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The Bulls, Nuggets, Celtics and Warriors "have seemingly backed off" in pursuit of Kevin Love and the Cavs appear to have the framework of a deal done, according to the Morning Journal.

This coincides with ESPN's report that it's a matter of when and not if for the Cavs in getting Love. The Cavs are hesitant to deal away Andrew Wiggins, but the Wolves certainly wouldn't have it any other way. We'll have 20 more days to go until Wiggins is eligible to be dealt.
Jul 31 - 9:42 PM

The Bucks hired Greg Foster to be an assistant on Jason Kidd's staff.

He is coming from the 76ers and has been known to focus on helping big men. The Bucks had some major issues with their frontcourt last season and they're also very young, so it's great hire for the league's worst team.
Jul 31 - 9:30 PM

When Derrick Rose was asked where he was on a scale of 1-10 on Thursday, he said he's an 11.

"I think that I’m back. I’m not worried about my knee anymore," Rose said. Just about every player or coach seems to agree with Rose -- maybe not an 11, though -- and he's looked great at Team USA camp. We should get a look at him soon enough when FIBA kicks off on Aug. 30.
Jul 31 - 7:24 PM

Mason Plumlee is likely to make the Team USA roster over DeMarcus Cousins.

Well, file this under shocking developments, and maybe Coach K likes his guy a little too much. Cousins was one of the best players in the paint last season while Plumlee couldn't really get his own shot in his rookie year. He is dealing with a quad injury, but he was still able to practice, and he caught an alley-oop from Kyrie Irving in scrimmage. The Kings center is worth a look at the end of the first round of standard leagues this season.
Jul 31 - 7:13 PM

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo acknowledged that Kevin Love can still be added to the FIBA World Cup Roster.

"Technically it is possible," Colangelo said about adding the all-NBA forward who recently withdrew from the team. "But I have to weigh all of the considerations if I were to look at that. Is it fair to the guys who are here putting in the time and effort?" Love initially withdrew from the team due to rumors surrounding a possible trade to the Cavaliers. Even if he is traded before World Cup competition begins, he is not expected to rejoin the team.
Jul 31 - 5:53 PM

Jusuf Nurkic's rookie deal is reportedly worth $7 million over four years.

The deal also includes a team option in years three and four. Nurkic was taken 16th overall by the Nuggets in the 2014 draft, and opted out of his contract with his Croatian league team in order to join the NBA immediately. It was also reported on Thursday that he will not play for the Bosnian national team due to a health-related ailment.
Jul 31 - 4:48 PM

Garry Harris' rookie deal with the Denver Nuggets is for $6.1 million over four years.

Harris was projected to be a lottery pick but he dropped to 19th overall in the 2014 draft. He was hot-and-cold during this past Summer League in Vegas, dropping 33 points in one game against the Raptors, then shooting 1-of-12 the very next night against the Bulls. Harris is very talented, but he needs to crack the Nuggets' rotation first before he can even be considered a fantasy hoops option.
Jul 31 - 4:41 PM

John Wall said on Thursday that his goal for the Wizards next season is to make the NBA Finals.

"The Finals. All you can ask for now is the Finals," Wall said when asked about his goals for next season. "We’ve been to the second round. We know what it takes to win. We know what we need to do." The Wizards showed signs of a team on the rise after ousting the D.Rose-less Bulls in the first round of the postseason. Washington managed to retain Marcin Gortat and swap out Trevor Ariza for Paul Pierce in the offseason. If the Wizards hope to make the Finals, they will likely have to go through either the Bulls or the Cavaliers.
Jul 31 - 4:07 PM

Bulls general manager Gar Forman said he was "really pleased" with their offseason acquisitions.

"We were very encouraged with how the free agency period went as far as putting our team together and putting pieces together that we think fit with the core guys we have coming back," said Forman. Although he would not rule out another potential deal, it appears he and executive V.P. John Paxon have put together one of the best rosters in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls have added Pau Gasol, Aaron Brooks, Nikola Mirotic, and drafted rookie Doug McDermott.
Jul 31 - 3:36 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will be the subject of a documentary set to come out in Germany on September 18, 2014.

The movie is titled 'Nowitzki: Der perfekte Wurf' which in English translates to Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot. The movie will detail Dirk's rise from a standout on the German national team to an NBA MVP and champion. It will also include commentary from Kobe Bryant, Mark Cuban, Steve Nash and even an appearance from president Barack Obama.
Jul 31 - 3:10 PM

The Brooklyn Nets will play three games at the Barclays Center and two in China for the 2014 preseason.

They will also play their final preseason game in Boston on October 22. The scheduling of the games is a bit odd, as the team will come back from China and play three games in four nights. The Nets are looking to bounce back from a disappointing season that saw them ousted in the second round of the playoffs. Although they lost Paul Pierce to the Wizards in free agency, the addition of a (hopefully) healthy Brook Lopez should give the team a much needed boost.
Jul 31 - 2:51 PM

Christian Burns has agreed to terms with CEZ Nymburk.

Burns averaged 14.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in VTB league last season with Enisey Krasnoyarsk. The former Philadelphia University forward once had a try out with the 76ers years ago, but it appears his chances of playing in the NBA are all but over.
Jul 31 - 2:32 PM

The NBA is adding their twitter handle to game balls next season.

This seems like a good promotional move as the NBA continues to expand its brand in the United States, and across the globe. Social media is becoming a large part of sports, and other other professional leagues may soon follow suit in embracing the benefits it provides.
Jul 31 - 2:11 PM

Ian Clark's contract for 2014-15 becomes guaranteed on Friday if he is not released by the Jazz.

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey offered a "no comment" when asked about Clark's status, so it sounds like this one may come down to the wire. Clark only averaged 3.0 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 7.5 minutes in 23 games with the Jazz during the 2013-14 season, so it goes without saying that his fantasy value heading into 2014-15 is non-existent.
Jul 31 - 1:57 PM

Paul George said LeBron James' move to Cleveland won't change their rivalry.

"Bron going back home, it’s definitely going to pick things up when the Pacers and Cavs play," George said. "I’m definitely still gunning for the top guys. Whoever the top guy is, I’m gunning for him. I got a target for him as well as he’ll have a target for me." George faded down the stretch after a hot start last season, but he'll still be a top fantasy player for the 2014-15 season if he can build off his 2013-14 averages of 21.7 points, 2.3 three-pointers, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game.
Jul 31 - 1:47 PM



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