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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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