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  1. P.J. Tucker setting a good example for the Summer Suns

    Jul 21, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    P.J. Tucker

    LAS VEGAS – P.J. Tucker came to Las Vegas as part of the Suns Summer League squad, but it wasn’t because he needed the practice. Tucker, 28, has played the last seven seasons professionally — five overseas, two in the NBA — and started 45 of the 79 games he appeared in for the Suns…

  2. Iman Shumpert denies report he is unhappy with Knicks’ offseason additions

    Jul 21, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Knicks Pelicans Basketball

    Welcome to our latest edition of NBA he-said/she-said, featuring Iman Shumpert and the New York Knicks. A report appeared in the New York Daily News on Sunday which described some possible tension brewing between Shumpert and the franchise. It didn’t seem all that explosive, or really even that noteworthy considering what was already essentially public…

  3. Marcus Camby clears waivers, reportedly deciding between Heat, Bulls, and Rockets

    Jul 21, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    Marcus Camby cleared waivers as expected on Sunday, and is now an unrestricted free agent. While the Rockets were reported to be the “leading contender” for Camby’s services, there are two other teams believed to still be in the running, as well. From Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida: With Marcus Camby having cleared waivers…

  4. Lower expectations next season should give Mike D’Antoni a real chance with the Lakers

    Jul 21, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles during a media conference after practice at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    Mike D’Antoni was placed into a situation as head coach of the Lakers last season where he never really had a fair chance to succeed. The hope in Los Angeles this year is that due to expectations being lowered significantly from the championship-or-bust mentality that (rightfully) surrounded the team a season ago, D’Antoni won’t be…

  5. Kent Bazemore with another highlight dunk at Summer League (VIDEO)

    Jul 21, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Lakers Warriors Basketball

    Kent Bazemore has been lighting it up at Summer League for the Warriors, and continued his strong play in Saturday’s quarterfinal win over the Lakers. Bazemore has been scoring at a steady pace in Golden State’s five summer victories, and put up 26 points in his team’s most recent. He’s been doing it with some…

  6. Celtics GM Ainge eyes opening night return for Rajon Rondo

    Jul 21, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo is the last bit of star power remaining in the Celtics locker room, after the team decided to enter a full-fledged rebuild by trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. Rondo is not healthy, however, after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL injury he suffered in late January of last…

  7. Kevin Martin says he considered returning to the Thunder for less money

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kevin MArtin

    Kevin Martin registered his lowest points per game average in nine seasons last year with the Thunder, though his role there was a bit different than it had been with other teams in seasons past. Martin was tasked with a sixth man role in Oklahoma City, after playing starter’s minutes essentially his entire career before…

  8. JaVale McGee would like to remind you that he takes ‘no days off’ (VINE)

    Jul 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets

    I’m not sure what to make of this either, except to say that JaVale McGee clearly wants to make it known that he takes “no days off.” I also don’t know if dribbling a basketball indoors through a made-up obstacle course qualifies as work in any form, but like everything where McGee is concerned, anything…

  9. Summer League notes: Archie Goodwin continues to impress for Suns

    Jul 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    archie goodwin summer league

    LAS VEGAS – After Saturday’s action at Las Vegas Summer League, we’re down to four teams and three games left in tournament play before the event wraps up on Monday. The Suns are still around, and were expected to be considering the amount of players with real NBA rotation experience that they brought to town.…

  10. Tyreke Evans says he’d have no problem coming off the bench for the Pelicans

    Jul 20, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    Tyreke Evans has started all but 10 of the 257 games he’s appeared in through his first four NBA seasons. Given the horrific state of affairs in Sacramento during Evans’ time there — a period where the team never won more than 28 regular season games — there weren’t a lot of other options. And…

  11. Byron Mullens agrees to two-year deal with the Clippers

    Jul 20, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    The deal that has been in the works for a couple of days is now somewhat official, as free agent big man Byron Mullens has agreed to a two-year deal with the Clippers, according to multiple reports. Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles has the details: Terms were not disclosed, but league sources said the…

  12. Brian Roberts hopes Summer League helped his chances of staying in New Orleans next season

    Jul 20, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Knicks Pelicans Basketball

    Brian Roberts was surprisingly productive for the Pelicans last year (when they were still called the Hornets), especially in the latter part of the season. He was a capable scorer from the guard position, and was regularly the one name that would jump out at you when combing through the morning’s box scores late in…

  13. Duplicate of Kobe’s 2000 Lakers championship ring goes for $175K at auction

    Jul 20, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    kobe ring

    Remember that weird thing about Kobe Bryant suing his parents for trying to auction off some of his personal items from his professional basketball career? The whole thing eventually got settled, and the majority of the stuff did in fact end up going up for sale. The auction has been completed, and the most interesting…

  14. Mike Brown says Andrew Bynum, if healthy, will start at center for the Cavs

    Jul 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers

    Now that Andrew Bynum is officially a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and plans to be healthy enough to play a full season for his latest team, if that ends up happening (which, admittedly, would be a small miracle), there’s no doubt in the coach’s eyes what Bynum’s role will be. Bynum has proven his…

  15. Jordan Farmar made a financial sacrifice to rejoin the Lakers

    Jul 20, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    jordan farmar

    It’s no secret that the Lakers needed to find talent willing to sign up to play for them at a bargain price to round out their roster for next season, once the plan to convince Dwight Howard to stay fell through and the team still had a payroll north of $70 million staring them in…

  16. Rockets a ‘leading contender’ to land Marcus Camby once he becomes a free agent

    Jul 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Marcus Camby was traded from the Knicks to the Raptors in the deal that brought Andrea Bargnani to New York, but after playing 17 NBA seasons, he had no desire to finish his career with a rebuilding team nowhere near championship contention. Camby reached a buyout agreement with the Raptors this week, and once he…

  17. Toure Murry with the steal and behind-the-back pass to Jeremy Tyler for the reverse slam (VIDEO)

    Jul 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Summer League Basketball

    There’s plenty of below average play that goes on throughout Summer League, so when there are highlights to show, they tend to stand out even more than usual. This play, though, started by Toure Murry and finished by Jeremy Tyler of the Knicks’ summer squad, would have made the highlight reel no matter where the…

  18. David Stern leaves the door open for NBA to put franchises in Las Vegas and Seattle

    Jul 19, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

    nba all star vegas

    David Stern is in the final year of his tenure as commissioner, and he seems to be wanting to go out on as diplomatic of a note as possible. When the topic of expansion came up after the Board of Governors held a press conference to announce rule changes for the upcoming season, Adam Silver,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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