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  1. Report: Bucks have ‘strong’ interest in J.R. Smith

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    J.R. Smith opted out of the final year of his deal with the Knicks, and that was the smart move financially following his Sixth Man of the Year award-winning season. It doesn’t mean Smith won’t return to New York, but it does mean that other teams may throw a lot more money in his direction…

  2. Suns officially unveil new logos

    Jun 26, 2013, 11:51 PM EDT

    suns new logo

    Some of the new logos that will be in play for the Phoenix Suns next season hit the internet a short time ago, but the team made the announcement official on Wednesday. The changes are eloquently explained in the team release: “The Suns’ primary logo changes for the first time in 13 years (2000) and only…

  3. Report: Alvin Gentry chooses Clippers over Lakers, will be on Rivers’ staff

    Jun 26, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry

    UPDATE 5:34 pm: It didn’t take that long for him to decide. Not long after Doc Rivers was formally introduced as the Clippers head coach, Alvin Gentry said he would become part of Doc’s staff, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni signed off on this (not that he had much…

  4. Brian Shaw says playing and working for Phil Jackson hurt his previous chances at becoming a head coach

    Jun 26, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    There was an outpouring of support for Brian Shaw this week when he finally landed a long-deserved head coaching spot with the Denver Nuggets. Shaw was a part of five NBA championships as a player and assistant coach, and more than paid his dues along the way, most recently rising to the top assistant position…

  5. Report: Cavaliers targeting Alex Len with first overall pick in the draft

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Alex Len

    There seems to be a few guys near the top of most draft boards that will be impact players in the league for years to come, but none are at that superstar level that would make them a no-brainer to be selected with the number one overall pick. That may be why the Cavaliers were…

  6. Report: Wizards leaning toward drafting Otto Porter with the No. 3 pick

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr.,

    It’s long been believed that the Wizards would select either Anthony Bennett or Otto Porter with the third overall pick in the draft, and some even had Bennett as the frontrunner between the two in recent days. The latest report, however, says that Porter is now the favorite due to the consensus among league personnel…

  7. Report: Nets contacted Celtics to inquire about Kevin Garnett

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    In the wake of Doc Rivers leaving the Celtics to coach the Clippers, and with Boston GM Danny Ainge non-committal on the futures of both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett with the franchise, it’s only natural that other teams would begin to come calling to check on the availability of the Celtics’ aging stars. The…

  8. Rumor: Thunder trying to land a top-five draft pick, offering two lower picks and Kendrick Perkins

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    The Thunder have two first round picks in Thursday’s draft, but the team is shooting much higher than that if you believe the latest reports. From Andy Katz of ESPN.com (via Daily Thunder): Elsewhere, a source said Oklahoma City was interested in packaging its two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 29) and Kendrick Perkins for…

  9. Rumor: Bobcats shopping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist due to belief they can draft Otto Porter

    Jun 25, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    There are already plenty of rumors and reported trade talks surrounding teams with lottery picks in Thursday night’s draft, and there will be many more to materialize before teams are officially on the clock. We advise taking the vast majority of them with one or more grains of salt, including this latest one involving the…

  10. NBA TV accidentally ran an ad selling 2013 Spurs championship gear (VIDEO)

    Jun 25, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    spurs 2013 champs

    The Spurs did not win the 2013 NBA title, but that doesn’t mean that the championship gear wasn’t ready just in case. With the NBA Finals needing a seventh game to be decided, there was good reason to have the advertisement ready to run moments after a San Antonio title was won. Like the t-shirts…

  11. Report: J.R. Smith won’t pick up player option to return to Knicks, but team wants him back

    Jun 25, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    John Starks, J.R. Smith

    As expected, J.R. Smith will not be picking up his player option for next season, which will make him an unrestricted free agent. That doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be back with the Knicks; it just won’t be for only one year at $2.9 million. From Al Innazzone of Newsday: J.R. Smith will not pick…

  12. Columnist who wrote a piece critical of John Wall’s tattoos appears on the Dan Patrick Show to explain (VIDEO)

    Jun 25, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    john wall tattoos

    Jason Reid of the Washington Post published a piece that was entitled, “Washington Wizards should think about John Wall‘s ink before signing him to a max deal.” In it, he tried to make the case that Wall’s flip-flopping on body art is an indication that maybe he isn’t the player the Wizards want to tie…

  13. Report: Metta World Peace to exercise player option to stay with Lakers

    Jun 25, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Lakers will have Metta World Peace on their 2013-14 roster, at least until the team decides otherwise. World Peace had a player option in the neighborhood of $7.7 million to play out the final year of his contract in Los Angeles. He could have chosen to become an unrestricted free agent instead, but that…

  14. Recapping the Heat’s championship parade and celebration (VIDEO)

    Jun 25, 2013, 1:28 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    The Heat held their championship parade on Monday, up and down the streets of Miami and finally ending at American Airlines Arena on Biscayne Boulevard. Once there, the team held a celebration for fans inside, where all of the players were on stage and participated in interviews and a video tribute so the fans in…

  15. Agent says there’s ‘not a concern in the world’ that Andrew Bynum will be ready for training camp

    Jun 25, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    Andrew Bynum didn’t play a single game for the Sixers last season, after coming over in a trade that sent Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. Knee injuries prevented Bynum from ever taking the court in a Philadelphia uniform, and his time with the franchise became more contentious as the season went on. He finally…

  16. Doc Rivers may run basketball operations for Clippers in addition to becoming team’s head coach

    Jun 24, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Monday was supposed to be the day that the NBA approved the deal between the Celtics and Clippers that would allow Doc Rivers to coach in Los Angeles next season. It hasn’t happened yet, but it isn’t because of a holdup on the league’s part. The deal has yet to be finalized and sent for…

  17. Malibu fight involving Scottie Pippen being investigated by police

    Jun 24, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Scottie Pippen was allegedly involved in a violent altercation with an autograph-seeker outside of Nobu restaurant in Malibu, CA on Sunday night. The incident is under police investigation, but Pippen has been cooperating and he hasn’t been arrested or charged at this time. The initial report, from TMZ: TMZ broke the story … Pippen allegedly…

  18. Report: Luol Deng to the Wizards for the No. 3 pick discussed

    Jun 24, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Luol Deng

    It’s early Monday afternoon the week of the draft, and we have our first rumored trade talks to report. And this rumor’s a good one, involving a two-time All-Star and a top-three pick. From Marc Stein of ESPN.com: Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the Chicago Bulls, in their latest attempt to gauge…

  19. Nerlens Noel says it ‘won’t be the end of the world’ if he isn’t the first pick in the draft

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    Nerlens Noel has been projected to be the first overall pick in this year’s draft for quite some time, but there have been rumblings that things could change in that regard before the Cavaliers make that pick on Thursday. It may be due to the fact that Noel is still recovering from a torn ACL…

  20. Brook Lopez has foot surgery, expected to be back on the court in August

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    The Nets announced that Brook Lopez underwent surgery to replace a screw in his right foot, which was previously surgically repaired, and that he should be ready to resume basketball activities in August. From Tim Bontemps of the New York Post: The bent screw was discovered in Lopez’s postseason physical, and was “subsequently replaced,” which…

  21. All of LeBron’s Game 7 buckets, all at the same time

    Jun 24, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    This is incredible, and probably an accurate visualization of what the Spurs felt like was happening at various times during the Finals. [via Drew Sheppard and Trey Kerby of TBJ]

  22. One draft scenario could see Suns looking to trade Marcin Gortat

    Jun 23, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    gortat-thumb-injury7

    The Suns have the fifth overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft, and due to a combination of both their own needs and the uncertainty about how the four picks before theirs are going to shake out, the team is wisely preparing for a wide variety of scenarios. At least one of those might see…

  23. With Rivers deal complete, NBA unlikely to approve a subsequent trade involving Kevin Garnett and the Clippers

    Jun 23, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce talk over a play in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    Now that the Celtics and the Clippers have finally reached an agreement that will see Doc Rivers patrolling the sidelines in Los Angeles next season, the questions in Boston now turn to the futures of both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Garnett was originally included as part of the package for Rivers, before commissioner David…

  24. LeBron breaks social media silence with Instagram video touting his ‘two rings’

    Jun 23, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    LeBron James routinely posts to both his Twitter and Instagram accounts during the season, but for the second straight year, went social media silent once the playoffs began. Once he had completed his season by winning another championship, James broke his silence with a 14-second Instagram video post. Wow I guess it just hit me!…

  25. It’s done: Clippers reach agreement with Celtics on a deal to hire Doc Rivers as head coach

    Jun 23, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    Our long national nightmare is over, as the Clippers and Celtics have agreed in principle on a deal that will allow Doc Rivers to become the head coach in Los Angeles. According to multiple reports, Rivers has agreed to a three-year contract worth $21 million to coach the Clippers, which is the same amount he…

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