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October 21, 2014 | 09:45 AM ET Update

The Washington Wizards, looking for a trusted veteran to add to their guard depth, are on the verge of signing John Lucas III, NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday. Sources told ESPN.com that the Wizards are in the process of bringing the 31-year-old Lucas to Washington after losing star guard Bradley Beal to a wrist injury that's expected to sideline him for at least six weeks.‎ ESPN.com

I still think the Budinger move is most likely just because of the four options, he's the most expendable if the Wolves can find a willing team. The Wolves probably keep Robinson because of his potential and cost efficiency. They probably keep Hummel just because, as was shown Sunday in Tulsa, they'll need him as a third power forward if Thad Young or Anthony Bennett gets hurt. When Bennett's knee proved too sore, Hummel played 19 minutes Sunday and played well. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Giannis says Thanasis can be 'better' than him: He was probably just being polite, but Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks his brother and Knicks draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo can be better than he is. "He can be better than me. I believe that," Giannis said Monday. Giannis added that his brother is "very athletic." "You can't [teach] that. Like some guys are tall. You can't [teach] tallness. The only thing you can do is improve your skills to play in this league. That's what he's doing. Just trying to improve his skills so he can make it in the league." ESPN.com

One knee shredded. Then, after a heralded return—and 10 games of 35.4 percent shooting—the other. Life has come at Derrick Rose fast. Monday night, he came back at James' new team even faster. "The fastest guy on the court by far," Bulls center Joakim Noah said, smiling. Bleacher Report

 

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October 21, 2014 | 07:40 AM ET Update

I want to be clear the Pistons are not shopping Josh. In fact they are hoping to get a more efficient Josh this season. Basketball Insiders

Will Bynum, who is expected to be waived this week after coming over from Detroit in last week’s Joel Anthony trade, was, as expected, a ghost yesterday. “He’s not here,” Stevens said simply. Boston Herald

Shams Charania: The Dallas Mavericks have released athletic forward Eric Griffin, league source tells RealGM. Griffin was on a partial three-year deal. Twitter @ShamsCharania

Galatasaray will likely waive Nolan Smith. The former NBA guard was sent to the Galatasaray young team after a discussion with coach Ergin Ataman (the player apologized on Twitter after the game). Sportando

Rick Bonnell: P.J. Hairston said he's considering changing agents. He said among those he's considering: Former UNC-Greensboro player Rodney Blackstock. Twitter

There was so much drama here lately, from part-owner Bruce Levenson announcing that he was selling his stake in the team to Danny Ferry‘s highly publicized situation involving his comments about Luol Deng and the firestorm that created. How have you and the other leaders on this team weathered that storm and kept your focus on the tasks ahead? Jeff Teague: We stayed insulated from all of that and just locked in on each other. We’re a good group of guys and we play for one another in that locker room. Coach Bud is a good guy and he’s straight up with us. He keeps everything up front and always treats us like men and tells us what’s going on and all you can do is respect. Me, knowing Danny, he’s a good dude. He’s never said or done anything disrespectful like that to me. So when those things came out I didn’t overreact or think he was a racist or anything like that. It’s a mistake that anybody could make. And he’s dealing with it right now. And hopefully, he can come back from it. NBA.com

It took years, but LeBron James is finally more popular than ever, according to an ESPN Sports Poll. In the latest September survey, 18.4 percent of NBA fans cited James as their favorite player, almost double the 9.4 percent figure from the 2011-12 season, when he was still mired in Decision backlash. ESPN.com

In stark contrast, older fans wholly embraced LeBron's embrace of his old team. The 35-54 demographic went from 14.7 percent support to 18.4 percent. Fans over the age of 55 went from 11.7 percent to 16.6 percent. LeBron's summer bump was powered by fans over the age of 35. ESPN.com

Rather, Stoudemire feels healthy and with that health comes a feeling that maybe, just maybe, there can be some form of dominance up front alongside Carmelo Anthony for the Knicks this season. “My joy is there. My love of the game is there,” said Stoudemire, 32 next month. “I feel like I’m 19 again as far as how much I love to play the game of basketball. I feel youthful. To have that type of feeling again as I had my rookie year, to want to play and just want to be out there and get better as a player is pretty encouraging.” New York Post

Jeff Green returns as the likely small forward starter and Evan Turner will receive minutes at the position, too. Rookie James Young might not be ready, but if he earns time, it will only further the crowding on the wing. Apparently understanding Stevens could cut his minutes average (24.4 last year) significantly, Wallace appears open to whatever comes his way. “He shared the same sentiments with me that he’s shared to all of you: he’s willing to do whatever to help this team,” Stevens said. “And that’s a great thing. He’s been a great veteran and that’s a real positive because nothing’s guaranteed from a standpoint. But we have a ton of depth one through three.” Wallace explained: “I’m here for supportive veteran leadership. Whatever the coach needs me to do. We’ve already talked about it. I’m in a position where I’m comfortable with it.” Booth Newspapers

But in the land of Hollywood, the Lakers’ quest toward bouncing back from their worst season in L.A. franchise history will not involve special effects or star power. “We’re going to be smashmouth basketball,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. “That’s how we’re going to play. We’re going to be nasty. We’re going to be physical.” Los Angeles Daily News

Brooklyn Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner is putting his majority share of Barclays Center on the market. "Our goal is to identify a strategic partner as we continue to capitalize on the great performance of Barclays Center and the promise of Nassau Coliseum," Barclays Center spokesman Barry Baum said in a statement. "The current management team [Ratner and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark] will continue in its existing role." ESPN.com

The National Basketball Assn. is considering rescheduling some marquee basketball games in order to grow audiences in China. The possible move emerged as the organization unveiled a multi-year partnership with China’s Ministry of Education to develop sports educational in China. The education deal is expected to provide enhanced fitness and basketball training to at least 3 million school and college students by 2017. Variety.com

Donald Sterling has withdrawn his lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court that accused his wife, Shelly, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league of fraud in the sale of the Clippers. The move last week came as Sterling’s federal anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA continues. “We believe that we can more efficiently address all the issues in our pending federal action,” Bobby Samini, one of Sterling’s attorneys, wrote in an email Monday. Los Angeles Times

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