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Westbrook, Harden Withdraw From Team USA

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Houston Rockets guard James Harden became the latest stars to announce they are withdrawing their names from consideration for USA Basketball’s 2016 Rio Olympics team.

“After speaking with my family, I have decided to not participate in this year’s Olympics,” Westbrook said in a statement Friday. “This was not an easy decision, as representing my country at the World Championships in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012 were career highlights for me. I look forward to future opportunities as a member of USA Basketball.” Harden called his decision a “painstaking one that I did not take lightly.”

Source: Royce Young of ESPN

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Sources: Dell Demps to Join Jazz Coaching Staff

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Former New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has agreed to join the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach, reuniting with Quin Snyder, sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: ‘A lot of mutual interest’ between Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers

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The team source said that there’s “a lot of mutual interest” between Cleveland and [Tristan] Thompson.

Source: Spencer Davies of Basketball News

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Sources: Bulls Hire Billy Donovan as Head Coach

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The Chicago Bulls have hired former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan as their new head coach, the team announced Tuesday.

Arturas Karnisovas, the Bulls’ executive vice president of basketball operations, aggressively pursued Donovan after the coach left the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources said, selling Donovan on a partnership and vision for a talented young roster and a chance to lead one of the league’s anchor franchises.

In an official statement, Donovan thanked the team’s ownership “for the opportunity to coach the Chicago Bulls” and said he is looking forward to working with Karnisovas.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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