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July 31, 2014 Updates

Brian Windhorst: 2 things from Team USA: post practice games between Durant/Harden/George are epic; Mason Plumlee likely to make team over DeMarcus Cousins Twitter @WindhorstESPN

The Nets’ preseason schedule: Oct. 7: vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Barclays Center); Oct. 12: at Sacramento (Shanghai, China); Oct. 15: vs. Sacramento (Beijing, China); Oct. 19: vs. Boston (Barclays Center); Oct. 20: vs. Philadelphia (Barclays Center); Oct. 22: at Boston (TD Garden). NBA.com

The Kings still are looking to gain roster flexibility by trading one or more of their power forwards and possibly dealing guard Jason Terry, who has said he would prefer not to play in Sacramento. The Kings say they have no plans to buy out Terry, who is due $5.45 million this season. Meanwhile, the Kings are trying to avoid paying the luxury tax and will continue to look for ways to shed salary to stay below the tax line of $76.829 million. Sacramento Bee

July 30, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings have signed Eric Moreland to a contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. NBA.com

Several teams, including the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks, had interest in a free agent deal with Moreland. Still, Moreland and the Kings negotiated toward a contract over the weekend and into the week, and both sides agreed to terms on Tuesday. RealGM

DeMarcus Cousins is a beast, but ultimately, the staff has to be able to trust him, both in regard to dealing with officials and in making decisions with the ball. During a scrimmage on Tuesday, Cousins punched a wall pad out of frustration as the ball went the other way in transition. It was something that would go mostly unnoticed in an NBA game, but that stuff registers with the staff. He has great skills, but USA bigs don’t need to play one-on-one. NBA.com

The NBA Kings have "signed a 20-year media rights extension with NBC Sports Group worth" $690-700M, according to Lombardo & Ourand of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The new media rights deal "will keep the Kings on Comcast SportsNet California" through the '33-34 NBA season. Sports Business Daily

July 29, 2014 Updates

“I had a personal conversation with DeMarcus (Sunday) afternoon, just to get a read, and also to encourage him,” said Jerry Colangelo, USAB’s longtime executive director. “The opportunity is here. It is. And you know, every time there is adversity, players drop off or get hurt, it opens up for a number of other people. We have a lot of talent, versatility, length. And yet we have to cover ourselves as it relates to bigs. So he’s in good position, and I think he really wants to make this team.” Sacramento Bee

Actually, Cousins is obsessed with making this team. He practiced with the Kings during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, then returned to Los Angeles and resumed his training. Colangelo and Krzyzewksi judged him to be in “pretty good shape” on an opening day that included almost an hour of scrimmaging. Starting on a white-clad squad that featured Stephen Curry, John Wall, Gordon Hayward and Kenneth Faried, Cousins occasionally struggled to run the floor – a historically weak part of his game – but was impressive overall and, for long stretches, was the best player on the court. Sacramento Bee

The Kings starting center has a realistic chance of making this summer’s roster that will represent the U.S. at the FIBA World Championships in Spain next month. As a versatile, skilled big man, Cousins brings unique talent to the table, which puts him in strong consideration for this year’s team. “He’s a traditional big,” fellow USA Basketball teammate Kevin Durant said of Cousins after the first day of practice yesterday afternoon. “But also a guy that can step out and shoot it a little bit, can handle the ball. He’s a bruiser, man.” Cowbell Kingdom

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