Andrei Kirilenko back to Europe?

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League sources said Saturday night that Kirilenko — if he and his $3.3 million contract clear waivers as expected — is eyeing a potential return to European basketball as opposed to resuming his NBA career. There are a handful of teams stateside still interested in pursuing him, sources say, but Kirilenko has not yet made it clear whether he’s prepared to consider fresh NBA offers.

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July 31, 2015 | 1:28 pm EDT Update
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Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Chris Paul was on the fence when first approached about making the trip but his wife, Jada, encouraged him to go. Paul has made it a point to spend as much time with Deng as possible in South Africa. “It’s a life-changing experience,” Paul told USA TODAY Sports. “Luol’s been telling me a lot of the history. It’s one thing to be in the States and have people tell you how big of an impact it is but you don’t understand it until you travel here and see it.
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The league increased its effort this season bringing several high-profile NBA players and coaches to Johannesburg, South Africa for three days of basketball and life instruction for nearly 60 of Africa best players born in 1998. “What will come of this is the development of more clinics, more camps and more youth competition,” said Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, who was born in Nigeria. “It continues to grow, and this will expose more young players and give them more opportunities and we have to create that opportunity.
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Still, it might be the jersey Batum puts on for a 9 a.m. (EST) exhibition slate on August 1, 2015 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa that will cause him to take pause. That’s because Batum will be taking the court for Team Africa against Chris Paul’s Team World squad in the first NBA game to ever take place in Africa. The matchup will air live on ESPN. “This is huge for us and huge for me,” Batum stated about the importance of an NBA game being played in Africa. “I grew up in France, played for the French team and am French, but my dad is from Cameroon. I’ve got roots in Cameroon and family in Cameroon, so for the first time in my life I’ll be able to experience the pride of playing in a jersey with Cameroon on it. My family and I are proud about that. It’s a special thing for me.”
via NBA.com
July 31, 2015 | 11:56 am EDT Update
July 31, 2015 | 11:23 am EDT Update
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Montana native Josh Huestis to a four-year contract. Huestis is a 6-foot-7-inch, 230-pound forward who was chosen by the Thunder with the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He agreed to a “draft and stash” that called for him to play in the NBA Developmental League last season at a salary of about $25,000. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assist and nearly 1.6 blocked shots per game for the Oklahoma City Blue.
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Scott was likely on his way to Virginia at the time of the incident. He is scheduled to conduct his second annual basketball camp for youth on Saturday. The event was scheduled at his alma mater Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. It’s unknown whether the event will be held. Scott could face disciplinary action from the Hawks and the NBA. The league does not have to wait until the legal process is concluded, pending the conclusion of its own investigation, to hand down disciplinary measures.
via Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 31, 2015 | 10:40 am EDT Update
Could Embiid be waiting for the surgery? Is the Sixers’ potential franchise center trying to avoid a second operation after having two screws inserted into his navicular bone on his foot 13½ months ago, which caused him to miss his rookie campaign? Did Embiid already have surgery? Is he recuperating in Los Angeles or someplace else? The answer to these and other questions is: your guess is as good as mine. If the Sixers know, they’re not saying. The fans want to — and deserve to — know.
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The Sacramento Kings have agreed to hire Nancy Lieberman as an assistant coach, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced. In a late-night text message to USA TODAY Sports, Lieberman called Thursday, “a crazy, wonderful day.” For at least the past year, Lieberman had been interested in joining an NBA team as a coach and has worked at high-profile camps last summer instructing NBA players.
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July 31, 2015 | 7:20 am EDT Update

Joe Johnson trade not happening?

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Even before the Nets pursued buyout talks with Deron Williams, ownership and management were always lukewarm about dealing Joe Johnson. As one league source told NetsDaily, the Nets were never aggressively marketing the 6’8″ swingman. The preference was always to dump Williams. There may have been perfunctory talks with Memphis and Cleveland, based on LeBron James desire to add him to the Cavs mix after an injury-marred post-season had deprived them of scoring power, but as far as pushing him and his $24.9 million contract, it wasn’t a top priority. Getting rid of D-Will was.
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”As far as Norris, I haven’t really talked to him,” Davis said. ”I’m kind of out of that situation, I’ll let Dell (Demps) and Coach (Alvin) Gentry do what they do.I know they are going to make the right decision. But we definitely hope he can come back. ”We would definitely love to him back with no question. We know that they are doing their best to bring everybody back. He’s one of those guys they want to bring back.”
via New Orleans Times-Picayune
Sources have indicated a great divide in the Knicks organization over the baggage-laden Ledo, with the front office more in love than the coaching staff with his skills. Knicks coach Derek Fisher has made it clear talent isn’t the most important determinant. Ledo’s axing is expected to pave the way for the long-awaited signing of Antetokounmpo, according to sources. The defensive swingman was the Knicks’ 2014 second-round pick. Antetokounmpo, 23, had an up-and-down season in the D-League, but should find his way to training camp on some variation of a partial guarantee.
via New York Post
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