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Paul Pierce said last month that he's "50/50" on whether to continue playing or retire. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said his team has plans in place to allow Paul Pierce to retire as a member of the Boston Celtics if Pierce elects to end his playing days this summer.

During an appearance on The Vertical podcast, Rivers said he believes Pierce hasn't made up his mind about his future.

"If Paul decides to retire, then we're going to make sure that Boston picks him up for one day and he retires a Celtic, because that's what he should retire as," Rivers said during the podcast released Thursday. "So we have all that in place. We just don't know what he's going to do."

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David Lee signing 2-year, $3.2 million deal with Spurs (July 29, 2016)
Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

David Lee, 33, proved he still could be a significant contributor during his two-month stint with the Dallas Mavericks. Jim Cowsert/AP Photo

David Lee is joining the San Antonio Spurs, according to his agent.

The former All-Star is signing a two-year, $3.2 million deal with the Spurs with a player option for Year 2, agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN on Thursday.

"We've been talking to the Spurs for quite a while," Bartelstein said. "There's a number of places he could have gone and done better economically, but Pop and R.C. (coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford) worked hard to let David know how valuable they thought he could be to their team."

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Jeremy Lin stars in anime "Space Jam" spoof (July 29, 2016)
Rachel Marcus [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

"Space Jam 2" featuring LeBron James is rumored to be in the works, but what about "Space Jam 3"?

OK, so it may be a spoof, but Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin pulled off an anime sequel to the famed movie.

Spoiler alert: no appearances from Michael Jordan. But the Nets now boast an actor on their roster.

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TNT seeks share of lead vs Alaska (July 29, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

TNT KaTropa. PBA Media Bureau photo

TNT Ka-Tropa tries to keep its unblemished slate when the Texters battle Alaska in a showdown of undermanned squads in the PBA Governors Cup at Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. with the Aces, who will be shooting for a second straight victory after debuting with a loss, to miss the suspended Calvin Abueva even as Rain or Shine and Blackwater slug it out in the 4:15 p.m. appetizer.

Abueva, the Best Player of the Commissioner’s Cup, was suspended a game and fined P22,000 for elbowing Barangay Ginebra’s Chris Ellis in the face on Sunday, leaving a large hole in the Alaska game for today.

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Melo can't believe Dwyane Wade left Heat for Bulls (July 29, 2016)
Nick Friedell [ Source: ESPN ]

Carmelo Anthony, right, can't believe that Dwyane Wade left the Heat. Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO -- Like many people around the NBA, New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony couldn't believe that Dwyane Wade actually decided to leave the Miami Heat and sign with the Chicago Bulls.

"I was shocked," Anthony said before Thursday's Team USA practice at the United Center. "I was shocked more from a standpoint it was just hard to see. It's hard to see some players in different uniforms and he's one of those guys who I never thought I would see in a different uniform other than Miami. But it happened, and I got a chance to talk to him and sit down with him and really dig deep about his feelings and what happened. He's at peace now. And when he's at peace, I'm at peace with it."

Wade surprised many in the league by spurning the Heat to sign a two-year deal with the Bulls earlier this month. Anthony, who was wooed by the Bulls two summers ago but ultimately decided to re-sign with the Knicks, acknowledged that the free-agency process can be mentally taxing for players.

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Chinese team eyeing Castro (July 29, 2016)
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Jayson Castro. PBA Media Bureau

HERE’S proof that Philippine basketball has regained its perch on the Asian pedestal and that Jason Castro is one of the reasons why.

Believe it or not, a Filipino could be playing in the tough China Basketball Association (CBA) later this year with the Gilas Pilipinas and TNT Ka-Tropa standout Castro now entertaining an offer to play there as an import.

Offers to play there as imports usually land on the laps of Americans or Europeans, but Castro’s sterling performances in the last two Fiba Asia Championships, especially the one last year in Changsha, China, were enough to convince one team in the CBA to try and lure the fleet-footed point guard there.

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 Ginebra San Miguel head coach Tim Cone. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

Ginebra head coach Tim Cone admitted he has been veering away from the triangle offense that has brought him success in his coaching career.

“We don’t do triangle anymore. I kind of learn that as we go along, players kind of learn as they go along. So it’s a struggle sometimes of course offensively, but guys are buying into it,” said Cone in Spin.ph following Ginebra’s 85-72 rout of NLEX.

“I have a vision and end vision for it but we’re not there yet. Hopefully, we can improve game by game as we kind of learn together on what we’re trying to do."

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International Basketball

SALT LAKE CITY - After playing a semester at Southern Methodist University (SMU) last year, Filipino-American basketball star Sedrick Barefield has found a new home at the University of Utah.

Prepping for the upcoming season, Barefield has spent most of his summer at Utah's practice facility, honing his basketball skills and building chemistry with his new teammates.

"It's great competition going against them in pickups and practice every single day, and we just help each other get better," he said.

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 TNT Katropa's Jayson Castro. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

TNT's Jayson Castro and Rain or Shine's Paul Lee complete the North All-Stars’ lineup for the coming 2016 PBA All-Star Weekend.

Also included in the roster are GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle, San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot, Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood, and the TNT partners Ranidel de Ocampo and Troy Rosario, according to the PBA website.

Calling the shots for the North is Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

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 Mark Caguioa in the middle of the action. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA -- Mark Caguioa is looking forward to play with Terrence Romeo, this time in the annual PBA All Star.

The “Spark,” who will make his 10th PBA All Star appearance, used to play against the young spitfire and is now excited with the change.

“I’m glad we’re gonna have the All Star and be [playing] with him [Romeo] in this [North] team,” Caguioa told Fox Sports Asia.

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