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August 26, 2014 Updates

Word leaked out that the Nets had given permission to Milwaukee to speak to Kidd, without the knowledge of either Bucks general manager John Hammond or Drew. Kidd was signed to a three-year, $15 million contract a few days later. "From their (the owners') standpoint, there's no set time for these type of things," Drew said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. "It caught me in a position when I least expected it. But I know how these things work. I don't have any hard feelings, any grudges against anybody. "Marc (Lasry) called me and I just wished him luck. I've got to keep moving forward." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

August 25, 2014 Updates

“Obviously being a leader is not a perfect job, it’s very lonely, everybody else just looks in from the outside and criticizes you and that’s part of the business and I get it. It’s more just holding myself to a higher standard every single day and getting used to that. “Three years in Cleveland, a lot of things going on speculation all that stuff, I had to deal with that all on my own, I didn’t really have help from anybody so I was just figuring that out,” he added. “Like I said leadership is a daily job and it’s an ongoing learning process and I’m just getting used to it. I’m not saying I’m a perfect leader but I’m learning how to become one.” For The Win

Kyrie Irving will start opposite Goran Dragic at point guard Tuesday night when Team USA plays Slovenia in its final tuneup game leading into the FIBA World Cup. But Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, in tabbing Irving as his starter against the Dragic-led Slovenians, told ESPN.com that one option under consideration is letting Irving and Derrick Rose trade ‎off as the starter throughout the tournament, which opens Saturday in Bilbao with the Yanks facing Finland. "We'll see as thing goes on," Krzyzewski said after Monday's two-hour practice. "We might alternate 'em. Both of them are going to play significant minutes." ESPN.com

Krzyzewski says he can also envision Irving and Rose playing together once the tournament starts as Rose continues to acclimate himself to full-speed basketball after two major knee injuries limited him to just 10 games over the last two seasons with the Chicago Bulls. "I asked him today and he said, 'I feel great,' " Krzyzewski said of Rose. "He did everything. He's full go. I think there's a part of him that's like: 'Quit asking me how I feel. I'm good.' So I'm not going to ask him any more." ESPN.com

The list of pursuers for the defensive-minded center, according to NBA front office sources, includes LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers as well as LeBron's old friends in Miami. But I'm likewise told that Okafor is unlikely to sign anywhere until midseason as he continues to recover from his herniated disk. Said one source: "He'll be in high demand when he's back." ESPN.com

As the draft concluded without a deal, the Wolves appeared to be in danger going into the season with a player who didn't want to be there and a fan base that was preparing to boo him at every turn. "We went through who we considered were cornerstones of trades with any team that'd call. If cornerstone wasn't involved, we probably weren't going to pursue that," Saunders said. "I believe that the No. 1 issue was, as the season progressed and maybe more so when I took over as coach, teams then believed we were not hesitant to bring Love back." Associated Press

Moving on from the second-best player the franchise has ever known was not an easy decision, and it wasn't a smooth process to make it happen. Once it was over, they wasted little time turning the page. "One thing you can't do in this business as coaches, general managers, presidents, you can't fall in love with players because the dynamics change," Saunders said. "What happens is you make decisions based on the personality and not based on the facts. "Kevin, he looked and he made a decision that he felt was a business decision for himself and there were a lot of factors that led into that decision, not just what happened this past year." Associated Press

August 24, 2014 Updates

Kahn and Taylor further inflamed the relationship when they gave Love only a four-year extension, reserving the team's single five-year "designated player" contract for Ricky Rubio. That decision is haunting the Timberwolves today. If Love had been granted the longer deal, he would have been locked up through 2017, with an opt-out in 2016, and no means to force a trade this summer. Until the NBA, Love had known nothing but success, leading his high school team to the Oregon state title game three times, winning the championship his junior year. His AAU team, co-anchored by Brandon Jennings, once went 47-0. In his one season at UCLA, Love powered the Bruins to a conference championship and a Final Four appearance. "He's won his whole life," the confidant said. "Until he got to Minnesota." Bleacher Report

While the Heat have moved on from James' departure with the additions of Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger, Shawne Williams and others, Andersen said he did not begrudge James opting to play closer to his Akron, Ohio, roots. "He's a great guy, but we've got a bunch of great guys on the team, as well," he said. "He's going to be highly missed. We really loved him as a teammate. He's a good person. He got a big heart. But we've still got to play ball, regardless." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Rose has been taking notes for when Irving is back in a rival uniform. ‘‘Not only on him, but everybody,’’’ Rose said. ‘‘I mean, we’re competitors. We look at each other’s games to see what strengths are, weaknesses are, and of course you’re going to use them during the season.’’ Unfortunately, exposing Irving is just one layer when it comes to outlasting the new-look Cavs in the postseason. Asked about having James — arguably the best active NBA player — back in the division this season, Rose said he’ll approach him ‘‘the same way I would if anyone else was in my division.’’ ‘‘Just because it’s him, it’s going to get me to play even harder,’’ Rose said. Chicago Sun-Times

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