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July 29, 2014 | 08:49 PM ET Update

Durant also has close ties to his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. He famously began his MVP speech this spring with a reference to his hometown. "I come from a small county outside of Washington, D.C., called P.G. County," Durant said after his MVP award was announced. Asked Tuesday if he might make a similar homecoming in two years when he can become a free agent, Durant said it was too far in the future to discuss in a serious way right now. "I'm going to do what's best for me," Durant said. "It's hard to talk about that right now when I've got two years left in Oklahoma City. I'm just going to focus on that. I'm not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does. ESPN.com

As for McDermott, he was well aware of the noise out there about Love, and also aware that his name is attached to it. “I didn’t really pay attention to it much,’’ McDermott said. “I think rumors happen a lot. There’s been a lot this offseason. So you’ve just got to stay patient. You can’t really read into that stuff. I’m just focused on what I can do to become better.’’ That’s also why he admitted to staying away from asking his new organization about it. “To be honest, I get asked about it. I don’t really ask anyone,’’ McDermott said. “I try to stay off Twitter and I think a lot of people ask me or text me through my friends. But I just ignore it. Whatever happens, happens.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

In an effort to fortify their new NBA Development League affiliate in Erie, Pa., and perhaps develop a player for the future, the Orlando Magic have agreed to terms with former Detroit Pistons point guard Peyton Siva. Siva will be signed to a non-guaranteed contract and participate in training camp and the preseason and then will be waived before the regular season starts, according to an industry source familiar with the situation. Orlando Sentinel

For the few that seemingly have guaranteed spots, it was the first step in getting ready for the tournament that begins on Aug. 30. And for the 12 young players on the Select Team, it was about building equity with USA brass for future consideration. For Derrick Rose, it was much more than that. It was a big step in his return to the game after his second knee surgery. By all accounts, Rose is back. “He looked good,” Damian Lillard said afterward. “Athletic, explosive, strong.” NBA.com

July 29, 2014 | 06:27 PM ET Update

Things aren’t looking good when it comes to negotiations between the Phoenix Suns and their restricted free agent star guard Eric Bledsoe. According to league sources, an “ominous development” has arisen with sides still “very far apart” in contract negotiations. It has even escalated to the point where the “relationship is on the express lane to being ruined,” a source with knowledge of the situation informed CSNNW.com. CSNNW.com

The Suns offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million deal with declining salaries each year, two sources said. That proposal was quickly turned down. Bledsoe’s camp is putting a max price tag on the player Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek called “a Top-10 player in the NBA in coming years”, another source said. CSNNW.com

Johnson said Dr. Jerry Buss, late owner of the Lakers, wanted to hire Scott. “We were in a suite,’’ Johnson said Tuesday. “(Buss) called me up there and he said, ‘Ervin, you know, I would love, I think, for Byron to coach this team one day.’ And Dr. Buss was going to make Byron the coach when Phil (Jackson) didn’t know what he was going to do.’’ But Scott took the head coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I called him and said, ‘B, you took that job too early!” Magic recalled. “‘Dr. Buss wanted you to be the coach.'” For The Win

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July 29, 2014 | 05:28 PM ET Update

The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) has a few foreign players that just keep going back to China and making a career out of it. One of those players is former Rutgers University standout point-guard Quincy Douby as he and the Tianjin Lions reached a reported one-year deal on Tuesday. Douby, 30, spent three years in the NBA after college before taking his talents overseas. In Tianjin, he replaces Sebastian Telfair (who turned down a two-year $7 million from Tianjin to signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder) and joins Sheldon Williams as the other foreign player for the Lions. Basketball Buddha

"I've tried not to grow up too fast. There are going to be some times I'm like, you know, immature. But you try to keep that professional approach, and try to do the right thing which is what all athletes do to make sure they reflect well on whatever, like from their town. "For me once I go out there to America I'm pretty much representing all of New Zealand because most people haven't met New Zealand people, so I have to take that into consideration. If I'm like a dick, then they're like New Zealand guys are dicks. If you've just got a normal Kiwi attitude then they're fine with it. That's one of the key things." Stuff.co.nz

"It's just who I am," shrugs Adams who's sitting out the Tall Blacks' World Cup campaign to concentrate on his NBA commitments. "I don't want to be like some drilled kinda media guy who says all the right things. I don't even know what the right things are. I just say whatever comes to my mind." Stuff.co.nz

New Jersey thus became the first in a long line of teams that have underestimated Korver and live with regret as he continues to improve well into his thirties. Korver’s development into a borderline star has surprised everyone, even the 33-year-old swingman, and the journey will reach its latest peak this week when he competes for one of 12 precious roster spots on the U.S. team heading to the FIBA World Cup. “We gave away a good player for summer league,” says Rod Thorn, the Nets GM at the time. “It was just one of those things we had to do. At least, that’s how I rationalized it.” Grantland

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July 29, 2014 | 03:17 PM ET Update

Former Kentucky guard James Young says he is "good to go" after a concussion that kept the Boston Celtics' first-round draft pick from playing in the NBA's summer league. Young sustained the concussion and whiplash in a car accident before last month's NBA draft. The Celtics chose the 6-foot-6 swingman 17th overall with its second first-round pick — Boston selected Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart sixth overall with the first — but held Young out of practices and the competition for rookies and free agents in Orlando. USA Today Sports

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July 29, 2014 | 02:14 PM ET Update

As he has labored tirelessly through back pain for the last two years, Steve Nash all but confirmed the obvious when looking ahead on what the last year of his $9.7 million with the Lakers will mean for his NBA future. “I think this is my last season,” said the 40-year-old Nash in a video posted by Sport TV. But I still love to play, practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many many years living this life without basketball. It’ll be nice to play one more year.” Los Angeles Daily News

The Dallas Mavericks believe forward Al-Farouq Aminu is one of the best bargains of the summer. Aminu, 23, officially signed with the Mavs on Tuesday. It’s a two-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with a player option for the second season. That’s tremendous value for a player who was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft and started in New Orleans the last two seasons. ESPN.com

Ronald Roberts Jr, former Saint Joseph's alumn, will likely be a part of Sixers training camp, source told to Sportando. Roberts made a good impression during the Orlando Summer League with the Sixers and he may fight for a spot in the roster. Sportando

Gabriel Pantel-Jouve: My sources just told me that too. RT @Emiliano Carchia Mike Green close to agree to terms with Paris-Levallois sportando.com/en/europe/fran… Twitter @GabrielPJ_CandS

You're working on your post moves this summer with the help of former NBA big man Michael Ruffin. Do you expect to get more touches down low next season? Serge Ibaka: A lot of people don't understand; this is my fourth summer I've been working on my post moves. In our offense, we don't need to low post. We like to move, attack and kick, since we have Durant and Westbrook. But I always work on my post moves because you never know when the opportunity is going to come. I also worked on my jump shot and a one-dribble attack the basket. Bleacher Report

David 'Dubi' Pick: FIBA have decided against Israel hosting Montenegro in EuroBasket QF. Games vs Holland & Bulgaria TBD on August 4th. Twitter @IAmDPick

James, who can play any position at any time, may be an option in that role for the Cavaliers. But that style explains why Cleveland is eyeing the NBA's stretchiest four: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. Few players of Love's height in NBA history have relied on three-pointers as much as he did last season, when Love took 36% of his shots from behind the three-point line, up from 21% in 2011. It was a greater percentage than even that of James and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. "If I know David Blatt," said Maccabi center Shawn James, "he probably wants Kevin Love very bad." Wall Street Journal

Blatt abides by the Princeton offense's principles, he has said, though tweaked for the modern game. That means his system depends on proper floor spacing. To achieve that, his offenses lean on the "stretch four," or a power forward who plays on the perimeter, the position that has overtaken the NBA in recent years. Stretch fours are useful not only because they're added shooting threats. Their absence down low also opens up the lane and makes it easier for drivers, like James, to finish around the rim. "This is the different and unique style in Europe," said former Blatt assistant coach Guy Goodes, his Maccabi Tel Aviv successor. Wall Street Journal

Blatt enters the NBA with an extensive history of strategic tinkering. His former players said coaching flexibility comes with the territory in Europe, where roster turnover is more frequent than it is in the NBA. Blatt was working with even more constraints than most in Tel Aviv. Maccabi's budget, which was dwarfed by that of other Euroleague teams, forced him to get creative in tailoring strategies to the players around him, rather than jamming them into his own set beliefs. "The real key to David's success," said Maccabi forward David Blu, "is that he's able to adjust to his players." Wall Street Journal

Sarunas Jasikevičius, one of the most decorated players in European basketball history has formally announced his retirement. It feels like Saras has been a veteran for ages and that’s probably because he has been. At 38 he’s finally hanging up his kicks to work as an assistant coach with Zalgiris Kaunas, with whom he won the Lithuanian title this past season, in the LKL and Euroleague. Ball In Europe

Cajasol Sevilla named Scott Roth head coach for the upcoming season. The American has been player in Spain with Vitoria and Lliria. Roth, 51, has been assistant coach in the NBA with Mavericks, Grizzlies, Warriors, Raptors and Pistons. Sportando

Memphis Grizzlies Controlling Owner Robert Pera announced on July 29 that Chris Wallace has been named General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the organization. Wallace had acted as interim general manager since May 19, 2014. “We are very pleased to announce Chris Wallace as our general manager,” Pera said. “Chris has been at the forefront and a stable presence throughout some of the Grizzlies’ greatest successes. His strong bonds and experience, not only within the organization and NBA but also within the Memphis and Mid-South communities, make him the ideal fit to lead our basketball operations. We believe Chris’ skills and expertise to be vital in our continued success of our franchise.” NBA.com

The Grizzlies are inviting all of Grizz Nation to grit, grind and drive with the all-new launch of the official Memphis Grizzlies License Plate, available for purchase now at Grizzlies.com for just $35. Proceeds from plate sales benefit the Grizzlies Foundation, whose mission is charged by using the power of sport to transform lives and closing the opportunity gap for children in underserved communities. The new Grizzlies License Plate will be added to the specialty license plates available for Tennessee motorists with the purchase of 1000 plates through Grizzlies.com this upcoming season. The Tennessee State Legislature added the Memphis Grizzlies License Plate to its stock of sports specialty plates with the help of approved legislation from Senator Jim Kyle and Representative Larry Miller and the Shelby County Delegation. NBA.com

The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American male sports union. Roberts received 32 of 36 votes in a process that was completed in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The Washington trial lawyer defeated tech industry CEO Dean Garfield and Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery in the final vote. The vote capped a long and arduous process to replace Billy Hunter, who was ousted in February of 2013. USA Today Sports

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July 29, 2014 | 08:24 AM ET Update

The Memphis Grizzlies have reached agreement with well-respected executive Ed Stefanski to become executive vice president of player personnel, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Stefanski will assume a key role in the Grizzlies' player personnel and scouting areas, serving under general manager Chris Wallace, sources said. Stefanski brings a strong player personnel background, as well as excellent relationships with front-office peers and agents. Yahoo! Sports

He signed an almost max contract extension (it’s still a lot of cash). LeBron James decides to return to Cavaliers and Kevin Love may join the two of them. Now Irving is in Las Vegas where it looks as if he will be a key part of Team USA’s plans heading into the World Cup in Spain starting in late August. It’s good to be Kyrie Irving right now. Of course, that LeBron thing pretty much tops it all. “At first you were speechless because you couldn’t believe it,” Irving said of finding out LeBron was indeed coming to Cleveland. “I’ve been watching LeBron for a while now and it’s nice to be going to run along side of him and be his point guard.” NBCSports.com

Dion Waiters: Alonzo Gee is a great teammate my bro RT @insiderjoe24: @Dion Waiters Dion who was the best teammate you've ever played with. Twitter @dionwaiters3

“I had a personal conversation with DeMarcus (Sunday) afternoon, just to get a read, and also to encourage him,” said Jerry Colangelo, USAB’s longtime executive director. “The opportunity is here. It is. And you know, every time there is adversity, players drop off or get hurt, it opens up for a number of other people. We have a lot of talent, versatility, length. And yet we have to cover ourselves as it relates to bigs. So he’s in good position, and I think he really wants to make this team.” Sacramento Bee

Actually, Cousins is obsessed with making this team. He practiced with the Kings during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, then returned to Los Angeles and resumed his training. Colangelo and Krzyzewksi judged him to be in “pretty good shape” on an opening day that included almost an hour of scrimmaging. Starting on a white-clad squad that featured Stephen Curry, John Wall, Gordon Hayward and Kenneth Faried, Cousins occasionally struggled to run the floor – a historically weak part of his game – but was impressive overall and, for long stretches, was the best player on the court. Sacramento Bee

The Kings starting center has a realistic chance of making this summer’s roster that will represent the U.S. at the FIBA World Championships in Spain next month. As a versatile, skilled big man, Cousins brings unique talent to the table, which puts him in strong consideration for this year’s team. “He’s a traditional big,” fellow USA Basketball teammate Kevin Durant said of Cousins after the first day of practice yesterday afternoon. “But also a guy that can step out and shoot it a little bit, can handle the ball. He’s a bruiser, man.” Cowbell Kingdom

The National Basketball Players Association elected Michele Roberts, a prominent Washington civil litigator, as its executive director. Roberts, an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is the first woman to lead a major North American sports league union. Yahoo! Sports

"Let's be clear: I'm sure there were people that noticed I was a girl," Roberts said in an interview session with reporters after the vote. "Having said that, I frankly wanted to address that question up front whenever I spoke with any of the members of the executive committee and the union. My sense was, the only thing people cared about was my resolve." CBSSports.com

Roberts was the recommendation of NBPA president Chris Paul and the nine-member executive committee, winning with 32 of 34 votes among committee members and team player representatives, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

"It shows how open-minded our players are," NBPA president Chris Paul said. "With any of the candidates, it wasn't about race or gender. It was about who was going to be the best person in that position. From day one in interviews, she tackled every question head first. ... There were tough questions she was faced with. She didn't back away from them. She didn't shy away from them. She told us her story, and it really sat well with us." CBSSports.com

Sam Amick: Stackhouse was forced to leave the meeting because of retired status. He's not happy about prospect of Roberts winning, if she in fact does. Twitter @sam_amick

Michael Jordan has no problem with LeBron James returning to No. 23 in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I'm cool with it,'' Jordan told ESPN.com via text message Monday morning. "I don't own a number.'' ESPN.com

In fact, even as Shelly's attorneys were hailing judge Michael Levanas' ruling, they sounded less optimistic than Shelly about the chances of Donald standing down. She said he hoped he would drop two other lawsuits — one seeking $1 billion in damages from the NBA and another seeking to scuttle the sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer by arguing the agreement violated corporate law. The chances of that happening? Samini said Sterling gave no indication that he's ready to give up. "He never met a lawsuit he didn't like,'' said Pierce O'Donnell, one of Shelly's attorneys. "We hope at this point that Donald realizes he can't run out the clock forever.'' USA Today Sports

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