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  1. Warriors extend qualifying offer to Reggie Williams

    Jun 21, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    WILLIAMS_REGGIE

    From the team’s official website: The Golden State Warriors have extended a qualifying offer to guard/forward Reggie Williams, the team announced today, making him a restricted free agent. Per team policy, financial terms were not disclosed. Williams, 24, appeared in 80 games last season (nine starts), averaging 9.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.3…

  2. Ford: Kings may trade #7 pick for Felton

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    More draft rumors! This one comes courtesy of ESPN.com’s Chad Ford: The phones have been ringing off the hook today with just 48 hours to go before the NBA draft. Here are some more quick hitters on what I’m hearing. • Would the Kings be willing to send the No. 7 pick to the Nuggets…

  3. Knicks targeting Shumpert, Fared at #17?

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    Fared

    From probasketballdraft.com: @thenyknicks appear focused on Iman Shumpert and Kenneth Faried at 17. Donnie wants players that help on court right away. Both Faried and Shumpert are projected to be available when the Knicks pick at 17. Faried averaged an impressive 17.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game on 62.3% shooting last season at Moorehead State.…

  4. Markieff Morris impresses Pistons in workout

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Markieff Morris

    Just another quick hitter on the draft, this time courtesy of the Detroit News’ Vincent Goodwill (H/T to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford): Source: Markieff Morris may have put himself in the mix for the No. 8 pick with the #Pistons with his workout today. This is pretty big news for Morris: Draft Express currently projects Markieff as the…

  5. Biyombo says that Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love are his favorite players

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    bismack biyombo

    Grantland.com’s Davy Rothbart did a really interesting interview with draft prospect and possible lottery pick Bismack Biyombo earlier today. Here’s one interesting tidbit on the players Biyombo idolizes and tries to model his game after: Grantland: Who are your favorite players? Biyombo: Hakeem Olajuwon, this is my favorite player. But there are two others I idolize in…

  6. Video: The NBA Champs, on a plane

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Now this looks like a fun plane ride. Click the video to see Dirk Nowitzki wearing a finger splint, some intense specs, and a shirt that says “I’m that dude,”‘ Jason Terry apparently smoking a cigar on an airplane, Mark Cuban sitting next to the trophy, Brian Cardinal and Tyson Chandler eating Lucky Charms, and…

  7. Wizards may be looking to trade up to grab Kanter

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    enes Kanter

    The Washington Wizards have apparently fallen in love with Enes Kanter’s combination of size and skill, and it appears as though they’re looking to move up in the draft in order to get him. According to Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony, the Wizards are discussing a trade that would involve them giving their #6 pick to…

  8. Warriors GM Riley: Ellis not likely to be traded

    Jun 20, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    ELLIS_MONTA

    Monta Ellis‘ name has been in trade rumors for the past several weeks, but according to Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick, Warriors general manager Larry Riley said that Warrior fans shouldn’t expect an Ellis deal to happen anytime soon: Riley reiterated that he’s not shopping Ellis: “It’s very likely that he will not be traded on…

  9. Ford: Valanciunas has buyout issues

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Lietuvos Rytas's Jonas Valanciunas (C) j

    The top 5 of the 2011 draft, which has already seen Harrison Barnes and Perry Jones drop out of it, seems to have had yet another shakeup. Per ESPN.com’s Chad Ford: Valanciunas update: Sources say buyout agreement close, however, buyout won’t allow Valanciunas to play in NBA next season. If Valanciunas can’t play in NBA…

  10. Video: Rubio greeted by fans, media in Minnesota

    Jun 20, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Spain v USA

    Only two short years after he was drafted with the 5th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves, point guard prospect Ricky Rubio actually physically arrived in Minnesota on Monday, and there was much rejoicing. According to ESPN1500 Twin Cities, who the video comes courtesy of, Rubio was greeted by “about 200″ fans and media members…

  11. Projecting Jimmer Fredette, with numbers

    Jun 17, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Jimmer Fredette was a great college player and something of a folk hero during his time at BYU, but nobody can really seem to agree on what he’ll do in the NBA. Will he be the next Mark Price? The next Steph Curry? The next B.J. Armstrong? Or the next Adam Morrison? It’s hard to…

  12. Biyombo says he will lead the NBA in rebounding, blocks

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Bismack

    After some extremely shaky workouts, official 2011 Draft Bismack Biyombo has seen his stock go up and down in recent weeks, with some GMs now claiming that they don’t believe the defensive specialist who spent last season playing professional in Spain will be a lottery pick. Still, the offensively-challenged Biyombo is extremely confident that he…

  13. NBA cancels Vegas Summer League

    Jun 17, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    According to TNT’s David Aldridge, the NBA has cancelled the Las Vegas Summer League for this season. Summer League generally serves as an opportunity for a team’s draft picks and young players to get some game experience against other pros, and for fringe pros like Sacramento’s Pooh Jeter to try and earn a spot on…

  14. Daequan Cook thinks he will remain with the Thunder

    Jun 17, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    COOK_DAEQUAN

    According to his agent, Mike Conley Sr., former three-point champion and current restricted free agent Daequan Cook has received several calls from teams interested in his services, but he believes he will be staying in Oklahoma City next season: Daequan Cook‘s agent says he’s fielded calls from several teams interested in the restricted free agent.…

  15. Ford: Blazers looking to move up to draft a point guard

    Jun 17, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Via the good folks at Blazer’s Edge, here’s a tidbit from ESPN.com’s Chad Ford (insider required) on how the Blazers may be looking to trade up in the draft to find a point guard: Finally, the Blazers have been aggressive, according to a number of GMs. They are out there looking for a starting point…

  16. George Karl expects Danilo Gallinari to get a lot better

    Jun 17, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Danilo Gallinari, the 22-year old Italian small forward with almost limitless talent, was one of the best single players the Nuggets got in the Carmelo Anthony trade, which made their team much, much better in the short term. After being traded to the Nuggets, Gallinario showed flashes of brilliance, and went off for his only…

  17. LeBron James, shockingly, will not film his scripted comedy this summer

    Jun 16, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Well, proof does now exist that LeBron James has at least a bit of awareness about his public image in the aftermath of his meltdown in the 2011 NBA Finals. From Jeff Sneider of the Daily Variety: Exclusive: LeBron James will have to wait at least another year to make his Hollywood debut. The Miami Heat…

  18. Portland undecided on Miller option

    Jun 16, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    MILLER_ANDRE

    The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito had this interesting tidbit about Andre Miller after attending press conference with interim Blazers GM Chad Buchanan: Buchanan was non-committal about the Blazers’ team option on point guard Andre Miller. The Blazers hold a $7.8 million option for Miller for next season, but have yet to exercise it. The 35-year old…

  19. Jason Thompson out 4-6 weeks with toe fracture

    Jun 16, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    Thompson_Jason

    Via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports: Kings say forward Jason Thompson has a fracture in right great toe. He will wear a walking boot for 4-6 weeks before re-evaluation. The arrival of DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento meant that Thompson had to give up a significant chunk of his minutes in the 2010-11 season —…

  20. Stevenson talks about being arrested for public intoxication

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    DeShawn Stevenson

    After being arrested for public intoxication on Tuesday night, Dallas Mavericks shooting guard and 2011 NBA Champion DeShawn Stevenson opened up about his arrest on Wednesday: “A couple cops came up to me, asked me was I drunk,” Stevenson said. “I said no but I had a couple drinks. I guess he talked to somebody…

  21. Does Magic Johnson want the Lakers to trade for Dwight Howard?

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    I don’t know how many other ways to interpret a recent tweet from the legendary Laker point guard, which said that the “Lakers should think about calling the Orlando Magic.” (Johnson seems to have quickly deleted the tweet.) Howard will be a free agent after this season, and after the Magic’s first-round exit despite some…

  22. Jimmer Fredette has great workout in Utah

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    Former BYU sensation and current draft prospect Jimmer Fredette recently had a draft workout with his hometown Utah Jazz, and all indications are that it went great. Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune has the report: The Jimmer Fredette Circus arrived Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The show was packed; the scene was…

  23. Knicks looking to move up in the draft?

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Alec Burks

    From Alan Han of Newsday: Newsday reported in early June that#Knicks would look into moving up if possible. Rumors now surfacing about talks w/ IND (15), others. This is a pretty thin draft, so the Knicks will have a pretty hard time finding an impact player with the 15th pick: right now, the players projected to…

  24. Antoine Wright says that the Kings were a mess

    Jun 15, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick has an excellent story up today on former top prospect Antoine Wright, who has allowed himself to go from a top prospect to a first-round pick to a journeyman who spent last season playing in China and is now looking for an NBA job at the age of 27. The piece…

  25. Warriors GM says team is not shopping Monta Ellis

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis tree tattoo

    Monta Ellis‘ name has popped up in trade rumors over the last few weeks, and some have been wondering if the Warriors have been shopping Ellis, who has been putting up huge numbers over the last two seasons while leading the Warriors to little success. However, in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe, Warriors…

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