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  1. Chris Paul suffers apparently minor injury at USA camp

    Jul 6, 2012, 7:35 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    Well, that didn’t take long. On the opening day of USA Basketball training camp for the Olympic team, likely starting point guard Chris Paul injured his thumb, reports Brian Mahoney at Associated Press. Chris Paul was forced to leave to get an X-ray after hurting his thumb. The Americans don’t believe the injury is serious…

  2. Eric Gordon once again says he wants to be in Phoenix, Hornets fans just want to be loved

    Jul 6, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

    Eric Gordon USA

    Eric Gordon really doesn’t like not having a choice where he plays next season. He clearly wants to be wanted and we should all admit the Hornets didn’t really handle that well (Gordon says neither GM Dell Demps nor coach Monty Williams have reached out to him since free agency started). But Eric — stop…

  3. Another reason Nash chose L.A.? Future movie career.

    Jul 6, 2012, 6:32 PM EST

    Steve Nash

    The primary reasons Steve Nash is a Laker are he could be close to his children who live in Phoenix, there’s ‘s the chance to contend with Kobe Bryant, and there’s the money (three years, $27 million). Put those in whatever order you deem appropriate. But after that, there’s his future in movies. Not necessarily…

  4. Camby to meet with Heat, Knicks, more; Rockets out

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    At age 38, Marcus Camby still brings some things to the table — height (6’11”), shot blocking, a deadly pick-and-pop midrange jumper. All things coveted by some contenders. So that’s who he is meeting with, tweets Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: Rockets center Marcus Camby to meet with Heat on Saturday, source said. Knicks…

  5. Report: Ray Allen struggling to decide between Boston, Miami

    Jul 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen was in Miami Thursday, met with Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra, plus got tweets from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. And he left without agreeing to a deal. That’s a good sign for the Celtics, but Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that Allen remains undecided. Allen had an afternoon meeting with Heat president…

  6. It’s come to this: Mavericks looking at Sessions, maybe Brand

    Jul 6, 2012, 3:47 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s not the end of the world for the Mavericks that this summer hasn’t gone according to plan. Not in the least. But that is not going to make this coming season any prettier. Jason Terry joins the long list of departed from the Dallas title team. The Mavericks are now chasing guys not on…

  7. Here is your NBA Vegas Summer League schedule

    Jul 6, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    summer league

    Summer League is the Spring Training of the NBA. Kind of. It’s very casual, fans can get a lot closer to players than during the regular season, you get to see a lot of prospects up close, you can follow the top draft rookies and/or the guys trying to get that 15th roster spot, and…

  8. Pacers need a two guard, targeting O.J. Mayo, Courtney Lee

    Jul 6, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bynum

    While the Pacers front office is grappling with the big question — literally — of whether to match the Trail Blazers max offer for center Roy Hibbert, they are dealing with their other needs as well. Specifically, they need to step up at the two guard. More accurately, they need to bring in a shooting…

  9. Report: Celtics near 4-year, $40 million to sign Jeff Green

    Jul 6, 2012, 12:49 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There was really not much question that once he recovered Jeff Green would return to the Celtics. Other teams were interested but all things being equal he wanted to be back in Boston, a team that kept him around after he was diagnosed with a heart problem that necessitated surgery and cost him all of…

  10. Reports: 76ers to amnesty Elton Brand

    Jul 6, 2012, 11:42 AM EST

    Elton Brand

    Elton Brand has had a couple of solid seasons for the Philadelphia 76ers, but that wasn’t enough for them to keep him around at one of the highest salaries in the league. The 76ers are going to use their amnesty clause to wipe Elton Brand — and the final year and $18 million — off…

  11. Nick Young reaches deal to come to Philadelphia

    Jul 6, 2012, 11:17 AM EST

    Nick Young shirt

    Well Doug Collins, now you have an unrepentant gunner on your roster. Nick Young has reached an agreement to become a Philadelphia 76er, his agent Mark Bartelstein told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports (and since confirmed my multiple other sources). It is a one-year, $6 million deal. Which frankly is a bit more than I…

  12. Not even Drake can keep Tony Parker out of Olympics

    Jul 6, 2012, 10:46 AM EST

    Tony Parker

    Not Drake. Not Chris Brown. Nobody is keeping Tony Parker out of the Olympics. The French point guard has been “given the green light” by doctors to compete for France in the Olympics and he will play in some of their tune-up games in the next few weeks, the team announced (via the AP). “The…

  13. Jeremy Evans agrees to terms to remain with Jazz

    Jul 6, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Jeremy Evans

    He’s won the NBA Dunk Contest. He’s called the “human pogo stick.” He’s got plenty of NBA highlights but his game is not at the point he’s racking up a lot of NBA minutes. Now Jeremy Evans is going to get three more years to prove he can be a part of an NBA rotation.…

  14. Last chance Olympic Qualifying tournament down to eight teams

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:39 AM EST

    Al Horford of the Dominican Republic (L)

    The group stage is over. Now things get serious. The last chance Olympic Qualifying Tournament is down to the final eight teams and the knockout tournament stage. Jordan, Venezuela, Korea and New Zealand are done. Eight teams remain, three spots in the Olympics are up for grabs, and it’s a single elimination tournament to get…

  15. Eric Gordon says he wants to be a Sun. Hornets don’t care, will match offer.

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:03 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon wants to play his basketball in Phoenix next year and made that clear again Thursday. Tough…um, cookies. He will be a Hornet next season playing in New Orleans. His wishes are irrelevant — he is a restricted free agent and New Orleans has said it will match any offer he gets. And that…

  16. Hasheem Thabeet agrees to deal, will come off Thunder bench

    Jul 6, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

    hasheem thabeet

    When you think Hasheem Thabeet, you think bust. Harsh, but let’s be honest. He’s the former No. 2 overall pick of the Grizzlies (taken in front of James Harden, Ricky Rubio and Stephen Curry) who has struggled the last two seasons to get on the court for some pretty unimpressive teams (Houston, Portland late in…

  17. Rumor: Lakers tell one player he may be traded for Howard

    Jul 6, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Salt. Take this with salt. But CSNNE.com reporter Jackie Pepper not only said she heard the Lakers want to make an Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard sway, but also she put this on her personal blog. The source says the Lakers have informed one player that he might be part of the package deal and…

  18. For Mavericks, it is better to have swung for fences and missed than not swung at all

    Jul 5, 2012, 9:58 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    Mark Cuban took a risk, and he knew what could happen. He did his best Dave Kingman impression — he swung for the fences, not fearing the strike out. On one level this looks like a disaster of a summer for Dallas — no Deron Williams then no Steve Nash and no real shot at…

  19. Rockets reach deal on offer sheet for Lin; Knicks will match

    Jul 5, 2012, 8:09 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The Rockets have spent Thursday negotiating the new Jeremy Lin contract with the New York Knicks. How nice of them to free up Glen Grunwald to chase down Jason Kidd. As expected, after a day of talks Houston and GM Daryl Morey have reached an agreement on a three-year offer sheet (with a team option…

  20. Thursday And-1 links: Maybe Indy will not match Hibbert offer

    Jul 5, 2012, 7:39 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • I have said I expect the Indiana Pacers to match the max-offer (four…

  21. Reports: Magic start interviews for head coach; keep Redick

    Jul 5, 2012, 6:04 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Magic general manager Rob Hennigan is not just sitting in his office dealing with Dwight Howard trade scenarios. Okay, that’s probably 90 percent of his day. But there is the other 10 percent, and he’s getting stuff done on that front. First, he will pick up the $6 million option to bring J.J. Redick back…

  22. Report: Kidd jilts Mavericks at altar, agrees to deal with Knicks

    Jul 5, 2012, 5:15 PM EST

    Jason Kidd

    Mark Cuban’s “tear it down to build it back up” plan has worked out about as well as Napoleon invading Russia so far. No Deron Williams. No Steve Nash. No Dwight Howard (yet, at least). Jason Terry leaves for Boston. And now Jason Kidd, who the Mavs said they were near a deal with, has jilted…

  23. Agent says Brandon Bass reaches deal to return to Boston

    Jul 5, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Jared Sullinger is going to learn how to be an NBA big from some real professionals next season. First, there’s some guy named Kevin Garnett on the Celtics roster who is supposed to be pretty good. But now there also will be Brandon Bass, reports Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald and we got more…

  24. Nets push Teletović to take mini mid-level so Howard, other doors open up

    Jul 5, 2012, 3:47 PM EST

    brooklyn-nets-logo-0

    The Nets like to make things hard on themselves. But they apparently have just cleared one more hurdle to making the very difficult trade to bring Dwight Howard to Brooklyn a little more possible. They may have reached a deal to get Mirza Teletović to take a smaller offer than they verbally agreed to, which…

  25. Report: Raptors trade for Rockets’ Kyle Lowry

    Jul 5, 2012, 2:54 PM EST

    Kyle Lowry

    The Raptors did not win the Steve Nash sweepstakes, but it looks like they have landed a very good and underrated point guard. At least for next season. The Raptors reportedly have reached a deal for Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. The trade would be for a future first-round pick,…

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