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Kurt Helin

  1. Joakim Noah is getting richer this week

    Jul 5, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah is not a free agent this summer. Guy is in the middle of his rookie deal, the Bulls could extend him right now, but they are focusing on bigger fish. Which is just fine with Noah, he keeps getting richer just sitting there doing nothing. That’s because the Bulls are using him to…

  2. Dwyane Wade, Micky Arison hang out together in Miami

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    Here’s what we know: Dwyane Wade and Heat owner Micky Arison were spotted together talking at American Airlines Arena on Monday afternoon. That we got from our own Ira Winderman, writing for the Sun Sentinel. We also know the Heat never really made a big, formal presentation to Wade as was done by Chicago and…

  3. Trail Blazers talking to Randy Pfund about general manager vacancy

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    The man who was the general manager when the Miami Heat won the NBA title — meaning the man who drafted Dwyane Wade — is the guy Portland is targeting to be their next GM. Randy Pfund is next up on the clock, according to multiple reports. The Blazers had first interviewed and talked to…

  4. Celtics sign Semih Erden to bolster front line

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    There are a lot of Celtics fans saying “Semih Erden who?” But Boston made a good move by inking the Turkish center, their 2008 second round pick, to a contract for next year, as Marc Spears of Yahoo has confirmed. He’s a solid 7-footer who can provide some depth with Kendrick Perkins out for the…

  5. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh may be making documentary of free agency

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    Just what we all have hoped for — the chance to relive this summer’s free agency over and over and over… Camera crews have been following Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh through the free agency process. Filming them going to meetings, flying around the country and having dinner with each other in Chicago. Of course,…

  6. Cavaliers GM Chris Grant talks after LeBron meeting

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

      You had probably gone through your entire morning without hearing some NBA executive spew cliches. We’re hear to fix that. This is Cavaliers GM Chris Grant after meeting with LeBron James a couple days ago. Pretty much all of the post-meeting press conferences sounded like this.

  7. NBA Summer League begins today in Orlando

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Here’s how you spot the hoops junkies (well, besides the kind of pasty skin tones): They’re the ones coming to this site, scanning past the latest LeBron James update to see what is happening in Summer League play. Today is the hoop junkies dream — the Orlando Summer League kicks off play. Come Friday, the…

  8. Dwyane Wade back in Miami — for his youth camp and to meet with owner

    Jul 5, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade is back in Miami. For four days. And not to sign any contracts. He flew back into the town begging him to stay as a player not to make any kind of announcement about his future, but to be at the Dwyane Wade All Star Camp, his youth camp (ages 7 to 18).…

  9. Clippers reliving the 2008 Chicago Bulls coaching search

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    Not having a coach in place is rumored to have hurt the Clippers during the LeBron James interview process. The other five years brought their coach, who had one-on-one time with LeBron to talk tactics and how he fits in their system on the court. The Clippers remain without a coach, although the decision was…

  10. Amare Stoudemire, Mike D'Antoni have brunch and make up

    Jul 4, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    Mike D’Antoni called Amare Stoudemire minutes into the new free agent period this week and said it was time for them to bury the hatchet, because they wanted him in New York. Is there a better place to bury the hatchet than brunch? No, no there is not. An omelet bar and lukewarm eggs benedict…

  11. Report: Joe Johnson finally agrees to take all the money the Hawks can give him

    Jul 4, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks franchise is worth $306 million, according to Forbes Magazine. They just agreed to terms with Joe Johnson on a max deal — six years and $119 million. We knew this was coming, and Atlanta-based Sekou Smith of NBA.com just confirmed it. The Knicks made a hard late push and tried to save…

  12. Report: LeBron James to hold off on decision until Thursday

    Jul 4, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

    Great news everybody! Another four days of LeBron James speculation! I know that’s what everybody really was hoping for. Right. But according to a tweet from the very well connected Brian Windhorst, James is not going to be announcing his decision for several more days at the earliest. Sources say LeBron plans to wait until…

  13. What Cleveland was pitching LeBron

    Jul 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    This is just part — a 10 minute video part — of the pitch that the Cleveland Cavaliers made to LeBron James. Slick video’s aren’t going to sell the man, but it is fun to watch.

  14. Rasheed Wallace may come back. Sorry Celtics fans.

    Jul 4, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers is back. Paul Pierce is back. Ray Allen is in negotiations to come back. And now there is the “possibility” Rasheed Wallace might come back, too. That according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. Celtics nation just got a little queasy. There is no love for him in Bean Town. Wallace battled through nagging…

  15. Want to know where LeBron James is going? Check his Website.

    Jul 4, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    “You’ll be the first to know.” Register at the new LeBronJames.com and that is the sentence that greets you. Those words plus other rumblings from his camp suggest that the first place the word of LeBron’s decision on where to play next year will be made through his site. DJ Steph Floss — the DJ…

  16. Hornets, Chris Paul keep saying he's not on the trading block. Everyone else thinks he will be soon.

    Jul 4, 2010, 1:26 AM EDT

    Once again today, someone from the front office of the New Orleans Hornets tried to shoot down Chris Paul trade rumors. ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted about it: Hornets prez Hugh Weber, at event WITH Chris Paul, when asked if it’s 100 percent CP3 starts next season as a Hornet: “No question, yes.” The guys from…

  17. Celtics, Pierce finally hammer out details, agree to deal

    Jul 4, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    After a few days of haggling over how much it will cost the Celtics to get out of this deal in three years, Boston and Paul Pierce have come to an agreement that keeps the team’s talisman in green. Pierce now has a four-year, $61 million deal agreed to with the Celtics, according to Ken…

  18. Dirk Nowitzki agrees to terms with Mavericks

    Jul 3, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki got what he wanted: A lot of money for the next four years, extending into the new collective bargaining agreement. The Dallas Mavericks got what they wanted: Nowitzki to take a little less money, giving them some flexibility to bring in other players. Saturday night, the Mavericks and Nowitzki agreed to terms on…

  19. Josh Childress is about to return to America cloaked in glory. And money.

    Jul 3, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    In a few days, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will figure out their dance partners. (Let us hope it is only a few days.) Then Joe Johnson will finally accept the max deal with Atlanta we all know he is going to take. And then Josh Childress’ phone is going to start ringing.…

  20. Dwyane Wade: It's about the next 40 years, not the next 10

    Jul 3, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    View more news videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/video.Dwyane Wade didn’t give anything away and mostly talked in generalities in an interview with the NBC affiliate in Chicago. He did say that he is taking a big picture view, and he seems to be enjoying the process. But listen to him for yourself.

  21. Joe Johnson's having max contract remorse

    Jul 3, 2010, 3:10 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson said all along what he wanted was to be in Atlanta. Getting the Hawks front office and ownership all on one page for something is like herding cats, but Rick Sund did it — they got together and offered Johnson a max contract. Six years, $119 million. They did it because they are…

  22. Wade, Bosh meet with Bulls, now going to take Aretha Franklin's advice and think

    Jul 3, 2010, 2:37 AM EDT

    Friday night, the Chicago Bulls had a tandem with them in a room — Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — that combined could turn them into an instant title contender. Tomorrow, Bulls brass will be in a room with LeBron James, who alone could turn the team into an instant contender. If you paired James…

  23. The Bulls big play

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    Tonight, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were meeting together with the Chicago Bulls in the office of Henry Thomas, Wade’s agent. Tomorrow, the Bulls front office hops a plane and fly to beautiful downtown Akron, to make their pitch to LeBron James. They get the last word — they go Saturday afternoon after Cleveland. The…

  24. Dwyane Wade's cryptic tweet

    Jul 2, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    I don’t claim to be smart — I’m an NBA blogger, this is not what Rhodes Scholars do for a living — and on that note I’m not going to try to explain Dwyane Wade’s last tweet (as of this writing). It’s cryptic, and every team recruiting him (and a few that aren’t) could take…

  25. Steve Blake agrees to four-year deal with the Lakers

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

    The Lakers were looking for a new point guard, one who could knock down the three, play a little defense, and just be smart. They have found their man in Steve Blake. John Canzano of the Oregonian was first in reporting that Steve Blake had agreed a four-year deal with the Lakers (any deal cannot…

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