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  1. Nuggets get more athletic, sign Anthony Randolph to deal

    Jul 18, 2012, 10:19 AM EST

    Roy Hibbert, Anthony Randolph

    Anthony Randolph tempts you because he puts up a few points — 7.4 a game last season, more than 11 a game a couple stretches in his career — blocks some shots and gets you some boards. He has handles, he can run the floor. He’s got a good PER (17.6 last season) and you…

  2. Video: Top 10 plays from Orlando Summer League

    Jul 18, 2012, 8:38 AM EST

    Reggie Jackson, Glen Davis

    Summer League has moved on from the muggy heat of Florida to the oven-dry heat of Las Vegas, but we’re taking one look back to that peninsula for some highlights. One of the best things about Summer League is seeing guys who will struggle to get run during the NBA season show off some skills.…

  3. Anthony Davis signs endorsement deal with Nike

    Jul 18, 2012, 7:55 AM EST

    Anthony Davis

    This really should not be a surprise, with Anthony Davis coming out of John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcat program, arguably Nike’s flagship college hoops program. Davis, the No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets, has signed an endorsement deal with Nike, reports the Chicago Tribune. No financial figures were released. There is already a Nike/Davis unibrow…

  4. Nuggets amnesty Chris Andersen; Clippers amnesty Gomes

    Jul 18, 2012, 12:58 AM EST

    chris-andersen

    The Birdman flies free. And so does Ryan Gomes. Well, kind of. The Denver Nuggets put in the paperwork to amnesty Chris Andersen — nicknamed the “Birdman” — about 30 minutes before the deadline, reports the Denver Post. The Clippers also decided to use their amnesty on Ryan Gomes, according to the Los Angeles Times.…

  5. With Lin out, Felton told he will be Knicks starting point

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:45 PM EST

    Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton

    This is the thing that should make Knicks fans nervous about Jeremy Lin being allowed to walk off to the Rockets — the two point guards left on the Knicks roster were not really good last year. Felton was out of shape, turned the ball over nearly on nearly 20 percent of the possessions he…

  6. Timberwolves now frontrunner to land Greg Stiemsma

    Jul 17, 2012, 6:51 PM EST

    Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo

    The Celtics wanted to keep restricted free agent center Greg Stiemsma, who gave the team quality minutes during the playoffs. But that play drove up his price tag high enough that the Celtics read the writing on the wall and decided to go another direction by bringing back Chris Wilcox. So where will Stiemsma land?…

  7. It’s official, Wizards amnesty Andray Blatche. Any takers?

    Jul 17, 2012, 5:52 PM EST

    Andray Blatche, Ryan Anderson

    We told you before this was coming — the Washington Wizards have decided to amnesty big man Andray Blatche, who was owed $23 million over the next three years, first reported by Michael Lee at the Washington Post and since confirmed by Wizards owner Ted Leonsis on his blog. “Andray’s time in D.C. didn’t unfold…

  8. What luxury tax? Nets new payroll massive because owner not concerned.

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:53 PM EST

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    Let’s run through the Nets starting five and their salaries for next season: Point guard Deron Williams, $17.2 million; shooting guard Joe Johnson $19.8 million; Gerald Wallace $9 million; Kris Humphries $12 million; Brook Lopez $13.7 million. That is $71.7 million, not counting incentives some players may hit. That is with a salary cap of…

  9. Knicks to decline to match Jeremy Lin offer. He’s a Rocket.

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:22 PM EST

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    Linsanity, welcome back to Houston. As was expected in recent days, the New York Knicks have decided not to match the Rockets three-year, $25 million offer to Jeremy Lin, so he will be a Rocket, reports Howard Beck at the New York Times. While nothing is final until midnight eastern, the only way this changes…

  10. Video: Barack, Michelle Obama on the “kiss cam”

    Jul 17, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are shown kissing on the "Kiss Cam" screen during a timeout in the Olympic basketball exhibition game between the U.S. and Brazil national men's teams in Washington

    The “kiss cam” is ubiquitous at all NBA games now — the camera frames a man and women, puts the couple on the  big screen and they are expected to kiss. A little PDA for entertainment’s sake. Except, Michelle Obama seemed to want none of it the first time she and her husband Barack —…

  11. Report: Phil Jackson trying to get into Blazers front office

    Jul 17, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    I remain convinced that Phil Jackson doesn’t really want to return to an NBA bench, what he wants is a consultant-style front office gig. Portland general manager Neil Olshey apparently talked to Jackson about coming is as Blazers coach, but he said no. Because that’s not his goal, reports Jason Quick of the Oregonian. Phil…

  12. Reports: Blatche, Birdman could be amnestied by end of day

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EST

    Andray Blatche

    Tuesday is the final day teams can use their amnesty clause on players this year and a couple of players likely will be waived before the day is over. Two guys being reported as likely targets are Andray Blatche in Washington and Chris Anderson — the Birdman — in Denver. Blatche would not be a…

  13. It’s likely futile, but Lakers reportedly talking Howard again

    Jul 17, 2012, 1:46 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    We’ve seen this movie before. I’m not sure why it would end differently this time, but we’re seeing it again. The Lakers are back making a Dwight Howard push, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports. Lakers pushing hard to land Magic center Dwight Howard & meeting with Magic today, sources tell Y! LAL wants…

  14. Reports: Grant Hill near deal to sign with Clippers

    Jul 17, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Grant Hill, Steve Nash, Ben Wallace

    Grant Hill is going to Los Angeles, but not exactly like buddy Steve Nash planned. Hill has agreed to terms and is finalizing a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple sources. John Gambadoro of KTAR in Phoenix broke the story, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network has…

  15. Report: Lakers near deal with Jamison, GM Kupchak denies it

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    Antawn Jamison

    So, who you going to believe? On one hand, we have about every source in the universe saying Antwan Jamison signing with the Lakers is very close to being done. The Charlotte Observer had it first but the story has been echoed elsewhere. On the other side, there is Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak admitting that…

  16. Report: T-Wolves trade Ellington to Grizzlies for Cunningham

    Jul 17, 2012, 11:31 AM EST

    Dante Cunningham, Blake Griffin

    We told you last week that the Grizzlies had reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves because Memphis wanted some depth at guard and they had a big man in Dante Cunningham to dangle out there. Well, we have a deal according to 1500 ESPN Radio out of Minneapolis (via SLAM): The Wolves and Memphis Grizzlies…

  17. Report: Kris Humphries reaches deal to remain with Nets

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:42 AM EST

    humphries-kris-940-get-110325-8col

    This is the outcome Kris Humphries was pushing for and it looks like he got his wish. The power forward is returning to the Nets, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Kris Humphries is staying with Nets on two-year deal valued at $24 million Humphries had been close in negotiations with the Nets, the team’s GM…

  18. Barack Obama will take the Dream Team over 2012 version

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:26 AM EST

    United States v Brazil - Men's Exhibition Game

    Today, after the USA couldn’t get an outside shot to fall and was not terribly impressive in defeating Brazil, the “Dream Team vs. 2012 debate” seems a little moot. (Although we will point out in that the Dream Team didn’t ever play a team as good as Brazil is now, let alone Spain Not that…

  19. Kings sign Aaron Brooks to take over point guard duties

    Jul 17, 2012, 8:18 AM EST

    Aaron Brooks

    The Sacramento Kings are going to have an impressive one-two point guard punch wwnext season. And no, we’re not talking Jimmer Fredette. On Monday the Kings reached a deal with Aaron Brooks to come in and take over point guard duties, the team announced. This is a two-year deal worth about $3.3 million a year,…

  20. O.J. Mayo announces he will sign with Dallas Mavericks

    Jul 17, 2012, 7:54 AM EST

    O. J. Mayo

    O.J. Mayo didn’t like being the third or fourth option in Memphis, he wanted starters minutes and a bigger role. He may have found all that in Dallas. Mayo tweeted late Monday nightw that he would sign in Dallas for the upcoming season. Terms of any deal are not yet known. While Dallas has worked…

  21. With outside shot missing, USA relies on defense, transition to beat Brazil

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:33 AM EST

    Brazil v USA - Men's Exhibition Game

    Well, that wasn’t pretty. Sure team USA beat Brazil 80-69 in an exhibition of two Olympics-bound squads front of president Barack Obama and a packed house in Washington D.C., but Brazil provided a real test for the Americans and the result was some vulnerabilities showing for Team USA. The problem was the United States could…

  22. Kobe says even 2004 title could not have kept Shaq/Kobe Lakers together

    Jul 16, 2012, 5:59 PM EST

    Lakers v Nets

    It was the conventional wisdom at the time that if the Lakers had won the 2004 NBA title — they lost in the finals to the Detroit Pistons and their stifling defense — that Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal would have stuck it out together to chase more titles. The “winning cures all ills” theory.…

  23. Blake Griffin undergoes knee surgery Monday

    Jul 16, 2012, 4:59 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    Forget London, Blake Griffin is now focused on being ready for China. The Clippers will be in China for a couple preseason games against the Miami Heat and Griffin wants to be back and ready for camp after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during a Team USA scrimmage last week. Griffin is undergoing…

  24. Jerry Stackhouse signs deal with Brooklyn Nets

    Jul 16, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Jerry Stackhouse is going to get paid to be in the NBA for another season. At age 38. For an 18th NBA season. After seeing limited minutes for the Hawks last season and appearing in 95 games total the past four years. But he’s inked a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, he himself tweeted. Officially…

  25. Kobe Bryant says he might retire in two years. You buy that?

    Jul 16, 2012, 3:05 PM EST

    kobe-game6-nuggets

    In his fantastic, detailed interview with a Kobe Bryant, Yahoo’s Graham Bensinger reminded him that as rookie Kobe said he would be retired and be on a beach overseas somewhere at age 35. What would 33-year-old Kobe say to that? “Still probably accurate…” Kobe said. “I’ve been playing for 17 years now, so next year…

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