signing Michael Beasley, Greg Oden

The Heat have three remaining roster spots and have been non-committal with Michael Beasley and Greg Oden.

Cavaliers Remain In Lead For Kevin Love

Wolves' owner Glen Taylor is now believed to prefer Andrew Wiggins over Klay Thompson.

Parsons Left Rockets In Part For Bigger Role

Chandler Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season.

Francisco Garcia Discussing Deal With Rockets, Others

Francisco Garcia will likely make a decision in the next few weeks.

Blake Griffin Withdraws From 2014 USA Basketball

Blake Griffin was one of 19 players selected to the USA roster from which the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected.

Jameer Nelson Finalizes Two-Year, $5.6M Deal With Mavericks

Jameer Nelson will earn $2.73 million in the first season of his deal and $2.86 million in Year 2.

Suns Waive Dionte Christmas

Dionte Christmas averaged 2.29 points in 31 appearances for the Suns last season.

Andrew Wiggins Signs Rookie Contract With Cavs

Andrew Wiggins' deal starts at the rookie scale of $5.5 million.

Agent Of Josh Huestis Proposed Delaying Rookie Contract By Going To D-League

Josh Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000.

Lakers Deny Waiting To Hire Head Coach With Rivers Potentially Becoming Available

Doc Rivers would not be expected to remain head coach of the Clippers if the sale of the franchise to Steve Ballmer is overturned.

Rockets Sign Clint Capela

The Rockets had considered keeping Clint Capela in Europe this season in hopes of using cap space to sign Chris Bosh.

Jameer Nelson To Sign $2.7M Deal With Mavericks

The Mavericks are using their room exception to sign Jameer Nelson.

Magic Sign 2nd Round Pick Devyn Marble

Devyn Marble was the 56th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.
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