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  1. Wade intrigued by New York Knicks pitch

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Let’s be clear about this — Dwyane Wade is going to be in a Miami Heat uniform at the start of next season. He is going through the motions of meeting with other teams; other teams are going through the motions of presentations. But everyone knows how the movie ends. That said, Wade exited a…

  2. Report: Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks have framework of a deal set

    Jul 2, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    The New York Knicks have offered Amare Stoudemire a five-year, max contract deal that he may well accept. The framework of the deal is in place but the details still need to be hammered out, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Still, that could happen by the end of the day. The move could reunite…

  3. Sergio Rodriguez signs deal with Real Madrid

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    It’s official, Sergio Rodriguez is returning to Spain, He has signed a deal with Real Madrid, if you can believe the official Real Madrid Web site. We tend to. This is a three-year deal, according to the site. No shock here, Rodriguez has been unhappy and wanted to return across Atlantic and had been rumored…

  4. Goodbye Amar'e – Suns agree to terms with Hakim Warrick

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    After a final offer to Amar’e Stoudemire was rejected — the two sides could not agree on guaranteed years — the Suns turned their affection to Hakim Warrick. And it was a quick romance, the two sides have agreed to a four-year, $18 million deal, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. Warrick is a nice…

  5. Rockets offering a tempting sign-and-trade

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    The Rockets want an elite power forward. With one — combined with a healthy Yao Ming at center (the entire city of Houston just knocked on wood) and a back court of Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin — they are a contending team. They could challenge the Lakers and have the length to match them.…

  6. Knicks pitch to LeBron: You could make $1 billion playing here

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    For months, marketing experts have been saying, “It doesn’t matter where LeBron James plays, he makes the same money anywhere, he is a brand unto himself.” The focus of the New York Knicks’ pitch to LeBron yesterday (and a specially prepared report for the meeting): Hell yes it matters. Forbes got a hold of the…

  7. Mike Miller in serious negotiations with Lakers

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    The Lakers just won a title depending on Ron Artest and Sasha Vujacic to be their three point threats. Which is to say, they won despite having no consistent outside threats. They just count on things like Artest getting hot in Game 7. Mike Miller would change that. That’s why the Lakers are negotiating with…

  8. Paul Pierce reaches framework of deal to stay in Boston

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    This was never about leaving Boston, this was always just about business and a deal that would extend into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Paul Pierce has agreed to the framework of a deal to remain with the Boston Celtics — it’s a four-year deal at about $61 million (according to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger), although…

  9. Joe Johnson makes it official — he is an overpaid Hawk

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    We all knew the moment was coming when we heard that the Atlanta Hawks had made a max offer to Joe Johnson: six years at $119 million. He has accepted the offer and will stay in Atlanta, with the USA Today being the first to break the news. Johnson will sign the deal July 8,…

  10. PBT's Free Agent Roundup, Day 1: When average players get wildly overpaid

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    Recession? What recession? After pleading poverty for a year — remember David Stern said the teams would lose $400 million this season — teams went on a spending spree like Paris Hilton with a black American Express card. It was obscene. This will come back to haunt the owners during the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.…

  11. Suns agree to give Channing Frye five years, $30 million to keep raining threes

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

    UPDATE 11:02 pm: Channing Frye and the Suns kept talking, and the two sides reached a deal this evening — five years, $30 million. That’s a good deal for him that extends into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. After the crazy contracts of the day, one might have thought Frye would see if he could…

  12. Somebody wants to play in Toronto: Amir Johnson re-signs with Raptors

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:58 PM EDT

    From the refreshing change of pace category: “Amir (Johnson) didn’t want to play the free agency game,” (his agent Kevin) Bradbury said. “He wanted to go back to Toronto. He’s young and he has security and a lot of basketball left in him.” And so he has agreed to a five-year, $34 million deal, according…

  13. Spurs fans: Just when you thought you were rid of Richard Jefferson…

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Yesterday, everybody went, “what, really?” when Richard Jefferson opted out of his $15.2 million final year with the San Antonio Spurs. But he is already negotiating to come back to San Antonio next season, according to the San Antonio Express-News. And it really makes sense, if you think about it. Several NBA sources assume Jefferson…

  14. Paul Pierce talking to Celtics, no one else

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Can you really picture Paul Pierce in colors other than green and white? Pierce apparently can’t either. He has opened talks with the Boston Celtics on a new contract — and only the Boston Celtics. That according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Pierce just opted out of the last year of his contract, worth $21.5 million.…

  15. Phil Jackson says he is returning for one more year

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson made it official today — he is back for one more year as head coach of the Lakers. “Count me in,” said Jackson in the official statement on Lakers.com. “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its…

  16. Hornets say they're not trading Chris Paul, but nobody believes them

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    The Hornets keep saying they are not trading Chris Paul, but man is there still a lot of smoke coming from that direction. Last week’s hedge-your-bets statement from team owner George Shinn — we’re not trading Chris Paul, but we’ll look at any deal that improves the team — just threw more fuel on the…

  17. Rudy Gay agrees to five years, $82 million to stay with Memphis Grizzlies

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Is any free agent besides Chris Bosh going to change teams? Rudy Gay isn’t — he has agreed to a five-year, $82 million deal with a player option the last year to stay in Memphis. David Aldridge of NBA.com broke the story and Yahoo sports confirmed with his management. “I think Rudy likes Memphis a…

  18. Milwaukee Bucks close to five-year, $39 million with John Salmons

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    John Salmons was good to the Milwaukee Bucks. Now they are being very good to John Salmons. The Bucks and Salmons are close to a five-year, $39 million deal that would keep the swingman in Wisconsin, as reported by David Aldridge at NBA.com. There is nothing final — as CBSSports.com is reporting — and nothing…

  19. Who LeBron meets with and when

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Just so you are not in the dark about LeBron James schedule: Thursday: Nets and KnicksFriday: Heat and ClippersSaturday: Bulls and CavaliersSunday: Fireworks and barbecue Okay, we have no confirmation on the Sunday part, although we feel good about it. But the rest of it has been confirmed by Chad Ford and others. Ford adds…

  20. Have the Miami Heat contacted you? They've reached out to everyone else.

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    You think the human beings have yet to be cloned successfully. But after looking at what the Miami Heat have been up to in the first hours of free agency, I am convinced someone in Heat HQ has cracked the code. Otherwise there is no way they could have been in all these places. This…

  21. Stoudemire holding out for five-year deal, talking to Miami and New York

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    After a “first date” meeting with Miami Heat president Pat Riley — no word on if he got to second base — Amare Stoudemire’s agent made one thing very clear. “We’re not doing anything that’s not five years,” Walters said. That is from Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic (who rocks that beat hard, by…

  22. Losing LeBron would cost Cavaliers $250 million immediately

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Do the Cavaliers seem desperate to keep LeBron James in Cleveland? They should. They have good reason. About 250 million reasons. Losing LeBron would drop the Cavaliers franchise value by $250 million, according to a story in Bloomberg News. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cavaliers in a year or two are below the league…

  23. Nuggets trying to trade for Andris Biedrins. As if that will make them tougher.

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    If Denver wants to win a title, they have to get past the Los Angeles Lakers first. And that is a tall order. Literally. The long front line of the Lakers — Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom — has been a problem for Denver. So they are going to solve that with… Andris Biedrins?…

  24. Nets up first, pitch LeBron with clothing line and lessons in being a billionaire

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    On the court, the Nets have a nice young team. That’s not going to be enough. So as the Nets walk through the doors to be the first team to pitch LeBron James — starting at 11 am Eastern — here is what they are selling, according to the New York Post. Russian billionaire owner…

  25. Report: Milwaukee Bucks, Drew Gooden agree to five-year, $32 million deal

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Everyone who had Drew Gooden in the office pool as the first free agent to sign a deal, come on up and collect your money. Anyone? Hello? The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed on a five-year, $32 million deal with Drew Gooden, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. That is the full mid-level exception deal. No…

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