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  1. Mark Cuban may want one, but Cavaliers, Raptors not seeking investigation of Heat

    Jul 12, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Did the Miami Heat cheat? Looks like we’ll never know, officially. Mark Cuban isn’t sold that how Miami ended up with the Superfriends — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh — didn’t involve some shady back-room deals that violate league policy. He wants the league to look into it. But it appears neither Cleveland…

  2. ProBasketballTalk's top 25 free agents tracker

    Jul 12, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Free agency is almost over. LeBron is going to the Heat. Most of the top 25 are set, and the ones that aren’t will be soon. So here is a little wrap up, with a few loose ends out there. What follows is a list of the top 25 free agents on the market (by…

  3. Ben Wallace to stay in Detroit, agrees to two-year deal

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    Ben Wallace should retire a Piston. It just seems right. Now he will. According to Associated Press Ben Wallace has agreed a two-year deal to stay with the Pistons. He will make $1.9 million each year. “This is the place I want to retire,” Wallace said in a telephone interview with the AP. Wallace had…

  4. John Wall shows his world of potential, shows he is still 19 in first Summer League game

    Jul 11, 2010, 11:34 PM EDT

    John Wall is lightning quick. You think you know that watching his televised games while at Kentucky, but until you see him in person you don’t realize just how quick. It’s impressive, bordering on insane. He flashed that speed in his first ever Summer League game. Plus he showed his great length, good defensive instincts,…

  5. Jesse Jackson compares Dan Gilbert's LeBron rant to slavery. Just when you thought that story couldn't get crazier.

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Jesse Jackson went off the deep end today. I have no other way to describe this commentary on the Rainbow Push Website. “(Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert) speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway…

  6. Dorell Wright leaving Miami for Golden State

    Jul 11, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Not everybody wants to play in Miami right now. The Heat’s Dorell Wright is very close to leaving South Beach and signing a new deal with Golden State, a three-year contract worth more than $10 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The Warriors are not going to match the offer the New Jersey Nets…

  7. Jerry Buss is not handing over the Larry O'Brien trophy to Miami. At least not willingly.

    Jul 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Good luck prying the NBA title out of the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers. Lakers owner Jerry Buss was in Vegas to watch some Summer League ball (and play in the World Series of Poker; and probably not in that order) when Sam Amick from FanHouse asked him if LeBron James in Miami scared…

  8. Dan Gilbert marks down LeBron to discount prices

    Jul 9, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    Don’t know if you noticed, but Dan Gilbert was a little angry last night. What with the angry letter and the angry phone calls and the playing it up for the angry mob. Then this morning his company took a little dig at James. Gilbert is the owner of Fathead, the people that make life-size…

  9. Chicago Bulls reach deal with sharpshooter Kyle Korver

    Jul 9, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    There is the floor-spreading shooter the Bulls needed to round out their roster. Kyle Korver has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. This is very good deal for Chicago. New coach Tom Thibodeau plans to bring in a drive-and-kick offense to Chicago, with Derrick…

  10. Now what, Cavaliers?

    Jul 9, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Come early November, there will be NBA games at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Nobody in Cleveland wants to think about it today, but it will happen. And  can wonder what the Cleveland Cavalier roster will look like for Byron Scott. Who now has a very different job than the one he hoped for.…

  11. Boozer's gone, so now what, Utah?

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Cleveland is still in the mourning phase. Utah has moved on to the “what do we do now?” phase of rebuilding a team after losing a star. Except Utah is not really rebuilding, they are restructuring. The Jazz are in pretty good shape. In part because they have Deron Williams, one of the best point…

  12. Report: Heat trying to convince Cavaliers to do sign-and-trade for LeBron

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

    Things that are never going to happen: Dane Cook winning and Oscar for his acting; Jerry Buss selling the Lakers to Donald Sterling; Britney Spears recording a song I tolerate… And Cleveland agreeing to a sign and trade for LeBron James. But the Heat are asking. That according to the guy with the sources in…

  13. Who else fills out the Miami roster?

    Jul 9, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    For the most part, a guy making the minimum salary in the NBA is doing so for a reason. Not the kind of reasons that help with championships. But maybe a couple bigger names will take less money to play with Miami Thrice (is that what we’re calling them?) and Mike Miller in South Beach.…

  14. Complain about LeBron infomercial all you want, you still tuned in to watch

    Jul 9, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Media is the ultimate democracy in our profit driven world. We know exactly how many people come to this blog every day and what you read. Same with every other Web site out there. Same with television. Don’t like something, ignore it and it goes away. If you can’t deliver viewers to advertisers, if people…

  15. Evan Turner is having a rough Summer League

    Jul 9, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Welcome to the NBA, Evan Turner. Well, not even the NBA. Summer League, which is a  few steps below the NBA in terms of quality of play. But it has still flummoxed the No. 2 pick so far. I watched two games and he has had moments of quality play but mostly has struggled. He’s…

  16. Dwyane Wade has some roommates for "his house"

    Jul 9, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

      Dwyane Wade is a happy man today. Stunning, I know. But he also has always been the most driven of the three — he gets that this grand experiment is a failure if they don’t win multiple titles.

  17. Clippers sign Ryan Gomes

    Jul 9, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    It’s not LeBron, but it’s not bad, either. Actually, it’s pretty smart — the Los Angeles Clippers have reached a deal with Ryan Gomes, as reported by Associated Press. Combined with the signing of Randy Foye yesterday, the Clippers have upgraded themselves. Without breaking the bank — three years and $12 million for Gomes. You…

  18. It worked — the Heat are already sold out of season seats

    Jul 9, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    Want to pick up those Miami Heat season tickets for next season now? Too late. The Heat have sold out of season seats, according to friend-of-the-blog Ira Winderman, of the Sun Sentinel. And there is more — if you are a new season seat holder or an existing one who did not lock down by…

  19. Report: Knicks president Donnie Walsh may retire

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    UPDATE 9:54 am: It didn’t take long, and Walsh responded by saying the reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. From Alan Hahn at Newsday: “I’m sure there are guys around me that are predicting my death, right? I’m not there yet.” 9:33 am: Donnie Walsh spent the last two years digging the Knicks…

  20. Nets fans, patience. Just have patience.

    Jul 9, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets won 12 games last season. LeBron James wants a title. LeBron to New Jersey was going to be a long shot because of those two facts. But if not LeBron, then what? Rumors had been that Amare Stoudemire was the fallback plan, but he will take Manhattan. Then there was Carlos…

  21. Miami clears out Beasley for cap room, spends some of it on Mike Miller

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:45 AM EDT

    Pat Riley’s work was not done when LeBron James said “Miami” Thursday night. He made two more moves — one to free up cap space by trading away Michael Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The other was to sign Mike Miller, but doing that will necessitate the big three give back about $1 million a…

  22. David Lee headed to Golden State in sign-and-trade deal

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:09 AM EDT

    David Lee is crossing country for some big checks, he has been traded to Golden State David Lee is going to Golden State — and that is good for him in that he will get paid. He agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that nets him $80 million over six years, shipping him to Golden State…

  23. Can the Miami Heat win it all this season?

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:56 PM EDT

    Already you were hearing it — guys were saying it on ESPN and talk radio shows across the nation even before LeBron made his announcement. If the Heat don’t win it all this year, it’s a failure. That’s a bunch of manure. Winning a championship takes a lot of things, including luck with injuries and…

  24. Cleveland Cavaliers official statement

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Cleveland released a statement from General Manager Chris Grant: “We believe in this team, this organization, this community, and what we will do to compete at the highest level. We believe in the new coach and leader we have in Byron Scott, and the world class basketball organization and positive and strong culture we’ve established.…

  25. LeBron James goes to Miami

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    LeBron James is joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat, forming the best threesome the league has seen in decades. He made it official on his nationally televised ESPN special. “I’m looking forward to it,” he said on the show. “I can’t say I dreamed about it because I didn’t think it…

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