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  1. Last weekend at the Drew League, Brandon Jennings hinted at his future with the Pistons

    Jul 30, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Via @darrellskie29, Brandon Jennings dropped a big hint about signing with the Pistons on Sunday at #TheDrewpic.twitter.com/JZbNp5QI88 — Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) July 30, 2013 That’s Brandon Jennings on the left, and this photo was taken just two days ago at the Drew League in Los Angeles. While plenty of players like to wear throwback gear…

  2. Kurt Rambis says he was ‘shocked’ that Mike D’Antoni asked him to be an assistant coach with the Lakers

    Jul 30, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT

    kurt rambis

    The hiring of Kurt Rambis to be an assistant coach on Mike D’Antoni’s staff was interesting, to say the least. In terms of the politics and constant speculation surrounding the Lakers, it made for some interesting conspiracy theories, considering that D’Antoni is largely believed to be a short-term solution, while Rambis has a long history…

  3. Report: Thunder agree to one-year deal with Ryan Gomes

    Jul 29, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    GOMES_RYAN

    Plenty of teams got better this offseason, either via trade or by the signing of promising free agent acquisitions. The Oklahoma City Thunder was not one of them. While Western Conference clubs like the Clippers and Rockets made multiple moves to fortify the roster for a run deep into the postseason, the Thunder did nothing…

  4. Tim Hardaway regrets anti-gay comments, but believes dialogue that resulted was a positive

    Jul 29, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

    Knicks Hardaway Basketball

    Tim Hardaway played 14 NBA seasons, most notably as a part of the Run TMC Golden State Warriors. But he was also a key component of the Miami Heat teams that challenged in the Eastern Conference in the late 90s. He found himself in the spotlight once his career was through for making some horribly…

  5. Report: Brandon Jennings has ‘strongly considered’ playing for the qualifying offer next season

    Jul 29, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    The situation Brandon Jennings and the Bucks find themselves in at this late stage of free agency is somewhat fascinating. The short story is that Jennings is a restricted free agent, meaning the Bucks can (and have said they would) match any offer he receives from another team. No team has reached out to Jennings…

  6. Heat scout Tim Hardaway says if Miami signs Greg Oden, they’ll win a third straight title

    Jul 29, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Greg Oden

    It’s only July, but apparently it isn’t too early to make proclamations as to who might win next year’s NBA championship a little more than 11 months from now. Greg Oden was reported to be impressive in his recent workout in front of personnel representing five NBA teams, so much so that an employee of…

  7. Behind the scenes with Chauncey Billups during his return to the Pistons (VIDEO)

    Jul 28, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Joe Dumars

    Chauncey Billups returned to the Pistons in free agency, the team where he made a name for himself after winning a Finals MVP award back in 2004. Billups was traded away in the ill-fated deal that brought Allen Iverson to Detroit in 2009, but he’s back to finish his career in the place where he…

  8. Hawks claim Gustavo Ayon off waivers

    Jul 28, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    ayon bucks

    The Bucks waived Gustavo Ayon a few days ago for reasons unknown, but even a big man with the most basic of skill sets on not much more than a minimum salary deal won’t last on the open market for very long. Ayon didn’t end up hitting the open market, and was claimed off waivers by the…

  9. It’s Manu Ginobili’s birthday, so here are some Manu Ginobili highlights

    Jul 28, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Spurs' Ginobili goes to the basket past Miami's Wade during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio

    It’s Sunday afternoon in late July, which is not exactly prime time in the NBA news cycle. But birthdays happen all year long — even daily, I’m told. And today, Manu Ginobili turned 36 years old, so we’ll celebrate (and kill some time) with a look at a few of his highlights. I was traveling…

  10. Report: Greg Oden looked lean, moved well in recent workout for teams

    Jul 28, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    greg_oden

    Today’s Greg Oden update takes us to his recent workout in Indianapolis, where five of the six teams interested in signing the free agent big man were all in attendance. The takeaways were that Oden looked good, both physically and from a basketball standpoint — which is why so many teams are weighing their current…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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