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  1. David Stern's latest labor problem: his contractor

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter? He’s a pussy cat. Try dealing with a contractor. David Stern — a feared negotiator — is warming up for the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement battle by warming up with a conflict with his contractor, as reported by the New York Post (who else? via Ben Maller). When a next-door neighbor put his…

  2. Lakers sign Theo Ratliff, tell him to go easy on Bynum's knees in practice

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    The Lakers signed another big man, someone who can come off the bench and protect the rim. Theo Ratliff will not bring the high-quality iPod playlist that Josh Powell had in the Lakers locker room, but on the court the defensive-minded Ratliff should be a solid addition playing the same role. Ratliff reached a one-year,…

  3. Chris Paul to sit down with Hornets while his agent fields trade requests

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    If you’re a team interested in trading for Chris Paul, don’t send your request to the New Orleans Hornets, they’re not interested. Paul has two years left on his deal and the Hornets want to keep him. Send it instead to Leon Rose, Paul’s agent with Creative Artists Agency. He’s the one listening to offers…

  4. Kurt Thomas goes to Bulls on two-year deal

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Kurt Thomas will be the veteran big man off the bench in Chicago this season — and just as importantly play the role of mentor. In a nice little pickup, the Bulls and Thomas have agreed to a two-year deal (second being a team option). Thomas slides into the Brad Miller role — 15 minutes…

  5. Celtics bring back Marquis Daniels

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Last year was not a good one for Marquis Daniels in Boston — so he’s taking a mulligan. The Celtics and Daniels have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.5 million deal. He will be the backup two, and the Celtics are hoping for him to have a better year so he can spell Ray…

  6. Lakers sign Matt Barnes. While you were watching Miami, the champs got better.

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:33 AM EDT

    The Lakers are two time defending NBA champions. And when they tip off next season, they will have improved. Chew on that for a second, Miami. The Lakers got better at the wing by signing Matt Barnes on Thursday night. The Lakers could offer only $1.7 million this year, next year it would be $1.9…

  7. Jerry Colangelo talks Team USA

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Jerry Colangelo is THE MAN with USA basketball, so you should listen to him.

  8. Las Vegas mayor says public financing is the only way for city to get arena, NBA team

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Here’s the deal Las Vegas: If you want an NBA team, you’re going to have to pay for it. That’s what Mayor Oscar Goldman essentially said this week. The only way an arena is getting built is with public financing, the Las Vegas Sun reports him saying. And he is saying a new arena is…

  9. Make no mistake Team USA is Kevin Durant's team

    Jul 22, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    After Thursday’s practice, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski talked about how the players on this team have to get used to the more hockey-like shifts they take — three or four minutes of run at a time, keeping guys fresh. Except Kevin Durant, he’s getting 10-minute shifts, as John Schuhmann noted on the Hang Time…

  10. Kahn calls Chris Webber a "schmuck." Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    David Kahn is the king of unintentional comedy. Remember back during Summer League, when Kahn sat down for an in-game interview with NBA TV and Chris Webber? And Kahn defended his signing of Darko Milicic by comparing him with Webber and asking Webber how long it took him to find his game in the NBA?…

  11. Report: Allan Houston may be named new Knicks GM. A win for irony.

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Allan Houston, the former shooting guard famed for having one of the worst contracts in the history of the New York Knicks, may soon be the guy handing out the contracts for his former team. According to Ric Bucher of ESPN, Houston is a front-runner to fill the vacant general manager position for the Knicks.…

  12. LeBron, Wade and Bosh could be worth $1 billion to South Florida

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    Go ahead and mock LeBron for taking the easy way out in Miami. Make the SuperFriends your most hated team. They don’t care, and the Miami Heat don’t care. Because money talks. The Lakers had (still hold?) the trophy for most hated team in the league, and they generate more money than any team in…

  13. Coach K talks Team USA

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Mike Krzyzewski talks about getting around not having enough centers on the roster and dealing with a young team. Although, still older than the kids he normally deals with.

  14. Who really is on Chris Paul's trade demand list?

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Chris Paul wants to get traded, we get it. What we don’t get is where, exactly. The first report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com said the Knicks, Magic and Lakers were on the list. But that’s not what ESPN’s Chris Broussard heard, and he is probably as well connected with LeBron’s people and the marketing…

  15. Thunder owners extend GM Sam Presti, then let basketball people make basketball decisions. Crazy.

    Jul 22, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Look at the lineup of teams where ownership lets the basketball people make basketball decisions: Spurs, Celtics, Lakers, Magic, Thunder. Notice the similarities there? Oklahoma City today announced it has extended its deal with general manager Sam Presti, the team announced today. That is the best move they made this off-season (and they’ve made a…

  16. New Orleans, you don't have to trade Chris Paul

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Larry Coon, the salary cap guru employed by ESPN (you are going to read a lot of him next summer when the lockout comes), made a great point this morning: Three years ago, Kobe Bryant went ballistic. He was frustrated by the Lakers roster, the inability to win, so Kobe demanded a trade. He ripped…

  17. Tracy McGrady tries to impress Chicago Bulls next

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE 12:05 pm: McGrady made this tweet today: Clippers, Lakers, Bulls, Heat Which are the four teams he mentioned last night. But read on, as we explain the Clippers seem to have no interest, and the Heat are saying privately they are not going there. You can do the math from there.8:44 am: He is…

  18. Luke Ridnour officially part of Timberwolves, may be team's best point guard playing in America

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

    Luke Ridnour could start for the Minnesota Timberwolves at point guard next season. He’s certainly going to push Jonny Flynn. On that level, the Ridnour signing by Minnesota — made official on Wednesday, for four-years, $16 million –is a good one. I like Ridnour, like his game. I just keep trying to figure out the…

  19. Yes Magic, you would team up with other superstars. In fact you did.

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    Magic Johnson has done what we all do — we remember ourselves as better and more noble than we really were. We rewrite our personal histories to fit those better selves. Remember how Magic Johnson agreed with Michael Jordan? How he said the two would never have teamed up with other superstars because they were…

  20. Yao Ming not sure how good he can be anymore

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Yao Ming has doubts. In a refreshingly frank interview with China’s xinhuanet (via Slam), Yao expressed concerns about how far he can come back after a serious foot injury that sidelined him all of last season. “I have no idea if I can return the peak of my form,” the seven-time All-star center told China…

  21. Clippers ask about Andre Iguodala trade

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    The Clippers have a pretty nice roster — Baron Davis at the point, Eric Gordon at the two, Blake Griffin as the power forward and Chris Kaman anchoring the middle. What they lack is an attacking wing player at the three. They struck out not only with LeBron James but with all the big name…

  22. Derrick Rose says he is never leaving Chicago. Never.

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose apparently does not listen to or take advice from Justin Beiber. Which shows he is smart. He’s also not taking the advice of The Fray. And finally, he is clearly not listening to or taking the advice of the best of the three — Romeo Void. Rose said “never.” As in he is…

  23. Report: Chris Paul to pressure Hornets to trade him

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Dell Demps, welcome to your nightmare. The brand new general manager of the Hornets is going to be met by Chris Paul trying to force his way out of New Orleans before the start of this season, according to Ken Berger at CBSsports.com. He wants out,” said the person, who has been briefed on Paul’s…

  24. Rashad McCants had reason to miss Summer League, but he still is on outside looking in

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

    Rashad McCants was scheduled to be in Las Vegas for Summer League, he was on the Cleveland roster. A guy with game but who was not in the league last year due to his reputation as a huge head case — like coaches asking him to go see a psychiatrist head case (check out the…

  25. Matt Barnes weighing his options, not loving them

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes is as indecisive about where he will play next year as Jessica Alba is about her hair color. Well, to be fair, Barnes thought he had made a decision, and tweeted he was going to Toronto Monday. Except a few guys in suits forgot to do that math. So he is back on…

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