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Walter Taveres is "very likely" to return to Spain for another ACB League season.

He was selected with the 43rd pick in the 2014 draft and the Hawks did have him at summer league. In his 16.8 minutes per game, he averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 boards and 1.5 blocks at Las Vegas.
Jul 28 - 12:15 PM

Dwyane Wade said LeBron James is his new favorite player to play against.

"Well, it used to be Kobe Bryant... the second best all time.... now, I have a new favorite player to play against... my former teammate, LeBron James." LeBron heading to Cleveland cost Wade around $10 million because Wade opted out of his $42 million option. Wade and the Heat are thin and injury-prone on the wing this season, so there may be some unexpected players needing to step up, or Wade is going to have to turn back the clock a few years and be his old self.
Jul 28 - 11:50 AM

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Derrick Rose will not have any restrictions with Team USA.

Considering he's had eight months to rehab his torn meniscus, Rose should be ready to go in Spain. As a reference point, most meniscus tears require around eight weeks of rehab time. He'll be competing for a roster spot and Coach K said he's excited to be see Rose play. We'll be tracking his progress throughout the event.
Jul 28 - 11:45 AM

Coach Scott Brooks is hoping his team will get into the top 10 for assists per game.

They were tied for 13th in assists per game last season and just 26th in total passes per game, so ball movement hasn't been a strong suit for the Thunder. Of course, when a team has the top two players in usage rate, it's unlikely to lead to a well-balanced attack. The roles of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant shouldn't change much with both guys expected to have big seasons.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 28 - 11:26 AM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said that Derrick Rose (knee) has "handled every step to this point the right way."

There has been very little word as to how Rose looks on a basketball court since tearing his meniscus back on Nov. 22, 2013. Rose is expected to make the Team USA FIBA roster, but he'll get some stiff competition from Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard and John Wall. Three of the five are expected to make the team. If Rose makes it, he'll definitely be under a microscope in Spain.
Jul 28 - 11:15 AM

Joakim Noah said he'll be ready for training camp as he continues his rehab on his left knee.

He had arthroscopic knee surgery back on May 2, which was expected to sideline him for 8-12 weeks. Noah has dealt with a slew of injuries in his career and the 29-year-old center may see his minutes drop a bit this season. He made First Team All-NBA last season for being a big factor on both ends, but he'll have a little more help this season.
Jul 28 - 11:06 AM

Tibor Pleiss is close to signing with the Thunder, according to his agent.

Last month, he was not expected to sign with the Thunder, and it's possible he stays in Europe. Pleiss signed a four-year deal to play in Spain back in 2012, but he is eligible to play in the USA this season.
Source: Sportando
Jul 28 - 10:02 AM

Dante Exum made the Australian basketball team and will play at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

He needs to adjust to playing against guys who are bigger than him and just needs as many reps as possible. Exum was overmatched in Las Vegas and couldn't get many easy shots. He was also a bit lethargic without the ball, which is something he'll have to improve if he wants to play more shooting guard minutes.
Jul 28 - 9:47 AM

Nick Young scored 26 points on 21 shots at the Drew League on Sunday.

In his usual fashion, Swaggy P said his nickname is "I Am Legend" at the Drew League. "I've been a one-man show since I started at the Drew League," Young said. "I've been playing at the Drew for a while. I never played with no NBA people on my team or nothing. That's why." He won't have any Will Smith-based nicknames this season with Kobe Bryant around and his production is expected to take a hit after a career year in 2013-14.
Source: ESPN LA
Jul 28 - 9:38 AM

Head coach Byron Scott said Kobe Bryant has been working out with Wesley Johnson and Nick Young.

Scott added his team "better be ready to play some defense" this season. The Lakers had the third-worst defensive efficiency in the NBA last season and allowed the most field goals at the rim by a fairly wide margin. As for Bryant, he was at one point expected to be back in action in January, so he should be 100 percent when training camp comes around.
Source: ESPN LA
Jul 28 - 9:31 AM

Jan Vesely is expected to fly to Istanbul, Turkey this week to have his physical.

He signed a deal with Fenerbahçe Ülker and won't be in the NBA this season. Vesely was a disaster for much of his career as one of the worst players at the free throw line.
Source: Sportando
Jul 28 - 9:19 AM

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are both confident that Thompson will remain with the Warriors despite Golden State's involvement in Kevin Love trade talks.

Thompson spoke with coach Steve Kerr and said he "got the vibe" that he's not going anywhere next season, which meshes with reports that Golden State has refused to include him in trades. His sentiments were echoed by Curry, who said, "Every year there is some rumor in play ... But they've made a decision, at least it seems like they have, that Klay is an investment they don't want to give up." Both of the Warriors' young guards are vying for spots on Team USA during this week's training camp in Las Vegas.
Jul 28 - 2:30 AM

Al Jefferson (plantar fasciitis) declined to join Team USA this summer in order to allow his foot to completely heal.

"I was contacted, but I was just trying to focus on getting my foot healed and getting ready for upcoming season," said Jefferson. He has been practicing without pain since early June, so his decision to skip the FIBA World Cup seems almost entirely a precautionary move to limit the wear-and-tear on his body. Charlotte finished 7th in the Eastern Conference last year and they'll look to get a higher seed with Lance Stephenson aboard this season.
Jul 27 - 9:55 PM

Jimmy Butler will not participate in Team USA's training camp this week due to a slightly strained groin.

The injury doesn't sound serious but Butler is taking a conservative approach, which should please the Bulls even as it weakens Team USA. Earning a spot on the team would have given Butler an opportunity to learn from the league's best while gaining international exposure, so it's an unfortunate turn of events for the Bulls' 24-year-old shooting guard.
Jul 27 - 7:45 PM

Kobe Bryant has offered his full support for new Lakers coach Byron Scott.

"[Scott] was my rookie mentor when I first came in the league," Kobe said. "We've had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years." Scott has 13 years of NBA head coaching experience, including four playoff appearances and two Eastern Conference championships, but he'll have his hands full with the Lakers' rebuilt roster. L.A. has not officially announced Scott as their coach, but he confirmed in an interview that it's only a matter of time.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 6:47 PM


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