Kobe Bryant an Olympian again?

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Kobe Bryant has a chance to be a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, even though he is not attending Team USA’s minicamp this week, USA Basketball Executive Director Jerry Colangelo told SheridanHoops Tuesday. “If he had a great year, it would be a great story for him to try to close out his career by winning a gold medal,” Colangelo said.

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Victor Oladipo wants max deal

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Westbrook, however, isn’t the only one whose contract will expire after the 2016-17 season. New Thunder guard Victor Oladipo will be a free agent, too, and he’s reportedly seeking the maximum salary, sources told ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Under the projected 2017 salary cap ($102 million), Oladipo’s salary would jump to a little under $24 million in 2017-18 if he were to receive a maximum extension.
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Magic not moving Nikola Vucevic for now

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The potential playmaking void is one reason the Magic are in no rush to trade Vucevic despite the logjam, league sources say. They might need his post game, and especially his passing. Last season, Vucevic quietly morphed into one of the league’s best passing centers. He assisted on 16 percent of Orlando’s hoops while on the floor, a tidy number for a big man; only five centers racked up more potential assists, per SportVU tracking data.
Green says “of course” he talked to Durant before July 1 (the date that NBA teams are officially allowed to start recruiting players) since they’re both on the Olympic team. “I think everyone in the world talks to their friends,” Green says. But he said he wasn’t constantly in contact with Durant … at least not until July 1: “Once July 1 hit, I did. I had sent so many texts to him over those last three days, I’m not sure the exact amount of number. I can’t even give you a ballpark, I just know it was too many. But it worked, so I’m all right with that.”
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