Rose has to push past physical doubts

July, 30, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- After dealing with a litany of injuries that have limited him to playing in just 49 games over the past three seasons, Derrick Rose finds himself at a crossroads in his career as he continues training with Team USA this week.

The Chicago Bulls star must prove to himself -- and the rest of the basketball world -- that his body can withstand the grind of a long NBA season. He knows that plenty of people are doubting whether this can happen, but he is ready to embark on the long journey because he is confident he can't do any more to prepare his body for what is to come.

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Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesTom Thibodeau hopes Derrick Rose's experience with Team USA can have the same impact as his time with the 2010 team.
"I joke around with my trainer all the time," Rose said. "I think I could train someone to tell you the truth."

Rose understands that after missing most of the past three seasons, and playing in just 10 games in the past two seasons, he is going to have some tough days. His teammates and coaches have raved about his performance during the first two days of Team USA camp, but the 25-year-old Rose knows that every day will be different. That's the reason why he's trying to stay even-keeled about the expectations surrounding him.

"But getting through them down days, that's what going to make me a stronger player I think," he said. "I can't be down on it, just like (Monday). Yesterday is yesterday and today is in the past now, too. I got to look forward to what we got going on tonight, I got to get acupuncture, I got to get a massage. (Wednesday) I've got a practice and it starts all over again."

Every step Rose takes on the floor this week in Las Vegas is being watched carefully by Bulls personnel. Bulls' Director of Sports Performance Jen Swanson is in town to work with Rose. Bulls executive VP John Paxson was on hand Monday to check on Rose during Team USA's first practice. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, who also serves as an assistant coach for Team USA, is constantly checking on his star player during practices to make sure he's feeling OK.

The Bulls are doing everything they can to protect Rose from another injury which makes the physical and mental preparation beforehand even more important. But even Rose acknowledged that when those rough days eventually come, it likely will be because of something that he's dealing with physically instead of what he accomplishes on the floor.

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Derrick Rose in form at U.S. camp

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LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose says his confidence is "through the roof," and he's looking forward to proving his doubters wrong this season as he tries to make his way back from two serious knee injuries.

Rose, who has played just 10 games in the past two seasons because of a torn ACL in his left knee in April 2012 and a torn meniscus in his right knee in November 2013, is confident he will return to being the player he was before the injuries.

He is in Team USA's training camp this week as the group prepares for the World Cup of Basketball in late August in Spain.

"I'm there, man," Rose said, when asked how close he is to playing like his old self. "I'm not worried about that. My confidence is very high, and that's the only thing you might see this year -- that my confidence level is through the roof."

Rose, who hasn't played in an NBA game since Nov. 22, said he felt no pain in his knee during Team USA's first practice on Monday. Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski said there were no restrictions on Rose, and he was very pleased with what he saw.

"I was ecstatic about watching him today," Krzyzewski said. "He's better than four years ago. Four years ago, he was 21, and he was just on the verge of becoming who he was going to be. But he had a great practice today. You don't practice like this [every day]. He hasn't been in practices like this. Now [we'll] watch what he does for the next few days."

Rose is emboldened by how much time he has spent working on his body -- and his game -- the past couple years. He said the presence of his baby son, Derrick Jr., has helped give him balance as he tries to make another comeback from his latest injury.


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McDermott trying to block out trade talk

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LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Bulls rookie Doug McDermott is learning very quickly about the business side of basketball.

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AP Photo/John LocherHe says he gets asked about trade rumors a lot, but Doug McDermott is trying to block it all out.
In recent weeks, the Bulls' first-round draft pick has seen his name surface in trade rumors that would send him to the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with other pieces, in exchange for star big man Kevin Love. McDermott, who is a member of the USA Select team practicing against the USA national team this week, admits that he is getting asked about the trade talk a lot these days.

"To be honest, I get asked about it," he said. "I don't really ask anyone. I try and stay off Twitter, and I think a lot of people ask me, text me, some of my friends, but I just ignore it, and whatever happens, happens."

The speculation regarding McDermott's future intensified after his stellar performance in the Vegas Summer League earlier this month when he averaged 18 points a game and showed his shooting range. But the 22-year-old McDermott is trying to take all the talk in stride.

"I didn't really pay attention to it much," he said. "I think rumors happen a lot. There's been a lot this offseason. So you just got to stay patient, you can't really read into that stuff. I'm just focused on what I can do to become better."

What that means is that McDermott will continue to make a bigger name for himself by doing what he did throughout college: knock down jumpers. His close friend and fellow Creighton alumnus Kyle Korver believes McDermott is mature enough to handle anything that's thrown at him.

"He takes the game very serious," Korver said. "He plays with a chip on his shoulder. He plays with an edge. He wants to be really good, and he's going to work for it. He doesn't just want it. He wants to work for it. He's got a great skill set, obviously, in how he can shoot and how he sees the floor. He dealt with every kind of defense [in college]. He's been prepared for the NBA in so many ways just in how he was guarded all the time, the pressure that was on him in Omaha at Creighton. He's a younger guy, but emotionally he's very mature."

McDermott is just trying to enjoy the experience of playing with some of the best players in the game this week in Vegas.

"It's definitely a challenge, but it can only help a guy like me who's getting his NBA career started," McDermott said.

Leadership role suits Rose with Team USA

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Derrick RoseAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesDerrick Rose "leads by example by how hard he plays, how much he cares," Kevin Durant says.
LAS VEGAS -- On Monday, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said he hoped Derrick Rose, along with Kevin Durant, would take on a leadership role on his star-laden team, but he cautioned that the Chicago Bulls star had to "find himself first" as he works his way back from a second knee surgery.

Less than 24 hours later, Krzyzewski had seen enough of Rose to know he can count on the former MVP, who, along with Durant, James Harden and Anthony Davis, is one of the few players on the roster with significant, competitive Team USA experience now that Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook have withdrawn.

"He's found himself," Krzyzewski said Tuesday. "I think the main thing for Derrick leadership-wise is to be Derrick. And then he'll flow into what he's doing. Guys look up to Derrick because they know the last couple years what he's been through. And then when they see him playing like he is right now, you get the respect of everybody but also a lot of confidence in playing with him."

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Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesDerrick Rose has quickly made his mark at Team USA training camp this week in Vegas.
The biggest surprise of the first two days of Team USA's camp is just how good Rose has looked after playing just 49 NBA games over the past three seasons because of two knee surgeries. Team USA assistant coach Jim Boeheim said Rose has been the "most impressive" guy in camp. It's that performance that will make the transformation from player to leader so much easier for the soft-spoken Rose.

Just four short years ago, Rose's name was being mentioned as one of the faces of USA Basketball. After all the ups and downs his career has taken since then, a leadership role on his national team is something he is embracing.

"For sure," Rose said. "I think that's going to help me next year with our team with the Bulls. Being more vocal, talking to the guys, just inspiring guys when I'm on the court. I don't talk as much, but when I talk, guys listen a little bit, so I'm starting to pay attention to that and use that in a way to change the game."

Rose's ability to lead on the floor without having to say as much has impressed Durant for years. The Oklahoma City Thunder star has always respected Rose's approach to the game and believes his teammate is better than he was during the 2010 world championships when Rose started all nine games, averaging a team-high 3.2 assists as Team USA won the gold, its first since 1994.

"Different guys lead different ways," Durant said. "Derrick is not like a 'rah-rah' type of player, screaming in guys' faces [or] yelling. But he leads by example by how hard he plays, how much he cares. He'll be vocal here and there, but you could tell when it's time to go, he's going to be ready. It's great to play alongside him."

Krzyzewski seems to relish the chance to coach Rose. He has beamed with pride while discussing Rose's game over the past couple of days, and he knows he has a role in helping Rose return to form on the floor.

So how does Krzyzewski help Rose find himself?

"You try to help him to not overplay him," Krzyzewski said. "In other words, not minutes, but give him the freedom to follow his instincts. Derrick has great instincts, and you don't want to play defense on him by making him just a half-court player or calling out plays and stuff. You still want to do part of that, but you also want to let him go, and that's what we're trying to do. That's what I told him, don't be perfect. You don't have to perfect. Just play, follow your instincts. He wants to please so badly. I love Derrick. I loved coaching him in [2010], and we have a great relationship. And he's been fabulous in these two days, which is a big pick-me-up for our squad."

Rose has tried to brush off some of the praise coming his way, but it's evident in the glowing reviews he continues to get from his peers that he is at the forefront of Team USA's plans. Those closest to him just want to make sure he isn't putting too much pressure on himself on and off the floor.

"I think that's the biggest challenge for him is just showing more patience and finding the rhythm of the game," Bulls head coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said. "When he does that, the game is a lot easier, and that's the way we really want him to play, and I think he has the benefit of having gone through coming back last year. And so I think he learned from that. I think he's better prepared this time around. His body looks great, and he says he feels great. So you just keep going day by day."

That's music to Krzyzewski's ears. He isn't shocked by the fact that Rose has returned to form so quickly. He's just hoping that Rose can take the next step in his leadership development as well.

"I don't know [if I'd say] surprised. Happy," Krzyzewski said of Rose's play. "Very pleased. Nothing that he does will ever surprise me because he's one of the elite players, and he's a fabulous kid. Not a good kid. He's a fabulous young man. ... He's a fabulous guy. A team player."

Free-agency winners, losers

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Let the record show that 2014 felt like the longest offseason ever. As I am typing this column, Kevin Love remains untraded, Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe remain unsigned, and the Lakers named their head coach (Byron Scott) only a few days ago.

Still, most of the desirable free agents are off the market, and teams have a much clearer vision of what their rosters will look like on opening night. In a perfect world, we would wait until sometime during the season before passing judgment on the free-agent signings of summer 2014, but we live in an imperfect world, friends, so let the judging begin.

Here are the biggest winners and losers of NBA free agency.


Winners (in alphabetical order)

Charlotte Hornets
Main signees: Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams, Brian Roberts

Flashback to 12 months ago and not many people would have expected Charlotte to be on this list so soon. But the free-agency steal of 2013 (signing Al Jefferson) and a shrewd coach hiring (Steve Clifford) gave the then-Bobcats their most successful season to date -- more successful than the 2009-10 outfit that won one more game -- because this team has a chance for sustained success.

Rose Reaction: Day 2 of Team USA camp

July, 29, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- The praise for Derrick Rose's game continued on Tuesday during Day 2 of Team USA camp. No matter which player or coach spoke, they all discussed how impressive Rose has been during his first two days of camp. Let's take a quick look at some of the highlights from Rose's day:

In Rose's words: On the biggest difference he felt in his game from Monday to Tuesday: "I think it was the same. Just trying to keep on improving and just happy to be here. Happy that the USA team gave me an opportunity to be here and show everything. And just trying to get in a groove with my guys, learn guys' tendencies when I'm playing with them because the coaching staff has been switching up teams and really just trying to live it up."

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Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images"I think he's found his rhythm," team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said of Derrick Rose's performance in two days of camp.
On his scrimmage performance: "I think both days were the same. I think I had one turnover both days and as a point guard that's the only thing that I'm worrying about right now. Making sure that I'm pressuring the ball full-court and making sure that turnovers are low and making sure I'm getting guys the ball when they need it."

In Thibs' words: On Rose's day: "The biggest thing is each day for him to get more comfortable. I think he's found his rhythm. There's a lot of guys out there doing great things. I think the thing that makes them all so special is their willingness to make plays for each other."

On Rose's game evolving: "I think that's the biggest challenge for him is just showing more patience and finding the rhythm of the game. When he does that the game is a lot easier and that's the way we really want him to play and I think he has the benefit of having gone through coming back last year. And so I think he learned from that, I think he's better prepared this time around. His body looks great and he says he feels great. So you just keep going day by day."

In Coach K's words: On the differences between Rose's game on Monday and Tuesday: "He was phenomenal [Monday] and he was today, too. He hasn't held anything back. The neat thing about today was we went hard [Monday] and we went hard today and he hasn't been in this [practice] environment and he was as good or better today."

Teammates' reaction: Bulls rookie and Team USA Select member Doug McDermott on Rose's performance: "He's looked really good. He's one of the best players here and he definitely showed that the last couple days so it's great to see obviously."

Derrick Rose draws more praise

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LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose continued to open eyes Tuesday in Team USA's training camp as he makes his way back from the torn meniscus in his right knee that cost him all but 10 games of the past season.

Rose, who has played in just 49 games over the past three seasons because of various injuries, including two severe knee injuries, earned praise from all corners of the Mendenhall Center on UNLV's campus.

"That's my biggest surprise coming in here," Syracuse coach and Team USA assistant Jim Boeheim told ESPNChicago.com, in reference to Rose's performance. "The one thing I was worried about is whether he would be able to step in after so much time [off]. He looks, to me, as good as when we had him in the world championship in '10, when he was at full strength coming [into] an MVP year. He looks very, very good. Obviously, [when] he gets in some games, it will be a little different, but it's not like he hasn't had success in games. He had a lot of success.

"He's been the most impressive guy here."

In just two days, Rose seems to have reminded the basketball world just how talented he can be when he's healthy.

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski echoed Boeheim's praise.

"He was phenomenal [Monday], and he was today, too," Krzyzewski said. "He hasn't held anything back. The neat thing about today was we went hard [Monday] and we went hard today, and he hasn't been in this [practice] environment, and he was as good or better today."

The thing that has impressed Krzyzewski most is the way Rose has attacked the competition. The former MVP is trying to be one of the 12 players who will make up Team USA at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in late August in Spain.

"He's gone after people," Krzyzewski said. "[Shying away from contact] ain't happening. He's going after everybody, and he's really going hard. His movement on defense has been spectacular. When we started practice [Monday], what he did defensively -- whoa. It picked everybody up. You don't play that type of defense in the NBA because you have to play 40 minutes and 100 games, but here if you play 20 minutes, that's a lot, but you don't have to play consecutively, so you can go to an extreme -- that's what he's doing. I think he's shown he has great balance and strength. He's stronger, and he has better balance, and he's shooting the ball great. I think he's been absolutely terrific these first two days."

For his part, Rose maintains he isn't surprised by his performance. He points to the work he has put into his rehab over the past eight months as the reason he is playing so well early on.

"I can be more aggressive, but I'm picking and choosing [and] just trying to see what the game needs," he said. "Just trying to play my type of game. I think when I first came in the league people were wondering if I could score, but on my team, I have to score. Here I can be really a point guard and really get guys in a groove and really get them in a rhythm to shoot the ball. So my job is to play defense, move the ball up the court and get guys open and shoot open shots."

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If the excitement surrounding Derrick Rose's performance at the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas turns out to be warranted, his return to prominence could prove to be the biggest news of the Chicago Bulls' offseason. Indeed, any hopes that Chicago has for climbing back into contention are contingent upon Rose returning to his All-Star form.

There's a long time to go between now and the regular season, but there could be no better late-summer news for Bulls fans than the hyperbole regarding Rose's practice form. A healthy Rose brings the Chicago roster into focus, and it's one that is a little more balanced and every bit as deep as the version the Bulls fielded during Rose's MVP season in 2010-11. However, it's not a perfect roster. It still has holes.

Here are six title contenders -- including the Bulls -- that still have glaring holes on their rosters. How will they fill them? Who's the best fit?


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'Smarter' Rose aims for patience in return

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LAS VEGAS -- Derrick Rose's game is going to change as he tries to make his way back from yet another knee injury, but it hasn't altered the Chicago Bulls star's mindset on the court.

The former MVP still believes he is the best player on the floor.

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AP Photo/John LocherDerrick Rose expressed confidence in his game Monday after his first practice with Team USA.
"If you're right there [in front of me], then I'm going to try to dunk," Rose said after Team USA's first practice Monday. "I don't care. My legs are healthy, so I'm not worried about injuring myself or anything. I'm just trying to do anything to win that game at that time."

But even Rose, 25, knows things will be different with this comeback. After playing in only 49 games the past three seasons, and only 10 in the past two seasons, things have changed.

So what are some of the biggest differences between today's Rose and the one from a few years ago?

"Body control," he said. "I'm able to control my body a little bit more, using my speed. Being smart with my speed, instead of just running wild out there. Just being smart. I'm a smarter player, but I'm mad it took me seven years to learn that."

Rose's outward confidence hasn't been shaken, but his game has shifted. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Rose won't try to force contact as much as he has in years past, a smart move, given his injury history.

"I think you will see that next year," he said. "Just trying to [keep] people off my body. I'm using a lot of floaters, using a lot of pull-ups, stuff like that so that I won't get touched as much."

The biggest key in the minds of Rose and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is that Rose is playing with more patience.

"I think when I came back last time I wanted it too bad," Rose said. "I was trying to force the game. And this time around I'm just trying to let the game come to me. Of course, be aggressive, but at the same time have control of the game and be smarter. And being able to run the team at the point guard position."

Rose emerged as a superstar in the 2010-11 season when he became the youngest NBA MVP in history after averaging 25 points and 7.7 assists in leading the Bulls to the best record in the NBA. After missing the entire 2012-13 season after ACL surgery, Rose's comeback lasted just 10 games last season. He showed flashes of his old explosive self in averaging 15.9 points on 35 percent shooting but was still trying to get his game back when he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in November 2013.

After practicing with the Bulls late last season, he has continued to rehab the knee, with the Team USA training camp his latest step. Rose is not assured a spot on the team, which also has fellow combo guards John Wall, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry.

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski came away impressed by Rose after the first day of practice.

"I was ecstatic about watching him today," Krzyzewski said. "He's better than four years ago. Four years ago, he was 21, and he was just on the verge of becoming who he was going to be. But he had a great practice today. You don't practice like this [every day]. He hasn't been in practices like this. Now [we'll] watch what he does for the next few days."

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Thibodeau is happy Rose is coming back into this kind of environment with Team USA because he knows his star isn't going to have as much offensive pressure as he normally would with the Bulls. He said Rose has learned from his first comeback attempt.

"Derrick's very bright," Thibodeau said. "I think he's learned from each situation that he's been in. So that was his first comeback really [last year], and I think he had the opportunity to look back and say, 'OK, this is how I want to approach it this time.' So I think he's grown from it. I think the adversity has made him a lot stronger mentally and he's playing patiently. I think he understands exactly where he is."

When he returns to the Bulls in September for training camp, Rose is excited about the prospect of spending even more time playing off the ball with Kirk Hinrich or new acquisition Aaron Brooks running the point. That can only help take some of the pressure off Rose.

"Catch and shoot," Rose said. "Hell yeah. I've been doing a lot of catch and shooting, running off floppy [sets]. Just trying to make the game simple. Find ways to score, or find ways to affect the game by not scoring. And me playing the 2 sometimes, coming off a floppy, catching the ball getting to the hole, throwing [alley-]oops. Get other people open with just a live dribble. I think this year will be the first time I have played the most in my career with catching the ball and having a live dribble."

As Rose enters his seventh NBA season, he certainly has a lot to prove with a Bulls team, bolstered by offseason acquisitions Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and first-round pick Doug McDermott, that has title aspirations. Rose knows what it has taken to get back on the floor -- again -- and he seems at peace with his evolution as a player.

"I'm a totally different player, but it comes with experience," he said, "Just playing, playing through your mistakes. Just playing in an NBA game, you're going to learn. So I'm happy I have people around me to give me advice, learn from people, and I'm happy I have the IQ to actually learn."

Rose: Bulls 'contender' to win East

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Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesDerrick Rose said that though he was disappointed Carmelo Anthony did not sign with the Bulls, he is pleased with the teams' offseason acquisitions.

LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says he is happy with the moves the team made in upgrading its roster this summer and believes the Bulls are a "contender" to win the East.

"I think we have a contender," Rose said after Team USA's first practice Monday. "I wouldn't say ... (people) were saying put us at the top of the East or whatever, but we have a contender team. We know as a team what we were trying to do. We all have one goal. And individually, this whole summer I think everybody worked on their games, and everybody's trying to compete for that title next year."

Rose, who is trying to work his way back from a torn meniscus in his right knee that cost him all but 10 games of the past season, is confident in the direction the Bulls chose to go after missing out on New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. But he did say missing out on Anthony was tough.


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Derrick Rose in form at U.S. camp

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LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose says his confidence is "through the roof," and he's looking forward to proving his doubters wrong this season as he tries to make his way back from two serious knee injuries.

Rose, who has played just 10 games in the past two seasons because of a torn ACL in his left knee in April 2012 and a torn meniscus in his right knee in November 2013, is confident he will return to being the player he was before the injuries.

He is in Team USA's training camp this week as the group prepares for the World Cup of Basketball in late August in Spain.

"I'm there, man," Rose said, when asked how close he is to playing like his old self. "I'm not worried about that. My confidence is very high, and that's the only thing you might see this year -- that my confidence level is through the roof."

Rose, who hasn't played in an NBA game since Nov. 22, said he felt no pain in his knee during Team USA's first practice on Monday. Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski said there were no restrictions on Rose, and he was very pleased with what he saw.

"I was ecstatic about watching him today," Krzyzewski said. "He's better than four years ago. Four years ago, he was 21, and he was just on the verge of becoming who he was going to be. But he had a great practice today. You don't practice like this [every day]. He hasn't been in practices like this. Now [we'll] watch what he does for the next few days."

Rose is emboldened by how much time he has spent working on his body -- and his game -- the past couple years. He said the presence of his baby son, Derrick Jr., has helped give him balance as he tries to make another comeback from his latest injury.


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Minnesota eyes Thaddeus Young

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed interest in Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as a potential replacement for Kevin Love, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, while continuing to discuss trade proposals that would send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, have been exploring their options for acquiring Young from the Sixers, either through a separate transaction or as part of an expanded Love trade.

Whether Philadelphia proves willing to part with Young, though, remains to be seen.

Young has two years left on his contract, including a player option for the 2015-16 season, valued at a combined $19.3 million. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said in June that he anticipates Young starting next season in Philadelphia, but it's believed that the club is willing to move Young if the assets acquired in return are sufficiently attractive.

Because of his ongoing trade limbo with the Wolves, Love has removed himself from the Team USA squad that started training camp Monday in Las Vegas in advance of the FIBA Basketball World Cup that starts Aug. 30 in Spain. With Love widely expected to be dealt before the start of next season, both he and the Wolves deemed risking injury with the national team before a trade was consummated to be too risky.


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