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Rumors Swirl as Bennett Pulled from Pro-Am

Re: Anthony Bennett pulled from Toronto pro-am by agent...If anyone would know a (Kevin) Love trade nears, it's Jeff Schwartz, who reps both players

via Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune on Twitter

Durant Keeps Door Open on Joining Wizards

Kevin Durant isn’t ready to travel in time but understands that questions about his future are unavoidable.

When asked about the possibility of playing for the Wizards, Durant didn’t shoot down the notion.

“We’re going to put it out on the table. It’s been talked about,” Durant said. “Everybody is asking me about it. Every time I go on Instagram or Twitter, all my friends ask me about it. So I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff. But I just tell everybody, ‘Look, I’m here in Oklahoma City. I love it here.’ Who knows what’ll happen? You never can close a door on anything, but I like where I’m at right now. I can’t answer those questions.”

via Michael Lee of The Washington Post

Sources: Kings Sign Forward Eric Moreland

The Sacramento Kings have signed Eric Moreland – a defensive revelation in NBA summer league – to a three-year contract, multiple league sources told RealGM.

Moreland provided an active, shot-blocking force for the Kings’ summer league team this month in Las Vegas, and the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 3.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 19.2 minutes per game. After summer league play, DeMarcus Cousins expressed a desire for Sacramento to sign Moreland.

via Shams Charania of Real GM

Ed Stefanski Joins Memphis as Executive VP

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced today that the team has named Ed Stefanski as executive vice president of player personnel.

“We are pleased to welcome Ed Stefanski to the Grizzlies and the city of Memphis,” Wallace said. “Ed is an established NBA executive and excellent talent evaluator who has had success with multiple organizations."

via NBA.com/Grizzlies

Metta World Peace Close to Terms in China?

Hearing: ex-Knick Metta World Peace is close to agreeing to terms with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.

via Ian Begley of ESPN on Twitter

Plumlee Moved to Senior Team at USA Camp

Mason Plumlee got a promotion on Tuesday, moving up from the Select Team to the Senior Team at USA Basketball camp.

Primarily, this was a numbers thing. The National Team had 19 guys in camp and only five bigs. The addition of Plumlee gives them an even 20, which allowed them to split into two 10-man teams for scrimmages (one on each floor) against the Select Team in practice and for Friday’s USA Basketball Showcase, a more formal intra-squad scrimmage at the Thomas & Mack Center (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).

But Plumlee’s chances of making the final roster for the World Cup shouldn’t be completely dismissed. The staff here likes him.

via John Schuhmann of NBA.com

Suns, Bledsoe Relationship Deteriorating?

Things aren’t looking good when it comes to negotiations between the Phoenix Suns and their restricted free agent star guard Eric Bledsoe.

According to league sources, an “ominous development” has arisen with sides still “very far apart” in contract negotiations. It has even escalated to the point where the “relationship is on the express lane to being ruined,” a source with knowledge of the situation informed CSNNW.com.

via Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest

Grizzlies Announce Chris Wallace as GM

Memphis Grizzlies Controlling Owner Robert Pera announced on July 29 that Chris Wallace has been named General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the organization. Wallace had acted as interim general manager since May 19, 2014.

“We are very pleased to announce Chris Wallace as our general manager,” Pera said. “Chris has been at the forefront and a stable presence throughout some of the Grizzlies’ greatest successes. His strong bonds and experience, not only within the organization and NBA but also within the Memphis and Mid-South communities, make him the ideal fit to lead our basketball operations. We believe Chris’ skills and expertise to be vital in our continued success of our franchise.”

via NBA.com/Grizzlies

Terrence Williams to Work Out for Kings?

Free agent guard Terrence Williams has a workout and meeting with the Kings on Thursday in Sacramento, league source tells RealGM.

via Shams Charania of Real GM on Twitter

Mavericks Sign Forward Ivan Johnson

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forward Ivan Johnson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Johnson (6-8, 255) started all five games for the Mavericks at the Las Vegas Summer League and averaged 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 20.8 minutes per game.

via NBA.com/Mavs

USA’s Boeheim Heaps Praise on Derrick Rose

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose continued to open eyes Tuesday in Team USA's training camp as he makes his way back from the torn meniscus in his right knee that cost him all but 10 games of the past season.

"That's my biggest surprise coming in here," Syracuse coach and Team USA assistant Jim Boeheim told ESPNChicago.com, in reference to Rose's performance. "The one thing I was worried about is whether he would be able to step in after so much time [off]. He looks, to me, as good as when we had him in the world championship in '10, when he was at full strength coming [into] an MVP year. He looks very, very good."

via Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago

Report: Bulls Halt Talks with Toney Douglas

After signing Aaron Brooks, the Bulls no longer are in talks with Toney Douglas.

via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune

Swift BOG Approval Coming in Clippers Sale?

The NBA's Board of Governors is expected to approve the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer quickly after the transaction from Shelly Sterling to Ballmer is complete, a person familiar with details of the sale told USA TODAY Sports.

via Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports

Mo Williams Sets Blazers’ Fans Straight

All the blazers fans that's bashing me for leaving don't have a clue what's going on. If Portland trailblazers wanted to sign Mo (1/2)

Williams, in all retrospect, they could have. That's gone be my 1st n last addressing that. Its a business people (2/2)

via Mo Williams on Twitter

Mavs May Sign Rashard Lewis After Surgery

(Donnie) Nelson said the #Mavs may consider signing Rashard Lewis after his knee surgery. Mavs took 1-yr, $1.4 million deal for Lewis off the table.

via Dwain Price of the Star Telegram on Twitter

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