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  1. Deron Williams uses his best moves to avoid Howard questions

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:55 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v New Jersey Nets

    Deron Williams knew what was coming. The second the media was allowed to ask questions of the Team USA participants this at Monday’s practice in Las Vegas (where D-Will is part of the London-bound squad), he knew what he was about to be asked. What is up with Dwight Howard? When will Dwight Howard be…

  2. Who are the most likely amnesty clause cuts? Hello Darko.

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:16 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    We already know Elton Brand will be amnestied in Philly. But come Wednesday (and for one week after that) what other guys are likely going to be sent packing with the amnesty clause this year? Larry Coon of ESPN put together a comprehensive list and here is what we know — there will likely be…

  3. Courtney Lee says more than 8 teams interested in him

    Jul 9, 2012, 5:28 PM EST

    Courtney Lee

    Everything you hear from players, agents and teams right now should be taken with a grain of salt. But it’s been clear for a while that Courtney Lee — the swingman who is a good perimeter defender — was drawing a lot of interest. But he tells A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com a number that…

  4. Details of potential Dwight Howard trade leaking. Magic get Lopez, picks.

    Jul 9, 2012, 4:54 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    UPDATE 4:54 pm: The Clippers may be the fourth team in the deal, reports both Ken Berger at CBSSports.com and Chad Ford at ESPN. The Clippers would send a first round pick to the Nets for MarShon Brooks, then the Nets would ship that pick to the Magic as part of the deal. This appears…

  5. Greg Monroe is ticked he was snubbed by USA Basketball

    Jul 9, 2012, 4:17 PM EST

    Shane Battier, Ronny turiaf, Greg Monroe

    Pistons big man Greg Monroe is in Orlando right now, working out against recent Detroit draft pick Andre Drummond in between games of the Orlando Summer League. Where he is not is Las Vegas as a member of the USA Select team that goes against the United States Olympic squad in practice. He’s pretty ticked…

  6. Knicks reach terms to keep Steve Novak for four years

    Jul 9, 2012, 3:28 PM EST

    Steve Novak

    If you are an NBA role player and want to stay in the league, you need to have one exceptional skill, do one thing particularly well and find teams who need that skill. Steve Novak can shoot the three — he shot 47.2 percent from deep last season and took 5.2 a game. The New…

  7. Report: Pacers to match $58 million max offer to Hibbert

    Jul 9, 2012, 3:07 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert

    Roy Hibbert will remain an Indiana Pacer. It was the only move the Pacers could really make. The Portland Trail Blazers agreed to offer Roy Hibbert a max extension — four years, $58 million — on July 11. Indiana was torn as to whether or not to match the offer, but they have decided to…

  8. Other Team USA players think ring will make LeBron better

    Jul 9, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    LeBron James participates in the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

    LeBron James can play better? The very thought should send chills down the spines of other contenders, he already had an epic season — MVP, NBA finals MVP, NBA champion, potential gold medal winner — but the other guys on Team USA think he can be and will be. That’s what they told Ian Thomsen…

  9. Dwyane Wade had his knee surgery Monday, out eight weeks

    Jul 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Miami Heat Wade jumps to the basket on top of Oklahoma City Thunder Harden during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    The only reason Dwyane Wade isn’t running with Team USA and otherwise melting in the Las Vegas heat right now is his left knee wouldn’t let him. He needed it drained during the playoffs and was dragging his left leg around, his trademark explosiveness cut down. Monday, Wade had the expected surgery on his knee.…

  10. DeJuan Blair expects Spurs to trade him. He’s right.

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:42 PM EST

    DeJuan Blair, Al Harrington

    At the start of last season, DeJuan Blair was the Spurs special find. Everybody wanted their own Blair — hard working guy who did the dirty work inside, would score efficiently (53.4 percent shooting last year) and could rebound a little. He started nearly every game for the Spurs last season. By the end of…

  11. Kings reach deal to keep Jason Thompson in house

    Jul 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Greivis Vasquez

    Jason Thompson is one of the NBA’s better kept secrets. Mostly because nobody really watched the Sacramento Kings the past couple years. He’s a 6’11” athletic power forward who can get to the rim and shot 39 percent beyond 16 feet (good enough that you have to respect it). He scored 9.1 points per game…

  12. Video: Steve Nash makes a little girl cry

    Jul 9, 2012, 11:06 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    As a father with daughters about this age, let me be up front is saying it’s not that hard to get them to cry. Telling them you made round pancakes not Micky Mouse shape can do it. But if they are emotionally invested at all in something and it doesn’t go like they want, there…

  13. Doc Rivers doesn’t agree with Allen’s reasons for leaving

    Jul 9, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    In the end, Ray Allen left because Miami made him feel wanted. Celtics GM Danny Ainge shopped Allen around more than a year — at one point the deal got so far he was told he was being moved only to have it still fall apart last minute. Then he goes to Miami and hears…

  14. Bynum interested in Mavs, Rockets if he leaves Lakers

    Jul 9, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Seven

    The key reason Dwight Howard is likely not going to the Lakers is Andrew Bynum. Not that the Magic don’t want him — he’s certainly better than Brook Lopez and the T.G.I.Fridays sampler platter that they likely get — but that they can’t keep him. Just like Howard, Bynum is a free agent next summer.…

  15. Kevin Love tired of waiting for Timberwolves to get good

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:58 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Teams rarely become good overnight in the NBA. They build it up over time — think of the Thunder model, who took steps forward every season the past three years. What Miami did is the aberration. Minnesota could be one of those teams on the rise, but Kevin Love wants management to speed up the…

  16. Russia, Lithuania, Nigeria round out Olympic basketball tournament

    Jul 9, 2012, 2:24 AM EST

    Ike Diogu of Nigeria celebrates after de

    Finally, the Olympic basketball tournament field is set. Nigeria — led by 25 points on 14 shots plus 10 boards Ike Diogu (he formerly of the Spurs, Clippers, Pacers, Kings, Blazers and Warriors) — earned the final spot in the tournament by knocking off the Dominican Republic in a third-place game in the Olympic Qualifying…

  17. Jazz near buyout of Raja Bell; Heat, Lakers, Celtics in mix

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 AM EST

    Raja Bell

    How much does Raja Bell still have in the take at age 36 next season? That’s the question some contenders will have to ask because Bell is going to be on the market — he has a verbal agreement for a buyout deal with the Utah Jazz, Bell told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I’ve been…

  18. Dwight Howard trade rumors heating up; maybe to Nets in three-team deal

    Jul 8, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The Magic nearing a deal to ship out Ryan Anderson signals one thing — they are entering rebuilding mode, no joke, no holdovers. Which means Dwight Howard rumors are picking up steam, fast. How much steam depends on who you ask — some sources sugest the deal could be done as soon as Monday, but there…

  19. Colangelo on Cousins: “He has a lot of growing up to do”

    Jul 8, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Demarcus Cousins

    Carmelo Anthony came out of the first day of Team USA practice in Vegas — where DeMarcus Cousins is a member of the USA Select team there to push the London-bound squad — and said this about the Kings big man of the future (via Sean Cunningham on twitter). “He fouled the s— outta everyone.”…

  20. USA’s versatile, athletic roster will be fun to watch. Will win a lot, too.

    Jul 7, 2012, 10:34 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

    Al Davis would have loved Team USA. Because speed kills. Team USA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski coded it with words like “athleticism” and “versatility” — and those are accurate, too — but the makeup of Team USA is both lightning quick but with length. This is a team that that can run the floor, make…

  21. Griffin, Harden, Iguodala round out Team USA roster

    Jul 7, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Spain v USA Iguodala

    Blake Griffin, James Harden and Andre Iguodala are headed to London. Coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo made it official and those three men will round out a Team USA roster that also includes LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Tyson…

  22. Mavericks GM on Nowitizki: “He’s a Mav for life”

    Jul 7, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    With the implosion of the Dallas Mavericks summer has come a new idea gaining momentum around Big D — should the Mavericks trade Nowitzki, blow the whole thing up and rebuild from the ground up? Forget it about it. Mavericks’ general manager Donnie Nelson was interviewed on Dallas radio by the guys rom Dallasbasketball.com and…

  23. LeBron could equal remarkable Jordan record with Olympic gold

    Jul 7, 2012, 10:02 AM EST

    LeBron James Team USA

    In 1992, Michael Jordan had a year as great as any basketball player ever. He averaged 30 points a game shooting 51.9 percent to win the NBA MVP, then carried that over to the playoffs where he led the Bulls to an NBA Championship. In the process, he was named the NBA finals MVP. Then…

  24. Rumors fly but reality is Dwight Howard trade not imminent

    Jul 7, 2012, 2:35 AM EST

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    As your Friday moved from an office cubicle to a small table in dimly lit restaurant, there started to be a buzz out on the Web — that a Dwight Howard trade was imminent. Possibly to the Lakers. It was fueled by reports from unusual sources. Relax people. I’ve been told the Howard trade status…

  25. Heat win getting Allen, but Celtics will be just fine

    Jul 7, 2012, 1:33 AM EST

    Ray Allen

    This is what scares 29 other teams — the Miami Heat just got better. Ray Allen has agreed to terms with the world champion Heat, bringing arguably the best 3-point shooter the game has ever seen to a team that has desperately looked for a way to the stretch the floor. Miami won a title…

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