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- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
Free-agent forward Shawn Marion has decided to join the Cleveland Cavaliers, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Marion decided to join forces with LeBron James in Cleveland, passing on opportunities to sign with the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat or the Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavaliers are expected to announce the signing of the four-time All-Star to a deal for the veteran's minimum on Monday.
Marion averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds last season for the Dallas Mavericks.
Marion made his decision after he met with his representatives in Chicago following USA Basketball's exhibition victory over Brazil late Saturday, a league source said. Cleveland general manager David Griffin was also at the game. Marion and Griffin have ties dating to their days with the Phoenix Suns.
The Cavs have dramatically remade their roster, signing James, Mike Miller and James Jones and reaching an agreement in principle to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
CHICAGO – After two quarters of Team USA's exhibition against Brazil, Derrick Rose had made only one shot. He'd also missed a wide-open, two-handed dunk. Doubts likely had begun to fill the heads of Chicago Bulls fans.
But with 3:34 left in the third quarter, Rose crossed over Brazil's Raul Neto, jumped in the lane off his oft-troubled left knee, switched hands in the air with the ball and scored on a pretty lay-in over Anderson Varejao. The U.S. players on the bench jumped up in excitement.
Bulls fans had reason to be confident Rose had returned to form during this exhibition at his home arena.
"I just saw an opening and I went for it," Rose said. "I'm used to people cheering, so I didn't let it get to me or anything like that. It's just me playing how I normally play."
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports5 days ago
USA Basketball has canceled a pre-FIBA World Cup trip to Senegal on Aug. 27 because of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, a spokesman for the organization told Yahoo Sports on Friday.
USA Basketball planned to take its first trip to Dakar for an all-day event that included clinics, tours and a reception just days before the World Cup begins in Spain. The decision, made over the past 48 hours, was viewed as tough and disappointing, a source said.
USA begins World Cup play against Finland on Aug. 30.
ESPN.com first broke the story.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports6 days ago
CHICAGO – Near the end of their first practice together since Paul George broke his leg, Team USA players nervously watched another player go down.
Cousins injured his right knee after tangling with two other players while trying to get to a loose ball during USA Basketball's practice in preparation for the upcoming World Cup on Thursday. An MRI revealed no structural damage, and USA Basketball officials listed Cousins as day to day. Cousins didn't speak with reporters, but walked out of the Quest Multisport Complex without aid.
"I talked to him on the way out. I think he will be OK," said Kings forward Rudy Gay, who was added to the U.S. pool of players last week. "I hope he is just being a drama queen. …I think he will be fine.
"I've never seen him go down and stay down. I think in the back of his head … everybody is thinking about what happened before [with George]. I think he will be OK."
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
10. Lionel Hollins returns to "Stone Age" Memphis (Feb. 10): Hollins was relieved of his duties with the Grizzlies after leading the franchise to the 2013 Western Conference finals. Jason Kidd's surprising departure from Brooklyn opened the door for Hollins' return to coaching. Hollins has since compared Memphis to the "Stone Age," saying people there "move slow, they talk slow, and they drag their words out." His comments could make for an interesting reception from the home fans.
9. Lance Stephenson returns to Indiana (Nov. 19): Stephenson shocked the Pacers by signing a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets this offseason. The Pacers offered a more lucrative five-year, $44 million deal, despite Stephenson's immature acts in the postseason. Paul George's broken leg and resulting loss for the season made Stephenson's departure even more difficult for Indiana to stomach.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports12 days ago
Rudy Gay, a member of USA Basketball’s gold medal-winning FIBA World Championship team in 2010, was added to Team USA’s roster Friday.
USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said Thursday it was considering adding a player after Kevin Durant opted to depart due to fatigue from last season and his off-season commitments, and Gay was the choice.
Team USA’s 16 players will resume training in Chicago on Aug. 14-15 and conclude with an exhibition contest against Brazil on Aug. 16. The final roster will feature 12 players when Team USA opens World Cup of Basketball play in Spain against Finland on Aug. 30.
Team USA’s frontcourt is thin with forwards Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and Durant withdrawing from competition and with Paul George suffering a broken leg in an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 1. Gay hopes his presence will help.
“I actually went to a practice not too long ago,” Gay told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview Friday. “I just realized how much fun I had playing for Team USA, coach (Mike Krzyzewski) and all those guys. To see how Paul George went down, I feel like it’s not only for the country but we have to do it for him, too. I just want to be a part of it.”
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports13 days ago
USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo said Team USA could still add players to the roster after Kevin Durant withdrew from the World Cup team on Wednesday.
Durant told Colangelo and USA coach Mike Krzyzewski that he was withdrawing because of mental and physical fatigue from his lengthy NBA season and offseason commitments. USA Basketball currently has a roster of 15 players it is considering for 12 spots for the World Cup in Spain. While Colangelo said he isn’t adding any players at the moment, that could change depending on what Krzyzewski wants.
"I’ve had a couple of calls," Colangelo told Yahoo Sports. "I know a couple agents are offering a good couple of their clients who could fit the bill. I’m going to be on the phones tonight. I was just talking with coach. I’m going to see what our deal is going to be.
"Probably it won’t be anything other than we go forward. But don’t rule out the possibility. …I really need to touch with Coach K so we can have a little discussion. We talked earlier, but because of these calls I wanted to discuss some things with him. As of now, I say no add-ons with a possibility."
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports13 days ago
Kevin Durant has withdrawn from the U.S. team for the inaugural World Cup of Basketball, citing mental and physical fatigue.
USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo announced Durant's decision in a statement and said Durant told him and coach Mike Krzyzewski he was withdrawing because he was "physically and mentally drained" from last NBA season and his offseason responsibilities. Durant's withdrawal came less than a week after Indiana Pacers guard Paul George broke his leg in Team USA's scrimmage – an injury that could sideline him for the entire 2014-15 season. Kevin Love and Blake Griffin also withdrew shortly before the start of training camp.
"This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country," Durant said in a statement. "I know that I owe it to my USA Basketball teammates to be totally invested in the experience. After going through training camp with USAB, I realized I could not fulfill my responsibilities to the team from both a time and energy standpoint.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports21 days ago
Former D-League Canton guard Will Cherry has agreed to a two-year deal worth the NBA minimum with the Toronto Raptors, a source told Yahoo Sports Wednesday.
Cherry averaged 11.6 points, 4.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game for Canton last season. The 6-foot, 185-pounder went undrafted out of Montana in 2013. Cherry also received strong interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers after playing for their summer league squad this year.
The Oakland, Calif., native is expected to sign the partially guaranteed contract in the coming days.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports21 days ago
LAS VEGAS – If Paul George wins a championship with the U.S. at the World Cup this summer, perhaps it will help him get over his Indiana Pacers falling apart when it mattered the most last season. The way George sees it, the Pacers would be NBA champions now if they had just stayed the course.
"If we had the same mentality that we had to start the year off, we would have won the championship," George told Yahoo Sports. "We were playing the best ball of all of our careers and Pacers history in general. For us to not finish the year where we started is tough."
The Pacers looked like NBA title contenders after starting the season 40-11. They struggled down the stretch and their poor play carried into the postseason. They needed the full seven games to beat the Atlanta Hawks in the first round and six games to beat the Washington Wizards in the second round. They ended up losing to the Miami Heat in the East finals.