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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Croation 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.
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.
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.