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- Lin excited to join Lakers (AFP) July 25, 2014Jeremy Lin said Thursday he's looking to establish himself with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he won't be trying to recreate "Linsanity" on the West Coast. The point guard whose unexpected 2012 heroics for the New York Knicks made him a global phenomenon, was traded to Los Angeles by the Houston Rockets earlier this month and was introduced by his new team on Thursday.
- National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters) July 25, 2014(The Sports Xchange) - First overall pick Andrew Wiggins signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his future with the team remains in doubt. Wiggins, who receives $5.5 million under the terms of the deal, is the subject of ongoing trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves centered around All-Star forward Kevin Love. The Cavaliers have not officially confirmed Wiggins is part of the deal, but sources around both teams imply the former Kansas star is indeed available if the Love trade can be consummated. Per NBA rules, rookies cannot be traded for 30 days after signing a contract.
- NBA roundup: Cavs sign No. 1 pick Wiggins (The SportsXchange) July 24, 2014First overall pick Andrew Wiggins signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his future with the team remains in doubt. Wiggins, who receives $5.5 million under the terms of the deal, is the subject of ongoing trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves centered around All-Star forward Kevin Love. The Cavaliers have not officially confirmed Wiggins is part of the deal, but sources around both teams imply the former Kansas star is indeed available if the Love trade can be consummated. Per NBA rules, rookies cannot be traded for 30 days after signing a contract.
- 'Linsanity' not on Lin's agenda in new life with Lakers (Reuters) July 24, 2014Two years ago, Jeremy Lin lit up the National Basketball Association with his explosive play for the New York Knicks but he has no desire to recreate 'Linsanity' in his new career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead, the 25-year-old point guard is looking forward to making "a fresh start" in Tinseltown without the weight of any self-imposed pressure as he tries to help restore the flagging fortunes of one of the NBA's leading franchises. "I'm really excited to be a part of this organization and I'm seeing this as a new start, a fresh start," Lin said after being formally introduced to the media at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo on Thursday. "I know what I want to accomplish as a player and what the right way to play is and as long as I do that, I can hold my head up high and be proud of myself." Lin, acquired by the Lakers earlier this month along with a future first-round pick and a 2015 second-round pick in a trade with the Houston Rockets for the rights to Sergei Lishchuk, will never forget his spectacular spell with the Knicks.
- The 10-man rotation, starring the Dallas Mavericks, who could be making a move after a strong summer (Ball Don't Lie) July 24, 2014A 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 : Sports on Earth . Michael Pina on the "minor miracle" of the Dallas Mavericks' offseason work, and how Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle and the staggeringly selfless Dirk Nowitzki might have another contender on their hands. PF : numberFire . One area where the Mavs still look a little shaky, though, is at the point — who should start there? SF : Silver Screen and Roll . OK, Kobe says he likes the moves , but seriously: could this year's model be the worst Los Angeles Lakers team we've ever seen? SG : Pounding the Rock . Jesus Gomez brings us up to speed on the roiling chaos within the Argentine Basketball Association, which could result in the veteran members of the team's legendary "Golden Generation," like Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni and Pablo Prigioni, not suiting up for this summer's FIBA World Cup. PG : Bright Side of the Sun . Amid rumors that the Phoenix Suns might be interested in making a run at Greg Monroe, Garrett Benson questions why Ryan McDonough, Jeff Hornacek and company would be considering a max or near-max deal for a restricted free agent big man who doesn't seem to line up with Phoenix's game plan. 6th : Gothic Ginobili . "… if NBA fans are going to boycott the NFL for their treatment of the [Ray] Rice case , they should probably start off by storming the NBA's league office in New York and demanding answers on the NBA's pitiful track record." 7th : FOX Sports Ohio . To hear LeBron James' closest longtime friends tell it, even they didn't know where he was going until the essay went live. Zac Jackson talked to LeBron's pals about what it was like spending the week before the announcement with James in Vegas. 8th : Hoop365 , TrueHoop , SB Nation and The Triangle . More ideas, coverage and consideration of the Oklahoma City Thunder's reported plan to make 2014 first-round draft pick Josh Huestis the first ever domestic "draft-and-stash" prospect: Mark Deeks thinks the player's allowing himself to get played: "Huestis stands to gain very little from this agreement, least of all money." Royce Young thinks it's more complicated than that, but that "it might be a win-win for both the Thunder and Huestis." Two pieces of supporting evidence on its complication: Huestis' agent, Mitchell Butler, tells Mike Prada that the idea for the unique and potentially troubling arrangement actually came from the player's side of the negotiating table rather than the team's, and Ron Klempner, the interim executive director of the players' union, sees this as "an example of the player flipping the script" in the contract negotiation process. 9th : The Triangle . Speaking of Deeks — the proprietor of the indispensable ShamSports.com and a wonderful follow on Twitter, by the way — here's n informative profile of the British team-building aficionado and salary cap savant by friend of the program Jason Concepcion. 10th : Wall Street Journal . Chris Herring considers the unreasonable prospect of the New York Knicks deeming guard Tim Hardaway Jr. "untouchable" in trade talks, and offers a reasonable analysis of why they shouldn't. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
- Beyond Looking Out for No. 1, Always Putting the Team First July 15, 2014There is a clear distinction between LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in how they have balanced the art of playing a team sport with the equally tricky but more desensitized business of professional basketball.
- With Return of Anthony, Knicks Quietly Edge Ahead July 14, 2014Retaining Carmelo Anthony represents a down payment on the present, while leaving the door ajar to a brighter future a year from now.
- Statement by Player Erases the Last Doubt July 14, 2014With a 173-word statement on his website, Anthony smothered any remaining uncertainty about his plans and cemented his position as one of the team’s leaders in the years ahead.
- Carmelo Anthony Said to Agree to Re-Sign With the Knicks July 13, 2014After months of speculation and about a week of free agency, Anthony will stay in New York, according to a person with firsthand knowledge of the negotiations.
- Carmelo Anthony Keeps the Knicks Waiting on His Decision July 12, 2014Amid other free-agent moves, the focus now turns to Anthony, who has to choose between remaining with the Knicks or going elsewhere.