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September 2, 2014 | 03:41 PM ET Update
September 2, 2014 | 02:53 PM ET Update

Marc Stein: Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski tells ESPN after New Zealand win that current plan is to play Derrick Rose next 2 nights as well with no rest. Many wondered if DRose would be rested for one of Team USA's three games-in-three nights but to this point staff feels he's progressing well Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Marc Stein: Hearing former Magic GM Otis Smith will be formally unveiled as coach of @nbadleague's expansion franchise in Grand Rapids this week. ESPN reported last month that Stan Van Gundy had turned to Otis Smith, his former boss in Orlando, to coach Pistons' new @nbadleague squad Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN CELTICS HISTORY

How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.

   
September 2, 2014 | 01:37 PM ET Update

For Rajon Rondo, little has changed. He and those around him have long held that his intention for the final two years of his contract with Boston is to play out the deal, first showing that he is healthy after returning from ACL surgery last year, then bouncing back into All-Star form this year as he heads into 2015 free agency. Thus, sources on both sides disputed the suggestion that emerged this weekend that Rondo had requested a trade from the Celtics — it is still his intention to play out his contract in Boston, and it’s still the Celtics intention to begin the season with him as the starting point guard. Sporting News

The deadline for the Lakers to use the "stretch" provision on Steve Nash passed over the weekend. The 40-year-old point guard is heading into his third year with the team, earning $9.7 million for the 2014-15 season. Had the Lakers waived Nash prior to September, they would have been able to stretch his salary over the next three years at around $3.2 million annually. Los Angeles Times

Former Golden State and Sacramento coach Keith Smart has emerged as a strong candidate to join the Miami Heat's revamped assistant coaching staff, league sources told Yahoo Sports. In the wake of a shakeup that resulted in the reassignments of Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein, Smart, 49, and Miami are discussing a role on head coach Erik Spoelstra's bench, sources said. David Fizdale will continue as Spoelstra's top assistant, and ex-Heat player Juwan Howard will move up to an assistant coaching job after a season working in player development, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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 2, 2014 | 11:20 AM ET Update

Have you heard from teams this summer? Carlos Arroyo: Well, no serious interest. I don't know what to say. The basketball world knows that I play for a team in Turkey, at least for the next year. I've always had an NBA out option, but this is a new contract. If I leave the team, it will be through a buyout. HoopsHype

Is returning to the NBA something that appeals to you? Carlos Arroyo: I know my age plays against me, I'm 35. If the opportunity arises, I will consider it. We're talking about the best league. Right now I'm focused on Galatasaray, but if something comes out after the tournament I will consider it. HoopsHype

Another important addition for BK Sigal Prishtina that announced the agreement with the Bosnian center Edin Bavcic. Bavcic, that has already played with coach Sabit Hadzic, spent last year in Greece playing with KAO Dramas and closing the season with 9.1ppg and 4.8rpg. Really expert player, after the first years with Bosna Sarajevo (drafted by Toronto Raptors in 2006, number 56, without ever playing in NBA) he had experiences also in Turkey, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Ukraine and France in his long career. Moreover he is also member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team with which he has participated in three European Championships. Sportando

Scandone Avellino is finalizing a deal with Justin Harper, according to sources. Justin Harper spent last season in Israel with Hapoel Tel Aviv averaging 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. 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 2, 2014 | 05:26 AM ET Update

Ray Allen could play one more year in the NBA. He is wanted, and he knows it. Or he could retire with no regrets, all business finished. All the years of solid play and diligent work at conditioning have put him, at 39, in this rare position — to script his own ending, and take his time doing it. "I'm not in any rush [to make a decision]," Allen said during a break in the Citi Ray Allen Basketball ProCamp at East Granby High on Saturday morning. "I've played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I'm content with everything that I've done. I just want to take this summer and see how it goes." Hartford Courant

"To continue playing, really, the only argument is I can because I'm in great shape," Allen said. "But just because you can doesn't mean you have to. Many people over these last couple of weeks have lobbied for me to continue to play. … My argument for not playing is, I have done a significant amount in my career and I appreciate everything that has come my way and as I've gotten older, I'm 39, there are so many things in life I want to be able to do to affect change — like being around kids full time, which I enjoy. Hartford Courant

A league executive who has inquired about Rondo's availability in the past pointed out on Sunday that any comparison between Rondo's current plight and that of K-Love would be "short-sighted and just flat-out wrong." "Minnesota had to trade Kevin Love because they had [nobody] remotely close to [his talent level] now, or going forward, on the roster," the source said. "When Boston drafted Marcus Smart, that took away a lot of leverage Rondo might have had in demanding a trade. I think both the Celtics and Rondo's people understand that, which is why all this talk about him demanding a trade makes no sense." 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. Sportando

Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen hopes to be playing in the NBA by the 2015-16 season. Here at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Koponen told ESPN.com he intends to make the jump to the NBA after completing the final season on his contract with BC Khimki in Russia. "I always said my dream is to play in the NBA," Koponen said. "Every summer we talk a little bit with Dallas to see what the situation is and what they think. I've got one more year left on my contract in Russia and then of course I would like to come over. I hope I get some options to go there and show I can play at that level." ESPN.com

How he stays motivated. What moves he works on during the offseason. How he keeps his confidence. And, of course, how will he play in the 2013-14 season after appearing in only six games last year because of injuries to his left Achilles and left knee. “I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don’t jump as high as I used to,” Bryant said. “That’s okay. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s okay, too. I’ll figure out another way to do it.” Los Angeles Daily News

New Detroit Pistons shooting guard Jodie Meeks was asked about his favorite Kobe Bryant moment. He didn’t need much time. It was his first day of training camp as a Los Angeles Laker. “Practice was at 11, we had to be there at 10. Well, I wanted to get there at 10,” Meeks said. “He was already there fully dressed and sweating. I got to the locker room at 9:30, got on the court at 10, and he had been there an hour and a half working on stuff. “I was like, ‘Man, it is true.’ This guy is working like this and at the time he was 34 years old. He felt like he still had a lot to prove, and he was still trying to prove people wrong. I was like, ‘Man, great player.’ ” Detroit Free Press

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, meanwhile, remains adamant that the Team USA staff is quite comfortable having included Rose as part of its final 12-man World Cup roster, even if he's available to them only as a role player as he works his way back to full speed. "I think basically we're waiting for Derrick to have kind of a bust-out game," Colangelo said. "And if that were to happen, I think he'd take off from that point." ESPN.com

Why did you decide to play college basketball? Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: I like U.S. basketball and I want to try myself in the NCAA. It was my dream to play in the NCAA and I think it's a good opportunity to show what I can do and go to the NBA. My parents told me that it was my choice and my life. They gave me some advice, but in the end I just made my choice. HoopsHype

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN NETS HISTORY

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson move up a few spots in a list topped by their former head coach.

   

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