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Phil Hubbard Could Become Head Coach Of D-Fenders

Phil Hubbard is the leading candidate to become head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, D-League affiliate for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hubbard played for the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers in the late 1970s and 1980s.

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

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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

During a promotional event, James Harden declared himself the best all-around player in the NBA.

"I'm the best all-around basketball player in the NBA," said Harden.

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.

Via Royce Young/ESPN

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

The Cleveland 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.

They join Tyronn Lue, who was named associate head coach earlier this summer. Phil Handy will also serve as Director of Player Development and Assistant Coach, along with Vitaly Potapenko, who has been tabbed to continue as the team’s Assistant Director of Player Development.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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.

The Cavaliers will acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, but there have been reports Bennett would be sent to the Philadelphia 76ers in the deal.

“I’m just a young man just ready to work,” Bennett said on Monday.

“Wherever I end up, doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to play the game of basketball.”

Bennett had a disappointing rookie season after coming back from shoulder surgery and doesn't find the uncertainty on his future distracting.

“Not distracting at all, just still focused on what I have to do, just working hard, keep my body healthy, just watching what I eat,” Bennett said.

“Last summer I couldn’t really do anything, just was pretty much out from the jump. This summer I was back on track right after the season, just watching everything I do, watching what I eat, just making sure everything is right for Summer League. I’m continuing more so I can be ready for the season.”

Via Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Tyler Ennis Sees Crowded Suns' Backcourt As 'Good Thing'

The Phoenix Suns have a clear logjam at point guard with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Tyler Ennis and presumably an eventually re-signed Eric Bledsoe.

Ennis doesn't see the fight for minutes as a detriment to the development of his career. 

“I think, as a young guy, it’s a good thing,” Ennis said on Monday.

“You’re able to go in and learn from people, I think in the long run it’s definitely going to help me.”

Ennis spent just one season at Syrcause.

“Anywhere you go in the league, you’re going to compete for minutes,” said Ennis. “There are so many point guards, good point guards. It’s going to be good for me to learn from those guys.

“I think I bring a different dynamic than those guys do, being a pass-first guy, too. Me being able to score the ball as well as pass is something that’s a plus as well, I think.”

Via Doug Smith/Toronto Star

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.

“The big thing is we’ve got to get him playing,” said Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jama Mahlalela, who has worked extensively with Caboclo this summer.

“We have to get him in games to see, how can it transfer. We’ve done a summer of skill work. His skills, from where they were, are so improved it’s amazing.

“But it’s not a summer of playing every single day against NBA skill. That’s going to be the next little piece, and we’ll get the month of September to get that worked out.”

Via Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Jim Eyen To Become Lakers' Assistant Coach

The Los Angeles Lakers will hire Jim Eyen as an assistant coach on the coaching staff of Byron Scott.

Eyen was most recently with the Sacramento Kings, working under Paul Westphal, Keith Smart and Michael Malone.

The Kings elected not to bring back Eyen for the 14-15 season back in June.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tim Frazier Signs Camp Contract With Celtics

Tim Frazier has signed a camp invite contract with the Boston Celtics.

Frazier joins an already crowded point guard position for the Celtics.

Frazier will likely end up playing for the Maine Red Claws in the D-League if he stays in the organization.

Via Jeff Clark/CelticsBlog

USA Could Finalize Roster By Thursday

USA Basketball could finalize their World Cup roster as soon as Thursday.

Jerry Colangelo told ESPN.com that one scenario under consideration by USA Basketball officials is reducing the current 16-man roster to 12 or 13 players after Wednesday night's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden.

"We've said we wanted to wait through the end of the week in New York before we made cutbacks," Colangelo said Monday, "but that could still change."

USAB must submit its official 12-man roster for the World Cup on Aug. 29 -- one day before the tournament starts.

Team USA has as many as 10 players still battling for the final six roster spots.

DeMarcus Cousins, Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond are competing for only one guaranteed spot as backup center, though it's possible two of them could be on the plane to Spain.

Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan are also at risk of being cut.

Colangelo and Krzyzewski have consistently referred to the "core players" of the squad as Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, James Harden, Kenneth Faried, Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

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.

James was captivated by Paul's Warren Moon throwback jersey and the future player agent was on his way to Atlanta to buy more as he was selling jerseys out of the trunk of his car.

Paul gave James his connection in Atlanta and said that he would receive a discount if he were to drop his name.

“It was fate,” Paul said. “I could have missed the plane. I could have taken an earlier flight. I could have not worn the jersey. I could have been having a bad day and not spoken to him.”

The two eventually became friends and eventually business partners.

“We hit it off instantly,” James said. “Every time I was doing something, I’d call Rich and ask if he can make it, and he’d say, ‘I’ll be right there,’ and he was.”

Paul eventually began bringing in $15,000 per week in revenue and began looking for a store location until James hired him after the 2003 NBA Draft.

“He told me that he really didn’t have a job for me, but that he wanted me close and we’d figure it out,” Paul said.

Via Joe Drape/New York Times

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.

Nets Don't Plan On Restricting Brook Lopez's Minutes

The Nets are optimistic Brook Lopez will make a full return from foot reconstruction surgery this season.

Anthony Randolph Signs Two-Year Deal With Lokomotiv Kuban

Anthony Randolph has signed a two year-deal with Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia.

Cavs 'Optimistic' On Eventually Signing Ray Allen

Ray Allen remains undecided on playing during the 14-15 NBA season.

Calipari Wouldn't Have Left Kentucky Even If He'd Known LeBron's Decision

John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.

Shawn Marion Agrees To Sign With Cavs

Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cavaliers.

Portland Submits Bid For NBA All-Star Game

Portland has never hosted an NBA All-Star Game.

Phil Jackson Buys $4.85M Midtown Manhattan Apartment

There were questions on how often Phil Jackson would be in New York as has long kept residences in Manhattan Beach and Montana.

Nerlens Noel Credits Rondo For Being Biggest Help In Recovery

Nerlens Noel and Rajon Rondo each played collegiately at Kentucky.

Thibodeau: Rose Has Become More Comfortable All Summer Long

Derrick Rose had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes in an exhibition game in Chicago.

Shawn Marion Receives Interest From Clippers

The Clippers join the Cavs, Pacers and Heat in their interest in signing Shawn Marion.

Marcus Denmon Signs With Enel Brindisi

Marcus Denmon was a second round pick for the Spurs in 2012.

Leandro Barbosa Hopes World Cup Increases Free Agency Interest

Leandro Barbosa has had discussions with NBA teams about a possible free agent deal.

Knicks Guarantee Contract Of Quincy Acy For 14-15

Quincy Acy will earn $912,000 next season.

Carmelo Anthony To Receive $62M Annual Salary Advance Over Five-Year Deal

Carmelo Anthony will not receive half of his $124 million deal this year but will get it annually in salary advancements.

Jazz Sign Dee Bost

Dee Bost attended training camp with the Trail Blazers prior to the 2013-14 season.

Paul George Holding Out Hope For Quick Return

Paul George spoke to the media on Friday afternoon for the first time since breaking his right leg in two places while playing for Team USA two weeks.
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