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September 23, 2014 | 05:01 PM ET Update

Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, the @Dallas Mavericks have signed Charlie Villanueva. The 6-11 big man averaged 4.6 pts & 1.7 rebs in 20 games for Detroit last year. Twitter @EarlKSneed

The New Orleans Pelicans unveiled new red alternate uniforms. The players will wear the new uniforms four times at home, including the opener on Oct 28. Sportando

September 23, 2014 | 03:36 PM ET Update

The San Antonio Spurs today announced multiple promotions and additions to the basketball operations staff. Sean Marks returns to the front office as an assistant general manager and Brandon James has been promoted to director of basketball administration and legal affairs. Phil Coles has been hired as director of medical services and Marilyn Adams as director of rehabilitation. In addition, Xavi Schelling joins the Spurs as applied sports scientist and Paul West has been named assistant athletic trainer. NBA.com

 

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September 23, 2014 | 02:31 PM ET Update

RPT: Any indication of Rubio reluctance to re-sign w/ MN? Darren Wolfson: Fegan/Jarinn Akana will gladly extend for the max. #twolves Twitter @DarrenWolfson

Adam Kuhn: Better question, any indicatin of reluctance to re-sign for reasonable contract for an under-whelming player? Darren Wolfson: #Twolves would do a 4-yr deal in $42M range. That hasn't changed. Agents see NYK/LAL w/ cap space next year. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

Dragic emerged as a star last season, Rondo has been one in the past, and Bledsoe has the tools to be a two-way force. The Hornets should at least call Phoenix about a sign-and-trade for Bledsoe, though it would be a long shot. The Suns have shown little interest in any Bledsoe deal, per sources around the league, and unless Phoenix adores Vonleh, the Hornets don’t appear to have the goods. Grantland

The Miami HEAT announced today that Phil Weber has been named head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He becomes the 17th head coach in franchise history after serving as a consultant for the HEAT since 2012. An introductory press conference with be held for Weber in the Sanford Pentagon on Wednesday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m. NBA.com

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September 23, 2014 | 01:04 PM ET Update

What hasn’t been discussed is a contract extension for him – at least not yet. The two sides haven’t really discussed numbers, one source involved in the process said recently, but that isn’t a surprise. Kyrie Irving is the only member of the 2011 class thus far to sign an extension, although guys like Klay Thompson, Kenneth Faried and Kawhi Leonard could be next. The deadline to sign is Oct. 31. Akron Beacon Journal

They like Timofey Mozgov, but the Nuggets have shown no inclination to deal him. There doesn’t appear to be a trade available for any sort of rim protector right now, so the Cavs may look to bundle the trio of players they received from Utah (John Lucas III, Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas) in exchange for a trade exception to be used later. Akron Beacon Journal

Despite a great season in Russia and a great summer with your national team you are still free agent. You are looking for a contract just in a high-level Euroleague team or you are also interested in going back to the NBA? Mickael Gelabale: I am looking for both. I feel I can play in one of the Euroleague top teams and also have a chance back in the NBA. I am just waiting for a good team and good offer to come. Sportando

I would be surprised if Amundson is not on this team in November. David Griffin spent time with him in Phoenix and loves his hustle. Amundson has bounced around the league a lot, but the Cavs believe that’s because of his offensive limitations. It’s difficult to play him in certain rotations because he can’t really score. Akron Beacon Journal

But that disappointing end came in a season when many saw significant growth from Lowry on and off the court. “In one year, I think he grew up,” said Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri. Lowry always predicted he’d be a team’s star, while few others did. “I’ve always been second fiddle, man, to everything,” he said. “Everything. But I never believed that I was lesser than this person, that person, anybody. I always thought I was on the same level.” Grantland

“From Rick Adelman to Kevin McHale, it was a big difference,” Lowry said. “Things are a lot stricter with McHale, and with Rick, things are a lot different, offensively, defensively. You go from being successful as hell with one coach and being comfortable with the coach to, yes, I was really successful with Kevin McHale, but I just didn’t do it the right way. If I did it the right way, I would still be in Houston.” Kelvin Sampson, one of McHale’s assistants, said Lowry never accepted the change. “It’s important for him to chase conflicts,” Sampson said. “Conflicts don’t bother him. One of the things that make coaches and players great is they’re not afraid of confrontation. Not everybody can coach a confrontational player. You have to know how to coach Kyle, but you have to make sure Kyle knows who the boss is. Kyle is never going to conform and be the first guy in the class, sitting in the first row and never take his eye off the teacher. Kyle, in his own way, will figure out how to get an A in the class, though. He’s just not going to do it the conventional way. Grantland

Don’t rule out the possibility of Tristan Thompson starting at center. While it has been widely assumed Anderson Varejao would start in the middle, a theory has been floated within the organization recently that by starting Thompson, coach David Blatt could better limit Varejao’s minutes and help protect him from injury. There is plenty of time to make that final decision, but it’s worth noting the idea has at least been discussed. Akron Beacon Journal

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September 23, 2014 | 12:00 PM ET Update

For the most part, though, Grousbeck has vehemently supported Rondo, and he continued to do so Tuesday. “Absolutely it’s my goal to keep Rondo here,” the owner said. “I think we all want that. And I actually honestly think –he should speak for himself – I think Rajon wants to stay or would be very happy to stay. And we’ll see how this season goes, and how the negotiations go, but he’s proud to be a Celtic. I know that. He’s proud to wear that ring and he deserved it.” Booth Newspapers

Trade rumors forever shadow Rajon Rondo, and an expiring contract has only added to the speculation about his future. But at least publicly, Boston Celtics decision-makers continue to agree: They want Rondo around beyond his current contract. “Are you seriously asking me that again?” president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Tuesday morning before a Shamrock Foundation golf tournament at Dedham Country and Polo Club. “Yeah, we expect Rajon to be in Boston for the long term. Does that need to be asked any more by anybody ever again?” Booth Newspapers

“I expect the best year of his career,” Ainge added. “He’s worked really hard this summer and I think Rondo’s going to have the best year of his life. That’s what I expect. “He’s just a year removed from the injury. He’s growing all the time. He’s improving, he’s maturing as a leader. He’s just getting better. He’s in the prime of his career right now. And I think what he went through last year was frustrating for him, and I think that drove him to have a good, hard-working summer. I don’t think it’s the contract (motivating him) at all. I think it’s who he is. He wants to be good. Booth Newspapers

Asked if he still gets calls from other teams about Rondo, Ainge replied, “No.” “I think there’s been a lot of people that just have flat-out made stuff up, and it’s become hot topics,” he said. “Very credible people have made things up and that even makes it worse. So yeah, I think that there’s probably a lot of people out there who still have some sort of belief that there is some truth in the rumors that go on out there. But I can’t say more emphatically, my hope is that we can have a long-term relationship. Booth Newspapers

During frequent pickup games this summer, Crowder has been impressed with the defensive abilities of Chandler. “I’ve been playing pickup with Chandler for two weeks and he’s one of the best defensive guys I’ve ever played with,” Crowder said. “I love defense myself, and to play with another guy who loves defense as much as you do is something special. “When I play pickup games I try to play on his team as much as possible because I feel like it helps me get better. As a younger guy and a younger defender, it helps me, and I’m trying to learn from him because he’s back there calling shots.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In the informal pickup games, guard Devin Harris has been impressed with Parsons, who signed a three-year, $46 million contract with the Mavericks. “He’s got a good pump fake,” Harris said. “He’s a smart player, he’s a willing passer. “He’ll space the floor for us and he’ll give us some different dynamics where he can play stretch-four for us sometimes. I do think he’ll get better, and obviously he’ll have more responsibilities here, but I think he’s up for the challenge.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

After the Los Angeles Clippers sold for $2 billion this year, the question begged to be asked: Have the Boston Celtics fielded any interest from potential suitors? Yes. Tuesday. “I was just on the phone with somebody who wanted to try to buy the Celtics five minutes ago,” co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Tuesday morning before teeing it off in the seventh annual Shamrock Foundation golf tournament at Dedham Country and Polo Club. “But it was a quick conversation because the team’s not for sale.” Booth Newspapers

Grousbeck also addressed the controversies happening across professional sports. The NFL has experienced issues with domestic violence and reports of a serious cover-up, while Donald Sterling and certain high-profile members of the Atlanta Hawks organization have levied racist remarks that later became public. “It reminds me that we have a job here as a pro team to sort of set an example,” Grousbeck said. “And maybe even a higher standard just because kids look up to us, and we’re trying to set those examples every day. So it reminds us all, I think, in pro sports that we’ve got to use our positions wisely and finish everything through. We just finished all of our sensitivity, diversity, anti-harassment training – a serious training – early spring this year, right before the Donald Sterling thing all came out. We do that every year, but we’re going to have to stay on our guard and make sure we do the best they can.” Booth Newspapers

The Dallas Mavericks will introduce the seven newcomers to their roster and unveil their new jerseys during an event at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday. The arena is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a Select-a-Seat program, allowing potential new season-ticket holders to pick their seats. ESPN.com

Now, it seems, we have our answer ... and, as befitting one of the more singular characters in recent NBA history, it's a pretty bizarre one. Lloyd Dobler once famously called kickboxing "the sport of the future," and according to a translation of a report by NBA Serbia, it also appears to be the sport of Darko's future: The top-ranked Serb in the history of the NBA draft, Darko Milicic, will officially become a kickboxer on Wednesday at the Falkensteiner Hotel in Belgrade, when he will officially sign a contract with the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO). Milicic will sign a contract with Barbara Falsoni, director of WAKO PRO, who will also announce the famous basketball player's first kickboxing match. For the last year and a half, Milicic has not played basketball, but only done individual training and various strength and conditioning programs. There is no doubt he will have a lot of work to do to find his way around in the ring. However, he is not the first Serbian basketball player to dedicate himself to combat sports. Before he did it, so did Igor Rakocevic, former captain of Red Star Belgrade. Yahoo! Sports

Dwyane Wade showed off his new shoes, labeled “Dexter” inside the tongue, on Instagram. Dexter, for the uninitiated, was a TV show about a blood-splatter analyst for the police department who had plenty of experience in the field because he was also… A SERIAL KILLER. Scary stuff, I know. NBCSports.com

Brendan Bowers: Kevin Love is joining Shock Doctor, global leader in mouthguard technology, to promote the adoption of mouthguards on all levels of bball Twitter @BowersCLE

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September 23, 2014 | 09:48 AM ET Update

The Cavaliers haven’t given up on their quest of signing veteran shooting guard Ray Allen. “Until he signs, that’s going to be a target for everybody,” Griffin said. “Ray is someone who fits us as a shooter. His championship pedigree fits us at a really high level. With James, Mike and LeBron here, I think he’d feel comfortable with our group. At the same time, it’s possible he’s not sure he wants to keep playing. He’s in no hurry to make a decision. We’ll play that out as far as we can.” Morning Journal

Jorge Castillo: Jamaal Franklin and Vander Blue working out at Verizon Center. They haven’t been invited to camp, but #Wizards have spots to work with. Twitter @jorgeccastillo

King indicated in June that he wanted to re-sign Pierce. "That was the plan of attack," King said Monday at an NBA Cares event on Staten Island. "And I think as we started negotiations, with the numbers that they asked for, I thought at one point he was definitely leaving. You start switching gears because you start hearing that he's going to end up in another place, so you have to start preparing." Newsday

King said Pierce's representatives circled back to the Nets, but they already had plans to retool the roster in other ways, operating under the notion that Pierce's bags were packed. "It was his first time ever being a free agent, and so I think he was exploring all his options," King said. "I thought that there were a lot of teams that had put offers on the table or were talking to him. I really thought that he was going to end up someplace else. I don't know who, but it was one [free agent] player signed and things quickly changed. We had already started preparing that he was already not going to be back." Newsday

With his team working diligently to get back to their recent days of championship contention after an offseason that lacked those promised fireworks, Grousbeck had some interesting things to say when discussing C’s captain and impending free agent Rajon Rondo. “He’s super stubborn,” revealed Grousbeck, adding Rondo is a good, generous kid who loves being in Boston. “I don’t know how coachable he really is. “I know if you ask [former, long-time head coach] Doc [Rivers], ‘Was he the most coachable guy, or in the top half, 50 percent,’ he’d say, ‘No, he’s in the bottom 50 percent of being coachable.’ It’s hard with him,” Grousbeck continued. Boston Globe

Kerr and his staff are looking to reduce Curry's workload and have others help create easier scoring opportunities for the point guard who last season averaged career highs of 24 points and 8.5 assists. "A lot of people talk about the load I had last year," Curry said Monday at his ThanksUSA Golf Tournament. "Obviously I didn't feel it on the court. You love having those opportunities to make decisions, but when you're able to use every piece of talent we have on the roster that can make each others' jobs a little bit easier, that goes a long way. "So I'm sure they have the game plan to make it work, and we have to be coachable and figure out how to put the pieces together and make the right plays. Coach and (his staff) have done their homework. I'm sure they'll learn on the job obviously, but they know based on our roster what to do to put us in the best position to win, so we've got to accept that." Contra Costa Times

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will meet with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Friday in New York City to discuss the ownership of the Hawks. Reed indicated at a press conference last week that he would meet with Silver. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has confirmed the day and location of that meeting. Reed has pledged his support, including public funding, to help keep the Hawks in Atlanta with the sale of the controlling interest in the team. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As much as the players need to learn how to deal with their money, so do their parents need to learn how to deal with their suddenly superrich sons. In a prelude to the Rookie Transition Program, some families attended a seminar on that very topic during June draft week in New York. The N.B.A. played video from the reality television show “Mom’s Got Game” featuring Pamela McGee, the mother and business manager of JaVale McGee, whose contract with the Denver Nuggets is worth $44 million over four years. In the clip, JaVale is shown eagerly going to a car dealership with some friends. After his mother arrives, he tells her he wants to buy a $433,500 Maybach. She throws a huge bucket of cold water on the idea. “First of all, it’s a MY-bach,” she says, correcting his pronunciation. And then she snaps: “This ain’t how we spend our money.” New York Times

Money is one thing; women are another altogether. “We joke that the moment you sign your contract, you become far more handsome than the day before,” Taylor said. Detlef Schrempf, who was at the program to share his own experience in the N.B.A. in the 1980s and ’90s, agreed. “You’re talking about superstar athletes and male hormones,” he said. “For those who want to partake, it’s easily accessible 24/7.” New York Times

To deter the rookies from partaking, there was a slide show juxtaposing photographs of beautiful semi-clad women with photographs of hideously diseased genitalia. There was also a handout listing how much child support the rookies would be required to pay in various states, should they find themselves in sudden possession of a child after a one- night stand. “It was disturbing,” said Tyler Ennis, 20, a freshman star at Syracuse University who was drafted to play for the Phoenix Suns. New York Times

A whole lot of Indiana Pacers players -- and coach Frank Vogel -- were together celebrating over the weekend. But it had nothing to do with basketball. It was a wedding. Pacers center Roy Hibbert married his longtime girlfriend Valerie Cooke on Saturday. The wedding to 27-year-old Cooke, who he met at Georgetown University, took place in Indiana. Though the exact location is unknown. Indianapolis Star

A Manhattan judge slammed NBA All-Star Paul George for being a deadbeat dad in a searing paternity ruling, The Post has learned. “Even though it is all but certain that [George] is the father of the 5-month-old baby girl at the center of this case,” Justice Matthew Cooper writes, “he has gone to every length imaginable to avoid taking responsibility for his actions.” New York Post

Caldwell "Pops" Jones, who played six seasons in Philadelphia and helped the 76ers reach the NBA Finals in 1977, '80 and '82, died Sunday from a heart attack. He was 64. The 6-foot-11 center and forward averaged 7.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game over his 17-year pro career, which also included stints in the ABA and with the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs. USA Today Sports

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