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With uncertainty surrounding guard Kyrie Irving‘s trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks have emerged as a potential landing spot if the deal falls through.

According to ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe, the Bucks have offered a package of guard Malcolm Brogdon and forward Khris Middleton to the Cavs for Irving. Lowe added that while Milwaukee hasn’t included a first-round pick in the offer, it likely would in the interest of getting the deal done or getting a long-term assurance from Irving.

Cleveland agreed to trade Irving to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets‘ unprotected 2018 first-round pick, but it isn’t yet official due to concerns surrounding Thomas’ hip injury.

In the event that the Cavaliers call off the deal, Milwaukee becomes an intriguing option based on its solid offer.

Brogdon is the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 assists per game on the heels of being the No. 36 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA draft out of Virginia.

The 26-year-old Middleton is coming off a difficult campaign, as injuries limited him to 29 games.

He had a career year in 2015-16, however, averaging 18.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

Milwaukee has a talented, young core, and while trading Brogdon and Middleton would hurt in terms of depth, Irving is the type of player who could vastly improve the team.

He averaged a career-high 25.2 points per game last season and upped that number to 25.9 points per contest during the playoffs.

He is a four-time All-Star, a three-time NBA finalist and one-time NBA champion who has shown an ability to raise his level of play on the big stage.

The Bucks already have a bona fide superstar in the form of Giannis Antetokounmpo, and adding Irving to play alongside him is a move that could take Milwaukee from the Eastern Conference’s middle tier to a contender.

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Derrick Rose has faded out of public view since signing a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers in June, but he broke his silence in an interview released Tuesday.

Speaking exclusively to the Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds, Rose discussed his career at length, including the forces that drive him day in and day out, and why he doesn’t want to bask in the NBA‘s limelight.

“I’ve always been into movies,” Rose said. “And I’ve always asked why you don’t see famous actors all the time. Why don’t you see George Clooney? For real, why don’t you see him? It always comes back to how they don’t want the fame. So when I got into the NBA, I never wanted to tap into that.”

The 28-year-old point guard also disclosed he strives to make his son proud after telling reporters in November 2014 he had pondered a life after basketball because of how injuries had affected his body.

“He’s the only reason that I’m playing this game,” Rose said, per Reynolds. “My dad wasn’t around. So my mom was that figure for me. I want to be the example to my son, the dad that I didn’t have. He’s going to do what he wants to do, but sometimes he’s going to be like, ‘Damn, Pops was right all these times.’ It’s going to hit him one day.”

Rose had a hectic and controversial year in New York. The Knicks fined him $200,000 after he went missing before a game against the New Orleans Pelicans for unclear reasons, which he later labeled as a “family issue.” Rose will attempt to find vintage form with the defending Eastern Conference champions—who will deploy the 2010-11 MVP as a backup point guard.

“He wanted to be in a place where he can play with excellent players and a place where he can play in meaningful games,” general manager Koby Altman said of Rose at his introductory press conference in July, per Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor. “It’s funny, he uses the term, ‘I just want to hoop.’ He just wants to be here. He’s excited to be here. He’s in a great space mentally, and his body looks great, and we’re really excited about him.”

For all of Rose’s defensive and jump-shooting shortcomings, there are reasons to be excited about his arrival.

In 64 games for the Knicks last season, Rose averaged 18.0 points per contest on 47.1 percent shooting from the field—the most efficient mark he’s hit since the 2009-10 campaign.

Buoying that sturdy figure was a 51.2 percent conversion rate on drives. According to NBA.com’s player tracking data, that was the same conversion rate Isaiah Thomas posted and 3.2 percent higher than the figure reigning MVP Russell Westbrook recorded.

Among players who registered at least eight drives per game, Rose ranked fourth behind DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard and new teammate LeBron James, respectively, by scoring points in some form or another on 81.6 percent of his full-steam-ahead pushes to the rim.

What’s more, Rose entered that elite company despite playing in a triangle offense that didn’t suit his skills.

“On the court was when it was the craziest to me,” Rose told Reynolds of the Knicks’ scheme. “Some of the strategies and all that, I didn’t understand. It was confusing. It was just a learning experience.”

Now on a mission to prove he can contribute in a meaningful way for a championship-caliber team, Rose should have every chance to shine as the Cavaliers eye a fourth straight Eastern Conference title in 2017-18. On an individual level, Rose will surely appreciate James’ playmaking and ability to make his teammates better.

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The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be at an impasse when it comes to the completion of the Kyrie Irving trade.

The Cavs reportedly are looking for further compensation in the wake of Isaiah Thomas’ physical, and Cleveland reportedly will aim high with their demands.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday on SportsCenter that the Cavs are expected to check on the availability of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

“Now, Cleveland is going to try to inquire about a couple of the Celtics’ young players, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, who they tried to get in the original trade, that is very unlikely,” Wojnarowski said. “But Boston still has a war chest of future first-round picks of their own, and some picks they control from other teams, and Cleveland is going to try to get one more of those to finalize this deal.”

But Wojnarowski backed up an early report that the C’s will “resist” adding any pieces to the deal.

“Boston is resisting, and are going to initially at least, resist this idea,” Wojnarowski said. “Boston believes that it was completely transparent with Cleveland about where Thomas was physically, his rehab. Cleveland’s version of this is that they didn’t realize how long Thomas could potentially be out this season. He’s in the final year of his contract, and obviously, that matches up with what will likely be the final year of LeBron’s current deal, and so there’s going to be a showdown here between these two teams that may last a couple more days.”

It’s hard to see the Celtics parting with Tatum or Brown when the Cavs already had agreed to a deal without them, but you can’t blame Clevland for trying to get more for a star like Irving.

It’s hard to see the Celtics parting with Tatum or Brown when the Cavs already had agreed to a deal without them, but you can’t blame Clevland for trying to get more for a star like Irving.

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Ben Simmons may be one of the favourites to win this season’s NBA Rookie of the Year title, but the Melbourne native has much loftier goals.

Simmons — back home for a two-week break visiting family and friends, playing pick-up games, watching AFL matches, “doing touristy things,” and hosting his own basketball camp — is on the verge of finally playing for the Philadelphia 76ers after a debut season wrecked by a serious foot injury.

The 2016 No.1 draft pick is, alongside first-year Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, one of the hot favourites to take out this season’s award for best rookie, but on Sunday he was forthright in outlining a much higher ambition.

“My goal is to be the best in the league,” he told ESPN. “I’m not worried about other rookies — I’m worried about the guys at the top, and that’s where I want to be.”

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Physically, the 21-year-old, whose fractured right foot is now fully healed, said he was feeling great. He added that teammate Joel Embiid, who was sidelined late last season due to a torn left meniscus, was also building back to full fitness.

Simmons said if the stars aligned, the Sixers were primed to finally break their six-year playoffs drought.

“Physically I feel really good. [I am] ready to play and get the season started,” he said. “I’ve just got to go out and work hard … and if everyone in the team does the same thing, I think we can do great things.

“Our goal is to get there [to the playoffs] and win. We don’t doubt each other, as long as we work hard we might [be able to].

“Joel [Embiid] is doing well. I actually worked out with him before I came to Australia so I know he’s been working hard every day.

“We have a great young team. … I think we can do some great things, I’m looking forward to heading back to Philly.”

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Simmons is set to jet back to Philly on Monday, and despite the frustrations of a year missed through injury said he took some positives out of his debut season.

“There was definitely [some advantages to having a year off]. I’ve had a whole year to grow and learn and focus on what I need to focus on. I think that whole year has really helped me,” he said, adding he needed to continue to work on “learning the game, scoring, defence … everything.”

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Sunday’s event was the inaugural Ben Simmons Basketball Camp for 10- to 18-year-olds. Simmons, only a few years older than some of the attendees, said he was more than comfortable being a role model for the next generation.

“It’s amazing. … I’m very humbled to have my own camp and I’m glad I could do it while I was back here,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve done it, [and I am] looking forward to having a lot more camps in the future, and spread it around the country, not just in Melbourne.

“I’ve always wanted to run a camp. I’ve been to plenty of camps with other NBA players and there hasn’t really been an Australian player who’s done anything like this. I feel like I am kind of responsible for some kids back home, and I feel like I can give back to them and teach them about the things I’ve learned over the years.

“I’m blessed to be in this position.”

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ABIDJAN (FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017) – Cote d’Ivoire’s Kani Kouyate ace and her older sister Mariama are set to return to Mali where they last played together for their country six years ago.

At the time, 20-year-old Kani led the Ivoirians in scoring with 14 points per game, although they finished in Eighth-Place.

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CONAKRY (FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017) – Guinea’s head Ousmane Camara has finalized their roster for the upcoming FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017.

Among the selected players, six have featured at the 2015 edition of the African Championship, including Senegal-born Khady Mbaye, Simone Gnaraba Keita and Aminata Sylla, who are set to become three-time FIBA Women’s AfroBasket participants.

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LJUBLJANA (3×3 Challenger) – Team Ulaanbaatar traveled all the way from Mongolia to take on some of the best 3×3 teams in the world at the Samsung Ljubljana 3×3 Challenger in the Slovenian capital on August 18-19.

Ulaanbaatar turned heads earlier this season by beating World Tour reigning champs Ljubljana (SLO) and the number 3 team in the World Zemun (SRB) at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Utsunomiya Masters.

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Editor’s note: This piece has been updated to more precisely reflect the Dwyane Wade situation.

The Chicago Bulls have been picked dead last in ESPN Forecast’s projected standings for the 2017-18 season. Just 26 projected wins for a team that has gone to the playoffs in eight of the past nine seasons. That’s a hard fall from grace for a proud organization that rode Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen to six NBA championships and worldwide prominence.

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The Golden State Warriors won 67 games en route to the 2017 NBA title. Assuming their stars remain healthy, is a 70-win season in the cards for the defending champs? And what can we expect from the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves, who each made splashy moves this offseason?

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Steve Kerr is feeling much more positive about his team’s regular-season schedule than he was a year ago.

The Golden State Warriors bench boss praised the league after seeing the 2017-18 slate, saying commissioner Adam Silver worked hard to ensure players will receive ample rest this season.

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