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Chris Paul says he has spoken to coach Doc Rivers about the possibility of sitting out if Donald Sterling remains in control of the Clippers when the seasons starts in a little more than two months. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

LAS VEGAS -- Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul told ESPN.com it's "unacceptable" if Donald Sterling is still the owner of the team when the season begins.

Paul also said he has spoken to coach Doc Rivers about the possibility of sitting out if Sterling remains in control when the seasons starts in a little more than two months.

"That's something me and Doc are both talking about," Paul said on Thursday after coaching his AAU program, CP3. "Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon -- sooner rather than later."

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Cleveland Cavaliers remain front-runner in Kevin Love trade sweepstakes, sources say (July 25, 2014)
Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers cannot officially trade Andrew Wiggins before Aug. 23, but they remain the closest thing to a front-runner in the trade sweepstakes for the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, according to sources close to the process.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, at present, are higher on a Cleveland trade package centered around Wiggins than any other offer on the table for Love.

ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the Cavaliers, meanwhile, are increasingly confident about their chances of landing Love and firmly believe they are progressing toward a trade framework that the Timberwolves will accept in exchange for the All-Star power forward, which would enable Cleveland to pair him with Olympic teammate LeBron James.

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Point guard Jameer Nelson signs with Dallas Mavericks (July 25, 2014)
Tim McMahon [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson signed with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Thursday.

The Mavs signed Nelson with the cap-room exception, giving him a salary of $2.73 million this season. Sources told ESPN's Marc Stein that Nelson signed a two-year deal with a player option to return to free agency next summer. His salary next season would be $2.86 million if Nelson opts to return to the Mavs.

"I feel like this team is really good," Nelson said Thursday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. "I've been watching the Mavs from afar for my entire career. I admire what they've done over my 10 years and even before that. The organization, from everyone I know, is top of the line."

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John Wall to attend Team USA camp (July 25, 2014)
Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

John Wall will join Team USA in camp next week. AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Washington Wizards guard John Wall has accepted USA Basketball's invitation to attend its training camp next week in Las Vegas, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that USAB has wanted Wall in camp for weeks and merely wanted to make sure that the Wizards' All-Star was able to play at full capacity after a longer-than-expected season before making it official.

In a breakout season for both him and his team, Wall made the Eastern Conference All-Star squad and led the Wizards to the second round of the playoffs after his omission from Team USA's original pool of players announced in January.

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Jeremy Lin introduced by Los Angeles Lakers (July 25, 2014)
Dave McMenamin [ Source: ESPN ]

Jeremy Lin says he believes he's a starter in the NBA but recognizes it's more "about who finishes." Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jeremy Lin remains one of the most recognizable basketball players in the world, and he's joined perhaps the most popular global brand of any basketball team in the Los Angeles Lakers.

But it doesn't mean Lin is looking to use all that attention to replicate the same lightning-in-a-bottle situation he had when he burst onto the scene with the New York Knicks during the 2011-12 season.

"I'm not trying to relive that banner season," Lin said during his introductory news conference with the Lakers on Thursday. "I think that's been a big weight off my shoulders and I think that's very important for me as a player. I'm not trying to recreate a 'Linsanity.' I'm not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever."

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International Basketball

Despite the bitter aftertaste of a charity event gone wrong earlier this week, the Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team left for a two-week training in the United States to continue preparing for the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

Members of the team arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 after 5 a.m. for their flight to Miami where they will train for two weeks, GMA News' Victoria Tulad reported.

The two-week training in Florida aims to make them ready for the FIBA World Cup which kicks off Aug. 30.

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Cleveland Cavaliers sign Andrew Wiggins to rookie contract (July 25, 2014)
Brian Windhorst [ Source: ESPN ]

Andrew Wiggins is officially under contract with the Cavaliers -- for now.  Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images

The Cleveland Cavaliers officially signed No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract Thursday, meaning he cannot be traded until at least Aug. 23.

Wiggins has been involved in trade discussions between the Cavs and Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a deal that would send Kevin Love to Cleveland. Because of league rules on rookie contracts, such a deal now cannot be completed for 30 days. Wiggins, who signed a four-year deal, will have a starting salary of $5.5 million after the Cavs gave him the allowed 20 percent premium on the rookie scale, sources said.

The Cavaliers remain the closest thing to a front-runner in the Love trade sweepstakes after signing Wiggins, sources close to the process told ESPN.com. The Wolves' preference, based on the offers made for Love to date, is completing a trade with Cleveland centered on Wiggins. But the 30-day window leaves open the possibility that another team could step in with an offer to trump Cleveland's best pitch.

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New Maverick Chandler Parsons has had his fill of jabber coming from the Rockets, the latest from James Harden. Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty Images

A long-distance exchange of words between Chandler Parsons and James Harden is heating up the rivalry between the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.

Parsons, who left Houston to sign a three-year, $46 million deal with Dallas as a restricted free agent, took offense to former teammate Harden opining that Dwight Howard and Harden are the Rockets' stars and the rest of the roster is made up of role players.

"Dwight and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets," Harden said while appearing at a charity event in the Philippines, according to The Philippine Star. "The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces.

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Gilas, Blatche to train in Miami (July 25, 2014)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Gilas Pilipinas. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Gilas Pilipinas departs for Miami, Florida, today for an intense two-week training as it prepares for the Fiba World Cup in Spain starting Aug. 28.

Team members, all PBA multimillionaires, will be away from their families until after the World Cup in early September.

From the United States, the national team flies to France to play in pocket tournaments before proceeding to Spain early for the World Cup, where the Filipinos are bracketed in Group B together with powerhouse Argentina, Croatia, Puerto Rico, Greece and Senegal.

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NBA

The Chicago Bulls' original copy of Michael Jordan's $33 million contract -- the most valuable single-season contract in NBA history -- has hit the auction block.

The contract, which Jordan signed for the 1997-98 season, was his last with the Bulls. That season culminated in a sixth championship for Jordan and the Bulls. The contract is signed by Jordan, himself, and initialed by him on each of its 24 pages. It's also signed by Jerry Krause, former Bulls general manager, and Irwin Mandel, the man in charge of the Bulls' finances. It also includes a two-page cover letter from Mandel to the NBA.

The original estimate for the contract's value by the company auctioning it, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, was $30,000, but with a week remaining until the bidding closes next Thursday night, bidding has already topped $28,000.

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