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After dipping his toe into the Tristan Thompson contract negotiations with an Instagram post late Saturday night calling for the Cleveland Cavaliers to "Get it done!!!!", LeBron James dived headfirst into the situation on Sunday. "It's kind of like the elephant in the room all over, for everybody," James said after practice. "Hopefully some resolve can happen sooner than later. You know, obviously, we continue to say, I continue to say how his value to us is extreme, as we saw last year in the postseason, throughout the season. ESPN.com
LeBron: "I'm not here to talk about numbers, things of that nature, because that's for them, for both sides to figure out. The last thing you need is a distraction when you try to make a championship run. And we have that right now. And it's unfortunate for both sides that we're going through it right now as a team. It's not an excuse, we will be ready to go but hopefully something happens in the near future." ESPN.com
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ message on Friday, considered the first official day that Tristan Thompson’s contract standoff with the team escalated to a “holdout” situation, was loud and clear: If you are not going to be present for training camp, you are not going to be weighing on our minds. “Right now, my thoughts are just about the guys that are here and how hard and how well they are working and no specific expectation otherwise,” said Cavs coach David Blatt when asked for his reaction to Thompson letting the Cavs’ one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer for this season expire at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday without accepting it. “Just happy to see our guys working as well as they are." ESPN.com
Blatt punctuated his indifference towards the free agent big man by revealing he didn’t even bother to stay up late Thursday night to find out Thompson’s decision. “I was liking the dream I was having,” Blatt said with a wry smile. “Usually I don’t go to sleep that early, but last night I was tired. We’re just back at it. We’ve got to focus on the now and here and that’s what we’re doing.” ESPN.com
Quin Snyder wants Elijah Millsap to improve. He demands it. He’s even gotten on the shooting guard pretty good for some offensive struggles Paul’s little brother had with the Utah Jazz last season. That said, Snyder vehemently denied an ESPN report that claimed the coaching staff has lost trust in Millsap and that the second-year NBA player is now considered a longshot to make the Jazz’s regular season roster. Deseret News
Hearing about the report took Snyder by surprise. “It’s totally false. Elijah’s played really well,” Snyder said after Thursday's practice. “I talked to Elijah once a week all summer. (Assistant) Brad Jones flew out to see him. That’s his (ESPN writer Kevin Pelton’s) opinion. I don’t even know what to (say). Ask Elijah how he feels about me and go from there.” Deseret News
The Clippers announced Saturday they've waived former lottery pick Nikoloz Tskitishvili. The former No. 5 pick in the 2002 NBA draft, was attempting a comeback with the Clippers this season after forgettable stints in Denver, Minnesota, Golden State and Phoenix a decade ago. He didn't play in the team's preseason opener Friday. His deal was non-guaranteed, and following the roster move, the Clippers have 16 players on the roster. A maximum of 15 can be on the opening-night roster. OC Register
The Celtics arrived in Europe around noon local time on Saturday. A handful of Boston players and coaches engaged in a community event in Milan while the team settled in. ESPN Boston
Former Milwaukee Bucks forward Yi Jianlian led China to a 78-67 win over the Philippines in the FIBA Asia basketball final Saturday, helping the host nation secure an Olympic slot and finish the continental tournament unbeaten. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Kings: Rajon Rondo (sore sacrum) and Marco Belinelli (hamstring) practiced Saturday after sitting out Friday’s session. Karl said both had standout moments. The coach added that there are no significant injuries entering the final day of camp on Sunday. Sacramento Bee
Lionel Hollins, who won a championship as a player with the Trail Blazers in 1977, was an All-Star and made two All-Defensive Team appearances during his 10-year NBA career, can be particularly tough on point guards — not unlike many coaches. At one point in a scrimmage during Friday’s practice, he stopped the proceedings to let undrafted rookie Ryan Boatright, who is trying to make the team as a third point guard, know how he felt about a play. But for Boatright, who was recruited by and played for Jim Calhoun at Connecticut, an earful from a coach wasn’t anything new. NY Post
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