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Dan Feldman

  1. Kings’ brass visit Alabama with DeMarcus Cousins’ big payday looming

    Jul 5, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    In the last two years, a dozen players have posted 17 points and nine rebounds in a season. Here’s the list with the terms of each player’s most recent contract or extension in parentheses: Blake Griffin (five years, $95 million) Dwight Howard (five years, $83,235,900) David Lee (six years, $79,537,680) LaMarcus Aldridge (five years, $65…

  2. Bobcats to amnesty Tyrus Thomas

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Charlotte Bobcats

    21.7 21.0 18.8 13.8 Notice a pattern? Those are, in chronological order, the minutes per game for Tyrus Thomas during his four seasons with the Bobcats. Still just 26 years old, Thomas has faded into near-obscurity. He averaged career lows in points (4.8) and rebounds (2.3) per game this season, but the lowest point came…

  3. Rockets don’t have enough cap room to give Dwight Howard a max contract

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:12 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Patrick Beverly attempts to steal the ball from Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Rockets do not have enough cap room to give Dwight Howard a max contract. They could waive all four of their players with fully unguaranteed contracts – Greg Smith, Patrick Beverley,Tim Ohlbrecht and James Anderson – and they still wouldn’t have enough cap room. If Howard chooses Houston, perhaps as early as today, the…

  4. Brad Stevens trying to escape loooong run of college coaches failing in NBA

    Jul 4, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Brad Stevens

    In 1987, the New York Knicks hired a hotshot college coach who had just led Providence to the Final Four. The new coach was smart, energetic and extremely promising. In his first year, he led the Knicks to a 38-44 finish. Although that record wasn’t great, it sure beat the 24, 23 and 24 games…

  5. Report: Al Jefferson wants $15 million salary, will wait for Dwight Howard to sign

    Jul 3, 2013, 10:48 PM EDT

    Al Jefferson

    Al Jefferson signed a five-year, $65 million extension that paid him $15 million last season in the final year of the deal. Whenever teams offers a player so much money, there’s always a risk he rests on his laurels. Jefferson didn’t do that. Since getting that extension, he’s worked hard to develop his offensive game.…

  6. Derrick Rose: ‘I had to be selfish’ with injury

    Jul 3, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    Scottie Pippen had an opinion on how Derrick Rose should handle his injury. John Paxson had an opinion on how Derrick Rose should handle his injury. John Calipari had an opinion on how Derrick Rose should handle his injury. Bradley Beal had an opinion on how Derrick Rose should handle his injury. Joakim Noah had…

  7. Raptors not keen on trading Rudy Gay for Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva

    Jul 3, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

    Raptors Gay prepares to throw the ball into play from the end court in the first half of their NBA game against the Celtics in Toronto

    New Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri just turned Andrea Bargnani, an underwhelming player on a terrible contract, into a first-round pick. Sure, the Raptors had to take back Marcus Camby’s bad contract and Steve Novak’s lengthy deal, but they also got a couple second-round picks for the trouble. Ujiri should be feeling pretty, pretty, pretty…

  8. Report: Pacers to sign Donald Sloan

    Jul 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Donald Sloan, Steve Novak, Raymond Felton

    The Pacers’ Hansbrough era appears to be coming to an end. First, the Pacers pulled Tyler Hansbrough’s qualifying offer. Now, they’ve replaced Ben Hansbrough as the team’s third point guard. Michael Pointer of the Indianapolis Star: Donald Sloan, who split time last season between New Orleans and Cleveland, has reached agreement on a multi-year contract…

  9. Report: Kings pull four-year, $56 million offer to Andre Iguodala, won’t pursue him

    Jul 3, 2013, 1:52 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Iguodala reacts after scoring over the Golden State Warriors in the final seconds of the second quarter of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Denver

    Really?? Ok… MOTIVATION!!!!!! — Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 3, 2013 When Andre Iguodala – how did he beat everyone to the handle @andre? – posted that tweet, I figured he was showing his appreciation for the Kings’ huge contract offer. Nope. Quite the opposite. The Kings have pulled their offer for free agent Andre Iguodala…

  10. Report: Pistons offer Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva for Rudy Gay

    Jul 3, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Gay scores against Detroit Pistons during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    The Pistons reportedly tried to trade for Rudy Gay before the Raptors got him from the Grizzlies. That move by Toronto was panned by most informed observers, because although Gay scores at a high clip (career 18 points per game), he’s very overpaid (owed $17,888,932 and $19,317,326* in the next two years) and very inefficient…

  11. Report: Rockets trying to land Dwight Howard AND Josh Smith

    Jul 3, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Josh Smith, Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard wants the Rockets to add a third star, and Josh Smith is Houston’s backup plan to Howard. It was only a matter of time until these plans merged. Sam Amick of USA Today: According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the Rockets’ Monday meeting with free agent forward Josh Smith in…

  12. J.J. Redick-Jared Dudley trade might squeeze Chauncey Billups off Clippers

    Jul 2, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Ty Lawson

    Chauncey Billups – when healthy, which wasn’t very often – started at shooting guard for the Clippers the last two years. Now that the Clippers have upgraded their wing positions by trading for J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, Billups, a free agent, might no longer fit in Los Angeles. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:…

  13. Report: Timberwolves to sign Kevin Martin to four-year, $28 million deal

    Jul 2, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Kevin MArtin

    The Timberwolves shot 30.5 percent on 3-pointers last season, dead last in the league. The difference between Minnesota and the 29th-place Magic was great than the difference between the third-best 3-point shooting team and the 21st-best 3-point shooting team. Not only did the Timberwolves need someone capable of making shots from beyond the arc, they…

  14. Report: Pistons want to trade for Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay

    Jul 2, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    The Pistons have two of the NBA’s most promising big men, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, and they’ve cleared more than $20 million in cap space this summer. They’re definitely in position to make a jump to the playoffs, which is what general manager Joe Dumars probably needs in the final season of his contract,…

  15. Bulls to waive Richard Hamilton

    Jul 2, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls shooting guard Hamilton questions a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    For the second time in three years, an NBA team is paying Richard Hamilton to go away. The Pistons’ cap obligation to pay Hamilton a $14.5 million buyout over the last two seasons just ended, but now the Bulls will pay Hamilton $1 million not to play for them next season. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:…

  16. Pacers yank Tyler Hansbrough’s qualifying offer

    Jul 2, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough

    Tyler Hansbrough might have waited too long, or maybe he’ll just be free to get a larger offer. The Pacers extended Hansbrough a $4,135,391 qualifying offer in June, so Hansbrough had the option for the last couple days of accepting a one-year, $4,135,391 contract with Indiana. In return, the Pacers had the right to match…

  17. Wizards re-sign Martell Webster to four-year, $22 million contract

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

    Martell Webster

    The Wizards drafted small forward Otto Porter, but incumbent starting small forward Martell Webster remained the top priority in free agency. That’s because Webster, who signed a one-year contract with Washington last summer, shot a career-best 42.2 percent on 3-pointers and helped the Wizards go from 28th in 3-point percentage to 10th. For a team…

  18. Knicks pursuing Francisco Garcia and Matt Barnes

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Francisco Garcia

    The Knicks need another small forward. Chris Copeland is a free agent and could join the Pacers soon. Steve Novak was included in the original Andrea Bargnani trade, and Quentin Richardson was added to the revised version. James White was nearly waived during the season, and he’s probably headed to China. Iman Shumpert might play…

  19. Jose Calderon meeting with Kings, one of many suitors

    Jul 2, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Looks more like football as Toronto Raptors' Calderon races Sacramento Kings' Robinson up the court in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    When the Pistons traded for Jose Calderon and his expiring contract, they immediately stressed they didn’t view him as a one-year rental. After years of subpar point guard play since they traded Chauncey Billups, Calderon brought playmaking skills to the position Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey couldn’t come close to matching. But Calderon and Andre…

  20. Report: Spurs ‘seriously interested’ in Andrei Kirilenko

    Jul 2, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Andrei Kirilenko, Derrick Williams

    The Spurs have two key free agents: Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter. Ginobili will likely re-sign at a remarkably reduced cost than the $14 million he made last season, but Splitter will have other suitors bidding for him. Though Splitter is a restricted free agent, the Spurs have the flexibility to let him walk if…

  21. Reports: Wizards talking to their No. 1 priority, Martell Webster, also pursuing Antawn Jamison

    Jul 1, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

    Martell Webster

    The Wizards got their backup point guard, a much-needed addition that will come in the form of Eric Maynor. But Washington has bigger goals in free agency, mainly retaining small forward Martell Webster. Webster, 26, had a breakout season last year, his first with the Wizards. He posted career highs in points per game (11.4),…

  22. Victor Oladipo as Magic’s point guard?

    Jul 1, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    The Magic, reportedly, wanted to draft a point guard with the No. 2 pick in the draft. But Marcus Smart went back to Oklahoma State, and drafting Michigan’s Trey Burke, Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams or Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum that high probably would have been a reach. So, Orlando took Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo instead. But…

  23. Report: Bulls sign Mike Dunleavy to two-year, $6 million contract

    Jul 1, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

    Mike Dunleavy, Jeff Adrien

    Update: Marc Stein of ESPN: https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/351857319463759872 Mike Dunleavy has never finished a season with a winning team. He began 2006-07 with the Warriors, who finished 42-40, but he was traded mid-year to the 35-47 Pacers. Otherwise, he’s spent every season of his career entirely with a loser. That could change soon. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!…

  24. Report: Pacers, Chris Copeland share mutual interest

    Jul 1, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT

    Chris Copeland, Tyler Hansbrough

    The Knicks – who had the NBA’s third-best regular-season offense – struggled to score in their second-round series against the Pacers, posting an offensive rating (100.4) that would have ranked 23rd in the regular season. Strangely, New York seemed to have an answer for its offensive woes. Chris Copeland shot 11-for-20 in the series, and…

  25. Reports: Pelicans to offer Tyreke Evans $40 million–$44 million

    Jul 1, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

    Kings Hornets Basketball

    Tyreke Evans, a restricted free agent, can’t sign an offer sheet until July 10. But he can agree to terms on one, and though it wouldn’t be binding, it’s an extreme breach of protocol to renege at that point. So, Evans and teams can negotiate in good faith right now. Once Evans signs an offer…

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