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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. C.J. McCollum hits the floater after dazzling off the dribble at Summer League (VIDEO)

    Jul 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    C.J. McCollum

    LAS VEGAS – The overall quality of play in Saturday’s Summer League game between the Suns and the Blazers was among the best we’ve seen over the event’s first couple of days, and a quick look of the rosters makes it easy to understand why. Phoenix started four players that played heavy minutes in the…

  5. Rockets GM says Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik will stay in Houston

    Jul 14, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    The Rockets introduced Dwight Howard on Saturday, and while the free agent big man promised he’d keep on smiling on his way to trying to help his new team win a title, he’s also got some work to do to keep his teammates similarly engaged. Throughout the process, there had been rumblings in Houston that even…

  6. Lakers agree to one-year deal with Wesley Johnson

    Jul 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Wesley Johnson

    The Lakers are in need of a lot of things at a very low price, as the team prepares for the season after next when it will have all the cap space in the world to spend on any available free agent they can convince to come to Los Angeles. Before then, they have to…

  7. Suns draft pick Alex Len undergoes another surgery, on the right ankle this time

    Jul 13, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft

    Alex Len was selected with the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft by the Phoenix Suns, even though he was recovering from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle. Len told reporters on draft night that he expected to resume basketball activities in August, which would have put him on pace…

  8. Report: Mavericks call off deal to sign Devin Harris

    Jul 12, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Pacers Hawks basketball

    The Mavericks and Devin Harris had agreed upon a three-year deal in the neighborhood of $9 million that would return the guard to the team that traded him away in the deal that brought Jason Kidd to Dallas back in 2008. An injury that Harris is dealing with that will now require surgery, however, has…

  9. Austin Rivers shines in Summer League opener for the Pelicans

    Jul 12, 2013, 8:23 PM EDT

    Knicks Pelicans Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Austin Rivers hasn’t played in an NBA basketball game since March 4, after suffering a broken hand injury that ended his season. You wouldn’t have known it in his first game with the Pelicans at the Las Vegas Summer League opener on Friday, as Rivers finished with 24 points, seven rebounds, and…

  10. Mavericks’ first round pick Shane Larkin suffers broken ankle, out 2-3 months

    Jul 12, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Shane Larkin, Ricky Ledo, Gal Mekel, Rick Carlisle, Donnie Nelson

    LAS VEGAS — Just as we were discussing top draft picks who will miss Summer League due to injury, we get word of another one to add to that list. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Shane Larkin, the Dallas Mavericks’ 1st-round pick, broke his ankle in summer league practice, sources told Y! Could be…

  11. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett to miss Summer League while still recovering from shoulder surgery

    Jul 12, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    LAS VEGAS — The Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with the number one overall pick in this year’s draft, and Summer League is usually our first chance to get a look at the most recent lottery picks in an NBA setting. Bennett, who played his college ball at UNLV, won’t be participating, however, due to still…

  12. Report: Sixers to interview Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga for head coaching position

    Jul 12, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    jay larranaga

    The Sixers are the lone NBA team without a head coach at this relatively late stage of the offseason, considering that the draft has already taken place and Summer League is currently underway. They may be looking for a fix to that situation with a younger candidate on the rise. From Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com:…

  13. Suns were the aggressors in three-team deal that brought Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to Phoenix

    Jul 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Caron Butler, Eric Bledsoe introduced in Phoenix

    PHOENIX — The Suns surprised everyone who closely follows the landscape of NBA free agency by coming away with one of the more coveted players in the summer sweepstakes that all teams take part in to try to bolster their rosters through talent acquisition. There were no rumors or leaked reports of conversations progressing between…

  14. Victor Oladipo hits the game-winner at Orlando Summer League (VIDEO)

    Jul 12, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo, Ron Anderson

    The consistent ability to knock down a jumper against a defender was one of the areas cited that Victor Oladipo would need to improve upon as he enters his first NBA season with the Magic. It looked pretty good with the game on the line Thursday at Summer League, when Oladipo stepped back and buried…

  15. Ronny Turiaf agrees to two-year deal with the Timberwolves

    Jul 11, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    Ed Davis, Darrell Arthur, Ronny Turiaf

    Ronny Turiaf has agreed to a two-year deal to join the Minnesota Timberwolves, his agent Mark Bartelstein announced in a blast to several media outlets, including the Minnesota StarTribune. It’s a two-year contract worth $3.2 million that will see Turiaf added as big man insurance to a roster that already includes Gorgui Dieng and Chris…

  16. Ed Davis won’t play Summer League for Grizzlies because he was asked to ‘by a coach who doesn’t have a job’

    Jul 11, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

    Lionel Hollins, Ed Davis

    Go ahead and file this under comedy more than anything else, and be thankful that we have a medium like Twitter where athletes can jump in and publicly provide immediate feedback to any discussion involving them personally. Ed Davis came to Memphis last season in the trade that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto, but had…

  17. Report: Chauncey Billups agrees to two-year deal to return to the Pistons

    Jul 11, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

    billups pistons

    Four years after being traded away from the team he led to an NBA title back in 2004, Chauncey Billups has agreed to return home. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Chauncey Billups has reached agreement on a two-year contract to return to the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The deal will be worth $5…

  18. Kendall Marshall looking to prove he belongs during Summer League with Suns

    Jul 10, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Kendall Marshall

    PHOENIX — Kendall Marshall was selected by the Suns with the 13th overall pick in last summer’s draft, but a chance to take the reigns as the team’s starting point guard has been far from guaranteed due to a combination of his need to develop, along with the constant personnel additions the team has made…

  19. Report: Mavericks to target Samuel Dalembert now that Andrew Bynum has signed with Cavaliers

    Jul 10, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    Wednesday began with such promise in Dallas, but ultimately ended in some level of disappointment. The Mavericks began the day meeting with free agent big man Andrew Bynum. The club had its medical staff do some evaluations, and there was a lunch with Bynum’s agent and team executives where the early stages of contract negotiations…

  20. Reports: Andrew Bynum agrees to sign with Cavaliers

    Jul 10, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    That was fast. After meeting with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Andrew Bynum has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to multiple reports. The contract details appear to be the same as were initially reported. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Andrew Bynum’s deal w/ Cleveland will include $6 million of $12M guaranteed…

  21. Mavericks meet with Andrew Bynum; how much of his contract is guaranteed could determine where he signs

    Jul 10, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    UPDATE 8:24 p.m.: Things happen quickly around these parts — Andrew Bynum has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 7:27 p.m.: When it was reported that the Cavaliers had offered Andrew Bynum a two-year deal worth $24 million, we knew that the contract would be incentive-based due to the injuries that prevented the big…

  22. NBA names Rod Thorn President of Basketball Operations as Executive VP Stu Jackson steps down

    Jul 10, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    rod thorn nba

    The NBA announced some changes in its offices on Wednesday involving some fairly high-ranking positions. Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations will be leaving the NBA after more than 13 years, and longtime league and team executive Rod Thorn will be joining the league office as President of Basketball Operations effective August 1.…

  23. Suns will look to push the tempo under new head coach Hornacek

    Jul 10, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    Hornacek Suns Basketball

    PHOENIX — Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek conducted his first official practice with the team on Tuesday, but only a handful of the players who will fill out the regular season roster were in attendance. The session was for the Suns’ Summer League squad, which will play its opening game in Las Vegas on Saturday.…

  24. Lakers had the highest luxury tax bill last season, followed by these five teams

    Jul 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Lakers starters walk onto the court after a timeout during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    It is theoretically possible to buy the talent necessary to win a championship in the NBA, but especially since the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement went into effect, it would come at a very substantial cost. We’ll get to that in a moment. For now, let’s look at the teams who were served…

  25. Steve Nash says what we all knew, that Dwight Howard didn’t want to be with the Lakers

    Jul 9, 2013, 11:39 PM EDT

    Lakers' Howard and Nash walk up the floor during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Pacers in Indianapolis

    As became evident by the fact that Dwight Howard chose to sign with the Houston Rockets in free agency, he simply didn’t want to play in Los Angeles for the Lakers. This was true even last season, however, while Howard was still on the team and was theoretically trying to make the best of a…

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