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August 31, 2014 | 07:48 PM ET Update

Zoran Dragic negotiated a new contract with Unicaja Malaga this summer. The new deal makes him one of the best paid players of Unicaja Malaga. According to La Opionion de Malaga, Zoran Dragic has a new buyout clause in the contract fixed at €750.000 and he has to tell Malaga next June 30, 2015, if he will remain with the team or he’ll leave for the NBA paying the buyout. He won't be able to leave Malaga during next season but just next June. Sportando

Anthony Davis spoke to the media after the USA’s win over Turkey on day 2 of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Davis said he was frustrated by his first half performance and that drove him to be more aggressive after the interval. He also spoke of how USA didn’t come out “ready to play” and that they can’t afford to do that if they want to win the gold medal. Ball In Europe

Cody Zeller: I'm biggest country music fan in the NBA!!! (Self-proclaimed and there isn't much competition, but you get the point!) Twitter @CodyZeller

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August 31, 2014 | 05:33 PM ET Update

COMMERCIALS: ALL DURANT, ALL THE TIME

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.

   
August 31, 2014 | 02:59 PM ET Update

Chris Anstey, the coach CTI Melbourne United, confirmed published reports that the Sixers have the right to call Jordan McRae back until January. McRae’s contract is for a year. The Sixers are looking for McRae to develop by getting extended minutes in Australia. Last season McRae averaged 18.5 points but despite his offensive numbers, he is known more for his defensive game. Philadelphia Inquirer

Carlos Arroyo’s FIBA World Cup is likely be over after two games. The point guard of Puerto Rico sprained his ankle in the loss to Senegal and was taken to hospital. Puerto Rico head coach said Arroyo will have further investigations in the hospital but his World Cup seems to be over. Sportando

Steve Kyler: The Durant brand at Nike generated more than $175 million in 2013 sales, up from $35 million in 2012 - kicking KD $25-$28m won't kill them. LeBron James’ Nike brand generated $300 million in 2013 sales - so there is a lot of room for KD's brand to grow... Jordan did $2.25 billion. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

 

SOCIAL MEDIA PICTURES: PHOTOS PLAYERS POST

Just like everybody else, NBA players are spending more and more time on social media sites and photo-sharing services. Check all the pictures they are posting on Instagram, Twitter and more here.

   
August 31, 2014 | 01:36 PM ET Update

Plumlee played four years under Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, and he's a Nike guy. These two facts were bound to be mentioned when discussing his surprising selection. After a 114-55 -- not a typo -- win over Finland on Saturday, he addressed the matter. "I'm very proud that I went to Duke and I'm very proud that I wear Nike, and that has nothing to do with it," Plumlee said, via Ball in Europe. "If you were at our practices and our training camp, anybody that was there, they would see why I made the team." CBSSports.com

SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEOS: THE BEST OF VINE AND INSTAGRAM

Adding to our social media tools, you can now watch here all the videos NBA players are posting online – including those by Nate Robinson, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith, of course.

   
August 31, 2014 | 10:01 AM ET Update

But maybe the relationship isn't as strong as the Celtics indicate. During a behind-the-scenes clip of ESPN's Around the Horn, which the show posted Wednesday on YouTube, the great Jackie MacMullan suggested Rondo has already made it clear he will not stay after his contract expires next summer. (See video below.) When Frank Isola raised the topic of trading Rondo, MacMullan replied, "Oh, I hope so. Just get it done. And it will happen because he's told them he wants out. And no one believes me, but that's the truth." Booth Newspapers

Emiliano Carchia: Dante Exum ended with 4 points in Australia’s victory over Korea 89-55: 13 min on the court, 2/6 from the field, 3 assists #Spain2014 Twitter @sportando

 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN MAGIC HISTORY/span>

Two dominant big men and a couple of flashy perimeter players top the Magic's list.

   
August 31, 2014 | 08:47 AM ET Update

Nike has countered Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Kevin Durant for the next 10 years, sources told ESPN. Nike, whose seven-year deal that guaranteed Durant $60 million is expiring, made an initial offer of about $20 million a year that was far from what Durant was looking for. Under Armour's huge play for Durant had many believing that Nike would even let him go at that price. ESPN.com

While the exact Nike offer for Durant isn't known, sources told ESPN that Durant should make more -- in base and royalties -- than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million). That's why fans in Oklahoma City were nervous about a possible move to Under Armour, which could have steered him more to returning to his local roots to play for the Washington Wizards when he becomes a free agent after the 2015-16 season. ESPN.com

Lionel Hollins on how he balances proven players with young players when picking his starting lineup: “It’ll be a little bit of both. There’s guys that have earned it in this league and somebody has to unseat them to take their job. But there’s also guys that are doing good things and have to be on the court. But my starting lineup is not my most pressing concern. It’s just trying to get our group playing the way we want them to play. Who starts will develop from practice, preseason and then the coaching staff’s decision on how we best fit.” ESPN.com

That attitude is why he says people do and should look up to him. “I am a role model, absolutely. There are different types of people out there, and I come from a different type of place. So, I absolutely think I am a role model. “I come from a place where there are not a lot of opportunities,” Cousins explained. “People there, they don’t ever really dream big because they don’t think it ever really exists. Like the things you see on TV, they think it’s just a false world. And them seeing me make it, they believe it is possible. Those people grew up with me; they have seen the struggles; they have seen me fight and work my way to where I am now, so I absolutely believe I am a role model.” USA Basketball

Irrespective of the quality of the foe that got smoked 114-55 and forced into 31 turnovers while mustering just five assists. Finland looked every bit the lowest-ranked invite via wild card in the history of this event -- 39th worldwide in FIBA's latest rankings -- but the way Team USA lasered right in and immediately embraced the challenge to defend with a greater ferocity than past Team USAs could only impress the bosses. "The ball pressure was great," Thibodeau said. "Challenging shots, finishing our defense, guys being tied together ... it was terrific." ESPN.com

Point guard Petteri Koponen took the floor hoping for a showing that would convince the critics Finland deserved its FIBA wild card for something other than the raucous band of traveling fans it could bring to the World Cup or its ties to the big money of Rovio and their Angry Birds franchise. Koponen and his pals wound up running straight into a pack of Angry Yanks and their buzzsaw D. "Maybe they're missing some great players, but for sure these players want to show how great they are, too," Koponen told ESPN.com just before making the much longer walk to his team bus. "They want to show the whole world they are the next generation, and they're going to be the next superstars." ESPN.com

After completing the long-rumored trade that sent Love to the Cavaliers and brought Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young to Minnesota, the Timberwolves have sold more than 300 full season-ticket packages in the last week. That beats the previous record in 2011 that was set when Ricky Rubio announced that he was coming over from Spain to play for the team. "The organization, from president-level on down has just been re-energized," Timberwolves senior vice president and chief revenue officer Ryan Tanke said. "Part of it is hope, and you have this great new hope. Associated Press

Jason Wolf: #Sixers source: Changes coming, "but nothing ridiculous like that." MT @howardeskin: sixers have fired Dir Player Personel & all scouts. Twitter

Yet Cotton said he rarely enjoyed any benefits from his stardom. “You know, some days I would come home and there were 15, 20 people at my house,” he said. “It was absolutely crazy, from agents to handlers to parasites to leeches, everybody wanted a piece of me. They wanted to be around, just to get a taste of that high life. It was a like a roller coaster ride that never ended. When I woke up from it, it was like a nightmare. “I’ve been in a dark alley for a lot of years and now I’m coming out of that alley. I feel like I have a second chance to make it right and make sure it doesn’t happen to somebody else’s kids that I’m dealing with.” Boston Globe

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are married! The Being Mary Jane star tied the knot with the Miami Heat shooting guard on Saturday. The pair wed in Miami in front of an intimate crowd of family and friends. John Legend performed at the ceremony. Union, 41, wore a romantic Dennis Basso gown while Wade, 32, wore a customized DSquared suit, People.com reports. BET

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