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July 7, 2014 Updates

Now that his teammate’s playing days are over, Cory Jefferson wants to honor Isaiah Austin by wearing his jersey number, No. 21, with the Nets. “That was big for me,” Jefferson said. “Just knowing the bond that we built, we got really close over the two years that he was there at Baylor that we played together.” Orlando Sentinel

A league source told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk on Monday that European sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic will sign a three-year contract with the Nets for the taxpayer’s mini mid-level exception. The deal includes a third-year player option, the source said, that could make it worth $10.3 million. ESPN.com

Instead of worrying about the swirling free agency rumors surrounding his future, Paul Pierce is concentrating on his poker game. The NBA player began his latest run through the main event at the World Series of Poker on Monday, tweeting out a picture of himself with sunglasses and a stack of chips. For The Win

Ken Berger: Cavs engaged Hawks in trade talks about a week ago, source says. Clearing Jack's $6.3m salary is key to opening max slot for LeBron. Twitter @KBergCBS

While the Nets have yet to announce who will be part of Hollins’ coaching staff, one likely option will be Henry Bibby, a longtime Hollins assistant in Memphis who spent last season working under Maurice Cheeks with the Pistons. Other names that have been reported as possibilities for Hollins’ staff include former Suns, Sonics and Kings coach Paul Westphal, Lakers assistant Johnny Davis — a teammate of Hollins on the 1977 champion Trail Blazers and a former assistant on his staff in Memphis — and current Nets assistant Joe Prunty. New York Post

Nevertheless, the Cavaliers have little choice but to dutifully make the moves necessary to make James an offer. The biggest obstacle remains unloading the contract of Jarrett Jack. The Cavaliers have found a landing spot for Jack and his $6.2 million annual salary in the Brooklyn Nets, but only if the Cavs can find a third team to take on Brooklyn's Marcus Thornton, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Later, Woj told FOX Sports Radio "Nets and Cavs have deal in place" but still need the third team. Woj didn't provide details of the deal. The Nets have had interest in Jack all year. At the deadline, Jason Kidd expressed his displeasure at Billy King's decision to trade Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to Sacramento for Thornton instead of Jack. Jack was reportedly at the top of Kidd's list, but he is owed nearly $13 million over the next three years while Thornton is in the last year of his deal, being owed $8.6 million. NetsDaily

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