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  1. Clippers agree to one-year deal with Ryan Hollins

    Jul 7, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have had a very successful offseason. They’ve signed Chris Paul to a max contract, re-signed Matt Barnes, traded for Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick to get help on the wing and some solid perimeter shooting, and replaced Eric Bledsoe with Darren Collison as a backup to Paul at a very reasonable price. They can’t…

  2. Rockets agree to two-year deal with Francisco Garcia

    Jul 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Francisco Garcia

    Francisco Garcia was essentially a throw-in as part of the deal made at the trade deadline that sent Thomas Robinson from the Kings to the Rockets. Garcia was looked at as not  much more than an expiring contract,  because he had a team option for next season for $6.5 million that was out of line…

  3. Michael Carter-Williams impresses in Summer League debut with Sixers

    Jul 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    NBA Draft Basketball

    The NBA’s Summer League tipped off in Orlando on Sunday, where it will be held through July 12. Once that’s complete, the event shifts to a larger-scale operation in Las Vegas for 10 days from the 12th through the 22nd. It’s our first chance to see this year’s draft picks in action, and the player…

  4. Devin Harris agrees to three-year deal with the Mavericks

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Pacers Hawks basketball

    The Mavericks have targeted another player at the guard position, after already adding three of them to the roster this offseason. From Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas: The Dallas Mavericks and guard Devin Harris are close to finalizing a three-year deal worth in excess of $9 million, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. The Mavs struck an agreement Saturday to…

  5. Rockets GM Daryl Morey discusses factors that helped Houston land Dwight Howard (VIDEO)

    Jul 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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    There were seemingly legitimate basketball reasons for Dwight Howard to choose the Rockets in free agency over everyone else. The easy ones to point to that made the case against the Lakers were the age of Steve Nash, the questionable health of Kobe Bryant, and the fact that Howard never believed that the system run…

  6. Darren Collison agrees to two-year deal with the Clippers

    Jul 6, 2013, 11:01 PM EST

    Darren Collison

    When the Clippers engaged in the three-team deal that sent dynamic point guard Eric Bledsoe to Phoenix in exchange for Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick, they improved at the wing and shooting guard positions but suffered a substantial loss in terms of a capable backup to Chris Paul. The Clippers continued their shrewd offseason decision-making…

  7. Shaq says Dwight Howard couldn’t handle the pressure of playing for the Lakers (VIDEO)

    Jul 6, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

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    Shaquille O’Neal has taken plenty of shots at Dwight Howard over the years, so when the free agent center left the Lakers after one season and chose to sign with the Houston Rockets, we shouldn’t have expected anything less. O’Neal was a grand marshall for a NASCAR race at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday,…

  8. Omri Casspi agrees to two-year deal with the Rockets

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Omri Casspi

    When I spoke with Omri Casspi last month in Italy at adidas Eurocamp, he wasn’t yet sure if the Cavaliers would extend him the qualifying offer necessary to make him a restricted free agent. But after playing for losing teams in each of his first four NBA seasons, Casspi wasn’t only looking for a new…

  9. Warriors lose key reserves Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry in free agency

    Jul 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Warriors forward Carl Landry reacts after making a shot and drawing a foul against the Spurs during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    The Warriors were a fun and exciting team last season, as well as one that exceeded expectations. If they’re going to continue that improvement next year, they’ll be doing it without two key reserves, both of whom were lost in free agency. Jarrett Jack played big point guard minutes for the Warriors off the bench,…

  10. Dorell Wright agrees to two-year deal with the Blazers

    Jul 6, 2013, 5:01 PM EST

    Dorell Wright

    Dorell Wright might have been a key veteran addition to the bench of a contender next season, but he chose to go to a team looking to continue its rebuild instead. Wright has agreed to a two-year deal worth $6 million to join the Portland Trail Blazers, according to multiple reports, including this one from…

  11. With Dwight Howard gone, Lakers will no longer consider using the amnesty provision on Pau Gasol

    Jul 6, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    If Dwight Howard had chosen to stay on with the Lakers for the next five years, the team’s total payroll costs would have been astronomical thanks to the new luxury tax penalties that were penned in the most recent version of the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Pau Gasol, a part of two championship teams in…

  12. Paul Millsap agrees to two-year deal with the Hawks

    Jul 6, 2013, 12:31 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Utah Jazz knew that two of their best players would be unrestricted free agents this summer, and yet they played out all of last season without trading them to try and get anything of value in return. They didn’t bother to re-sign them, either. After Al Jefferson left for the greener pastures of the…

  13. O.J. Mayo agrees to three-year deal with the Bucks

    Jul 6, 2013, 12:09 AM EST

    O.J. Mayo

    The Milwaukee Bucks entered the offseason with both players in their starting backcourt becoming free agents — Monta Ellis is unrestricted and unlikely to return, while Brandon Jennings is restricted, and the team’s stated plan is to keep him by matching any offer he receives if necessary. Replacing Ellis was the first order of business,…

  14. Kobe’s simple response to Dwight Howard joining the Rockets

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:23 PM EST

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    A picture is worth 1000 words, so for the moment, we’ll let this one that Kobe Bryant posted to his Instagram account shortly after the Lakers were notified that Dwight Howard had decided to join the Rockets speak for itself.

  15. Lakers release statement saying they’ve been informed of Dwight Howard’s decision to join the Rockets

    Jul 5, 2013, 10:42 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Now, it’s over. After a brief period of reported indecision (that may have not included any actual indecisiveness), Dwight Howard has informed the Lakers of his decision to sign with the Houston Rockets. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak issued the following statement via the team’s website: “We have been informed of Dwight’s decision to not return…

  16. Reports: Dwight Howard hasn’t yet made his decision, is now ’50-50′ between Lakers and Rockets

    Jul 5, 2013, 10:12 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 10:42 p.m.: OK, now it’s over. The Lakers released a statement saying they’ve been informed of Dwight’s decision to join the Rockets. 10:12 p.m.: Just when we thought we had come to a resolution on where Dwight Howard would decide to play next season, reports are circulating that he has had a change of…

  17. Report: Rockets trade Royce White to the Sixers

    Jul 5, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

    Royce White

    This is almost better news for the Rockets than the report that Dwight Howard has agreed to sign in Houston. Royce White, the talented but troubled first round draft pick of the Rockets in 2012, has been traded to the Sixers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Philadelphia will receive the draft rights to international…

  18. Now that Dwight Howard is headed to Houston, what’s next for the Lakers?

    Jul 5, 2013, 8:34 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Bryant and point guard Nash of Canada after shaking hands after beating the Charlotte Bobcats during an NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    Dwight Howard has made his free agent decision, and all indications are that he’s leaving Los Angeles in order to get a fresh start in Houston with the Rockets. There are plenty of topics for discussion surrounding this, obviously, including whether or not Howard made the right choice, what his real reasons for leaving were,…

  19. Eric Gordon thinks there’s ‘a good to great chance’ he’ll be back with the Pelicans

    Jul 4, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

    Eric Gordon

    The NBA franchise in New Orleans now known as the Pelicans has been plenty busy this offseason, but all of their moves have involved relatively big-name guards who have the ability to score. On the surface, that seems like an odd choice. Eric Gordon is in that position for the Pelicans at a salary of…

  20. Phil Jackson refutes report that he declined to speak to Dwight Howard about staying with the Lakers

    Jul 4, 2013, 9:00 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

    One of the many reports to emerge following the Lakers’ free agent meeting with Dwight Howard surrounded the involvement of Phil Jackson. Jackson is not employed by the team in any official capacity, but looms large in the shadows of the organization as its former head coach. He’s also the current fiancee of Jeannie Buss,…

  21. Warriors are reportedly trying to dump contracts to create enough cap space to sign Dwight Howard

    Jul 4, 2013, 7:37 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard reaches for a rebound next to Golden State Warriors Festus Ezeli during their NBA basketball game in Oakland

    When the report surfaced that the Golden State Warriors had made “a real impression” on Dwight Howard during their free agent meeting with the prized big man earlier this week, and had a legitimate chance of landing him, it honestly seemed laughable at best. The reason, of course, was that given the Warriors’ salary cap…

  22. Report: Earl Clark agrees to two-year deal with the Cavaliers

    Jul 4, 2013, 3:40 PM EST

    Earl Clark

    As the Lakers await word on whether or not the biggest free agent name in the league will decide to return to Los Angeles, another one of the team’s big men has already decided to skip town. There has been mutual interest between Earl Clark and the Cavaliers in recent days, and it appears that…

  23. Pablo Prigioni agrees to three-year deal to return to Knicks

    Jul 4, 2013, 3:02 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game One

    The Knicks solidified their backcourt for next season by agreeing to bring back two of the team’s key free agents. After getting J.R. Smith to return on a deal reported to be four years and close to $25 million, New York has come to terms with Pablo Prigioni, as well. From Al Innazzone of Newsday:…

  24. Report: Al Jefferson agrees to three-year deal with Bobcats

    Jul 4, 2013, 2:10 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Al Jefferson was reportedly looking for a four-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $15 million per season in free agency. He also was said to be interested in waiting for the Dwight Howard domino to fall before choosing his destination, in case a contender became interested in retaining his services. As it turned out,…

  25. Report: Tyreke Evans agrees to four-year, $44 million offer sheet from New Orleans

    Jul 3, 2013, 11:17 PM EST

    Tyreke Evans

    Tyreke Evans has seen a decline in his numbers in each of the three seasons since his first, when he took home Rookie of the Year honors with the Sacramento Kings. There were reasons for that, including nagging injuries and a revolving door at the head coaching post in Sacramento under the team’s previous ownership.…

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