Kings rookie Nik Stauskus shares summer NBA experiences (VIDEO)

Nik Stauskas was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the eighth overall pick in this summer’s draft, and he seems absolutely thrilled to have achieved his NBA dream.

The video clip above shows Stauskas adapting to his new role during Summer League in Las Vegas, and what’s inspiring about it is just how excited he seems to be about having made it to the professional level, after being such a huge fan of the game and its players for so many of his formative years.

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Watch live Paris-Levallois Basket vs Orléans Loiret Basket Basketball Club Friendly August 29, 2014

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Report: Alexey Shved, Luc Mbah a Moute likely to remain with Sixers after being traded from Timberwolves

wpid alexey shved haircut1 Report: Alexey Shved, Luc Mbah a Moute likely to remain with Sixers after being traded from Timberwolves

The Sixers became a part of the three-team deal that sent Kevin Love to the Cavaliers not because the players they landed were going to be all that important to their chances next season, but because doing so would net them a future first round draft pick for their troubles.

The players Philadelphia received in the deal — Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved — were underwhelming in their previous seasons, at best. But with the Sixers unabashedly playing for tomorrow, and with so little talent currently in place on the roster, there is value to be had in keeping these players, even if for only one season.

From Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times:

Shved, a third-year pro from Russia, is set to make $3.2 million next season while Mbah a Moute is on the books for $4.4 million.

Neither player averaged more than four points last year, though the Sixers could try to determine if the 6-foot-6 Shved could help beyond 2014-15 in the rebuilding of a franchise.

Regarded as a good defender, Mbah a Moute’s biggest value might be continuing as a mentor to fellow Cameroon native Joel Embiid, who is likely to miss his rookie season as he recovers from foot surgery. The 7-foot Embiid was the No. 3 choice in June’s draft.

An NBA source said Shved has a chance for some minutes and that Mbah a Moute is also expected to stay, as opposed to being waived or bought out.

Shved showed decent ability in his first NBA season, but a reduction in minutes a year ago saw his production decline, as well. Mbah a Moute can defend as was mentioned, but his value as a veteran presence to help usher Embiid into maturity might be what keeps him in Philadelphia for as long as the team deems necessary.

For the Sixers, it’s all about filling roster spots with reliable NBA bodies for next season. The team is below the minimum salary level, to the point where trading for Amar’e Stoudemire at the deadline could be a consideration, provided the Knicks don’t need him at that point and there’s some compensation involved for Philadelphia taking on the last few months of his uninsurable contract. Keeping Shved and Mbah a Moute would solidify at least two spots on the bench, and avoid having the revolving door of sorts that existed on the roster for much of last season.

Tags: Alexey Shved, Joel Embiid, Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers

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Heat sign Shannon Brown to one-year contract

 Heat sign Shannon Brown to one year contract Shannon Brown

Phil Jackson keeps putting guards out of work, but they keep finding new jobs.

Toure’ Murry signed with the Jazz, and now Shannon Brown – waived by the Knicks last month – also has a new contract.

Brown’s agency:

Congrats to guard Shannon Brown on signing with the @MiamiHEAT! Best of luck with your new team!—
Priority Sports (@PrioritySports) August 27, 2014

Sam Amick of USA Today:

Shannon Brown's contract with the Miami Heat is for one year at $1.3 million, I'm told.—
Sam Amick (@sam_amick) August 27, 2014

Miami could offer only a minimum contract, worth $1,310,286 for Brown, though the NBA would cover $395,043 of that because he’s a veteran on a one-year minimum deal. No word on his guarantee.

Brown gives the Heat 16 players, but Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton, Tyler Johnson and James Ennis don’t have fully guaranteed contracts. So, Brown is likely at least in that mix of players battling during training camp and the preseason.

This is mostly an uninspiring signing. Unlike Utah, which signed Murry, Miami is definitely trying to make the playoffs this season. Knicks rejects don’t exactly move the needle, but Brown could provide a little backcourt depth.

Tags: James Ennis, Justin Hamilton, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Shannon Brown, Shawne Williams, Tyler Johnson

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Watch Online Stream Baltimore Orioles – Minnesota Twins MLB 29.08.2014

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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao drafts himself onto his own team to be player/coach

 Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao drafts himself onto his own team to be player/coach DE LA HOYA

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is so big in his native Philippines that whatever he wants, he gets. He wants to be a senator, he gets voted in.

He also coaches a professional basketball team, the Kia Motors team. I guess he does that in between his senatorial duties and training to put his World Boxing Organization welterweight title on the line against Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau.

All that wasn’t enough, apparently. He wanted to go full Bill Russell player/coach approach so he drafted himself. At age 35. Here’s the report via the Los Angeles Times.

That’s right. With the 10th overall pick in the 2014 Philippine Basketball Assn. rookie draft, Kia Motors selected its coach. Apparently, the plan all along was for Pacquiao to serve as a player-coach, but he needed to go through the draft in order to make that happen….

Continuing to focus on the familiar, Kia Motors went on to select its coach’s cousin, Rene Pacquiao, in the third round. Rene played at Southwestern University of Cebu and spent time in the Philippines’ D-League.

I don’t see what could possibly go wrong here.

I do know Manny Pacquiao is a huge basketball, specifically Boston Celtics, fan. He had a fight scheduled the night of Game 7 between the Celtics and Heat a couple years ago and wouldn’t step into the ring until it was over (he then took the distaste of that outcome out on his opponent).

My knowledge of the Philippines league is limited, but I know a marketing ploy when I see one. And when you make marketing moves over smart moves, well, your minor league baseball. But whatever sells tickets.

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