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nba rumors LeBron James is finished with the Miami Heat. He's also finished with the No. 6 he has worn during the past four NBA Finals and to celebrate his only two NBA championships. As had been expected, James has elected to return this coming season to the No. 23 he wore during his initial tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James never wore No. 6 with the Cavaliers. James made the announcement Sunday on Twitter, when he posted: "23 it is! It's only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6." South Florida Sun Sentinel

Even before James switched to No. 6 with the Heat in 2010, while still wearing No. 23 during his initial stint with the Cavaliers, James said, "I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon. There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn't Michael Jordan first." James now will get to wear Jordan's No. 23 against the Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets. South Florida Sun Sentinel

nba rumors Derrick Rose on Monday will be one of 19 players at USA Basketball’s five-day minicamp in Las Vegas. The week begins the process that will include a three-day August stint in Chicago and culminate with a 12-man roster traveling to Spain for the FIBA Basketball World Cup from late August to mid-September. Rose hasn’t answered questions about his basketball performance since scoring 19 points in 33 minutes during a Bulls’ loss at Denver last Nov. 21. The next night, he tore his right meniscus on a seemingly benign backcut against the Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore. Chicago Tribune

Still, Rose could be racing rust against elite competition. And the point guard position is stacked even with Russell Westbrook’s withdrawal. Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Washington’s John Wall certainly will test Rose’s conditioning. Rose, who also tore his left ACL in the first game of the 2012 NBA playoffs, has appeared in just 50 games over the last three NBA seasons. Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler will not practice this week on Team USA's Select Team because of a slightly strained groin, USA Basketball announced Sunday. The Select Team will practice against Team USA this week in advance of the national team's participation in the World Cup of Basketball in Spain in late August. ESPN Chicago

nba rumors Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah says he will be "ready" for training camp as he continues rehabbing from arthroscopic left knee surgery. "I feel pretty good," Noah told ESPNChicago.com on Sunday during a promotional event for Adidas. "Obviously I have a ways to go, but I'm excited. When I see what our team looks like, I think that Gar [Forman] and Pax [John Paxon] put together a very solid team and I'm really excited about next year." ESPN Chicago

Noah, who has dealt with plantar fasciitis throughout much of his career, credits his new shoes as part of the reason why he appears to have overcome the issue. After being sponsored by Le Coq Sportif throughout the first six seasons of his career, Noah switched to Adidas before last season. ESPN Chicago

nba rumors Team USA's roster is back to 19 after reportedly inviting Atlanta forward Paul Millsap to its training camp this week in Las Vegas. Coming off an impressive season with the Hawks, Millsap adds another power forward option after Kevin Love and Blake Griffin recently withdrew from this cycle of international basketball. CSN Washington

Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant and Paul George are frontcourt locks. Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins are the only true centers and there might not be room for both. Kenneth Faried and Chandler Parsons are the other options at forward, though members of the select team that will practice against the national team this week could play their way onto the roster. CSN Washington

Millsap joins teammate Kyle Korver on the roster. The Hawks are one of only three NBA teams with two players on the roster. The Wizards’ John Wall and Bradley Beal and the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are also part of the roster. The team had an opening after the Timberwolves’ Kevin Love said last week that he would not take part in the World Cup “because of his current status.” Love has been the subject of many trade rumors this offseason. Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge have also withdrawn. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Blog

nba rumors Byron Scott said in a television interview that he is the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers but the team insisted that an agreement has not yet been reached. ESPN reported Saturday that the Lakers and Scott agreed on a four-year, $17 million deal. The Lakers hold a team option on the final year of the deal. Sports Xchange

"It feels fantastic," Scott told KCBS-TV on Saturday night. "This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. It's so unreal. I have to thank (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak), Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity." Sports Xchange

However, the Lakers said nothing is set. "There is no done deal," a source told the Los Angeles Times. Sports Xchange

ESPN.com first reported Scott would take over the Lakers with a four-year, $17 million contract. Scott is undoubtedly qualified for the job after stints as a head coach with New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland. He was Kobe Bryant's teammate during Bryant's rookie year with the Lakers in 1996-97, and the superstar endorsed Scott for the job earlier this month. AP

Several candidates for the coaching job interviewed with the Lakers over the past three months, including Lionel Hollins and George Karl. Scott has been widely considered the front-runner for the job for several weeks, but Kupchak and Jim Buss appeared to be more focused on the NBA draft and free agency. Los Angeles landed Kentucky power forward Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick in the draft, but struck out on every big-name free agent despite aggressively courting Carmelo Anthony and entertaining dreams of landing LeBron James. AP

The Lakers emerged from the last few weeks with a reconfigured roster that now includes point guard Jeremy Lin, power forward Carlos Boozer and center Ed Davis alongside returnees Nick Young, Jordan Hill and Xavier Henry. Los Angeles also still has 40-year-old Steve Nash, who is likely to get the chance to play another season after injuries limited him to 15 games last year. AP

USA Basketball czar Jerry Colangelo – who wasn’t thrilled with Cousins’ history of behavior issues, NBA suspensions and demeanor during training camp two years but admittedly was intrigued with his talent – may be pressed to take another look. He wasn’t so keen about Aldridge’s decision or the more abrupt withdrawal of Griffin, either. And these USA types historically have long memories. Colangelo also has an affinity for players who fully commit to the cause – which Cousins apparently has done. He worked out with the Kings during the NBA Summer League and is expected to arrive at this week’s training camp in excellent shape. Sacramento Bee

After impressing coaches during his second summer league, Gobert returned to France immediately to train with his national team. The 7-footer has a big opportunity awaiting him, as French big men Kevin Seraphin and Alexis Ajinca have been ruled out of the tournament with injuries. Hayward, meanwhile, is one of 19 American players competing for 12 spots on team USA. Hayward will attend a mini-camp later this month in Las Vegas. Former Jazzmen Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap will also be at the camp. As will former Weber State star Damian Lillard. Salt Lake Tribune

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