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Chris Bosh free agent rumors: Rockets want in, even for max contract

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    Pat Riley's plan to return his three star players might well fall apart before July 10 arrives, br夜网论坛inging with it the start of free-agent signings. The Miami Heat could retain the services of one of two of them, but Chris Bosh and LeBron James likely have priced themselves out of the market.

    In addition to reports that James and his handlers were talking with at least a half-dozen teams, news indicated Bosh was drawing increasing attention. Why? Carmelo Anthony seemed close to a new deal with the New York Knicks, raising Bosh in the hierarchy of players seeking contracts. 

    Enter the Houston Rockets. Bosh figures in their plans, which include a possible cap-clearing deal sending Jeremy Lin to the Philadelphia 76ers.

    Riley wanted James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade out of their contracts and into something a bit more cap-comfortable. When the Big Three complied, it appeared the Heat plan was a go.

    Then James began talk of a max contract. Bosh now seems likely to want the same. Only Wade, who would have been overpaid had he stayed put, might accept the Heat's offer.

    The Rockets also have an edge in their pursuit of Bosh, in that they would bring him home to Texas. He would be cast on a forward line with Dwight Howard, adding a 3-point shot to open room inside, and have a support player in James Harden.

    Some reports suggest Bosh is after a four-year deal. Others say five years at $90 million. Those figures were posited this week by Fox Sports Ohio.

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    Dion Waiters not interested in sixth man position for Cavs

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    The Cavaliers have added new pieces on th夜网论坛e wing in LeBron James and Andrew Wiggins, two big-name players who are expected to have an immediate impact. James is an obvious franchise-changer, while Wiggins' effect on the Cavaliers will not be clear until the season actually starts. 

    I mention those two players to get to Dion Waiters, who has manned the wing for the Cavaliers over the past two seasons. A former No. 4 pick, Waiters is a scoring guard who could be suited for a sixth man role. He's not interested in that, though. 

    MORE: James decision leaves NBA scrambling | Wiggins pulls off impressive dunk

    It's clear that Cleveland will have a decision to make. 

    Wiggins still needs work on the offensive end, but can defend at the shooting guard position from the outset. It could benefit him, however, to be brought along at a slower pace. 

    Either way, if he isn't starting, Waiters won't be in the position he prefers. 

    The irony of Waiters' statement is that he started in only 72 of 131 career games, including 24 starts over 70 games last season. He has maintained averages of 15.3 points, 3.0 assists and 2.6 rebounds over two NBA seasons.

    UPDATE: Waiters deleted the above tweet, then tweeted he was kidding and that he would do what's best for the team:

    Source: ProBasketballTalk.com

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    War of words continue between Rockets and Chandler Parsons

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    Chandler Parsons is no longer a member of the Rockets, but neither he, nor his former teammates seem capable of moving on. 

    Following the Rockets decision to not match the Mavericks' offer sheet for the forward, Parsons revealed that he was not happy with the way he was treated during the free agent process.

    "Honestly, I was offended by the whole process. They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that's just how they viewed me as a player. I don't think I've scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I'm ready for that role."

    It wasn't soon after that Dwight Howard, a man that Parsons helped convince to sign with the Rockets, didn't think Parsons' absence would hurt the team. 

    "It won't affect us at all. We have myself and James. We have the best center and the best two guard in the game on the same team. It's on us."

    Obviously, Parsons was not too thrilled with Howard's comment and voiced his opinion during an interview with Jim Rome. 

    “I know he didn’t mean it. He’s one of my closest friends,” said Parsons. “He’s got to be confident with the Rockets moving forward with or without me there, so I understand where he’s coming from. I think it’s a ridiculous statement, but at the end of the day, he has to stick up for the Rockets and I don’t think he meant it in a bad way and didn’t try to bash me at all.”

    But of course, the indirect war of words did not end there.

    James Harden, who was in The Philippines for a charity event of behalf of USA Basketball, commented on the makeup of next year's team.

    From the Philippines Star: “Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” said Harden. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we’ll be fine next season.”

    Harden isn't necessarily wrong, but Parsons continued to take it as a slight, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.

    Are we finished here, gentleman?

    Now, we're done.

    Althought this miniscule quarrel seems like nothing but a夜网论坛 way to talk about something during the dullest part of the offseason, it should help to make the games next season between the two teams all the more interesting.

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    Team USA World Cup roster figures to be big on little guys

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    Team USA is set to convene in Las Vegas for training camp this week, and it will be up to coach Mike Krzyzewski and director Jerry Colangelo to weed out a roster from a very talented group of 19 players.

    And, in what is a longstanding tradition when it comes to USA Basketball, there are an overwhelming number of guards on hand, compared to a relatively light frontcourt—a frontcourt that took a couple of tough blows thanks to the withdrawal of Clippers star Blake Griffin and Portland’s LaMarcus Aldri夜网论坛dge, two players who were likely to make the final roster.

    MORE: Griffin bows out | Select team chosen | Remembering MJ, '84 team

    As it stands, the roster is shaping up like this:

    CENTER

    Team USA has been able to get away with going small in its last few tournaments, and it will do so frequently again this time around.

    The problem, though, is that the host country — Spain — is particularly big up front, with the Gasol brothers and Thunder forward Serge Ibaka on hand. If not for Spain, the U.S. could probably go with Anthony Davis and Kevin Love at center and suffer no consequences.

    But Spain’s size is likely to force the team to keep one of two young bigs: Andre Drummond or DeMarcus Cousins. Neither has the kind of versatility that is suited to the international game, but the prospect of having the Gasols hammer the U.S. in the paint requires one of the two be given a spot.

    POWER FORWARD

    Because of an increased emphasis on perimeter big men, Krzyzewski likes to play multifaceted small forwards at the 4. Love will play here a lot, but you can expect to see Kevin Durant get the bulk of the minutes as a power forward.

    Losing Aldridge and Griffin hurts the most at this spot, and depth at the position could come down to whether Krzyzewski trusts Chandler Parsons to play power forward or whether he wants a defense-and-rebounding specialist like Kenneth Faried on hand.

    SMALL FORWARD

    Expect a lot of Paul George here — he can handle the ball, shoot, pass and defend, making him an ideal fit for Team USA. If Durant plays a lot of minutes at power forward, the Americans could be thin behind George, with Krzyzewski choosing among Parsons, Gordon Hayward and Kyle Korver.

    SHOOTING GUARD

    There will be some tough choices here, with four candidates vying for two or three jobs. James Harden is likely to stay on board, given the fact that he has been involved with Team USA previously, helping the 2012 team to an Olympic gold medal. USA Basketball prefers to reward past participants when it can.

    That will mean competition among Bradley Beal, Klay Thompson and DeMar DeRozan.

    DeRozan is a long shot because he struggles with his perimeter shooting, but it figures to be a particularly tough choice if a spot on the team comes down to Beal or Thompson. Both are excellent shooters, but Thompson is 6-7 and a better defender, while Beal (6-3) is a better ballhandler and distributor.

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    Report: Kevin Durant could land $30 million per year from Under Armour

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    While rumors have percolated about Kevin Durant's NBA future, he is solidly with the Oklahoma City Thunder, at least until the summer of 2016. 

    Durant is a free agent on the shoe market, however. His Nike deal, which was worth $60 million over seven years, is set to expire. While Durant is still in talks with Nike and adidas, he could pull in $30 million per year if he signs with Under Armour, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News .

    MORE: Durant on possible Washington return | Durant's Sparkling Ice deal | Durant unveils shoe on YouTube

    “I’m just going to let my team be the ones who handle that behind the scenes, I guess,” Durant told ESPN. “When you look at stuff like that, it’s great problems to have because people want you夜网论坛 for what you know and do on the basketball court, the work you put in, so I’m going to continue to put my work in, let them focus on that on the other end, and we’ll come together at some point.” 

    Of course, the possibility of Durant signing with Under Armour, whose headquarters are located in his home state of Maryland, has fueled rumors of a Washington return. The Wizards' decision to hire Durant's former high school coach only added to that belief. 

    Durant watched as LeBron James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Durant applauded James' approach and congratulated him on the move. But ever since then, rumors have fumed about Durant taking on a similar approach. 

    For his part, Durant has expressed his commitment to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He never ruled out a Washington return, but he hasn't hinted at one, either. 

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    LeBron James, Cavs to play at Xavier's arena

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    The King will be on campus in Cincinnati. 

    LeBron James and the Cavaliers have agreed to play the Pacers in an exhibiti夜网论坛on game at Xavier University's Cintas Center on October 15, according to the Pacers' preseason schedule.

    The game will also be a homecoming of sorts for Pacers power forward David West. He played for the Musketeers from 1999-2000 —including three of those seasons in the Cintas Center after it opened in 2000.

    Source: FOX 19

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    LeBron to make Cavs' debut at home, play Heat in Brazil

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    CLEVELAND — LeBron James will play his first preseason game with the Cavaliers at home before he faces his former team, the Miami Heat, in Brazil.

    The Cavs will open their exhibition season Oct. 5 against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Israeli club formerly led by new Cleveland coach David Blatt. It will be James' first game with the Cavs since re-signing with them last month as a free agent.

    MORE: Kevin Love trade | James-Love fit | LeBron billboard | Durant withdraws from Team USA

    On Oct. 12, James and the Cavs will play the Heat in Rio De Janiero. James won two NBA titles and went to the NBA Finals four straight seasons with the Heat.

    The Cavs will also play in Cincinnati on Oct. 15 against Indiana and against Chicago in 夜网论坛Columbus on Oct. 20 on Ohio State's campus.

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    Suns' Isaiah Thomas has arthroscopic wrist surgery

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    PHOENIX — Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist.

    The team says he's expected to be able to participate fully in the team's training camp.

    The Suns say the procedure was done Thursday in New York by Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgeries.

    The Suns acquired Thomas in a sign-and-trade deal with夜网论坛 the Sacramento Kings on July 12.

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    DeMarcus Cousins suffers leg injury in Team USA scrimmage

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    Kings center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a leg injury and needed to be helped off the floor during Team USA's practice in Chicago, according to multiple reports.

    MORE: NBA schedules | Wall 'overlooked again' | Gay added to USA roster

    USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo informed reporters that Cousins will undergo a precautionary MRI and will not play in Saturday's exhibition against Brazil. 

    Cousins was injured within the first few minutes of the team's scrimmage Thursday. Until he has an MRI, it will remain unknown how severe the injury is. 

    UPDATE: Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reported that Cousins, in fact, suffered a right knee injury but the MRI revealed no structural damage. Cousins is listed as day to day.

    Team USA is without a number of big men, with Blake Griffin and Kevin Love backing out of their obligations. USA Basketball also lost Kevin Durant, who could play power forward. 

    The frontline still has Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee. Rudy Gay was added as a replacement for Durant. 

    UPDATE: Cousins later responded to those who reached out to him on social media. 

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    Deal close: Jason Terry going to Rockets in swap with Kings

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    Guard Jason Terry is headed back to Texas, where he had his best success as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Word Sunday had him en route to the Houston Rockets.

    Terry, 36, reportedly will be dealt from the Sacramento Kings in a cap-room trade, according to CBS Sports.

    Headed to Sacramento: Alonzo Gee and picks. In addition to Terry, the Rockets will get two second-round picks, according to Yahoo! Sports.

    After eight seasons with the Mavericks, Terry joined the Boston Celtics as a free agent in 2012. He was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 and 2011, a sign of his expected role with the Rockets.

    The deal promises to continue stirring the fire between t夜网论坛he two Lone Star State rivals. Terry also could find success in the Rockets' up-tempo offense while helping fill a need for a guard with playoff experience.

    Gee might not last long in Sacramento, where observers believe the Kings will waive him to free up cap space.

    The Rockets will also receive two second-round draft picks and send guard/forward Alonzo Gee to the Kings, along with at least one other non-guaranteed contract.

    The 36-year-old Terry started last season with Brooklyn and averaged only 4.5 points in 35 games. He was traded to Sacramento at the trade deadline and didn't play the rest of the season as he recovered from a left knee injury. Terry played in Boston in 2012-13 after eight seasons in Dallas, where he was named the league's Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 and 2011.

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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