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nba rumors Lou Amundson signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Cavaliers, a league source confirmed. Although the Cavs’ rebuilt roster is filling up fast, the veteran journeyman stands a decent chance at making the final cut. Akron Beacon Journal Blog

Amundson, 31, has already played for eight teams in eight years, averaging 3.6 points and 3.5 rebounds. But he is a gritty defender and could bring a certain toughness to the post. He’s listed at 6-foot-9 and 225 pounds, but the Cavs believe he can block shots and use his athleticism to defend at the center position despite being undersized. Amundson’s offensive limitations have forced him to bounce around the league, yet the Cavs certainly don’t need any more scorers. Akron Beacon Journal Blog

nba rumors The Kings have reached an agreement with veteran guard Ramon Sessions on a two-year deal worth $4.2 million, using the biannual exception because the team is over the salary cap. Sacramento had been looking for a veteran to add to its young backcourt. Sessions, 28, will be entering his eighth season after being a second-round pick out of Nevada by Milwaukee. Sacramento Bee

Sessions is the second point guard the Kings have signed this offseason. Sacramento signed Darren Collison to a four-year deal in July to replace Isaiah Thomas, who was sent to Phoenix in a sign-and-trade. Sacramento Bee

nba rumors With just days before the start of training camp, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making a final push to acquire restricted free-agent guard Eric Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, sources told

The Wolves are offering Bledsoe the four-year, $63 million maximum level contract that he has been seeking, sources said, but because of cap restrictions, the only way he can join the team as currently constructed is through a sign-and-trade deal. Bledsoe and the Suns have been in a stalemate all summer after the team offered him a four-year, $48 million deal in July.

Bledsoe has made it clear to the Suns and any other team that he was only interested in signing a max contract and otherwise would sign a one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer with the Suns that would enable him to become an unrestricted free agent next year.

The Wolves are well over the NBA’s salary cap and can’t make such an offer without first reaching a sign-and-trade deal with the Suns to acquire one young star point guard while they do the same negotiating dance with their own, Ricky Rubio. The two teams are believed to have had trade discussions concerning Bledsoe for months, when the Suns pursued superstar Kevin Love before the Wolves traded their three-time All Star to Cleveland last month. Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Suns are not believed to be interested in neither center Nikola Pekovic and his $12 million salary nor Rubio. The Suns already have point guards Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas, and they’d be back in the same situation they are with Bledsoe, negotiating with a player who believes he’s worth a maximum salary. (There’s no indication the Wolves are willing to trade Pekovic or Rubio, anyway.) Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Wolves and Rubio also are a good distance apart on negotiations toward an extension of the rookie contract he signed in May 2011. If the two sides do not agree by Oct. 31, Rubio will become a restricted free agent next July. Minneapolis Star Tribune

nba rumors Former Brooklyn Nets reserve center Andray Blatche has signed a contract to play in China, his agent, Andy Miller, tweeted Saturday. Blatche, 28, averaged 11.2 points and had an 18.85 Player Efficiency Rating for the Nets last season. But the team ultimately decided not to bring him back after he opted out. ESPN NY

Recently, Blatche gained dual citizenship in the Philippines and averaged 21.2 points and 13.8 rebounds per game for the country during the FIBA World Cup in Spain. ESPN NY

Andray Blatche and Jordan Crawford will be reunited in of all places, China. Reports surfaced on Saturday that Blatche signed a contract with Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball League. Perhaps Xinjiang team officials had a Groupon for two ex-Washington Wizards seeing as that's the same team that signed Crawford earlier this week. CSN Washington

nba rumors “My body feels great,” said [Andrew] Bogut, who returned to working out in mid-June after his fractured rib healed. “All of my injuries have been of the high-impact variety. The only thing I can do to change that is to be a puss and avoid contact at all costs. Then, it’s the other side of the ball when people say I’m a puss. I’ll take the good with the bad. I’ll still take charges and go for blocked shots. Every now and then, I’ll get a knock.” San Francisco Chronicle

Bogut: “I’m not a one-on-one, isolation guy. I never have been. I was taught to play the right way and move the ball. I’ve found a different role the past couple of seasons, and I set screens, rebounded and played D, because that’s what was asked of me. Obviously now, they’re expecting a little more from me, and I think we have high-IQ players who know how to play. With our shooters on the perimeter and our bigs with passing abilities, I think we can do really well with the ball movement Coach expects in our offense.” San Francisco Chronicle

Bogut: “People were questioning why I wasn’t sitting on the bench, and I can tell you that I was popping Oxycontin and lying on my stomach nearly 24 hours a day,” he said. “Just to turn myself over, to go to the bathroom or to get out of bed, it was a pain in the ass for the first week or two. It was frustrating, because I really couldn’t breathe, move or do anything." San Francisco Chronicle

The Wizards have reached out to Ray Allen -- again -- in hopes of convincing the 39-year-old, if he decides to play rather than retire, to come to D.C., confirmed via multiple persons with knowledge of the situation Friday. While making another contact, after doing so early in the free agent process that opened July 1, doesn't improve their chances of landing Allen it does impact the big picture for Washington. CSN Washington

Cleveland: A larger-than-life LeBron James will again tower over downtown. The city's planning commission approved artwork on Friday for a new 10-story-high banner of the NBA superstar, his arms outstretched and "Cleveland" across the back of his jersey. It will hang across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers. AP

On the eve of his first NBA training camp, Lakers rookie and Dallas native Julius Randle is hosting a 3-on-3 as a fundraiser for the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. The Julius Randle Cure Cancer Jam will take place Saturday and Sunday at Prestonwood Christian Academy and Lifetime Fitness Plano. For an entry fee of $200 per team, the tournament has male and female divisions, age 4 grade through adult. Dallas Morning News

Former Suns guard and NBA executive Rex Chapman was arrested Friday and accused of shoplifting more than $14,000 in Apple merchandise from a retail store in Scottsdale. Scottsdale police say Chapman is alleged to have stolen items from the Apple Store at the Scottsdale Quarter on seven occasions in recent months. Arizona Republic

Chapman allegedly took the items to a local pawn shop and sold them for cash, according to Sgt. Mark Clark, a Scottsdale police spokesman. The store's estimated loss is more than $14,000. Arizona Republic

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