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September 22, 2014 | 09:55 PM ET Update

Ray Allen has yet to decide whether he will play another year, but the Cavs are ready if he does. "I think in his case when he decides this is something he's passionate about we are going to be more than willing to let him know how passionate we are about him. I don't think we would ever give up on it," Griffin said. "Until he signs that is going to be a target for everybody. Ray is somebody that fits us as a shooter. His championship pedigree fits us at a really high level." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Our rim protection is going to be an issue moving forward," David Griffin said. "We would definitely like to improve it. I can't just talk people into getting off of centers, but right now it's something that we look at and think that's an area where we can improve." Cleveland Plain Dealer

September 22, 2014 | 08:40 PM ET Update

"We did (want to bring Pierce back). That was the plan of attack and I think as we started negotiating, the numbers that they asked for were, you know," King said in his first comments on Pierce's departure. "And I thought at one point that he was definitely leaving. And then you started switching gears because you start hearing that he's going to end up at a different place. So then you start preparing. And then when he came back to us (to try to negotiate again), we already moved on. I think it was his first time being a free agent so he was exploring all his options. There were a lot of teams that they didn't put offers on the table, but were talking to him. And I really thought he was going to end up some place else. And then, I don't know who was it, but one player signed and things quickly changed. And we were already preparing that he wasn't coming back." New York Daily News

 

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.

   
September 22, 2014 | 06:49 PM ET Update

Ilyasova did not play international basketball for Turkey this summer in an effort to regain full health, and he said at Monday's annual team golf tournament that he is "100% healthy" entering next week's preseason training camp. "This summer is the first time for a long time I didn't play for the national team," said Ilyasova, a member of Turkey's runner-up World Championship squad in 2010. "I want to be part of the national team, but it is what it is. I have to first fix myself as well as be healthy. Last year I just came from the European Championship to training camp. I think it was really too much on my body. It was really bad, and I kind of rushed myself to come back the first game of the season. It was like a snowball. It gets worse and worse, and I never find myself 100%. Especially when you have a season like that, everybody was looking for some positive things. This summer I spent a lot of time fixing my ankle. Hopefully this season I start on a new page, with a lot of energy and power." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN CELTICS HISTORY

How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.

   
September 22, 2014 | 05:18 PM ET Update

Metta World Peace has arrived in Sichuan to start the season as a Blue Whale. While most of us have been wondering about his new name change, we have some more news on how he will adding his love for pandas into his games. The “panda friendly” shoes are designed for Metta World Peace and they have one interesting element to them: the “panda” has been attached to the tongue of the shoe. Now you might be thinking how would anyone be able to play with a big panda attached to the front of their sneakers? Courtside Access

SNEAKERS: WHAT THE NBA PLAYERS WEAR

Nike clearly leads the pack in terms of NBA endorsers, but Chinese brands like Li Ning and Peak are emerging powers. Check the Sneakers pages to see which specific shoe model each NBA player wore this season.

   
September 22, 2014 | 04:03 PM ET Update

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has re-signed center Nazr Mohammed (NAH-zee). In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. Last season with the Bulls, Mohammed saw action in 80 games (one start) and averaged 1.6 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 7.0 mpg. He also appeared in two of Chicago’s five playoff contests. NBA.com

Mark Followill: Mavs announced signing of Doron Lamb, guard who spent last 2 yrs w/ Bucks & Magic. No guaranteed $. @ESefko reported to expect this in Aug. Twitter @MFollowill

Kalimah Johnson, the founder of the Sasha Center in Detroit (which provides educational and support groups for survivors of sexual assault), has addressed the NBA's rookie players the last two years at the league's Rookie Transition Program, which is mandatory for all first-year players, including international newcomers. She tries to get the players to understand how gender roles -- "the man box," as she puts it -- make it difficult for men to combat domestic violence, committed both by themselves and others. NBA.com

 

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.

   
September 22, 2014 | 02:59 PM ET Update

Darko Milicic, the second pick in the 2003 NBA draft, is apparently giving up on basketball to be a kickboxer. According to a report on NBASerbia.com, Milicic will sign a contract Wednesday to become a professional kickboxer in his native Serbia. The story, headlined "Darko Milicic put an end: Goodbye NBA career, good afternoon kick-boxing!" according to Google Translate, says Milicic's first fight will also be announced Wednesday. He hasn't played in the NBA in almost two years, but he's only 29 years old. At 7 feet tall, 275 pounds, who's going to want to fight him? Sports Illustrated

REAL ESTATE: WHERE DO PLAYERS OWN HOMES?

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September 22, 2014 | 02:08 PM ET Update

Adam Zagoria: Former Seton Hall wing @Fuquan Edwin is working out for the NBA champion Spurs today & tomorrow, source tells @SNYtv. Sounds like it didn't work out for @Fuquan Edwin in Italy & now he's getting a shot w/ the Spurs. Tough as an undrafted FA, but it's a shot. Twitter @AdamZagoria

Chris Herring: Silver, on Ferry: "Danny wisely stepped aside to remove himself." Silver had previously said Ferry's comments shouldn't be fireable offense Twitter @HerringWSJ

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.

   
September 22, 2014 | 12:36 PM ET Update

Summer is over and NBA training camps will open around the country over the next week, but Ray Allen is still a free agent and he has several teams waiting on a decision regarding his basketball future. Among the teams interested in the free agent are the Washington Wizards, who have “periodically” checked in on Allen just as several other teams have since reaching out to the sharpshooter at the beginning of free agency in July, according to a person familiar with the situation. But Allen still hasn’t decided whether he will play another season or retire, and if he chooses to suit up again, the Wizards would have plenty of competition to land the shooting guard. Washington Post

Free agent Marcus Williams has reached agreement to sign a one-year contract with the Denver Nuggets, a league source told RealGM. Williams played collegiately at Arizona, where the 6-foot-7 forward played a starting role and averaged 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds as a sophomore. RealGM

The Celtics failed to trade for Kevin Love or draft Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. Instead they drafted Smart and James Young and acquired Marcus Thornton, Evan Turner and Tyler Zeller. "It wasn't the fireworks that we tried," Ainge said, "and we continue to try to do, but we're excited about Marcus (Smart) and his future and James Young and his future. We need to be more patient with James, especially out of the gate. I think Marcus is more physically ready to play at our level than James is today, but we hope for fast progress from James. I felt like we acquired some assets. We didn't panic and do anything that was silly." Worcester Telegram & Gazette

David Stockton worked out with the Thunder last week and will work out with the Jazz this week, according to sources. Stockton is a point guard out of Gonzaga where he averaged 7.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists as senior. Sportando

One thing Rondo was way more adept at in this stage of his career was knowing what he couldn't do. In his third season, more than two-thirds of Rondo's shots came from within 10 feet of the rim. He refused to take a bunch of jumpers because, like Rubio, he was not good at shooting them. But there's a second piece of that: Rondo was (and is) a great finisher at the rim. Rubio is not. Can Ricky ever get strong enough to be an average finisher or better? Will the skill come with experience and time? Or does Rubio's lack of finishing ability make developing a jumper even more imperative? Time will tell. SB Nation

Were you aware of Donald Sterling's reputation then? Blake Griffin: When the draft lottery came out and the Clippers said they were gonna draft me, I went to Google to find out more about the Clippers, because I didn't know a lot. And I was like, "Okay, team owned by Donald Sterling." So then I typed in "Donald Sterling" in Google, and the first thing that pops up is "Donald Sterling racist." And I was like, "Whoa!" So obviously I explored that, read a whole bunch of articles, read the deposition at one of his court cases. Which was awesome, if you ever have time to read some of the depositions. [laughs] GQ.com

Is it true that he would bring women in to the locker room to watch players shower? Blake Griffin: He would bring them in the locker room. Guys would be in there. The showers are kind of elsewhere. I don't think they would really go back there. But he would bring people in the locker room while we were just in towels. One year he came in and led a "hip hip hooray" chant and held my arm up in the air. Then he went to another teammate and did the same thing. Guys just started scattering as fast as possible. [laughs] GQ.com

You guys had a team meeting that Saturday at which you spoke. What did you say? Blake Griffin: A lot of guys spoke. Our coach spoke first. And basically what I said was... We were trying to come up with a plan. Some guys wanted to do something. Some guys didn't want to. I was one of the guys—and I don't know, I might catch flak for this—I was one of the guys who didn't want to do anything. I didn't want to give this one incident the power that it doesn't deserve. You know what I mean? And coincidentally, I had just, for the first time, watched the Jackie Robinson movie and watched how he dealt with it, even though obviously it's a movie. And I've actually read Hank Aaron books and a lot of things. I just felt like the best way to respond to something like that is just to go out and do what we do and not let it affect us. Because we're the ones that get affected, not anybody else. So that's why I took that position. But I completely understood why guys did want to do something. I was just kind of one of the ones that was like, "Let's just play basketball." GQ.com

BUZZ METER: WHO'S TRENDING IN THE NBA TWITTERSPHERE?

Who's the man of the minute in the NBA Twittersphere? Find out here who's getting the most mentions at any given moment.

   
September 22, 2014 | 10:25 AM ET Update

Wherever Danny Ainge goes, people ask him if he's going to trade Celtics captain Rajon Rondo. Sunday night was no exception. Ainge spoke about his life on and off the court at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Chester Street and a member of the congregation asked the Celtics president of basketball operations if he plans to deal his star point guard. Ainge used to be a Mormon bishop and now he's a high councilor of the Boston stake (region) which includes Worcester so he had to tell the truth, right? "The truthful answer is I really don't know," Ainge insisted. "I have no intention. I'm not trying to trade Rondo, but because he's a free agent this summer, he assured me that he wants to stay in Boston. We'd love to keep him in Boston." Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Ainge said he tried to negotiate a contract extension with Rondo this and last summer, but he admitted that it makes more financial sense for Rondo to not agree to a new contract until he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Rondo, 28, will receive a team-high $12.9 million this coming season in the final year of his contract. "The possibility of a trade is not out of the question," Ainge said. "Nobody is untradeable, but I don't see that happening." Worcester Telegram & Gazette

The Suns have become the leader in the pursuit of shooting guard Zoran Dragic, the younger brother of Suns star guard Goran Dragic. One other NBA team remains in serious pursuit but negotiations for a contract and a buyout from Dragic's Spanish club have progressed to the point that a deal could be finalized early this week. Arizona Republic

When he wasn't on the promotional trail for his new documentary, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki spent most of his time in Germany in recent weeks as he usually does, locked in an old gym working on his game with lifelong shot doctor Holger Geschwindner. Nowitzki's latest summer project: Speeding up his shot release. "I don't think, to the naked eye, you would see it," Nowitzki told ESPN.com. "I don't know if the [average] fan will see the difference. But I'm always trying to get better and this is just a little tool for me to shoot a little quicker. We'll see how it works during the season." ESPN.com

The Dallas Mavericks’ starting lineup is loaded with scorers, but … “I’m going to make them defend,” Tyson Chandler said, interrupting in the middle of the sentence. “We’re going to defend. You can score as many points as you want, but at the end of the day, defense wins championships and that’s what we’re going to do. “Guys don’t have to be the best individual defenders in the league, but we are going to be a great defensive team. You have to do your assignment. We’re not going to take plays off.” ESPN.com

Last February the Bucks’ Larry Sanders took an inadvertent James Harden elbow to the face and was out for the season. (Well, until he got a five-game suspension for testing positive for marijuana use, then suddenly he was well enough to play the last five games of the season so he could work off the suspension.) After that, Sanders is coming back this season wearing goggles, he tweeted out. NBCSports.com

Former executive director Charles Grantham said it will be significant responsibility for the neophyte executive director. “The biggest challenge for [the NBPA] is the [potential] lockout,” said Grantham, who teaches at New York University and Seton Hall. “The question is for the last three times, there has been probably 15 or 16 givebacks or concessions that [the players’ union] made over this period of time that puts them at the bottom. “It starts with preparation and being prepared for this thing [a lockout] that we all know is coming. After three successive collective bargaining negotiations from management side, all that began with the [1998] lockout and put the union in a concessionary bargaining position. The day is gone when you used to be able to tell players to save money. You can’t do that.” Boston Globe

The local start-up company that offered LeBron James a small financial stake in the firm if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer admits the offer was a "PR stunt." But the president for Ohio City app maker Phenom said the company still intends to formally offer James a one-percent stake in the business, first promised in the run-up to James' announcement that he was indeed returning to the Cavaliers via free agency on July 11. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The company's offer was reported by Crain's Cleveland Business in July. "It was more of a PR stunt for us than anything, it got us in the Washington Post and on HoopsHype(.com)," Phenom president Mike Eppich told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Once we release a few more features for our app, we're going to approach him. We have the document (offer) written up and ready to go." Cleveland Plain Dealer

There was something different about those players compared to those that typically appear on this website: They were in prison. And so was Ferranti himself. After two years as a fugitive, Ferranti was captured and convicted of running a criminal enterprise that dealt in LSD in 1993. A first-time, non-violent offender, Ferranti has spent the last 21 years of his life behind bars. But that's coming to an end now. Although technically not a free man until January 2015, Ferranti is now allowed to leave prison for extended periods and is already working two jobs in St. Louis, Missouri. He spoke with HoopsHype about his new life, his years in jail and his future projects. HoopsHype

Now focusing on basketball. How big of a deal was it in there? Seth Ferranti: I would say dudes took the games very seriously. There were stabbings over games all the time or beatings or fights or whatever. I remember seeing dudes get knocked out during the games and if dudes' homeboys were in the stands... it was on – like a mini riot or big gang fight right in the gym on the ball court. It was a spectacle for real. You never knew what was going to happen. It was excitement. Prison is so boring, so you are always looking for the little intrigues and dramas and stuff like that. Watching and playing were big. Big games would be talked about and debated for weeks before they happened and every prisoner thought he was Stephen A. Smith from ESPN making his point and argument on who was going to win and why. HoopsHype

Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Jorge Garbajosa have filed a lawsuit against the directors of a company that made investments in wind farms on their behalf (around 15 million euros). The defendants are Arturo Ortega, former agent of the Gasol brothers and Garbajosa, Enrique Rodríguez of Meta Image and administrators Jose Manuel Esteban del Castillo and Raul Herranz. As

The AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League has lost one of its key personalities today. Saigon Heat's head coach Jason Rabedeaux passed away this morning at his house in Ho Chi Minh City. Coach Rabs was well known for his passion for getting the best out of his players and always putting the development of basketball in Vietnam as his number one priority since arriving in the country in 2012. ASEAN Basketball League

REAL ESTATE: WHERE DO PLAYERS OWN HOMES?

NBA players spend a lot on real estate. But where and how much exactly? Find out here

   

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