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  1. Suns ‘optimistic’ that Channing Frye will be playing for them next season

    Jul 28, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    channing frye suns

    Channing Frye was diagnosed with an enlarged heart condition that kept him out of basketball entirely for all of last season. There was an extended period of time where Frye couldn’t even do any heavy cardio exercise just to stay in shape, and his return to the court was uncertain, at best. As the season…

  2. Report: Marcus Camby will sign with the Rockets

    Jul 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    The Rockets have made another free agent big man acquisition, and while it’s not as big of a deal as the one involving Dwight Howard earlier this summer, it may be an important one to the team’s ultimate chances nonetheless. Marcus Camby is expected to sign with Houston today, according to a report from Marc…

  3. Tracy McGrady says he may return to play in China

    Jul 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    File photo of Tracy McGrady of the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles driving the ball to the basket next to a U.S. All-Star team player during their basketball match in Qingdao

    Tracy McGrady was on the playoff roster of the San Antonio Spurs as they made their run to the NBA Finals, but understandably, he wasn’t able to contribute all that much. McGrady’s skill set has diminished far below the electric level it once reached, and he’s no longer capable of registering meaningful minutes against the…

  4. Doc Rivers says Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have plenty left to give to the Nets

    Jul 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    When the Celtics pulled the plug on their championship aspirations by trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets, it wasn’t because those two Hall of Fame players were completely finished. Salary considerations — along with the reality that even if the core stars were kept together in Boston for one more season, it…

  5. LeBron visits Philippines for the first time with Nike Basketball (VIDEO)

    Jul 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Nike Basketball

    Plenty of NBA stars head overseas during the offseason, in order to expand the game globally, as well as to help sell some sneakers. LeBron James is no exception, and for the first time ever, he visited the Philippines as part of an international tour with Nike Basketball. From the official release: In Manila, Philippines,…

  6. J.R. Smith has been paid out half of the three-year, $17 million-dollar contract he just signed

    Jul 27, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    John Starks, J.R. Smith

    The rules of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement are fascinating to a certain segment of NBA fans, so with that in mind, we bring you this financial quirk involving J.R. Smith. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year signed a three-year deal worth just under $18 million to remain with the Knicks a few weeks…

  7. Report: Knicks, Grizzlies have interest in Delonte West

    Jul 27, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    delonte

    Delonte West had a fairly productive eight seasons in the NBA in terms of his on-court contributions, but personal issues which stemmed from his battle with a bipolar disorder often made him more trouble than he was worth from a personality standpoint in the locker room. That was the reason the Mavericks parted ways with…

  8. Report: Chris Paul leaning toward playing in the 2016 Olympics

    Jul 27, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    The reason that USA Basketball held a four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas last week that featured 28 current and rising NBA stars (and a couple from the college ranks) is due to the fact that there’s plenty of uncertainty as to who will return to the team to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games. Program…

  9. Reggie Lewis blocks four of Michael Jordan’s shots in the same game (VIDEO)

    Jul 27, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    reggie lewis

    Reggie Lewis was the future of the Celtics franchise, an All-Star player on a statistical track to the Hall of Fame after six NBA seasons who was supposed to transition Boston from the Larry Bird era into its next phase of greatness. He passed away tragically at age 27, twenty years ago today. The video…

  10. Suns trade Luis Scola to the Pacers for Gerald Green, 2014 first round pick

    Jul 27, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    scola-suns

    UPDATE 2:48 p.m.: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the deal has been agreed to, and will send Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee, and a lottery protected 2014 first round draft pick to Phoenix in exchange for Luis Scola. “The trade is consistent with our stated plan to continue to acquire young assets,” said Suns President of…

  11. Andrew Goudelock signs one-year deal to play in Russia

    Jul 27, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Goudelock

    There were a few guys who shined during Summer League who ended up getting contracts to play in the NBA next season — Ian Clark and Elias Harris are among the names that immediately come to mind. Andrew Goudelock, who played off and on with the Lakers the past two seasons and managed to pick…

  12. Report: Bucks closing in on signing Gary Neal

    Jul 27, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    gary neal

    When the Spurs pulled the qualifying offer they had out to Gary Neal, it made him an unrestricted free agent. He wasn’t expected to stay on the market for very long, and now it appears as though he could be scooped up as soon as today. From Marc Stein of ESPN.com: Hearing: Bucks closing in…

  13. Greg Oden might choose a rebuilding team for his comeback where there would be ‘less pressure’

    Jul 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    greg_oden

    We’re expected to learn of Greg Oden’s free agent decision as early as next week, and even though the general public has no idea if he can still play basketball at the NBA level, there are six teams reportedly interested in signing him up to see what he’s got. Miami, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio,…

  14. Lakers sign Elias Harris to a two-year contract

    Jul 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Wichita State v Gonzaga

    The Lakers had Elias Harris on their Summer League roster, an undrafted rookie out of Gonzaga who showed flashes of potential on both ends of the floor. Needing to round out the roster with some minimum salary players, the team decided that what Harris brings to the table was enough to earn him a partially…

  15. Harrison Barnes with a massive throw-down on Ryan Anderson at the USA Basketball showcase (VIDEO)

    Jul 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    USA Basketball

    LAS VEGAS – Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis were the stars of the USA Basketball showcase on Thursday, but this dunk from Harrison Barnes might have been the night’s greatest highlight. Ryan Anderson was victimized here, and while Barnes finished with 18 points in just 13 minutes, 10 of those came in the fourth quarter…

  16. Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis shine in USA Basketball showcase

    Jul 26, 2013, 1:08 AM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    LAS VEGAS – The White team beat the Blue team 128-106 in the USA Basketball intra-squad showcase that put a bow on a four-day mini-camp held in Las Vegas this week, but the event was about anything but this game’s final score. The powers that be were looking for mostly intangibles from players in terms…

  17. Bucks waive big man Gustavo Ayon

    Jul 25, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    ayon bucks

    There was a time, not that long ago, when the Bucks were of the belief that they should retain big man Gustavo Ayon for next season. Back in June, they reportedly decided to pick up his $1.5 million option. A month later, however, before the contract was set to become fully guaranteed, the team has…

  18. Best dunks from USA Basketball mini-camp (VIDEO)

    Jul 25, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    USA Basketball is wrapping up its four-day mini-camp, and we’re getting some highlights to remember it by on its way out. The video clip above shows some of the best dunks from the scrimmages, so enjoy — because sadly, there won’t be much more to see in the way of legitimate basketball highlights for the…

  19. George Hill explains reason for backing out of USA Basketball mini-camp

    Jul 25, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    George Hill

    LAS VEGAS – George Hill was a late scratch for this week’s USA Basketball mini-camp in las Vegas, with the given reason at the time being listed only as a “scheduling conflict.” That didn’t seem to be a great excuse considering the late date (July 21) that the organization received word that Hill wouldn’t be…

  20. Magic announce signing of Ronnie Price

    Jul 25, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Ronnie Price

    As Orlando continues a rebuilding project which appears to be coming along ahead of schedule, the team has added a veteran presence to its locker room that should help with developing the youngsters into true professionals. The Magic announced the signing of Ronnie Price on Thursday, for what is believed to be a one-year deal…

  21. Nuggets GM says Andre Miller will return next season

    Jul 25, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

    Andre Miller, C.J. Watson

    Andre Miller appeared in all 82 regular season games for the Nuggets last year, and played well enough to where he was a key component in helping the team finish with 57 wins, good for third best in a loaded Western Conference. Miller performed almost too well, however, because George Karl felt the need to…

  22. Rosters set for Thursday’s USA Basketball intra-squad showcase

    Jul 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes

    LAS VEGAS – USA Basketball will wrap up its four-day mini-camp on Thursday with an intra-squad showcase that will be played in front of fans at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, and televised nationally on NBA TV. The rosters have been set for what is essentially an All-Star game where the…

  23. Report: Heat to open 2013-14 season against the Bulls, face Lakers on the road Christmas Day

    Jul 24, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

    d rose lebron

    The regular season schedule for the 2013-14 NBA season is expected to be released in its entirety next week, but since preliminary versions get sent out to the league’s broadcast partners in advance, we always seem to get word of some of the marquee matchups before everything is finalized. This year is no different, as…

  24. Thunder bringing back Derek Fisher on a one-year contract

    Jul 24, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    The Thunder will be bringing back Derek Fisher for a third straight season, after signing him to a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum salary on Wednesday. “Derek has proven to be a valuable member of our team and we are excited to have him back,” Thunder GM Sam Presti said, via the official release.…

  25. Kevin Durant, Kevin Love announce commitment to play in 2014 World Championships for Team USA

    Jul 24, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

    US forward Kevin Durant and US forward K

    LAS VEGAS – There were two surprise visitors in the gym for the third day of USA Basketball mini-camp on Wednesday, and as it turned out, they were there to make a formal announcement. “This is a big day and a big announcement for USA Basketball,” program Chairman Jerry Colangelo said. “Because two of our…

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