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  1. Dwight Howard discussed wanting input on roster decisions during meeting with Rockets

    Jul 3, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Now that all of Dwight Howard‘s free agent meetings have concluded and we await his decision, some of the details about what went down in these presentations are beginning to come out. And at least in the case of the Rockets, Howard wanted front office input in addition to whatever else the franchise was trying…

  2. Tony Allen agrees to four-year deal to return to Grizzlies

    Jul 2, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    Tony Allen

    Over the last few seasons in Memphis, Tony Allen helped transform the Grizzlies from an aimless franchise to one with an identity embraced by both the team and the city alike. Heart, grit, and grind. Allen’s toughness and skill on the defensive end of the floor is every bit as important to what the team…

  3. Report: Kings were in Andre Iguodala sweepstakes, then pull out

    Jul 2, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Andre Iguodala reacts against the Golden State Warriors during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    UPDATE July 3, 2:05 am: The Kings pulled their max offer to Iguodala off the table and now will no longer pursue him. This caught Iguodala off guard. July 2, 9:58 pm: With Tyreke Evans reportedly receiving a high-priced offer to play in New Orleans, the Sacramento Kings are looking at going in a different…

  4. Earl Clark schedules second free agent meeting with Cavaliers

    Jul 2, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Earl Clark

    The Lakers are essentially consumed with Dwight Howard at the moment, and are awaiting his free agent decision before they can begin to make moves to solidify the team’s roster for next season. While they wait, one of their key big men is in negotiations with someone else. Earl Clark played a significant role for…

  5. Dwight Howard wraps up final free agent meeting with Lakers, now we wait

    Jul 2, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers got the last word they requested with Dwight Howard, holding the final meeting with the offseason’s most coveted free agent on Tuesday. The presentation from the Lakers lasted less than two hours, and was reported to include Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Mike D’Antoni, along with team general manager Mitch Kupchak, members of…

  6. Dwight Howard, John Wall speak Chinese (VIDEO)

    Jul 2, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    dwight john wall

    In a promotional spot for an upcoming trip to China this summer, Dwight Howard and John Wall have a totally realistic conversation with Yi Jianlian in Chinese. It’s all fun and games, of course, until Wall (as pointed out by Kelly Dwyer over at Yahoo!’s Ball Don’t Lie) tries to claim that he’s never been out…

  7. Pacers to wear black, sleeved jerseys at 2013 Summer League (PHOTO)

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    2013-07-07-Pacers-short-sleve-summer-league-jersey

    The Golden State Warriors were the test team last season for new, sleeved NBA jerseys designed to be more marketable to the average fan. As many as five teams will be wearing the new-look tops next season, and we’ll even see some versions of them in July’s upcoming Summer League. Scott Agness of Pacers.com has…

  8. Clippers to meet with O.J. Mayo, Carl Landry on Tuesday

    Jul 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Patrick Patterson

    The Clippers re-signing of Chris Paul to a max contract in free agency this summer was only the beginning of their plans to add talent and tweak the roster so that it’s more immediately ready to compete for a championship under new head coach Doc Rivers. The decision of whether or not to trade reserve…

  9. Cable television opportunities part of the pitch to Dwight Howard from Lakers, Rockets

    Jul 2, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Media Day

    We know that wherever Dwight Howard chooses to play for the next four or five seasons, despite what he may try to put out there publicly at this point, the decision will be about more than just basketball. Howard was said to be intrigued by the Lakers not only due to having the immediate opportunity…

  10. Report: Andray Blatche agrees to re-sign with Nets

    Jul 1, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    Andray Blatche was a more than serviceable big off the bench for the Nets last season, and it looks as though he’ll get a chance to repeat that performance next year. Blatche has agreed to re-sign with Brooklyn, as first reported by longtime NBA scribe Peter Vecsey. Howard Beck of the New York Times reported…

  11. Celtics GM Ainge says team ‘has no intentions’ of trading Rajon Rondo

    Jul 1, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Jose Calderon

    When the Celtics sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets for loose parts and future draft choices, the team made the decision to begin the long, arduous rebuilding process perhaps a season or two before it was truly necessary. The one star-level player remaining on the roster in Boston is point guard Rajon…

  12. Andrew Bynum won’t work out for teams as a free agent

    Jul 1, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    Andrew Bynum didn’t play a single game for the Sixers last year, due to knee injuries that kept him from basketball for the entire season. Bynum is now an unrestricted free agent, but the likelihood of Philadelphia coming through with the dollars it will take to sign him is minimal, at best. The team’s new…

  13. Spurs extend qualifying offers to Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal, making them restricted free agents

    Jun 30, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    The Spurs made sure that they’d at least have the option of bringing back every key member of a team that was within seconds of winning an NBA title last season, by extending qualifying offers to both Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal before the deadline passed to do so. Splitter and Neal are now both…

  14. Report: Rockets trade Thomas Robinson to the Blazers

    Jun 30, 2013, 8:51 PM EDT

    Thomas Robinson

    The Rockets have made the final deal in order to ensure they’ll have enough space under the league’s salary cap to offer Dwight Howard a max contract when they meet with him Sunday night. Houston needed to clear the $3.5 million-dollar contract of Thomas Robinson off of its books without taking salary back in return…

  15. Report: Knicks and Raptors have agreed on a trade to send Andrea Bargnani to New York

    Jun 30, 2013, 6:51 PM 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

    Things move fast on the free agency rumor wire. It was just this morning when the Clippers were said to be involved in trade talks with the Raptors to deal for Andrea Bargnani, but as it turned out, the Knicks are the team that has acquired his services. From Howard Beck of the New York…

  16. Kobe Bryant to be a part of Lakers presentation to Dwight Howard

    Jun 30, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Just like the Rockets and the Mavericks, who have free agent meetings scheduled with Dwight Howard and will bring out their respective team’s best players, the Lakers are planning to do the same. Kobe Bryant will be a part of the Lakers presentation to Howard, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. In addition to Bryant, members…

  17. Rockets continue to clear cap space, release Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks

    Jun 30, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Looking up and down the roster of the Houston Rockets, there are a lot of guys there with smaller deals or team options. That’s by design, of course, in order to maintain maximum financial flexibility with the hopes of landing a top-level free agent — like Dwight Howard, for example. The latest moves, announced by…

  18. Phil Jackson to Dwight Howard: ‘I expect to see you get on board’ with Lakers

    Jun 30, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Jackson speaks during a ceremony to retire jersey #34 in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers player O'Neal during their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    The Rockets are first in line to meet with Dwight Howard once free agency commences at midnight Eastern, but that doesn’t mean other teams aren’t going to let their wishes be known where Howard is concerned While no contact with free agents is allowed by teams until 12:01 a.m. on July 1, that doesn’t extend…

  19. Clippers and Raptors also discussing trade involving Andrea Bargnani

    Jun 30, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    UPDATE 6:51 p.m.: The Knicks and the Raptors have agreed on a trade that will send Andrea Bargnani to New York. 11:30 a.m. The Raptors became the latest team to engage the Clippers in trade talks for the young and dynamic Eric Bledsoe, but L.A. might not be interested in dealing him for what Toronto…

  20. No surprise, Chris Paul’s reps inform teams he’ll re-sign with Clippers

    Jun 30, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    As free agency in the NBA gets set to open at midnight Eastern, one of the top names has taken himself off the market — not that it comes as any surprise. Chris Paul will re-sign with the Clippers, according to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN.com. Paul’s representatives have told teams “not to…

  21. LaMarcus Aldridge says he hasn’t demanded a trade from the Blazers

    Jun 30, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    When a report surfaced a few days ago that had LaMarcus Aldridge unhappy in Portland and potentially wanting out, the impending denial from Aldridge that was almost certainly on the way was completely expected. With no leverage to force a trade out of town, and with Aldridge being one of the team’s two cornerstones along…

  22. Jeremy Lin drops 45 points in a San Francisco Pro-Am game (VIDEO)

    Jun 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Normally when a pro player hits the courts during the summer to play against a bunch of non-NBA guys, their exploits aren’t all that impressive. The level of competition matters, after all, and so ringing up big numbers should be the expected result in games where the defense is questionable, and the overall talent level is…

  23. Udonis Haslem played through torn meniscus, will require offseason surgery

    Jun 29, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Udonis Haslem has always been a key role player for the Miami Heat, and helped his team when called upon at various times during their run to a second straight NBA title. Haslem’s biggest contribution of the postseason came in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers, when he finished 8-of-9 from…

  24. Report: Mo Williams won’t re-sign with Jazz unless he remains a starter

    Jun 29, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Mo Williams

    Mo Williams is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he apparently won’t re-sign with the Jazz as a backup point guard — he wants to be the starter. That’s the word out of Williams’ camp, anyway, and if true, he may want to start engaging in some contract negotiations with other teams. From Marc…

  25. Rockets to get first free agent meeting with Dwight Howard

    Jun 29, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard speaks during a press conference at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, California

    Once the free agency period officially opens after midnight Eastern on July 1, the most coveted player on the market will be with one of the teams he is strongly considering signing a max contract with for the next four years. That meeting has been set, and the team that will get the first crack…

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