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  1. Andrew Bynum says he plans to play a full season with the Cavaliers

    Jul 19, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Chris Grant

    Andrew Bynum was introduced to the media in Cleveland on Friday, and appeared as relaxed as we’ve seen him in quite some time. The reason is that after an entire year of failing to meet even the most basic of expectations in Philadelphia due to injury, and being badgered consistently with questions about a return…

  2. Why hasn’t Nikola Pekovic signed with the Timberwolves yet?

    Jul 19, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic is a restricted free agent with the Timberwolves, but despite the team tendering a fair offer in the neighborhood of four years and $50 million, he remains unsigned. Considering that Minnesota will match any offer for Pek in that vicinity, it would seem to make sense that the two parties wrap things up…

  3. Paul Pierce sold Kevin Garnett on move from Celtics to the Nets

    Jul 18, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Net's NBA players attend a news conference introducing them to the media in Brooklyn

    Paul Pierce didn’t have a choice as to whether or not he would be traded to the Nets, but Kevin Garnett did thanks to being one of the few players in the league that had a rare no-trade clause built into his contract. And apparently, it took a whole lot of convincing to get Garnett…

  4. Report: Pelicans consider offering Greg Oden a two-year contract

    Jul 18, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    The free agent tour that Greg Oden is on right now is rivaling the one that Dwight Howard embarked upon once the free agency period began on July 1. The difference, of course, is that while teams were begging Howard to allow them to give him close to $90 million over four years, Oden is…

  5. Baron Davis targeting a return to the NBA next season

    Jul 18, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

    baron davis

    When we last heard from Baron Davis, he was attempting a career in comedy by telling a story of personal alien abduction that actually was taken seriously by more than one media outlet. If you have to explain a joke, it isn’t funny, so maybe it’s best that Davis is attempting to get in shape…

  6. Mark Cuban says Mavericks are ‘in a better spot’ now than if they signed Dwight Howard

    Jul 18, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    The Mavericks were one of five teams Dwight Howard met with during his free agent tour, but for whatever reason, they were eliminated from contention fairly early in the process. Now that Howard is with Houston, and Dallas has been forced to fill in its roster with many smaller pieces that may or may not…

  7. Paul Pierce at his introductory press conference with the Nets: ‘It’s really starting to sink in as we speak’

    Jul 18, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    The Brooklyn Nets held their introductory press conference for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on Thursday, and with Pierce especially, it seemed like the reality of his new surroundings was beginning to hit him all at once. Pierce has played all 15 of his NBA seasons in Boston until now, and will unquestionably go into…

  8. Nuggets’ Jordan Hamilton loses his shorts during Summer League game (VIDEO)

    Jul 18, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    via YouTube screen capture

    Jordan Hamilton was on fire for the Nuggets on Wednesday, and on this particular sequence, played himself right out of his shorts. Kurt Helin mentioned Hamilton’s performance in his notes from Wednesday’s action: He owned the opening quarter and dropped 27 on the Pelicans Wednesday. He can finish inside, he knocked down 4-of-7 from three…

  9. Report: Quentin Richardson won’t play for the Raptors either

    Jul 18, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    When veteran big man Marcus Camby was scheduled to head to Toronto as one of the pieces the Knicks gave up to acquire Andrea Bargnani, we knew almost immediately that he wasn’t going to play for the Raptors. Camby isn’t looking to finish out a career that’s lasted 17 NBA seasons by playing for a…

  10. Report: Clippers nearing two-year deal with free agent big man Byron Mullens

    Jul 18, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Clippers have had a strong offseason, shoring up plenty of areas on the roster with a variety of moves intended to push the team to the league’s top tier, or at the very least, further than the first round of the playoffs. The one area that L.A. is still sorely lacking in is frontcourt…

  11. It’s official, Jordan Farmar signs with the Lakers

    Jul 17, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    jordan farmar

    We’ve known that the Lakers and Jordan Farmar had agreed to a reunion for a week or so, but thanks to a longer-than-expected buyout process with the team Farmar played for last season in Turkey, we’re just now getting the official word that the deal is done. Farmar will return to Los Angeles on a…

  12. Stephen A. Smith, speaking off the air, says Knicks owner James Dolan wanted to trade Iman Shumpert

    Jul 17, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    During a taping of an ESPN interview with Dwight Howard conducted by Stephen A. Smith, apparently someone was able to watch via the satellite feed, and then record it as it happened. What that led to was some off-camera comments that were obviously not meant for public consumption being released into the wild, and it…

  13. Paul George says ‘it would be tough to say no’ to Kobe, but he’s happy with the Pacers

    Jul 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Paul George, Kobe Bryant

    Paul George had a breakout season for the Indiana Pacers, earning his first trip to the All-Star game and going toe-to-toe at with LeBron James at times during a compelling Eastern Conference Finals series that went all seven games. His rookie contract will be up after next season, at which time George will technically hit…

  14. J.R. Smith’s new contract with the Knicks is only for three seasons

    Jul 17, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    When word surfaced that J.R. Smith underwent knee surgery that would keep him out of action for the next three-four months, Knicks fans weren’t all that happy to hear that a player their favorite team just signed to a four-year contract was one that had been experiencing chronic knee issues. While there isn’t anything different…

  15. Sixers receive permission to interview Heat assistant coach David Fizdale

    Jul 16, 2013, 11:28 PM EDT

    Bulls Heat Basketball

    The Philadelphia 76ers are the lone NBA team without a head coach at this relatively late stage of the offseason, but it appears as though the search is intensifying. From Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports: The Philadelphia 76ers have received permission to interview Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale for their head coach opening, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Fizdale has been…

  16. Michael Jordan’s older brother promoted to player personnel role with the Bobcats

    Jul 16, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Michael Jordan is an owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, and owners have the right to install their family members in prominent positions if that’s they way they want to roll, because it’s their team, and they can do with it what they choose. Jordan has exercised this right by bringing in his older brother, Larry…

  17. Heat waive Mike Miller using amnesty provision

    Jul 16, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    The reality of the new collective bargaining agreement is that with the far more strict financial penalties in place for teams in luxury tax territory, most are going to try to cut costs whenever possible. And that includes the back-to-back champion Miami Heat. Mike Miller has been waived via the amnesty provision, the team announced on…

  18. Nick Young’s Lakers contract has a player option for a second season

    Jul 16, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Nick Young

    As the Lakers looked to add talent to round out the roster in the wake of Dwight Howard leaving for the Rockets, much was made of the fact that the team was only looking to sign players to one-year deals. The reason, of course, is the salary cap. While the Lakers still have some talent…

  19. Kawhi Leonard to skip USA Basketball mini-camp; George Hill, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added to the roster

    Jul 16, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    USA Basketball will hold a four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas following the conclusion of Summer League beginning on July 22, and while the roster was originally set to include Kawhi Leonard, that will no longer be the case. Leonard will miss the mini-camp “while rehabbing from a long season,” USA Basketball announced on Tuesday via…

  20. Report: Suns put Kendall Marshall on the trade block

    Jul 15, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

    Kendall Marshall

    The Suns brought in a new GM this offseason in Ryan McDonough, who has already begun to put his stamp on the team with a couple of critical moves. The hiring of Jeff Hornacek as head coach seems to be a solid choice at this early stage of things, and the trade to get Eric…

  21. DeMar DeRozan throws down two monster jams at the Drew League (VIDEO)

    Jul 15, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan goes to the basket against Bucks forward Tobias Harris during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    Summer League in Las Vegas is happening right now, and it’s where rookies, second-year players, and undrafted guys looking to catch on with a professional squad play a serious brand of basketball in front of NBA executives, coaches, and league personnel. But in terms of pure entertainment value, it doesn’t come close to what happens…

  22. Blazers’ Will Barton leaves Summer League game with a knee injury (VIDEO)

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Barton grabs a rebound against Los Angeles Lakers center Howard during second half of their NBA basketball game in Portland

    LAS VEGAS – Will Barton had an active first half for the Blazers in Summer League action on Sunday versus the Lakers, getting to the rim for a couple of highlight plays that included a reverse layup and a flying slam dunk. In the third quarter, however, Barton suffered a knee injury and his afternoon was…

  23. Tim Hardaway Jr. suffers wrist injury at Summer League, hopes to play in Knicks’ next game

    Jul 14, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Knicks Pelicans Basketball

    LAS VEGAS – Tim Hardaway Jr. got off to a strong start in the third day of Summer League, scoring nine points in 10 first quarter minuts and getting loose on a drive down the middle of the lane for a flying one-handed slam dunk. Unfortunately, Hardaway suffered an injury to his left wrist that…

  24. Mike Woodson confident in his ability to coach any player, including Metta World Peace

    Jul 14, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Woodson JR Smith

    LAS VEGAS – Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is with the team in Las Vegas for Summer League, and with reports of mutual interest between New York and Metta World Peace now that he’s cleared amnesty waivers, Woodson was asked if he thought he might have a knack for coaching players with, shall we say, a…

  25. Reports: Metta World Peace clears amnesty waivers, Knicks may be frontrunners

    Jul 14, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Metta World Peace is known for saying a lot of things that may provide entertainment value, but that you can’t always take 100 percent seriously. For example, after being amnestied by the Lakers, World Peace said he may consider playing basketball in China or even giving arena football a try before he’d look to an…

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