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August 3, 2013 | 10:34 PM ET Update

Mark Cuban: It is amazing how when the culture is strong, the chemistry is strong. When the Mavs have brought in players that didn’t fit or buy in to our culture it created on the court and off the court problems. Its possible to handle one guy who may not fit it. It’s going to have a negative impact on your won and loss record if you have more than one. Our culture is one of the reasons I won’t trade Dirk. blog maverick

Mark Cuban: Let me address here the inevitable question of Dwight vs Mavs culture. We saw it as somewhat of a risk, but felt like because Dwight by all appearances and checking we did, is a good guy and with our support systems we believed we could make it work. if not, he was obviously a very trade-able asset. But, as everyone knows, we didn’t sign him. He went to the Rockets. I do have to say the meeting with Dwight was very interesting. He is a smart guy. Much smarter than people give him credit for. He is also a very, very good listener. Unlike most people, he spent far more time listening than talking. And he had the best response to an opening question that I have ever heard from a player, or anyone for that matter. When we asked him what his goal was, his response was very specific ” I want to be Epic” . Which was a perfect lead in to the video we created for him blog maverick

With the Nets' flurry of fresh faces, coach Jason Kidd essentially has a jigsaw puzzle and will have to find ways to make everything fit together. Besides the trio of former Celtics, they're going to incorporate newcomers Andrei Kirilenko, Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson and Mason Plumlee into the mix. "I think it will come together," Rivers said. "Listen, anything comes together when a lot of people want it to come together, and they have a lot of guys that want it to come together. Paul, Jason and Kevin want to win another title and everyone else wants to win their first. So if they all want to do that, then it all will work out." Newsday

August 3, 2013 | 08:35 PM ET Update

Stoudemire's co-agent, Travis King, told ESPNNewYork.com's Jared Zwerling that the plan is up in the air at this point. Stoudemire coached the Canadian team in the Maccabiah Games and is currently touring Israel. "Not sure if he is still going," King said. "Waiting to meet with him once he returns from Israel." ESPN.com

If the Magic get their way, the state of Florida will have a new professional basketball team, perhaps within the next several years. The Magic want to have a “one-to-one” affiliation with an NBA Development League franchise that’s based within the Sunshine State. The Magic would like a “hybrid” agreement in which the Magic would run and pay for the D-League team’s basketball operations, while a separate ownership group would run the rest of the franchise. Orlando Sentinel

August 3, 2013 | 02:17 PM ET Update

The Atlanta Hawks have signed forward DeMarre Carroll (de-MAR-ay), President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry announced today. Per club policy, terms were not disclosed. “DeMarre is a great fit for our program,” Ferry said. “He is an unselfish, highly competitive player. His versatility in defending multiple positions will make him a valuable contributor to our basketball team.” NBA.com

Ian Begley: Carmelo says the torn labrum in his shoulder has healed. He says it was ultimately his decision not to have surgery on the shoulder #Knicks Twitter @IanBegley

Chris Mannix: Hearing Greg Oden is down to his college weight, low 270's. Still, don't expect him to be a factor until around All-Star break. Long road. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

August 3, 2013 | 12:23 PM ET Update

With the addition of Oden, it is possible the Heat now look to move Anthony's contract, which has two seasons remaining, as a means of reducing their luxury-tax bill, having recently released swingman Mike Miller under the amnesty provision due to such concerns. In addition, Varnado's contract does not become partially guaranteed until opening night. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Nearly a month after DeMarre Carroll agreed to terms with the Hawks he signed his contract Friday night. Carroll announced the signing on Twitter as he wrote: “Now I can Officially say I’m a Atlanta Hawk. God has been better to me then I have been to myself! The Junkyarddog is on his way!!” The Hawks waived veteran DeShawn Stevenson Friday afternoon in a move that signaled the Carroll signing was imminent. The Hawks are expected to announce the Carroll signing Saturday. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Matt Janning has an NBA out to exercise till August 10 in his contract already signed with Cibona Zagreb. Janning is still drawing interest from NBA teams. The shooter spent last season in Italy with Mens Sana Siena winning both 'scudetto' and Italian Cup. Sportando

Sacramento's arena war flared again Thursday as arena supporters called on an Orange County political action committee and its Sacramento affiliate to reveal who is financing a petition drive to put the city's arena subsidy plan on the ballot. In a press statement, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce President Roger Niello said he wonders if someone from Anaheim is behind the effort to put the $448 million arena deal to a public vote. Anaheim officials unsuccessfully attempted to entice the Sacramento Kings to Southern California two years ago. At the time, a group from Sacramento launched a petition drive in that city in an attempt to foil Anaheim's plans. "I am troubled by the fact that there is an Orange County group trying to influence our region without being open and honest as to exactly whom they are," Niello said in the release issued by DowntownArena.org, a group of business and building industry interests. "I have to wonder if there is some connection with Anaheim of past efforts." Sacramento Bee

August 3, 2013 | 08:55 AM ET Update

Word is Lamar's preference is to remain in Los Angeles. But if he is amenable to the minimum, I would have to think Pat Riley would find a place for him in Miami. While he has not been the same player the past two seasons, he still would have value as a utility player, if he is willing to accept such a role. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

ASVEL Villurbanne decided to go to Kelenna Azubuike for the swingman spot. As the influential Catch and Shoot reports parts are looking to find an agreement to take Kelenna in France. Azubuike was plagued by knees problems but with the Tony Parker's approval the team is ready to present an offer. Sportando

Szolnoki Olaj of Hungary announced the signing of Willie Warren for the coming season. Former Los Angeles Clippers PG spent the season in Israel with Maccabi Rishon LeZion where he averaged 16.1ppg and 4.2apg. Sportando

In a Friday night phone interview after Grantland reported that he had chosen the Heat, Oden described the mental toll from his time out of the league as a lot of "ups and downs." "With more downs," Oden said. He's not sure yet how soon he'll be ready to play in actual games, saying that he hopes to lose even more weight after slimming down to his current 275 pounds. "I could be ready to go but it's still a work in progress," Oden said. "My minutes and amount of playing time and all that is going to have to be monitored." ESPN.com

Oden said it was a "big deciding factor" that Heat officials made it clear to him that he "wouldn't be needed as much early in the season" as he works his way back from more than three years out of the NBA. "When I had a conversation with Coach [Erik] Spoelstra and hearing how much he knew about the training stuff that I was already doing, it kind of made me feel like they know what's best for me," Oden said. ESPN.com

According to John Wall, he’s not only one of the NBA’s highest-paid floor generals, but the very best. During an appearance today on the Dan Patrick Show, Wall ranked himself above all other point guards in the L (previously, the 22-year old has said that his goal is to become the greatest point guard ever.) Per Beyond the Buzzer: “Alright, John. Where do you rank among NBA point guards? Wall: ‘Me?’ Where do you rank, yeah? Wall: ‘I rank myself the best.’ Number 1? Wall: ‘Yeah, I rank myself the best.’ Are you basing that on past accomplishments or are you basing it on what you think you can do in the future? Wall: ‘Just basing it on what I can do in the future … I feel like I always can improve. There’s a lot of talented point guards out there, but I feel like I can hold my own.’” SLAM

Billy King: Brook Lopez helping The Clinton Foundation in Africa. #NBACARES #Brooklynnets http://t.co/rKi31Mrt63 Twitter @bkdefend

UNICEF Ambassador and National Basketball Association (NBA) star Pau Gasol, returned today to Barcelona, Spain following a visit with Syrian refugees in Iraq. More than 1.7 million people -of which around 50 percent are children- have fled the armed conflict in Syria into neighboring countries, including more than 160,000 in Iraq. “I met children who have fled from a tragic situation in Syria and are now urgently dependent on humanitarian aid,” said Gasol, a two-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. “It is shocking to learn what these children, who have been affected by the conflict in Syria, have experienced. No child should have to endure such violence and destruction, or be deprived of the basic services they need to grow and develop to fulfill their potential.” NBA.com

Former NBA player Craig Ehlo was released from jail Friday and ordered to stay away from family members and his rural Spokane County home. Superior Court Judge James Triplet set Ehlo's arraignment for Aug. 14 on a charge of first-degree reckless burning, a Class C felony, the Spokesman-Review reported. Ehlo also was ordered to stay away from fire-starting materials and remain in Washington state. ESPN.com

 

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