Kevin Durant is from the Washington, D.C. area and addressed rumors about him playing for the Wizards when his contract is up in two years.
Durant gave the standard "I play for the Thunder and have not thought that far ahead" answer to begin with, but also addressed the situation head on. "I'm going to do what's best for me," Durant said. "That whole city is a part of me. It's in my blood. I love going back home, seeing my family and playing there, but I love Oklahoma City, too." Durant went on to say that "everybody's" asked him about a return to D.C., adding "I'm not going to sit here and act like I'm naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff." But the bottom line is that this decision is a couple years away and it will likely depend on the state of the Thunder, the Wizards and other teams when it's time for him to decide. But it does sound like there's a very real chance Durant could make a run for the Wizards two years from now.
Anthony Bennett was pulled from a Pro-Am tournament in Canada on Tuesday, but is not injured.
His agent reportedly made the move, which should sufficiently throw the 'Kevin Love to Cavs' rumors in full gear. It makes sense, as Bennett's name has been included in potential deals for the Cavs to get Love since day one, although it's clearly speculation that something is in the works. Having said that, it's hard to think of another reason Bennett's agent would make such a move, so let the speculation begin.
Mo Williams said on Tuesday that all the Blazers fans who are bashing him for leaving "don't have a clue what's going on."
"If [the] Portland Trailblazers wanted to sign Mo Williams, in all retrospect, they could have," Williams said on Twitter. "That's [going to] be my first [and] last [time] addressing that. It's a business." Speaking in the third person aside, there was little reason to bring Williams back and he was clearly not part of their plans, especially after C.J. McCollum looked great in Las Vegas. Williams was a phenomenal pickup last season for the Blazers and he'll have similar chance to perform with the Wolves in 2014-15.
The Kings agreed to a deal with Eric Moreland.
The Kings were the champs of Las Vegas Summer League due partially to Moreland's protection of the rim, averaging 2.7 blocks to go with 3.5 points, 8.8 boards and 0.5 steals. He's been praised by coach Mike Malone and will get a chance to show what he can do in training camp.
DeMarcus Cousins was bothered by a sore left quad on Tuesday, but it didn't prevent him from practicing with Team USA for the second straight day.
Cousins is reportedly "obsessed" with making the team, and his enthusiasm has earned him praise from coach Mike Krzyzewski and other Team USA officials. The quad injury doesn't sound serious and Cousins has a very good chance of making the final 12-man roster given the scanty big men available in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle conceded that Al-Farouq Aminu needs to work on his shooting, but Carlisle intends to "put him in position to play to his strengths now."
"He’s still a young player. I feel like he’s got big upside and skill," Carlisle said. Aminu shot a combined 45-of-148 (30.4 percent) from beyond 16 feet last season, but his length, athleticism and rebounding make him a solid addition to the Mavs' bench. He led all small forwards in rebounding percentage for each of the past two seasons and should earn enough minutes at SF and PF to be worth monitoring in deep fantasy leagues.
Mason Plumlee has been promoted to the Team USA National Team.
He was part of the Select Team but a lack of big men prompted executive director Jerry Colangelo to let him compete for one of Team USA's 12 roster spots. It's doubtful that he'll make the cut, but it's a testament to Plumlee's skills and rising profile in the NBA. He's poised to have a solid season in Brooklyn, especially if Brook Lopez is limited by his surgically-repaired feet.
The Suns' relationship with restricted FA Eric Bledsoe is "on the verge of [being] irreparable," according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.
Bledsoe said last week that the Suns were using the rules of restricted free agency against him by scaring off other teams and lowering his market value. Bledsoe wants a max five-year contract but the Suns haven't offered him more than $48 million over four years, and their ability to match any offer sheet has dissuaded other teams from tying up their finances with a lucrative offer sheet. This may still have a happy ending, and ultimately the Suns can keep him whether or not he wants to stay in Phoenix.