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The 2014 NBA trade deadline date was Thursday, February 20. It's not known when the 2015 NBA trade deadline is yet.

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nba rumors If Derrick Rose is experiencing soreness in his surgically-repaired knees, it likely can be viewed as a normal part of the rehab process, according to ESPN medical analyst Dr. Michael Kaplan. "I think it's not something that you need to necessarily get nervous about," Kaplan said Wednesday on the "Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "Obviously, when it's Derrick Rose, everybody does, and I think that's normal from a fan ... and particularly for a guy who has had both knees go sour. I understand it, but when you have two major operations like he's had and when you come back and compete at the level in which he's competing, you can get some synovitis, a little inflammation in the joint and it starts to get a little sore when you're pushing it to the degree he's pushing it. Then you rest it a bit. You let it quiet and that's what they are doing." ESPN Chicago

Asked about playing Wednesday night, Rose said Tuesday, "Hopefully I am. I didn't do anything [Tuesday]. I just got treatment and [Tuesday] is just really another rest day. I'm really, really happy with where I am right now as far as health-wise. I'm just trying to take my time and get rest. We have a long schedule ahead of us, and I'm just trying to get as much rest as possible." ESPN Chicago

nba rumors Warriors guard Nemanja Nedovic fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, Serbian national team doctor Dragan Radovanovic said in a statement Wednesday. The Warriors had previously been informed that there was a stress fracture in the foot that sidelined Nedovic, who went down Aug. 3 while playing in an exhibition game in Italy and now appears to be out for the FIBA World Cup. Bay Area News Group Blog

The Warriors will play an eight-game preseason schedule, and for the two games at Oracle Arena, they’re giving away bobbleheads. Andre Iguodala Bobblehead Night is Oct. 21 in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, as Iguodala will get to see if this doll looks more like him compared to the one last season. Stephen Curry Bobblehead Night is Oct. 24 against Denver. Bay Area News Group Blog

nba rumors The Hawks added Charles Lee and Ben Sullivan to their coaching staff Wednesday. Both assistants will be utilized in a player development role, according to head coach Mike Budenholzer. “Charles and Ben bring unique skills and abilities to our staff,” Budenholzer said in statement. “Both have strong backgrounds in player development that will complement our emphasis on internal team improvement. We feel very fortunate to add them and are excited to see how they positively impact our group.” Atlanta Journal Constitution Blog

The Detroit Pistons today announced their seven-game exhibition schedule. The Pistons will start at home against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 7, followed by a visit from the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 9. After a four-game road swing to Washington, Charlotte, Orlando and Atlanta, the Pistons wrap up their preseason against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 23. Detroit Free Press

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nba rumors The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed free-agent forward Jack Cooley. Cooley (6-9, 246, Notre Dame) played for Trabzonspor in the Turkish Basketball League during the 2013-14 season, averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 22.9 minutes in 28 games (19 starts). Inside Hoops

NBA President, Basketball Operations Rod Thorn announced today that longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta will be retiring after 39 years of service. Bavetta, who began his NBA career on Dec. 2, 1975, at Madison Square Garden in a game between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics finished with a record 2,635 consecutive regular season games officiated, having never missed an assigned game throughout his entire career. Bavetta also officiated 270 Playoff games including 27 Finals games. “Dick’s dedication and commitment to his craft has been an inspiration to all NBA officials,” said Thorn. “We are grateful for his contributions to our league, and we wish him the best as he enjoys his well-earned retirement.” Inside Hoops

nba rumors The Cavaliers have finalized their coaching staff and named Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, Larry Drew and James Posey as assistant coaches on head coach David Blatt’s staff, Cavs General Manager David Griffin and Blatt announced today. They join Tyronn Lue, who was named associate head coach earlier this summer. Phil Handy will also serve as Director of Player Development and Assistant Coach, along with Vitaly Potapenko, who has been tabbed to continue as the team’s Assistant Director of Player Development. Inside Hoops

Dream of playing in the NBA? Realize that dream won’t come true? How about another dream that still probably won’t come true but is at least slightly more realistic? The Fort Wayne Mad Ants announced today that they will hold open tryouts on September 14th in Chicago, Illinois for the 2014-15 NBA Development League season. The open tryout in Chicago will be the second of several tryouts held by the Mad Ants across the country leading up to the 2014-15 season. The Chicago tryout will take place on Sunday, September 14th from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Quest Multisport Complex located at 2641 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612. Check-in begins at 1:00 p.m. and the tryout will begin at 2:00 p.m. Inside Hoops

nba rumors The Miami Heat continue to distance themselves from some of last season's roster in the wake of LeBron James' free-agency departure to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The latest member of last season's roster to relocate is point guard Toney Douglas, who has signed with play with the Jiangsu Dragons, the Chinese Basketball Association team that previously featured current Heat center Chris Andersen. South Florida Sun Sentinel

In addition, Heat free-agent guard Ray Allen is expected to eventually sign with the Cavaliers; center Greg Oden is not expected to be invited back amid his legal issues; and the Heat have shown little indication of bringing back free-agent forward Michael Beasley, with his No. 8 already issued to recently added forward Shawne Williams. South Florida Sun Sentinel

Free-agent guard Leandro Barbosa, who currently is working with the Brazil national team in advance of the World Cup in hopes of showcasing his game for an NBA return, has drawn interest from the Heat. A source familiar with the situation said Barbosa is on the Heat's radar, but is one of several veterans the Heat are considering, with no signing imminent. South Florida Sun Sentinel

nba rumors Derek Fisher has filled the final spot on his coaching staff, agreeing to terms with Phil Jackson’s former assistant, veteran Jim Cleamons, a league source confirmed. Cleamons won nine titles with Jackson in Chicago and Los Angeles. The 64-year-old was dismissed by the Bucks after serving one season as Larry Drew’s assistant before Drew was fired and Jason Kidd hired last month. NY Post

As is their custom, the Celtics added another point guard with a reputation for not being able to shoot, signing Penn State’s Tim Frazier for training camp. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Frazier will join Rajon Rondo, Marcus Smart and Phil Pressey as the fourth floor general in Waltham next month. The C’s will already have the requisite 15 players under guaranteed contract, so – barring a trade – the 23-year-old’s deal gives them another body during preseason practices while offering him a chance to make their D-League roster or another NBA team. WEEI

Doc Rivers, coach and president of basketball operations, was asked at Monday’s post-fan festival news conference at Staples Center what he thinks of Shelly Sterling sitting courtside at home games. “Shelly, I look at her now as, number one, what I’ve heard, this deal doesn’t get done; I think we all understand that,” he said. “You can say what you want about Shelley, but without her, this deal does not get done. I think we have to understand that. The second part is she wants to be a fan. She’s no longer the owner. But she wants to be a fan. I’m fine with that. What’s wrong with being a fan?” LA Daily News Blog

The Memphis Grizzlies signed 2014 second round draft pick Jarnell Stokes to a multi-year contract, the team announced today. Stokes (6-9, 263) was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (35th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft and traded to Memphis on draft night for a 2016 second round draft pick. Inside Hoops

The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Monday that they will host the Israeli club Maccabi Haifa on October 17 at the Moda Center. The home game against the Israeli club completes Portland's preseason schedule. Columbian

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