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  1. Clippers give offer to Jordan, exercise options on Gordon, Griffin, Farouq-Aminu

    Jun 14, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    blake-griffin-suns

    In a series of moves that should surprise exactly nobody, the Los Angeles Clippers extended a qualifying offer to center DeAndre Jordan, making him a restricted free agent, and exercised their team options on Blake Griffin, Eric Bledsoe, and Al-Farouq Aminu. All four players were drafted by the Clippers, and the latter three are still…

  2. Spoelstra’s job expected to be safe

    Jun 14, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra

    Given Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s youth and relative lack of experience, people questioned whether he was the right person to coach the star-studded Miami Heat ever since the day of the “Decision.” Every time the Heat went through any sort of tough stretch this season, Spoelstra’s job security was questioned, and those questions are getting…

  3. Heat looking to add Samuel Dalembert?

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

    DALEMBERT_SAMUEL

    This isn’t a rumor based on sources so much as it is one based on common sense. As well as Joel Anthony played as a starting center against both Boston and Chicago, the Heat desperately need a true center who can protect the rim, finish plays, and provide both size and athleticism on both ends…

  4. Zydrunas Ilgauskas considering retirement

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Via the twitter account of Chris Thomasson: Having talked to Zydrunas Ilgauskas for a while during conference finals and reading between lines, wouldn’t be surprised if he will retire. The 36-year old Ilgauskas was the starting center and a key part of the 66-win 2008-09 Cleveland Cavaliers, but his numbers fell off a cliff when…

  5. Blazers considering giving Oden qualifying offer

    Jun 13, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    ODEN_GREG

    According to The Oregonian’s Joe Freeman, the Blazers declined to offer center Greg Oden an $8.8 million qualifying offer today, which was the first day the Blazers had the opportunity to do so. The Blazers have until June 30th to extend Oden the offer — according to Freeman, indications are that the Blazers plan to…

  6. Pietrus to stay with the Suns

    Jun 13, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    PIETRUS_MICKAEL

    Via Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype: Suns swingman Mickael Pietrus has elected to opt in for the fourth year of his contract, agent Bill McCandless told HoopsHype. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but given the expiration of the CBA we decided that the decision made the most sense,” McCandless said. Pietrus, who finished his eighth season in the NBA last…

  7. Biyombo, Montiejunas have rough workouts

    Jun 13, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Bismack

    International players are often the “mystery men” of the NBA draft — even though most international players that enter the draft have been playing high-level professional basketball in their own countries, the international game is more different from the NBA game than college basketball is, and there’s not as much data on how international players’…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Heat’s lack of discipline ends their season

    Jun 13, 2011, 12:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The Miami Heat were the most talented team in the NBA this past season. They were two fourth-quarter collapses away from sweeping the NBA Finals. None of that matters after they lost Game 6 by a final score of 105-95, and the series by a final score of 4-2. Miami’s losses in Game 2 and…

  9. Mike Dunleavy Sr. awarded $13 million in arbitration hearing

    Jun 10, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Mike Dunleavy

    Well, it looks like at least one of notoriously cheap Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s cost-cutting measures has failed. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman, here’s the story: An arbitrator has awarded former Clippers general manager and coach Mike Dunleavy slightly more than $13 million in compensation. The Clippers had quit paying Dunleavy immediately…

  10. Video: Jimmy Kimmel pranks Ron Artest

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Jimmy Kimmel has been a consistent source of NBA-related entertainment throughout the playoffs. Ron Artest is a consistent source of entertainment all the time. When Artest guested on Kimmel’s show, you knew something good was going to happen. Kimmel took advantage of Artest’s well-documented humanitarian streak and had him film a PSA for a fake…

  11. Nate Robinson arrested for public urination

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson

    Nate Robinson of the Oklahoma City was recently arrested for doing something he should have done somewhere else, namely a toilet. Lohud.com has the report: WHITE PLAINS — NBA point guard Nate Robinson made quite a splash on Main Street early Friday when police said he was spotted urinating on the sidewalk outside the City…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Miami’s defense lets them down

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:18 AM EDT

    Dirk face on joel

    When something goes right for the Miami Heat in these playoffs, something else invariably goes wrong. When Wade is on his game, James seems to be off of it. When James and Bosh are making music on the pick-and-roll together, Wade seems to be stuck dribbling into traps and firing up ill-advised jumpers. When the…

  13. Wojnarowski: Pacers leaning toward keeping Vogel

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Vogel

    Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has the report: The Indiana Pacers have made significant progress toward deciding to make interim Frank Vogel the permanent head coach while working to strengthen his grip on the locker room, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. No final decision has been reached, but sources said most of the hurdles have been cleared for…

  14. Marquis Daniels will play next season

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    DANIELS_MARQUIS

    According to CNNSE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely, free agent swingman Marquis Daniels, who missed the second half of last season after suffering a spinal cord injury in a February game, will be healthy and ready to play next season for any team willing to have him aboard. Here’s the story: The last time Boston Celtics fans…

  15. Haywood inactive for Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    HAYWOOD_BRENDAN

    Brandon Haywood gave it his best in Game 4 of the NBA Finals after missing all of Game 3 with a hip injury, but he simply couldn’t make it work. The Mavericks were outscored by a whopping 10 points in Haywood’s three minutes on the floor in Game 4, and Rick Carlisle announced before Game…

  16. Nuggets “optimistic” about Nene extension

    Jun 8, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Nene

    According to Chris Thomasson, the Nuggets are “deep into discussions” with Nene’s agent, Dan Fegan, and are “optimistic” that they will be able to get an extension done by June 30th. Nene is owed 11.8 million dollars by the Nuggets next season, but can opt out of that contract if he so chooses, and would…

  17. Stein: Clippers, 76ers “discussing” Kaman-Iguodala trade

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    According to ESPN.com, the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers are “discussing” a trade that would send 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala to the Clippers in exchange for center Chris Kaman. For the 76ers, the move would be a way to fill a hole and save some money. Iguodala’s contract goes through the 2013/14 season, while…

  18. Paul Pierce remembers being drafted into a lockout

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Delonte West, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green walk off the court at the end of their overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Paul Pierce was the 10th overall pick in 1998, which was the last year that the NBA went through a lockout. Recently, he told CNNSE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely about what that experience was like, and some of the disadvantages that the rookies of the class of 1998 had to face: “Me, I had no knowledge…

  19. Marvin Williams to miss 6-8 weeks after back surgery

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Michael Cunningham, Hawks forward Marvin Williams recently had surgery to “alleviate” a bulging disk in his back. He is expected to return to basketball-related activities in 6-8 weeks. The former #2 pick averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds last season, but managed only 4.8 points on 39.3% shooting in the…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Heat can’t survive career-low scoring performance from LeBron

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    For the fourth time in the 2011 NBA Finals, the Heat came into the fourth quarter with a big lead. For the second time, they came away with a loss, this time by a final score of 86-83. And for the second time, the Heat’s failure to secure a victory can be traced directly back…

  21. Haywood will be active for Game 4

    Jun 7, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    According to multiple sources, including ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst, Mavericks center Brendan Haywood will be active for tonight’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Haywood has been struggling with a hip injury, and was forced to the inactive list for Game 3 because of it. Haywood gave the Mavericks good minutes in Game 2: in his…

  22. Spoelstra will not change Heat’s starting lineup if Barea starts

    Jun 7, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby

    According to multiple sources, according our own Ira Winderman, the Miami Heat will not change their starting lineup for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, even if the Mavericks replace DeShawn Stevenson with J.J. Barea in their starting lineup. As I mentioned earlier, this does change things up a bit for the Heat — as…

  23. Yes, the Pistons are considering Isiah Thomas for their head coaching position

    Jun 7, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Isiah Thomas

    ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard has the report, via twitter: Isiah Thomas on Pistons’ list of coaching candidates, sources say. Not top candidate; on list w/Mike Woodson, Kelvin Sampson, Bill Laimbeer. Thomas’ name has become synonymous with disaster since he retired as a player, but he wasn’t that bad of a coach when he didn’t have to…

  24. John Wall shows up at basketball clinic for kids with disabilities

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    John Wall Fantasy Camp

    This is a pretty incredible story about the character of Wizards guard John Wall, courtesy of Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post: Figuring what the heck, [Andrew Horn, executive director of Dreams For Kids DC] told Wall that his group was about to host 40 children with disabilities for a basketball game, and invited the…

  25. Barea billboard takes a jab at Kobe

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Barea Billboard

    That is a billboard in Dallas guard J.J. Barea’s native Puerto Rico. The statement on it (via The Basketball Jones, via Bethlehem Shoals), translates to “Only my ribs hurt, but for Kobe, it’s his ego.” When the Mavericks were leading by 30 in the final quarter of the final game of a sweep of the…

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