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  1. Scottie Pippen does not think LeBron is better than Michael Jordan

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Chicago Bulls

    After the Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls in five games behind some incredible offensive, defensive, and crunch-time performances by LeBron James, former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen went on the radio and said that he believes LeBron “may be the greatest player to ever play the game.” A few weeks after LeBron folded in the…

  2. NBA Draft draws highest rating in 15 years

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Here’s an interesting bit from CNBC’s Darren Rovell: Nielsen: NBA Draft averages 3.2 million viewers, highest NBA draft rating in 15 years. Impressive given lack of stars. Even though the Heat weren’t involved in any way, the NBA continued to break previous ratings records. Just another sign that the NBA is heading into a lockout…

  3. Sargent: Ryan Hollins picks up player option

    Jun 24, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    HOLLINS_RYAN

    This comes from Waiting For Next Year’s Scott Sargent: Source tells WFNY that Ryan Hollins has picked up his $2.5mm player option and will be with the #Cavs next season. The 7-foot Hollins appeared in 70 games for the Cavaliers last season, and averaged 5.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.8 fouls  in 17 minutes per game. The…

  4. Raptors, Valanciunas reach buyout agreement

    Jun 24, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

    Lithuania Euroleague Basketball

    Via The National Post’s Eric Koreen: A source with knowledge of the negotiations confirms #Raptors reach buyout agreement with Lietuvos for Valanciunas. He joins TO in 12-13. Valanciunas was projected as a top-five pick in the weeks leading to the draft, but news that a buyout agreement would keep him from playing in the NBA for at…

  5. Heat’s Riley expects Ilgauskas, Jones, and House to return

    Jun 24, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jones_James

    According to multiple sources, Heat president Pat Riley said earlier today that he expects veteran swingman James Jones and veteran guard Eddie House to pick up their player options for next season, which are worth a combined $2.66 million next season. Riley also said that he expects veteran center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who has already picked…

  6. Mike Miller undergoes surgery on left thumb

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Our own Ira Winderman has the report: MIAMI— Miami Heat forward Mike Miller is recovering from surgery for a ruptured tendon in his left thumb. Miller was injured during the latter stages of the regular season, finishing the postseason in protective bracing on his non-shooting hand. Miller sustained a similar injury to his right thumb…

  7. Mark Jackson thinks Jeremy Tyler can contribute right away

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Jeremy-Tyler1

    If top high-school prospect Jeremy Tyler had played all of his cards right over the last two years, he could easily have been a top-5 pick in last night’s draft. Instead, he skipped his senior year of high school, had a disastrous stint with a pro team in Isreal, and was most recently playing for…

  8. 21-year-old Timberwolves draft pick Ngombo is actually 26

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    davidkahn

    It’s hard for a 57th overall pick to make headlines less than 24 hours after being drafted, but Timberwolves draft pick Tanguay Ngombo has managed to do that for all the wrong reasons. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express made the discovery: Uh-oh, looks like our guy T’Wolves draft pick Tanguy Ngombo has been busted for…

  9. Biyombo has buyout issues

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    bismack biyombo

    UPDATE 5:55 pm: Thanks to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, we have a few more details on the situation. Biyombo terminated his contract with Fuenlabrada of the Spanish ACB in April, but source says team has sued and court date has been set. This has not scared everybody off, as reportedly the Charlotte Bobcats traded up to…

  10. Givony: Bobcats targeting Biyombo

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Here’s another bit from Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony, who’s been an invaluable resource in the weeks leading up to the draft: Not believing any of this Tristan Thompson at 7 stuff. Charlotte did this trade to jump ahead of Detroit and take Biyombo. If he’s there. Well, it looks like there’s at least one team…

  11. Amick: Teams expect Kings to take Jimmer with the #10 pick

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    BYU v Kansas State

    More stuff from Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick, who’s been on fire today: Rival teams now expect the Kings to take Jimmer Fredette at No. 10. Taking Fredette would have some benefits for the Kings. He would help space the floor for Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, both of whom are nearly unstoppable when they operate…

  12. The Kings have almost definitely traded their #7 pick, and may want Monta Ellis

    Jun 23, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    maloofs-kings

    The “most intriguing rumor/report award” of the day so far definitely goes to DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony, who gave us this cryptic tidbit a little earlier:  Teams calling Sacramento about the #7 pick are being told it’s already been moved. Problem is, no one knows to who, or for which player. Okay, that’s kind of a…

  13. Wojnarowski: Teams trying to trade for #2 pick “frustrated”

    Jun 23, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    davidkahn

    Here’s another tidbit from the invaluable Adrian Wojnarowski, this time concerning the #2 pick: Many front offices are frustrated trying to deal with Minny for No. 2 pick. One says, “If you want a deal right now you’re talking to Utah.” There has been speculation about Utah trading the #2 pick ever since they got…

  14. Wojnarowski: Cavs looking to get 3rd 1st-round pick

    Jun 23, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski with an interesting draft rumor: Cleveland’s trying to get a 3rd first round pick — in the 20′s — dangling its two second rounders (32 and 54) and maybe cash, sources say. There had been rumors that the Cavs had been trying get a 3rd 1st round pick by trading down…

  15. Rumored Lakers trade of Odom for Iguodala dead

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, David Lee

    UPDATE June 23, 2:43 pm: While this trade burned up twitter and message boards, it appears to be dead in the water. Both Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Ken Berger at CBS are saying it’s done. While the two sides talked it may never have been all that serious. The other thing to…

  16. Report: Timberwolves fire Kurt Rambis

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves have decided to fire head coach Kurt Rambis, but will not make the official announcement until after tomorrow’s draft: Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn has decided to fire coach Kurt Rambis, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Kahn isn’t expected to announce the decision until after Thursday’s…

  17. Tony Parker wants to stay in San Antonio

    Jun 22, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Parker Bibby

    Spurs guard Tony Parker‘s name has been getting thrown around in trade rumors for the last few days, but the 2007 Finals MVP is hoping that he will still be a Spur when the dust settles after draft day. Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears has the report: Tony Parker says he loves Spurs and wants to…

  18. Are the Spurs targeting Klay Thompson?

    Jun 22, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

    Klay Thompson

    According to multiple sources, including ESPN’s Ric Bucher and the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Heisler, the player the San Antonio Spurs are attempting to trade into the lottery for is Klay Thompson. Reportedly, the Spurs are extremely interested in trading into the lottery, and may be willing to give up Tony Parker and/or Richard Jefferson…

  19. Steve Nash will definitely stay in Phoenix, unless he doesn’t

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Channing Frye Steve Nash

    Here’s the full report, from The Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro: It was appropriate that Steve Nash had to reiterate his stance on his Suns commitment on the same day his team president, Lon Babby, needed to reiterate the franchise’s commitment to him. Babby again stated that the Suns will not be trading Nash, nor have they initiated talks…

  20. Kings exercise options on Evans, Cousins, Casspi

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans All-Star

    In a move that should shock nobody, the Sacramento Kings have exercised their team options on DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, and Omri Casspi for the 2012-13 season. All three players are still on their rookie deals, and will make a combined $13 million in 2012-13. Evans struggled with injuries and had a bit of a…

  21. Enes Kanter says he’s the best player in the draft

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Turkish center prospect Enes Kanter is something of a mystery to NBA teams, since he was forced to sit on the bench for Kentucky all season long after the NCAA ruled him ineligible. On draft media day, however, Kanter made one thing crystal clear: he does not lack for confidence. SB Nation’s Mike Prada has…

  22. Have the Pistons decided on Tristan Thompson?

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Arizona v Texas

    CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger has the report: With top prospects in New York Thursday for media and service responsibilities, a person familiar with the draft discussions said the Pistons appear to have zeroed in on Texas small forward Tristan Thompson with the eighth pick. Thompson canceled other scheduled workouts after working out for the Pistons with five other…

  23. Ilgauskas picks up player option

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Ilgauskas_Zydrunas

    According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, veteran Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has decided to pick up his $1.4 million player option for next season. Ilgauskas started 51 games for the Heat last season, but was extremely ineffective in the playoffs and was essentially benched against Boston, Chicago, and Dallas. After the season, there had been…

  24. David Kahn wants Andrew Bynum for the #2 pick

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:09 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Marco Belinelli

    There has been widespread speculation that the Timberwolves are looking to trade the #2 pick in this year’s draft, because projected #2 pick Derrick Williams is a small forward/power forward and the Timberwolves already have Kevin Love at the 4 and Michael Beasley as a tweener 3/4, which Williams projects as. Anyways, David Kahn would…

  25. Report: Spurs willing to trade Parker to get into the lottery

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:47 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Here’s an absolute shocker of a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: NEW YORK – The San Antonio Spurs are engaged in discussions about trading point guard Tony Parker to secure a high pick in Thursday’s draft, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Spurs have talked to teams in the lottery, including the Toronto Raptorsand Sacramento Kings, who hold the fifth…

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