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  1. 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).…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. How about LeBron and Bosh on the Cavaliers? Could happen.

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    In all the talk about pairing up top players — LeBron and Wade in Chicago; LeBron and Bosh in Chicago; Bosh and Wade in Miami; Bosh and Wade and LeBron in Miami — nobody talks about Cleveland. But it could happen. What if Cleveland re-signs LeBron and does a sign and trade with the Raptors…

  20. Broadway singers pitch LeBron, too

    Jul 2, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    We’re not sure that LeBron is a musical theater kind of guy, but New Yorkers will do anything to lure him. And in this economy, Broadway producers will do anything to hype their shows. With that, we bring you the cast of “Promises, Promises” singing about all the good reasons to come to New York.…

  21. Lakers, Derek Fisher not near each other on contract offer

    Jul 2, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    A lot of fans only see playoff Derek Fisher, the guy taking over Game 3 of the NBA Finals in the fourth quarter. The guy who is unflappable under pressure, who embraces the big stage. But regular season Derek Fisher is not that guy. He is no longer a good — often not even an…

  22. Players submit Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal to owners at the right time

    Jul 2, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Timing is everything. Back at the All-Star break, players scoffed at the first Collective Bargaining Agreement submitted by the owners, one that called for a hard salary cap and other major changes. The owners gave that to the players on the same weekend that David Stern was claiming the owners would lose $400 million this…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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