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nba rumors Just as LeBron James cited going home as a reason for his free-agency return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Andersen said Saturday among the reasons he re-signed with the Miami Heat was because South Florida felt like home. "It was definitely the loyalty from the fans and from the team," said the Texas native who signed a two-year, $10.3 million contract with the Heat last month. "That had a big part of it. And it's matter of me ending my career in a place that I'd be happy at and am familiar with." South Florida Sun Sentinel

With Greg Oden not expected to return in the wake of his struggles last season and amid his current legal troubles, Andersen again sets up as the Heat's lone rim protector. He said he has recovered from the deep thigh bruise that limited him during the latter stages of the playoffs, including the 4-1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. "Of course I wasn't the same," he said. "But I stood down there banging and doing what I was supposed to do." South Florida Sun Sentinel

nba rumors After relying so heavily on speed and athleticism in its last two major tournaments, USA Basketball officials have put an unexpected emphasis on size in its final player selections by choosing Andre Drummond to fill the last spot on a 12-man roster. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, in explaining the selections made official early Saturday morning, told ESPN.com before the team's afternoon flight to Spain that keeping Drummond -- along with DeMarcus Cousins and Mason Plumlee -- gives coach Mike Krzyzewski "an opportunity to throw a new look at people." ESPN.com

The inclusion of Drummond, Cousins and Plumlee, along with starters Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried, all but assures that Krzyzewski will occasionally use lineups at the forthcoming FIBA World Cup that feature Davis or Plumlee at power forward next to a more traditional center. "This gives us an opportunity to do some things we haven't had a chance to do in the past," Colangelo said. "It's true that the preferred style of play [in recent years] has been going small, but you have to ask: Was that by choice or by necessity? ESPN.com

Regarding DeRozan, Gay's former Toronto teammate, Colangelo added: "He's an athlete, he's versatile and he's shown really well. He just beat out a few people. He can not only play two positions but, against certain international teams, he can play even against bigger guys."ESPN.com

The other tough call, Colangelo said, was removing Portland's Damian Lillard from the roster. But as Krzyzewski explained at his postgame press conference Friday, USAB officials made the decision to take only 12 players to Spain instead of flying overseas with 13 and then sending one player all the way back Aug. 29, when 12-man rosters for the FIBA World Cup must be made official. ESPN.com

"Just based on how we're constructed, we thought the insurance of having another big ó I don't want people telling us later, 'You should've, you could've,' " USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. The 2014 FIBA World Cup will take place Saturday to Sept. 14 in Spain. Team USA will open against Finland on Saturday. Denver Post

nba rumors The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded their superstar, Kevin Love, to Cleveland, and thatís supposed to be a dark day for a franchise. But not this time. This looks to be the kind of trade that makes both teams better. The Cavs have a third star to pair with LeBron and Kyrie Irving. The T-Wolves get three promising pieces, in solid power forward Thaddeus Young plus Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the last two overall No. 1 picks. Cleveland sacrifices potential long-term greatness for immediate gratification. The rookie Wiggins paired with LeBron could have been a fearsome duo for years to come. But Love almost surely will be more impactful in 2014-15, and when your city hasnít won a sports championship in 50 years, thatís a sacrifice you can make. Oklahoman

"When it boils down to it, Kevin over his six years, he kept on saying `I want to win. I want to win,"' Timberwolves President Flip Saunders said. "Unfortunately over these last years, both him and the team haven't been able to do that. He felt it was best for him to go elsewhere. "I was happy we were able to work with him and (agent) Jeff Schwartz and put him in a situation that he's going to have the ability to do that and we're going to have the ability for us to have an identity of where our team is at and continue to grow." AP

The Sixers received a 2015 first-round draft choice from Cleveland - ironically, one of the ones the Cavs got from Miami for James in 2010 - and guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from the Timberwolves, who also receive a trade exception worth about $6.3 million. The Cavs and Timberwolves had discussed a trade involving Love for months, long before James decided to end his magnificent run with the Heat and come back home to Ohio. The deal dragged through the summer, first because of Cleveland's unwillingness to include Wiggins, and then due to a rarely used league rule that prohibited it from being completed until 30 days after Wiggins signed his rookie contract. AP

The Sixers received a 2015 first-round draft choice from Cleveland - ironically, one of the ones the Cavs got from Miami for James in 2010 - and guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from the Timberwolves, who also receive a trade exception worth about $6.3 million. The Cavs and Timberwolves had discussed a trade involving Love for months, long before James decided to end his magnificent run with the Heat and come back home to Ohio. The deal dragged through the summer, first because of Cleveland's unwillingness to include Wiggins, and then due to a rarely used league rule that prohibited it from being completed until 30 days after Wiggins signed his rookie contract. AP

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