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August 22, 2014 | 10:03 PM ET Update

For the second time in three games, Andre Drummond didn't play in one of Team USA's exhibitions. That might not bode well for Drummond's chances of making the team that will travel to Spain for the upcoming World Cup. The Detroit Pistons center is battling for the No. 3 center's job behind Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings. And despite scoring 12 points in a rout over the Dominican Republic, he didn't get off the bench in Friday's 112-86 victory over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden. Booth Newspapers

August 22, 2014 | 04:38 PM ET Update

The Cavaliers and Wolves have had an agreement in place on Love for weeks and it remains intact, sources said. That trade, which morphed into a three-way deal with the Philadelphia 76ers that will send Thaddeus Young to Minnesota, is expected to be completed on Saturday. ESPN.com

Warrick's workout for the Spurs includes no guarantee of making the team's roster, but it does offer a good opportunity. Warrick said the workout should include some current San Antonio players and a few other free agents. He said he accepted the Spurs' invitation because San Antonio does have some players with non-guaranteed deals. The Post-Standard

 

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August 22, 2014 | 04:02 PM ET Update

The Suns have contacted at least one team and taken inquiries from others regarding the possibility of executing a Bledsoe sign-and-trade. That would include the Suns signing Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, to a contract on behalf of another team in exchange for player(s) and/or draft pick(s). Other league executives who have not been contacted by the Suns said that they have heard Phoenix is looking into the possibility. The Suns declined comment. Arizona Republic

The Suns never closed the door to the possibility of a sign-and-trade with Bledsoe since free agency began July 1 but were adamant this summer that their priority and preference was to sign Bledsoe to a long-term contract. That remains the case. They sought him in a trade last summer and built a system to fit the way he and Goran Dragic play — and because of their ability to sign Bledsoe or match another team's offer sheet. The Suns won two-thirds of their games when Bledsoe and Dragic started together last season. Arizona Republic

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that the team has re-signed unrestricted free agent guard/forward Francisco Garcia. Garcia (6-7, 195, Louisville) has averaged 8.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 535 career games (137 starts) with Sacramento and Houston. Last season with the Rockets, Garcia averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 19.7 minutes. NBA.com

The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed guard Shelvin Mack, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced. "Shelvin has proven himself to be an excellent fit in our program,” Ferry said. “On the court, he plays well within our system and possesses a toughness and level of unselfishness that we truly value," Ferry said. "At 24, he is still a young player with the type of work ethic that can allow him to continue to keep getting better." NBA.com

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August 22, 2014 | 02:34 PM ET Update

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed first-round draft pick P.J. Hairston. The Hornets acquired the rights to Hairston (26th overall pick) and guard Semaj Christon (55th overall pick), along with a 2019 second-round draft pick and cash considerations, from the Miami Heat in exchange for the rights to guard Shabazz Napier (24th overall pick). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. NBA.com

The Oklahoma City Thunder named Mark Daigneault as the head coach of its D-League team, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Mark has placed a high value on development throughout his career and we feel that he is well aligned with the goals of our organization,” said Presti. “His experience at Florida under Coach Donovan has provided him the platform to apply his intelligence and relationship skills to help strengthen the program. We are excited about Mark joining the organization and continuing his professional growth.” NBA.com

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August 22, 2014 | 01:16 PM ET Update

Fisher can play one at shooting guard while the others sit on the bench or mix and match combinations of the three guards in the triangle offense, as GM Steve Mills suggested earlier this month. "That's for the coach to decide. All we've got to do is play," J.R. Smith said Thursday. "Whatever they decide, we've got to just live with it. Hopefully everybody could put their egos aside and come together for one common goal." ESPN.com

There's a powerful person behind Derrick Rose's participation with USA Basketball that prefers to remain behind-the-scenes. Jen Swanson, whom the Bulls hired last summer as their Director of Sports Performance, is more qualified than anyone to monitor Rose's rehabilitation, knees and body. And the fact she is traveling with USA Basketball and in consistent communication with Rose, who returned to practice Thursday after three days of rest, is an important security blanket for the Bulls, who still believe reward outweighs risk in this endeavor. "Jen's doing a great job of making sure I'm coming in every day and stretching and trying to get my flexibility right through my whole body," Rose said during the Las Vegas minicamp in late July. "She stays on me, and I'm happy the Bulls got her here." Centre Daily Times

The Bulls hired Swanson away from Athletes' Performance in Los Angeles after she worked extensively with Rose during his rehabilitation from his May 2012 surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee. She quickly developed a strong rapport with players during her first season and then unexpectedly developed an even stronger bond with Rose when he tore his right meniscus in November 2013. "What she has done with the team has sort of been the next step for our league," Bulls coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said. "It's a piece that probably was missing. You have a trainer. You have a strength coach. And now you have a person who works with both and where if you're weak in a certain area, they can sort of lock into that. So I think she has been a big plus for us." In a rare interview last October, Swanson detailed her reasoning for leaving her successful career as a physical therapist who worked with a wide variety of professional athletes. Centre Daily Times

Oklahoma City’s newest professional team has its first head coach. On Friday afternoon, Sam Presti and the Thunder officially hired Mark Daigneault to lead the 66ers – OKC’s D-League affiliate which is relocating from Tulsa to Oklahoma City this season. Daignealt is replacing Darko Rajakovic, who was promoted to the Thunder's coaching staff this offseason. Oklahoman

The Utah Jazz today announced that the team has hired Patrick Beilein and Lamar Skeeter as player development/video analysts, and named Taylor Snarr as coordinator of analytics. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not announced. NBA.com

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August 22, 2014 | 09:11 AM ET Update

That count stretches to only nine if you include two players USAB sources say have emerged as Krzyzewski favorites -- Golden State's Klay Thompson and Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee -- and then presume Rose and DeMarcus Cousins (bruised knee) will be healthy enough to fulfill their planned roles. "I'm not going to do assumptions," Krzyzewski said of Rose. "I think he's ready. I'm thinking about him playing and being there [in Spain]." ESPN.com

The date previously known in basketball circles as the first day No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be dealt by Cleveland to Minnesota in a Love swap, will also be when we learn the identities of the players Team USA is leaving behind when it travels to Spain in advance of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN.com that team officials, after initially weighing the prospect of announcing some roster moves before Thursday's practice, will huddle late into the night after Friday evening's exhibition against Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden to finalize the roster decisions that can be delayed no longer. ESPN.com

And we say twosome, trio or quartet because Colangelo and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski are still deciding whether to take 12, 13 or even 14 of the 16 players currently in camp to Spain to buy an extra week of evaluation time, since the roster doesn't have to be officially sliced to 12 for the World Cup until Aug. 29. "Like in anything, whatever we decide, we'll be questioned," Krzyzewski acknowledged after Thursday's non-contact practice at the New York Athletic Club. ESPN.com

Faried appears to be in good position to make the 12-man squad that will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. While not taking anything for granted, he is looking forward to the next step in the journey. “My anticipation level is high,” he said. “I’m excited about this whole experience. I’m excited to wake up every day and play the game I love, especially at this level. I’m very anxious to go out there and win this gold and come back home and say I’m one of the lucky few that was able to play for a gold medal for this team.” Self-confidence has never been a problem for Faried, who was selected by the Nuggets 22nd overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. It also has served him well while training under Hall of Fame coach Krzyzewski. “Coach said to be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not,” Faried said. NBA.com

For the record: Sources say that, in Team USA staff meetings, deciding how many bigs to carry is the issue that has been generating the most discussion. Even more, in other words, than Rose's situation. Coach K, though, was only prepared to confirm that sending players home is indeed "the worst thing" about the USA Basketball experience he has come to cherish since adding this job to his Duke duties in 2005. ESPN.com

Cleveland is allowed by NBA rules to trade newly signed No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins on Saturday, when the following will be completed, according to a person with knowledge of the trade: It will be a three-team deal involving the Wolves, Cleveland and Philadelphia. The Wolves will receive Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, 76ers forward Thaddeus Young and a trade exception believed to be worth at least $4 million that they can use to acquire a player in the next year without being strapped by salary-cap rules. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The Minnesota Timberwolves expect to land Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young in addition to No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins when they complete their long-anticipated trade that sends Kevin Love to the Cavaliers this weekend, NBA front-office sources said. ESPN.com

Although nothing can be finalized before Saturday, sources said Thursday that the Wolves are poised to surrender a future first-round pick along with the expiring contracts of Luc Richard Mbah A Moute and Alexey Shved to the Sixers for Young, who has two seasons left on his deal valued at $19.4 million. The Wolves, sources said, already have verbally agreed to acquire Wiggins, 2013's No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick from the Cavs for Love. Minnesota would then have the option of flipping that first-rounder to Philadelphia, along with Mbah A Moute and Shved, for Young. ESPN.com

The Cavaliers will get Love to team with superstar LeBron James and guard Kyrie Irving. Philadelphia will receive Miami’s 2015 first-round pick that the Cavaliers own as well as the expiring contracts of Wolves players Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved. Like 76ers lottery pick Joel Embiid, Mbah a Moute is from Cameroon and has mentored the gifted but injured center chosen third in the June draft. The Sixers expect Mbah a Moute’s presence to ease Embiid’s NBA transition. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The long-awaited Kevin Love trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Cleveland Cavaliers will finally be formalized soon, but there was an unexpected twist near the end: Anthony Bennett won't go to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the three-team deal after all. According to a person with knowledge of the deal that will be finalized on Saturday, the Cavaliers forward and 2013 No. 1 pick who was rumored to be headed for the 76ers will be retained by the Timberwolves. He'll join 2014 No. 1 pick and fellow Cavaliers youngster Andrew Wiggins in Minnesota, where the Timberwolves will also receive 76ers forward Thaddeus Young and a trade exception (which allows teams to acquire players via trade without taking players back in return) worth more than $5 million. USA Today Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: For Sixers, Mbah a Moute value comes with his close relationship with Joel Embiid. Rookie needs mentorship; Moute will be counted on for it. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Dell Demps: People told me before ‘he’s a good guy’ but this guy, he’s a great guy. I think he’s really going to fit into our culture and that the people and our fans are going to fall in love with him. He plays so hard and plays so smart and he does all the intangibles. He’s going to be our dirty work guy and he’s going to be the anchor on our defense. Monty’s excited to have him. And another guy, who might be more excited, is Anthony. He knows that he has him so it works out there. For a small forward, I think we’ll have an opportunity to see Tyreke play some there. I thought he did well when he played there last year. When you look at some of the games he’s had and what he did playing at the small forward position, I thought he’s a little undersized there, but with all the intangibles and things he does, I think that will be a bright spot. We’re going to have John Salmons come in as a veteran. We’re finalizing his contract right now. That should be soon. I’m not supposed to talk about that. NBA.com

On Shawn Marion signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a minimum deal: “It’s different when you’re going back to your same team as supposed to going to a new team. I think there’s a different dynamic and different expectation. I have a great relationship with Shawn. We’ve kept in touch. We messaged yesterday. He just thought that he wanted to go to somebody that he thought, and this was all prior to signing Chandler [Parsons] and everything, that he thought was closer to a ring particularly in the Eastern Conference. He decided to go that route and we wish him nothing but the best. Trix is a champion in our eyes and always will be.” Dallas Morning News

Anthony reiterated on Thursday that he was "close" to leaving New York. "It was close. I don’t even like to talk about that no more," he said. "This is home. There is no place like New York. Although the other situations were very intriguing, there is no place like New York." ESPN.com

Given the stalemates that have gone on with Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe and Pistons forward Greg Monroe, the best option for both players would seem to be some sort of sign-and-trade. Bledsoe has been shopped around the league for the past month, while the Washington Post’s Michael Lee reports that Monroe’s agent, David Falk, has sought sign-and-trade deals to get his client out of Detroit. But, as one league general manager told Sporting News this week, their potential free agency next summer has cooled the market for each. Sporting News

At 29 years old, Kelley will not stop chasing his dream. He can’t. “It would mean everything to me as a basketball player,” Kelley said. “All the hard work I put in, all the things I’ve been through, it goes into that. It means much, much more than the game of basketball because I’ve had to overcome different obstacles just to even make it to college and get a full scholarship. Coming out of my door and seeing drugs and violence for years of my life and be able to overcome those things, have people from my neighborhood be able to see me play in the NBA, it would be monumental.” Basketball Insiders

Last season Kelley played for the Austin Toros and Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 18.2 points, 5.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds. In six summer league games this July he posted 11.7 points, 5.2 assists and two rebounds, including a 14-point, nine-assist, four-steal finale. With high praise from coaches and front office personnel, Kelley was one of the first chosen when the D-League Select team was assembled. Summer league head coach Conner Henry saw the fire that has been driving Kelley for years and gave him the keys to lead the floor. “He’s a complete pro and it’s been a joy for me to coach him because I never felt like anything I was giving him was too hard for him to execute. I felt very comfortable with him running the team,” said Henry. “He’s done everything— he’s worked hard, he’s communicated with me on everything … He’s represented himself here perfectly. Now he’s going to have opportunities for that.” Basketball Insiders

Since then he has mourned the death of both parents (his father passed away last year from heart issues), relatives and friends. He has also overcome devastating adversity to become a focused and driven professional who refuses to stop short of his ultimate goal. The sleepless nights have become part of the norm for him. But as the numbers change on the clock, maybe each passing minute will be one closer to him achieving his dream. “I’m a fighter, I’m a courageous guy,” Kelley said. “There’s no situation that I can give up in. … Some people at 29 have given up on their NBA goals, but not me. I just can’t do that. I just can’t do that.” Basketball Insiders

J.R. Smith has several goals entering the 2014-15 season. He wants to help the Knicks make the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. He wants to produce consistently on both ends of the floor. All of these are normal goals for any NBA player. But Smith has one goal that may surprise you: "Be a leader," Smith said in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday at his foundation's annual golf fundraiser. "We've got so many younger guys around. A lot of the older guys left within the last two years. So be more of a leader and help out." ESPN.com

After a disappointing 2013-14 season for Hill, perhaps his toughest as a pro, he trimmed his list of activities, stayed in Indiana, and locked in on what he needed to do. “It’s been hell,” Hill said candidly this month during a 15-minute conversation as kids at his basketball camp paused for lunch. “I’ve been kicked out of the gym a couple of times because I’ve been in there too much. Just staying in the gym, getting my body right to put on a little pounds, just getting my shot back right, working on ball handling, pick-and-rolls and things like that. Just trying to become a better player.” Vigilant Sports

A confident Carmelo Anthony believes the New York Knicks will create a "new culture" and "new identity" this season and leave any remnants of last season's 37-win nightmare in the rearview mirror. "I don't think we will have another season like we had last year. When I say, 'I believe that we will make the playoffs,' that's where I'm coming from. I think we will have a much better season than we did last year," Anthony said on Thursday night at Barclays Center, where he served as a coach in a celebrity basketball game sponsored by CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano's charities. "As far as putting a number on the games we want to win, it's hard to say that right now. But as far as us feeling good about this upcoming season, the way we feel I'm confident in what we're about to create. I believe we will be in the postseason." ESPN.com

The slimmed-down forward has been in touch with teammates all summer. He cited the offseason regimens of Amar’e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith, Cleanthony Early and Iman Shumpert. “Everybody is just putting in the proper work. I think with the new energy that we have now with the team and the coaches, everybody is just excited to get back,” said Anthony, who added “I can’t wait” — or a variation thereof — about 30 times. “Everybody’s antsy, waiting to get back,” he said. “And I can’t wait. I look forward to this season.” New York Post

Mark Cuban on if the Olympics is about patriotism or money: “There’s no such thing in my mind as false patriotism. When you put on the jersey, you’re doing it for the right reason. Everyone really knows what this is about because if it truly was patriotism, we would give a hard time to every player who refused to play. Why wouldn’t you? We give them a pass because we understand that they have to protect their future. There’s so many other places where we don’t give anybody a pass if you put the United States second. But everyone in the heart knows this is truly about economics, not truly about playing for your country. And if we give people a pass, not just in basketball but other sports as well, if we say, ‘Put your financial future ahead of playing in this tournament,’ we’re okay with that. Then it is about economics. There’s no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. The biggest trick the IOC ever played was making us believe the Olympics was about patriotism.” Dallas Morning News

I asked Hill about his brand, and whether he has added to it or even intends to expand his portfolio. “I’m not a big guy at getting out like that as far as endorsements and stuff,” he said. “I try to stay mostly to myself.” “I’m still (with) PEAK. I’m coming out with my new shoe this season. I got a new one coming out called ‘the G-Hill Monsters.’ It’s a pretty sleek shoe, nice color waves and things like that. We’re just trying to get them here for people to purchase if they want.” Vigilant Sports

Yesterday we saw Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. AS part of MJ’s acceptance, he issued a challenge to his Dream Team teammates. As we noted on the Jordan post, his Dream team teammate Larry Bird was a step ahead of him. But today, MJ’s Dream Team teammate Patrick Ewing, an assistant coach for the Hornets, stepped up to the plate and took the ice bucket challenge… NBA.com

Owner Paul Allen was doused with a bucket of ice water during a trip to Africa, answering separate challenges from Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. After enduring the freezing bath, Allen shouted: "Holy cow!" Aldridge challenged the Blazers' owner before dousing himself with water after he was challenged by a host of people, including teammate Wesley Matthews. Here's a clip of Allen answering Aldridge's challenge: Oregonian

Greg Miller: Challenge accepted! I challenge Colonel Danny Fuhr of the #UHP to take the challenge. youtu.be/WkI1geUW5eg Twitter @GregInUtah

On Steve Ballmer’s excitement of owning an NBA franchise: “I just wish he would have been around to give those speeches when I first came in. When we were in Reunion Arena, I used to run up and down the aisles trying to get people to cheer and to stand up. Literally, I was running up and down the aisles I was so pumped up and so excited. I remember going into a board of governors meeting and one of the old school guys, I won’t name him since he’s since passed away, said, ‘You haven’t done shinola in this league. You need to sit the eff down and shut the eff up. I never want to see you or hear from you again.' And David Stern literally had to tell him to calm down.” Dallas Morning News

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