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Determined AZ Reid ready to close it out for Beermen (July 07, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

AZ Reid. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Just by reading his body language, there is no doubt that Arizona Reid is determined to carry San Miguel to the promised land this conference.

Even his coach sees it.

“AZ Reid doesn’t want to lose. You can see it in his eyes. He wants to win very bad,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria.

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Sources: Barea on verge of returning to Mavericks (July 07, 2015)
Tim MacMahon [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

Veteran guard J.J. Barea is on the verge of agreeing to a two-year deal to return to the Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources.

The Mavs will give Barea the room exception, paying him a salary of $2.8 million per year, a source told ESPN.com.

El Nuevo Día, a newspaper in Barea’s native Puerto Rico, was the first to report that Barea had agreed to the deal.

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David West agrees to sign with Spurs for veterans minimum $1.5M (July 07, 2015)
Michael C. Wright [ Source: ESPN ]

David West spent the last four seasons with the Pacers, with whom he opted out of a deal that would have paid him $12 million for 2015-16. Elsa/Getty Images

SAN ANTONIO -- The Spurs continued their run of good fortune Monday, luring free agent David West for what sources confirmed to ESPN's Marc Stein's will be the veterans minimum of about $1.5 million for next season.

West spent the past four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, with whom he opted out of a deal that would have paid him $12 million for 2015-16.

The deal, which can't be completed before a signing moratorium lifts Thursday, follows Manu Ginobili announcing earlier in the day his return for a 14th NBA season.

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McKines hopes E-Painters find right tweaks for Game 4 (July 07, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Az Reid vs Wendell McKines. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Even on the heels of another great shooting night, Wendell McKines emerged from the dugout with a different aura.

After all, Rain or Shine was on the brink of elimination from the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup after a sorry 114-108 defeat to San Miguel Monday night.

After posting 39 points on a 12-of-14 shooting from the field to go with 12 rebounds, a somber McKines couldn’t bear to look at his individual stats when his team is down 2-1 in the best-of-five series.

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Marc Gasol, Grizzlies agree to 5-year max contract (July 07, 2015)
Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

Marc Gasol can opt out of his five-year contract with the Grizzlies after the fourth year, sources told ESPN. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Memphis Grizzlies and star center Marc Gasol have agreed to a five-year max contract worth an estimated $110 million, sources told ESPN.

The deal includes a player option that would allow Gasol to opt out and become a free agent after the fourth year of the contract, according to sources.

The exact monetary value of the deal, which was agreed to Monday, will be determined by the league's salary cap.

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FIBA Asia Championships

 TEHRAN - Newly-appointed coach Dirk Bauermann said that he is going to book a place at Rio 2016 Olympic with Iran basketball team.

The German coach was named Iran basketball coach on Monday.

The 61-year-old coach has penned a three-month deal with Iran Basketball Federation and the contract will be automatically renewed for a further year if Iran qualifies for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel Beer. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The San Miguel Beermen starters did enough damage in the endgame to hold off another late Rain or Shine rally to take Game 3 of their best of five semifinals series, 114-108, on Monday.

"The reason why we won was we were able to adjust to what they did to us the last game," said SMB head coach Leo Austria. The Beermen were still reeling from a Game 2 meltdown against the Elasto Painters, wasting a 20-point lead to lose via a Jeff Chan go-ahead trey with seven seconds remaining in the game. "The next game is very pivotal, Today, everyone wanted to win, even the players on the bench."

Arizona Reid had 37 points, but three other starters helped out in carrying the load. Alex Cabagnot tallied 26 points with nine assists and three steals, while June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter added 17 points each while combining for 14 rebounds and five assists.

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Timberwolves agree to terms with Nemanja Bjelica (July 07, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a quiet start to free agency, the Minnesota Timberwolves are on the board with some much-needed experience for their bench.

The Timberwolves agreed to terms with Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica, adding their 27-year-old second-round draft pick from 2010 to a promising young roster.

"I'm excited to announce that I intend to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves and fulfill my dream of playing in the NBA," Bjelica said in a statement issued Monday. "Thank you Flip Saunders and the rest of the organization for the confidence you have shown in me. I'm looking forward joining the team and helping it become a contender."

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Manu Ginobili announces return to Spurs (July 07, 2015)
[ Source: ESPN ]

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Manu Ginobili will play another season for the San Antonio Spurs, announcing his decision in a tweet Monday.

The 37-year-old Ginobili had said Tim Duncan's decision would affect whether he returned for the upcoming season. Duncan announced Thursday that he would return for his 19th season.

The Spurs were determined to convince Ginobili to play one more season after agreeing to terms with LaMarcus Aldridge, sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein. The Spurs remained quietly optimistic that Ginobili would ultimately opt to come back.

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Aces await hungry Govs’ Cup Finals foe (July 07, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Alaska's Calvin Abueva. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Whichever team joins it in the Finals, Alaska will be battling a hungry foe for the PBA Governors’ Cup crown.

After completing a sweep of Star and their former coach on Sunday night, the Aces became the first team to make the championship series and will be having the luxury of a decent rest when the best-of-seven showdown starts.

San Miguel Beer defeated Rain or Shine for a 2-1 lead on Monday night, but their side of the Final Four will not end until Wednesday at the earliest, giving Alaska the time to heal some battered bodies.

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