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Gregg Popovich will coach Team Africa in exhibition against Team World featuring Gasol brothers


We already knew Luol Deng (Team Africa) and Chris Paul (Team World) would serve as captains in the NBA’s first exhibition game in Africa.

Who else will participate in that Aug. 1 contest in Johannesburg, South Africa?

NBA release:

Team Africa, comprised of players born in Africa and second-generation African players, will feature team captain and two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng (Miami Heat; Great Britain; born in South Sudan), Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.; parents from Nigeria), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; parents from Nigeria), Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets; France; parent from Cameroon), Bismack Biyombo (Toronto Raptors; Democratic Republic of the Congo), Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs; France; parent from Senegal), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal), Festus Ezeli (Golden State Warriors; Nigeria), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder; Congo)*, and Luc Mbah a Moute (Sacramento Kings; Cameroon).


Team World, comprised of players from the rest of the world, will feature team captain, NBPA President and eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers; U.S.), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards; U.S.), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets; U.S.),Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies; Spain), Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls; Spain), Jeff Green (Memphis Grizzlies; U.S.), Marcus Smart(Boston Celtics; U.S.), Evan Turner (Boston Celtics; U.S.) and Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic; Montenegro).

Five-time NBA Champion Gregg Popovich will coach Team Africa, with 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams serving as assistant coaches.  Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King and Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri are the Team Africa general managers, with Eric Waters (Washington Wizards) serving as the team’s athletic trainer.

Brooklyn Nets Coach Lionel Hollins will coach Team World, with Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens serving as assistant coach.  San Antonio Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford is the Team World general manager, while Keon Weise (Orlando Magic) will be the team’s athletic trainer.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will attend the game along with NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and NBA Africa Ambassador Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria).

There’s a good amount of talent on both teams and coaching staffs – which speaks to just how far basketball has come in Africa and how committed the NBA is to growing it further.

Exhibition games are always hit or miss, but I’m looking forward to watching this one.

Report: Grizzlies pursuing trade for Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari

The Nuggets are shopping Danilo Gallinari ahead of the draft, and ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that the Grizzlies, who badly need shooting, are a team that’s expected to be in the hunt.

Gallinari would be a great fit in Memphis, where outside shooting has been an issue for several years. Jeff Green’s $9.4 million salary goes most of the way towards matching Gallinari’s $11.5 million next season, so there could be a fit there.

Report: Grizzlies trade Luke Ridnour to Hornets for Matt Barnes

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers

The Thunder trading Jeremy Lamb for Matt Barnes?

Never mind.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

It looks like the Grizzlies traded for Luke Ridnour yesterday just to get his unguaranteed contract. The Hornets are likely doing the same.

Charlotte can waive Ridnour at no cost (or flip him again if another deal emerges). Waiving Barnes would have meant paying his $1 million guarantee.

Barnes should stick in Memphis, where he’ll provide useful depth on the wing. With Jeff Green opting in, the Grizzlies didn’t have much flexibility to seek help elsewhere. They did pretty good for themselves with this deal.