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  1. Dwight Howard wraps up final free agent meeting with Lakers, now we wait

    Jul 2, 2013, 7:29 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers got the last word they requested with Dwight Howard, holding the final meeting with the offseason’s most coveted free agent on Tuesday. The presentation from the Lakers lasted less than two hours, and was reported to include Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Mike D’Antoni, along with team general manager Mitch Kupchak, members of…

  2. Dwight Howard, John Wall speak Chinese (VIDEO)

    Jul 2, 2013, 3:41 PM EST

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    In a promotional spot for an upcoming trip to China this summer, Dwight Howard and John Wall have a totally realistic conversation with Yi Jianlian in Chinese. It’s all fun and games, of course, until Wall (as pointed out by Kelly Dwyer over at Yahoo!’s Ball Don’t Lie) tries to claim that he’s never been out…

  3. Pacers to wear black, sleeved jerseys at 2013 Summer League (PHOTO)

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:12 PM EST

    2013-07-07-Pacers-short-sleve-summer-league-jersey

    The Golden State Warriors were the test team last season for new, sleeved NBA jerseys designed to be more marketable to the average fan. As many as five teams will be wearing the new-look tops next season, and we’ll even see some versions of them in July’s upcoming Summer League. Scott Agness of Pacers.com has…

  4. Clippers to meet with O.J. Mayo, Carl Landry on Tuesday

    Jul 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    O.J. Mayo, Patrick Patterson

    The Clippers re-signing of Chris Paul to a max contract in free agency this summer was only the beginning of their plans to add talent and tweak the roster so that it’s more immediately ready to compete for a championship under new head coach Doc Rivers. The decision of whether or not to trade reserve…

  5. Cable television opportunities part of the pitch to Dwight Howard from Lakers, Rockets

    Jul 2, 2013, 12:07 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Media Day

    We know that wherever Dwight Howard chooses to play for the next four or five seasons, despite what he may try to put out there publicly at this point, the decision will be about more than just basketball. Howard was said to be intrigued by the Lakers not only due to having the immediate opportunity…

  6. Report: Andray Blatche agrees to re-sign with Nets

    Jul 1, 2013, 10:12 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    Andray Blatche was a more than serviceable big off the bench for the Nets last season, and it looks as though he’ll get a chance to repeat that performance next year. Blatche has agreed to re-sign with Brooklyn, as first reported by longtime NBA scribe Peter Vecsey. Howard Beck of the New York Times reported…

  7. Celtics GM Ainge says team ‘has no intentions’ of trading Rajon Rondo

    Jul 1, 2013, 9:25 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo, Jose Calderon

    When the Celtics sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets for loose parts and future draft choices, the team made the decision to begin the long, arduous rebuilding process perhaps a season or two before it was truly necessary. The one star-level player remaining on the roster in Boston is point guard Rajon…

  8. Andrew Bynum won’t work out for teams as a free agent

    Jul 1, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    Andrew Bynum didn’t play a single game for the Sixers last year, due to knee injuries that kept him from basketball for the entire season. Bynum is now an unrestricted free agent, but the likelihood of Philadelphia coming through with the dollars it will take to sign him is minimal, at best. The team’s new…

  9. Spurs extend qualifying offers to Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal, making them restricted free agents

    Jun 30, 2013, 10:01 PM EST

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    The Spurs made sure that they’d at least have the option of bringing back every key member of a team that was within seconds of winning an NBA title last season, by extending qualifying offers to both Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal before the deadline passed to do so. Splitter and Neal are now both…

  10. Report: Rockets trade Thomas Robinson to the Blazers

    Jun 30, 2013, 8:51 PM EST

    Thomas Robinson

    The Rockets have made the final deal in order to ensure they’ll have enough space under the league’s salary cap to offer Dwight Howard a max contract when they meet with him Sunday night. Houston needed to clear the $3.5 million-dollar contract of Thomas Robinson off of its books without taking salary back in return…

  11. Report: Knicks and Raptors have agreed on a trade to send Andrea Bargnani to New York

    Jun 30, 2013, 6:51 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Things move fast on the free agency rumor wire. It was just this morning when the Clippers were said to be involved in trade talks with the Raptors to deal for Andrea Bargnani, but as it turned out, the Knicks are the team that has acquired his services. From Howard Beck of the New York…

  12. Kobe Bryant to be a part of Lakers presentation to Dwight Howard

    Jun 30, 2013, 5:30 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Just like the Rockets and the Mavericks, who have free agent meetings scheduled with Dwight Howard and will bring out their respective team’s best players, the Lakers are planning to do the same. Kobe Bryant will be a part of the Lakers presentation to Howard, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. In addition to Bryant, members…

  13. Rockets continue to clear cap space, release Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks

    Jun 30, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Looking up and down the roster of the Houston Rockets, there are a lot of guys there with smaller deals or team options. That’s by design, of course, in order to maintain maximum financial flexibility with the hopes of landing a top-level free agent — like Dwight Howard, for example. The latest moves, announced by…

  14. Phil Jackson to Dwight Howard: ‘I expect to see you get on board’ with Lakers

    Jun 30, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Jackson speaks during a ceremony to retire jersey #34 in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers player O'Neal during their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    The Rockets are first in line to meet with Dwight Howard once free agency commences at midnight Eastern, but that doesn’t mean other teams aren’t going to let their wishes be known where Howard is concerned While no contact with free agents is allowed by teams until 12:01 a.m. on July 1, that doesn’t extend…

  15. Clippers and Raptors also discussing trade involving Andrea Bargnani

    Jun 30, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    UPDATE 6:51 p.m.: The Knicks and the Raptors have agreed on a trade that will send Andrea Bargnani to New York. 11:30 a.m. The Raptors became the latest team to engage the Clippers in trade talks for the young and dynamic Eric Bledsoe, but L.A. might not be interested in dealing him for what Toronto…

  16. No surprise, Chris Paul’s reps inform teams he’ll re-sign with Clippers

    Jun 30, 2013, 10:01 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    As free agency in the NBA gets set to open at midnight Eastern, one of the top names has taken himself off the market — not that it comes as any surprise. Chris Paul will re-sign with the Clippers, according to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN.com. Paul’s representatives have told teams “not to…

  17. LaMarcus Aldridge says he hasn’t demanded a trade from the Blazers

    Jun 30, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    When a report surfaced a few days ago that had LaMarcus Aldridge unhappy in Portland and potentially wanting out, the impending denial from Aldridge that was almost certainly on the way was completely expected. With no leverage to force a trade out of town, and with Aldridge being one of the team’s two cornerstones along…

  18. Jeremy Lin drops 45 points in a San Francisco Pro-Am game (VIDEO)

    Jun 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Normally when a pro player hits the courts during the summer to play against a bunch of non-NBA guys, their exploits aren’t all that impressive. The level of competition matters, after all, and so ringing up big numbers should be the expected result in games where the defense is questionable, and the overall talent level is…

  19. Udonis Haslem played through torn meniscus, will require offseason surgery

    Jun 29, 2013, 11:01 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Udonis Haslem has always been a key role player for the Miami Heat, and helped his team when called upon at various times during their run to a second straight NBA title. Haslem’s biggest contribution of the postseason came in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers, when he finished 8-of-9 from…

  20. Report: Mo Williams won’t re-sign with Jazz unless he remains a starter

    Jun 29, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Mo Williams

    Mo Williams is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he apparently won’t re-sign with the Jazz as a backup point guard — he wants to be the starter. That’s the word out of Williams’ camp, anyway, and if true, he may want to start engaging in some contract negotiations with other teams. From Marc…

  21. Rockets to get first free agent meeting with Dwight Howard

    Jun 29, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard speaks during a press conference at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, California

    Once the free agency period officially opens after midnight Eastern on July 1, the most coveted player on the market will be with one of the teams he is strongly considering signing a max contract with for the next four years. That meeting has been set, and the team that will get the first crack…

  22. Bucks now intend to keep Brandon Jennings

    Jun 29, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    It was only a couple of days ago that the Milwaukee Bucks were rumored to be open to the idea of trading Brandon Jennings. Not that teams would be lining up with offers, of course, considering that Jennings is a restricted free agent and they could just sign him to a larger offer sheet than…

  23. Report: Celtics and Mavericks have talked trade for Rajon Rondo

    Jun 29, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    A report surfaced on Saturday that the Celtics and Mavericks had engaged in trade talks for the one remaining All-Star asset in Boston, Rajon Rondo. It didn’t come from one of the usual suspects in terms of reporters we’re used to seeing break this kind of news, but a report from DallasBasketball.com is always credible.…

  24. Jeff Van Gundy still regrets quitting as Knicks head coach, says Doc Rivers didn’t quit on Celtics

    Jun 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Jeff Van Gundy

    Jeff Van Gundy does a stellar job for ESPN and ABC as an NBA analyst, but he was once one of the better head coaches in the league over the course of several seasons. Van Gundy coached the New York Knicks for parts of seven straight seasons, before voluntarily leaving that job to take a…

  25. Kevin Durant finally gets drafted first overall in Nike’s new #SummerIsSerious spot (VIDEO)

    Jun 29, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

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    In the first spot released by Nike Basketball in support of Kevin Durant and his latest signature shoe, the KD VI, it’s time to draft summer league teams. And the Shirts aren’t about to screw things up the way the Blazers did back in 2007. Clever and humorous, just as we’ve come to expect. Plus,…

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