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Michael Carter-Williams Ready to Get Back to Work

Michael Carter-Williams Ready to Get Back to Work

Jim McIssac/Getty Images(KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.) — Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams is expected to be ready for camp in late September.
The 2014 Rookie of the Year had surgery on May 13 to repair his labrum in his right shoulder and said he’s not 100 percent, but plans to be on the court.
“I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things,” Williams said. “Last year was a long year. I’m really looking forward to this year and improving as a team.”
“I think regardless who is on the team, I have to be a leader out there, give direction to the new guys and really bring the team together,” Carter-Williams continued.
The 22-year-old led all rookies in scoring (16.7 points), assists (6.3), rebounds (6.2) and steals (1.9), but still hasn’t been cleared to play.
The Sixers had one of the worst records in NBA history last year after they finished 19-63.
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Report: Shawn Marion to Sign with Cavaliers

Report: Shawn Marion to Sign with Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks/NBA(NEW YORK) — Veteran free agent Shawn Marion will sign with the Cavaliers sometime this month, reports ESPN.com.
Marion believes that with the additions of LeBron James, Kevin Love, and other veteran free agents like Mike Miller that Cleveland is the best place to compete for an NBA title.
The Cavaliers are restricted to only pay the big man a league-minimum salary of $1.4 million.
Marion also met with the Indiana Pacers last week, but his pursuit of winning a championship is what made the difference.
Marion averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds last season with the Mavericks.
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Paul George Doesn’t Blame Team USA

Paul George Doesn’t Blame Team USA

NBA via Indiana Pacers(INDIANAPOLIS) — Pacers All-Star Paul George spoke for the first time since breaking his leg during a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas on Friday.
George wasn’t putting any of the blame on Team USA for his “freak accident” and even said that he wanted to play on the 2016 Olympic team.
“Freak accidents happen,” George said. “USA Basketball doesn’t deserve any criticism from this.”
George said he plans on being a leader on the bench for the rest of his teammates while he recovers.
“I plan on making a full recovery coming back from this,” George said at a news conference. “I’m taking this in a positive way. I get to sit back and watch the game — and just learn.”
George and the Pacers haven’t set a date for his return, but the All-Star wants to fully recover before he gets back on the court to avoid any other injury.
“I feel guilty about not being there for the start of (the) season,” he said. “To not be a part of that, it hurts. Something I have to live with.
“The last thing I will do is feel like I am not a part of this team because I’m out.”
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Report: Greg Monroe Will Sign Qualifying Offer with Pistons

Report: Greg Monroe Will Sign Qualifying Offer with Pistons

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Greg Monroe is taking a gamble on himself. Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports the Detroit Pistons big man will sign his qualifying offer with the team and become a free agent next season.
Monroe and the Pistons were unable to come to an agreement on a new deal, so he will sign a $5.5 million qualifying offer for the 2014-2015 season.
Now a restricted free agent, Monroe will become an unrestricted free agent following this season.
The two sides have until October 1 to agree on a deal, or the two sides could work on a sign-and-trade during that time frame.
During his four-year NBA career, Monroe, 24, is one of the up-and-coming big men in the league today. This past season, he averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
There is a bit of a logjam in the Piston’s front court though. Along with Monroe, the Pistons also have center Andre Drummond and forward Josh Smith.
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Shawn Marion and Pacers Meet

Shawn Marion and Pacers Meet

Dallas Mavericks/NBA(NEW YORK) — Shawn Marion met with the Indiana Pacers on Monday and had a face-to-face meeting with the team president, Larry Bird. The sit downs came after Bird urged the free-agent forward to play next year in Indianapolis after losing Paul George to a compound leg fracture.
Marion had been rumored to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and play with Lebron James, which is still a possibility. The Cavaliers however are restricted to only pay the big man a league minimum salary of $1.4 million per season while the Pacers will be granted a $5.3 million disabled player exemption due to George’s injury.
The All-Star forward has said he wants to play for a contender if he does wind up leaving the Dallas Mavericks, where he has spent the last five seasons. Last season, the 36-year-old averaged 10.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.
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Bill Self: Wiggins Looking Forward to Minnesota

Bill Self: Wiggins Looking Forward to Minnesota

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) — Cleveland Cavaliers No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins doesn’t mind that he’s being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Wiggins joined his former Kansas head coach Bill Self this weekend at a basketball camp in Kansas City and did not speak with reporters about the pending trade that would send him to Minnesota.
Self spoke to reporters about what was said between Wiggins and himself.
“When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, ‘I hope I get traded,’” Self said. “And I’m like, ‘No you don’t.’ And he said, ‘Coach, I do. It’s better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I’m forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they’re going to be patient with me and I’m going to be a piece.’”
Self said that playing with an All-Star like LeBron James could only help Wiggins’ career, but longterm, Wiggins is best suited to be in Minnesota.
“Even though in a weird way everybody would love the opportunity to play with LeBron because you’re guaranteed winning,” Self said, “for the longevity of his career, he needs to develop that mindset to be the guy, for him to be great, and I think being Minnesota will help him do that.”
The trade between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves that will also send former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a future 2015 first-round draft pick for Love cannot be completed until Aug. 23.
“I think he’s handled everything great. He’s excited,” Self said. “I think the whole thing that’s been blown out of proportion a bit is that he’s been in limbo. He’s known since the summer that he’d be traded. It’s OK. In some ways he’s looking forward to going to Minnesota.”
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ESPN: Ray Allen Says He Will Play Next Season

ESPN: Ray Allen Says He Will Play Next Season

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Guard Ray Allen has told people close to him that he willl play next season instead of retiring, according to ESPN NBA Insider Chris Broussard.
Broussard also reports that while the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to land Allen, the 39-year-old hasn’t made up his mind on where he’ll play.
Allen, the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made, played the last two seasons with LeBron James and the Miami Heat. During that time he averaged 10.3 points and 2.8 rebounds while connecting on 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Allen has won two championships in his 19 NBA seasons and will only play for teams he considers title contenders.
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LeBron James Says He’s Not Going Anywhere

LeBron James Says He’s Not Going Anywhere

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(AKRON, Ohio) — It was a big party for LeBron James on Friday in his hometown of Akron.
James spoke before his annual charity event here for schoolchildren about returning to Cleveland and said even though he’s signed for two-years with an option to opt out after next season, he plans on staying.
“My No. 1 goal is to win a championship here; it’d be the greatest achievement in my life,” James said. “I don’t plan on going nowhere. I don’t have the energy to do it again.”
James said even with the addition of Kevin Love in two weeks to go along with All-Star guard Kyrie Irving and former Heat teammates Mike Miller and James Jones that nothing will come easy.
“Even with the veterans we’ve brought in, even if we’re able to acquire Kevin Love two weeks from now, it’s still going to be a process,” James said. “I know that firsthand. It was a process when I was in Cleveland. It was a process in Miami. It’s going to be a challenge.”
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Pistons Hire Tim Hardaway as Assistant Coach

Pistons Hire Tim Hardaway as Assistant Coach

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) — The Detroit Pistons added former NBA star Tim Hardaway to their bench as an assistant coach on Thursday.
The 13-year NBA veteran will bring leadership to a young team coached by Stan Van Gundy, who is also the team president.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of some quality people to our coaching and basketball operations staffs and the Detroit Pistons Organization,” Van Gundy said. “These are all highly-qualified individuals who bring a wide range of experience and will all play very important roles in helping to shape our vision.”
“Tim Hardaway informed us that he has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Detroit Pistons. [Owner] Micky [Arison] and I, and the entire organization, couldn’t be more thrilled for Tim as he embarks on the next chapter of his basketball career,” Miami Heat team president Pat Riley said.  “Tim was one of the cornerstones of this franchise for six seasons; providing excitement to fans in Miami and all over the country with his dazzling moves and killer crossover, and he has been a franchise pillar since the day he arrived in Miami. But most of all, he has been an important figure in the South Florida community.”
Hardaway made five All-Star teams and averaged 17.7 points, 8.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 867 career games.
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Greg Oden Arrested

Greg Oden Arrested

NBA via Portland Trail Blazers(INDIANAPOLIS) — Free agent center Greg Oden was arrested on Thursday in Indianapolis after being charged for allegedly punching a woman, reports USA Today Sports.
The former No. 1 pick punched the woman in the face, according to the newspaper.
“I was wrong, and I know what has to happen,” Oden said in the police report.
The Indiana native played in 23 games for the Miami Heat last season and averaged 2.9 points off the bench in Miami’s run to the finals.
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PJ Tucker Sentenced to Three Days in Jail for ‘Super’ DUI

PJ Tucker Sentenced to Three Days in Jail for ‘Super’ DUI

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — P.J. Tucker, forward for the Phoenix Suns, was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention on Monday for “super extreme” driving under the influence.
Tucker pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him following a May 10 arrest in Scottsdale.
Authorities say that Tucker’s blood alcohol content was .22 at the time of the arrest and that his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.
Along with the jail time, he also agreed to put an interlock device in his car for 18 months, enter substance abuse counseling, and pay fines up to $2,750. Tucker was also placed on probation for up to five years.
“I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses,” Tucker said in a statement. “It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again.”
The details of his punishment and statement were released by his attorney’s after his appearance in court.
Phoenix was aware of the arrest when Tucker signed a three-year deal with $16.5 million in July.
“In considering this matter, we concluded that P.J. was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions,” Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said. “We are convinced that he will take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct in the future. The Suns do not in any way condone his conduct, but we do support him as he works through this.”
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Timberwolves Admit Kevin Love Trade ‘Likely’ to Happen

Timberwolves Admit Kevin Love Trade ‘Likely’ to Happen

NBA via Minnestoa Timberwolves(NEW YORK) — As each day passes, it looks more and more like Kevin Love’s days with the Minnesota Timberwolves are coming to an end as team owner Glen Taylor admits that a trade is “likely.”
“I’m saying it’s most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that’s what he wants to do,” Taylor told the Pioneer Press.
Rumors have swirled all offseason, and even before, that Love would not sign a contract extension with the team and that he will pursue free agency once his contract expires.
While the team wants to retain Love, they realize that trading him may be the only way to salvage anything from an imminent departure.
Reportedly, Love may be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a multi-player and possibly multi-team trade that would include number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins.
Wiggins signed his rookie contract last week, and the team must wait 30 days after signing his deal to trade him, making a late August trade a possible time frame for a deal to happen.
This past season, Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, both top-5 in the NBA.
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Adam Silver Does Not See a ‘Major Shift’ Coming to International Play

Adam Silver Does Not See a ‘Major Shift’ Coming to International Play

NBATV/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Despite the devastating injury to Indiana Pacers forward Paul George during a scrimmage for Team USA, NBA commissioner Adam Silver does not foresee “a major shift in the NBA’s participation in international competitions.”
Still, Silver admitted that George’s injury will re-open conversations about whether or not the NBA’s best players should be participating in international competitions.
“Without a doubt, basketball has grown tremendously since 1992, when NBA players began playing in the Olympics,” Silver said. “Also, it’s important to note the [improvement] many of our players have made in terms of ability, leadership and passion for the game by playing for their home countries.”
“Injuries can happen any place at any time,” he continued. “The experiences our players have enjoyed by participating in their national teams, however, are ones that are unique and special in almost every other way. At this point, I don’t anticipate a major shift in the NBA’s participation in international competitions.”
“It seems clear, however, that this will be a topic at our next NBA competition committee meeting in September and our board of governors meeting in October. And, of course, we will continue to evaluate the pros and cons of participating in international tournaments,” Silver concluded.
On Friday night, George suffered a compound leg fracture and is likely to miss the entire 2014-2015 season.
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Dwyane Wade: Had a Feeling James Was Leaving Miami

Dwyane Wade: Had a Feeling James Was Leaving Miami

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Heat forward Dwyane Wade wasn’t surprised when his former teammate, LeBron James, told him that he’d be going back to Cleveland to play with the Cavaliers.
Wade said on Friday that he supported whatever decision James’ was going to make, but had a feeling he’d be headed back to Cleveland.
“Yeah, I went to sleep knowing,” Wade told reporters. “He called me the next day. But I knew then. Obviously he still had to say the final yay or nay, but I knew. I could tell.”
“As his friend, I’m just supportive,” Wade continued. “As crazy as that might sound, I’m supportive of my friends doing what makes them happy. Obviously, same thing with him in this situation. You’ve gotta do what makes you happy — selfishly do what makes you happy. The decision to go back home was that.”
The Heat brought in free agents Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, and Danny Granger.  The team also resigned All-Star and two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh.
“It was a different summer for us,” Wade said. “It’s no secret, obviously; it’s been a change in how we looked the last four years by losing LeBron to Cleveland. I think our ownership has done a great job so far of trying to not replace but recover from that. The only thing we do as a franchise and as players is we move forward.”
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Next Season Likely the Last for Lakers’ Steve Nash

Next Season Likely the Last for Lakers’ Steve Nash

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will suit up for his 19th NBA season in 2014-2015, and according to Nash, it will likely be his last.
“I think this is my last season. But I still love to play,” Nash told reporters. “I love to practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So, it’ll be nice to play one more year.”
The 40-year-old Nash is likely headed to the Hall of Fame when he does retire. He’s a two-time NBA MVP during his time with the Phoenix Suns, and is also third in NBA history in assists. For his career, Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.
Still, he’s had a hard time staying on the court in recent years. He’s missed 99 total games the past two seasons as he’s battled various injuries.
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Lakers Introduce Byron Scott

Lakers Introduce Byron Scott

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — The Los Angeles Lakers introduced former showtime era player and new head coach Byron Scott on Tuesday.
Scott won three titles with the team from 1983 to ’93 and played again during Kobe Bryant’s rookie season.
“This has been a dream of mine for so long,” Scott said. “It’s a dream come true to be here sitting here talking to you guys today and be introduced as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. … The passion and the love that I have for this organization is second to none. The only thing that I regret is that Dr. [Jerry] Buss isn’t here today because he’s somebody who showed a lot of love, a lot of confidence in me back in the day.”
Scott even had the approval from Lakers greats Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamaal Wilkes, who were in attendance during the press conference.
“We came here today to support our brother and our former teammate and champion Byron Scott and also we’re here to support the Laker organization,” Johnson said. “This is a great day for all the former Lakers as well as Lakers fans all over the world. We’re just excited for what Byron will bring to the table and get back to playing Laker basketball. … We wish we could put on a uniform for you and help you, but we’re here supporting you and will support you throughout. Again, congrats to the Laker organization. You chose the right guy.”
Scott received a four-year deal from the team and had been rumored to be named the next head coach for a couple weeks.
“I just want to thank him for his patience the last six or seven weeks,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “I think it was clear, at least it was clear to us, that Byron was always our first choice.”
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LeBron James to Wear No. 23 for Cavaliers

LeBron James to Wear No. 23 for Cavaliers

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — LeBron James tweeted on Sunday that he’ll go back to wearing No. 23 this season as he makes his return to Cleveland.
When James left Cleveland in 2010, fans burned his No. 23 jersey, but now they’ll have to go out and buy another one.
“23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6. #HomeTeam #StriveForGreatness,” James tweeted.
James switched to his Olympic No. 6 with the Miami Heat, but decided to switch back after the league did not retire the number for Michael Jordan.
James has led the league jersey sales for six of the 11 seasons he’s played in the NBA.
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ESPN: Kings Set to Sign Omri Caspi to One-Year Deal

ESPN: Kings Set to Sign Omri Caspi to One-Year Deal

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Omri Caspi is going to where his NBA career began as ESPN is reporting that the veteran forward is nearing a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.
In 2009, the Kings drafted Caspi 23rd overall, making him the first Israeli player to be drafted in the first round.
Caspi spent last season with the Houston Rockets, but was dealt recently to the New Orleans Hornets as part of the Omer Asik trade.
The Hornets wound up waiving Caspi, leaving him free to sign with anyone after clearing waivers.
During his five-year career, Caspi has proved to be a reliable option off the bench, even if it’s in limted minutes. In 71 games for the Rockets last season, he averaged 6.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 18.1 minutes per game.
Casspi’s cap hit for the upcoming season will be $915,243, which help the Kings stay under the tax threshold without being forced to release forward Quincy Acy
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Richard Hamilton Wants Another Shot in the NBA

Richard Hamilton Wants Another Shot in the NBA

NBA via Detoit Pistons(NEW YORK) — After taking this past year off, former NBA guard Richard Hamilton will pursue a chance to get back into the league.
Now 36-years-old, Hamilton recently spoke David Alacron of HoopsHype, he expressed his desire to play in the NBA again.
 “Yeah, yeah. I think for me, personally, I have to see how my body responds after the summer,” he said. “I want to play another year and hopefully get an opportunity to play on a team with a chance to win a title.”
Hamilton also added that multiple teams have contacted him about his services for next season.
A 14-year NBA veteran, Hamilton spent the 2012-2013 season as a member of the Chicago Bulls. His minutes and points per game were the lowest of his career since his rookie season back in 1999.
For his career though, Hamilton has always been a steady and reliable wing scorer. He averaged 17.1 points per game during his career with the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, and Bulls.
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Lakers Offer Byron Scott Head Coaching Spot

Lakers Offer Byron Scott Head Coaching Spot

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It has been almost three months since the Los Angeles Lakers have had a head coach. On Friday, the team reportedly offered the job to Byron Scott and are currently negotiating terms of a contract.
League sources said that a verbal offer was made to Scott after he spoke with Lakers owner Jim Buss on Thursday night. 
Scott played for the Lakers from 1983-1993 and again in 1996-97 season, winning three NBA Championships while playing with Magic Johnson. In more than 13 seasons as a head coach, Scott has roamed the sidelines with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was hired in 2010 by the Cavaliers just days before LeBron James left for Miami and spent the last four seasons in Cleveland.
Superstar Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996, gave his endorsement of the hiring. The Lakers have not had a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned back in April. Scott becomes the fourth head coach for Los Angeles since 2011.
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