Gilas Pilipinas. PBA Media Bureau

As it ends its European training camp this weekend, the Philippine national men’s basketball team will be naming the final 12 players who will compose the official Gilas Pilipinas lineup for the coming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The announcement will be made right after the conclusion of Gilas Pilipinas’ stint in a pocket tournament that features China, Italy and Canada on Sunday.

With that, head coach Tab Baldwin expects his players to fight for spots until the final minute.

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Derrick Rose said he might get involved in recruiting free agents to New York, including former Bulls teammate Joakim Noah. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

NEW YORK -- Derrick Rose isn't sure why he was traded, but he said he is grateful that the Chicago Bulls sent him to the New York Knicks.

"I would like to tell them, 'Thank you,'" Rose said of the Bulls at Friday's news conference introducing him as the newest member of the Knicks.

Rose, a Chicago native, elaborated on why he'd thank the Bulls for trading him to New York.

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Chandler Parsons and the Mavs seem ready to move on entering free agency. Sources told ESPN that Parsons is eager to explore the market, while the Mavericks are prioritizing other potential targets such as Hassan Whiteside. AP Photo/Joe Skipper

One year after serving as the Dallas Mavericks' unofficial recruiting coordinator, forward Chandler Parsons looks forward to being recruited by other franchises.

Parsons eagerly anticipates exploring his options in free agency as the Mavericks plan to prioritize other targets, sources told ESPN, although a return to Dallas remains a possibility.

"He'll be all ears," one source said.

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Morey was speaking with Zhou Qi, the 43rd pick of the NBA draft, who just so happened to be in Italy playing for the Chinese national team. The interpreter on the call was legendary Rocket and newly elected Hall of Famer Yao Ming.

“Yao Ming was acting as a very expensive translator for us,” Morey said with a smile.

When Zhou will play for the Rockets is uncertain given his contract status with the Chinese Basketball Association. The Rockets hope it's soon, because they’re getting a 7-foot-2, 218-pound center who averaged 15.8 points while shooting 60.3 percent from the floor last season for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

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President Obama called Lue on Thursday to congratulate the coach on winning the NBA title and invited him and the Cavs to visit Obama in Washington before he leaves office. Lue spent nearly four minutes talking hoops with the president, who said he had already emailed superstar LeBron James to offer his congratulations.

"You did a really great job. It didn't hurt having this guy named LeBron James," Obama told Lue. "You should be proud of yourself. You did a great job on this and I really do think you brought cohesion and steadiness and a focus to the team. It really showed itself. You should feel good about what you did."

Lue took over midseason after the Cavs fired David Blatt despite the team having a 30-11 record.

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The Thunder's blockbuster, draft-night trade was clearly aimed at keeping Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

OKLAHOMA CITY —- One thing that was reaffirmed on draft night: Sam Presti does not general manage out of fear.

The Oklahoma City Thunder GM pulled the stunner of the night, sending Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and 11th overall pick Domantas Sabonis.

There were rumblings around the league on Thursday that the Thunder were shopping Ibaka, and while for the most part they were simply fielding calls and turning down offers, they had one on the table early in the afternoon that they loved. The front office spent the next few hours discussing exactly what everyone else is right now: How would this impact Kevin Durant's decision?

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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) averaged 17.6 ppg this past season but played in a career-low 55 games. Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has declined an invitation to play for the United States in the Rio Olympics.

Beal said on Twitter that he is dedicating his summer to getting into the "best physical shape" for next season. He called the invitation from USA Basketball "the ultimate honor."

Beal is the latest player to decline the chance to play for the U.S. in Rio. NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, regular-season MVP Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden and others have said they won't go.

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