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Timberwolves' influx of young talent excited for season

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Three days after trading their best player, forward Kevin Love, to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team deal, the Minnesota Timberwolves introduced their newest players Tuesday in front of a friendly crowd at the Minnesota State Fair.

OKC unloads Thabeet to Philly

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The Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday traded their third-string center Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia for a $1.25 million trade exception. The Thunder also will receive a heavily protected 2015 second-round draft pick.

Love plans long-term relationship with Cavs

LeBron James, Kevin Love, April 2014

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The newest member of new-look Cleveland Cavaliers was introduced to the media on Tuesday and Kevin Love said he is committed to playing for the team long term.

Lillard on cover of NBA Live 15

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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has been selected for the cover of NBA Live 15 by EA Sports.

Irving get start at PG vs. Slovenia

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Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers will start at point guard for Team USA on Tuesday against Slovenia in its final tuneup heading into the FIBA World Cup.

Kevin Love joins LeBron on Cavaliers

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves, 2014

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Love is all LeBron needs.

Wolves expect to get Young in Love trade

LeBron James, Kevin Love, April 2014

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The 30-day waiting period on the Kevin Love trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers ends Saturday and the Minnesota Timberwolves expect to land Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young in addition to No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, according to multiple reports.

Rose plans to play for Team USA Friday

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Team USA point guard Derrick Rose expects to play in Friday night's game against Puerto Rico in New York after sitting out Wednesday's exhibition to rest his knees.

Rose sits out Team USA exhibition

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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose was held out of Team USA's exhibition game Wednesday night against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden in New York as a late scratch.

NBA roundup: Veteran ref Bavetta retires

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Longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta is hanging up his whistle after 39 years.

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