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USA Announces Final Roster for World Cup

USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced Friday night the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup that is being held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. The player announcement followed the USA's112-86 exhibition victory over Puerto Rico Friday evening at Madison Square Garden.

Named as members of the official 2014 USA Basketball World Cup Team were: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).


“Since taking over the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” said Colangelo. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent – each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.”


“The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process,” said Mike Krzyzewski, USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor. “To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward.


“I’m excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team.”


via USA Basketball press release


Hakim Warrick to Work Out for Spurs

Hakim Warrick will continue his quest to return to the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs.

The former Syracuse University star confirmed Friday that he had been invited to a workout with the reigning NBA champions. Warrick will have his workout with the Spurs on Sept. 1.

via Mike Waters of Syracuse.com

Lillard Thankful for Team USA Opportunity

Back in my natural habitat! Throw more wood on the fire. Thankful for the opportunity And guys please don't feel sorry. I'm always Good!

via Damian Lillard on Twitter

Hornets Sign Draft Pick P.J. Hairston

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed first-round draft pick P.J. Hairston. The Hornets acquired the rights to Hairston (26th overall pick) and guard Semaj Christon (55th overall pick), along with a 2019 second-round draft pick and cash considerations, from the Miami Heat in exchange for the rights to guard Shabazz Napier (24th overall pick). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

via NBA.com/Hornets

Daigneault Named Thunder’s D-League Coach

The Oklahoma City Thunder named Mark Daigneault as the head coach of its D-League team, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Daigneault joins the Thunder organization after spending the past four years working under Billy Donovan at the University of Florida where he most recently held the position of Assistant to the Head Coach.

via NBA.com/Thunder

Rockets Announce Francisco Garcia Signing

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that the team has re-signed unrestricted free agent guard/forward Francisco Garcia.

via NBA.com/Rockets

Hawks Re-Sign Guard Shelvin Mack

The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed guard Shelvin Mack, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

via NBA.com/Hawks

Guard Terrel Harris Signs with Israeli Team

Maccabi Ashdod SCE continues season 2014/5 achnothia in leagues and signing the player Terrell Harris (27/1.93) for the guard.

Terrell Harris won with Miami beat NBA championships and played in Germany and France in the elections.

via Official Maccabi Ashdod B.C.Facebook Page

Colangelo: ‘Most Difficult Selection Process’

“Since taking over the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” said (USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry) Colangelo. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent – each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.”

via USAB.com

Suns Make Late Bledsoe-for-Love Offer

With just hours to go before a planned megadeal the would send Kevin Love to Cleveland, the Phoenix Suns reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday to ask once more about the possibility of acquiring Love in a sign-and-trade for guard Eric Bledsoe, sources told ESPN.com.

The Cavaliers and Wolves have had an agreement in place on Love for weeks and it remains intact, sources said. That trade, which morphed into a three-way deal with the Philadelphia 76ers that will send Thaddeus Young to Minnesota, is expected to be completed on Saturday.

Talks between the Suns and Bledsoe, who is a restricted free agent, have been fractured for weeks and the team is now vetting all options. That includes other sign-and-trade talks with other teams besides the Wolves.

via Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com

Rick Barnes Gets Texas Contract Extended

As expected, Texas men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes and baseball coach Augie Garrido received two-year contract extensions from the UT system board of regents Thursday.

Agenda shows Texas' Rick Barnes in line for extension

Barnes, who rebounded to make the NCAA Tournament last season, had his contract extended through the 2018-19 season

via Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News

Thaddeus Young Headed to Timberwolves?

I will add that the league-wide belief is that Thaddeus (Young) will be a (Minnesota) Wolf. Just not with Shabazz (Muhammad) involved. #twolves

via Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN on Twitter

Blazers Sign Darius Morris to Training Camp?

The #Blazers have signed 6-4 PG Darius Morris to a nonguaranteed training camp roster spot, a league source tells The Oregonian.

via Joe Freeman of The Oregonian on Twitter

Report: Leiweke to Resign as Raptors CEO

The CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will step down next year.

The company announced Thursday that Tim Leiweke will stay until June 30 or a successor is appointed. The MLSE properties include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC.

via Associated Press via NBA.com

Mavs Finalizing Deal with Bernard James?

ESPN sources say Dallas Mavericks are finalizing one-year minimum deal to bring back C Bernard James for his third straight season w/club

via Marc Stein of ESPN on Twitter

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