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  1. Mark Cuban thinks Dirk Nowitzki can be in the MVP conversation next season

    Jul 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EST

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    Mark Cuban loves Dirk Nowitzki like a son, and the two have built a relationship that goes beyond the professional level over the course of Nowitzki’s stellar 15-year career with the Dallas Mavericks. It’s fine to have those feelings cloud Cuban’s sense of reality a bit where basketball is concerned; just don’t expect the rest…

  2. NBA’s anti-flopping rules could be headed to arbitration

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:08 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    At the conclusion of the NBA’s Board of Governors meetings last week in Las Vegas, in addition to announcing a few minor rule changes, David Stern said that the anti-flopping rules that were in place for last season will continue without alteration. “There was a report on our flopping rules and the competition committee thought…

  3. Ian Clark leads Warriors to Summer League championship victory over Suns

    Jul 23, 2013, 12:38 AM EST

    LAS VEGAS – The Warriors wrapped up Las Vegas Summer League on Monday with a 91-77 win over the Suns to take home the first ever championship trophy in the event’s history. Undrafted rookie Ian Clark was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, after putting on a red-hot shooting display that netted him a game-high…

  4. Kyrie Irving says he has no intention of leaving the Cavaliers

    Jul 22, 2013, 9:54 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    LAS VEGAS – Kyrie Irving is already playing at an All-Star level for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and earned the honor in just his second NBA season. He’s unquestionably the player who will lead the Cavs to the playoffs and beyond in the future, provided the team continues to make smart roster decisions as it appeared…

  5. DeMarcus Cousins embracing his second chance with USA Basketball

    Jul 22, 2013, 7:21 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    LAS VEGAS – DeMarcus Cousins is a participant in a USA Basketball event for the second straight summer, but after how things turned out last year, it was by no means guaranteed that he would ever be asked back. Cousins was a member of the USA Select team that was there for the Olympic team…

  6. Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried excited by the Nuggets’ addition of Nate Robinson

    Jul 22, 2013, 6:43 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets' Lawson celebrates scoring game winning basket with Faried over Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA basketball game in Denver

    LAS VEGAS – Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson were on the basketball court at the Mendenhall Center in Las Vegas on Monday when the news broke that the Denver Nuggets had signed the dynamic and diminutive Nate Robinson to a free agent contract. Faried and Lawson are among the almost 30 players participating in USA…

  7. Summer League championship game set between Suns and Warriors

    Jul 22, 2013, 2:04 PM EST

    Raptors Suns Basketball

    LAS VEGAS – The two teams that have played the best and most consistent basketball through the first 10 days of Summer League will, not surprisingly, compete for the inaugural tournament championship played on the final day of the action. The Suns will face the Warriors in Monday night’s title game, with tip-off set for…

  8. Suns’ Archie Goodwin finishes insane one-handed lob shot at Summer League, but refs waive it off (VIDEO)

    Jul 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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    LAS VEGAS – This easily could qualify as the best made shot in all of Summer League action, except for the fact that it was disqualified. Late in the first half of the Suns’ 91-89 victory over the Heat on Sunday, Archie Goodwin — who’s been impressive for the Suns throughout this competition — went…

  9. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love express interest in playing for Team USA next summer

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    About the time that Summer League is wrapping things up in Las Vegas on Monday, the NBA focus will shift to a four-day USA Basketball mini-camp being held in town through Thursday. The biggest names in the game will sit this one out, but there are spots to be had for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World…

  10. P.J. Tucker setting a good example for the Summer Suns

    Jul 21, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    P.J. Tucker

    LAS VEGAS – P.J. Tucker came to Las Vegas as part of the Suns Summer League squad, but it wasn’t because he needed the practice. Tucker, 28, has played the last seven seasons professionally — five overseas, two in the NBA — and started 45 of the 79 games he appeared in for the Suns…

  11. Iman Shumpert denies report he is unhappy with Knicks’ offseason additions

    Jul 21, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Knicks Pelicans Basketball

    Welcome to our latest edition of NBA he-said/she-said, featuring Iman Shumpert and the New York Knicks. A report appeared in the New York Daily News on Sunday which described some possible tension brewing between Shumpert and the franchise. It didn’t seem all that explosive, or really even that noteworthy considering what was already essentially public…

  12. Marcus Camby clears waivers, reportedly deciding between Heat, Bulls, and Rockets

    Jul 21, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    Marcus Camby cleared waivers as expected on Sunday, and is now an unrestricted free agent. While the Rockets were reported to be the “leading contender” for Camby’s services, there are two other teams believed to still be in the running, as well. From Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida: With Marcus Camby having cleared waivers…

  13. Lower expectations next season should give Mike D’Antoni a real chance with the Lakers

    Jul 21, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles during a media conference after practice at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    Mike D’Antoni was placed into a situation as head coach of the Lakers last season where he never really had a fair chance to succeed. The hope in Los Angeles this year is that due to expectations being lowered significantly from the championship-or-bust mentality that (rightfully) surrounded the team a season ago, D’Antoni won’t be…

  14. Kent Bazemore with another highlight dunk at Summer League (VIDEO)

    Jul 21, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Lakers Warriors Basketball

    Kent Bazemore has been lighting it up at Summer League for the Warriors, and continued his strong play in Saturday’s quarterfinal win over the Lakers. Bazemore has been scoring at a steady pace in Golden State’s five summer victories, and put up 26 points in his team’s most recent. He’s been doing it with some…

  15. Celtics GM Ainge eyes opening night return for Rajon Rondo

    Jul 21, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo is the last bit of star power remaining in the Celtics locker room, after the team decided to enter a full-fledged rebuild by trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. Rondo is not healthy, however, after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL injury he suffered in late January of last…

  16. Kevin Martin says he considered returning to the Thunder for less money

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Kevin MArtin

    Kevin Martin registered his lowest points per game average in nine seasons last year with the Thunder, though his role there was a bit different than it had been with other teams in seasons past. Martin was tasked with a sixth man role in Oklahoma City, after playing starter’s minutes essentially his entire career before…

  17. JaVale McGee would like to remind you that he takes ‘no days off’ (VINE)

    Jul 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets

    I’m not sure what to make of this either, except to say that JaVale McGee clearly wants to make it known that he takes “no days off.” I also don’t know if dribbling a basketball indoors through a made-up obstacle course qualifies as work in any form, but like everything where McGee is concerned, anything…

  18. Summer League notes: Archie Goodwin continues to impress for Suns

    Jul 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    archie goodwin summer league

    LAS VEGAS – After Saturday’s action at Las Vegas Summer League, we’re down to four teams and three games left in tournament play before the event wraps up on Monday. The Suns are still around, and were expected to be considering the amount of players with real NBA rotation experience that they brought to town.…

  19. Tyreke Evans says he’d have no problem coming off the bench for the Pelicans

    Jul 20, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    Tyreke Evans

    Tyreke Evans has started all but 10 of the 257 games he’s appeared in through his first four NBA seasons. Given the horrific state of affairs in Sacramento during Evans’ time there — a period where the team never won more than 28 regular season games — there weren’t a lot of other options. And…

  20. Byron Mullens agrees to two-year deal with the Clippers

    Jul 20, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    The deal that has been in the works for a couple of days is now somewhat official, as free agent big man Byron Mullens has agreed to a two-year deal with the Clippers, according to multiple reports. Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles has the details: Terms were not disclosed, but league sources said the…

  21. Brian Roberts hopes Summer League helped his chances of staying in New Orleans next season

    Jul 20, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Knicks Pelicans Basketball

    Brian Roberts was surprisingly productive for the Pelicans last year (when they were still called the Hornets), especially in the latter part of the season. He was a capable scorer from the guard position, and was regularly the one name that would jump out at you when combing through the morning’s box scores late in…

  22. Duplicate of Kobe’s 2000 Lakers championship ring goes for $175K at auction

    Jul 20, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    kobe ring

    Remember that weird thing about Kobe Bryant suing his parents for trying to auction off some of his personal items from his professional basketball career? The whole thing eventually got settled, and the majority of the stuff did in fact end up going up for sale. The auction has been completed, and the most interesting…

  23. Mike Brown says Andrew Bynum, if healthy, will start at center for the Cavs

    Jul 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers

    Now that Andrew Bynum is officially a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and plans to be healthy enough to play a full season for his latest team, if that ends up happening (which, admittedly, would be a small miracle), there’s no doubt in the coach’s eyes what Bynum’s role will be. Bynum has proven his…

  24. Jordan Farmar made a financial sacrifice to rejoin the Lakers

    Jul 20, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    jordan farmar

    It’s no secret that the Lakers needed to find talent willing to sign up to play for them at a bargain price to round out their roster for next season, once the plan to convince Dwight Howard to stay fell through and the team still had a payroll north of $70 million staring them in…

  25. Rockets a ‘leading contender’ to land Marcus Camby once he becomes a free agent

    Jul 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Marcus Camby was traded from the Knicks to the Raptors in the deal that brought Andrea Bargnani to New York, but after playing 17 NBA seasons, he had no desire to finish his career with a rebuilding team nowhere near championship contention. Camby reached a buyout agreement with the Raptors this week, and once he…

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