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Bucks center Greg Monroe reportedly is available for the right deal.

The Bucks plan to continue pursuing a taker for center Greg Monroe well into training camp, league sources told Amico Hoops.

Several teams have expressed interest in Monroe but his contract has made a trade difficult, sources said.

The Kings are determined to move small forward Rudy Gay before the start of camp, several opposing executives informed Amico Hoops.

Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried is also said to be available, with the Thunder and Pelicans among the teams to express an interest, sources told Amico Hoops.

Former lottery pick and NBA guard Jimmer Fredette has agreed to a contract with the Shanghai Sharks of China, per international basketball reporter David Pick.

Hawks forward Paul Millsap to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on trade rumors: “It is what it is. I don’t dislike anybody in this organization. I still think they are stand-up people. I still think they are terrific people. Our relationship is going to be our relationship. We are still on good terms.” (Full report.)

Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett met with team owner Glen Taylor, but no resolution on Garnett’s future has been reached, per 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis.

The Knicks have signed undrafted guard Ron Baker (Wichita State) and D-League guard J.P. Tokoto, per team president Phil Jackson.

Per ESPN: “Ben Gordon will spend the next few weeks playing for Great Britain’s men’s national basketball team — with an eye on an NBA return. Gordon, 33, will suit up for Britain for the first time during qualifiers for Eurobasket 2017 next month. The 11-year NBA veteran hopes to help the British qualify for Europe’s biggest tournament while showing talent evaluators that he can still play at an elite level.”

Former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse is expected to be named head coach of Raptors 905, the Raptors’ D-League affiliate, per Upside & Motor.

Undrafted forward Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa State) has signed with the Raptors, per the team.

Journeyman NBA guard Elliot Williams has agreed to a one-year contract with the Warriors, per Yahoo Sports.

Swingman Shawn Dawson of Israeli club Maccabi Rishon turned down an invitation to attend training camp with the Wizards, per CSN MidAtlantic.

Here is a list of NBA players eligible for rookie-scale contract extensions, per Hoops Rumors.

Former NBA guard Andrew Goudelock has agreed to a contract with Israeli power Macabbi Tel Aviv, per Sportando.

The Timberwolves have hired former Grizzlies executive Noah Croom as assistant GM, per Croom had been working for Goodwin Sports agency, the website notes.

Former NBA second-round draft pick and Boston University guard Olivier Hanlen (Jazz) has agreed to a contract with French club Le Mans Basket, per Eurobasket News.

Former D-League guard Ramone Moore (Temple) has agreed to a contract with Australia club Melbourne United, per Amico Hoops.

Undrafted forward Jameel McKey (Iowa State) has agreed to a contract with the Perth Wildcats of Australia, per Amico Hoops.

Undrafted point guard Trey Davis (Massachusetts) has agreed to a contract with the Bakken Bears of Denmark, per Eurobasket News.

Monday’s News

Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Obviously, LeBron James was the driving force to the title. But James and the players believed in (Tyronn) Lue. One of the reasons for the firing of (David) Blatt was to take away the coaching excuse from the players.”

More from the Plain Dealer: “Many of them — not just James — had major doubts about Blatt. So did (David) Griffin, and it was Griffin’s decision to fire Blatt.”

Also per the Plain Dealer: “Kevin Durant joining Golden State makes the Warriors the favorite to win the title. That will motivate the Cavs, just as Stephen Curry winning the last two MVP awards has been an inspiration for James to keep reminding everyone who is the best player in the world.”

Former Cavaliers and D-League forward Kevin Jones (West Virginia) has agreed to a contract with Russian club Lokomotiv Kuban, per Amico Hoops.

Free agent point guard Ronnie Price (Suns) is likely to sign a two-year deal with the Thunder, per Basketball Insiders.

Recently retired NBA big man Amare Stoudemire has signed a two-year contract with Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem, per the team.

The Rockets will hold on to forward Michael Beasley, whose $1.4 contract becomes fully guaranteed Aug. 1, per ESPN.

The contract for Spurs forward Jonathon Simmons has also become full guaranteed for next season, per Sportando.

Per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “As of now the Heat roster is at 18 players, which means they need to waive three players, which most likely are Stefan Jankovic, Okaro White and Rodney McGruder. I think the best option is to trade Josh McRoberts so McGruder can stay.”

Per the Miami Herald: “Some nuggets on Heat addition Dion Waiters: The Heat is looking at him as a potential starter at shooting guard and his numbers are similar in 179 career games as a backup and 110 as a starter. But last season, he was far better as a backup, especially on threes (38.5 percent on threes as a backup, to 27.6 percent on threes as a starter).”

Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “In this summer of outrageous contracts, Waiters received a very modest deal. Now, he will start for Miami at shooting guard — in Dwyane Wade’s old spot. Wade has left the Heat for Chicago.” (Full column.)

The Celtics will likely wait until next season to decide whether to keep center Kelly Olynyk long term, per the Boston Globe.

Per “Gold comes in many forms. There is gold 14K and 24K. There is gold-plated, gold-filled, gold-wrapped, even gold-flecked candy that you can sink your gold tooth into. Then there is the kind of gold that Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and their friends will be looking to mine starting next week at the Rio Olympics. ‘It’s the gold standard,’ said forward Harrison Barnes. ‘It’s way up there.'”

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Former Ohio University forward Leon Williams has reached a contract agreement with Balikesir of Turkey, per Amico Hoops.

Ex-Miami (Ohio) guard William Hatcher will sign a contract with BC Partizan of Serbia, per Amico Hoops.

Undrafted guard Josh Adams (Wyoming) has agreed to a contract with Russian club Avtodor Saratov, per Amico Hoops.

Former Villanova point guard Maalik Wayns has agreed to a contract with Enisey Krasnoyarsk of Russia,  per Eurobasket News.

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