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July 23, 2014 | 05:58 PM ET Update

Marc Stein: Omri Casspi has already publicly expressed interest in returning to Kings and word is Sacramento is planning to put in a waiver claim on him. Claiming Casspi off waivers would enable Kings to secure his rights without messing with free agency ... IF they are only team to claim him. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has re-signed forward Robbie Hummel. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. "We are excited to have Robbie back with us this season," said Flip Saunders, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "He proved that he can be a key contributor off the bench and finished the season strong. Robbie's ability to stretch the floor with his shooting range is a valuable asset for our team." NBA.com

Robbie Hummel: What an honor to sign my second NBA contract with @Brian Cardinal looking over me in the poster above at the @prioritysports conference room. Photo Cred goes to @ajshiff83 #purdueistight http://instagram.com/p/qxZSNHk0Id/ Twitter

Marc J. Spears: Rookie forward Clint Capela just signed his rookie contract with the Rockets, a source said. Also, Rockets rookie forward Clint Capela is expected to be on the team's roster next season, not overseas, a source told Yahoo. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

Melvin Ejim: I'm very excited to begin my pro career playing for Virtus Roma. I've heard great things about the Club & I can't wait to move to Rome. Twitter

July 23, 2014 | 04:20 PM ET Update

The Dallas Mavericks are closing in on signing former Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, according to sources briefed on the talks. Sources told ESPN.com that Nelson and the Mavericks, barring an unforeseen snag, are on track to formalize a contract Thursday, when Nelson visits Dallas. ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the Mavericks had arranged to fly Nelson into town for a face-to-face visit Thursday in the hopes of finalizing a deal via use of their $2.7 million room exception. ESPN.com

Tim MacMahon: I'm told Mavs plan is to rotate 3 vet PGs and have them spell Monta Ellis at SG, too. Depth will allow Dallas to play up tempo all the time. Twitter @espn_macmahon

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward Ed Davis, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. “Ed is a versatile, young frontcourt player who, if he continues to work hard, will be a valuable contributor,” said Kupchak. “We look forward to him furthering his development with the Lakers and are excited by what we think he can offer our team.” NBA.com

Zach Lowe: Talked earlier today with Mitchell Butler, agent for Josh Huestis. Said D-League deal was pre-arranged before the draft with OKC. Butler was not sure if Huestis would get drafted in either 1st/2nd round, viewed D-League promise as best means of guaranteeing being picked. Butler insisted arrangement did not violate rules against pre-draft discussion of player compensation. A gray area, but seems like semantics. Huestis, Butler says, was fine w/ arrangement. Didn't want to go to Europe, would do D-League thing only for two franchises: OKC, Spurs. Twitter @ZachLowe_NBA

Stephon Marbury talked with Sohu Sports about Mudiay coming to China: "Mudiay came to China and I think it's a great publicity for the Chinese basketball movement. I believe that his arrival could increase the appeal of the league and as a result its competitiveness, attracting new players to this state. We will welcome with open arms all the American players who wish to build a career here". Sportando

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July 23, 2014 | 02:54 PM ET Update

While the Suns were reluctant to talk about where Bledsoe fits into all of this on a day they were introducing Thomas and forward Anthony Tolliver, privately they are making it clear that Bledsoe is and always has been integral to their long-range plans. Arizona Republic

The Suns, as has been well-documented, offered Bledsoe a four-year contract worth a total of $48 million, which we're told is significantly higher than what the club offered in October before the two sides put talks on hold for the season. Bledsoe reportedly is seeking a maximum contract of $80 million over five seasons, which only the Suns can offer. Other teams can go as high as $63 million over four years, but only Philadelphia remains among teams with salary-cap room to pay it. By all accounts the Suns will match such a deal if necessary, even if it limits what they can do in the future. Arizona Republic

Yet, the Kings seemed to look for someone to replace Thomas at every opportunity. "They were," he said matter-of-factly. "I felt very disrespected. Every year it was somebody new. I felt I did a good enough job to show them I was a starting point guard or a guy who could play a big role with their team. But they thought differently. They're going to go forward without me, and I'm going to go forward with the Phoenix Suns, and I know something special is coming here." Arizona Republic

If Dragic, Bledsoe and Thomas all are available, Hornacek can keep two fresh, starting playmakers in the backcourt at all times. He called it a "three-headed monster." "Why not?" Hornacek said. The always-effervescent Thomas brightened even more at the suggestion. "I think it would work," he said. "We're totally three different basketball players. We could come at guys from three different directions. It's going to be tough for teams to guard us." Can the Suns contend for titles this way? Conventional thinking says no. But the Suns aren't thinking conventionally these days. Arizona Republic

The player is also evaluating the possibility to stay in NBA, because Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns are looking to him. Sportando

 

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July 23, 2014 | 02:13 PM ET Update

Joe Cowley: According to the source, Timberwolves reached out to Bulls last night to let them know Cavs offer was best on the table. Gar Forman played poker face for about 12 hours, and then pushed all the chips in this morning. Confirmed Taj and McDermott as well as "other assets.'' Mirotic is still unconfirmed. Twitter @suntimes_hoops

Joe Cowley: Bulls felt Timberwolves were initially bluffing to drive up the price Tue. night, but in backchannels with Love, felt like Cavs were close. Forman and Pax are in a win-now window, and made the decision that Love in Chicago is much better than Love in Cleveland with James. On the TWolves side, there is great pressure to start winning, and another rebuild with the Cavs deal is not ideal. Twitter @suntimes_hoops

Joe Cowley: McDermott signing would hold deal back from being official for 30 days, but could agree in principle. If Forman and Bulls would have been all in on Tuesday for Love, they wouldn't have had McDermott sign. It's a Wed morning decision made. Twitter @suntimes_hoops

Joe Cowley: Per source: Forman put a deadline on TWolves response so that there isn't this back-and-forth playing the Cavs and Bulls against each other. If this is going down it could be going down quicker than expected. Twitter @suntimes_hoops

Gibson said he talked to his agent on Tuesday and that his agent didn't talk to him about anything specific or imminent. Multiple outlets, including the Tribune, have reported that the Bulls have re-entered the trade talks for Love after putting those on the backburner to chase Carmelo Anthony in free agency but that the Cavaliers are in the lead to acquire Love. Chicago Tribune

"Without a doubt (I want to be here). I’m a nonchalant kind of guy. I let my game speak for myself. But this place has been home for me, a lot of good times. I’m looking forward to the future but have to see what happens." Chicago Tribune

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Brian Roberts. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Brian is a quality point guard who we believe will play a key role for us,” Cho said. “We look forward to having him as part of our team.” NBA.com

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July 23, 2014 | 12:59 PM ET Update

The Timberwolves have been steadfast in their stance when entertaining trade offers. They know what they want and are unwilling to part with Love right now unless they get what they want in return. Minnesota has made it clear that any trade talks with Cleveland for Love include Wiggins. The Cavs were reluctant to include Wiggins in a deal but realize the only way to get Love is to trade Wiggins to Minnesota. Wiggins has not signed his rookie deal with Cleveland yet, and once he does, he cannot be traded for 30 days. If Wiggins signs soon, the Love-to-Cleveland sage could drag on for at least the next month. USA Today Sports

Jake Fischer: I've never heard Sixers have truly been interested in Dion Waiters & swapping Thad's professionalism for a gunner doesn't seem like Hinkie. Twitter @JakeLFischer

Another week passes by.... week #3. I was happy to be back home in New York City. Spent some good quality time with my familia. Shouts to my little cousin Bryant who I take under my wing. He's a good kid, helps me out a lot. Got a chance to catch a Pro-Am game at Baruch College. For those of you that may not know, Pro-Am is a Summer League that takes place in NYC annually. It's where the best of the best get together and compete during the off-season. You'll always catch active and former NBA guys there, plus legit overseas experienced players. It's sponsored by Nike and I think now it's actually called the Nike Pro City League. I've had my share of runs there before. Always great to come back and reconnect. One would think my patience would have gotten the best of me during this point in time, but I'm keeping myself poised and dedicated to the gym. I'm going to continue to fight. I feel like I have something to prove, not to the fans, but to myself, and the love that I have for this game. Timing is everything and everything happens for a reason. Hope you enjoy this week's Webisode. Charlie Villanueva

Sam Amick: Omri Casspi is hopeful that (once waived by NO) he can re-sign w/ Kings. He could make a lot more overseas but won't give up his NBA dream. Twitter @sam_amick

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July 23, 2014 | 11:29 AM ET Update

The Chicago Bulls have offered a package of Taj Gibson and rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love, a league source told SheridanHoops.com on Wednesday. The package is extremely intriguing to the Timberwolves, but there is a catch — it cannot be completed for another 29 days after McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts Tuesday. NBA rules prohibit rookies from being traded within the first 30 days after they sign. SheridanHoops

"When a deal like this takes a long time, there are going to be more ants circling the picnic," one front-office source told Sporting News. "This is not likely to be a one-to-one trade." Sporting News

Sources told Sporting News that Philadelphia and Denver, again, are interested in participating in whatever deal happens for Love. Denver has interest in acquiring Love themselves, while the Sixers would like to facilitate a trade by including forward Thaddeus Young. Sporting News

The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Markel Brown and forward Cory Jefferson to multi-year contracts, General Manager Billy King announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed. Brown, the 44th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night in exchange for cash considerations. He recently completed his senior season at Oklahoma State, averaging 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 35.3 minutes per game and earning All-Big 12 Second Team honors for the second consecutive season. During his junior season, Brown averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 34.1 minutes per game. NBA.com

Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a New York gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail. Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He admitted he knowingly had a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a pistol without a license. ESPN.com

"Are those charges true?'' Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Larry Stephen asked. "Yes, sir,'' Felton said, later adding in a soft voice, "I apologize.'' He was immediately sentenced to 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Rebold said Felton will be allowed to do the service outside New York. If he complies, the case will be closed without jail time or probation. ESPN.com

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July 23, 2014 | 10:27 AM ET Update

On top of all that, there are league-wide whispers of a third team perhaps getting involved in a potential Cavs-Wolves deal, whispers of the 76ers possessing a strong interest in Cavs guard Dion Waiters, whispers of another major transaction on the way. Yeah. Unreal. FoxSports.com

Before the conversation ended, Casspi talked again about his early NBA career and expressed a desire to return to the city where it began. Once he is waived by the Pelicans, he added, he can sign with any other club. “My agent (Dan Fegan) is talking with a number of teams,” he said, “and the Kings are one of them. Couldn’t they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run? I think I could help, and it would be fun to play with Rudy (Gay), DeMarcus (Cousins), J.T. I still have a lot of friends there. I would love to come back and fulfill my path. But now I have to concentrate on the national team, and maybe, I can get some of this pressure off my chest.” Sacramento Bee

The Dallas Mavericks will host free agent Jameer Nelson on a recruiting visit Thursday, as part of ongoing negotiations with the former Orlando Magic point guard, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks are bringing Nelson to town in hopes of finally closing a deal with him, as Dallas continues to pursue a veteran point guard to help fill the void created by Jose Calderon's exit in June. ESPN.com

There has been mutual interest between the Mavs and guard Mo Williams throughout the free-agency period. However, Williams has offers for more than the $2.7 million salary the Mavs can offer, sources said. A source also told ESPNDallas.com recently that Williams wasn’t the Mavs’ top target for their $2.7 million exception, declining to elaborate on the player who is a higher priority. (Jameer Nelson?) ESPN.com

They could get a steal at a veteran's minimum salary (around $915,000) if Marshall can continue his upward trend. "He got a great opportunity with the Lakers and made the most of that," Bucks general manager John Hammond said. "When he describes himself as a pass-first guard, that's close to an understatement. "He has tremendous vision, similar to the coach he's playing for. He can throw over the top to bigs, he can throw ahead in transition and he also can penetrate and break down a defense." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Upon the player's request, the FIBA Disciplinary Panel held a hearing by telephone conference on 16 July 2014. The Panel rendered its decision on 21 July 2014 finding that Mr. Calathes has violated the FIBA Anti-doping Regulations and, therefore, he is ineligible to participate in FIBA Competitions for a period of four (4) months starting from 19 April 2014 until 18 August 2014 (including). During the period of ineligibility the player is not allowed to compete in any basketball game, including friendly games. The decision issued by the FIBA Disciplinary Panel is valid for FIBA and all National Member Federations of FIBA and has no impact on the existing NBA decision. The decision is subject to appeal within a period of 14 days to the FIBA Appeals’ Panel. Sportando

LeBron adviser Maverick Carter, via Real Talk with Jason Whitlock: LeBron and D-Wade are totally fine, speak almost daily or every other day. They’re totally fine. They’ll be friends for life. Their friendship goes beyond basketball and is bigger than basketball, so they’ll be friends for life. NBCSports.com

Jordan Schultz: Kevin Durant on OKC Thunder title hopes next season: "I feel like we're just a piece or two missing. I feel like we're close." Twitter

“I started to trim up during the last month (of the season) and I started feeling better even though I didn’t play a lot so people couldn’t really see it,” he said. “During workouts and whatnot, I felt good and I decided to be a little more extreme, see what that feels like. And I feel good. I like the way my body is starting to look and I think there’s going to be a point where I might want to add more the right way throughout the summer.” Now he recently weighed in at 220 pounds. “This is about right,” Copeland said. “I might slim up a little bit more but I’m going to test this throughout the summer and I feel very light. I don’t know if that’s going to hurt me in the post so I’m trying to figure out what’s a good weight but I have some time to figure it out.” Vigilant Sports

Doug McDermott and Victor Oladipo are among the 13 players named to the USA Basketball Select team that will practice against the group headed to the World Cup in Spain. Team USA unveiled roster on Tuesday. It includes McDermott, the sharp-shooting forward from Creighton who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls, and Oladipo, the second-year guard from the Orlando Magic. USA Today Sports

The NBA will take its affiliation with former Baylor Bears star Isaiah Austin a step further than the ceremonial pick they extended him in this year's draft if all goes according to plan. Austin, whose career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart, has been promised a job by commissioner Adam Silver with the stipulation he complete his undergraduate degree from Baylor, he told TMZ.com. "Right now he's going to have me do a little stuff with NBA Cares, just off-and-on right now until I get a full job," Austin told the website, referring to the league's charity outreach group. ESPN.com

He recently engaged in a brief, but controversial Twitter tussle about the Israel-Gaza conflict with his friend and former Houston Rockets teammate, Dwight Howard. But the worst of it? Casspi, 26, is standing on the corner of the latest Middle East conflagration, running to bomb shelters when sirens sound and incoming rockets shake his boyhood home in Yavne, a Tel Aviv suburb about 45 miles from the border with Gaza. “Everyone is scared and on edge,” Casspi said in a lengthy phone conversation. “My dog (Butch) follows me everywhere, even into the bathroom. I tried to sleep last night, but then the sirens go off, and you can hear when the Iron Dome missiles connect with an incoming rocket. The whole house trembles. My sister and my parents, we just run to the nearest bomb shelter. Believe me, this is just terrible.” Sacramento Bee

Howard, who has the same agent as Casspi, appeared to start the mini-controversy with a #FreePalestine tweet. Casspi quickly responded with his own tweets, including one that read, “600 missiles been fired from GAZA by Hamas in last 4 days. NUMBERS DON’T LIE. STOP LYING.” Howard quickly retracted his remarks and called his former teammate to apologize. Casspi, who has received his own share of criticism for venting, regrets sharing his thoughts so publicly and acknowledged that his emotions are raw and unfiltered, increasingly so since his return to Israel. Sacramento Bee

“We were talking again today about (how) much different it felt back then,” Casspi said. “Dwight (Howard) all the time talked about coming to visit me in Israel. J.T. (Jason Thompson) came over and had a great time. Then, two years ago, Yavne started getting hit a lot. Now we are in the middle of this, and it’s so hard to see, it’s heartbreaking. Kids dying in their parents’ arms? I think of the people in Gaza … they think Jewish people are monsters with three heads. But Hamas is using humans as shields and building tunnels under people’s houses. What do we do?” Sacramento Bee

Dwyane Wade & Brandon Marshall Sports Academy & Cheerleading Skills Camp is a thing that exists. Who knew? Anyway, Wade and Marshall gave a sort of press conference at their sports academy and Wade took the opportunity to tell a story about a kid at once of his basketball camps. Apparently, in front of a large group of campers, the child asked Wade why he flops. Wade laughed as he told the story, but deep down I bet he feels bad about every time an NBA player flops because it is such a bad example for the kids. That’s how this kind of thing happens. [@cartmaniak] The Big Lead

As Lebron James plotted his return to Cleveland, fans in his home state gathered around LeBron’s home in Bath Township waiting to celebrate. Their presence led to increased traffic and a police presence in the area. As an apology for that distraction, the James family recently sent neighbors a box of cupcakes to say sorry. For The Win

L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes says his aunt was brutally murdered last week at the hands of a violent fugitive -- and now he's taken to social media in hopes of finding her killer. Cops say the man is 51-year-old Michael Williams -- who they believe is the victim's estranged husband. Investigators say the victim was going to see Williams on July 8 when she was stabbed. Officials believe Williams is a transient with a violent history who may be hiding out in South Sacramento. TMZ.com

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