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  1. Victor Oladipo hits the game-winner at Orlando Summer League (VIDEO)

    Jul 12, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

    Victor Oladipo, Ron Anderson

    The consistent ability to knock down a jumper against a defender was one of the areas cited that Victor Oladipo would need to improve upon as he enters his first NBA season with the Magic. It looked pretty good with the game on the line Thursday at Summer League, when Oladipo stepped back and buried…

  2. Ronny Turiaf agrees to two-year deal with the Timberwolves

    Jul 11, 2013, 9:53 PM EST

    Ed Davis, Darrell Arthur, Ronny Turiaf

    Ronny Turiaf has agreed to a two-year deal to join the Minnesota Timberwolves, his agent Mark Bartelstein announced in a blast to several media outlets, including the Minnesota StarTribune. It’s a two-year contract worth $3.2 million that will see Turiaf added as big man insurance to a roster that already includes Gorgui Dieng and Chris…

  3. Ed Davis won’t play Summer League for Grizzlies because he was asked to ‘by a coach who doesn’t have a job’

    Jul 11, 2013, 9:43 AM EST

    Lionel Hollins, Ed Davis

    Go ahead and file this under comedy more than anything else, and be thankful that we have a medium like Twitter where athletes can jump in and publicly provide immediate feedback to any discussion involving them personally. Ed Davis came to Memphis last season in the trade that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto, but had…

  4. Report: Chauncey Billups agrees to two-year deal to return to the Pistons

    Jul 11, 2013, 8:36 AM EST

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    Four years after being traded away from the team he led to an NBA title back in 2004, Chauncey Billups has agreed to return home. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Chauncey Billups has reached agreement on a two-year contract to return to the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The deal will be worth $5…

  5. Kendall Marshall looking to prove he belongs during Summer League with Suns

    Jul 10, 2013, 10:26 PM EST

    Kendall Marshall

    PHOENIX — Kendall Marshall was selected by the Suns with the 13th overall pick in last summer’s draft, but a chance to take the reigns as the team’s starting point guard has been far from guaranteed due to a combination of his need to develop, along with the constant personnel additions the team has made…

  6. Report: Mavericks to target Samuel Dalembert now that Andrew Bynum has signed with Cavaliers

    Jul 10, 2013, 9:16 PM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    Wednesday began with such promise in Dallas, but ultimately ended in some level of disappointment. The Mavericks began the day meeting with free agent big man Andrew Bynum. The club had its medical staff do some evaluations, and there was a lunch with Bynum’s agent and team executives where the early stages of contract negotiations…

  7. Reports: Andrew Bynum agrees to sign with Cavaliers

    Jul 10, 2013, 8:24 PM EST

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    That was fast. After meeting with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Andrew Bynum has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to multiple reports. The contract details appear to be the same as were initially reported. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Andrew Bynum’s deal w/ Cleveland will include $6 million of $12M guaranteed…

  8. Mavericks meet with Andrew Bynum; how much of his contract is guaranteed could determine where he signs

    Jul 10, 2013, 7:27 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    UPDATE 8:24 p.m.: Things happen quickly around these parts — Andrew Bynum has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 7:27 p.m.: When it was reported that the Cavaliers had offered Andrew Bynum a two-year deal worth $24 million, we knew that the contract would be incentive-based due to the injuries that prevented the big…

  9. NBA names Rod Thorn President of Basketball Operations as Executive VP Stu Jackson steps down

    Jul 10, 2013, 6:47 PM EST

    rod thorn nba

    The NBA announced some changes in its offices on Wednesday involving some fairly high-ranking positions. Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations will be leaving the NBA after more than 13 years, and longtime league and team executive Rod Thorn will be joining the league office as President of Basketball Operations effective August 1.…

  10. Suns will look to push the tempo under new head coach Hornacek

    Jul 10, 2013, 12:45 PM EST

    Hornacek Suns Basketball

    PHOENIX — Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek conducted his first official practice with the team on Tuesday, but only a handful of the players who will fill out the regular season roster were in attendance. The session was for the Suns’ Summer League squad, which will play its opening game in Las Vegas on Saturday.…

  11. Lakers had the highest luxury tax bill last season, followed by these five teams

    Jul 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Lakers starters walk onto the court after a timeout during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    It is theoretically possible to buy the talent necessary to win a championship in the NBA, but especially since the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement went into effect, it would come at a very substantial cost. We’ll get to that in a moment. For now, let’s look at the teams who were served…

  12. Steve Nash says what we all knew, that Dwight Howard didn’t want to be with the Lakers

    Jul 9, 2013, 11:39 PM EST

    Lakers' Howard and Nash walk up the floor during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Pacers in Indianapolis

    As became evident by the fact that Dwight Howard chose to sign with the Houston Rockets in free agency, he simply didn’t want to play in Los Angeles for the Lakers. This was true even last season, however, while Howard was still on the team and was theoretically trying to make the best of a…

  13. Thunder’s Reggie Jackson scores 23 points in a single Summer League quarter (VIDEO)

    Jul 9, 2013, 10:29 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant talks to Thunder guard Reggie Jackson as they play against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City

    We make sure to qualify all accomplishments by players at this time of year with stating the simple fact that “hey, it’s just Summer League.” But anytime a player does what the Thunder’s Reggie Jackson did in a game played at the professional level, it’s seriously fun to watch, no matter the competition it came…

  14. Rockets fined $150K for publicly commenting on Dwight Howard deal during league’s moratorium period

    Jul 9, 2013, 6:25 PM EST

    dwight lakers playoffs

    There’s a reason you haven’t seen a press conference with Dwight Howard holding up a Houston Rockets jersey, or similar events involving Josh Smith in Detroit or Eric Bledsoe in Phoenix. Once free agency in the NBA officially begins after midnight on July 1, there is a moratorium period in place where teams may negotiate…

  15. Bradley Beal won’t play for Wizards in Summer League, doubtful now for USA Basketball mini-camp

    Jul 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Bradley Beal

    Bradley Beal was shut down by the Wizards in April after suffering a stress injury to his right fibula, and although no fracture has been detected, he’s still experiencing enough discomfort to where the team isn’t going to allow him to push the issue this summer. Beal would have been on Washington’s Summer League squad,…

  16. Andrew Bynum receives two-year, $24 million offer from the Cavaliers

    Jul 9, 2013, 12:13 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    One of the more intriguing things yet to be determined in free agency is how the market is going to value Andrew Bynum. When healthy, Bynum is one of the game’s best at his position, an All-Star caliber player who can pay immediate dividends for his team at both ends of the floor. But after…

  17. Victor Oladipo plays well in Summer League debut with the Magic (VIDEO)

    Jul 8, 2013, 12:30 AM EST

    Victor Oladipo

    Victor Oladipo was the second overall pick in this year’s draft, and looked every bit the part during his Summer League debut for the Magic. Oladipo spent most of his time playing the point guard position as promised, and looked comfortable there initiating the offense. While he made a few poor decisions with his passes,…

  18. Winners and losers to this point in NBA free agency

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    Teams began entering into agreements with free agent players shortly after midnight Eastern on July 1, but due to a league-imposed moratorium on activity, no deals can be officially signed until July 10. We’re almost there, and plenty of the top names available have indeed been swooped up by teams looking to make a splash…

  19. Report: Lakers, Chris Kaman express mutual interest

    Jul 7, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Chris Kaman

    The Lakers have seen Dwight Howard and Earl Clark both leave in free agency, which means they’re in need of some reliable big man help to fill out their roster for next season. It appears that veteran seven-footer Chris Kaman may be an option. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: As Dwight Howard leaves Los Angeles,…

  20. Clippers agree to one-year deal with Ryan Hollins

    Jul 7, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have had a very successful offseason. They’ve signed Chris Paul to a max contract, re-signed Matt Barnes, traded for Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick to get help on the wing and some solid perimeter shooting, and replaced Eric Bledsoe with Darren Collison as a backup to Paul at a very reasonable price. They can’t…

  21. Rockets agree to two-year deal with Francisco Garcia

    Jul 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Francisco Garcia

    Francisco Garcia was essentially a throw-in as part of the deal made at the trade deadline that sent Thomas Robinson from the Kings to the Rockets. Garcia was looked at as not  much more than an expiring contract,  because he had a team option for next season for $6.5 million that was out of line…

  22. Michael Carter-Williams impresses in Summer League debut with Sixers

    Jul 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    NBA Draft Basketball

    The NBA’s Summer League tipped off in Orlando on Sunday, where it will be held through July 12. Once that’s complete, the event shifts to a larger-scale operation in Las Vegas for 10 days from the 12th through the 22nd. It’s our first chance to see this year’s draft picks in action, and the player…

  23. Devin Harris agrees to three-year deal with the Mavericks

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Pacers Hawks basketball

    The Mavericks have targeted another player at the guard position, after already adding three of them to the roster this offseason. From Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas: The Dallas Mavericks and guard Devin Harris are close to finalizing a three-year deal worth in excess of $9 million, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. The Mavs struck an agreement Saturday to…

  24. Rockets GM Daryl Morey discusses factors that helped Houston land Dwight Howard (VIDEO)

    Jul 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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    There were seemingly legitimate basketball reasons for Dwight Howard to choose the Rockets in free agency over everyone else. The easy ones to point to that made the case against the Lakers were the age of Steve Nash, the questionable health of Kobe Bryant, and the fact that Howard never believed that the system run…

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