Anthony Davis headlines Team USA final roster
Anthony Davis | NO
(August 23, 2014 2:39 AM EDT)
Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry and James Harden headlined the release of the 2014 Team USA Basketball roster on Friday.
Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Kenneth Faried, and DeMarcus Cousins all made the squad, though Cousins' status appeared to be in doubt for much of the time. Rudy Gay and Andre Drummond also made the team, as did the ever-so-controversial Mason Plumlee. Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were among the final cuts. Team USA will be the favorites in Spain, but this is undeniably one of the weaker teams we've seen in a while.
Gordon Hayward to be cut from Team USA
Gordon Hayward | UTA
(August 22, 2014 11:44 PM EDT)
Gordon Hayward will not make the Team USA roster when cuts are announced on Saturday according to ESPN.
This news isn't too surprising as he hasn't seen much action lately and is a cut below other players that are on the bubble. Regardless, the experience bodes well for him as he takes his big contract into next season.
Rose plays a little, looks good in USA win
Derrick Rose | CHI
(August 22, 2014 9:12 PM EDT)
Derrick Rose played 14 minutes in Team USA's 112-86 win over Puerto Rico on Friday, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting with two rebounds and four assists.
Rose looked great but he isn't going to shake the questions about his health anytime soon, though this particular round of paranoia over his soreness is probably exactly that. The final roster is expected to be announced on Saturday.
Official Team USA roster expected Saturday
Anthony Davis | NO
(August 22, 2014 6:54 PM EDT)
The official 12-man Team USA roster is expected to be announced on Saturday.
There is a twist to this story as USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski are reportedly still debating whether they will bring 12, 13, or 14 of their current 16 players to Spain. Bringing the additional players would give the pair an extra week to evaluate their guys, as the final 12-man roster does not need to be submitted until August 29. Stay tuned.
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Damian Lillard would love to make Team USA
Damian Lillard | POR
(August 22, 2014 5:57 PM EDT)
Damian Lillard would be thrilled if he made the final 12-man, Team USA roster.
"This already has been a great experience and a great opportunity for me to get better by being a part of something like this," said Lillard. "But to get on that plane would be a real accomplishment. I’ve always been a fan of USA Basketball and to be part of the team would mean a lot to me." Lillard is on the bubble right now, but if Team USA anticipates rest days for Rose, that could help Lillard's cause. Stay tuned.
Report: Suns making late push for Kevin Love
Eric Bledsoe | PHO
(August 22, 2014 5:34 PM EDT)
The Suns reportedly reached out to the Timberwolves on Thursday to gauge Minnesota's interest in conducting a sign-and-trade involving Kevin Love and Eric Bledsoe.
The report by Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN states that the three-team deal involving the 76ers, Cavs, and Wolves remains intact, and is expected to be completed by Saturday. This is clearly a desperation move by the Suns as relations with their restricted free agent Bledsoe have been strained, but you can't fault the organization for trying. Bledsoe rejected the Suns initial four-year, $48 million offer, and he may elect to pick up his one-year qualifying offer of $3.7 million in order to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. A sign-and-trade involving Love and Bledsoe does not seem likely.
OKC hires Mark Daigneault as D-League coach
Scott Brooks | OKC
(August 22, 2014 5:07 PM EDT)
The Thunder have hired Mark Daigneault to coach the teams D-League affiliate.
Daigneault spent the last four years as an assistant coach to Billy Donovan at the University of Florida, and during his time there, the team built an impressive record of 120-30. "I have had a great deal of respect for the Thunder organization throughout my career, and I’m excited to immerse myself in the culture there, and focus on the continued development of the program," said Daigneault.
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Rockets officially re-sign Francisco Garcia
Francisco Garcia | HOU
(August 22, 2014 4:53 PM EDT)
The Rockets officially re-signed Francisco Garcia to a one-year deal on Friday.
Garcia averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers through 19.7 minutes of action with the Rockets last season. He's not on the radar in standard leagues.
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Eric Griffin ready to compete for roster spot
Eric Griffin | DAL
(August 22, 2014 4:26 PM EDT)
Eric Griffin is ready to compete for a spot on the Mavericks' roster.
Griffin showcased himself with a variety of highlight reel dunks during Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.2 steals through 20 minutes of action. However, even if he is able to make the Mavericks' regular season roster, he’s unlikely to hold any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Hawks officially re-sign Shelvin Mack
Shelvin Mack | ATL
(August 22, 2014 4:12 PM EDT)
The Hawks have officially re-signed Shelvin Mack.
"Shelvin has proven himself to be an excellent fit in our program," GM Danny Ferry said. "On the court, he plays well within our system and possesses a toughness and level of unselfishness that we truly value." Mack averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists, and 0.8 three-pointers as the Hawks backup point guard last season, and while he is a serviceable backup, he's not in the conversation for standard league consideration.