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Anthony Bennett is focused on the upcoming NBA season. His uniform is completely out of his control. It has been one unusual summer for two of Canada's top young players. Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, the last two No. 1 overall NBA draft picks, are expected to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal for All-Star forward Kevin Love, perhaps as soon as this weekend. AP
The blockbuster move can't be finalized until Saturday, when Wiggins is eligible to be traded. Wiggins deftly danced around questions about his future when he returned to his hometown of Vaughan, Ontario, last week to shoot a commercial. AP
So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that [Greg] Monroe has opted for a rather unprecedented plan to accept a one-year qualifying offer worth $5.5 million from the Detroit Pistons in an effort to gain his outright freedom next year as an unrestricted free agent. With teams having the first right of refusal, restricted free agency was never meant to work in favor of the players under the collective bargaining agreement – especially those who might be unwilling to make a long-term commitment to a franchise that has failed to make much progress during his time in uniform. Even if he desired to sign elsewhere this summer, Monroe would essentially be setting the contract terms for the Pistons to match and tie him up for the next four years. Washington Post
Monroe and his agent, David Falk, never sought an offer sheet from another team but pursued sign-and-trade proposals with at least five other teams, including Portland and Oklahoma City, according to person familiar with the discussions. Monroe denied receiving a reported five-year, $60 million offer – or anything close – from Pistons and would’ve been unlikely to accept either way. Washington Post
As the only player in the Eastern Conference to average at least 15 points and nine rebounds last season, Monroe certainly could have commanded more on the open market; his current salary cap hold with the Pistons is $10.2 million. But his motivation has been moving on, not the money. The money lost to Monroe in the interim is the cost of his freedom, and his desire to leave Detroit makes the price tag palatable. Washington Post
The Oklahoma City Thunder will once again play preseason games in Tulsa and Wichita, Kan., as well as two games inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City will tip off preseason play on the road on Oct. 8 against the Denver Nuggets and then play the Mavericks in Dallas on Oct. 10. The Thunder first home preseason game will be Oct. 14 vs. Memphis. The team’s second preseason game in OKC will be Oct. 21 vs. Utah, which will conclude the exhibition schedule. Oklahoman
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 Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Stan Van Gundy announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Cartier Martin and center Aaron Gray to contracts. Martin, a 6-7, 220-pound forward has career averages of 5.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 14.3 minutes in 220 games for Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, Golden State and Charlotte. Martin played in a career-high 59 games last season with Atlanta and Chicago averaging 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 14.7 minutes. Inside Hoops
Martin, a 6-foot-7 forward, signed a two-year deal worth $2.4 million. During six NBA seasons, he has played for Charlotte, Golden State, Washington, Atlanta and Chicago. The Pistons are hoping he can help provide them with the type of outside shooting they've been lacking the last several seasons. Michigan Live
The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed forward-guard Jordan Hamilton. Hamilton, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, averaged 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 17.0 minutes in 60 games (12 starts) last season with Denver and Houston. He scored in double figures 20 times, including a season-high 19 points November 8 at Phoenix. The Rockets acquired Hamilton from the Nuggets on February 20 in exchange for Aaron Brooks. Inside Hoops
For the first time in months, Donald Sterling seems to have his feet planted firmly in reality -- with the ousted Clippers owner telling TMZ Sports, "I'm finished. I'm over." Sterling was out in Beverly Hills over the weekend when our photog walked up to him and ask about the latest with the Clippers saga -- and that's when Donald shooed our guy away saying, "I'm finished. I'm over." TMZ
Miami Heat basketball star Ray Allen is likely to press charges against a group of teenagers who in the middle of the night slipped into his south Florida home, entering the bedroom where his wife Shannon and four children were sleeping, officials said. "Shannon, Ray and (their lawyer) are going to be meeting with authorities," family spokeswoman Meredith Geisler told Reuters on Monday. Reuters
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