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Fil-American Stanley Pringle is likely to emerge as the overall top pick, but will he lower his talent fee? Pringle reportedly wants a monthly salary of $20,000.

Even if Fil-American Stanley Pringle feels he is worth more than the first year contract of P150,000 a month for a PBA rookie, a team that drafts him in August will not be allowed to offer more than that amount under existing league rules.

Pringle, a talented point guard whose star shined when he played for the Indonesia Warriors last year in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), loomed as a strong choice for No. 1 overall pick after he entered his name in the draft.

But initial contact made by Globalport, which owns the first pick, to Pringle’s management team immediately showed that their objectives are worlds apart, especially in the matter of compensation.

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International Basketball

Metta World Peace, it turns out, is a man of his word — the 34-year-old forward really isn't retired. But he also won't be playing professional basketball in the NBA next season. Or, at least, he won't be at the start of the season.

After tweeting early Tuesday morning that he "met with three teams" about playing in China, that a "deal [was] done" and that he "just [had] to sign now," the former Ron Artest has reportedly reached an agreement to join the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, as first reported by ESPN New York's Ian Begley and subsequently confirmed by Chinese news outlet Sports Sina (via Sportando).

Apparently, World Peace already has his first order of business lined up:

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D-League

Alaska made sure it would keep the core of its lineup intact after locking down several of their key players to new deals.

Dickie Bachmann, the Aces’ team manager and the squad’s representative to the PBA Board, told InterAksyon.com that premier guard JVee Casio and old reliables Sonny Thoss and Cyrus Baguio are among the players who re-upped with the Aces.

Veteran Tony Dela Cruz and big man Samigue Eman also signed fresh pacts with the squads.

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D-League

MANILA, Philippines – Former Far Eastern University (FEU) standout RR Garcia hopes to prove himself, now that he has transferred to Barako Bull.

Garcia used to play under GlobalPort Batang Pier, but due to limited playing minutes, he failed to show his true potential.

“Sa akin siguro, dun ako mabibigyan ng break talaga kasi nalipat ako,” he said in the PBA website. “Sa GlobalPort, in and out ako dun. Siguro dito sa Barako Bull, maipapakita ko na yung skills ko.”

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Jerryd Bayless signs with Milwaukee Bucks (August 01, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

MILWAUKEE -- Free agent Jerryd Bayless signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in large part because of Jason Kidd.

The 6-foot-3 guard played for Memphis and Boston last season, averaging 9.3 points in 72 games. Now he gets a chance to play for Jason Kidd, who left the Brooklyn Nets this summer to coach the Bucks.

"The thing that was most intriguing was Kidd," Bayless said Thursday at the Bucks' training facility. "He can help me in a variety of different ways. There aren't a lot of guys like him that come around."

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D-League

MANILA, Philippines - Team Kia kicks off its buildup for the 2014 PBA season as it plays a US NCAA All-Stars team in a tune-up game today at the Unilab gym in Pioneer St., Mandaluyong.

The match is set at 2 p.m. with the Kia Kamao, led by player-coach Manny Pacquiao, expecting a tough outing against a select Division One All-Stars from the US NCAA.

Team Kia is one of the three new teams joining the pro league in October, bringing the PBA roster to a record 13. The two others are Blackwater Sports and NLEX of the PLDT group.

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Good, bad: Fiba Asia U18 tilt postponed (August 01, 2014)
June Navarro [ Source: Inquirer ]

FIBA Asia Under-18

The FIBA Asia U18 Championship scheduled in Doha, Qatar, this month was reset and Batang Gilas head coach Jamike Jarin said the postponement could both benefit and work against his team.

Jarin said the postponement of the tournament, originally scheduled Aug.19 to 28, would give the national squad more time to prepare for the continental qualifier, which offers a slot in the Fiba World U19 in Greece next year.

But at the same time, the multi-titled high school coach from Ateneo said the composition of the team may be affected since many of his players, including the slam-dunking Kobe Paras, were already allowed to play by their schools.

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Fil-foreigners under scrutiny (August 01, 2014)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

D-League

MANILA, Philippines - The citizenship documents of 15 Fil-foreign applicants to the coming PBA draft are now under scrutiny within the contestability period from July 14 to Aug. 12 and those cleared for eligibility will be in the final list of approved candidates to be released on Aug. 20.

The draft for the 40th season is scheduled on Aug. 24 at Robinsons Manila. Fil-foreigners are required to submit a Bureau of Immigration certification and Department of Justice affirmation of their Filipino citizenship for eligibility as draft candidates. Fil-foreign applicants should’ve turned in their documents by last July 8, the deadline set by the PBA. The list of prospective Fil-foreign draft candidates was circulated to PBA teams last July 11.

Consensus No. 1 overall pick Stanley Pringle, a Fil-Am from Penn State, has complied with the document requirements, it was confirmed by a PBA source recently. Another requirement for a Fil-foreigner is he must have played in at least two PBA D-League conferences before gaining eligibility for the draft. The exception is if the Fil-foreigner is 27 or over or if he has played for the Philippine men’s senior national team.

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A bumpy past few months has put pressure on the Pacers to deliver, but Paul George says they can handle it. Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images

LAS VEGAS -- It seemed like July was a bit of a bad month for the Indiana Pacers, with Lance Stephenson bolting to Charlotte after what seemed like an unnecessary contract dispute and LeBron James signing with a division rival.

Or maybe that's how the Pacers want people to see it.

The Pacers made last season rather fascinating with their rapid rise and fall that was centered around sometimes unpredictable events and odd bouts of chemistry problems.

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NU not resting on laurels after taking solo lead (August 01, 2014)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

NU's Alfred Aroga (19) blocks the attempt of Adamson's Ivan Villanueva (14). Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) head coach Eric Altamirano is not making a big deal of the Bulldogs' current status as the top team in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament.

The Bulldogs currently have the best win-loss record in the league at 4-1 following their 62-25 demolition of the Adamson Falcons on Wednesday. They have been impressive even without stars Ray Parks and Emmanuel Mbe, thanks in part to their league-best defense.

Their lone loss of the season came at the hands of defending champions De La Salle University, and it was a close game that could have gone either way until the final minutes.

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