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July 23, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Omri Casspi has already publicly expressed interest in returning to Kings and word is Sacramento is planning to put in a waiver claim on him. Claiming Casspi off waivers would enable Kings to secure his rights without messing with free agency ... IF they are only team to claim him. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has re-signed forward Robbie Hummel. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. "We are excited to have Robbie back with us this season," said Flip Saunders, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "He proved that he can be a key contributor off the bench and finished the season strong. Robbie's ability to stretch the floor with his shooting range is a valuable asset for our team." NBA.com

Robbie Hummel: What an honor to sign my second NBA contract with @Brian Cardinal looking over me in the poster above at the @prioritysports conference room. Photo Cred goes to @ajshiff83 #purdueistight http://instagram.com/p/qxZSNHk0Id/ Twitter

The Dallas Mavericks are closing in on signing former Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, according to sources briefed on the talks. Sources told ESPN.com that Nelson and the Mavericks, barring an unforeseen snag, are on track to formalize a contract Thursday, when Nelson visits Dallas. ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the Mavericks had arranged to fly Nelson into town for a face-to-face visit Thursday in the hopes of finalizing a deal via use of their $2.7 million room exception. ESPN.com

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward Ed Davis, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. “Ed is a versatile, young frontcourt player who, if he continues to work hard, will be a valuable contributor,” said Kupchak. “We look forward to him furthering his development with the Lakers and are excited by what we think he can offer our team.” NBA.com

While the Suns were reluctant to talk about where Bledsoe fits into all of this on a day they were introducing Thomas and forward Anthony Tolliver, privately they are making it clear that Bledsoe is and always has been integral to their long-range plans. Arizona Republic

The Suns, as has been well-documented, offered Bledsoe a four-year contract worth a total of $48 million, which we're told is significantly higher than what the club offered in October before the two sides put talks on hold for the season. Bledsoe reportedly is seeking a maximum contract of $80 million over five seasons, which only the Suns can offer. Other teams can go as high as $63 million over four years, but only Philadelphia remains among teams with salary-cap room to pay it. By all accounts the Suns will match such a deal if necessary, even if it limits what they can do in the future. Arizona Republic

Yet, the Kings seemed to look for someone to replace Thomas at every opportunity. "They were," he said matter-of-factly. "I felt very disrespected. Every year it was somebody new. I felt I did a good enough job to show them I was a starting point guard or a guy who could play a big role with their team. But they thought differently. They're going to go forward without me, and I'm going to go forward with the Phoenix Suns, and I know something special is coming here." Arizona Republic

If Dragic, Bledsoe and Thomas all are available, Hornacek can keep two fresh, starting playmakers in the backcourt at all times. He called it a "three-headed monster." "Why not?" Hornacek said. The always-effervescent Thomas brightened even more at the suggestion. "I think it would work," he said. "We're totally three different basketball players. We could come at guys from three different directions. It's going to be tough for teams to guard us." Can the Suns contend for titles this way? Conventional thinking says no. But the Suns aren't thinking conventionally these days. Arizona Republic

The player is also evaluating the possibility to stay in NBA, because Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns are looking to him. Sportando

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Brian Roberts. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Brian is a quality point guard who we believe will play a key role for us,” Cho said. “We look forward to having him as part of our team.” NBA.com

Another week passes by.... week #3. I was happy to be back home in New York City. Spent some good quality time with my familia. Shouts to my little cousin Bryant who I take under my wing. He's a good kid, helps me out a lot. Got a chance to catch a Pro-Am game at Baruch College. For those of you that may not know, Pro-Am is a Summer League that takes place in NYC annually. It's where the best of the best get together and compete during the off-season. You'll always catch active and former NBA guys there, plus legit overseas experienced players. It's sponsored by Nike and I think now it's actually called the Nike Pro City League. I've had my share of runs there before. Always great to come back and reconnect. One would think my patience would have gotten the best of me during this point in time, but I'm keeping myself poised and dedicated to the gym. I'm going to continue to fight. I feel like I have something to prove, not to the fans, but to myself, and the love that I have for this game. Timing is everything and everything happens for a reason. Hope you enjoy this week's Webisode. Charlie Villanueva

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