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July 23, 2013 Updates

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was officially named All-NBA Las Vegas Summer League MVP on Monday. Valanciunas was The Point Forward’s pick for MVP earlier this week after he averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto. Joining Valanciunas on the All-NBA Las Vegas Summer League team were Bazemore, Bobcats guard Jeff Taylor, Bobcats forward Cody Zeller and Bucks forward John Henson. SI.com

July 19, 2013 Updates

No, the NBA isn’t moving to Las Vegas just yet. But commissioner David Stern didn’t seem averse to the idea, which is a radical departure from his stance in 1999 when then-Mayor Oscar Goodman visited Stern at his New York office and was told it never would happen. “I think Las Vegas is in the NBA history books, and with the discussions now, it seems that there is an arena that is getting closer to moving ahead after years and years of discussions,” Stern said Thursday at a news conference at Wynn Las Vegas following the league’s Board of Governors summer meeting. “And that should make it interesting as well.” Las Vegas Review Journal

Adam Silver, the league’s deputy commissioner who will succeed Stern, said there are no plans to expand beyond the current 30 clubs. Seattle, which lost its bid to replace the SuperSonics with the Sacramento Kings, is still very much on the NBA’s radar for future expansion. “No predictions in Las Vegas today from me,” Silver said. “There is no ongoing dialogue at the moment. We’re very focused on building and rebuilding the franchise in Sacramento, building a new arena there.” Las Vegas Review Journal

July 18, 2013 Updates

"It seems that there's an arena (in Las Vegas) that is getting closer to moving ahead after years and years of discussions, and that should make it interesting," Stern said. Moments later, after declining to predict whether the league might expand anytime soon by declaring that his crystal ball had already retired, Stern said, "It wouldn't surprise me if Commissioner Silver was looking at strong applications from Las Vegas and Seattle in the coming years. I'm going to enjoy watching it." USA Today Sports

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The sitdown with Mavericks officials, sources said, is scheduled for later Monday, as Dallas pushes to join the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat at the forefront of the race to be the team to resurrect the career of 2007's No. 1 overall pick. ESPN.com

July 11, 2013 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have named Taylor Jenkins as an assistant coach, Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer announced today. Jenkins most recently served as the head coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. Jenkins led the Toros to a 27-23 (.540) record during the 2012-13 season and a first round playoff victory over the Bakersfield Jam before falling to the Santa Cruz Warriors in the semifinals. Prior to serving as head coach, Jenkins had served as an assistant coach with the Toros the previous four seasons, including their championship season in 2012 and back-to-back playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010. He was selected as an assistant coach with the NBA D-League Select Team during the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League and was part of the 2009 and 2012 NBA D-League Western Conference All-Star coaching staff. Last summer, he served as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs summer league team. NBA.com

July 8, 2013 Updates

Miami Heat MVP LeBron James hosted a party Saturday night at Tao in The Venetian to celebrate his NBA team’s back-to-back championship. Before James arrived at The Heat Repeat Championship Party in a leather Miami Heat cap, he dined at Tao with a large group that included NBA players Damon Jones and Juwan Howard. The party enjoyed signatures off the menu, while James requested blackened salmon with asparagus before heading upstairs to the nightclub. Las Vegas Sun

Shortly after midnight, DJ Vice announced the NBA superstar’s arrival as the room shifted its attention to James’ VIP tables on the dance floor. The group was bombarded with a flurry of flashes and cheers as fans welcomed them to Tao. James jumped on the mic to greet the crowd and stood on top of his booth where he was joined by boxer and friend Floyd Mayweather Jr. While shouting out Mayweather to the club, he announced that Floyd should only be called “Money Mayweather” and that he should only be referred to as “King James.” Las Vegas Sun

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Curry will not participate in the camp next month but he will show up in Las Vegas to meet with Team USA coaches. He is back in the national team’s pool of players and will be invited next summer to try out for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the World Championships) in Spain. Contra Costa Times

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