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  1. Report: Celtics and Mavericks have talked trade for Rajon Rondo

    Jun 29, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    A report surfaced on Saturday that the Celtics and Mavericks had engaged in trade talks for the one remaining All-Star asset in Boston, Rajon Rondo. It didn’t come from one of the usual suspects in terms of reporters we’re used to seeing break this kind of news, but a report from DallasBasketball.com is always credible.…

  2. Jeff Van Gundy still regrets quitting as Knicks head coach, says Doc Rivers didn’t quit on Celtics

    Jun 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jeff Van Gundy

    Jeff Van Gundy does a stellar job for ESPN and ABC as an NBA analyst, but he was once one of the better head coaches in the league over the course of several seasons. Van Gundy coached the New York Knicks for parts of seven straight seasons, before voluntarily leaving that job to take a…

  3. Kevin Durant finally gets drafted first overall in Nike’s new #SummerIsSerious spot (VIDEO)

    Jun 29, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    In the first spot released by Nike Basketball in support of Kevin Durant and his latest signature shoe, the KD VI, it’s time to draft summer league teams. And the Shirts aren’t about to screw things up the way the Blazers did back in 2007. Clever and humorous, just as we’ve come to expect. Plus,…

  4. Alex Len says he can show immediate improvement in the NBA with the Suns, because ‘in college, the spacing sucks’

    Jun 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Draft Suns Basketball

    PHOENIX — The Suns selected Alex Len with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft, and the 7’1″ center from Maryland expects to be able to show immediate improvement in the NBA based on one simple fact that applies to basketball played at the college level. “In college, the spacing sucks,” Len said at his…

  5. Suns GM says team is ‘not looking to move’ Marcin Gortat

    Jun 28, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, Jared Sullinger

    PHOENIX — In the days leading up to the draft, there were rumors that the Suns might be looking to trade Marcin Gortat should one of the big man prospects fall into their lap with the number five pick. The Suns got their man by drafting the 7’1″ Alex Len, but it appears that at…

  6. Lakers continue public courtship of Dwight Howard by (possibly) draping his jersey over the Beverly Hills Hotel

    Jun 28, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard jersey Beverly Hills Hotel

    9:52 p.m. ET: It appears we have a question as to whether this is actually real or simply an altered photo, and since I’m no longer in L.A. and can’t simply drive over, we’ll have to trust my man Larry Brown, who called the hotel multiple times and was unable to get confirmation. I’ve pinged…

  7. Jerryd Bayless picks up player option to stay with Grizzlies

    Jun 28, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Jerryd Bayless was a capable back-up at the guard spot for a Grizzlies team that reached the Western Conference Finals last season. He had a player option of $3.1 million to return next year, but it was widely believed that he would choose to pursue unrestricted free agency instead. Bayless, however, has decided to come…

  8. Report: Celtics to receive MarShon Brooks in deal with Nets, Reggie Evans stays in Brooklyn

    Jun 28, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    One of the criticisms of the Celtics in their deal that will send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets was that aside from the future first round picks, there wasn’t a lot of young talent immediately coming back in return. Boston was set to receive Gerald Wallace (with three years and over $30…

  9. Suns get the player they wanted by drafting Alex Len

    Jun 28, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Len from the University of Maryland hugs NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Suns as the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    PHOENIX — When the Cleveland Cavaliers surprised everyone by selecting Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft, a sense of excitement rushed through the Suns war room in Phoenix. The pick by the Cavs was the beginning of a wild first round which defied mock draft boards everywhere, and ensured that…

  10. Kevin Garnett agrees to deal that will send him and Paul Pierce to the Nets

    Jun 28, 2013, 2:13 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    When the initial shock wore off after hearing the beginnings of a deal between the Celtics and Nets that would land both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in Brooklyn, the one thing that could prevent it all from happening immediately came into focus. Garnett is one of a very few players in the league with…

  11. Report: Grizzlies trade Darrell Arthur to Nuggets for Kosta Koufos

    Jun 27, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

    Kosta Koufos

    One of the reasons (and there were several) that the Nuggets cited when parting ways with head coach George Karl was the fact that they were upset that Karl stubbornly started Kosta Koufos over a player who needed development in JaVale McGee. That won’t be a problem for new coach Brian Shaw, since Denver has…

  12. Trade: Minnesota sends Trey Burke to Utah for two first round picks in this year’s draft

    Jun 27, 2013, 9:37 PM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft

    Trey Burke was selected by the Timberwolves with the ninth overall pick in the draft, but Minnesota has traded him to the Utah Jazz for the 14th and 21st overall picks in this year’s draft, reports Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press. The Timberwolves reportedly decided to move down in the draft after seeing the…

  13. Trade: New Orleans sends Nerlens Noel and a 2014 pick to Sixers for Jrue Holiday

    Jun 27, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

    Noel from the University of Kentucky shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Pelicans as the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    We have our first trade of the 2013 draft, and it involves some fairly big names. The New Orleans Pelicans selected Nerlens Noel with the sixth overall pick, but he won’t be playing alongside Anthony Davis on the front line next season. They picked him for the Philadelphia 76ers, who will send All-Star point guard…

  14. Shocker: Cavs take Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft

    Jun 27, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    Literally nobody saw this coming. The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected UNLV’s Anthony Bennett with the number one pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, and it comes as a huge surprise. Most mock drafts had Nerlens Noel at the top of the board in the weeks leading up to the draft, and Alex Len began to…

  15. Carmelo Anthony says injured shoulder feeling better, won’t need surgery

    Jun 27, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    Carmelo Anthony guided the Knicks into the second round of the playoffs, and did so with an injured left shoulder. The injury, which bothered Anthony but didn’t cause him to miss time, occurred on a play where he got tangled up with Kevin Garnett during Game 5 of the Knicks’ first round playoff series against…

  16. Nike unveils its latest signature shoe for Kevin Durant, the KD VI

    Jun 27, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    Kevin_Durant

    Nike held an event on Thursday in Seat Pleasant, Md. (just outside of Washington, D.C.) to launch its latest signature shoe for Kevin Durant, the KD VI. The location was significant, as the shoe’s design was inspired by Durant’s hometown, and (as pointed out in the video clip above) the precision craftsmanship of a watch.…

  17. Carl Landry opts out of final year of contract with Warriors to become an unrestricted free agent

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

    Spurs Warriors Basketball

    This news was expected, but it became official on Wednesday. Carl Landry had a player option for next season with the Warriors worth $4 million, but he left it on the table in order to pursue free agency instead. He’d like to return to the Warriors if it makes sense financially, but will wisely test the…

  18. Report: Bucks have ‘strong’ interest in J.R. Smith

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    J.R. Smith opted out of the final year of his deal with the Knicks, and that was the smart move financially following his Sixth Man of the Year award-winning season. It doesn’t mean Smith won’t return to New York, but it does mean that other teams may throw a lot more money in his direction…

  19. Suns officially unveil new logos

    Jun 26, 2013, 11:51 PM EDT

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    Some of the new logos that will be in play for the Phoenix Suns next season hit the internet a short time ago, but the team made the announcement official on Wednesday. The changes are eloquently explained in the team release: “The Suns’ primary logo changes for the first time in 13 years (2000) and only…

  20. Report: Alvin Gentry chooses Clippers over Lakers, will be on Rivers’ staff

    Jun 26, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry

    UPDATE 5:34 pm: It didn’t take that long for him to decide. Not long after Doc Rivers was formally introduced as the Clippers head coach, Alvin Gentry said he would become part of Doc’s staff, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni signed off on this (not that he had much…

  21. Brian Shaw says playing and working for Phil Jackson hurt his previous chances at becoming a head coach

    Jun 26, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    There was an outpouring of support for Brian Shaw this week when he finally landed a long-deserved head coaching spot with the Denver Nuggets. Shaw was a part of five NBA championships as a player and assistant coach, and more than paid his dues along the way, most recently rising to the top assistant position…

  22. Report: Cavaliers targeting Alex Len with first overall pick in the draft

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Alex Len

    There seems to be a few guys near the top of most draft boards that will be impact players in the league for years to come, but none are at that superstar level that would make them a no-brainer to be selected with the number one overall pick. That may be why the Cavaliers were…

  23. Report: Wizards leaning toward drafting Otto Porter with the No. 3 pick

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

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    It’s long been believed that the Wizards would select either Anthony Bennett or Otto Porter with the third overall pick in the draft, and some even had Bennett as the frontrunner between the two in recent days. The latest report, however, says that Porter is now the favorite due to the consensus among league personnel…

  24. Report: Nets contacted Celtics to inquire about Kevin Garnett

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    In the wake of Doc Rivers leaving the Celtics to coach the Clippers, and with Boston GM Danny Ainge non-committal on the futures of both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett with the franchise, it’s only natural that other teams would begin to come calling to check on the availability of the Celtics’ aging stars. The…

  25. Rumor: Thunder trying to land a top-five draft pick, offering two lower picks and Kendrick Perkins

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    The Thunder have two first round picks in Thursday’s draft, but the team is shooting much higher than that if you believe the latest reports. From Andy Katz of ESPN.com (via Daily Thunder): Elsewhere, a source said Oklahoma City was interested in packaging its two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 29) and Kendrick Perkins for…

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