Why Blake Griffin withdrew from WC 

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Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin withdrew from the Team USA squad last week due to a back issue, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com. The World Cup tips off late next month and will be played in Spain

Steve Nash's last NBA season 

July, 29, 2014
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The 2014-15 NBA season is expected to be Steve Nash's last year in the league and he has confirmed that speculation.

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Could Young replace Love? 

July, 29, 2014
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Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and head coach Flip Saunders will reluctantly trade Kevin Love sooner rather than later and when that happens he'll be looking to bring back a power forward. Love is expected to be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a package that includes Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. There has bee speculation that a third team will be brought in to help facilitate the deal and that might be the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Dion Waiters eyes starting spot 

July, 29, 2014
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Two weeks ago Dion Waiters let it be known that he preferred to be the Cleveland Cavaliers starting shooting guard and Monday he reiterated his feelings.

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How Mo Williams impacts J.J. Barea 

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and free agent point guard Mo Williams agreed to terms on Monday. According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the deal is for one season and will pay Williams $3.75 million.

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Why Manu Ginobili will miss World Cup 

July, 29, 2014
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Manu Ginobili was hoping to play for Argentina during the 2014 World Cup in Spain, but that was scuttled by the San Antonio Spurs, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

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Can Thompson-Curry duo be split up? 

July, 28, 2014
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The Golden State Warriors have held several trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves regarding power forward Kevin Love, but so far the teams are at an impasse. The biggest obstacle seems to be the Warriors' hard stance that they don't want to include Klay Thompson in a trade, and that is the likely deal-breaker. The backcourt duo of Thompson/Stephen Curry works well together and both players think the partnership won't be broken up so the Warriors can get Love.

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Why Steve Nash won't be stretched 

July, 28, 2014
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The Los Angeles Lakers are now over the salary cap following all of their roster moves this month. They could have had more room to spend on free agents had they decided to waive Steve Nash via the "stretch" provision, but that wasn't an option after missing out on the top free agents.

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Michael Beasley's free-agent market 

July, 28, 2014
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Forward Michael Beasley remains unsigned, and while there is a chance he could re-sign with the Miami Heat, there have been rumors that some within the organization were not thrilled with his work ethic. Beasley spent most of 2013-14 out of the playing rotation, which suggests head coach Erik Spoelstra didn't think he could offer much off the bench.

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What is Kevin Garnett's future with Nets? 

July, 28, 2014
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Kevin Garnett is set to play in his 20th season in the NBA and when it's over there is a chance he might decide to work in the front office. While some may think he could go back to the Minnesota Timberwolves or Boston Celtics, at least one person thinks there is a good chance he'll work for the Brooklyn Nets.

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Will Barton's guaranteed salary 

July, 28, 2014
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Will Barton had been the only player on the Portland Trail Blazers' roster under contract without full salary protection for 2014-15, but that changed a few days ago. According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, the deadline to waive Barton was July 25 and since that did not happen, the Blazers have guaranteed his salary for the coming season.

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The main reason why the Minnesota Timberwolves are open to trading Kevin Love (for the right price) is that his current deal is guaranteed only through the 2014-15 campaign. He has a player option (worth $16.7 million) for 2015-16, which means he can choose to leave the Wolves and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Would he activate that option if he lands with a new team like the Cleveland Cavaliers?

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After the Dallas Mavericks secured free-agent SF Chandler Parsons this offseason, the writing appeared to be on the wall for verteran SF Shawn Marion: if he intends to play again in the NBA, it won't be with the Mavs.

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Last season, only the Philadelphia 76ers were worse from beyond the arc than the Detroit Pistons, which converted only 32.1 percent. That's a major issue for president/coach Stan Van Gundy, whose offensive system takes advantage of 3-point bombers. So he has been busily at work trying to repair that hole in their roster.

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Raptors: Lucas Nogueira update 

July, 26, 2014
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When the Toronto Raptors gained the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira, the No. 16 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, via a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, they said the plan was to bring him over immediately. That is apparently the case according to Encestando.

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