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  • Big news for Damian Lillard, via Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com: “Portland Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard continues to take the league by storm and now he’s well on his way to taking his game global. CSNNW.com has learned that the three-time NBA Rookie of the Month and NBA Skills Challenge champion is on the verge of being invited to participate in the USA Men’s Basketball National Team mini camp. ‘Damian is definitely on our radar,’ Director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo told CSNNW.com. ‘He’s one of the bright young stars we have in this game and certainly his chances are very high that he makes our list.’ Colangelo says he will announce the names of those selected sometime after the season. The mini camp will run for four days beginning in late July in Las Vegas after NBA Summer League and will consist of 20-22 up-and-coming players that will be split up into two separate teams, blue and white.”
    • The Knicks have signed Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract, which I’d like to make a 2004-related joke about, but we all did that before the season and look where the Knicks are now. Here’s Marc Berman of the New York Post getting Carmelo Anthony’s thoughts on the signing: “Though Anthony once touted Ronnie Brewer in October as the Knicks’ unsung signing, he welcomed with open arms his former Denver teammate, Kenyon Martin, who replaced Brewer on the roster. ‘If he’s in shape and locked in, I think he can be a big attribute to this team,’ Anthony said before last night’s defeat. ‘I’ve been able to play with him for a few years and I know from a basketball standpoint what he brings to the game when he’s locked in and focused. I haven’t talked to him yet. People that I know have spoken to him and say he’s been playing and he’s in shape, ready and focused. As long as that’s the plan, we’re all for it.’ At Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, Grunwald shipped Brewer to Oklahoma City to open up a roster spot for Martin, a free agent who hasn’t played all season, but has been working out in Los Angeles and could debut tomorrow against Philadelphia at the Garden. Martin was back in New York yesterday finalizing his physical.”
    • Dunlap said he'll definitely lean toward young guys rest of season: "These guys will continue to get those minutes.''
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    • Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News has a couple interesting tidbits about the Bucks today: “Now that J.J. Redick is a Buck and is going to get a long-term deal from the team this summer, what happens to Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings? They could be gone. Jennings hopes to land in Dallas via a free-agent deal this summer and the Mavs would love to get him, but he’s restricted. Ellis was the centerpiece of the offer for Josh Smith.”
    • The Celtics picked up Jordan Crawford at the deadline. How is he taking his move out of Washington? Here’s Michael Lee of the Washington Post: “Crawford averaged 13.2 points this season but had no interest in playing limited minutes for a team that allowed him to average nearly 36 minutes in December, when he contributed 19.1 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds. He certainly needed a change of scenery after wearing out his welcome with Coach Randy Wittman, who didn’t want him around to disrupt the progress of Bradley Beal or even the improved play of Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza. ‘The situation arose, the minutes weren’t what I think he wanted and what it was at one time. It changed. And that happens all the time in this game,’ Wittman said. ‘Roles fluctuate and in this business, you got to stay committed, no matter if it’s happening good for you or not. That’s the main thing. That applies to all of our guys. Being in this league as long as I have, I’ve seen guys play 13, 14 years, just by taking that approach.’ In Boston, Crawford will be back around veterans, as he was his first few months in Atlanta. But as a slightly more established player, he will be looked upon to give them more quality minutes. ‘It can benefit me a lot, because I’m only in my third year, so still a lot to learn, with a lot of guys that know how to play the game of basketball, make it easier on you,’ Crawford said, adding that his role is to ‘just to come in, be myself, compete. And help this team. They are doing a great job, pulling out a lot of wins with a depleted lineup. Just come in and try to help with whatever they need.’ “

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    Dan Malone is a third-year journalism student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He blogs, edits and learns things on the fly for Sheridan Hoops. Follow him on Twitter.

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