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Multiple league sources have repeatedly said that Rondo wants to start the season in Boston and see where things go from there. A similar sentiment has trickled out of Celtics camp, as well. Rondo is hopeful that the team Danny Ainge is assembling around him is better than most anticipate, that they can be this season's feel-good story not only in the East but throughout the NBA. CSNNE.com

Australian forward Joe Ingles has received some interest from the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told Sportando. Ingles is currently playing in the FIBA World Cup with Australian NT. Brett Brown, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, worked with Ingles during 2012 Olympic Games in London and he's a big fan of him. Ingles is a free-agent after spent the last season with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Sportando

SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEOS: THE BEST OF VINE AND INSTAGRAM

Adding to our social media tools, you can now watch here all the videos NBA players are posting online – including those by Nate Robinson, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith, of course.

   
September 1, 2014 | 12:14 PM ET Update

Marc Stein: Sacramento, I'm told, waived Wayne Ellington on Sunday, which was last day teams could apply waive-and-stretch provision to coming season. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

How do you feel now compared to the last couple of years? Varejao: I feel pretty good. I feel like I’m 100 percent. I feel like I’m moving a lot better. I’m healthy. I feel like I’m in shape. So this helps a lot. NBA.com

Courtney Witte, the 76ers’ director of player personnel and a fixture in their scouting department for more than a decade, is leaving the Sixers to join the Los Angeles Clippers, two sources confirmed Sunday. Based on information provided by these two sources within the Sixers’ organization, it does not appear Witte was fired. Rather, he and general manager Sam Hinkie seem to have reached a mutual agreement to have Witte take a scouting position with another team. The rest of the Sixers’ scouting staff will remain intact, one source said. Philadelphia Inquirer

BUZZ METER: WHO'S TRENDING IN THE NBA TWITTERSPHERE?

Who's the man of the minute in the NBA Twittersphere? Find out here who's getting the most mentions at any given moment.

   
September 1, 2014 | 04:03 AM ET Update

Dan Woike: Can confirm Woj report that LAC is close to a deal with Hedo Turkoglu. Team is also close to signing Chris Douglas-Roberts, per a source. Twitter @DanWoikeSports

Among free agent centers, the Heat is most intrigued by Emeka Okafor. But ESPN said he might not play until midseason because of a herniated disk. The Heat also has inquired about 6-11 free agent center Andray Blatche, who has a home here. Miami Herald

Former NBA star Metta World Peace (originally known as Ron Artest) expressed his love for the Philippines and for Manny Pacquiao but did not comment on reports that the "Pacman" wants to hire him as an import in the Philippine Basketball Association. It was revealed last week that Pacquiao, now a player-coach aside from being a boxer and a congressman, is thinking of hiring World Peace as the import for KIA during the import-laced conferences in the PBA. ABS-CBN News

What do you expect from Aaron Gordon? Jacque Vaughn: He's a great addition to the culture that we have. We're really about having unselfish guys. He's a defensive-minded guy, who has a great athletic ability. He'll grow on the offensive end of the floor. He's a guy who will come to work every day and that's what we're looking for. HoopsHype

”We won and we won because we deserved to win,” said USA coach Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University). “Our guys played their hearts out, and that was a big win for us against a really good team.” Sportando

After a summer of dramatic roster change, the Miami Heat are reassigning two prominent assistant coaches, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo will no longer play significant roles on head coach Erik Spoelstra's staff – and could be completely off the bench, according to league sources. Yahoo! Sports

A source close to the situation confirmed Sunday night to the Sun Sentinel that assistant coaches Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo no longer will be part of Erik Spoelstra's Miami Heat primary coaching staff. "As far as being on the bench, they no longer will be," said the source, who said the two have been offered the opportunity to remain with the team in other capacities. "The staff is evolving." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"The fact is," the source said, "they were part of Pat's group." Both Rothstein and McAdoo were Heat assistants when Pat Riley coached the Heat to the 2006 NBA title. They then remained on the staff when Spoelstra took over as coach in 2008 and Riley returned to a full-time role as team president. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

With the moves, David Fizdale emerges as the clear lead assistant of Spoelstra's staff. Fizdale, who formerly had worked in the Heat's video department, was hired by Spoelstra when he was named coach in 2008. He has turned down outside overtures in recent years to interview to become a head coach elsewhere, citing loyalty to Spoelstra. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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