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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Rosters set for Thursday’s USA Basketball intra-squad showcase

    Jul 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes

    LAS VEGAS — USA Basketball will wrap up its four-day mini-camp on Thursday with an intra-squad showcase that will be played in front of fans at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, and televised nationally on NBA TV. The rosters have been set for what is essentially an All-Star game where the…

  7. Report: Heat to open 2013-14 season against the Bulls, face Lakers on the road Christmas Day

    Jul 24, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

    d rose lebron

    The regular season schedule for the 2013-14 NBA season is expected to be released in its entirety next week, but since preliminary versions get sent out to the league’s broadcast partners in advance, we always seem to get word of some of the marquee matchups before everything is finalized. This year is no different, as…

  8. Thunder bringing back Derek Fisher on a one-year contract

    Jul 24, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    The Thunder will be bringing back Derek Fisher for a third straight season, after signing him to a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum salary on Wednesday. “Derek has proven to be a valuable member of our team and we are excited to have him back,” Thunder GM Sam Presti said, via the official release.…

  9. Kevin Durant, Kevin Love announce commitment to play in 2014 World Championships for Team USA

    Jul 24, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

    US forward Kevin Durant and US forward K

    LAS VEGAS – There were two surprise visitors in the gym for the third day of USA Basketball mini-camp on Wednesday, and as it turned out, they were there to make a formal announcement. “This is a big day and a big announcement for USA Basketball,” program Chairman Jerry Colangelo said. “Because two of our…

  10. Players at USA Basketball mini-camp trying to impress with minimal guidance from coaches

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    US Coach K Returns Basketball

    LAS VEGAS – The USA Basketball roster is not only at capacity, it’s overflowing with talented players who all want to represent their country on the world stage. This week’s mini-camp in Las Vegas on the campus of UNLV is an opportunity for 28 additional players to make an impression on chairman Jerry Colangelo, head…

  11. Mark Cuban thinks Dirk Nowitzki can be in the MVP conversation next season

    Jul 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    Mark Cuban loves Dirk Nowitzki like a son, and the two have built a relationship that goes beyond the professional level over the course of Nowitzki’s stellar 15-year career with the Dallas Mavericks. It’s fine to have those feelings cloud Cuban’s sense of reality a bit where basketball is concerned; just don’t expect the rest…

  12. NBA’s anti-flopping rules could be headed to arbitration

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    At the conclusion of the NBA’s Board of Governors meetings last week in Las Vegas, in addition to announcing a few minor rule changes, David Stern said that the anti-flopping rules that were in place for last season will continue without alteration. “There was a report on our flopping rules and the competition committee thought…

  13. Ian Clark leads Warriors to Summer League championship victory over Suns

    Jul 23, 2013, 12:38 AM EDT

    NBCSports.com

    LAS VEGAS – The Warriors wrapped up Las Vegas Summer League on Monday with a 91-77 win over the Suns to take home the first ever championship trophy in the event’s history. Undrafted rookie Ian Clark was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, after putting on a red-hot shooting display that netted him a game-high…

  14. Kyrie Irving says he has no intention of leaving the Cavaliers

    Jul 22, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    LAS VEGAS – Kyrie Irving is already playing at an All-Star level for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and earned the honor in just his second NBA season. He’s unquestionably the player who will lead the Cavs to the playoffs and beyond in the future, provided the team continues to make smart roster decisions as it appeared…

  15. DeMarcus Cousins embracing his second chance with USA Basketball

    Jul 22, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    LAS VEGAS – DeMarcus Cousins is a participant in a USA Basketball event for the second straight summer, but after how things turned out last year, it was by no means guaranteed that he would ever be asked back. Cousins was a member of the USA Select team that was there for the Olympic team…

  16. Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried excited by the Nuggets’ addition of Nate Robinson

    Jul 22, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Lawson celebrates scoring game winning basket with Faried over Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA basketball game in Denver

    LAS VEGAS – Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson were on the basketball court at the Mendenhall Center in Las Vegas on Monday when the news broke that the Denver Nuggets had signed the dynamic and diminutive Nate Robinson to a free agent contract. Faried and Lawson are among the almost 30 players participating in USA…

  17. Summer League championship game set between Suns and Warriors

    Jul 22, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Raptors Suns Basketball

    LAS VEGAS – The two teams that have played the best and most consistent basketball through the first 10 days of Summer League will, not surprisingly, compete for the inaugural tournament championship played on the final day of the action. The Suns will face the Warriors in Monday night’s title game, with tip-off set for…

  18. Suns’ Archie Goodwin finishes insane one-handed lob shot at Summer League, but refs waive it off (VIDEO)

    Jul 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    via YouTube

    LAS VEGAS – This easily could qualify as the best made shot in all of Summer League action, except for the fact that it was disqualified. Late in the first half of the Suns’ 91-89 victory over the Heat on Sunday, Archie Goodwin — who’s been impressive for the Suns throughout this competition — went…

  19. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love express interest in playing for Team USA next summer

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    About the time that Summer League is wrapping things up in Las Vegas on Monday, the NBA focus will shift to a four-day USA Basketball mini-camp being held in town through Thursday. The biggest names in the game will sit this one out, but there are spots to be had for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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