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  1. Brendan Haywood amnestied by Dallas Mavericks

    Jul 12, 2012, 3:33 PM EST

    Bobcats forward Maggette drives on Mavericks center Haywood during their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    It was going to happen eventually, the only question is would it happen this year or next. The answer is this. The Dallas Mavericks have amnestied center Brendan Haywood, Marc Stein reports at ESPN. The big man was owed $35 million over four more years. Haywood now goes into a special waiver wire where for…

  2. Bobcats reach deal with point guard Ramon Sessions

    Jul 12, 2012, 2:16 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    The lowly Bobcats just got better. The Bobcats have come to terms on a deal for point guard Ramon Sessions, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports and the Charlotte Observer. This is a good move, it gives the Bobcats a more known, steady entity to pair with Kemba Walker at the point. Sessions is…

  3. Blake Griffin twists knee in USA scrimmage, getting MRI

    Jul 12, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    This is not good, but hopefully not that severe. Blake Griffin has left Team USA to return to Los Angeles and get an MRI on his knee after tweaking it in Wednesday’s Team USA scrimmage, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The severity of the injury is not yet known.…

  4. Jordan laughs at idea current Olympic team could challenge Dream Team

    Jul 12, 2012, 1:23 PM EST

    1992-dreamteam

    Just like Charles Barkley… what did you really expect Michael Jordan to say? We’ve told you Kobe Bryant said he thought this current team could beat the Dream Team (because guys like Magic and Bird were at the end of their careers), that Mike Krzyzewski (who was an assistant coach in 1992) didn’t blow the…

  5. Shaq’s got a new television show, it sounds awful

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    There is going to be more Shaquille O’Neal on your television. Sorry, there is nothing we can do to stop it. Just don’t watch it and hopefully it goes away fast. Shaq has a new show that has been green lit, according to the Hollywood Reporter (via SLAM). TruTV has greenlighted “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal,”…

  6. Team USA ready to begin track meet to London against Dominican Republic

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

    US Roster Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Any good coach plays to the strengths of the guys on his roster. And Mike Krzyzewski is a very good coach. He looks at a roster of elite players entering their peak, a roster deep with great athletes no other team in the world could match. He and assistant coach Mike D’Antoni…

  7. Barkley said what you did: Dream Team would beat current Team USA

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    Charles Barkley Team USA Dream Team

    What did you think Charles Barkley was going to say? Pretty much what most of you did in the comments on this site yesterday — you’ll take the original 1992 Dream Team over this year’s Team USA. Barkley was a key part of the original Dream Team, and he’s not exactly soft-spoken, so you knew…

  8. Report: Timberwolves to amnesty Darko Milicic

    Jul 12, 2012, 11:12 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko is free! Well, kind of. The Minnesota Timberwolves are about to amnesty Darko Milicic, reports Ric Bucher of ESPN. The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to amnesty center Darko Milicic in order to give an offer sheet to Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent Nicolas Batum, a league source says. Milicic has two years and $10…

  9. Woodson: Lin will start at point, Kidd will come off bench

    Jul 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Knicks guard Lin celebrates after his long pass hit Knicks forward Stoudemire for a layup against the Cavaliers in New York

    Jeremy Lin, the job is yours to lose. When the Knicks inked a deal with soon-to-be 40 Jason Kidd, it was assumed by many that he would play the same role he did in Dallas — Kidd would start, play key stretches of the game, but have limited minutes. That’s not what New York coach…

  10. Report: Bobcats target Sessions, Haywood in free agency

    Jul 12, 2012, 10:29 AM EST

    Bobcats forward Maggette drives on Mavericks center Haywood during their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    The Bobcats have some holes to fill on their roster. Stop with the joke about 15 holes, it’s too easy. They are trying to build, but in the short term they need to put together a roster that is less embarrassing than the one that rolled out there last season. So they are targeting a…

  11. Report: Moving on from Howard deal, Nets still shopping Brooks

    Jul 12, 2012, 9:49 AM EST

    MarShon Brooks, Shannon Brown

    Anyone surprised that the Nets’ house of cards trade efforts to land Dwight Howard fell apart wasn’t watching closely the past year. Yes, it got closer this time around, but it took two other teams and 11 players — many on sign-and-trade deals — all to agree just to get it that close. It was…

  12. Kobe Bryant talks Andrew Bynum, DeMarcus Cousins

    Jul 12, 2012, 9:13 AM EST

    Bryant reaches for a ball while being guarded by Irving during the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS — As the elder statesman of Team USA — but you probably don’t want to call him that to his face — Kobe Bryant seems to get a lot of questions about the state of the team and his thoughts on other players from the media at USA Basketball practices. He had a…

  13. Elton Brand hopes Mavericks claim him off waivers

    Jul 12, 2012, 8:56 AM EST

    Elton Brand

    For a veteran like Elton Brand, the process of being amnestied is unnerving — he has lost control of where he will play basketball next season. The Philadelphia 76ers used the amnesty clause on him to get the $18 million he is owed off their books (he still gets paid, it just doesn’t count against…

  14. Report: Pacers to offer Gerald Green three-year contract

    Jul 11, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    Gerald Green, Kris Humphries

    This would be a big bet on what could be. It would also make the Pacers the most dunktastic team east of the Clippers. The Indiana Pacers are going after Gerald Green, reports Mike Wells of the Indy Star. Pacers are expected to offer Gerald Green a 3-yr, $10 million contract. While Green is known…

  15. J.J. Hickson agrees to one-year deal to stay in Portland

    Jul 11, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

    Boris Diaw,  J.J. Hickson

    J.J. Hickson had his best season as a pro last year in Portland, there were moments you started to see the promise he showed next to LeBron James back in Cleveland. So the Trail Blazers are going to keep him for another year. Hickson has agreed to a one-year deal with Portland, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

  16. Welcome to NBA signing day tracker: Griffin, Nash, more ink deals

    Jul 11, 2012, 9:05 PM EST

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    It’s official, Steve Nash is a Los Angeles Laker. And Blake Griffin is a very rich Clipper. All the deals that have been reported in the past 10 days — such as Deron Williams re-signing with the Nets — go from “agreement reached” to “pen on paper” today. The league has a 10-day moratorium on…

  17. Report: Pacers trade Darren Collison to Mavs for Ian Mahinmi

    Jul 11, 2012, 8:56 PM EST

    Darren_Collison

    Indiana is a team on the rise in the East, but they have come to the conclusion point guard Darren Collison is not part of that future. So they have traded him to the Mavericks, a story broken by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress (via twitter): Indiana will acquire Ian Mahinmi (4-years, 16 million) in a…

  18. Reports: Nets reach deal with Brook Lopez

    Jul 11, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Brook Lopez

    Brook Lopez is going to be the starting center opening up the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, not playing in Orlando next fall. But don’t think the Nets chasing of Dwight Howard is over just yet. The Nets have reached an agreement with Brook Lopez, according to multiple reports (Stephen Bondy of the New York Daily…

  19. Dallas Mavericks reach deal with center Chris Kaman

    Jul 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    Well, it’s not exactly the targets they had set out, but it’s not a bad signing, either. The Dallas Mavericks are close to an agreement with Chris Kaman, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Kaman himself confirmed he is Dallas bound on twitter, saying he is teaming up with Dirk Nowitzki. Kaman ended up in New…

  20. Kobe says 2012 Olympic team could beat Dream Team. Krzyzewski wouldn’t rule it out.

    Jul 11, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

    Image (1) Dream-Team-thumb-250x274-18169.jpg for post 3660

    LAS VEGAS — Kobe Bryant was direct, in his very Kobe Bryant way. When asked to compare this 2012 Team USA — with himself, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and so on — and how it would do against the 1992 Dream Team with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan (a team with 11 Hall…

  21. Report: Magic tell Dwight Howard they are suspending trade efforts

    Jul 11, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    And once again, the Orlando Magic have called a time out. The Magic have told Dwight Howard that they have suspended trade talks right now, reports Jarrod Rudolph of Real GM, who is well connected in Orlando. Sources: Orlando Magic have informed Dwight Howard that they are suspending trade talks in favor of finding next…

  22. Jarrett Jack traded to Warriors as part of Dorell Wright deal

    Jul 11, 2012, 3:40 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Yesterday we told you the Sixers continuing to stockpile swingmen like a squirrel hording nuts for the winter, agreeing to trade for Golden State’s Dorell Wright. But that deal grew on Wednesday to include Jarrett Jack heading west, tweeted Marc Stein of ESPN.com. In review, then: Sixers getting Dorell Wright; Warriors getting Jarrett Jack and…

  23. Report: Nets move back to front of line for Dwight Howard trade

    Jul 11, 2012, 1:55 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    At some point the roulette wheel will stop spinning, the ball will stop bouncing around and find it’s slot, and Dwight Howard is going to get traded. Promise. It’s going to happen someday. While it feels close, like it could happen today, we’re not there yet. For now, the Nets have moved back to the…

  24. Video: Carmelo helps Griffin work on step-back jumper

    Jul 11, 2012, 1:16 PM EST

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    This is why guys come back from things like the Olympics as better players. Blake Griffin needs to work on his perimeter shot, it’s gotten a little better but it’s not a threat teams have to respect yet. Part of hitting that shot is making sure you have space to get your shot off on…

  25. It’s official, Ray Allen signs with Heat (Rashard Lewis, too)

    Jul 11, 2012, 12:42 PM EST

    NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles

    We knew it was coming, but it still seems a little strange to see Ray Allen sitting there with Pat Riley and holding up a Miami Heat jersey. Allen admitted this came out of the blue as well, saying he cried after the Heat eliminated the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals…

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