Blatche shrugs off bum ankle after Turkey tuneup (July 02, 2016)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Andray Blatche limps to the bench. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Andray Blatche downplayed any concerns after his left ankle took a little hit Friday during the Philippines’ tune-up game against Turkey at Mall of Asia Arena.

A visibly hurt Blatche briefly left the game in the 4:43 mark of the game with Gilas trailing the Giant Men, 74-65.

Blatche, though, plans of doing a little rest and relaxation once he gets to the hotel.

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Solomon Hill. ESPN

The New Orleans Pelicans have reached a verbal agreement with free-agent forward Solomon Hill on a four-year deal valued at $48 million, according to league sources.

Sources told that Hill has committed to sign with the Pelicans on July 7, when a league-wide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted.

Hill tweeted his gratitude to the Pelicans, in addition to thanking the city of Indianapolis and the Pacers organization who selected him in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft.

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Marc Pingris going at Omer Asik. PBA Media Bureau photo

Gilas Pilipinas dropped an 84-76 result to Turkey on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena, but the local boys got a small victory after being able to neutralize NBA player Omer Asik during the game.

A double foul between Asik and Gilas heart and soul Marc Pingris resulted in the New Orleans Pelicans' center fifth and disqualifying foul. Before the incident, the two men exchanged words, with the 6-foot-4 Pingris not backing down against his 7-foot opponent.

After Asik was banished to the bench, Pingris had a little message for Asik.

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Matthew Dellavedova. ESPN

Restricted free agent Matthew Dellavedova has agreed to an offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks, a source told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

The four-year deal is worth $38.4 million, sources told ESPN.

Sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Bucks have had some sign-and-trade talks on Dellavedova but have made no traction.

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Terrence Romeo of Gilas Pilipinas in actions vs. Turkey. Marquez

The Philippine national men’s basketball team showed signs of improvement against heavily favored Turkey but Gilas Pilipinas still succumbed to an 84-76 defeat in a tuneup game just four days before the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Andray Blatche led the Filipinos in scoring with 20 points which went along with seven boards and five assists. Terrence Romeo had 16 points, including eight consecutive in the fourth frame in a comeback attempt that fell short.

Jayson Castro finished with 13 points, while Gabe Norwood added 10 but those numbers weren’t enough to take down Turkey which annihilated them, 103-68, in their first outing in Istanbul last June 22.

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Dwight Howard. ESPN

Dwight Howard has agreed to a three-year, $70.5 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, Howard's agent, Perry Rogers, told ESPN's Chris Broussard.

The deal is totally guaranteed with no option.

The agreement was first reported by The Vertical.

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Parks ‘ready’ to make most out of Gilas experience (July 02, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Ray Parks in national team uniform. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

For Ray Parks, his inclusion to the final lineup of Gilas Pilipinas for the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament is a vindication of his sacrifice to take his chance with the national team.

“It’s a blessing and a privilege truthfully. It was my mindset of coming back and making it to the team, and that’s one goal I achieved off of my bucket list right now,” he said.

Parks is coming off an NBA D-League stint with the Texas Legends, where he averaged 4.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 13.3 minutes of play in the 32 games he saw.

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Evan Fournier. NBA

Evan Fournier has agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract to stay with the Orlando Magic, a source told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

Fournier, 23, has spent the past two seasons with the Magic after being moved by the Denver Nuggets in an offseason trade in 2014. The Magic extended a qualifying offer to the swingman on Wednesday, giving them the right to match any offer sheet.

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has said that re-signing Fournier was a major priority for the club. Last week's trade of Victor Oladipo to the Oklahoma City Thunder makes it seem likely that the Magic plan to make Fournier their starting shooting guard.

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Evan Turner. ESPN

Former Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner has agreed to a four-year, $70 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, his agent told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

Turner posted a message to Celtics fans on Instagram late Friday afternoon.

The deal cannot be officially signed until July 7, when a leaguewide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted.

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Abueva, Tenorio still part of Gilas despite the cut, says Pingris (July 02, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Gilas Pilipinas. Tristan Tamayo/

In Gilas Pilipinas, no one gets left behind.

Marc Pingris made it clear that despite the cuts which left Calvin Abueva and LA Tenorio out of the final lineup, the two will remain as vital parts of the team’s quest in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament here next week.

“Di ibig sabihin na porke wala na si Calvin at LA, di na kami maglalaro ng mabuti or di na sila part ng family. Gilas pa rin sila. Kahit yung 24 na players na part ng pool, part pa rin sila. Malay mo, next time sila na ang ma-lineup at kami naman ang wala,” he said.

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