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Thompson to Canadians: ‘Step Up and Play’ in FIBA

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Tristan Thompson’s summer started off with an NBA championship in June, but he missed out on a chance to add an Olympic medal when Canada failed to beat France in the FIBA Qualifying Tournament in the Philippines in July.

Looking back on the international competition as Thompson and the Cavs return to Canada on Thursday for the first time since they clinched a berth in the NBA Finals with a Game 6 win over the Toronto Raptors in May, the Cleveland big man called out his fellow countrymen who chose not to play for the national team.

“[It should] challenge the guys who didn’t play to next time when the country calls,” Thompson said. “Step up and play.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Report: LeBron James Camp Pessimistic of Paul George

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There’s pessimism in [LeBron] James’ camp that [Paul] George would leave Oklahoma City.

It’s not hard to understand what might compel George to stay. The chemistry with Russell Westbrook is bound to improve if they have a second year together, and it doesn’t hurt that their off-court relationship continues to appear very strong. Ditto for George’s dynamic with coach Billy Donovan.

Source: Sam Amick of USA Today

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Report: Spurs Attempting To Trade Kawhi Leonard To Eastern Conference

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The San Antonio Spurs have told teams that the only Western Conference team he will play for if he is not trading is theirs.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Cavs have inquired about Leonard but there is no traction on a possible deal.

The Spurs have told teams to put forth offers without any indication of what might come next

Source: Sam Amick of USA Today

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Report: No Rift Between Chris Paul and Rockets

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As for the recent report from Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard that there are rising tensions between the two sides because [Chris] Paul wants the full max and isn’t sure if he’ll get it, two people with knowledge of the situation refuted the idea there is any friction between the sides.

Source: Sam Amick of USA Today

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