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Ginobili thinking about Italy, Diaw thinking about France

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With the current stalemate in NBA labor discussions, guys who were casually considering going to Europe to play during the lockout are suddenly not so casual. They aren’t ready to commit to a relationship yet (what man is?) but things are getting serious.

That includes Manu Ginobili, the Spurs star who just led his native Argentina to the FIBA Americas title and a 2012 Olympics berth. (Sure, Luis Scola had a little to do with that, if you want the truth.)

Ginobili has been courted to return to Europe — Italy specifically — and he is seriously considering it according to (translation via Hoopshype).

“(Virtus Bologna) called my agent and told him they wanted me on board. A lot of things came to my mind and for a second thought about it because of all the things I went through there, but I will evaluate (the option) going forward.”

According to (via I am a GM) Ginobili will make his decision in early October. Makes sense, by then we’ll have an idea just how ugly this lockout will be (and it’s not pretty now).

Then there is Boris Diaw, who is still in Lithuania playing for France at EuroBasket (France has advanced to the semi-finals). When that is over he told he may stay in France and play for his hometown team during the lockout.

“If there is a lockout I will play in France with my hometown team in Bordeaux,” Diaw told on Sunday afternoon in Vilnius, Lithuania, shortly after the French National Team lost to Spain, 96-69.

“For sure I would go ahead and play with them. For me the decision is easy.”

Luckily for Diaw he knows JSA Bordeaux’s front office very well. Diaw is the team president of the club.

He can probably swing at least a tryout, then.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.