Gilas Pilipinas shoots for a second straight win in Group B Monday when the Nationals battle lightly regarded Singapore in the Fiba-Asia Cup preliminaries at Wuhan Gym in Wuhan, China.
Coming off a 78-64 victory over Chinese-Taipei that failed to impress coach Chot Reyes, the Filipinos will come into the 2:45 p.m. contest as the odds-on favorites over the Singaporeans.
Reyes rued sloppy transition plays and the five quick fouls that June Mar Fajardo committed which forced the Filipinos to again go to Marcus Douthit down low.
Free-agent swingman Luol Deng is joining the Miami Heat, his agents Herb Rudoy and Ronald Shade confirmed to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
It is a two-year, $20 million contract with a player option after this coming season, sources told Stein.
Dallas and Atlanta had been in the hunt for Deng, as was Phoenix, who jumped into the mix on Saturday, according to sources.
The Dallas Mavericks have secured an agreement to sign free-agent swingman Richard Jefferson, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks will soon add Jefferson to their roster on a one-year minimum deal.
The Mavericks are known to be in the hunt for wing depth and perimeter shooting after losing Vince Carter, although they landed restricted free agent Chandler Parsons when Houston decided not to match Dallas' offer sheet, a source told ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.
Half a world away, Chris Bosh could not escape the frenzy of last week.
An offer from the Houston Rockets was waiting. His longtime Miami teammate LeBron James was leaving. For a few moments, Bosh found himself wondering if his days with the Heat were over.
Then he looked at his family, and everything stopped.
India created basketball history at the Wuhan SC on Sunday beating China 65-58 in a Group A game of the 5th FIBA Asia Cup for their first ever win over the mighty and more fancied rivals providing a new twist to the proceedings of the Prelim Round.
India went into the game as underdogs and China obviously the overwhelming favourites especially after their superb win against Iran on Saturday, but things on court were a complete contrast.
China began the scoring for the game, but it was India all the way after that for the entire first half with their show all-round attack. Thus for the first time in the history, India went into the locker room ahead of their mighty rivals, having led by as many as 15 points at one stage in the second quarter.
MANILA, Philippines — Looking to build on their breakthrough wins last week, Letran and Jose Rizal University square off Monday even as Mapua seeks a first victory in the 90th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Far from the lethal form they showed last season, the Knights have struggled in their first two games before finally getting over the hump at the expense of Mapua.
But they will have their hands full against the Heavy Bombers in the 2 p.m. duel of teams with similar 1-2 records.
Even with LeBron James turning the Eastern Conference upside down by returning to Cleveland, Carmelo Anthony made the right choice in free agency, and not merely because his financial adviser told him so. As much as the New York Knicks were allowed by rule to throw a lot more cash at their own guy than any competitor could, Anthony might have left on a discount if he found a sure thing.
Nobody offered him a sure thing -- not by a mile. The Chicago Bulls? Derrick Rose's recovering legs might not hold up. The Los Angeles Lakers? Ditto for Kobe Bryant. The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks? There might not be a state income tax in Texas, but there is likely a legacy price to pay for any 30-year-old star trying to navigate the brutal Western Conference in pursuit of his long-lost ring.
Yes, James' stunning decision to leave Miami in shambles made Chicago a more appealing option in a wide-open East. And yes, by almost steering his buddy Anthony to the Lakers, Bryant nearly paid back Phil Jackson with interest for once shredding him in a book.
PHOENIX -- Suns center Alex Len will miss the remainder of the Las Vegas summer league with a broken right pinky.
Len, the fifth pick overall in the 2013 draft, was injured in his summer league debut on Saturday night.
This was supposed to be an important summer league for Len as he tries to improve on his spotty rookie season. He missed all of last offseason recovering from surgeries on both ankles.
Arsalan Kazemi played his first game for the National Team in almost three years as reigning FIBA Asia Championship winners and defending champions Iran came back into the reckoning in Group A’s scheme of things in the 5th FIBA Asia Cup without much ado beating Indonesia 77-47.
Hamed Hadadi and Oshin Sahakian didn’t take to court at all, and there was no need to, as the rest of the roster each played for at least 10 minutes apiece.
Asghar Kardoust made good use of the extended court time scoring 18 points along with half as many rebounds and Kazemi himself eased into rhythm with a dozen points coming off a 5/10 clip in field shooting.
Carmelo Anthony has reached a deal to remain with the New York Knicks.
The team announced Sunday that it had re-signed Anthony, but did not disclose terms.
The contract will be for more than $122 million but less than the five-year, $129 million max figure, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard on Saturday.