Irving helps US to ugly 80-45 win over Venezuela (The Associated Press)

Kyrie Irving scored 13 points, DeMarcus Cousins powered a dominant performance in the paint, and the United States pulled away from Venezuela for an ugly 80-45 exhibition victory Friday night. Coming off three straight flashy victories in Las Vegas and California, the United States shot 42.4 percent from the field and committed 13 turnovers in by far its worst offensive performance of its five-city tour in preparation for next week’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Returning to Chicago for the first time with the U.S. national team, Bulls star Jimmy Butler was cheered every time he was announced at the United Center.

Adam Silver doesn't love the 1+1 deals signed by LeBron and Durant (Ball Don’t Lie)

One of the weirdest things about Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors is that he’s not committed to his new club past the 2016-17 season. Durant signed a two-year deal with Golden State that includes a player option on the second season, and no one believes he’ll actually accept it. LeBron James has signed similar deals with the Cleveland Cavaliers in each of the past two offseasons, and he figures to do the same thing in upcoming weeks in advance of getting his own record-shattering contract next summer.

Wade excited to join hometown Bulls (The Associated Press)

When Dwyane Wade was a free agent in 2010, he got a Chicago Bulls jersey when he met with his hometown team. The long dance between Wade and the Bulls took the next step when he was officially introduced as a member of his favorite team growing up in the Windy City. The 12-time All-Star had two workouts with the Bulls before he was drafted by Miami in 2003, and then had two more meetings with the team before deciding to stay with the Heat six years ago.

Phil Jackson: Modern players 'lack the skills to play the triangle' (Ball Don’t Lie)

Phil Jackson watches the kids just fritter it all away. In this case, as is usually the case, it’s New York Knicks president Phil Jackson. The man that grew up playing under Bill Fitch and Red Holzman’s pass-heavy offenses prior to falling in love with Tex Winter’s triangle offense during the mid-1980s (after being hired to work alongside Winter as a Chicago Bulls assistant coach) doesn’t think modern players are suited for the offense he’d hoped to bring to New York.

Derrick Rose loses motion, will face trial in civil gang-rape suit (Ball Don’t Lie)

Derrick Rose is displayed on the screen of a video camera as he speaks during a news conference at Madison Square Garden, Friday, June 24, 2016, in New York. A federal judge on Wednesday denied Derrick Rose’s motion to dismiss a civil lawsuit alleging he and two other men drugged a woman, broke into her apartment and raped her, meaning the case against the New York Knicks point guard will proceed to trial.

Jimmy Butler doesn't mind being left in the dark with trade rumors (Ball Don’t Lie)

Jimmy Butler takes on the questions. On the NBA’s 2016 draft night, for the first hour of the proceedings at least, the name on everyone’s lips was “Jimmy Butler.” Everyone knew Ben Simmons would be taken No. 1 overall by Philadelphia, Woj already had picks 1-through-19 (all 19-year olds, incidentally) tweeted out, but just about every other tweet besides those in the moments leading up to the draft had the Chicago Bulls swingman potentially on his way toward either Boston or, in a new twist, a Minnesota Timberwolves team fronted by ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Chicago fans were apoplectic at the thought of dealing a player who averages over 20 points while playing standout defense for a prospect that someday could average over 20 points while playing standout defense, but such is the lack of faith Bulls fans have in their team’s front office that many expected a deal to eventually be agreed upon.

Why Amar’e Stoudemire retired with the Knicks and not the Suns (Ball Don’t Lie)

Amare Stoudemire reacts to a foul during Game 4 of the 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals. When Amar’e Stoudemire announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday, many fans wondered why the six-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection decided to do so after signing a ceremonial one-day contract with the New York Knicks rather than invisible-inking one with the Phoenix Suns. To hear Stoudemire tell it, his choice might not really have been a choice at all.

Back in Chicago, Dwyane Wade hits stage in Lollapalooza surprise (Ball Don’t Lie)

Dwyane Wade performs on-stage at the Bud Light Stage Moment at Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Three weeks after agreeing to terms on one of the more stunning deals of the summer, the Chicago Bulls will introduce Dwyane Wade at a Friday afternoon press conference. The All-Star shooting guard got to town a bit early, though — early enough to check out a crosstown interleague baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, and to make a special appearance at the opening of Lollapalooza, the massive music festival held each summer in Chicago’s Grant Park.

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