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July 23, 2014 | 08:57 AM ET Update

On top of all that, there are league-wide whispers of a third team perhaps getting involved in a potential Cavs-Wolves deal, whispers of the 76ers possessing a strong interest in Cavs guard Dion Waiters, whispers of another major transaction on the way. Yeah. Unreal. FoxSports.com

Before the conversation ended, Casspi talked again about his early NBA career and expressed a desire to return to the city where it began. Once he is waived by the Pelicans, he added, he can sign with any other club. “My agent (Dan Fegan) is talking with a number of teams,” he said, “and the Kings are one of them. Couldn’t they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run? I think I could help, and it would be fun to play with Rudy (Gay), DeMarcus (Cousins), J.T. I still have a lot of friends there. I would love to come back and fulfill my path. But now I have to concentrate on the national team, and maybe, I can get some of this pressure off my chest.” Sacramento Bee

The Dallas Mavericks will host free agent Jameer Nelson on a recruiting visit Thursday, as part of ongoing negotiations with the former Orlando Magic point guard, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks are bringing Nelson to town in hopes of finally closing a deal with him, as Dallas continues to pursue a veteran point guard to help fill the void created by Jose Calderon's exit in June. ESPN.com

There has been mutual interest between the Mavs and guard Mo Williams throughout the free-agency period. However, Williams has offers for more than the $2.7 million salary the Mavs can offer, sources said. A source also told ESPNDallas.com recently that Williams wasn’t the Mavs’ top target for their $2.7 million exception, declining to elaborate on the player who is a higher priority. (Jameer Nelson?) ESPN.com

They could get a steal at a veteran's minimum salary (around $915,000) if Marshall can continue his upward trend. "He got a great opportunity with the Lakers and made the most of that," Bucks general manager John Hammond said. "When he describes himself as a pass-first guard, that's close to an understatement. "He has tremendous vision, similar to the coach he's playing for. He can throw over the top to bigs, he can throw ahead in transition and he also can penetrate and break down a defense." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Upon the player's request, the FIBA Disciplinary Panel held a hearing by telephone conference on 16 July 2014. The Panel rendered its decision on 21 July 2014 finding that Mr. Calathes has violated the FIBA Anti-doping Regulations and, therefore, he is ineligible to participate in FIBA Competitions for a period of four (4) months starting from 19 April 2014 until 18 August 2014 (including). During the period of ineligibility the player is not allowed to compete in any basketball game, including friendly games. The decision issued by the FIBA Disciplinary Panel is valid for FIBA and all National Member Federations of FIBA and has no impact on the existing NBA decision. The decision is subject to appeal within a period of 14 days to the FIBA Appeals’ Panel. Sportando

LeBron adviser Maverick Carter, via Real Talk with Jason Whitlock: LeBron and D-Wade are totally fine, speak almost daily or every other day. They’re totally fine. They’ll be friends for life. Their friendship goes beyond basketball and is bigger than basketball, so they’ll be friends for life. NBCSports.com

Jordan Schultz: Kevin Durant on OKC Thunder title hopes next season: "I feel like we're just a piece or two missing. I feel like we're close." Twitter

Doug McDermott and Victor Oladipo are among the 13 players named to the USA Basketball Select team that will practice against the group headed to the World Cup in Spain. Team USA unveiled roster on Tuesday. It includes McDermott, the sharp-shooting forward from Creighton who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls, and Oladipo, the second-year guard from the Orlando Magic. USA Today Sports

The NBA will take its affiliation with former Baylor Bears star Isaiah Austin a step further than the ceremonial pick they extended him in this year's draft if all goes according to plan. Austin, whose career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart, has been promised a job by commissioner Adam Silver with the stipulation he complete his undergraduate degree from Baylor, he told TMZ.com. "Right now he's going to have me do a little stuff with NBA Cares, just off-and-on right now until I get a full job," Austin told the website, referring to the league's charity outreach group. ESPN.com

He recently engaged in a brief, but controversial Twitter tussle about the Israel-Gaza conflict with his friend and former Houston Rockets teammate, Dwight Howard. But the worst of it? Casspi, 26, is standing on the corner of the latest Middle East conflagration, running to bomb shelters when sirens sound and incoming rockets shake his boyhood home in Yavne, a Tel Aviv suburb about 45 miles from the border with Gaza. “Everyone is scared and on edge,” Casspi said in a lengthy phone conversation. “My dog (Butch) follows me everywhere, even into the bathroom. I tried to sleep last night, but then the sirens go off, and you can hear when the Iron Dome missiles connect with an incoming rocket. The whole house trembles. My sister and my parents, we just run to the nearest bomb shelter. Believe me, this is just terrible.” Sacramento Bee

Howard, who has the same agent as Casspi, appeared to start the mini-controversy with a #FreePalestine tweet. Casspi quickly responded with his own tweets, including one that read, “600 missiles been fired from GAZA by Hamas in last 4 days. NUMBERS DON’T LIE. STOP LYING.” Howard quickly retracted his remarks and called his former teammate to apologize. Casspi, who has received his own share of criticism for venting, regrets sharing his thoughts so publicly and acknowledged that his emotions are raw and unfiltered, increasingly so since his return to Israel. Sacramento Bee

“We were talking again today about (how) much different it felt back then,” Casspi said. “Dwight (Howard) all the time talked about coming to visit me in Israel. J.T. (Jason Thompson) came over and had a great time. Then, two years ago, Yavne started getting hit a lot. Now we are in the middle of this, and it’s so hard to see, it’s heartbreaking. Kids dying in their parents’ arms? I think of the people in Gaza … they think Jewish people are monsters with three heads. But Hamas is using humans as shields and building tunnels under people’s houses. What do we do?” Sacramento Bee

LeBron James wants to make sure he's in the good graces of his neighbors now that he's back in Ohio. So, on Tuesday night, James sent a team from a Fairlawn, Ohio, bakery around his immediate neighborhood in Bath Township to deliver cupcakes to apologize for the traffic jams caused by the interest in James' return earlier this month. "Dear Friend," read a card that came with the treats. "We know things have been hectic in our neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos. We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you." ESPN.com

L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes says his aunt was brutally murdered last week at the hands of a violent fugitive -- and now he's taken to social media in hopes of finding her killer. Cops say the man is 51-year-old Michael Williams -- who they believe is the victim's estranged husband. Investigators say the victim was going to see Williams on July 8 when she was stabbed. Officials believe Williams is a transient with a violent history who may be hiding out in South Sacramento. TMZ.com

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