The U.S. squad for the 2012 Olympics has been hit hard by injuries, but Team USA isn't the only country that will see NBA players miss the London games. Already facing concerns over Tony Parker's health, France will be without Joakim Noah this summer, the Bulls big man told L'Equipe (French link). K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune confirms the news, noting that Noah will miss the Olympics to rest and rehab the ankle he sprained in the playoffs.
Here are a few more odds and ends from around the NBA on Independence Day….
- It appears the Cavaliers' rumored agreement with undrafted rookie Kevin Jones isn't quite a done deal. Bob Finnan of the News-Herald reports that, while Jones will be on the Cavs' summer league roster, a more permanent contract is no sure thing yet.
- The Pistons don't have a ton of room for free agent signings, but president Joe Dumars may not be done exploring the trade market, writes Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
- Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun believes that Goran Dragic or Kyle Lowry, rather than Jeremy Lin, will be the Raptors' next target if the team misses out on Steve Nash (Twitter link).
- In examining Eric Gordon's max offer sheet with the Suns, SI.com's Zach Lowe explains the benefits of "doing nothing."