Drafted No. 19 overall last June, promising Russian shooting guard Sergey Karasev had little impact in his first season in the NBA while playing on the lottery-bound Cavaliers. Has his star dimmed or is the future still bright for Karasev as he joins his second NBA team, the Brooklyn Nets?
It was somewhat surprising last summer when veteran big man Ivan Johnson was passed up by the NBA and ended up signing in China. But after a year overseas, the power forward is looking for another shot at the NBA and is the biggest name on Dallas' summer league roster.

Could he stick with the Mavs?

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Cavs have offer for Love? 

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All of the attention regarding the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday is centered around LeBron James, and whether the star will return to his home state and sign with the Cavs.

But the Cavs reportedly are working on another blockbuster deal.

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NBA: Expiring trade exceptions 

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UPDATE: ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports the Cavs, Celtics and Nets have agreed to a three-team trade that will open a max salary slot for LeBron James. To help get the deal done the Celtics will use the Pierce trade exception.

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Whenever teams over the cap make trades and don't use all of an outgoing players salary to accept an incoming player the result is the generating of a traded player exception. This exception lasts for one-year and remains available as long as the team stays above the salary cap. Each exception can take back a player(s) for up to the amount of the unused salary plus $100,000.

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Jackson's plan to clear room for LeBron? 

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is attempting to perform a miracle by finding teams to take the expiring contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire ($23.4 million) and Andrea Bargnani ($11.5 million) off the payroll. Why?

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NBA: Pending FA signings 

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Once the calendar moved to July 1, the NBA's 2014-15 salary cap year began and teams were allowed to negotiate with free agents. A good number of deals have been agreed to since July 1 and come Thursday those contracts will become official when the moratorium expires at midnight.

Here are those contracts:


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Monroe likes playing with Smith? 

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There has been some media speculation that Greg Monroe prefers to leave the Detroit Pistons because he doesn't want to play with Josh Smith. On Tuesday, president of basketball operations and head coach Stan Van Gundy refuted that talk.

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Charlotte's Plan C 

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The Charlotte Hornets are going to lose starting power forward Josh McRoberts as he has accepted a four-year, $22 million offer from the Miami Heat. The Hornets are planning to sign Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $63 million offer sheet on Thursday and within three days the Utah Jazz are expected to match it. So, what's next for the Hornets? Well, now it's on to Plan C when looking over the free agent pool. Reportedly Charlotte is looking at another forward and a point guard -- both are unrestricted.

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Gordon Hayward's max offer sheet 

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The Charlotte Hornets are desperate to improve their shooting from the wing positions and that's why they have decided to sign Utah Jazz restricted free agent Gordon Hayward to a max offer sheet just after midnight on Thursday, reports The Charlotte Observer.

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Why Aldridge declined a max extension 

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The Portland Trail Blazers met with LaMarcus Aldridge last month to state the desire to sign their starting power forward to a maximum extension. Aldridge listened to what was said and then declined to accept the deal. Why would he do this? Because becoming a free agent in 2015 makes the most sense to maximize his guaranteed earning potential.

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Bernard James' days with Mavs over? 

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The Dallas Mavericks brought back Bernard James last season via a one-year, minimum contract. After two years with the team a very minor role, he is fully aware that he might have to look at other options.

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Warriors willing to help Jordan Crawford 

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Jordan Crawford is a free agent and at this time it doesn't appear that the Golden State Warriors are going to offer him a contract. While the Warriors don't have a need for the guard, they are willing to help him get to another team via a sign-and-trade, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.

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Brian Roberts proved in his years in New Orleans that he's capable of being a backup point guard in the NBA, and now there's some indication of the teams that are interested in the free agent point guard.

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Pau Gasol visited with Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks on Monday as the Thunder continued their pursuit of the veteran free agent big man. But is OKC now on the outside looking in?

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As a rookie last season, Ben McLemore didn't live up to the lofty expectations that came with being a lottery pick. His offensive game was one-dimensional, his defense was erratic at best and his 7.77 PER wasn't what the Kings were hoping for out of a player who averaged 26.7 minutes and played in all 82 games.

Here's what McLemore has focused on so far over the offseason.

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