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  1. Report: Brown wants Lakers to get Anderson Varejao

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The Lakers need to inject the roster with energy, particularly on defense. Anderson Varejao brings energy and effort. New Lakers coach Mike Brown used to coach Anderson Varejao. So, not a huge leap of logic to a report from Sam Amico of Fox Sports. Huge leap of logic to see it happen, but not the…

  2. Mark Cuban and the “we’re the champs” legal defense

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:58 PM EST

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban polishes the championship trophy during an event held to celebrate their 2011 NBA championship in Dallas, Texas

    Even in court, Mark Cuban is bragging about his championship. And being damn funny. Remember that Cuban is being sued by Ross Perot Jr., the son of the former presidential candidate and a five percent owner of the Mavericks. His partnership (Hillwood Center Partnership) used to own the majority of the Mavericks but sold to…

  3. Report: Danny Ainge willing to trade anyone on the roster

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    On one side of the scale, you have Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers all coming back, and you think they are not going to break this group up yet, they are going to make one more run. On the other side of the scale, you have the Kendrick Perkins…

  4. Video: Kevin Durant’s monster dunk at Drew League

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    During the summer, a lot of NBA players take part in various “leagues” around the nation. Like the Drew League in the inner city of Los Angeles. There is money raised for a good cause, and some good hoops played. Kevin Durant was at the Drew League this week (with a lot of other stars)…

  5. Report: Josh Smith to Orlando Magic trade rumors “legit”

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:59 AM EST

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith is being shopped around, and while Boston may not be interested Orlando is. That according to Ken Berger at CBS Sports. A source also said discussions between Atlanta and Orlando with Josh Smith going to the Magic are “totally legit.” Executives say the Hawks have expressed an eagerness to move Smith and would…

  6. The real key to this draft: What do the Jazz do at No. 3?

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    enes Kanter

    Kyrie Irving will go No. 1 overall to the Cavaliers. Minnesota may be shopping the No. 2 pick like Vince “ShamWow guy” Shlomi, but if they keep asking for Steve Nash and Andrew Bynum they will be making the pick themselves. And taking Derrick Williams. Then things get interesting. The Jazz will set the tone…

  7. Despite rumors everywhere, Suns say Nash not being traded

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:21 AM EST

    Steve Nash

    It was maybe the craziest rumor of this draft… which is saying something. Steve Nash to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 2 pick was discussed, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. He went on to say in the article it was unlikely because Nash wants to go to a contender, not a 17-win team.…

  8. Kyrie Irving is a deserving No. 1 pick

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:54 AM EST

    Michigan v Duke

    Kyrie Irving will be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. But he wouldn’t have beaten out John Wall for the top spot last draft. Or Blake Griffin for the top spot two drafts ago. Or Derrick Rose three drafts ago. Or… It has some fans wondering is Irving a deserving No. 1…

  9. Kevin Durant says “nothing” to TMZ, that gets him in trouble

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:03 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    Kevin Durant is not the kind of athlete who ends up on TMZ as he is hopping from club-to-club or trying to line up his next reality show. That’s just not who Durant is. He’s more the “wear a backpack to a press conference” kind of guy. Yet he still got in trouble via TMZ…

  10. Celtics say they have had no talks about Josh Smith trade

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    We told you about the rumors the Atlanta Hawks are going to be shopping Josh Smith around, and that Smith is good with that. In fact, like everyone, Smith has a list of teams he’d like to play for. One was the Boston Celtics. But there have been no such talks with the Celtics, according…

  11. Team president out as power shift continues for Warriors

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:38 AM EST

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    This is not really a surprise, but the timing caught people off guard. Golden State team president Robert Rowell has left the organization, according to CSN Bay Area. Rowel, coach Don Nelson and GM Larry Riley formed the power structure under old owner Chris Cohen that has been blown up by new owners Joe Lacob…

  12. NBA Draft rumor roundup for Tuesday

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:16 PM EST

    Derrick Williams

    There are 8 million rumors out there in the naked city, and while only a handful will come true we thought we’d put a bunch of them in one place, because we know how valuable your time is. One of the biggest ones our own John Krolik just wrote about — the Wizards trying to…

  13. Still big gap between NBA owners, players after key talks

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:38 PM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    If you were waiting to really worry about an NBA lockout, now is a good time. Tuesday’s negotiation session — which NBA Commissioner David Stern had previously called key to avoiding a July 1 lockout — had both sides leaving and speaking in pessimistic tones. Chris Paul said this to Brian Smith of the Salt…

  14. NBA Draft: Five big risks in the 2011 NBA Draft

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:26 PM EST

    Josh Selby

    Right now, there are no busts in the 2011 NBA Draft. By 2014 we will be calling a few of these guys busts, but right now they are just risks. In this draft, picking out what risks to gamble on is amazingly difficult, seemingly every player has some glaring flaws. We’d preach patience — wait…

  15. Stunning news: Knicks would still like to get Steve Nash

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:38 PM EST

    nash-game-time-decision-magic

    From the NBC Sports Department of the Obvious, we bring you this news: The New York Knicks still have interest in getting Steve Nash. The New York Post has the shocking details. There have been renewed whispers the Knicks have inquired about Suns point guard Steve Nash, who lives in SoHo in the offseason. The…

  16. Not a surprise but now official: Casey to coach Raptors

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    dwane Casey

    We’ve been telling you this was coming since last week, everybody except your mom has been telling you Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey would coach the Raptors since last week. (She kept telling you not to forget Father’s Day.) Now it is official, Casey is the man in Toronto. Bryan Colangelo — the GM that built…

  17. LeBron may not have a ring, but he made Heat owners a lot of money

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    LeBron Sunglasses

    Heat fans – well, actually mostly Heat haters — were beating up LeBron James after fourth quarter struggles in the finals. The Internet is no fan of the “don’t kick a man when he’d down” axiom. But the Heat’s management has been nothing but supportive. In part because they know if they want another banner…

  18. Pat Riley says he is not going to coach, break up “Big 3″

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Pat Riley is not going to coach the Miami Heat next season. No, he is not going to break up the trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh either. Riley had his annual end-of-season meeting with the media Tuesday and sounded like a guy who doesn’t like to lose but realizes the huge…

  19. Pau Gasol doesn’t want to be traded, but are the Lakers making the calls?

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    All over Los Angeles there seems to be a case of “trade Pau Gasol fever.” Which is just flat-out stupid overreaction by Lakers fans, but there you go. This guy was the No. 2 reason the team won back-to-back rings, was the team’s MVP for the first 30 games of last season, then wore down…

  20. Report: Atlanta Hawks considering trading Josh Smith

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:21 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Atlanta needs to do something to shake up this team, because it is clear the current roster is a step or two behind the elite in the East. And while you can expect that Chicago and Miami will be better next season, Atlanta isn’t going to get better without some bold moves. Like trading Josh…

  21. Celtics Glen Davis going to look at free agency options

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    At some point in the future (hopefully not to distant future, but who knows), there will be a free agency period. And when it comes, a battle tested, champion power forward (who struggled this last playoffs) will be on the market in Boston’s Glen Davis. And he is going to see what that market will…

  22. Don’t expect much out of NBA owners, players meeting

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

    David Stern

    David Stern tried after last week’s bargaining session to set Tuesday up as the big key day — it is after this session we’ll know if there will be a lockout. But even that was Stern posturing, using some gamesmanship to put the pressure on the players. Which says everything about where we are in…

  23. Report: Warriors in talks to land Robin Lopez from Suns

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:53 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    The emergence of Marcin Gortat as a quality center in the Suns up-tempo offense has left them with a problem a lot of teams would like to have — two quality centers, when you remember they have Robin Lopez as well. The Golden State Warriors would like to help them out with that by offering…

  24. Former No. 1 pick LaRue Martin talks bust, bouncing back

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    LaRue Martin

    Over the next few days there will be a lot of talk about the biggest draft busts ever (great list here from Hoopism). It’s a fun exercise, for reasons I’ve never fully understood we as a species enjoy watching others struggle and fail. The latest NBA finals seems even more proof of that. Being the…

  25. Odds on the NBA Draft… if you’re a betting man

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Gambling, the thing that drives horse racing and the NFL. (What, you don’t think fantasy leagues and weekly pools help the NFL’s popularity?) If you’re more an NBA guy, how about betting on the NBA Draft? The fine folks at Bodog sent over their odds on the NBA draft, and there are some interesting lines…

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