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nba rumors Timberwolves: Newton wouldn’t classify talks with Ricky Rubio’s agent as negotiations but noted the two sides are “in constant contact.’’ If Rubio doesn’t sign a contract extension by the end of October, he will become a restricted free agent next summer and the Wolves would have the right to match any offer he receives. Minneapolis Star Tribune

Newton made it clear the parties differ on salary numbers at this point — “until the right number comes up, I guess we’ll continue to talk,” he said. But it’s also clear the Wolves would like to get a new deal done “to show goodwill and trust” in the Spanish point guard, Newton said. “I feel optimistic,” Newton said. “Knowing Ricky the person, he wants to be here.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

With dust finally settled after the blockbuster Kevin Love trade that changed the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the franchise has one big move still to address before the start of the season. Point guard Ricky Rubio is eligible for an extension of his rookie contract and the two sides continue to have discussions to try to get a deal done. If a contract is not signed by Oct. 31, Rubio will be eligible to be a restricted free agent next summer. AP

Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton said on Thursday that he is optimistic the two sides can come to agreement, but the Wolves are remaining patient as the process plays out. ''We're going to look at the situation the same way we did with Kevin,'' Newton said. ''We're going to do the best thing for the organization, and if we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we're not necessarily in a rush.'' AP

The Timberwolves want Rubio to sign a four-year contract extension, with the exact numbers on that deal still up for negotiation. AP

nba rumors Knicks owner James Dolan has insisted he won’t be involved with the day-to-day operations of the Knicks. He reiterated that stance Tuesday in an interview with WFAN. “I was much more involved than I wanted to be in the last couple of years. Now I got somebody who I think is the smartest mind in basketball. It’s great. Let him go,” Dolan said on WFAN Tuesday, reiterating comments he made last week to the New York Times. ESPN NY

There reportedly was an issue between Jackson and the owner in April over a personnel matter. According to New York Daily News reports, Jackson wanted to make changes to the team personnel but was overruled by Dolan. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith later reported that Jackson wanted to make changes to the medical staff but was again rebuffed by Dolan. Since then, there hasn’t been anything to suggest Dolan and Jackson are at odds. ESPN NY

nba rumors Utah Jazz: [Mehmet] Okur doesn’t yet have an official capacity — and it’s not known whether a title will be coming. But similar to Karl Malone working with Favors last season, Okur will hang around during training camp and the start of the season, offering shooting tips to a young team. Kanter will be a focal point. He’s already proven to be proficient in the low post. And heading into his fourth season, he’s brought out a nice 15- to 18-footer with some consistency. If he can, say, knock down a corner 3-pointer at a 35 percent clip, he could make the offense that much more effective. Salt Lake Tribune Blog

Doing so will also make Kanter and Favors more palatable together as a pair. A common criticism last season is that the two are redundant, that they are too similar in style, and that playing together in the long term probably can’t happen. Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey strongly rebuked that thought in his exit interview back in April, and he’s held true to that train of thought during the summer. Salt Lake Tribune Blog

nba rumors The Sacramento Kings today signed free agent forward Omri Casspi, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. The first Israeli-born player to be selected by an NBA team and compete in the league, Casspi was originally tabbed by the Kings in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft. Inside Hoops

The Sacramento Kings today signed free agent Ryan Hollins, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. A 7-foot center, Hollins was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the second round (50th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft. He has accrued career averages of 3.8 points (.576 FG%, .657 FT%) and 2.2 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game through 435 career contests in eight seasons with six teams. Inside Hoops

nba rumors Jordan Crawford has left the building. Or rather, the country. Unable to find a home with an NBA team, the ex-Wizard is heading to China. Crawford signed with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. CSN Washington

This is quite the turnaround for the former first-round selection. After wearing out his welcome in Washington and losing playing time to Bradley Beal, Crawford found new life with the Boston Celtics last season, winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week in December. The lottery-bound Celtics then traded the combo guard to the playoff-contending Golden State Warriors for an assortment of second-round picks. That marriage didn't work out as hoped and Golden State eventually replaced Crawford in the rotation by acquiring guard Steve Blake. CSN Washington

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed center Kyrylo Fesenko and guard Brady Heslip. Fesenko, 27, appeared in five games (three starts) for the Wolves entry in 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game. The 7-1 center’s best game came in Minnesota’s win over the Phoenix Suns, a 17-point, 8-rebound performance in 26 minutes. Inside Hoops

nba rumors The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed guard E’Twaun Moore (EE-twan). Moore (6-4, 191), comes to the Bulls after spending the last two seasons with the Orlando Magic. Drafted out of Purdue University in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft (55th overall) by the Boston Celtics, Moore spent one season with the Celtics (2011-12). Inside Hoops

The Utah Jazz today announced that Andrae Patterson and Travis Walton have been named assistant coaches on Idaho Stampede Head Coach Dean Cooper’s staff. In addition, the Jazz announced that Brady Howe will serve as the head athletic trainer and strength-and-conditioning coach and Hans Steinbrenner as the director of basketball operations for the Stampede, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate. “Both Andrae and Travis are talented young coaches with strong pedigrees and winning backgrounds,” said Stampede coach Dean Cooper. “I look forward to working closely with our staff and the Jazz to build a team that is both growth-oriented and competitive.” Inside Hoops

If Jason Terry did not already know, Daryl Morey made sure to fill him in about his reputation with Rockets fans. The Rockets general manager might not have used the term “Rockets killer,” but in one of his first conversations with Terry after reaching agreement on the trade that officially brought Terry to Houston on Wednesday, Morey told him that many Rockets fans have considered him one of their most bitter rivals. Being regarded as a particularly vexing nemesis could have been considered a complement, but Terry said some of the same emotions that inspired his play against the Rockets will also allow him to return to that level now that he’ll play for the Rockets. Houston Chronicle Blog

“It was always special playing in the Houston Rockets’ arena,” Terry said. “I don’t know if it was the fans, or the red seats – probably a little bit of both – the history of the franchise; it’s just a special place. “There’s about six or seven arenas around the league that when you step foot in that arena, you feel like, ‘Man, I want to have a big game.” So every time I faced Houston … I always wanted to … perform at high level. Now that I’m joining the Rockets, hopefully I can provide that same energy, that same excitement that they faced for years.” Houston Chronicle Blog

David Stern might be responsible for the fashionable basketball players in the NBA - well, at least for Dwyane Wade. The Miami Heat star says while he always was a fan of fine dressing, it wasn’t until the former commissioner of the league instituted a dress code that he started taking more interest in what he would wear off the court. “It was like, `OK, now we got to really dress up and we can’t just throw on a sweat suit,”‘ he said. “Then it became a competition amongst guys and now you really got into it more and you started to really understand the clothes you put on your body, the materials you’re starting to wear, so then you become even more of a fan of it.” AP

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