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  1. LeBron on the Heat signing Greg Oden: ‘Whatever he gives us is extra.’

    Aug 12, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    The low-pressure angle from the Heat continues where Greg Oden is concerned, with the latest comments on the lack of expectations for the recently-signed free agent big man coming from LeBron James himself. Speaking at a charity event in Akron, Ohio, James toed the company line of extreme cautious optimism when delivering his thoughts on…

  2. Kevin Durant says ‘it’s not about what other teams are doing’ when discussing Thunder’s quiet offseason

    Aug 11, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    A few weeks ago in Las Vegas, after Kevin Durant announced his commitment to play in the World Championships next summer for USA Basketball, he took questions from reporters as is customary in these situations. Durant is always polite and professional to deal with, but as soon as a question was asked about the Thunder’s…

  3. Kobe Bryant’s latest Nike spot for China: 4AM Summer Nights (VIDEO)

    Aug 11, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant spent part of this summer in China on a tour for Nike Basketball, and while he couldn’t actively participate in clinics as he continues to recover from the Achilles surgery he had a few months back, he did spend some time coaching some young players and trying to impress upon them what it…

  4. Greg Oden on joining the Heat: ‘If LeBron gets another ring, I get one too’

    Aug 10, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Greg Oden had plenty of options in terms of where he could choose to begin his NBA comeback next season. There were five teams that came away impressed after attending his private workout, and a sixth was reported to have interest, as well. Oden ultimately decided on the Miami Heat, and the team’s status as…

  5. Seven teams reportedly interested in free agent Anthony Tolliver

    Aug 9, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

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    With all of the high-impact free agents spoken for at this point in the offseason, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a competent role player is drawing interest from multiple teams. Anthony Tolliver has at least seven teams on the hook, reports Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. This is a similar situation to…

  6. Kevin Durant, Jeff Green scheduled to play in Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am league in Seattle

    Aug 9, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

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    Plenty of players participate in Pro-Am leagues during the summer, and it’s usually not necessarily newsworthy unless you happen to live in the community where the games are taking place. But Kevin Durant and Jeff Green returning to play in front of fans in Seattle is a bit more interesting. Durant and Green began their…

  7. Paul Pierce plans to skip Nets’ preseason game in Boston

    Aug 9, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

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    We’re all well aware of how emotional it will be for the fans in Boston and the players alike when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett play their first game against the Celtics as members of the Brooklyn Nets. They could get it over with fairly quickly, as the Nets are slated to play in Boston…

  8. J.R. Smith says despite Nets’ offseason acquisitions, Knicks are New York’s marquee team

    Aug 9, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    When the Nets moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn, there’s no question they wanted to cut into the Knicks’ fan base and market share in the nation’s largest media market. The team’s billionaire owner has been spending money to bring star-level talent to immediately infuse the franchise, and on paper, it may seem as though…

  9. Celtics great Robert Parish understands what it’s like to be Rajon Rondo

    Aug 8, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

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    Rajon Rondo is a legitimate All-Star point guard, and the only elite level talent left on a Celtics roster that will be undergoing a full-fledged rebuild beginning next season. There are questions as to whether or not Boston will (or should) retain Rondo during this transition, because at some point, you need special players to…

  10. Matt Barnes says Shabazz Muhammad getting sent home from NBA’s Rookie Transition Program is ‘BS’

    Aug 7, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

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    Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad was sent home early from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program for a blatant violation of the event’s rules. The infraction itself wasn’t at all that serious; Muhammad apparently had a female guest in his room hours after being informed that it wasn’t allowed. But rules are rules, and as a rookie…

  11. DeJuan Blair officially signs deal with the Mavericks

    Aug 7, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

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    DeJuan Blair finished his fourth season with the Spurs as a restricted free agent, but after falling out of the rotation in San Antonio and with the Spurs not looking to match any offers he may have received, Blair might has well have been unrestricted this summer. The offers weren’t exactly pouring in, despite Blair’s…

  12. The Crossover: Discussing the impact Twitter has had on the NBA (VIDEO)

    Aug 7, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

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    On NBC Sports Network’s The Crossover, Michelle Beadle sat down with CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla to discuss the impact that Twitter has had on the NBA. It’s actually been fairly staggering. With two-thirds of its players on Twitter, the NBA is the No. 1 sports league on social media or as the NBA’s senior vice president…

  13. Suns purchase ‘beat.la’ website to push rivalry with Lakers

    Aug 7, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

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    If you’re looking at rivalries from the Lakers side of things, teams like the Celtics in the East and the Spurs in the West are the ones that immediately come to mind for most fans in Los Angeles. But in Phoenix, Suns fans loathe the Lakers more than any other NBA team, with the possible…

  14. Lakers set to have more nationally televised games than the Heat next season

    Aug 6, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

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    As we dig into the particulars of the 2013-14 NBA schedule which was released on Tuesday, the amount of nationally televised games awarded to teams is an interesting indicator of perceived interest or predicted success. But as we’re learning more and more, it’s mostly an indication of market size. The Chicago Bulls and New York…

  15. NBA releases 2013-14 schedule, here are your opening night and Christmas Day matchups

    Aug 6, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    After several notable leaks over the past couple of weeks, we finally have the official version of the 2013-14 NBA schedule. Let’s get right to it by taking a look at the slate for some of the key dates in the season. OPENING NIGHT: Tuesday, October 29 MAGIC at PACERS: The first game of the…

  16. Suns could use the stretch provision to painlessly rid themselves of Michael Beasley

    Aug 6, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Michael Beasley was already entering the 2013-14 season with the Suns on thin ice, and that was before his latest run-in with local authorities that was his third such incident in the past eight months. Beasley was at the core of some of the problems in Phoenix early last season, and it became evident by…

  17. Report: Knicks to open the season at home against Bucks

    Aug 5, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    This is the final schedule leak you’ll receive from us, so soak it up in all of its August glory. The New York Knicks will open the season at home against the rebuilding Milwaukee Bucks, according to a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post. While many teams in big markets have marquee…

  18. Heat prospect James Ennis likely to play overseas next season

    Aug 5, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

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    When the Heat made a draft night trade for late second round pick James Ennis, it appeared as though the team would be interested in having him compete for a spot on the roster. After getting a look at Ennis during both the Orlando and the Las Vegas Summer Leagues, however, the team has decided…

  19. Suns to reveal new uniforms on August 15

    Aug 5, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

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    The Suns introduced a new home court design last season, but didn’t get the approval from the league in time to roll out the new uniforms that were supposed to echo the club’s new-look theme. A year later, the Suns will in fact have new uniforms for next season. The team has been releasing little…

  20. Report: Heat express interest in Sebastian Telfair

    Aug 4, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors guard Sebastian Telfair passes the ball in front of Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    After agreeing to terms with Greg Oden on Friday, the Miami Heat now have 13 players who will be on guaranteed contracts for next season. They have the rights to a 14th in Jarvis Varnado, but his deal is not fully guaranteed just yet. If Miami is to max its roster out with 15 guaranteed…

  21. Goran Dragic ejected from Eurobasket tune-up game after altercation with Turkey’s Dogus Balbay (VIDEO)

    Aug 4, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Goran Dragic is playing for the Slovenian team during Eurobasket this summer, and in a tune-up game this weekend things got heated with him and a player from the team from Turkey to the point where he was ejected for his actions. The play can be seen in the video clip above, and it appears…

  22. Nick Young gets dunked on at the Drew League (VIDEO)

    Aug 4, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Not all highlights from the Drew League can be complimentary to current NBA players. While there is plenty of Kevin Durant and JaVale McGee that goes on, the league also features some guys with top level talent who simply aren’t household names — and they get loose occasionally, as well. Nick Young was victimized in this…

  23. Report: Pistons still have interest in Rajon Rondo, even after acquiring Brandon Jennings

    Aug 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The Pistons were reportedly one of the first teams in line to talk with the Celtics about a potential deal for Rajon Rondo, once Boston entered a full-fledged rebuild by sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets. Whether due to the offers being low while Rondo still rehabs from a torn ACL injury,…

  24. Differences over dollars still keeping the Timberwolves from signing Nikola Pekovic

    Aug 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic

    The Timberwolves and Nikola Pekovic have been expected to come to a contract agreement for some time. But the longer the sides continue to negotiate, there seems to at least be a possibility that the relationship could sour. We broke down the many reasons for the delay a couple of weeks back, but it seems…

  25. Mark Cuban releases video Mavericks used in pitch to Dwight Howard

    Aug 4, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The Mavericks were one of five teams Dwight Howard considered in free agency, although their plan to first pair the center with an aging Dirk Nowitzki and then try to lure other stars to join the team a year later ended up not being the most appealing option. Teams go to great lengths to show…

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