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Kurt Helin

  1. Free agents already eyeing Miami as destination

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Heat's James celebrates a basket with teammate Wade during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Warm weather. No state income tax. The chance to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The chance to win a ring. All of the tantalizing distractions a single man could ask for. There are a lot of reasons NBA players like Miami. And right now, the upcoming crop of free agents seems to like…

  2. Report: Chris Paul eyeing Knicks or… Clippers?

    Nov 29, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    When the New Orleans Hornets reach out to Chris Paul not long after Dec. 9, they will offer him a max deal that will have one more guaranteed year and be worth $27 million more than what any other team can offer. That’s a lot of money. And there are not many people — even…

  3. Derrick Rose likes that there’s a “Derrick Rose rule”

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:10 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    I suppose we should have seen this coming. Derrick Rose likes having a rule in the new NBA collective bargaining agreement named after him (one that allows players in their first four years who have been named MVP or made a couple All-NBA teams to get paid more than others in the same draft). He…

  4. No surprise here: NBA jersey sales off 38 percent

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Jersey

    There are some very complex marketing principles at work here. (Re-read that sentence in your best sarcastic voice.) Turns out if you cancel 480 NBA games, stage a lockout where the owners and players snipe at each other while sounding greedy, fewer people buy NBA jerseys. Who knew? The New York Post has the numbers…

  5. Report: Blazers expected to use amnesty clause on Roy

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Is it time for the Portland Trail Blazers to cut bait with Brandon Roy? It looks like they are, according to a tweet from John Canzano, radio and television personality in the area. Blazers appear ready to exercise amnesty on Brandon Roy…. Hoping they take a longer look at him before they do it. Roy…

  6. Report: Paul Millsap is on the trading block. Any bidders?

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

    We welcome with open arms our first real trade rumor of the post-lockout era. We’ve missed you guys. Jazz forward Paul Millsap is available, according to a story in the Indy Star and backed up by John Hollinger of ESPN. This is not a huge shock, the Jazz were reportedly shopping Millsap around during the…

  7. You can add Rockets to list of teams that want Nene

    Nov 28, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Nene

    Nene will be the most coveted free agent on the market this year. He is a true center who can defend the paint, is an efficient shooter (61.5 percent last season) who will give you around 14 points a game, and is a solid rebounder. In a league full of fours masquerading around as fives,…

  8. Report: Stoudemire wants to open a Hebrew school

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    We take a step back from today’s “what should my team do on Dec. 9” discussions to talk in Hebrew. Or at least about Hebrew. Knicks star Amare Stoudemire is interested in opening up Hebrew school in New York, according to the New York Daily News. A source close to the New York Knick tells…

  9. Andrei Kirilenko looking at options: Jazz, Nets or Moscow

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Russia's Andrei Kirilenko vies with defe

    This season in Europe, Andrei Kirilenko has been about the most dominant player on the continent — he was EuroLeague player of the month for October (he was slowed in November after a faceplant). Plus, his dancing looks improved. And now with the NBA lockout over the free agent has options all over the globe.…

  10. Mike Miller still likely gone in Miami, amnesty casualty

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In an ideal world, the Miami Heat would like to keep Mike Miller around, because if he does bounce back from last season’s injuries and this summer’s surgeries, he is a perfect fit. He can stretch the floor with his shot, is a solid team defender and can rebound. But alas, the math of the…

  11. NBA “stretch provision” may mean more bad contracts

    Nov 28, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    We kind of refer to this as the Eddy Curry Rule. In the NBA labor deal is what is called the “stretch provision,” which will help teams get rid of underperforming players on big deals. It can only be used on new contracts but here is how it works: If you want to get rid…

  12. Expect just two preseason games per team in shortened camp

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    spalding_balls

    I will warn you now — those marquee Christmas Day NBA opening day games are going to be sloppy. Same with the likely dozen games to follow the next day and a lot of the games over the next month or so. Teams are going to have a 16-day training camp and just two preseason…

  13. Don’t expect many amnesty clause players this season

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    Finally, thanks to an amnesty clause in the new labor deal, every NBA team can wipe one bad contract off their books and never have to deal with it again. A “get out of jail free” card for NBA GMs. We like to call it the Gilbert Arenas rule. That should lead to a flood…

  14. Will Rudy Fernandez tell Dallas he wants to stay in Spain?

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez

    UPDATE 12:06 pm: A source (ho sounds a whole lot like an agent) has denied that Rudy Fernandez is going to try and get out of his deal with the Mavs, according to Hoopshype. “Rudy Fernandez’s plan is to join the Mavericks next week and play with them this year,” the source said. “Asking for…

  15. Monday morning one liners: Coming, going from Europe

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    With the end of the NBA lockout, NBA players are exiting Europe and heading back to the good ol’ US of A for an NBA season. What players are on the move are the highlights of our morning one liners. If you read one thing today, make it this very thoughtful look at where the…

  16. Video: DeRozan steals highlights from Baron Davis event

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The NBA player charity game season is coming to an end fast, but Baron Davis still had his in Los Angeles on Sunday night. And there were a lot of great passes from Davis and James Harden, but it always seemed to be DeMar DeRozan on the receiving end. He is all over these highlights.…

  17. Winderman: Chris Paul rumors show why Hornets need owner fast

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    Since the NBA last bounced a ball, one team has changed hands (Philadelphia) and another was sold only to have that deal fall apart (Atlanta). All the while, a franchise that might have as great an impact as any in reshaping the league remains in the hands of the league (New Orleans). While the NBA…

  18. Are the Knicks considering Kwame Brown? Apparently.

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    Free agent priority No. 1 for the Knicks — maintain projected cap space for next summer so they can try to bring in one more star player (cough* Chris Paul *cough). Priority No. 2: find a big defensive minded center, but one will take a one-year deal as not to screw up priority No. 1.…

  19. LeBron, Wade, ‘Melo homecoming tour now just one game

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Duane Wade, Carmelo Antho

    The summer (and fall) of NBA charity games has come to an end… but not without at least one more. The “homecoming tour” to be anchored by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony has been cancelled, to be replaced by one game in New York this Tuesday. Games in Akron, New Orleans…

  20. Amnesty players may not help high payroll teams much

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Here was the scenario: Teams would use the new amnesty clause in the labor deal to wipe out the oversized contracts of guys who could still contribute some (just not at the level they are getting paid). As a hypothetical example, we will make up a player named B. Roy who plays in the Pacific…

  21. Lakers, Mavericks, other big spenders safe for two years

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT

    Image (1) jbuss-thumb-250x140-15577.jpg for post 3061

    Part of the reason we lost 480 NBA games this season is because a bunch of owners were pissed at the Lakers, Mavericks, Heat, Celtics and other owners willing to spend over the luxury tax. Small market owners wanted to tie the hands of the big spenders in the name of the mythical “competitive balance.”…

  22. New “Derrick Rose Rule” will make a few rookies rich(er)

    Nov 27, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Players on their rookie deals remain one of the great values to owners — they get players who often can contribute a lot but at a fraction of the salary of a veteran who does the same thing. Those rookie deals remain untouched in the new collective bargaining agreement. Except for one change — if…

  23. The lockout is over… what should my team do now?

    Nov 27, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Finally — forget the tedious discussions of BRI, escrow, “disclaimer of interest” and the other stuff that made us feel like we were studying for the bar exam not following the NBA. It’s time to get serious. It’s time to do what we fans do best. It’s time to play armchair GM. There is just…

  24. Kevin Martin heads to the gym (and other lockout reactions)

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Kevin Love Visits FOX Business

    Just like NBA fans, NBA players were shocked and excited early Saturday morning. (No, not like that. What is wrong with you people?) When a bleary-eyed David Stern and Billy Hunter sat side-by-side in a NYC conference room about 3:30 Saturday morning to announce a deal, the NBA players who were up got the news…

  25. Great, we have a handshake deal. So now what happens?

    Nov 26, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    David Stern and Billy Hunter shook hands. Figuratively, but there is a handshake deal in place for an NBA labor settlement. The framework for a full blown new NBA collective bargaining agreement is in place. But that is a long way from an actual signed deal and NBA games starting on Christmas Day. So, what…

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