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Kurt Helin

  1. Offseason Power Rankings

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Mix together equal parts of ego and cap space to throw around, and you get one wild off-season. Everybody was making moves. There were decisions and The Decision. And at the end of it all, the Lakers are on top. Since most of the moves have shaken out, we’ve…

  2. Your daily Chris Paul update: There is no update

    Jul 29, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Chris Paul has started to play it smart. The Times-Picayune is reporting that Monday’s meeting between Paul and new GM Dell Demps and new coach Monty Williams bought the franchise some time. After hearing Demps’ plan for retooling the roster, Paul, a three-time All-Star, is on board with the team’s direction and will not seek…

  3. Eddie House signs with Miami Heat – damn, they just got even better

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat need shooters. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are two of the very best at getting to the rim, Chris Bosh plays inside. Somebody has to space the floor besides Mike Miller. That somebody is Eddie House. House signed a two-year, $2.8 million deal with the Heat, with the second year being a…

  4. Anthony Tolliver choosing between rock or hard place, er, Warriors or Wolves

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Anthony Tolliver says he wants to choose by this weekend which struggling franchise he is going to play for next year. We’ll, that’s not how he put it to the News-Leader, but when you are choosing between Golden State and Minnesota it is the reality. “I haven’t made a decision yet,” Tolliver said, “but we’re…

  5. Arrest warrant issued for Eddy Curry. Again.

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    This just makes me sad. This week a judge issued in Chicago issued an arrest warrant for Eddy Curry. Second time that has happened in a month. The Chicago Sun-Times has all the details (via Knickstweets): Cook County Circuit Judge Alexander White ordered Curry’s arrest on Monday, after learning Curry failed to sign an agreement to pay…

  6. Portland looking for a first-round pick to trade Fernandez. So the Knicks are out.

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez isn’t talking about his future, but everyone else is. Fernandez is in Las Palmas training with the Spanish national team for the upcoming FIBA World Championships (nice location, by the way). He said on his personal blog that is his focus right now. There is gossip about my future and everyone asks me…

  7. Grizzlies, Zach Randolph may be talking extension

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Memphis likes its core of Marc Gasol, O.J. Mayo Rudy Gay, and Zach Randolph. Probably a little more than they should. And they want to keep them together. They gave a max deal to Rudy Gay this summer and now Zach Randolph told IndySportsNation.com he and his agent are trying to work out an extension…

  8. Pacers trying to trade Mike Dunleavy, T.J. Ford with little success

    Jul 29, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    The Pacers don’t really make trades. It’s been two years since their last one, it’s just not part of their corporate culture. But they are trying now. The Pacers are trying to move Mike Dunleavy and T.J. Ford, according to the Indianapolis Star. And finding this is harder than they thought. Just like they have…

  9. How to nearly get you're a$@ kicked in Cleveland: Wear a LeBron Heat jersey

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:33 AM EDT

    Let’s be clear about this: You have to be a complete and total a——- to wear a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey in Cleveland. You get what’s coming. To complain about anything short of physical violence is like those people that buy a house under the flight path near an airport then complain about all…

  10. Kenny Hasbrouck may round out the Heat roster. No, seriously.

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    Right about now is the time of the summer when guys get “make good” contracts. Which are non-guaranteed contracts. Meaning they are invited to training camp but can be cut. Which really means camp fodder — you need more than15 guys in training camp, so you invite guys you plan to cut. Kenny Hasbrouck —…

  11. Andrew Bynum has "successful" knee surgery

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum finally has had surgery on the knee he dragged through the NBA playoffs last season. The surgery took place on Wednesday and the team termed it the standard “successful.” As Hoopsworld’s Eric Pincus notes, any surgery you wake up from is successful, so Bynum passed that test. Bynum had a torn meniscus, suffered…

  12. Rockets send David Andersen to Toronto

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    With Yao Ming back and Brad Miller now in the mix, Houston needed to thin out their front line. So they basically paid Toronto to take him off their hands. Which, ironically, is sort of how they ended up with him in the first place. Toronto picks up the Australian center plus some cash for…

  13. Josh Howard returns to Washington Wizards with one-year deal

    Jul 28, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    So a John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, Kirk Hinrich and Josh Howard back court rotation? Not shabby, not shabby at all. The last of that came together Wednesday when Howard agreed to a one-year deal that, with bonuses, could be worth near $4 million, Howard’s consultant told Marc Spears of Yahoo. Howard came over to Washington…

  14. Report: Lorenzen Wright found dead near Memphis

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    The worst possible outcome from when Lorezen Wright went missing recently has apparently come true. Sources confirmed with the Memphis Commercial Appeal that a body found southeast of Memphis is that of Wright. The paper has the details. According to sources, a 9-1-1 call was made from Wright’s cell phone on July 19. A Germantown…

  15. George Karl plans to coach when the season starts, but no guarantees

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    George Karl is doing well. That is really all that matters. The good news is he is feeling well enough to come back and coach next season, he told Dan Patrick on his widely syndicated radio show. But there are now guarantees. “I’ve committed but it’s not a guarantee. The doctor’s up until probably October…

  16. Ron Artest interviews Ron Artest

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    One summer double scoop of Ron Artest coming right up. Bless the people at ESPN, who not only came up with the idea of Ron Artest interviewing Ron Artest, but had the technology to put it together. (Thanks to Trey Kerby at Ball Don’t Lie for finidng this.) Because you can never get too much …

  17. What happens in Vegas… ESPN pulls unflattering LeBron James story

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 3:48 pm: CNBC’s Darren Rovell got this comment from ESPN: ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz tells us why the LeBron Vegas story was pulled: “The story should have never been published. The draft was inadvertently put on the server before going through the usual editorial process. We are in the midst of looking into the…

  18. Team USA cut to 15, no surprises

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    It went down pretty much exactly as Rob Mahoney told you earlier today. Tyreke Evans, Gerald Wallace, JaVale McGee and O.J. Mayo have been let go, bringing the roster down to 15. Three more guys will be let go after camp in New York and before the team heads to Turkey for the FIBA World…

  19. Will Bynum returns to be scoring spark off the bench for Pistons

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Will Bynum may be a better pure point guard than Rodney Stuckey. That doesn’t mean he should be starting in Detroit, but it means he has value. Good passer (he had a 20 assist game against the Wizards last season), can attack the rim, is a quality spark off the bench guy. All of which…

  20. You jonesing for real basketball? A fix courtesy Suns highlights

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    We all miss some real basketball. And few things are more entertaining than watching Steve Nash dish, Amare Stoudemire dunk and the Suns run. So here are their top 10 plays from last year. Enjoy.

  21. Prokhorov has a plan, it involves making a lot of money in Brooklyn

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov is about making money. Do not ever forget that. He’s also good at it. He has a plan. Prokhorov spoke with Forbes Russia and laid out his plans (which the New York Daily News translated): “When you’re talking about the business of sports, you can’t leave out passion and love. That’s why, in…

  22. Orlando Magic keeping Stan Van Gundy, Otis Smith around a few more years

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Bombs away, Orlando. The system of Dwight Howard in the paint and host of guys chucking up threes around him is not going anywhere soon — the Orlando Magic have extended the contracts of coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith through 2013, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Smith is now the president…

  23. Lakers trying to move Sasha Vujacic, save money

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    The Lakers had the highest payroll in the NBA last season — and you get what you pay for. They won. They got to have a parade and go on late-night talk shows. Ron Artest got validation and Kobe Bryant relaxed for nearly 24 hours. Next season the Lakers may have an even higher salary…

  24. Portland still trying to trade Rudy Fernandez, at least his agent thinks so

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez has gone where Chris Paul can’t — he has basically demanded a trade. The man wants out of Portland and away from Nate McMillan as fast as he can. Fernandez wants the ball in his hands, he envisions himself to be a playmaker. Portland already has those and McMillan just wants him to…

  25. Lakers still think they can sign Shannon Brown but Cavaliers have interest, too

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

    Shannon Brown opted out of a $2.15 million deal for next year, thinking that his role on back-to-back NBA championship teams could earn him a little raise and a longer term deal. It may not work out that way. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told the Los Angeles Times he still wants to sign Brown.…

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