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  1. Report: Real Madrid rebuffs Kirilenko over money

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    All this talk of NBA players jumping to Europe… there’s a few reasons we’re skeptical here. And not just because we’re skeptical of everything. One big issue is money — few European teams can afford to approach even an average NBA salary. At the high end of the rumors, Deron Williams would make $5 million…

  2. Report: Yao Ming to retire

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming, a player who was both one of the better all-around centers to ever play the game and a true ambassador of the sport — but leaves us all wondering what could have been — plans to announce his retirement. Yao, who had played just five games the past season due to injuries, has…

  3. Video: What would Charles Barkley do as Commissioner?

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    If Charles Barkley were NBA commissioner for one day, what would he do? Solve the lockout? Break up the Miami Heat? Get rid of the big video board Kenny Smith had to walk over to all playoffs? No, he’d go after hecklers. That’s what he told the Golf Channel’s David Feherty, who has a new interview…

  4. Turkish team has special sponsor to pay for Williams

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    This is the second time in two years that Besiktas — a team that finished sixth in a Turkish league that is not considered one of the top divisions in Europe — landed and paid for a big time NBA star. Last year it was Allen Iverson, a future Hall of Fame player but a…

  5. Court ruling on NFL has little impact on NBA lockout

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    While the two sides seem close to a deal in the NFL lockout, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has come down with a ruling favoring the NFL — saying that the lockout can continue in that sport. What does that mean for the NBA lockout? Nothing much. The National Basketball Players…

  6. Tony Parker paid $5k to fly with a jet pack on vacation

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tony-Parker-Flies

    There is no CBA in place right now, so if you do something — like get popped for having marijuana in the car — there is nothing the league or your team can do about it. So go ahead and take some risks, NBA players. Like, say, flying with water-propelled jet pack while on vacation…

  7. Report: Pacers about to hire former Blazers GM Pritchard

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

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    Larry Bird didn’t sound like a guy who wanted to hang around much longer, the Indiana Pacers were about to be a team in transition in the front office. It sounds like they found their guy, according to a tweet from Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers are in the process of hiring…

  8. Players union pushing idea ‘Melo, other stars might play in Europe

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Deron Williams has a deal in principle to play in Turkey should the lockout extend into September (and it almost certainly will be there at the start of the month). We have our doubts about how many other elite players will follow in those footsteps — but it is great leverage for the NBPA (the…

  9. Kevin Love and Blake Griffin are in jail (just kidding)

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin Kevin Love

    Blake Griffin tweeted this photo (look to the right) of him and Kevin Love Thursday night saying: I guess they’re taking this lockout stuff pretty seriously No, it is not a photo of a real arrest. No, they are not hanging out with Michael Beasley. Just a couple of All-Stars pretending to be the 2002…

  10. One year ago today, LeBron made “The Decision”

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

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    It someday may go down with the most legendary player moves in NBA history — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers, Dirk Nowitzki to the Mavs (on draft night for Tractor Traylor), and the Celtics turning Joe Barry Carroll into Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish. One year ago today, LeBron James told Jim Gray and the…

  11. Just so you know, Ilgauskas hasn’t made up his mind yet

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    A couple weeks ago, before the lockout kicked in, Zydrunas Ilgauskas picked up his $1.4 million option with the Miami Heat for next season. That doesn’t mean he’s going to play with the Heat. The floor-stretching center hasn’t decided yet, he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “If I play, it will be in Miami,”…

  12. Lorenzo Romar not leaving college for Timberwolves

    Jul 7, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    NCAA Washington North Carolina Basketball

    The days of an NBA team just calling up and getting any college coach they want are gone. And money is one of the key reasons. We told you yesterday that among the potential replacements for Kurt Rambis in Minnesota — once they formally get around to firing him, er, promoting him — was University…

  13. Tyson Chandler still keeping his options open

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    You hear how a lot of teams would like a shot blocking, rebound machine like Tyson Chandler in the paint for them. Well, why get a player “like” Chandler when you can get Chandler himself — he will be a free agent. Well, once we get to free agency after the annoying lockout. The Mavericks…

  14. Kobe “open” to playing in Europe. That’s different than going.

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    They want him in Istanbul (and he does endorse Turkish Airlines)… But would Kobe Bryant play in Turkey? Or in Europe in general? He spent some years of his childhood in Italy, would he return as a professional? Maybe, according to the twitter account of Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kobe Bryant is open to considering overseas…

  15. Books show Nets with $44 million loss in 2008-09 season

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

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    Did NBA teams lose money last year? And if so, really how much? In the absence of the owners and players union sitting down and actually talking, the question of loss has become the talking point of the NBA lockout. There has been plenty of back-and-forth between the NBA and the players union — and…

  16. Cavaliers buy D-League team; league affiliations announced

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Next season, whether or not we have NBA games, we will have D-League games. (Some of which you can see on Versus, just to do an in-house plug.) And there will be D-League games in Canton, Ohio, because the Cleveland Cavaliers have purchased the D-League team in New Mexico Thunderbirds and will be moving them…

  17. It’s summer, but Jason Terry still tweaking LeBron

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Jason Terry just can’t help himself. All through the finals he didn’t back down and trash talked LeBron. The Mavs won, but Terry isn’t done. Remember how after the finals ended LeBron said that all those Heat haters, “at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life…

  18. Don’t expect a flood of top NBA players to Europe

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    There is some logic to why Deron Williams would sign with Besiktas Cola Turka to play next season. For one, it puts some pressure on the NBA owners in the Collective Bargaining talks (although not that much). Williams is coming off wrist injuries at the end of last season and this would let him get…

  19. D-Will’s new Turkish coach also wants Kobe. Sure, why not?

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    And I want to drive a Maserati GranTurismo convertible… Ergin Ataman, the coach of the Turkish team Besiktas in Istanbul that has a deal in principle with Deron Williams in a real coup — one that has to get the clearance of international governing body FIBA still — plus has reached terms with  Zaza Pachulia…

  20. Mickael Pietrus says Kobe wants him on Lakers

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Mickael Pietrus did not like how he was used by the Phoenix Suns after being traded to them from Orlando last season. Now he wants to change his focus and play a role on a team that can win a title, he told the French publication L’Equipe (via Hoopshype, who did the translation). And he…

  21. Battier: “We can’t afford to go through what the NFL is going through”

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    There are a lot of differences between the NFL and NBA lockouts. A lot. Starting with the NFL is a money making league, the NBA has been losing money. That changes things. Another is that the NFL is better able to withstand the public relations hit of a lockout, something Shane Battier talked about when…

  22. When free agency happens, Nets to focus on Humphries

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    Someday, eventually, we will talk basketball and free agency again instead of percentage of BRI. When that day comes, the Nets will need to secure a power forward (they traded Derrick Favors to get Deron Williams last season). They also need a three because Travis Outlaw is not the answer, no matter what his father…

  23. Not everybody wants to play in Europe: Meet Jonas Jerebko

    Jul 7, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

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    The move of NBA players to Europe may be picking up steam – Deron Williams to Turkey is now your headliner — but not everyone wants to go. Not even Europeans. Meet Jonas Jerebko. The Pistons Swedish forward is staying stateside, his agent told the Detroit Free Press. Doug Neustadt, who represents Jerebko, said this…

  24. Deron Williams will play in Turkey if lockout lingers

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets' Deron Williams (C) drib

    UPDATE 10:58 AM: Maybe we were wrong. Apparently Nets star Deron Williams does plan to play in Turkey if the lockout lingers, Marc Stein of ESPN tweeteed: Sources w/knowledge of Deron Williams’ plans confirm his intent to play for Besiktas in Turkey if lockout continues Multiple sources now confirm the story. The key part here is…

  25. Adam Morrison working out, looking to play in Europe

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

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    When we last saw former Gonzaga star Adam Morrison, he was collecting an NBA Championship ring sitting on the bench of the Los Angeles Lakers. Something that was uncomfortable for him. He didn’t play anywhere last season. We didn’t know what was up with him until we saw this tweet from Chris Tomasson. After not…

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