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  1. Report: J.R. Smith won’t pick up player option to return to Knicks, but team wants him back

    Jun 25, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    John Starks, J.R. Smith

    As expected, J.R. Smith will not be picking up his player option for next season, which will make him an unrestricted free agent. That doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be back with the Knicks; it just won’t be for only one year at $2.9 million. From Al Innazzone of Newsday: J.R. Smith will not pick…

  2. Columnist who wrote a piece critical of John Wall’s tattoos appears on the Dan Patrick Show to explain (VIDEO)

    Jun 25, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    john wall tattoos

    Jason Reid of the Washington Post published a piece that was entitled, “Washington Wizards should think about John Wall‘s ink before signing him to a max deal.” In it, he tried to make the case that Wall’s flip-flopping on body art is an indication that maybe he isn’t the player the Wizards want to tie…

  3. Report: Metta World Peace to exercise player option to stay with Lakers

    Jun 25, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Lakers will have Metta World Peace on their 2013-14 roster, at least until the team decides otherwise. World Peace had a player option in the neighborhood of $7.7 million to play out the final year of his contract in Los Angeles. He could have chosen to become an unrestricted free agent instead, but that…

  4. Recapping the Heat’s championship parade and celebration (VIDEO)

    Jun 25, 2013, 1:28 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    The Heat held their championship parade on Monday, up and down the streets of Miami and finally ending at American Airlines Arena on Biscayne Boulevard. Once there, the team held a celebration for fans inside, where all of the players were on stage and participated in interviews and a video tribute so the fans in…

  5. Agent says there’s ‘not a concern in the world’ that Andrew Bynum will be ready for training camp

    Jun 25, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    Andrew Bynum didn’t play a single game for the Sixers last season, after coming over in a trade that sent Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. Knee injuries prevented Bynum from ever taking the court in a Philadelphia uniform, and his time with the franchise became more contentious as the season went on. He finally…

  6. Doc Rivers may run basketball operations for Clippers in addition to becoming team’s head coach

    Jun 24, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Monday was supposed to be the day that the NBA approved the deal between the Celtics and Clippers that would allow Doc Rivers to coach in Los Angeles next season. It hasn’t happened yet, but it isn’t because of a holdup on the league’s part. The deal has yet to be finalized and sent for…

  7. Malibu fight involving Scottie Pippen being investigated by police

    Jun 24, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Scottie Pippen was allegedly involved in a violent altercation with an autograph-seeker outside of Nobu restaurant in Malibu, CA on Sunday night. The incident is under police investigation, but Pippen has been cooperating and he hasn’t been arrested or charged at this time. The initial report, from TMZ: TMZ broke the story … Pippen allegedly…

  8. Report: Luol Deng to the Wizards for the No. 3 pick discussed

    Jun 24, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Luol Deng

    It’s early Monday afternoon the week of the draft, and we have our first rumored trade talks to report. And this rumor’s a good one, involving a two-time All-Star and a top-three pick. From Marc Stein of ESPN.com: Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the Chicago Bulls, in their latest attempt to gauge…

  9. Nerlens Noel says it ‘won’t be the end of the world’ if he isn’t the first pick in the draft

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    Nerlens Noel has been projected to be the first overall pick in this year’s draft for quite some time, but there have been rumblings that things could change in that regard before the Cavaliers make that pick on Thursday. It may be due to the fact that Noel is still recovering from a torn ACL…

  10. Brook Lopez has foot surgery, expected to be back on the court in August

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    The Nets announced that Brook Lopez underwent surgery to replace a screw in his right foot, which was previously surgically repaired, and that he should be ready to resume basketball activities in August. From Tim Bontemps of the New York Post: The bent screw was discovered in Lopez’s postseason physical, and was “subsequently replaced,” which…

  11. All of LeBron’s Game 7 buckets, all at the same time

    Jun 24, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    This is incredible, and probably an accurate visualization of what the Spurs felt like was happening at various times during the Finals. [via Drew Sheppard and Trey Kerby of TBJ]

  12. One draft scenario could see Suns looking to trade Marcin Gortat

    Jun 23, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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    The Suns have the fifth overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft, and due to a combination of both their own needs and the uncertainty about how the four picks before theirs are going to shake out, the team is wisely preparing for a wide variety of scenarios. At least one of those might see…

  13. With Rivers deal complete, NBA unlikely to approve a subsequent trade involving Kevin Garnett and the Clippers

    Jun 23, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce talk over a play in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    Now that the Celtics and the Clippers have finally reached an agreement that will see Doc Rivers patrolling the sidelines in Los Angeles next season, the questions in Boston now turn to the futures of both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Garnett was originally included as part of the package for Rivers, before commissioner David…

  14. LeBron breaks social media silence with Instagram video touting his ‘two rings’

    Jun 23, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    LeBron James routinely posts to both his Twitter and Instagram accounts during the season, but for the second straight year, went social media silent once the playoffs began. Once he had completed his season by winning another championship, James broke his silence with a 14-second Instagram video post. Wow I guess it just hit me!…

  15. It’s done: Clippers reach agreement with Celtics on a deal to hire Doc Rivers as head coach

    Jun 23, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    Our long national nightmare is over, as the Clippers and Celtics have agreed in principle on a deal that will allow Doc Rivers to become the head coach in Los Angeles. According to multiple reports, Rivers has agreed to a three-year contract worth $21 million to coach the Clippers, which is the same amount he…

  16. Heat victory parade scheduled for Monday, backpacks will not be allowed

    Jun 23, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    The Heat will hold their victory parade on the streets of Miami beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, and among the heightened security measures in place will be the banning of backpacks by city officials. Backpacks were used by those who set off the bombs at the Boston Marathon a couple of months back,…

  17. Report: Clippers nearing agreement with Celtics on a deal that would allow them to hire Doc Rivers

    Jun 23, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    The on-again, off-again talks between the Clippers and the Celtics to free Doc Rivers from his contract in Boston so he can coach in Los Angeles are back, and this time the teams appear to be closer than ever on making it happen. Whether or not the league will allow it is another question entirely,…

  18. LeBron sets the record straight, says Spurs’ Danny Green did not party with the Heat after Game 7

    Jun 23, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Green-LeBron

    After the Heat won their second straight NBA championship, the party moved from American Airlines Arena to the Miami night club Story, where the team partied into the wee hours of the morning celebrating its hard-fought run to the title. There were plenty of photos and videos to come out of the evening’s festivities, but…

  19. Florida teen hit by celebratory gunfire after Heat win NBA title

    Jun 23, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Fans Watch Final Game Of NBA Finals

    After the Heat won their second straight NBA title, there were at least a few fans who decided to celebrate by shooting guns into the air. Unfortunately, those bullets always land somewhere. And in this case, one of them came through a window and hit a teenage boy in the head. From the Associated Press:…

  20. LeBron James named MVP of the 2013 NBA Finals

    Jun 21, 2013, 2:38 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    MIAMI — With the Heat repeating as champions thanks to a thrilling Game 7 win over the Spurs, there was no question who would be named the Finals MVP if Miami was the one hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy before the night was through. LeBron James finished with 37 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and…

  21. Heat beat Spurs in epic Game 7 to win 2013 NBA title

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:46 AM EDT

    BKN-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT-GAME 7

    MIAMI — The Miami Heat are the 2013 NBA champions. And the Spurs made them earn every last bit of that second straight title. In a game fitting of what we’ve come to expect from these two teams in this series, LeBron James put on a jump-shooting display that resulted in his scoring 37 points,…

  22. Heat lead Spurs 46-44 at halftime of Game 7

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade shoots over Spurs' Green during Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — The Heat are out to a 46-44 lead over the Spurs at halftime of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. One of the things we planned on looking for heading into this one was the level of play, and whether due to the accumulation of a season’s worth of fatigue or the magnitude…

  23. LeBron meets the media before Game 7 (VIDEO)

    Jun 20, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    MIAMI — LeBron James was much more relaxed than usual when meeting with reporters about an hour before tip-off of Game 7. It might be the excitement (and the admitted lack of sleep) taking its toll, or it could simply be the calm before delivering a personal championship-winning storm. Decide for yourself by checking out…

  24. Game 7 between the Heat and the Spurs: Seven things to watch

    Jun 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James looks at a replay as he walks up court with Spurs' Duncan during the fourth quarter in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — The Heat and the Spurs have engaged in an epic Finals battle which will crown one of them as champions by the time Thursday night is through. In a series where neither team has been able to string together two consecutive victories, it’s even more impossible than usual to predict how one game…

  25. Chris Bosh to fans who left Game 6 early: ‘Don’t come back for Game 7′

    Jun 19, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    MIAMI — The Spurs held a five-point lead with a little more than 28 seconds remaining in Game 6, before the Heat mounted a furious comeback to send it into overtime and ultimately force a seventh game. As things looked particularly dire, with San Antonio on a 10-2 run and seemingly on their way to…

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