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Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza, right, looks to pass ball under pressure from Denver Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Sunday, March 23, 2014. The Nuggets won 105-102. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller, San Antonio Spurs point guard Cory Joseph and Matt Bonner, right, battle for a loose ball during the first half at Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Former major league outfielder Billy Bean speaks during a news conference at baseball's All-Star game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis. Major League Baseball has appointed Bean, who came out as gay after his playing career, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater inclusion and equality. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Source: Wolves, Warriors restart talks on Love trade
LAS VEGAS – A person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors restarted trade talks for All-Star forward Kevin Love.
Timberwolves President and Coach Flip Saunders was seen talking to Warriors GM Bob Myers during summer league play in Las Vegas on Sunday.
The two teams had been going back and forth with proposals involving Love since before the draft. But the Warriors’ reluctance to include shooting guard Klay Thompson in any package to Minnesota was considered a deal-breaker for the Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves also have been talking to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who so far have been unwilling to include Andrew Wiggins in any offer.
Wizards send Ariza to Houston in three-team trade
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Trevor Ariza will join the Rockets as part of a three-team trade also involving the Pelicans and Wizards.
Houston will send center Omer Asik, forward Omri Casspi and cash considerations to New Orleans.
Washington will receive center Melvin Ely and a trade exception as part of yesterday’s trade, in which the Wizards will sign Ariza before sending him to Houston. The Rockets also get forward Alonzo Gee, guard Scotty Hopson and a 2015 first-round draft pick from New Orleans.
Ariza averaged 14.4 points last season for Washington. Asik averaged 5.8 points for Houston, a year after averaging a career-best 10.1 points.
Source: Miller, Cavaliers agree to two-year deal
CLEVELAND – A person familiar with the negotiations said free agent Mike Miller agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Cavaliers, re-uniting him with superstar LeBron James.
Miller reached the agreement with the Cavs yesterday, according to the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not commented on the deal. Miller’s contract includes a player option in the second year.
Miller was teammates for three seasons with James in Miami. Last season, Miller played in 82 games for Memphis. He shot 46 percent (107-of-233) on 3-pointers.
Bulls use amnesty clause to release forward Boozer
CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls used the amnesty clause to cut forward Carlos Boozer after four seasons with the team.
The Bulls also waived forward Lou Amundson and guards Ronnie Brewer and Mike James yesterday. They are clearing salary-cap space to make room for the signing of free-agent center Pau Gasol and the first NBA contract for 2011 draft pick Nikola Mirotic.
Boozer came to the Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal with Utah in July 2010. He had one season left on a five-year deal worth roughly $75 million.
The amnesty clause allows a team to waive one player during the current labor deal and have 100 percent of his salary taken off the cap and the tax. Boozer is still owed the money.
Thunder signs guard Telfair
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder signed free agent point guard Sebastian Telfair.
The Thunder made the announcement in a news release yesterday. Terms were not disclosed.
Telfair joins the Thunder after spending last season with Tianjin Ronggang in China, where he averaged 26.1 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals.
The 13th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, Telfair owns career averages of 7.4 points, 3.5 assists, 1.6 rebounds during nine seasons with Portland, Boston, Minnesota, the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland, Phoenix and Toronto.
Ex-outfielder Bean appointed consultant for inclusion
MINNEAPOLIS – Major League Baseball appointed former outfielder Billy Bean, who came out as gay after his playing career, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater inclusion and equality.
Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement yesterday before the All-Star game.
Joining Bean and Selig at a news conference was Lutha Burke, the sister of Glenn Burke, who was the first MLB player to come out as gay after retiring. Burke died in 1995.
Bean will provide guidance and training related to efforts designed to support the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community throughout baseball. He’ll work with players and front office personnel through the major and minor leagues.
Bean played for Detroit, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego over parts of six seasons and hit .226. He dedicated his autobiography to Burke.
Predators sign Ribeiro, Roy to one-year contracts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators signed veteran forwards Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to one-year contracts.
Both signings were announced yesterday. Ribeiro’s contract is worth $1.05 million. Roy’s is worth $1 million.
Ribeiro had 16 goals and 31 assists in 80 games for the Phoenix Coyotes last season. He has 202 goals and 454 assists in 865 career regular-season games.
Roy had nine goals and 28 assists in 75 games for the St. Louis Blues last season. He has 177 goals and 315 assists in 666 career regular-season games.
Top-seeded Wozniacki easily advances in Istanbul
ISTANBUL – Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark easily advanced to the second round of the Istanbul Cup, defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, 6-0, 6-0, yesterday.
Second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy also won comfortably, beating Anna Tatishvili of the United States, 6-2, 6-2, at the Koza World of Sport Complex.
Ana Konjuh of Croatia needed three sets to oust fifth-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The hardcourt Istanbul Cup has rejoined the WTA calendar after a three-year break during which time the Turkish city hosted the WTA finals.
Kontaveit ousts top-seeded Cornet at Swedish Open
BASTAD, Sweden – Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit upset top-seeded Alize Cornet of France, 7-6 (3), 6-3, yesterday in the first round of the Swedish Open.
The pair broke each other’s serve twice in the first set before the 161st-ranked Kontaveit won the tiebreaker against the 21st-ranked Cornet. The 18-year-old Kontaveit next faces Jana Cepelova of Slovakia.
Cornet wasn’t the only seeded player to go out yesterday. Laura Siegemund of Germany defeated fourth-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, 7-5, 6-3, while Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands beat fifth-seeded Slovakian Anna Schmiedlova, 6-3, 6-1.
Also, Germany’s Dina Pfizenmaier advanced to the second round by defeating two-time winner and eighth-seeded Polona Hercog of Slovenia, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
However, sixth-seeded Annika Beck of Germany beat Poland’s Katarzyna Piter 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 after breaking her serve 10 times.