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July 22, 2014 | 11:38 PM ET Update

New Dallas Mavericks forward Rashard Lewis will soon undergo right knee surgery, his agent told Yahoo Sports. The Mavericks announced the signing of Lewis on July 19 after he agreed to a one-year contract paying the veteran's minimum. Lewis' agent Colin Bryant said it's uncertain how long Lewis will be sidelined. It's also uncertain if the Mavericks will try to void Lewis' contract. Lewis' knee injury was discovered during a physical for the Mavericks. A Mavericks spokesperson declined comment. Yahoo! Sports

"We picked Boston as much for the historical culture and for Brad, as for anything else," Turner's agent David Falk told CSNNE.com on Tuesday. Falk, who also represents Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger, discussed how Boston's use of versatile players in the past influenced his client's decision to sign with the Celtics. There were two teams that Turner was seriously considering. Falk declined to reveal the other team, but a league source indicated that it was the Minnesota Timberwolves. "If you look back into the 1980s when you had Danny (Ainge) and (Dennis Johnson) in the backcourt, (Kevin) McHale and Larry upfront ... there was a lot of diversity in the way the players were used," Falk said. "Evan's a multi-dimensional player." CSNNE.com

July 22, 2014 | 11:15 PM ET Update

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said last week that the team has remained in contact with guard Sergio Llull, the most prized of the international prospects whose rights the Rockets control, but that Sergio Llull is also expected to remain with his current team. Houston Chronicle

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July 22, 2014 | 09:56 PM ET Update

But the former Brooklyn Net and NBA veteran is hardly idle these days, and told the Daily News that he is “looking to coach and get on the other side of it.” Stackhouse said he has emailed new Nets coach Lionel Hollins -- who was hired after Jason Kidd’s abrupt departure and subsequent hiring in Milwaukee -- but Stackhouse also acknowledged that he is likely part of “a long list” of people and coaches looking for a spot on Hollins’ staff. There has been speculation that Stackhouse could land in Wisconsin with Kidd, too. “Probably not with Brooklyn,” Stackhouse said of his future job prospects. “I like Lionel Hollins, and I like Jason Kidd, too. That came about really quickly. But sometimes you need a change of scenery.” New York Daily News

In 2003, a then-record 31 international players filed as early-entry candidates. Entries got hot at that point because agents started picking up on the idea that if they put a player in a year before he's draft-eligible, he'll be on the NBA radar. It's still happening at a high number, and sometimes that backfires if not executed properly. Every year, there are only around eight international players drafted. There are usually three or four in the first round, and there are usually five to seven in the second round. Bleacher Report

Ten, 15 years ago, you could go to three and four countries—Croatia, Serbia, Lithuania, Argentina—and get 90 percent of your work done. But you can't do that any more. If it's a 14-day trip, I'm probably going to hit 12 countries. And let me tell you something: You get tired, and you need a couple days to recoup. The demanding travel is the most challenging thing about being an international scout. Bleacher Report

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July 22, 2014 | 07:01 PM ET Update

Doug McDermott wouldn’t be an immediate option, after the team announced he signed his contract early Tuesday afternoon, which according to NBA rules, makes it so a rookie can’t be traded until at least 30 days after he puts his name on the dotted line. Chicago Sun-Times

As for where he stands with the Spurs, Bertans expects he’ll be making the leap to the NBA sometime in the next two seasons. “I think they count on me as a player in the next two years.” Bertans said the Spurs were supportive of him signing with Baskonia because they’ve had a respectable relationship with the club before, when Tiago Splitter played there, while they’re also monitoring 2011 draftee Adam Hanga currently in Baskonia. Bertans also stated that his contract with Baskonia has an NBA-opt out after each season. ProjectSpurs.com

Marc J. Spears: Agent Colin Bryant: "Rashard discovered he needs a medical procedure on his right knee to ensure he functions at a high level this season. We look forward to (Lewis) getting this behind him as soon as possible so he can continue his stellar NBA career" Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

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July 22, 2014 | 06:12 PM ET Update

Montenegrin forward Nikola Mirotic will become this season the best paid European rookie in the history of the NBA with a first-year salary of $5,305,000 – clearly ahead of the $4.5 million Italian big man Andrea Bargnani commanded in 2006. Mirotic's deal with the Chicago Bulls calls for him to make $16.6 million in three years, which will be more than enough to offset the $3 million he will have to pay Real Madrid for his contract buyout. HoopsHype

Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey. The surgery was performed by Dr. Kirk Wong at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. Robinson injured the finger July 15 during Portland's NBA Summer League game against Atlanta in Las Vegas. Robinson is expected to be ready for Portland's Fall training camp. NBA.com

The New Orleans Pelicans will play the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 23 in a preseason game at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, the franchise announced on Tuesday. It is the second Pelicans preseason game that has been announced for this fall. In April, the Pelicans confirmed they will play the Miami Heat in Louisville, Ky., at the KFC Yum! Center on Oct. 4. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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July 22, 2014 | 03:56 PM ET Update

The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Bojan Bogdanović to a multi-year contract, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. “Having drafted Bojan in 2011, it is rewarding to finally welcome him to the Nets,” said King. “We obviously have a high regard for his game, and we are glad he will now bring that talent to Brooklyn.” NBA.com

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed free agent guard Aaron Brooks. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. “We’re excited to add a player as experienced and talented as Aaron to our group,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. NBA.com

The Chicago Bulls announced today the signing of forward Doug McDermott. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “We’re very excited about the addition of Doug. We love the versatility of his game and his ability to shoot,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “He’s a fit for our team and organization on many different levels.” NBA.com

Carmelo Anthony will try his hand at picking winners among technology startups through a new venture fund called M7 Tech Partners, an LLC he co-founded with digital media and entertainment veteran Stuart Goldfarb. According to its Crunchbase profile, M7 Tech Partners will invest in “early stage digital media, consumer internet and technology ventures.” The fund’s name is a play on Carmelo’s nickname – “Melo” – and his jersey number seven. M7 made its first move by investing in children’s storytelling startup Hullabalu with more tech and media investments on the way. The Fields of Green

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July 22, 2014 | 03:39 PM ET Update

Cleveland's discussions with Minnesota have escalated with the Cavaliers' willingness to include No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins in the deal, sources said. Without Wiggins, there's no other combination of Cleveland players and picks that would interest Minnesota. Once Wiggins signs his rookie contract, a trade involving him can't be formally completed for 30 days. Yahoo! Sports

Minnesota wants a package for Love to include guard J.J. Barea, who has $4.5 million left on his expiring deal – and possibly guard Kevin Martin, who has three years and $21 million left. As part of a larger deal, the Cavaliers want to include 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future No. 1 pick for Love. Yahoo! Sports

The Denver Nuggets have remained a strong contender for Love, offering a package that sources said has been the most appealing to Minnesota outside of the Cavaliers and a possible Golden State deal including Klay Thompson. So far, the Warriors have kept Thompson out of their offer to Minnesota. Yahoo! Sports

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard/forward Brandon Rush to a contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. NBA.com

 

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July 22, 2014 | 02:22 PM ET Update

The Cleveland Cavaliers are firmly in the lead to acquire Kevin Love but the Chicago Bulls are making a renewed push to get into the trade mix for the All-Star power forward, according to sources close to the process. ESPN.com

Sources say that the Bulls, though, have this re-entered the race and would appear to be the biggest threat to the Cavs, thanks largely to the Golden State Warriors' resolute unwillingness to add longtime Wolves target Klay Thompson in a deal. Although the full extent of the Bulls' offer wasn't immediately known, it is believed Minnesota would seek a package from Chicago featuring forward Taj Gibson and defensive ace Jimmy Butler in addition to other assets. The Bulls shelved their Love interest while trying to sign Carmelo Anthony away from the New York Knicks but, according to sources, have re-emerged as a contender. ESPN.com

Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person familiar with the talks says Wiggins will sign with Cleveland as early as Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on its plans. Associated Press

Last week, two people familiar with the discussions said the Cavs were still not willing to include Wiggins in a deal. It's not yet known if the Cavs have softened their stance on Wiggins, who played well during the team's summer league in Las Vegas. Associated Press

The National Basketball Association warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard, were scheduled to participate in promotional appearances in Manila this week, and the NBA has told its Players Association that the event organizers failed to gain league approval, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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July 22, 2014 | 11:26 AM ET Update

Mudiay, 19, had been faced with eligibility issues for his freshman season at Southern Methodist University under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and made the decision to play in China before becoming eligible for the 2015 NBA draft. Yahoo! Sports

Utah brass have some roster decisions to make by Aug. 1. The contracts of guard Ian Clark (fully) and forward Erik Murphy (partially) will become guaranteed after the end of this month. The Jazz’s plans are not set in stone for either player yet, and likely won’t be until the day of the decision. Utah has 11 players under contract for 2014-15, including latest signee Trevor Booker, but sources indicate that management still wants to bring in another guard and/or wing via free agency. Deseret News

He made it official by signing a one-year deal Monday morning for $1,227,985, the veteran’s minimum (for a player with seven years of experience). What Stuckey brings is a fresh mindset as he looks to jumpstart his career. “I’ve been in Detroit for sevens years, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of different situations, a lot of different coaches – six in seven years,” he said. “But you live and learn, you grow from every situation. I just want to thank Detroit for giving me that opportunity to make my NBA dreams come true by drafting me. It’s a fresh start, and I’m excited for it.” Vigilant Sports

He is spending much of his offseason back home in Covington, Washington. He acquired the keys to his high school gym, Kentwood, and has been going through two workouts a day. He’s eager to talk with his new teammates for the first time and get to work. “I know I’m not going to have a problem fitting in with these guys,” said Stuckey. “I’m very humble, I’m laid back, I’m very respectful, and I think we’re all going to get along with each other very well. “I got to come in and everyone’s respect first and foremost, and just fit in. I’m not trying to come in and try to doing nothing out of the ordinary. I’m just trying to come in, be level-headed, learn from these guys, just play hard with them and compete with them.” Vigilant Sports

The Bulls finalized some bookkeeping Monday, officially announcing the signings of second-round pick Cameron Bairstow and guard Kirk Hinrich. The signings have been ordered a certain way to maximize the team's limited salary-cap space. Bairstow, a physical big man, signed a three-year deal starting at $507,336. Only the first year is fully guaranteed. Chicago Tribune

The Wizards released their new alternate jerseys on Tuesday — their first alternates since going back to red-white-and-blue uniforms before the 2011-12 season. The alternates “will be primarily navy blue with red color-blocking at the top and ‘Washington’ listed on the front while the navy shorts will feature the secondary Monument’ logo,” the team said in a release. Washington Post

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July 22, 2014 | 09:49 AM ET Update

In an interview with the Argentine website Canchallena.LaNacion.com, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili revealed Monday that he no longer feels pain in the area of his stress fracture on his right leg, and though he remains optimistic he might still have a chance to play for the Argentine National team in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, he’s still being cautious and fearful not to make a definite decision just yet. Here is what Ginobili had to say Monday: “It does not hurt. I’m Optimistic, but I have doubts, I have fears. Perceive that it is (the injury) is definitely much better. When I finished the season touch felt pain when I touched that area, not now,” ProjectSpurs.com

So why not read about what Gary Williams thinks about the Durant question? “One interesting thing on this LeBron going back to Cleveland, Durant’s watching that very close,” Williams said on ESPN 980 last week. “He’s seeing the adulation pouring out for LeBron James for coming home. And Durant loves this area. He does. He’s back every summer. He plays at Montrose [Christian] against their high school kids sometimes; he’s out there taking charges. He just loves to play basketball. He’s been over at Maryland, he plays with the players over there. He just wants to play. And these are where his ties are. I know one thing, when his career’s over, I’d be shocked if he didn’t live in this area.” Washington Post

Hmmmmm? “I think you go in steps,” Williams later said. “I don’t think [Paul] Pierce comes here unless the Wizards did what they did in the playoffs this year. So now take that a step further. If they do make another really strong playoff run this coming year; now all of a sudden there’s somebody that good that’s out there, they have to look at the Wizards. Because I think all those guys – Durant included – are looking at if I go here, will they be good enough to win a championship? So if the Wizards can show that maybe they’re just missing a Durant to win a championship, I think they have a good chance, I really do.” Washington Post

Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, is considered to be the best remaining player available in free agency but he has not signed an offer sheet from any NBA team. It is due to a combination of circumstances, including how most teams have used their salary cap space, his desired price tag that is at or near a maximum-level contract and the Suns' desire and right to retain him. "We'll continue to work as hard as we can within that restricted free agency system established by the collective bargaining agreement," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said Monday. "We continue to hope and expect that he will remain in a Suns uniform." Arizona Republic

The Suns have been negotiating with Bledsoe but also have the ability to match any offer sheet he might sign with another team. The Suns have offered a four-year, $48 million contract that is the equivalent of what free agency's other top point guard, Kyle Lowry, signed as an unrestricted free agent to remain in Toronto. Arizona Republic

The Kings are still looking for a power forward. The team inquired about Detroit’s Josh Smith again while in Las Vegas. The Kings aren’t content with their collection of power forwards and would like to move a contract or two to bring in a better complement to Cousins. That would be an athletic shot blocker or a big man who can shoot from long range. Sacramento Bee

There might be some finds on the summer league roster. Forward Quincy Acy has a team option that must be picked up by Saturday to guarantee his contract for next season. Acy showed he can still be energetic defensively while adding an improved jump shot. For approximately $915,000, the Kings have to seriously consider bringing him back. Sacramento Bee

A league source confirmed the Knicks have had discussions with free-agent swingman Dahntay Jones about bringing him in for a workout. Jones, 33, spent last season out of the NBA after playing the previous 10 seasons in the league for Memphis, Sacramento, Denver — where he was teammates with Carmelo Anthony when the Nuggets reached the Western Conference Finals in 2009 — Indiana, Dallas and Atlanta. New York Post

Turner played at Ohio State for Stevens’ former Butler boss, Thad Matta, and coaching appears to have played a major role in Turner’s decision. “There are teams that offered him one-year deals. There are teams that offered him multi-year deals,” said Falk. “But I think the deal here is secondary to the environment. “Boston all along has been probably our No. 1 destination. I felt what Evan needed was to kind of replicate the relationship that he had with coach Brett Brown in Philadelphia. ... We were really looking mostly for an environment more than geography.” Boston Herald

Williams, who left North Carolina after his freshman year, has taken classes in Chapel Hill nine straight summers. His news conference Monday was pushed back to 4 p.m. because he had been in class. He’s two days from a degree in African American Studies. Williams is scheduled to walk the stage in December. I know an African American Studies degree at North Carolina will prompt laughs. That nine summers were required to graduate, summers he could have been spending his time elsewhere, suggests Williams earned his degree. Charlotte Observer

Emmanuel Mudiay will start his pro career in China with Guandgond, as announced by the CBA team. The 6-foot-5 guard has been projected as a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Sportando

Sergey Karasev will join the Russian national team this weekend in preparation for the FIBA Europe Qualifying Tournament in August. Karasev, acquired by the Nets in the three-team deal that brought Jarrett Jack to Brooklyn, is expected to arrive at the training site outside Moscow on Friday. Team Russia is participating in a "friendly" tournament at the site starting Friday, going up against teams from Israel and the Czech Republic. It's unknown if Karasev will play. NetsDaily

Chuck Person will be the next head basketball coach at Auburn University. He boldly informed the North Alabama Auburn Club of that future fact Monday night as an example of new confidence the basketball program has created since Bruce Pearl took over last spring and hired the Auburn legend as an assistant. "I want to be head coach at Auburn," he told a gathering of about 100 people at Decatur Country Club. "That's my goal. I'm going to make it happen. It's going to happen." Birmingham News

The questions surround the realistic end goal and the larger forces driving the team’s strategy. The Kings are frank about their desire to be a competitive team with legitimate playoff hopes by the time they move into their (unbuilt) new arena in 2016. Rebuilding might be the smart long-term play, but it requires time that franchise higher-ups no longer think they have. “We have an arena coming in two years,” D’Alessandro says. “The clock is ticking. We are going to do everything we can to be a competitive team when we get there. The fans have waited too long. They need to see something now. To put a bad product inside a gorgeous package doesn’t make sense.” Grantland

The Trail Blazers will for the first time have a sleeved jersey in their uniform repertoire for the upcoming season. The white home jersey will have the words "Rip City" on the front. It will be up to the team to decide when the jersey will be worn, Christopher Arena, NBA vice president of identity, said in an interview Monday. Oregonian

NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire has canceled the basketball camp he was to host in Israel for local youth later this month, citing safety concerns due to the ongoing conflict with Hamas. “We chose to cancel the Amar’e Stoudemire Basketball Academy because we did not want to put any of our campers or coaches in harm’s way,” Stoudemire said in a statement to Haaretz. “I look forward to hosting a basketball camp in Israel in the future.” Haaretz

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