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  1. Kobe, LeBron lead list of nine who secured berths on Team USA

    Jul 2, 2012, 11:24 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There are no surprises — did you think Kobe Bryant or LeBron James were going to be left off the team? —  but now we know nine of the 12 players who will represent the United States in the London Olympic basketball tournament. USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo laid it out for Chris Tomasson of…

  2. Report: Free agent Marcus Camby looking at six teams

    Jul 2, 2012, 10:28 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    Marcus Camby is a big who can block shots in the paint, knock down the midrange jumper and play smart. There is real value in that. Which is why there are a lot of teams interested in him. He’s narrowed down his list down tow six, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. The unrestricted free-agent center,…

  3. Long shot Odom pulls self out of Olympic consideration; Lin leaves USA Select Team

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:32 PM EST

    Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival  Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    He was a long shot anyway after the disaster of a season he just had, but Lamar Odom — who had an invite to Team USA Training Camp — is dropping out of consideration. Via the only other national media member that went to my high school, ESPNLosAngeles’ Arash Markazi, on twitter: Lamar Odom tells…

  4. Report: Jazz trade Devin Harris to Hawks for Marvin Williams

    Jul 2, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Utah Jazz - Game Three

    The Hawks have added another point guard to the mix — they have traded for Devin Harris from Utah, sending Marvin Williams back to the Jazz, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. This comes on the heels of Atlanta shipping out All-Star Joe Johnson and his anchor of a contract for a bevy of players. Hawks…

  5. Monday And-1 links: Free agency odds/ends edition

    Jul 2, 2012, 7:33 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko

    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. Today, lots of free agency stuff. • Michael Jordan’s son Marcus, who plays college…

  6. Joe Johnson trade to Nets nearly complete, Brooklyn out of Dwight Howard chase

    Jul 2, 2012, 6:04 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The Nets seem to be thinking about having an interesting team to open the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn with next season, the years beyond that be damned. And Dwight Howard be damned. He has said Brooklyn is the place he wants to be but when this trade for Joe Johnson goes through they would be…

  7. You can now own the ultimate Thundermobile. If you want.

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Thunder car

    You were probably thinking this morning, “What would be the most Thunder kind of car ever?” Here’s your answer, see the photo to the right (and below). That is a 1996 Suzuki X-90 completely Thundered-out by Oklahoma City’s own Drew Hooper. Who apparently said to himself one day, “I want a car with a picture…

  8. Undrafted Kevin Jones inks partially guaranteed deal with Cavs

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:13 PM EST

    Kevin Jones, Gary Browne

    West Virginia’s Kevin Jones made my list of guys who didn’t get drafted but should have been. However, he is going to get a chance to make an NBA squad — the Cavaliers have signed him to a partially guaranteed deal, reports Adam Zagoria. What that means is he will play Summer League and likely…

  9. Brandon Bass has offers from six teams besides Celtics

    Jul 2, 2012, 3:35 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Brandon Bass proved to be a huge upgrade for Boston over Glen Davis last season. By bringing consistent, professional effort nightly for one reason. In the playoffs his midrange game and timely cuts to the basket were a perfect fit in the Celtics offense. But as comes with success, the price of keeping the band…

  10. Report: Rockets, Lakers among teams interested in Dragic

    Jul 2, 2012, 2:33 PM EST

    Rodrigue Beaubois, Goran Dragic

    When Kyle Lowry went down last season in Houston, backup point guard Goran Dragic stepped up and the Rockets barely missed a beat. Do that in a contract year and you get paid… even if you’re not going to get paid as much as you think you should. Then again, who among us does get…

  11. George Hill agrees to five-year deal to stay with Pacers

    Jul 2, 2012, 1:58 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers' Hill dribbles against Miami Heat's Chalmers during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Indianapolis

    When you have a good young team, keep them together. That is what is going on in Indiana, where along those lines they have agreed to terms with George Hill on a new five-year deal, tweets Mike Wells of the Indy Star. Terms of the deal are not yet known. So we can wait to…

  12. Report: Anthony Davis severely sprains ankle, out of Olympics

    Jul 2, 2012, 1:09 PM EST

    Draft Hornets Basketball

    And Team USA loses another potential big man for the roster. Recent No. 1 pick Anthony Davis severely sprained his ankle in a workout for the Hornets, which leaves him very unlikely to be ready when USA Basketball opens training camp Friday (July 6) in Las Vegas and he is now out for the games,…

  13. So maybe Jeremy Lin isn’t a total lock to return to Knicks

    Jul 2, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    It’s been the conventional wisdom around the league that Jeremy Lin would return to Knicks. They can match the $5 million any team could offer him next season and he is worth considerably more than that, somewhat on the court but more in terms of ticket sales, sponsors and marketing. He’s a steal at that…

  14. Report: Andre Miller to re-sign with Nuggets for three years

    Jul 2, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    It looks as if Andre Miller will end his career a Denver Nugget. Miller has agreed to a three-year deal to stay with the Denver Nuggets, reports the Denver Post. The 36-year-old point guard is arguably coach George Karl’s favorite player because of Miller’s ability to make the proper pass and fuel the offense. The…

  15. Lots of interest in Jason Terry, but Mavs get chance to match

    Jul 2, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

    Jason Terry

    Jason Terry can flat out light it up. At age 34 he averaged 15 points per game shooting 37 percent from three. There are about 30 teams in the league that could use a guy like that when he is on, a former NBA Sixth Man of the Year and unrepentant gunner. A few of…

  16. Six teams jump into Jamal Crawford hunt on opening day

    Jul 2, 2012, 9:58 AM EST

    Jamal Crawford

    To me, the question is what Jamal Crawford are you getting? Is it the 2010 version that was a feared gunner and Sixth Man of the Year who averaged 18 points a game, shot 38 percent from three and changed a contest when he stepped on the floor? Or, is it the 2012 version that…

  17. Top 10 most interesting NBA free agents to watch

    Jul 2, 2012, 9:34 AM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Lockout? You mean those months last year we didn’t have basketball as owners fought to put constraints on themselves because when it comes time to bid for free agents they don’t trust themselves to be rational? What lockout? Less than 48 hours into the 2012 summer free agent frenzy owner rationality has gone the way…

  18. Brandon Roy down to five teams in comeback

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Brandon Roy is going to be making a comeback next season. Wise or not. It’s happening. The only question is where? We’re down to five finalists, according to Adrian Wojnarowski on Yahoo. The Timberwolves are one of five finalists for Roy, including the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors. Meetings with…

  19. Dwight Howard says he will only re-sign with one team

    Jul 2, 2012, 1:46 AM EST

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dwight Howard is still trying to influence where he gets traded. Howard wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets and play with Deron Williams, and to influence that he told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (and NBC Sports Network) that he would only re-sign to stay with one team. As the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston…

  20. Ben Gordon fails to report, will not play for Great Britain in Olympics

    Jul 2, 2012, 1:09 AM EST

    Ben Gordon

    Ben Gordon will not be part of host Great Britain’s basketball team at the Olympics. After a draft night trade from the Pistons to the Bobcats, the London-born Gordon told British coach Chris Spice he couldn’t commit to them. Spice, understandably, told the Associated Press he was not thrilled. Spice says “It’s really disappointing as…

  21. Report: Thunder, coach Brooks agree to new four-year contract

    Jul 1, 2012, 4:21 PM EST

    Scott Brooks

    This was never going to end any other way. Scott Brooks will be back with the Oklahoma City Thunder next season. And a few more after that. The two sides have reached a deal, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com and TNT. Deal done in OKC for Scott Brooks; should be signed Monday. Four years, 4M+/year.…

  22. Report: Magic start shopping Dwight Howard; talk to Lakers

    Jul 1, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Finally, Dwight Howard met with the new Orlando general manager, and his pitch to keep Howard in Orlando went about as well as that email you got from a Nigerian prince. Howard wants out. He wants to go to Brooklyn. The Magic are shopping him now, and they have had contact with the Lakers, reports…

  23. Chris Paul declines Clippers extension offer. It’s just business.

    Jul 1, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    This was more like the opening gambit of a chess game — it played out exactly to form, with the real moves that matter still to come. The Clippers have offered Chris Paul a max extension to his deal, a three-year, $60 million offer, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN (multiple sources reported before Friday that…

  24. Report: Trail Blazers offer Roy Hibbert max deal. Expect Pacers to match.

    Jul 1, 2012, 11:26 AM EST

    Roy Hibbert

    True NBA big men are hard to find. And the simple economic theory of supply and demand applies. Roy Hibbert is a 25-year-old All-Star true NBA center who averaged 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds a game, but showed his real value in the playoffs when his length really bothered Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on…

  25. Report: Raptors will offer Steve Nash $12 million a year

    Jul 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Steve Nash

    It sounds like Steve Nash is done in Phoenix. With Deron Williams just flipping a coin between Dallas and Brooklyn, this may make Nash the most interesting free agent to watch this July. Does he chase a ring and head to Miami (they are reportedly going to make an offer)? Does he sign with his…

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