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  1. Kevin Pritchard to interview for Nets GM job

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

    The man at the helm when Portland drafted one of the best young cores in basketball, then dumped because the people above him thought he was taking too much credit, is now on the radar in New Jersey. Kevin Prichard will interview for the New Jersey Nets job, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. He…

  2. Clippers set to hire Vinny Del Negro as coach

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    Two years ago, the Chicago Bulls were faced with a choice: the experienced and tactically wise Dwane Casey, or the energetic newcomer who had no experience but had a plan for developing young talent in Vinny Del Negro. Two years later, the Clippers were faced with the exact same choice — and they had gotten…

  3. LeBron to make his announcement on ESPN Thursday night

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    One hour that comes down to one word. LeBron James will make an announcement in an hour-long special Thursday night on ESPN, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern. Chris Broussard, the ESPN reporter who has the best contacts in the LeBron James camp of just about anyone, made the announcement on ESPN News. LeBron and his…

  4. Sloppy and slams: Summer League ball

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    This is what Summer League ball looks like — a bit sloppy, punctuated by slams and athletic plays. In this case, it is Jeremy Pargo with the slam from Gerald Henderson (who has looked good in these games and may be ready for some real run next year). 

  5. Smart money bet: LeBron stays in Cleveland, Wade and Bosh to Miami

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

    We don’t know. There is no 100 percent. But the signs are starting to point the same way, especially when you take a step back and look at them in total — LeBron James re-signs in Cleveland, while Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh team up in Miami. Take these tweets from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski: Cavs…

  6. Toronto's choice: Veterans or rebuild from Bosh sign-and-trade?

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    Toronto’s front office is apparently torn. In a way that explains the oddly conflicting reports on what they are looking to do with a Chris Bosh sign-and-trade. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted the situation: According to exec familiar with Raptors thinking, TOR undecided on what type of sign-&-trade to look for if…

  7. LeBron has a new twitter account. He has the marketing game down.

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    It’s all about timing. Understanding the market and timing. Right now the sports world is focused on LeBron. (Well, American sports world, in Holland they are focused on other things.) He has never been more watched — even in the finals — and if you are going to launch a new marketing initiative, now is…

  8. Suns trying to get David Lee in sign-and-trade for Stoudemire

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire is not a New York Knick. Yet. Nobody can sign the paperwork until Thursday. That give the Suns to get a little value back for the man they almost traded at the deadline the last two years. Value back like David Lee, which is one scenario the Suns are working according to the…

  9. Jeff Bower bows out of New Jersey general manager search

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

    Jeff Bower, the general manager for the New Orleans Hornets, is one of the most respected men in the field. Not a shock that he got a call to talk to New Jersey about their position being vacated by Rod Thorn. But in a statement on Tuesday, he pulled out of the race. “I appreciate…

  10. Byron Scott: "75 to 85 percent chance" Cavaliers keep LeBron

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Byron Scott is in. All in. Either way. But given the choice, “do you want to coach LeBron or not?” The answer is yes. And he told Mason and Ireland on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles he has a good shot. “If I’m going by my gut feeling I would say there is a 75…

  11. Carmelo isn't being traded, plus he'll sign the Denver deal. He has no real choice.

    Jul 6, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Amare wants to bring Carmelo Anthony to New York. He has not signed the $65 million extension in front of him from the Nuggets because he wants more out of them — if he doesn’t get it he could be gone. No, he’s not. The Nuggets aren’t going to trade him. He can posture, but…

  12. Knicks targeting Dwyane Wade. Again.

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    They got Amare Stoudemire. Things are different in New York now. They have an anchor to build around. So why not make another run at Dwyane Wade? All the signs point to him staying in Miami. That if he went anywhere it would be sweet home Chicago. But South Beach has been good to him,…

  13. Chris Bosh is your free agency lynchpin

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    LeBron James wants to play with Chris Bosh, sees him as the key to a team that can win titles. He’s reportedly trying to recruit him to Cleveland for that reason. Toronto has a sign-and-trade in place with Cleveland. Dwyane Wade wants to play with Chris Bosh, sees him as the key to a team…

  14. Signs pointing to Wade in Miami, Chris Bosh joining him. Unless Bosh goes to Cleveland with LeBron.

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets are convinced that the Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh tandem is headed to Miami. Ira Winderman — the most connected guy with the Heat — is saying it looks like Wade will return to South Beach. But now reports are out there that the Cavaliers have a sign-and-trade in place with the Raptors…

  15. Amare Stoudemire talks bright lights, big city

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

      Amare Stoudemire said all the right things about loving New York and wanting to return the team to the top of the heap at his hastily called press conference to announce a verbal agreement. But he can’t do it alone, so he talks some LeBron as well.

  16. Orlando Magic sign Chris Duhon as their backup point guard

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    With their last year’s backup point guard — Jason Williams — turning 35 next season, the Orlando Magic wanted to get a little younger in their backup to Jameer Nelson. Hello Chris Duhon. The Magic have inked Duhon to a four-year, $15 million deal, according to Chad Ford at ESPN. The Magic have gotten younger,…

  17. Report: Atlanta Hawks make two year offer to Shaquille O'Neal

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    UPDATE July 6, 9:49 am: Perry Rogers, Shaq’s agent, denies that any offer has been made. He said they are still listening to Boston, Dallas and Atlanta. This is what agents do, keep options open for clients. However, frameworks are discussed before offers are made. So Atlanta wants to know Shaq’s reaction to two years…

  18. LeBron James isn't talking to anyone, but we're all still guessing

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    We don’t know. Nobody in the media knows. That won’t stop us from speculating. We’ll use a shred of information to concoct entire theories. We’ll guess. (Complain about that if you want, but those guesses get a lot of viewers — you like it so we keep doing it). But we don’t know what LeBron…

  19. Did Derrick Rose prefer Joe Johnson to LeBron James?

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Would you rather have Joe Johnson or LeBron James on your team? Exactly. It’s not even close. Even if you think there are flaws with LeBron’s game, there are far fewer than Johnson. LeBron is a true first option. Joe Johnson is a true second option on a title team. LeBron is a true max…

  20. Summer League Notes from Day 1: Where Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner are sweet together

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:47 AM EDT

    A lot of things happen during Summer League, lots of games in one day. Here are some notes on the things that didn’t make their own post from the first day in Orlando. * Jrue Holiday may have been the best single player to take the floor the first day of games in Orlando, which…

  21. Nets look at Joe Dumars, Jeff Bower to be general manager

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    UPDATE 11:45 pm: Joe Dumars said, “What you talkin’ bout, Willis?” Not that there’s a Willis involved in this story, but you get the idea. He told the Detroit News he has had not interviewed for the Nets job and has no interest in leaving Detroit. He said the media report was full of it.…

  22. Iverson Tweets he wants back in the NBA

    Jul 5, 2010, 9:44 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson is ready for his big comeback. I want to return to the NBA this season, and help any team that wants me, in any capacity that they feel that I can help. I’m disappointed, and I owe my fans more than what they have seen of me the last couple seasons. However, now…

  23. Report: Knicks, Amare Stoudemire have agreed to terms. Finally.

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    UPDATE 8:32 pm: Amare Stoudemire tweeted this tonight: I want to say thanks to all my SUNS Fans. Thanks to my PHX SUNS teammates, an the Coaches. I love you guys, sorry It didn’t work out. Gone! 5:43 pm: Amare Stoudemire now gets to live up to the fun of being the Knicks big off-season…

  24. Summer League guy to watch: Lance Stephenson

    Jul 5, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson tried to tell us he was “born ready,” the nickname he picked up at the legendary Rucker Park playground games in New York. Pacers coach Jim O’Brien tried to tell us he was ready. But until we saw it for ourselves, we weren’t convinced. We’re stubborn like that. We’re convinced. Lance Stephenson is…

  25. Carmelo Anthony serious about extending deal in Denver, but wants some help first

    Jul 5, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    You know he is going to New York — Amare said so. Heck, Carmelo Anthony is going somewhere, right? That’s why he hasn’t signed that three-year, $65 million extension staring him in the face, right? Trade scenarios for Melo are everybody’s new favorite past time. He’s going to the Knicks, Nets, Heat, Magic, Bulls, and…

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