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  1. Celtics waive Shavlik Randolph

    Aug 1, 2013, 7:21 PM EST

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    The Celtics have waived Shavlik Randolph, the team announced on Thursday via official release. Had they not done so, his salary of $1,106,942 would have become fully guaranteed for next season. Boston now has 15 players with guaranteed contracts on the books, which is the maximum a team is allowed to carry during the regular season.…

  2. Marcus Landry gets a training camp invite from the Lakers

    Aug 1, 2013, 3:17 PM EST

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    Marcus Landry played well for the Lakers during Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game in five appearances. That consistent level of production has earned Landry a shot to make the Lakers roster. I thank God for this Opportunity to be apart of a great organization…

  3. New Orleans Pelicans officially unveil new uniforms

    Aug 1, 2013, 2:40 PM EST

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    The New Orleans Pelicans officially unveiled their uniforms for the upcoming season, and the simple design is underwhelming, at best. No sign of the Pelicans logo, and no bright or interesting color scheme. Just the city’s name on the front of both the home and away jerseys, with some gold trim making its way down…

  4. Antawn Jamison drawing interest from Bulls, Clippers, Grizzlies and Bobcats

    Aug 1, 2013, 1:26 PM EST

    Antawn Jamison

    Antawn Jamison joined the Lakers last season on a one-year deal in pursuit of a title. We all saw how that turned out, and Jamison, like everyone else on the roster, dealt with an injury that affected his ability to contribute. The wrist injury that limited Jamison last year wasn’t as much of a concern…

  5. Paul George, Kyrie Irving excited for John Wall and his new $80 million contract

    Jul 31, 2013, 11:21 PM EST

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    The Wizards locked up John Wall with a five-year contract extension worth $80 million on Wednesday, and the news excited a couple of other big-time NBA players who will be due for similar extensions in the very near future. Paul George of the Indiana Pacers started things on Twitter, when he sent out a message…

  6. Report: LeBron James ‘mulling a bid’ for players union’s presidency

    Jul 31, 2013, 8:37 PM EST

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    We’re going to start this off the way the original story from Jason Whitlock at Fox Sports.com should have, and that’s by stating the obvious: It’s extremely unlikely LeBron James would seek the presidency of the players union now, or at any time while still in the prime of his NBA career. In fact, here’s…

  7. More schedule leaks: Nets to host Heat in home opener, Knicks to host Heat Feb. 1

    Jul 31, 2013, 7:47 PM EST

    LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    The full 2013-14 NBA schedule is likely to be released some time in the next couple of weeks, but there are certain entities (like the league’s broadcast partners, for example) that have seen as close to what will be the final draft as possible. That’s one reason some of the marquee dates are beginning to…

  8. Greg Oden’s decision on where to play likely coming this weekend

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:01 PM EST

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    Greg Oden impressed the five teams that attended his private workout in Indianapolis last week, and more than one is said to be interested in taking a shot on the former number one overall draft pick whose career has been derailed to this point by a series of debilitating injuries. Miami, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio,…

  9. USA Basketball wants Roy Hibbert, but probably can’t have him

    Jul 31, 2013, 12:36 PM EST

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    When USA Basketball held its four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas last week, Roy Hibbert was a noticeable omission from the roster. There’s a reason, of course, and it has nothing to do with Hibbert’s level of talent or ability to commit to the program. The fact that he’s played for another country in the past,…

  10. Lance Stephenson says he’d have no problem coming off the bench for the Pacers next season

    Jul 30, 2013, 11:02 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    Lance Stephenson started all 19 playoff games for the Pacers last season during a run that got them to within one game of advancing to the NBA Finals. Indiana reloaded in the offseason with a couple of nice free agent acquisitions, however, and with Danny Granger returning from injury, Stephenson may be better suited as…

  11. Steve Nash discusses his soccer tryout with Inter Milan (VIDEO)

    Jul 30, 2013, 10:04 PM EST

    Steve Nash

    We told you about Steve Nash getting a shot to try out with Inter Milan, and while it was more like a day at soccer fantasy camp than an actual tryout, he seemed to enjoy the experience as much as expected. Nash joined The Crossover to discuss his adventure, the courting of Dwight Howard, and…

  12. Last weekend at the Drew League, Brandon Jennings hinted at his future with the Pistons

    Jul 30, 2013, 9:01 PM EST

    Brandon Jennings

    Via @darrellskie29, Brandon Jennings dropped a big hint about signing with the Pistons on Sunday at #TheDrewpic.twitter.com/JZbNp5QI88 — Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) July 30, 2013 That’s Brandon Jennings on the left, and this photo was taken just two days ago at the Drew League in Los Angeles. While plenty of players like to wear throwback gear…

  13. Kurt Rambis says he was ‘shocked’ that Mike D’Antoni asked him to be an assistant coach with the Lakers

    Jul 30, 2013, 12:07 AM EST

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    The hiring of Kurt Rambis to be an assistant coach on Mike D’Antoni’s staff was interesting, to say the least. In terms of the politics and constant speculation surrounding the Lakers, it made for some interesting conspiracy theories, considering that D’Antoni is largely believed to be a short-term solution, while Rambis has a long history…

  14. Report: Thunder agree to one-year deal with Ryan Gomes

    Jul 29, 2013, 10:40 PM EST

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    Plenty of teams got better this offseason, either via trade or by the signing of promising free agent acquisitions. The Oklahoma City Thunder was not one of them. While Western Conference clubs like the Clippers and Rockets made multiple moves to fortify the roster for a run deep into the postseason, the Thunder did nothing…

  15. Tim Hardaway regrets anti-gay comments, but believes dialogue that resulted was a positive

    Jul 29, 2013, 10:07 PM EST

    Knicks Hardaway Basketball

    Tim Hardaway played 14 NBA seasons, most notably as a part of the Run TMC Golden State Warriors. But he was also a key component of the Miami Heat teams that challenged in the Eastern Conference in the late 90s. He found himself in the spotlight once his career was through for making some horribly…

  16. Report: Brandon Jennings has ‘strongly considered’ playing for the qualifying offer next season

    Jul 29, 2013, 9:05 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    The situation Brandon Jennings and the Bucks find themselves in at this late stage of free agency is somewhat fascinating. The short story is that Jennings is a restricted free agent, meaning the Bucks can (and have said they would) match any offer he receives from another team. No team has reached out to Jennings…

  17. Heat scout Tim Hardaway says if Miami signs Greg Oden, they’ll win a third straight title

    Jul 29, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

    Greg Oden

    It’s only July, but apparently it isn’t too early to make proclamations as to who might win next year’s NBA championship a little more than 11 months from now. Greg Oden was reported to be impressive in his recent workout in front of personnel representing five NBA teams, so much so that an employee of…

  18. Behind the scenes with Chauncey Billups during his return to the Pistons (VIDEO)

    Jul 28, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

    Chauncey Billups, Joe Dumars

    Chauncey Billups returned to the Pistons in free agency, the team where he made a name for himself after winning a Finals MVP award back in 2004. Billups was traded away in the ill-fated deal that brought Allen Iverson to Detroit in 2009, but he’s back to finish his career in the place where he…

  19. Hawks claim Gustavo Ayon off waivers

    Jul 28, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

    ayon bucks

    The Bucks waived Gustavo Ayon a few days ago for reasons unknown, but even a big man with the most basic of skill sets on not much more than a minimum salary deal won’t last on the open market for very long. Ayon didn’t end up hitting the open market, and was claimed off waivers by the…

  20. It’s Manu Ginobili’s birthday, so here are some Manu Ginobili highlights

    Jul 28, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

    Spurs' Ginobili goes to the basket past Miami's Wade during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio

    It’s Sunday afternoon in late July, which is not exactly prime time in the NBA news cycle. But birthdays happen all year long — even daily, I’m told. And today, Manu Ginobili turned 36 years old, so we’ll celebrate (and kill some time) with a look at a few of his highlights. I was traveling…

  21. Report: Greg Oden looked lean, moved well in recent workout for teams

    Jul 28, 2013, 4:30 PM EST

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    Today’s Greg Oden update takes us to his recent workout in Indianapolis, where five of the six teams interested in signing the free agent big man were all in attendance. The takeaways were that Oden looked good, both physically and from a basketball standpoint — which is why so many teams are weighing their current…

  22. Suns ‘optimistic’ that Channing Frye will be playing for them next season

    Jul 28, 2013, 2:59 PM EST

    channing frye suns

    Channing Frye was diagnosed with an enlarged heart condition that kept him out of basketball entirely for all of last season. There was an extended period of time where Frye couldn’t even do any heavy cardio exercise just to stay in shape, and his return to the court was uncertain, at best. As the season…

  23. Report: Marcus Camby will sign with the Rockets

    Jul 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    The Rockets have made another free agent big man acquisition, and while it’s not as big of a deal as the one involving Dwight Howard earlier this summer, it may be an important one to the team’s ultimate chances nonetheless. Marcus Camby is expected to sign with Houston today, according to a report from Marc…

  24. Tracy McGrady says he may return to play in China

    Jul 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    File photo of Tracy McGrady of the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles driving the ball to the basket next to a U.S. All-Star team player during their basketball match in Qingdao

    Tracy McGrady was on the playoff roster of the San Antonio Spurs as they made their run to the NBA Finals, but understandably, he wasn’t able to contribute all that much. McGrady’s skill set has diminished far below the electric level it once reached, and he’s no longer capable of registering meaningful minutes against the…

  25. Doc Rivers says Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have plenty left to give to the Nets

    Jul 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    When the Celtics pulled the plug on their championship aspirations by trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets, it wasn’t because those two Hall of Fame players were completely finished. Salary considerations — along with the reality that even if the core stars were kept together in Boston for one more season, it…

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