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2014-15 NBA schedule released
The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.
What is Clippers' future?
The future of the Los Angeles Clippers became clearer Tuesday, when the NBA announced that Steve Ballmer's $2 billion bid to purchase the team had been accepted and closed. Gone, pending appeal, is the controversial reign of Donald Sterling. Now the team moves forward, with a popular owner, a title-winning head coach in Doc Rivers and a talented core featuring Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. What do you expect from what long has been L.A.'s distant-second basketball franchise?
Durant out of FIBA World Cup
Team USA suffered another high-profile loss Thursday, although this one was decidedly less frightening: Citing "physical and mental fatigue," Oklahoma City Thunder star and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant has pulled out of the FIBA World Cup. Paul George, who sustained a horrific leg injury last week, also will miss the Barcelona tournament, the winner of which earns an automatic bid into the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Cavs, Wolves agree to Love trade
It can't be completed until Aug. 23, but the Cavaliers and Timberwolves have agreed in principle on a Kevin Love trade that includes Love opting out of his contract and signing a five-year deal with the Cavaliers next summer. Love would join LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on the Cavaliers, while Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett (plus a first-round pick in 2015) will try to bring the Timberwolves back to the playoffs. There's no telling what could come of this -- Love is an excellent player, but Wiggins could end up being a superstar, and there's no guarantee whether James' second version of a big three will work out as well as the first.