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July 31, 2014 | 12:21 PM ET Update

Curry said he's spoken with teammates whose names have been included at one time or another in the Love trade talks, including Harrison Barnes, who is working this week with USA Basketball's Select Team, and Klay Thompson, who, like Curry, is among the 19 players vying for 12 roster spots on the team that will represent the U.S. at the FIBA World Cup in Spain. "Those talks probably will still be going on while we're playing here and even while we're overseas before training camp," Curry said. "But at this point, I expect the same team to be back. We were a great team last year. We took the Clippers to a Game 7 on the road in the last two minutes and weren't 100 percent, so hopefully we can be healthy and be a better team next year." CBSSports.com

The Trail Blazers' 15-man roster was officially settled Thursday morning, when Will Barton's 2014-15 contract became fully guaranteed. General manager Neil Olshey had the option of waiving the backup shooting guard this summer to create an open roster spot. But by keeping him on the roster until Thursday, Olshey ensured that his burgeoning talent would remain in Portland for at least one more season. Oregonian

Coach Mike Krzyzewski: "Damian's one of the up-and-coming young guards. He had a great year. He can play both positions, which is what we're going to require all our guards to do. There's going to be a lot of competition at the guard spot. All those guys are good. And that'll be the toughest call." Oregonian

I tracked down Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and John Wall — every prospective national team point guard except Derrick Rose — and asked them to describe Lillard's game. Below is what they had to say about the Trail Blazers' All-Star: Kyrie Irving: "He's a tremendous shooter. And then (he has) finishing ability as well. He's so crafty around the rim. I don't think he gets a lot of credit for that. People think he's an over-the-rim finisher, but he has both. He has the ability to take off and finish below the rim as well. So he's a versatile player, versatile point guard, and he fits the mold of where our point guard position is going, which is having that scoring ability and being able to run the team, as well. Oregonian

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, suffering from a stress fracture in his right leg incurred during the recent NBA championship run, has been officially ruled out for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Argentine Basketball Federation (CABB) confirmed via statement on Thursday. The CABB cited a clause in the agreement between the NBA and FIBA that prohibits players from participating with their national team when there is “reasonable medical concern” for the player’s health. Such is the case for Ginobili, who has yet to recover from the injury in his lower right fibula with the tournament set to begin on Aug. 30. San Antonio Express-News

Blatche is under contract with the Philippine national team for the 2014 FIBA World Cup and up until the 2014 Asian Games. Barring any unforeseen developments, Blatche should be a go in Spain, but his presence in Incheon may not be as guaranteed. (RELATED: Andray Blatche’s journey from New York to Gilas Pilipinas) It doesn’t really have anything to do with his not having an NBA team yet. Someone like him has a fair chance of landing a contract, especially if he performs well for Gilas. Rappler

Palmer will marry celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be officiated by "Basketball Wives LA" star Tanya Young Williams, the ex-wife of former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams. USA Today Sports

July 31, 2014 | 08:36 AM ET Update

League sources said Wednesday afternoon that the Sixers would not get any sympathy from fellow franchises. That's because for the second straight season, the Sixers are expected to field a roster below NBA standards in order to guarantee losses in hopes of a high draft pick. This tactic, said one Eastern Conference executive, is having "a negative effect on the integrity of the NBA." He believes the proposed new format, which could come to a league vote in the fall, would go a long way in preventing teams from duplicating what the Sixers are doing. Philadelphia Inquirer

The NBA Competition Committee has yet to determine whether it will recommend altering the draft lottery as early as next season in an attempt to dissuade teams like the Philadelphia 76ers from deliberately fielding a non-competitive roster in order to acquire a high draft pick, a change reportedly being pursued by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, according to a league source. USA Today Sports

The 76ers did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday, but a team source said it's "a stretch" to say the club "strongly" opposes changing the lottery odds. "But no team ... that is unlikely to compete for the playoffs would want this. Right?" The proposal "gives more incentive for mid-level teams ... to not stretch for the playoffs," the source said. That's a "tough message on parity." USA Today Sports

Two league sources told CBSSports.com this week that Taylor remains hesitant to trade Love, still stung by the aftermath of the trade that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston in 2007. The team has won more than 30 games only twice in the seven seasons since. "I don't think Glen Taylor wants to do the deal," one of the people familiar with the discussions said. CBSSports.com

The third team in the hunt for Love, the Cavaliers, are viewed as the favorite, but haven't engaged in talks with Minnesota for about two weeks, a league source said. That, of course, is partly because there hasn't been anything to talk about since No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins signed his rookie deal on July 24, starting the clock on a 30-day moratorium during which he can't be traded. CBSSports.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

It’s official, Metta World Peace is going to China. In an interview with reporters in China, Sichuan GM says Metta World Peace and the Sichuan Blue Whales have reached an agreement that will see the 14-year NBA veteran spend the 2014-2015 basketball season in China. Basketball Buddha

The Wizards have waived center Melvin Ely, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The move comes two weeks after the team acquired the veteran from the Pelicans and a trade exception from the Rockets as part of a three- team sign-and-trade that sent Trevor Ariza to Houston. Washington Post

The reason didn't matter. What did were the terms of the deal he signed and who he signed it with: a $1.275 million contract to play a single 30-35 game season for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. That's $1.275 million, mostly tax-free, for five months of work. Moreover, the season ends in March, allowing him plenty of time to prep for next June's NBA draft. It's a lot more than tuition, room and board offered by SMU and more than enough to spin heads all over the recruiting trail. "I think the new snack money will convince kids to go to school," joked Louisville coach Rick Pitino as he watched the AAU Nationals here earlier this month, referencing the NCAA initiative to provide unlimited food to players. "We've got free Power Bars," he continued. Yahoo! Sports

"China is about new things," said Giovanni Funiciello, president of Los Angeles-based GCF Sports Management and a prominent agent and sports marketer in Chinese basketball since 1999. "You have a potential star in the making. I'm not going to put Mudiay in the category of LeBron James, but if [a team marketed] the possibility of a LeBron prior to going to the NBA … "Is that going to mean more money out of it?" he continued. "I don't know yet. The jury is out on that. But it's possible. It's definitely possible." Yahoo! Sports

Meanwhile, the trend with U.S. companies is to tie more and more of their budgets up in fewer and fewer players, mostly LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and a couple others. So looking overseas for outside income makes sense. "There's not a lot of advertising dollars left in the United States," Funiciello said. "It's not like the early 1990s when everyone was getting money. A couple guys have monopolized the endorsements." Yahoo! Sports

Thanks to TEAM USA for bringing them together in Las Vegas for training camp, Parsons said he and Harden found time in between time to chat and patch things up. “We’ve been in the casinos together and everything,” Parsons said to CSNNW.com. “We talked about it and it’s in the past. We’ve been hanging out, talking. We played on the same team a few times here, which was cool to get back out there with him. There are no hard feelings.” CSNNW.com

“There was never really any back and forth,” Harden told CSNNW.com. “I never said anything about Chandler. Chandler is in Dallas right now. I was just talking about my teammates. No matter what, if the Rockets are playing good, Dwight and James get the praise. If we’re doing bad, Dwight and James gets the bulk of criticism. The media, I guess, took another story and ran with it. Chandler and me are cool. We’re good.” CSNNW.com

Yet while much was made of Kevin Love's decision to not take part in this week's Las Vegas training camp or in the FIBA Basketball World Cup that is to come, Colangelo said the Minnesota Timberwolves forward hasn't lost any equity when it comes to his relationship with the program. And considering how emotional Love was when he broke the news to Colangelo last week, he certainly isn't questioning how much he cares. USA Today Sports

Love has been the focal point of trade talks between Minnesota and several teams for months now – chief among them the Cleveland Cavaliers – and it appears he deemed his situation a distraction to him and the team that couldn't be overcome. "Team or teams, trade or no trade, he's in a position where he had to say no and I respect that," Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports. "I mean the guy almost cried on the phone when he told me he couldn't play. He was really down. So can I be upset with him? No, of course not." USA Today Sports

Love was hardly the only player to pull out. Portland Trailblazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was the first to do so, and his continued lack of interest in the Team USA program is surely doing nothing to help with his equity. San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard also chose not to take part after enduring a long championship run. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin pulled out as well, and it was eventually revealed by way of an ESPN.com report that a minor back problem was to blame. "I didn't know specifics (of Griffin pulling out), but I was told that it had to do with his back," Colangelo said. "So how could I be upset about someone not coming because he had an issue (with his body)? You've got to protect the asset." USA Today Sports

Whether ­Derrick Rose will make Team USA no longer is in question. Considering the damage he has inflicted on opposing guards ­during the first three days of tryouts, it’s more about when it will be made official. Rose all but did on Wednesday. Well, kind of. In discussing new Bulls teammate Pau Gasol, who was signed as a free agent earlier in the month, Rose mistakenly said, “I talked to [Gasol] before he signed and he said when we get to Spain [for next month’s FIBA Cup] that we’ll probably get something to eat, so I’ll probably catch up with him, get dinner or something.’’ Call it Rose already knowing something or just having flat-out confidence in his ability. Chicago Sun-Times

With a great NBA resume and a place in the Hall of Fame as a player, Gary Payton's name has come up for coaching work. The Glove goes on record and is "interested" in a job on the bench in the NBA. FoxSports.com

Four-time NBA All-Star Vin Baker is auctioning off the gold medal that he won with USA Basketball at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Grey Flannel Auctions has listed the gold medal, which is in mint condition and includes letters of authentication from Baker, with a starting bid of $35,000. Bidding will be open until Aug. 20. Sports Illustrated

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