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  1. DeJuan Blair officially signs deal with the Mavericks

    Aug 7, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

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    DeJuan Blair finished his fourth season with the Spurs as a restricted free agent, but after falling out of the rotation in San Antonio and with the Spurs not looking to match any offers he may have received, Blair might has well have been unrestricted this summer. The offers weren’t exactly pouring in, despite Blair’s…

  2. The Crossover: Discussing the impact Twitter has had on the NBA (VIDEO)

    Aug 7, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

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    On NBC Sports Network’s The Crossover, Michelle Beadle sat down with CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla to discuss the impact that Twitter has had on the NBA. It’s actually been fairly staggering. With two-thirds of its players on Twitter, the NBA is the No. 1 sports league on social media or as the NBA’s senior vice president…

  3. Suns purchase ‘beat.la’ website to push rivalry with Lakers

    Aug 7, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    BKN - NBA - LAKERS - SUNS

    If you’re looking at rivalries from the Lakers side of things, teams like the Celtics in the East and the Spurs in the West are the ones that immediately come to mind for most fans in Los Angeles. But in Phoenix, Suns fans loathe the Lakers more than any other NBA team, with the possible…

  4. Lakers set to have more nationally televised games than the Heat next season

    Aug 6, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    As we dig into the particulars of the 2013-14 NBA schedule which was released on Tuesday, the amount of nationally televised games awarded to teams is an interesting indicator of perceived interest or predicted success. But as we’re learning more and more, it’s mostly an indication of market size. The Chicago Bulls and New York…

  5. NBA releases 2013-14 schedule, here are your opening night and Christmas Day matchups

    Aug 6, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    After several notable leaks over the past couple of weeks, we finally have the official version of the 2013-14 NBA schedule. Let’s get right to it by taking a look at the slate for some of the key dates in the season. OPENING NIGHT: Tuesday, October 29 MAGIC at PACERS: The first game of the…

  6. Suns could use the stretch provision to painlessly rid themselves of Michael Beasley

    Aug 6, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Michael Beasley was already entering the 2013-14 season with the Suns on thin ice, and that was before his latest run-in with local authorities that was his third such incident in the past eight months. Beasley was at the core of some of the problems in Phoenix early last season, and it became evident by…

  7. Report: Knicks to open the season at home against Bucks

    Aug 5, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    This is the final schedule leak you’ll receive from us, so soak it up in all of its August glory. The New York Knicks will open the season at home against the rebuilding Milwaukee Bucks, according to a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post. While many teams in big markets have marquee…

  8. Heat prospect James Ennis likely to play overseas next season

    Aug 5, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    Raptors Heat Basketball

    When the Heat made a draft night trade for late second round pick James Ennis, it appeared as though the team would be interested in having him compete for a spot on the roster. After getting a look at Ennis during both the Orlando and the Las Vegas Summer Leagues, however, the team has decided…

  9. Suns to reveal new uniforms on August 15

    Aug 5, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

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    The Suns introduced a new home court design last season, but didn’t get the approval from the league in time to roll out the new uniforms that were supposed to echo the club’s new-look theme. A year later, the Suns will in fact have new uniforms for next season. The team has been releasing little…

  10. Report: Heat express interest in Sebastian Telfair

    Aug 4, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors guard Sebastian Telfair passes the ball in front of Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    After agreeing to terms with Greg Oden on Friday, the Miami Heat now have 13 players who will be on guaranteed contracts for next season. They have the rights to a 14th in Jarvis Varnado, but his deal is not fully guaranteed just yet. If Miami is to max its roster out with 15 guaranteed…

  11. Goran Dragic ejected from Eurobasket tune-up game after altercation with Turkey’s Dogus Balbay (VIDEO)

    Aug 4, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Goran Dragic is playing for the Slovenian team during Eurobasket this summer, and in a tune-up game this weekend things got heated with him and a player from the team from Turkey to the point where he was ejected for his actions. The play can be seen in the video clip above, and it appears…

  12. Nick Young gets dunked on at the Drew League (VIDEO)

    Aug 4, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Nick Young Drew League

    Not all highlights from the Drew League can be complimentary to current NBA players. While there is plenty of Kevin Durant and JaVale McGee that goes on, the league also features some guys with top level talent who simply aren’t household names — and they get loose occasionally, as well. Nick Young was victimized in this…

  13. Report: Pistons still have interest in Rajon Rondo, even after acquiring Brandon Jennings

    Aug 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings

    The Pistons were reportedly one of the first teams in line to talk with the Celtics about a potential deal for Rajon Rondo, once Boston entered a full-fledged rebuild by sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets. Whether due to the offers being low while Rondo still rehabs from a torn ACL injury,…

  14. Differences over dollars still keeping the Timberwolves from signing Nikola Pekovic

    Aug 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic

    The Timberwolves and Nikola Pekovic have been expected to come to a contract agreement for some time. But the longer the sides continue to negotiate, there seems to at least be a possibility that the relationship could sour. We broke down the many reasons for the delay a couple of weeks back, but it seems…

  15. Mark Cuban releases video Mavericks used in pitch to Dwight Howard

    Aug 4, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    A+E Networks Hosts the NCTA Reception - Arrivals

    The Mavericks were one of five teams Dwight Howard considered in free agency, although their plan to first pair the center with an aging Dirk Nowitzki and then try to lure other stars to join the team a year later ended up not being the most appealing option. Teams go to great lengths to show…

  16. Wilt Chamberlain battles Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (VIDEO)

    Aug 4, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    If you consider yourself to be a true fan of the game of basketball, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with the greats who played the game in eras gone by. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, and in this clip of highlights featuring some of his battles against Wilt Chamberlain…

  17. Carmelo Anthony says trade for Andrea Bargnani was a steal for the Knicks

    Aug 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    When the Knicks went out and traded for Andrea Bargnani, it was a head-scratcher for plenty of New York fans. Bargnani has a reputation of being a frail bust during his time in Toronto, a former number one overall draft pick who clung to the figurative neck of the Raptors franchise like an albatross for…

  18. Greg Oden swats a shot from LeBron James into the stands (VIDEO)

    Aug 3, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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    As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, Greg Oden has chosen to make his NBA comeback with the Miami Heat next season. If things get too hectic for Oden in the Heat locker room, or LeBron James tries to invoke some good-natured hazing upon his new teammate, all Oden needs to do is point the league…

  19. DeShawn Stevenson wants to play for the Miami Heat

    Aug 3, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    LeBron James, DeShawn Stevenson, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood,

    Once Greg Oden made a decision to sign with the Miami Heat, it may have appeared a bit too easy to join the back-to-back defending champions on a veteran’s minimum deal in free agency. That appears to be the case where DeShawn Stevenson is concerned, who is looking for work after recently being waived by…

  20. Magic would like their own Florida-based D-League franchise

    Aug 3, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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    The D-League is gaining in popularity among NBA franchises, and more and more teams are looking to have one-on-one affiliations with one of the developmental franchises in order to stock a pipeline of talent that’s being brought up to speed with a specific level of instruction. The problem, of course, is that while there are…

  21. Greg Oden signing could have the Heat looking to move Joel Anthony

    Aug 3, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Now that Greg Oden is in the fold with the Miami Heat, there are other big men around the league that will be affected by his decision. But there also might be some on Oden’s new team that could find themselves playing elsewhere before the season begins. Miami has more bigs than the team will…

  22. Amar’e Stoudemire has applied for Israeli citizenship

    Aug 3, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Fashion's Night Out At SAKS Fifth Avenue

    Amar’e Stoudemire has made no secret of the fact that he’s extremely interested in exploring his spirituality, and with it the Jewish faith that he’s embraced due to the family ties he has to it on his mother’s side. Stoudemire regularly posts biblical quotes to his social media accounts, and has been seen wearing a…

  23. Carmelo Anthony says his window is closing, wants to bring the Knicks a championsip

    Aug 3, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    In advance of Carmelo Anthony‘s ability to opt out of his contract next summer and become an unrestricted free agent, he’s going to get asked a lot of different questions that are aimed at getting a response that will clue us in to what his future plans may be. This continued on Saturday, when Anthony…

  24. Report: Antawn Jamison to meet with Clippers head coach Doc Rivers

    Aug 3, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    We’re at that time in the NBA offseason where there isn’t much going on, so any small bit of news of a free agent inching closer to deciding on a new destination becomes an element of interest. The mini-frenzy created by Greg Oden’s signing with the Heat on Friday qualifies, considering he hasn’t played in…

  25. James Harden gives important Eurostep lessons in Nike’s latest #SummerIsSerious spot (VIDEO)

    Aug 3, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    James Harden

    In Nike Basketball’s latest spot for the Summer Is Serious campaign, James Harden shows us the proper way to Eurostep, while making sure his beard remains properly fluffed between takes. When I think of current players known for their Eurostep, Harden is maybe third on my list behind Manu Ginobili and Dwyane Wade. The Ginobili…

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