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September 19, 2014 | 05:46 PM ET Update
September 19, 2014 | 04:48 PM ET Update

The Wolves are offering Bledsoe the four-year, $63 million maximum-level contract that he has been seeking, sources said. Bledsoe and the Suns have been in a stalemate all summer after the team offered him a four-year, $48 million deal in July. ESPN.com

This is a renewal of talks that have stretched over the past several months. The teams had discussions involving a Kevin Love trade that would involve Bledsoe but never made serious traction on a deal. ESPN.com

I think we all agree that the Celtics' top eight players heading into training camp will be Rondo, Bradley and Green joined by Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller, Evan Turner (whenever he signs, which is expected to happen in time for him to be in training camp) and Marcus Smart. CSNNE.com


From Jameer Nelson to you know who, HoopsHype ranked the best players so far in the 21st century.

September 19, 2014 | 02:46 PM ET Update

A larger-than-life LeBron James will again tower over downtown. The city's planning commission approved artwork on Friday for a 10-story-high banner of the NBA superstar, his arms outstretched and "Cleveland" across the back of his jersey. It will hang across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers. The Nike-sponsored banner is similar to the black-and-white "Witness" that adorned an outside wall of Sherwin-Williams Co.'s headquarters for years. It was removed after James left for the Miami Heat in 2010. The new banner is expected to be installed before the Cavs' home opener on Oct. 30 against New York. ESPN.com


Kevin Durant has come second in the draft and MVP votings, but nobody in the NBA can touch him nowadays when it comes to pitching products - whether it's shoes, video games or soft drinks. He leads our Commercials Rankings and No. 2 (Kobe Bryant) is not even close.

September 19, 2014 | 01:13 PM ET Update

After the Brooklyn Nets voided his free-agent deal due to a failed physical, Hamady Ndiaye will most likely sign in the Chinese Basketball Association when his injury recovers to full strength, a source told RealGM. RealGM

The five people interviewed have a combined 68 seasons of front-office experience, with multiple franchises. None have worked for the Hawks. All were granted anonymity to protect their relationships. All said they were stunned by the racial stereotyping in the Hawks' report on Deng. "I've never seen anything like what was in that report, just in terms of the language," said a former team executive with nearly two decades of front-office experience. "I think most people would tell you that would be surprising." A Western Conference executive put it more bluntly: "It is horrible," he said. "For me, it's a lot of incompetence, not racism." Bleacher Report

Gang concerns have largely faded over the last 15 years, but teams might ask about a player's circle of friends back home, based on where they grew up. "The majority of guys in the NBA now are good guys," the second Western Conference executive said. "A lot of the inner-city [players], they're fading away." Bleacher Report

The reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs ranked first overall in this year’s rankings. Interestingly, each of the four NBA teams ahead of the Pacers play in the Western Conference, meaning the Pacers were ranked highest of any team in the East. Individually, the Pacers were #1 overall in “Bang for the Buck” which takes into account “wins in the past year, per fan dollars.” ESPN’s metrics determined that the combination of 53 wins in 2013-14 and great ticket packages and promotions make the Pacers the best deal in pro sports. Pacers.com


There's no shortage of great players who don't have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at the arenas of the teams they starred for.

September 19, 2014 | 10:59 AM ET Update

In the middle of the U.S. team's run in Spain, Williams described Davis, now 21, as "the lead dog among alpha dogs," a portrayal not at all hyperbolic. "I couldn't tell you the place or the timing of it all," said Williams, who showed off his own gold medal on Wednesday, "but over the period from Vegas to Madrid, I just watched him watch other people. "He was around a former MVP (Derrick Rose). He watched (James) Harden. People don't know how hard Harden works. I think A.D. was able to watch him work an hour or two hours before practice with his trainer and then come to practice. I think that had an impact on him. The great ones do more. I think he looked at that, and our after- practice workouts when he and I got going, I think that had an impact on him just watching those guys." New Orleans Times-Picayune

On the other hand, Mr. Buyer said the NFL plans a bigger push this year for G.I. Joevember. He didn’t specify what the bigger push would involve, but it can’t be good. Other tidbits from Mr. Buyer included the following: The NBA’s sleeved jerseys are not selling well. In general, jersey sales strongly correlate with winning — the better a team does, the more jerseys it sells. The big exception is Maryland football, whose jerseys sell regardless of how the team is performing. Uni-Watch.com


Only four Hall of Famers, but plenty of fantastic names in the Top 50 of the storied franchise.

September 19, 2014 | 08:36 AM ET Update

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been trying to get someone to take J.J. Barea off their hands for quite some time, and as the latest report dropped says he'll either be traded or bought out of his contract and released. It doesn't appear the Wizards will make a move to get him, people with knowledge of the situation told CSNwashington.com on Thursday. CSNWashington.com

Last I heard, a number of teams had reached out to Okafor’s camp to express interest but it sounds like he won’t be available for another few weeks since he’s reportedly still dealing with some neck issues. He could be someone that joins a team after the start of the season. Basketball Insiders

The Wizards have signed small forward Damion James, according to the RealGM transactions log, though the team has yet to make an official announcement. J Hoops Rumors

Andy Greer: Asked of #Twolves starters, Flip Saunders told @105theticket youngsters to be interspersed w/ vets. Noncommittal on Andrew Wiggins starting. Twitter @twolvesnow

Houston Rockets star James Harden is really good at basketball, but he's apparently not a very good dancer. While hanging out with Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Harden learned the "Carlton Dance." Unfortunately, he struggled. For those who aren't familiar with it, here is Carlton dancing on the show, as always, to Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual." Bleacher Report

Meeks is expected to compete with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the starting shooting guard spot. Meeks expanded his game a year ago, becoming more than just a spot-up shooter in L.A. He has improved his ballhandling skills and ability to get to the basket. With Drummond clogging the middle, Meeks is expected to help the logjam by creating offense with his 3-point shooting, And the Olympics could be in his future. "(Being on the Olympic team in 2016) would be an honor and a dream come true," Meeks said. "I know it's a long way down the line, and we still have a full season ahead, but anytime you have a chance to play for your country, it's an honor." The Bellingham Herald

David Stern might be responsible for the fashionable basketball players in the NBA - well, at least for Dwyane Wade. The Miami Heat star says while he always was a fan of fine dressing, it wasn't until the former commissioner of the league instituted a dress code that he started taking more interest in what he would wear off the court. ''It was like, 'OK, now we got to really dress up and we can't just throw on a sweat suit,''' he said. ''Then it became a competition amongst guys and now you really got into it more and you started to really understand the clothes you put on your body, the materials you're starting to wear, so then you become even more of a fan of it.'' philstar.com

The campaign is called "It’s on Us,” a message that is intended to make sure that everyone feels a responsibility to confront the problem of sexual assault. It is aimed directly at college campuses, but officials said the recent focus on incidents of domestic violence by N.F.L. players should underscore the need for the public campaign. President Obama signed a memorandum in January creating a task force to respond to campus rapes.White House to Press Colleges to Do More to Combat RapeAPRIL 28, 2014 Officials said the celebrities involved would know how to get through to the millennial generation, but they declined to reveal all but one of the names in advance of Friday’s event at the White House. But they said college-age students will be familiar with them all. The one name they did release: Kevin Love, a center for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the N.B.A. New York Times

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