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July 19, 2013 | 11:42 PM ET Update

For years it has been widely assumed that Warriors fans, loyal throughout many lean seasons, would go crazy for a winner. That's exactly what is happening. Despite a 20 percent average increase in ticket prices, the Warriors have gained 2,900 season-ticket holders since their season ended in the second round of the playoffs. The increase is the second-biggest in the NBA behind the Sacramento Kings, who are operating under new ownership after staving off a move to Seattle. The Warriors now have 13,600 season-ticket holders, the most in franchise history and the second-largest number in the league. (Most teams shoot for 10,000 as a goal.) Contra Costa Times

July 19, 2013 | 09:17 PM ET Update

Before clearing waivers, Miller said in a text to The Commercial Appeal that a return to Memphis was a “definite possibility.” Attempts to reach him since then have been unsuccessful. Attempts to reach Griz CEO Jason Levien were unsuccessful Friday. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Austin Daye has yet to work out for an NBA team, but the free agent forward told RealGM on Friday that he has been in discussions with several organizations. “I haven’t yet but when I do work out, I’ll be shooting the hell out of the ball and be ready for whatever team I can go to,” Daye said. “Whatever situation I’m at, I want to get some minutes and be productive.” RealGM

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau expects Derrick Rose to play the usual eight-minute shifts with the rest of the starters once the preseason begins, and see how his superstar feels from there. Rose missed all of last season after undergoing ACL surgery on May 12, 2012, but he recently said he feels 100 percent and is ready to play. "We'll see once we get to training camp, and we're going to have an opportunity to get some work done in the fall, but we have to keep in mind he's been out an extended amount of time," Thibodeau told ESPNChicago.com Thursday night during Las Vegas Summer League action. "So the preseason -- and we look at training camp as the entire month, not just a week -- we'll move him along accordingly. "We'll see what he can handle. I think there's going to be some rust initially, but I fully expect him to get back to [being] the player we all know that he is." ESPN.com

"He's put a ton of time into his shooting because basically that's all he could do along with his rehab stuff," Thibodeau said. "Each year that Derrick's been in the league he's added to his game. So this is a continuation of all the things he's done in the past. Every summer he's concentrated on something and we may see more post-ups and things of that nature, more catch-and-shoot for him also. ESPN.com

July 19, 2013 | 07:53 PM ET Update

Ray Allen — who helped accept some of the hardware on Wednesday — happened to be in The Post newsroom last week, as part of his trip to Washington to testify in favor of federal funding for research aimed at finding a cure for diabetes. In between health policy talk, I asked him about bandwagon fans. “When we go on the road, you see people in Heat jerseys that have never been to Miami,” Allen said with a smile. “We were in Utah, and I thought that same thought — like, these people, some of these people, have never been to Miami before. I think it’s the machine of SportsCenter….Look at all the media outlets, from First Take to PTI to Around the Horn, that talk about the same stuff. We haven’t played for two weeks, and I think every time I turn on SportsCenter, they talked about LeBron in some form. And he hasn’t done anything but just be on vacation. So as much as we blame the fans for being bandwagon, it’s mostly the media’s fault. Because the media’s the one that continues to feed the machine.” Washington Post

The NBA will not investigate Prokhorov's bold assembly of talent, capped off by the signing of Russian Andrei Kirilenko, unless and until another team files a complaint about it. And since the Cleveland Cavaliers, perhaps the single most aggrieved victim of tampering in the modern sports era, never got around to filing a complaint over the Miami Heat's free-agent recruitment of LeBron James in 2010, something tells me that any outrage over the Nets' signing of Kirilenko also will subside. CBSSports.com

The notion that the Nets did anything untoward to land Kirilenko is something that can only be entertained if you dislike facts. Kirilenko opted out of a contract that would've paid him $10 million in Minnesota next season and went shopping for a multiyear deal paying him in excess of $9 million per season. By mid-July, there were still no takers. The free-agent market had dried up. "Their ask was crazy," one team executive said of Kirilenko's salary demands during free agency. CBSSports.com

Nonetheless, the Nets faced sideways glances and unsupported allegations of some mystical side deal that teamed Kirilenko with Garnett, Pierce, Terry, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson on this latest version of an NBA superteam. "It's bull----," Nets GM Billy King said on Wednesday. "... If it wasn't a Russian owner and a Russian player, the questions wouldn't be asked." CBSSports.com

The Nets don't release profit-and-loss statements but Forbes in an analysis of the team's spending habits, estimates it could lose $50 million this season. On top of the $180 payroll/tax cost, the Nets will spend in the ballpark of $65 million to run the team and operate the Barclays Center, and that does not include the interest on the debt to build the arena," writes Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes, who writes on sports business issues. "Prokhorov’s losses will likely top $50 million this year." NetsDaily

July 19, 2013 | 06:03 PM ET Update

"We'll see once we get to training camp, and we're going to have an opportunity to get some work done in the fall, but we have to keep in mind he's been out an extended amount of time," Thibodeau told ESPNChicago.com during the Vegas Summer League Thursday night. "So the preseason -- and we look at training camp as the entire month, not just a week -- we'll move him along accordingly. He'll play like he normally would in the preseason. Usually we start off with eight-minute segments for the starters, first and third period, and we'll build from there. We'll see what he can handle. I think there's going to be some rust initially, but I fully expect him to get back to (being) the player we all know that he is." ESPN.com

The Utah Jazz announced today that Brad Jones has been promoted to an assistant coach on Tyrone Corbin's staff, after having spent the 2012-13 season as assistant coach/player development. Jones joins returning assistants Sidney Lowe and Michael Sanders on Corbin's staff. NBA.com

July 19, 2013 | 04:44 PM ET Update

"I was completely surprised (I didn't play last season)," Bynum said. "I had every intention of playing. I showed up and was down to my playing weight. It's just unfortunate it didn't work out that way for me there." phillyburbs.com

Any NBA player who is on a team’s roster during any game in Memphis has to pay a flat tax bill of $2,500 for that game. (The same goes for NHL players who pop into Nashville to face the Predators.) The tax applies to a maximum of three games, so that no player pays more than $7,500 per calendar year, Klempner says. The flat rates apply to each player, regardless of his individual income level, and they also apply to Memphis players; Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Tony Wroten all wrote $7,500 checks to the state of Tennessee for last season. Grantland

Except the money doesn’t go to the state — another of Tennessee’s jock tax quirks. It goes to the operators of the Grizzlies' arena, who happen to also own the franchise, Klempner says. The state doesn’t see a dime, at least not directly. The theory is that arena operators will use the extra cash to spruce things up, draw more celebrated acts, and spend in other ways that will ultimately bring more visitors and money to the Memphis area. Grantland

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July 19, 2013 | 03:02 PM ET Update

Greg Joyce: Minnerath's agent is meeting with the #Kings tomorrow after the NBA Las Vegas Summer League wraps up. Other teams could pop in too. Twitter

“He reminds me of Jack Sikma,” Casey said, a big smile coming across his face as he launched into a story from the good old days. Sikma, a seven-time All-Star in the 1970s and 1980s, is remembered in coaching circles for the “Sikma move,” a face-up motion with the ball kept high in a flexible position that allows for a quick jumper or an up-and-under fake to set up a drive to the basket. SI.com

His biggest area of improvement, meanwhile, isn’t even technically a basketball skill. “His English is 10 times better than my Lithuanian,” Casey joked. “His English is so much better. Last year, I would be yelling at him and he would be like, ‘OK, coach.’ He had no clue what I was saying. … Now, he is understanding the NBA verbiage — floppy, tag, the everyday NBA words that you understand. He is learning those and that makes it easier and it makes for a quicker read, better communication in the flow of the game.” SI.com

Simmie Hill, one of the greatest high school basketball players ever in Western Pennsylvania, died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 66. Mr. Hill starred along with Norm Van Lier on the 1965 Midland High School team, considered by some to be the best team in Pennsylvania boys basketball history. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 19, 2013 | 01:55 PM ET Update

Adam Zagoria: DeJuan Blair is interested in signing with the Wizards, source tells @SNYtv. @WojYahooNBA reported Washington had interest. Twitter

July 19, 2013 | 12:07 PM ET Update

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived forward Kevin Jones and guard Chris Quinn, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Jones played in 32 games this past season for the Cavs, averaging 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game. Quinn played in seven games for the Cavs, averaging 1.4 points and 1.3 assists in 11.3 minutes per game. NBA.com

Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets’ Russian billionaire owner, was praising his coach, Jason Kidd, yesterday when he drew an analogy from a movie that “just arrived in Russia one week ago.” The movie was the 1986 hit, “Top Gun.” Must have had something to do with distribution rights. Prokhorov said Kidd “came to us with his idea” about coaching and “I was the one who signed off on it.” Prokhorov explained why. New York Post

One good reason for Charlotte to ditch the Bobcats -- it ranks second-worst all time in terms of win percentage by team nicknames. Here's a look: Team Pct. Record Steamrollers .274 ; Bobcats .346 (250-472) ; Clippers .370 (1,044-1,778) ; Grizzlies .383 (547-881) ; Wizards .392 (495-769). ESPN.com

Anyone who's heard Dirk Nowitzki belt out "We Are the Champions" or "Born in the USA" knows that the Dallas Mavericks great is both a powerful performer and an undeniably brilliant singer. (And anyone who hasn't should click those two links as soon as humanly possible.) But basketball/music scientists have long remained curious about one critical question: What would it sound like if the 7-foot German sang a version of the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" over a Reggie Watts-style loop-based backing track laid down by German house DJ Flula in the backseat of a hatchback being driven by two members of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers? Well, in the interest of advancing scientific research: Yahoo! Sports

Gilbert Arenas, the former NBA player who signed a $111 million contract after two outstanding years, only to suffer numerous injuries that curtailed his career, is selling his mansion in lovely Great Falls, Virginia. (Great Falls really is breathtaking – I grew up about 35 minutes away.) Arenas, who had widely publicized problems during his last few years in the league, put his house on the market last year, pulled it, and has now re-listed it for $3.5 million according to Realtor.com. The Big Lead

July 19, 2013 | 10:56 AM ET Update

The Timberwolves will meet with Nikola Pekovic's representatives in the next week in an effort to reach a contrat agreement, team owner Glen Taylor said on an NBA TV interview during Thursday night's Vegas Summer League game. I'm told no date has been set and when it happens, expect president of basketball operations Flip Saunders to travel alone to New York City to meet with agent Jeff Schwartz, who also reps Kevin Love and before that represented Al Jefferson in his 2007 contract negotiation with the Wolves. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The Wolves have made Pekovic an offer -- believed to be a four-year deal worth as much as $50 million -- and Taylor said Pekovic's camp made a counterproposal. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"My sense is, I think we both know he's going to be playing for our team next year," Taylor said. "I think we're just dealing with an element time of here. I would tell you I'm very positive that he'll play for our team. What we have left isn't something that can't be resolved. There doesn't seem to be a lot of pressure on us or him to get it done. A meet has been set up in the future. "I'm confident it'll get done. I've been through so many of things. You say, `It's just money, Glen.' I think we'll get it done. He's an important part of our team. He wants to be back and we want him here." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Schwartz also probably is feeling pressure to deliver big for his client for a couple reasons: Pekovic was expected to be a hot commodity on the free-agent market even though he is a restricted free agent but that big offer never come. Schwartz is in the same position with new client Brandon Jennings, who appears to be the biggest loser in this year's free agency. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The Cavs examined Mike Miller, but ultimately passed without placing a bid. Miller has back problems, the Cavs would’ve had to carry money for him on their books next season and Miller made it clear to those close to him in recent days he had no desire to play in Cleveland. Akron Beacon Journal

Knicks assistant GM Allan Houston and Baron Davis watched point guard Bobby Brown work out Wednesday at Impact Academy, Andrew Moore, Director of Development at Impact, confirmed to SNY.tv. As first reported by Yahoo! Sports, the Knicks also worked Brown out in Las Vegas on Tuesday, meaning they saw him two days in a row. “They watched him play five-on-five at Impact [Wednesday],” Moore told SNY.tv. “He looked great. With his experience, he can run a team, keep them organized and really score the ball when necessary. “He’s a tough, pesky on-ball defender, too.” ZagsBlog.com

Shelden Williams could continue his career in China. Former 5th overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft has played his first season overseas with Elan Chalon averaging 13.3ppg and 7.5rpg in Pro A and 11.3ppg and 7.6rpg in Euroleague. Sportando

Trevor Mbakwe is unlikely to join Cimberio Varese, as reported by La Prealpina. The rookie big man was close to penning a deal with the Italian team but in the last hours the situation changed and Alba Berlin seems to be the front runner to sign him. Sportando

Nine days after Andrew Bynum announced he would play for the Cavaliers, the team is finally ready to make it official. Bynum will be introduced at a news conference this morning after signing a two-year deal potentially worth $24 million. The lapse in time between Bynum’s decision last week and today’s official announcement was for a variety of reasons, particularly the language that had to be written into the contract to protect the team and the 5 p.m. Wednesday amnesty waiver claim deadline. By dragging out the Bynum contract, the team left itself with cap space to potentially make a claim on a player who was waived under the league’s amnesty provision. Akron Beacon Journal

The preliminary plan now is for Bynum to primarily remain in Cleveland throughout the summer. His agent, David Lee, insists his client is completely healthy, but any remaining rehab work Bynum needs on his knees will be completed under the care of the Cavs. Akron Beacon Journal

But in comments to long-time Boston sports writer Jackie McMullan, Pierce let it be known he was let down by Ainge's decision to trade him. and how he, unlike other greats nearing the end of their careers, never got what he deserved in loyalty. "That’s the only thing about this whole ordeal. You just wish that when you look at the other players like Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, those guys that have won a championship [with the only team they’ve ever played for], similar to what I’ve done, been there their whole career, it really kind of hurt. "You’d look on the news throughout the season when Mark Cuban says ‘We’re never trading Dirk,’ or they say we’re never trading Tim or we’re gonna re-sign Kobe and there’s nothing really being said about me, I’m in trade rumors, so that part you think about it, it kind of it hurts. NetsDaily

Andre Iguodala: "He and I, we definitely had a connection. But Masai got a great opportunity from a place he used to be (in Toronto). Then with the Coach Karl situation, that was between him and ownership. Being he had one year left on his deal and the whole contract thing, the extension, the way things unfolded, I wasn't surprised. That's becoming a theme with coaches in their last year: Can they get the extension, or will they coach out that last year? That was the battle, because he had so much weight — I shouldn't say power — but weight, with his history and how good of a coaching record he has." USA Today Sports

Still, Gordon has used the summer league to mend fences, making conversation with Pelicans rookies, Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and team officials. He’s made strong progress in rehabilitating his body in Los Angeles after his right knee bothered him last season and a left ankle procedure in May, and the 24-year-old entered the summer with a goal: Play a complete season in 2013-14. No missed games, no more getting lost within the organization. “Next season is going to be high expectations for me, starting the season 100 percent and playing well,” Gordon told RealGM on Wednesday. “Not being able to show all my talent with the games that I’ve been missing, it was frustrating hearing rumor at times. But whatever, I’m going to make the most of my situation, whether I’m with the Pelicans or elsewhere. “It’s good that I’m here and the team still trusts me.” RealGM

He imagined himself in a Phoenix jersey, professing a passion to play for the Suns and a desire to leave New Orleans. Looking back, Gordon understands he left the Suns’ recruitment, their $58 million contract offer sheet, strikingly clouded to ultimately return when New Orleans matched. “You can’t regret anything like that because it’s something that I said in the past and I moved on from it,” Gordon said. “I thought that since they’re the ones giving me the offer sheet, mixed emotions come in. “I didn’t really mean it, but … stuff like that, emotions came into play.” RealGM

Newest Timberwolf Ronny Turiaf on Thursday officially signed with his seventh different team in nine NBA seasons, but he can’t help but think how his life has come full circle now. “I remember eight years ago and you guys had somebody named Fred Hoiberg,” Turiaf said Thursday evening in a teleconference call with reporters. “He was almost like a father figure to me, somebody who helped me through the worst time of my life.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

In 2005, Hoiberg was a veteran guard on a Wolves team that had reached the Western Conference finals the year before and Turiaf was a rookie out of Gonzaga with the L.A. Lakers. Hoiberg underwent surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm the same day Turiaf was drafted. A month later, Turiaf needed a surgery very similar to Hoiberg’s. It is a coincidence that will forever bind the two men after Hoiberg watched a pre-surgery interview Turiaf did, saw how scared the young man looked, and reached out to him. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Eight years later, they remain friends and together helped guide Washington’s Etan Thomas through his heart surgery two years after theirs. “Every time I had a question, every time he had a question, we were there for moral support,” Turiaf said. “Of course, we still talk. It is not a one-way ticket for heart surgery, it is a lifetime bond we have. For me, that shows basketball is a game that transcends generations, that transcends colors. To have somebody like Fred Hoiberg and myself become partners in this crazy ordeal, it’s a wonderful thing for me.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Israeli president Shimon Peres is trying to recruit Amar’e Stoudemire to join Israel’s national basketball team. Peres hopes Stoudemire, who has traveled to Israel since joining the Knicks and has said he believes he has some Jewish ancestry, will be able to help lead the country’s basketball team back to the Olympics for the first time since 1952, when Israel made its only appearance. New York Post

No, the NBA isn’t moving to Las Vegas just yet. But commissioner David Stern didn’t seem averse to the idea, which is a radical departure from his stance in 1999 when then-Mayor Oscar Goodman visited Stern at his New York office and was told it never would happen. “I think Las Vegas is in the NBA history books, and with the discussions now, it seems that there is an arena that is getting closer to moving ahead after years and years of discussions,” Stern said Thursday at a news conference at Wynn Las Vegas following the league’s Board of Governors summer meeting. “And that should make it interesting as well.” Las Vegas Review Journal

Adam Silver, the league’s deputy commissioner who will succeed Stern, said there are no plans to expand beyond the current 30 clubs. Seattle, which lost its bid to replace the SuperSonics with the Sacramento Kings, is still very much on the NBA’s radar for future expansion. “No predictions in Las Vegas today from me,” Silver said. “There is no ongoing dialogue at the moment. We’re very focused on building and rebuilding the franchise in Sacramento, building a new arena there.” Las Vegas Review Journal

At roughly 8:30 p.m., NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the Bobcats would become the Hornets before the 2014-15 season after the 29 other NBA owners unanimously approved the change. Stern’s announcement was broadcast in two different locations downtown at the EpiCentre to thousands of locals. It was the culmination of an all-day celebration of Charlotte basketball’s history and future. The present was sprinkled in as well. Charlotte Observer

There are varied opinions as to whether or not decision-makers such as Philadelphia's new general manager, Sam Hinkie, are pursuing a sensible strategy. Some doff their caps to the pragmatism, boldness and, most of all, the power of persuasion required by an executive to sell 62 losses to owners who aren't accustomed to losing in life. But others feel as if tankers are overplaying their hands. The thinking goes that tanking is all well and good when you're one of only a select group engaged in the practice (as Oklahoma City was during its construction). But when as many as a dozen teams are participating, the race to the bottom is far more competitive -- and potentially corrosive to the franchise. ESPN.com

The Nets’ payroll next season will surge to a league-high $101 million, triggering a league-record luxury tax bill of about $82 million. In three years, Mr. Prokhorov has morphed from the N.B.A.’s international man of mystery into a Russian George Steinbrenner — only taller, richer and with a cool accent. “I think they’re still counting money in the back office,” Mr. Prokhorov said, grinning, when asked about the $183 million outlay. “But frankly speaking, I just hope the check doesn’t bounce.” New York Times

The NBA's goal of having a human growth hormone testing program in place before next season may not be possible because of the ongoing regime change taking place in the National Basketball Players Association. Former executive director Billy Hunter was fired by the players in February, but no replacement has yet been named. "Right now, (the players and union officials are) a little bit hamstrung because they're searching for an executive director," Stern said. "It's more difficult to make decisions. But we're optimistic that whatever -- we have a great program. Don't get me wrong. "We have six tests a year, all random - two are out-of-season and four in-season are authorized. We have a long list of banned substances, and we expect to have agreement on HGH whenever the union gathers because we're in this together. The union has always been very forward thinking in this…It's on a long list of items that we're hoping to discuss with the Players Association between now and the kickoff of the next season." USA Today Sports

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has reportedly signed a new endorsement deal with French carmaker Renault. According to reports in the French press, the 31-year-old Frenchman has signed a two-year deal to promote the company’s new Koleos range. Sportspromedia.com

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