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  • Source: Wolves get Young as part of Love trade (The Associated Press)

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have secured the final piece they were looking for in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Timberwolves will receive Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as part of the deal that will send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wolves agreed weeks ago to send Love to Cleveland, where he will team up with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to make the Cavaliers an instant favorite in the Eastern Conference.

  • NBA roundup: Veteran ref Bavetta retires (The SportsXchange)

    Longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta is hanging up his whistle after 39 years.

  • The 10-man rotation, starring Anthony Randolph, to whom it's so hard to say goodbye (and yet we must) (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 : Upside and Motor . Bidding farewell to Anthony Randolph, a collection of athleticism and skills enticed the early positional revolutionaries and whose inability to put it all together consistently on the grand stage confounded the Internet and NBA lifers alike. He belongs to Russia now. Vaya con dios , Anthony. PF : Regressing . Missed this late last week, but a good strength-of-schedule analysis based on a variety of rest-related factors turned in by the great Ed Kupfer . SF : The Podium Game . A neat, easily accessible, video-based infographic scouting report on Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe's offensive game by Tom Westerholm. SG : Salt City Hoops . Speaking of scouting reports, here's Dakota Schmidt with a video-heavy look at how Trey Burke stacked on both ends of the floor during his rookie season for the Utah Jazz and what the 2013 first-rounder needs to work on as he enters Year 2, which could see him pressed for time at the point by 2014 lottery selection Dante Exum. PG : The Sporting News . Sean Deveney talks with former NBA guard Derek Anderson about his difficult journey, which saw him abandoned by his parents before he even hit high school, his efforts to try to find and help them later in life, and his decision to write about it all. 6th : Sportsnet . Dave Zarum and Matt Bonner talk about comedy — Andy Kaufman , improve , Internet videos , you name it — and why having a sense of humor is a really important part of being a member o the San Antonio Spurs. 7th : Eye on Basketball . Matt Moore goes in-depth on how the Phoenix Suns were able to completely surpass expectations last year and turn in a top-10 offense despite entering the season without a singular dominant scoring option and relatively few reliable expected contributors. 8th : Raptors Republic . Alex Wong and Blake Murphy chat about pressing issues facing the 2014-15 Toronto Raptors, like potential punchlines Drake might use to reference his KD tampering fine and the fallout from it ("“KD loves Toronto, he needs no reminding / I talked to Silver, I’m all about the linings.") 9th : HoopsHabit . Breaking down the Boston Celtics' options with Rajon Rondo, the prospective motivations behind their future course of action, and the likelihood that noted wheeler/dealer/ negotiating nutcracker Danny Ainge just lets his All-Star point guard stay put. 10th : Hardwood Paroxysm . Steve McPherson wonders whether next season's Cleveland Cavaliers team will look more like the 2010-11 Miami Heat that struggled to find rhythm and ultimately fell to the Dallas Mavericks than the versions of Miami that hoisted the O'Brien the next two seasons. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at 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.

  • Kyrie Irving comes clean: 'I haven’t been a leader' (Ball Don't Lie)

    The idea of an obvious NBA leader is a tricky thing. Point guards are typically asked to act as a team’s leader because they tend to walk the ball up court and call the plays, but oftentimes the best NBA offenses don’t – or shouldn’t – rely on a point man dominating the ball. The top overall pick in a draft is usually added to a team to become its franchise player, but working as a high lottery selection usually means you’re paired with players on a terribly poor team. They could include aging and disinterested vets, youngsters that haven’t gotten their act right, or limited players that no amount of sound leadership can help remake or remodel. Acting as the most talented player on the team usually means being burdened with the status/privilege of acting as a leader, but an ability to break down defenses or swat away heaps of shots doesn’t always lend itself to being able to act a right Knute Rockne in the locker room. These are the fascinating elements that have long been in place in a star-driven league that still relies on strong team play to win. Nobody knows this more that Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, who was drafted first overall in 2011 before watching his Cavaliers take two more top overall selections in the years since, while never coming close to sniffing the playoffs in his three NBA seasons. Now paired with LeBron James and tasked with acting as the lead guard on a championship contender after years of watching his team’s championship contention end sometime around Christmas, Irving copped to failings as a “leader” in an interview with RealGM’s Shams Charania recently : “I haven’t been a leader – not at all,” Irving told RealGM. […] “I’m more than excited with our new veterans. I’m really excited just from the standpoint of how the locker room is going to go and how to really be a professional. I’m not saying that the veterans that we had weren’t professionals themselves, but we didn’t have enough. Given the right and wrong things to do in the league, I’ve had to learn on my own and that’s what some of us been doing. “Now, we have guys who’ve been in the league for years, guys who’ve won championships and have had to give a piece of their game for the greater good of the team. It’s something I admire and something I’m going to learn from.” Irving truly does have it made with James in the room, a star who has dealt with more criticism than any player in NBA history not so much because of his early failings, but because of an ever-growing amount of media saturation on several different platforms. Whether James deserved it or not is beyond the point. What matters now, entering 2014-15, is that LeBron James has been through the storm. From here, we have to move onto the question of whether or not Irving deserves criticism. The Cleveland Cavaliers foolishly thought they could contend after James left the team in 2010, the franchise’s owner said as much in a public letter, and refused to rebuild until a miserable 2010-11 campaign was past its midpoint. The squad then lottery-lucked its way into receiving the top overall pick in selecting Kyrie, who was tossed into a world of dysfunction. Irving had played just 11 games at Duke the season before and missed a proper NBA training camp and rookie orientation program due to the league’s locking out of its players. He also missed 38 games due to injury over the course of his first two seasons, as coach Byron Scott seemed to stand helplessly by on the sidelines. The re-hiring of Mike Brown in Irving’s third year didn’t seem to help, nor did the arrival of top overall pick Anthony Bennett. Tristan Thompson’s growth has come on the slowest of curves, and lottery pick Dion Waiters has both clashed with Irving and shown a miserable sense of shot selection and station at times. This has not been an ideal upbringing. Could Irving have done much about it? Possibly, but certainly not enough to create massive change in the Cavalier ranks. None of these teams should have come close to the postseason. One has to work through the paces, because not every certain star can come into the league and play for a ready-made winner, as Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were gifted. It took Isiah Thomas years and two or three different variations of his Detroit Pistons. Same with Michael Jordan, including four coaches along the way. And if Irving wants to model himself after anyone, LeBron James wouldn’t be a bad place to start. James deferred in his first season in the presence of knuckleheads like Darius Miles and Ricky Davis. He did the absolute best he could after free agent signings like Donyell Marshall and Larry Hughes – rightfully lauded at the time – failed to pan out. He took a miserable supporting cast to the 2007 NBA Finals, he handled the terrible and embarrassing mistake that was The Decision as best he could, and properly responded to the disappointment of losing the 2011 NBA Finals to a (better) Dallas Mavericks club with professionalism and a re-shaping of his offensive game. Along the way, he’s watched as his Q rating, respect amongst peers and reputation amount journalists and fans have come to match his already-sterling production on the basketball court. Irving hasn’t been through a scintilla of what James has, and while he is still going to be counted on to wreak havoc on NBA defenses (while improving his own work on that side of the ball), he can also be counted on as the NBA’s luckiest man. Cleveland Cavaliers front office and ownership group excluded, of course. This is where Irving can step up. LeBron James has played deep into June for four consecutive years, and he wants to do the same for four more, but he’ll need another voice as his enters his 30s (in this unprecedented career) and wearies. James didn’t mention Andrew Wiggins in his Cavalier announcement . Kevin Love isn’t yet part of this team and the enjoyment of once again playing alongside Anderson Varejao only counts for so much. LeBron James returned to Cleveland to come back to northern Ohio, but in strict basketball terms he returned to play alongside Kyrie Irving. Kyrie Irving can use this as all the cachet he needs in order to keep things moving correctly on the court, and in the locker room. He’s been blessed with something pretty special, and the good news is that he’s apparently more than aware of it. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

  • Cavs hire Drew as assistant (The SportsXchange)

    New Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt added NBA head coaching experience to his staff.

  • Blatt adds Larry Drew to Cavs' coaching staff (The Associated Press)

    First-year Cavaliers coach David Blatt has hired former Milwaukee coach Larry Drew as one of his assistants. Blatt will have Drew, Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier and James Posey on the bench with him along with Tyronn Lue, named an associate head coach in June. Drew went 15-67 in his only season in Milwaukee. He was expected to get a second year but was fired so the Bucks could hire Jason Kidd.

  • The 10-man rotation, starring Andre Drummond, on the verge of becoming a very, very scary individual (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 : Detroit Bad Boys . He might not be long for Team USA , but when you combine an in-depth tape review of what Andre Drummond accomplished last year for the Detroit Pistons with the prospect of Detroit running, y'know, an actual offense under new boss Stan Van Gundy, it's hard not to get excited about the size of the step forward the still-developing big man might take next season. PF : Hoop365 . Speaking of the national team: Is there too great a sense of complacency surrounding a wounded and somewhat shorthanded Team USA as we enter the 2014 FIBA World Cup? SF : Pounding the Rock . Jesus Gomez looks at how the timing of a potential contract extension for NBA Finals MVP/noted celebration enthusiast Kawhi Leonard could depend in large part on when Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan decide to hang 'em up. SG : VICE Sports . Howard Megdal considers 7-foot-5 giant Sim Bhullar's future prospects as an actual on-court contributor for the Sacramento Kings, rather than simply as a groundbreaking signee likely to help the Kings make in-roads in India . PF : Triangle Offense . Beckley Mason on why LeBron James moving to the Cleveland Cavaliers will help make the NBA interesting again after what was, at times, a not-so-compelling 2013-14 season: "[…] this year, that inevitable offseason optimism that the NBA hierarchy might change feels justified. Things are going to be different. And different is novel. And novelty is fun. And fun is the reason for the whole thing." 6th : Hang Time . John Schuhmann on the Cavs bringing in Shawn Marion to be LeBron's new Shane Battier. 7th : Eye on Basketball . DeAndre Jordan's entering a contract year, and Zach Harper wonders whether the prospect of a new paycheck will push the center and his Los Angeles Clippers to new heights. 8th : CeticsBlog . Jeff Clark puts on his thinking cap to try to figure out why the Boston Celtics haven't actually signed Evan Turner yet, weeks after reportedly coming to terms with the former Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers swingman. 9th : numberFire . A statistical exploration of how Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook perform offensively when they share the floor and when they're separated. 10th : Basketball-Reference . Hey, B-R has stats for a handful of the top European leagues now, going back at least a decade! Pretty neat. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at 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.

  • NBA Position Battles: East (Rotoworld)

    Ryan Knaus explores position battles throughout the Eastern Conference, and takes a guess at each team's opening-night starting lineup.