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  • Will Emmanuel Mudiay's jump to China be the start of a trend for recruits? (Yahoo Sports)
    Mudiay, a top-five guard in the class of 2014, chose a lucrative deal in China over college ball. He may be the first of many depending on his experience.

  • Magic signing guard Peyton Siva (Yahoo Sports)
    Former Louisville star Peyton Siva will join the Magic this season.

  • The 10-man rotation, starring how Lionel Hollins' Brooklyn Nets might look (Ball Don't Lie)
    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : The Brooklyn Game , twice . Ryan Carbain looks at how Lionel Hollins' offensive and defensive systems line up with the personnel he inherits with the Brooklyn Nets, and how things might need to change as Hollins gets comfortable in Barclays Center. PF : Nylon Calculus . Jacob Rosen makes the statistical argument for Kevin Garnett being one...

  • Report: Blake Griffin pulled out of Team USA due to back fracture, expected to make 'full recovery' (Ball Don't Lie)
    Blake Griffin chalked up his decision to bow out of competition for a spot on the U.S. men's national basketball team that will compete in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain next month to a desire " to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming season with the [Los Angeles] Clippers." As it turns out, though, there's another reason why the All-NBA Second Team forward pulled out. According to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne , Griffin has a small fracture in his back and "was advised by doctors to give [it]...

  • Wall added to Team USA roster (The SportsXchange)
    Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been added to the 2014-16 U.S. National Team roster, USA Basketball officially announced Friday.

  • The 10-man rotation, starring LeBron James remembering everything, for better and for worse (Ball Don't Lie)
    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : ESPN.com . A fantastic read from Brian Windhorst on LeBron James' remarkable memory — the one that Shane Battier once called "quasi-photographic" and referred to as "a little like 'A Beautiful Mind'" — and the good things and bad things it can do to him over the course of a game, a series and a season. PF :...

  • Free-agent roundup: Lakers bring back Henry, Johnson and Kelly; Seraphin returns to Wiz; and more (Ball Don't Lie)
    The list of available players in the free agent class of 2014 continues to dwindle down, with teams tending toward focusing on the ends of their benches while aiming to maintain future flexibility and set their sights on the future ... in part, perhaps, because they'd rather not think too hard about the present. With that in mind, let's run through some recent smaller deals agreed upon by players and teams, starting out in Los Angeles. *** • The Los Angeles Lakers continued rounding out their roster by bringing back three members of last year's dismal 27-55 squad...

  • Pacers aquire Stuckey, rue loss of Stephenson (Reuters)
    (Reuters) - Three days after losing one of the National Basketball Association's best young players on the free agent market, the Indiana Pacers gained a welcome boost by signing seven-year league veteran Rodney Stuckey on Monday. Though Stuckey lacks the all-round talent of fellow shooting guard Lance Stephenson, who opted to leave the Pacers for more money with the Charlotte Hornets, he will certainly give Indiana plenty of athleticism and vigor. "Rodney is a very talented player who can create and score in a variety of ways," Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statament.

  • National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
    (The Sports Xchange) - The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract this week, according to ESPN.com. The delay in signing the rookie shooting guard is reportedly not related to speculation that the team may trade him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star power forward Kevin Love. Instead, the Cavaliers have been looking for ways to use their remaining $1.4 million in salary cap space before signing Wiggins to a contract that will pay him about $5.5 million this season. The Cavaliers and Timberwolves have been in talks about...

  • NBA roundup: Cavs plan to sign Wiggins this week (The SportsXchange)
    The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract this week, according to ESPN.com.

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