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  1. Report: Bulls will not match Rockets’ Omer Asik offer sheet

    Jul 24, 2012, 8:29 AM EST

    Omer Asik

    This was expected, we were just waiting for it to become official. It will on Tuesday — the Bulls will not match the three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet the Rockets gave center Omer Asik, reports K.C. Johnson at the Chicago Tribune. Asik will become a Rocket on the exact same deal that make Jeremy Lin…

  2. First vote on new Seattle arena could take place next week

    Jul 24, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    If you build it they will come. Maybe. That seems to be Seattle’s plan for a new arena to house an NBA team. Although it hasn’t worked yet in Kansas City, which has the sweet Sprint Center sitting there with nothing but Disney on Ice and some concerts to fill the space. No NBA or…

  3. Report: Utah Jazz sign Randy Foye to one-year deal

    Jul 24, 2012, 1:58 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Foye shoots over Dallas Mavericks' Marion during their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    It’s not a game-changer, but the Jazz have picked up another solid veteran for their roster. Utah has reached a one-year deal with Randy Foye, according to Ric Bucher of ESPN. Foye becomes the second Clipper guard from last season to join the Jazz, along with Mo Williams. Foye started 48 games for the Clippers…

  4. Another Dwight Howard update that really isn’t an update

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:22 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    And our Dwightmare continues, and likely will for a couple more weeks. The latest update — which is really a leaked negotiating tactic — comes from Chris Broussard at ESPN.com. The Orlando Magic have told rival executives that they might not trade Dwight Howard after all, according to league sources. An executive who has had…

  5. Delfino disappointed Bucks have not reached out to him

    Jul 23, 2012, 9:08 PM EST

    Carlos Delfino

    Carlos Delfino is not sitting around fretting about where he might play next season. The free agent swingman is busy as a key part of the Argentinian national team, preparing for the Olympics. Still, teams are reaching out to him and his agent (Cleveland, Atlanta and Boston have been mentioned). Just not the Bucks, where…

  6. Nets sign C.J. Watson away from Bulls to backup D-Will

    Jul 23, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    C.J. Watson

    C.J. Watson has gone from backing up one of the best point guards in the game to backing up one of the best point guards in the game. With the Bulls the past couple seasons, Watson has inked a deal with the Nets to back up Deron Williams, according to Stephan Bondy of the New…

  7. Report: Marco Belinelli to Bulls deal done

    Jul 23, 2012, 7:07 PM EST

    Marco Belinelli, Nicolas Batum

    UPDATE 7:07 pm: Marco Belinelli will make $1.96 million on a one-year contract with the Bulls, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. That sticks with their plan of keeping cap space open in future years to chase after bigger fish to pair with Derrick Rose. 2:34 pm: The summer of treading water in Chicago —…

  8. Argentina’s Nocioni not sure USA wins gold medal

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

    Kevin Love, Andres Nocioni

    It’s the problem Team USA faces — they are judged as much on style points as wins and losses. So far they are 4-0 in preseason games, but because Brazil led after one quarter and Argentina lost 86-80 — two teams with big front lines playing into a weakness of the U.S. squad — they…

  9. Video: Top 10 plays from Las Vegas Summer League

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

    Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers

    PBT brought you a whole lot of original content from the Las Vegas Summer league, both I and Scott Schroeder were out there (he was there the whole time), and you got daily updates and player stories. If you want to just know who stood out, we’ve got you covered. And now, here are the…

  10. Michael Beasley expects big things from Michael Beasley

    Jul 23, 2012, 4:04 PM EST

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    Minnesota — the fans, the organization — was done with Michael Beasley. As the Heat had been before. The question was not “can he score” because he averaged 19.2 a game for the Wolves two seasons ago. But he’s a high-volume scorer, he needed 17.1 shots a game to get there. Then there were the…

  11. Report: Blazers, Bucks, Mavericks going after Przybilla

    Jul 23, 2012, 3:14 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    Looks like next season will be lucky No. 13 in the NBA for Joel Przybilla. A couple years ago he was going to retire, but came out of that to play with the Blazers. Now his agent says there are three teams in the running for him, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. According to his agent,…

  12. Shaq not exactly impressed with the Orlando coaching search

    Jul 23, 2012, 2:56 PM EST

    Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne

    I don’t envy Rob Hennigan. Here’s your dream job, you are the new general manager of the Orlando Magic. Now all you have to do is trade our superstar center and try to get some reasonable level of value back, hire a new head coach, start a massive rebuilding project and chart a totally new…

  13. Heat, Ray Allen to open season against Boston Celtics

    Jul 23, 2012, 2:16 PM EST

    Miami Heat Introduce Ray Allen

    This is going to be fun. The Miami Heat are going to get their rings and raise their banner on Oct. 30 in their home opener against the Boston Celtics. Then the Heat — with former Celtic Ray Allen on the roster — will open their title defense against the team they faced in the…

  14. Wizards like what they see in Beal, want him more aggressive

    Jul 23, 2012, 1:27 PM EST

    Bradley Beal, Ernie Grunfeld, Randy Wittman

    Bradley Beal played well in the Las Vegas Summer League, well enough to make the all Summer League Team and averaged 17.6 points per game. I saw him a couple times and he had a nice way of letting the game come to him, he was trying to find his range on his shot (30…

  15. Deron Williams says last season his toughest “by far”

    Jul 23, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    Basically Deron Williams has confirmed what we all already knew — it sucked to be a New Jersey Net last year. There was the 22-44 record (that’s a lot of losing). There’s being a lame duck team in the last year in New Jersey, where fans became indifferent. There were the constantly swirling trade rumors.…

  16. Dwight Howard silly season opens up. The Thunder? Will not happen.

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:34 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    With all Dwight Howard trade action — to the Rockets, to the Lakers in a three-team deal with Cleveland, to anyone — in a holding pattern, speculation is starting to run wild. Not rumors. Not “hey, GM X talked to the Magic to put in a bid.” But rather random, rampant speculation from the media…

  17. Report: Ronny Turiaf could play next season for Real Madrid

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Turiaf dunks ball during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    We were all a little surprised when Ronny Turiaf turned down his player option with the Heat and become a free agent. So where does he land? There are worse places to go than Madrid. European power Real Madrid is in the running, according to a report out of Spain (via Hoopshype): Turiaf likely is…

  18. Report: Derrick Rose out until likely March; Bulls close to Belinelli deal

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:23 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Bulls’ management will deny it, but this entire summer in Chicago felt like the Bulls have written next season off and will target 2013-14. And maybe beyond that. The Bulls are about to make a deal for Marco Belinelli — the shooting guard with a sweet three-point stroke who played for the Hornets last year…

  19. Andrew Bogut tweets good news/bad news about ankle

    Jul 23, 2012, 8:43 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    If everyone is healthy next year, the Golden State Warriors should be entertaining and even a playoff team in the West. But that’s a big if since they are counting on Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut, two guys who have been injured a lot the past couple seasons, to return to form. You can argue…

  20. Video: USA vs. Argentina highlights

    Jul 23, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Bryant and James of Team USA react during their men's exhibition basketball game against Team Argentina ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona

    If you only watched the first quarter of this game, you would have thought the United States was on its way to a cakewalk win. Kevin Durant had 27 points, Kobe Bryant 18 and the USA raced out to a 19-3 lead, hitting their first seven shots of the game. But it’s not that simple…

  21. Report: Tom Penn in lead to become new Philadelphia GM

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:37 AM EST

    tom penn

    You know Tom Penn as the cap guru and former right hand man of Kevin Pritchard in Portland when they were making smart moves. Or maybe you know him as the ESPN television personality who provided some insights into front office thinking for that network after the Trail Blazers let him go. Now you may…

  22. USA has to work for win over Argentina. Just a reminder gold will not come easily.

    Jul 22, 2012, 6:17 PM EST

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Kevin Durant challenges Argentina's Luis A. Scola during exhibition game in Barcelona

    Team USA was back in Barcelona, wearing 1992 Dream Team throwback jerseys, which led to another round of the Dream Team vs. 2012 team talk. But the 2012 version of Team USA having to work for an 86-80 win Sunday over Argentina in an Olympics tune-up shows why comparing the two eras is hard (and…

  23. Team USA starts real tests with Argentina on Sunday

    Jul 22, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

    manu-ginobili-argentina-fiba-americas-championship

    Every NFL fan knows you can’t predict what the New Orleans Saints season will be like based on their Aug. 5 Hall of Fame game performance (vs. the Cardinals). Along the same line, it’s hard to infer what will happen when the games matter by watching Team USA’s pre-Olympics tune-ups. We’re left making projections based…

  24. Ben Wallace “50/50” on returning to Pistons or retiring

    Jul 21, 2012, 9:03 PM EST

    Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

    The Pistons are going young and they are hoping that just drafted Andre Drummond can live up to the hype and be at the heart of that movement. But should the Pistons bring back Ben Wallace for an 18th season as a mentor? Does Wallace want to do that, or does he want to retire…

  25. Nuggets players wear black headbands at Summer League as nod to Aurora tragedy

    Jul 21, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

    denver-nuggets

    Calling what happened in Aurora, Colorado, a tragedy in some ways dignifies it too much. What happened was murder. It was evil. The Nuggets are part of the Denver community sickened by the shootings at a movie theater 15 minutes outside the city that left a dozen dead and more than 70 injured. Even their…

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