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nba rumors It’s become clear that [Shawn] Marion — if he continues playing — won’t be doing so in Dallas. That’s what happens. Maverick fans might grow to love and embrace and fawn over Chandler Parsons, who was brought in to be Marion’s replacement as the starter at small forward. But what they also might find themselves doing is sorely missing Marion. He wasn’t the flashiest player, although his athleticism was on display periodically. When he got a head of steam going to the rim, defenders wisely stepped aside. Dallas Morning News

And Marion could defend. On a nightly basis, he had to check the other team’s best player, as long as it wasn’t a center. He guarded guards. He guarded forwards. He didn’t always shut people down. But he typically made it harder for them to do their job, which is what playing defense in the NBA is all about. Dallas Morning News

nba rumors Even with at least three roster spots to fill, the Heat continues to be non-committal with free agents Michael Beasley and Greg Oden, with the team neither closing the door on a return in conversations with their agents nor offering them a contract to this point, either. Miami Herald

The Heat – which will have 12 players under contract as soon as Chris Bosh’s deal is announced – cannot offer any remaining free agents any more than the veteran minimum, which tops out at $1.4 million. Miami Herald

Jared Karnes, Beasley’s agent, said Thursday he has had more than one conversation with the Heat but “nothing has resulted in a deal. [Other] teams have called expressing interest. There has been quite a bit of activity the past four days. Teams are encouraged by his career-best field-goal percentage (49.9) … and his attitude when asked to play a reduced role.” Miami Herald

nba rumors Steve Nash's status remains unknown. The 40-year-old is coming off a season in which he played just 15 games because of persistent nerve root irritation in his back and hamstrings. The only other point guard on the current roster is second-round draft pick Jordan Clarkson, who played well in the Las Vegas Summer League but likely will need some development before being ready for the NBA. "If you asked me, or I think if you asked any player, I think they'll believe that they're capable of starting," Lin said. "But I think if there's anything I've learned from this past year, it's really not that much about who starts. I think it's more about who finishes and how you play with the time that you're given." ESPN LA

The Lakers traded the rights to Sergei Lishchuk along with cash considerations to the Rockets in exchange for Lin, a future first-round pick and a 2015 second-round pick. They used their cap space to absorb Lin's $15 million expiring contract for next season (although only $8.3 million of that deal counts against the cap). It wasn't the first time L.A. tried to bring in Lin. The Lakers were in negotiations with his representatives to bring him to training camp on a partially guaranteed deal after Lin went undrafted out of Harvard and had a strong summer league showing. Lin, who was born in nearby Torrance, California, but spent his youth growing up in Palo Alto, California, chose to sign with the Golden State Warriors, who had made a similar offer to the Lakers', to be closer to home. ESPN LA

nba rumors The Cavs and Timberwolves have had talks about a trade involving Love for months, long before Cleveland selected Wiggins, the former Kansas standout, with the first pick in May’s draft. Those discussions have intensified lately, and the sides can still reach an agreement on a trade but nothing can be finalized until late August. AP

Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one. The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can’t be finalized for at least 30 days. AP

Cleveland’s decision to sign Wiggins actually makes it easier to trade him. Before his deal, he had zero value on the salary cap but his contract — worth $5.5 million — could allow the Cavs to clear enough room to take on a player like Love, who is sent to earn $15.7 million next season. AP

Minnesota has received offers from other teams, including the Chicago Bulls, who reached out to the Timberwolves this week, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions who requested anonymity because the teams were not publicly commenting on the process. AP

As the Wiggins-Love situation drags on, the Cavs continue to re-shape their roster. The team is interested in signing free agent Ray Allen, who has spent the past two seasons in Miami with James. On Thursday, the agency representing Allen knocked down a report that the NBA’s career 3-pointer leader was leaning toward joining the Cavaliers. AP

The 76ers signed injured point guard Pierre Jackson to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract Thursday. The 5-foot-10 rookie will be sidelined six to 12 months after rupturing his right Achilles tendon July 5 in a game against the Magic in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Jackson suffered the injury while attempting to make a move in the backcourt. He reached down to grab his Achilles and hopped on one leg twice before resting at midcourt. Philadelphia Inquirer

The Kings reached an agreement with third-year forward Quincy Acy and his agent to extend the deadline to guarantee his salary for next season until Aug. 15. The deadline had been Saturday and without the extension the Kings were considering declining the option. The agreement allows the Kings to explore ways to shed salary and still retain Acy, who would be due $915,243 next season. His salary would put the Kings about $2 million from the luxury-tax line of $76.829 million. Sacramento Bee

A popular street basketball player died Thursday after tweeting “Thank God for another day alive” the day before. James “Stixx” Williams, 34, of Brooklyn, died after suffering a heart attack during a game at Nike Pro City at Baruch College, the league said. Williams was married with two children. NY Post


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