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Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry and James Harden headlined the release of the 2014 Team USA Basketball roster on Friday.

Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Kenneth Faried, and DeMarcus Cousins all made the squad, though Cousins' status appeared to be in doubt for much of the time. Rudy Gay and Andre Drummond also made the team, as did the ever-so-controversial Mason Plumlee. Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were among the final cuts. Team USA will be the favorites in Spain, but this is undeniably one of the weaker teams we've seen in a while.
Aug 23 - 2:39 AM

Gordon Hayward will not make the Team USA roster when cuts are announced on Saturday according to ESPN.

This news isn't too surprising as he hasn't seen much action lately and is a cut below other players that are on the bubble. Regardless, the experience bodes well for him as he takes his big contract into next season.
Aug 22 - 11:44 PM

Derrick Rose played 14 minutes in Team USA's 112-86 win over Puerto Rico on Friday, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting with two rebounds and four assists.

Rose looked great but he isn't going to shake the questions about his health anytime soon, though this particular round of paranoia over his soreness is probably exactly that. The final roster is expected to be announced on Saturday.
Aug 22 - 9:12 PM

The official 12-man Team USA roster is expected to be announced on Saturday.

There is a twist to this story as USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski are reportedly still debating whether they will bring 12, 13, or 14 of their current 16 players to Spain. Bringing the additional players would give the pair an extra week to evaluate their guys, as the final 12-man roster does not need to be submitted until August 29. Stay tuned.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 22 - 6:54 PM

Damian Lillard would be thrilled if he made the final 12-man, Team USA roster.

"This already has been a great experience and a great opportunity for me to get better by being a part of something like this," said Lillard. "But to get on that plane would be a real accomplishment. I’ve always been a fan of USA Basketball and to be part of the team would mean a lot to me." Lillard is on the bubble right now, but if Team USA anticipates rest days for Rose, that could help Lillard's cause. Stay tuned.
Source: USAB.com
Aug 22 - 5:57 PM

The Suns reportedly reached out to the Timberwolves on Thursday to gauge Minnesota's interest in conducting a sign-and-trade involving Kevin Love and Eric Bledsoe.

The report by Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN states that the three-team deal involving the 76ers, Cavs, and Wolves remains intact, and is expected to be completed by Saturday. This is clearly a desperation move by the Suns as relations with their restricted free agent Bledsoe have been strained, but you can't fault the organization for trying. Bledsoe rejected the Suns initial four-year, $48 million offer, and he may elect to pick up his one-year qualifying offer of $3.7 million in order to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. A sign-and-trade involving Love and Bledsoe does not seem likely.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 5:34 PM

The Thunder have hired Mark Daigneault to coach the teams D-League affiliate.

Daigneault spent the last four years as an assistant coach to Billy Donovan at the University of Florida, and during his time there, the team built an impressive record of 120-30. "I have had a great deal of respect for the Thunder organization throughout my career, and I’m excited to immerse myself in the culture there, and focus on the continued development of the program," said Daigneault.
Aug 22 - 5:07 PM

The Rockets officially re-signed Francisco Garcia to a one-year deal on Friday.

Garcia averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers through 19.7 minutes of action with the Rockets last season. He's not on the radar in standard leagues.
Aug 22 - 4:53 PM

Eric Griffin is ready to compete for a spot on the Mavericks' roster.

Griffin showcased himself with a variety of highlight reel dunks during Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.2 steals through 20 minutes of action. However, even if he is able to make the Mavericks' regular season roster, he’s unlikely to hold any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 22 - 4:26 PM

The Hawks have officially re-signed Shelvin Mack.

"Shelvin has proven himself to be an excellent fit in our program," GM Danny Ferry said. "On the court, he plays well within our system and possesses a toughness and level of unselfishness that we truly value." Mack averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists, and 0.8 three-pointers as the Hawks backup point guard last season, and while he is a serviceable backup, he's not in the conversation for standard league consideration.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 22 - 4:12 PM

Alexey Shved will be headed to the 76ers in a three-team deal involving Kevin Love.

Shved had difficulty cracking the rotation in Minnesota last year (10.5 minutes per game), averaging a meager 4.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 0.5 three-pointers a game while shooting a dismal 32.1 percent from the field. He also had some trouble staying on the court as various injuries held him to just 63 games. However, he will certainly have opportunity on a horrific 76ers squad, but we'd rather draft a guy like K.J. McDaniels or Tony Wroten in standard leagues.
Source: USA Today
Aug 22 - 3:59 PM

The Celtics and Evan Turner have agreed to terms on a deal, and it is only a matter of time until the signing is official.

The Celtics roster currently stands at 18 players, and they are reportedly looking to clear space before officially signing Turner. The Celtics could trim down their roster by simply waiving Chris Babb, Chris Johnson, and Keith Bogans. However, GM Danny Ainge may be looking to include one of the aforementioned players in a trade rather than waiving them. Turner was okay with the Sixers, and horrible with the Pacers last season, so he will look to start anew in Boston. He will need to impress during training camp and preseason to be viewed as anything more than a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Aug 22 - 3:48 PM

The Kevin Love trade has officially been agreed upon, and the teams are now just awaiting approval from the league.

The trade is a three-team deal in which Minnesota will send Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved (both expiring contracts) and a 2015 first-round pick (via the Miami Heat) to Philadelphia, in exchange for Thaddeus Young and a trade exception worth $4 million. And Cleveland will send two number one overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love. Wiggins figures to be a primary option on the offensive end in Minnesota, and he'll be a mid-round target heading into this year's draft. Bennett showed promise during Summer League, but the fact he'll be playing behind Young makes him more of a late-round flier in standard leagues. Love will still be an elite talent in Cleveland, but it's unlikely he will be able to sustain his 26.1 points per game while playing alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.

Eric Bledsoe and the Suns remain at a standstill, with the only new development being that the Suns are listening to offers for a sign-and-trade.

Working out a sign-and-trade for Bledsoe will be difficult for a number of reasons. One, we are in a golden age of point guards, so not many teams around the league necessarily need an upgrade at the position. Two, Bledsoe is seeking a five-year, $80 million max-deal and the jury is still out on whether Bledsoe is worth that kind of money. Three, if no deal gets done this season, Bledsoe will be an unrestricted free agent next year, so there's not too much urgency to sign him now. Bledsoe was very impressive during the 2013-14 season, however, he only made it through 43 games, and GMs may want to wait-and-see if Bledsoe deserves to be tagged with the "injury prone" label. Bledsoe has until October 1 to accept either the Suns' qualifying offer, or the Suns' initial four-year, $48 million offer. Stay tuned.
Aug 22 - 3:09 PM

Klay Thompson is reportedly "pissed" that the Warriors organization legitimately considered trading him for Kevin Love.

This is a much different tune than the reports back in June when Klay's father stated that Klay wasn't offended by the swirling trade rumors, but it seems that now Thompson isn't going anywhere he can finally voice his true opinion. Klay was a stud last year, finishing the season in second place for 3-pointers per game (right behind splash brother Stephen Curry) with 2.8 per game, to go along with 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. With little change to the Warriors backcourt this year, one can expect Klay to again be a 3-point shooting machine, and he'll be a top-10 shooting guard heading into this year's draft.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 22 - 2:31 PM


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