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Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Talk ‘N Text, which currently holds the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming 2015 PBA Rookie Draft, is interested in making a push to acquire the second overall pick as well with the team set to look to the future.

The Tropang Texters received the top pick from the Blackwater Elite early last season after trading veteran Larry Rodriguez to the expansion team as well as the right to exchange first round picks in the draft.

Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico confirmed the team’s interest although he said that discussions will still need to take place before the team makes a decision on what they can offer Kia, which will be known as the Mahindra Enforcers, for the selection.

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The Pacers signed second-round pick Rakeem Christmas among a flurry of signings Monday. MICHAEL JOHNSON/ZUMAPRESS

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers have re-signed forwards Lavoy Allen and Shayne Whittington.

The team on Monday also signed swingman Glenn Robinson III to a three-year deal and completed an undisclosed deal with second-round pick Rakeem Christmas.

This month, Allen agreed to a multiyear deal worth $3 million annually. He has averaged 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in a five-year career.

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Wanted: big man (July 28, 2015)
Arman Carandang [ Source: Journal ]

Troy Rosario. Journal photo

BARRING any unforeseen circumstances, say, irresistible trade offers, Kia is likely to tab Troy Rosario in the PBA Rookie Draft this August.

Rosario could just be the right man the Mahindra Enforcer (Kia’s new moniker) are badly needing to beef up their frontline and be competitive in their second year in the pro league.

Kia won five of its 11 outings in the Governors’ Cup last season, although that was not enough for it to make the playoff round.

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Anthony Davis is looking forward to what new coach Alvin Gentry can bring to the Pelicans. Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis sounds rather pleased that the New Orleans Pelicans have done little tweaking to their roster since a first-round exit from last season's playoffs.

It was that promise of roster stability, combined with the introduction of a new, fun-loving coach with an up-tempo scheme, that made him eager to commit long-term to New Orleans.

"I just felt comfortable here. I like the team. I like the direction that we're heading in. I like the guys who are playing by my side," Davis said Monday. "I have a lot of trust in our organization and what they're doing."

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Matthew Dellavedova could compete with newly acquired guard Mo Williams for reserve minutes in Cleveland's back court. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers have agreed to re-sign backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova, who reached cult-hero status during Cleveland's injury-plagued run to the NBA Finals as he filled in for Kyrie Irving.

Dellavedova, a restricted free agent, accepted Cleveland's qualifying offer and will return on a one-year deal worth approximately $1.2 million, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPN on Monday.

By accepting the Cavs' qualifying offer, Dellavedova will become an unrestricted free agent next summer when the league's salary cap is set to balloon.

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Tropang Texters trading Ranidel? (July 28, 2015)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Tempo ]

Ranidel de Ocampo. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Talk ’N Text is reportedly in talks with Kia Motors as it continues to pursue the latter’s first round selection in this year’s PBA Rookie Draft scheduled Aug. 23 at the Robinson’s Place in Ermita, Manila.

The Tropang Texters are said to be offering in a package deal incoming sophomore guard Kevin Alas and veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo for Kia’s first round picks this year and in 2016.

Spin.ph first reported the proposed trade, although a source said that there is no finality yet and that trade may be revised upon approval of Manny V. Pangilinan, the TNT boss and owner of Meralco and NLEX.

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Zoran Dragic playing on the same NBA team as his brother Goran lasted one season, as the younger Dragic has been traded to the Celtics. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Boston Celtics have acquired guard Zoran Dragic and a 2020 second-round pick from the Miami Heat, the teams announced Monday.

The Heat, who were motivated by shedding salary, will receive a heavily protected 2019 second-round pick from the Celtics that will likely never actually change hands. It is similar to the deal the Heat agreed to Sunday when they sent Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic for a heavily protected second-round pick.

Miami will also send cash to Boston to cover Dragic's salary.

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FIBA Asia Championships

SUZHOU, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Olympic team of men's basketball beat their arch-rival Iran 68-64 here on Monday in a friendly match at the 2015 Internationl Basketball Challenge.

Four Chinese players scored in double-digit. Guo Ailun led China with a match-high 16 points, six of which came in the final quarter. He also finished with three assists and three steals but still had seven turnovers.

China outscored Iran 19-15 in the first quarter. The Iranian only made in two field-goals and scored nine points at the free-throwing line.

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Webb acknowledges Star roster now aging (July 28, 2015)
Richard Dy [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines – New Star coach Jason Webb recognized the fact that Hotshots’ core of James Yap, Peter June Simon, Marc Pingris and Joe Devance are not getting any younger.

No wonder the incoming rookie coach is also looking forward to next month’s Rookie Draft as a way to inject young blood to a roster that has rode on Yap and company over the last four years.

“This isn’t a young team, but then again, my job is to make sure there’s no drop off (on the team’s overall performance) by injecting new blood as well as new ideas to the team,” Webb told Philstar.com on Sunday.

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Wish list for Gilas 12 (July 28, 2015)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

FIBA Asia Championships

There were nine common players in the rosters of the Philippine basketball team that played at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships, the 2014 FIBA World Cup and the 2014 Asian Games. They were Jimmy Alapag, L. A. Tenorio, Jeff Chan, Gary David, Ranidel de Ocampo, Gabe Norwood, JuneMar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Marc Pingris.

Others who suited up in one or two of those tournaments were Jayson Castro (2013 FIBA Asia, 2014 FIBA World Cup), Larry Fonacier (2013 FIBA Asia), Andray Blatche (2014 FIBA World Cup), Marcus Douthit (2013 FIBA Asia, 2014 Asian Games), Jared Dillinger (2014 Asian Games) and Paul Lee (2014 FIBA World Cup, 2014 Asian Games).

Additionally, Douthit played on the Gilas Cadets squad that took the gold medal at the recent Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. His teammates were Keifer Ravena, Troy Rosario, Scottie Thompson, Baser Amer, Glenn Khonuntin, Almond Vosotros, Norbert Torres, Mac Belo, Jiovani Jalolon, Kevin Ferrer and Prince Rivero.

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