The Minnesota Timberwolves expect to land Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young in addition to No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins when they complete their long-anticipated trade to send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers this weekend, according to NBA front-office sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves -- either as part of a separate transaction with Philadelphia or by expanding their planned deal with the Cavaliers into a three-team trade -- are already operating under the premise that they are acquiring Young from the Sixers as Love's replacement.
ESPN.com reported in July that Wolves president and coach Flip Saunders had pinpointed Young as his preferred successor at power forward to Love, who officially can be dealt to the Cavaliers on Saturday, when the rookie Wiggins becomes eligible to be traded at last.
MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena said his dagger three-pointer against the University of the East (UE) became possible because the Red Warriors were "scared" of leaving his teammates alone and double-teaming him.
Ravena again took over in crunch time and nailed a long three-pointer over UE's Renz Palma with 14 seconds to go. The shot gave Ateneo a 76-72 lead, and they went on to win 78-73.
"I had the goal, before the start of the game because the coaches already told me what UE was going to throw at me," Ravena explained after the game. "Kaya noong umpisa, I was really involving my teammates."
MANILA, Philippines – National University's (NU) foreign centers Alfred Aroga and Henri Betayene, who have helped turn the Bulldogs into the UAAP's best defensive team, are proud of their roles as defensive anchors and rebounders.
NU ended the first round of the tournament as the best defensive team in the league, allowing only an average of 52.4 points per game and holding teams to only 31.6% from the field.
According to stats website HumbleBola, teams playing against NU only register an effective field goal percentage of 35.4%, nearly seven percentage points below the league average.
The Philippine national youth team faces a tough challenge in the FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship when it takes on host Qatar to open its second round campaign in Doha on Friday.
The Batang Gilas U-18 team needs to finish in the top four of Group E to qualify for the knockout rounds.
The Philippines currently sports a 1-1 record after an opening win over Jordan on Wednesday and a defeat to South Korea on Thursday.
The Philippine national men’s basketball team dropped another tough contest to world-class competition, falling to African powerhouse Angola, 83-74, in a tune-up game on Thursday in San Sebastian, Spain.
Gilas Pilipinas posed a real threat to Angola, champions of seven of the last eight FIBA Africa Championships and ranked 15th in the world, trailing by as little as five points early in the fourth before falling behind near the end.
Naturalized NBA play Andray Blatche had a phenomenal performance, scoring 33 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in almost 31 minutes of play but no other Filipino player finished in double figures.
The San Mig Coffee Mixers, who had made known their intentions of trading their first round pick in the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft, have attracted a number of suitors ahead of the big day.
San Mig Coffee, fresh off winning a historic Grand Slam last season, owns the seventh overall pick of the draft but isn’t in need of a new player after successfully keeping its roster intact during the offseason.
“The MVP Group and even GlobalPort have asked me about our No. 7 pick,” Rene Pardo, San Mig Coffee’s representative to the PBA Board of Governors, told InterAksyon.com in an interview.
NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose practiced for Team USA in a non-contact workout on Thursday afternoon and intends to play in Friday night's exhibition game against Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden.
Rose, who is working his way back from surgeries on both knees, had not practiced since playing 24 minutes and scoring seven points in Team USA's 95-78 exhibition victory over Brazil on Saturday night in Chicago. It was Rose's first game action since Nov. 22, 2013. He has appeared in just 10 games over the past two seasons due to injury.
"I'm feeling good," Rose said. "I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow and see how it goes, and I'm just trying to stay positive until then."
Blackwater Sports team owner Dioceldo Sy is confident that his team will make a strong first impression when it makes its debut as an expansion team in Asia’s first professional basketball league.
That’s because the Elite have begun practicing weeks ahead of the other PBA teams and that should give the team a little bit of an edge in the coming season.
“That makes us more prepared by the time the PBA has opened its season,” Sy told InterAksyon in an exclusive interview.
MANILA, Philippines - Eighty-seven aspirants from the original list of 95 applicants are left in the final draft pool to be presented to 12 PBA teams during the 2014 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft set Sunday at the Robinson’s Place Manila.
Eight hopefuls were cut as they either withdrew or didn’t show up in the Gatorade Rookie Draft Combine Monday and Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong, leaving a draft pool deep in backcourt talents but lacking in frontline operators.
Globalport has long made known it is making former Penn State guard Stanley Pringle as the top pick, only the third backcourt player in 10 years to be made the No. 1 draft selection after Gabe Norwood in 2008 and JV Casio in 2011.
Washington Wizards big man Drew Gooden, whose mother is Finnish, planned to play for Finland in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. His application for dual citizenship, however, won't be cleared in time to do so, according to the Washington Post's Jorge Castillo.
Finland's submitted 12-man roster did not include Gooden, according to a Finnish report. He begun the paperwork process during Washington's first-round series this past spring, per the Washington Post, and he recently said he wanted to make this happen eventually regardless of what happened this summer:
“If something happens and there's a bump in the road where this is not possible this year, I'm still going to be going there and supporting the team, supporting the players in Spain and start to build a relationship for the future for years to come,” Gooden said. “Either way you want to see it, I'm still going to get my dual citizenship and I am going to become a Finnish citizen, whether I'm playing on the team or not, eventually.”