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  1. Report: Amare made his pitch, but LeBron wasn't buying

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Remember the good ol’ days, when the Knicks were the team seeming to be climbing up the LeBron James ladder? When they were a team on the rise? What was that, 36 hours ago? When the Suns Jared Dudley tweeted that LeBron was going to be a Knick. Now, LeBron is not buying the pitch.…

  2. Kobe Bryant wants Derek Fisher back. Oh, and he wishes LeBron well.

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    You can tell what gets Kobe’s passions going. When asked by reporters at his youth camp yesterday about LeBron James and the other free agents, he said all the right things. That he hoped they could make a decision that was best for them despite all the hype, he hoped that they were happy. But…

  3. Toronto signs Linas Kleiza to an offer sheet

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Toronto has made a move to sign the leading scorer from Olympiacos in Greece — former Nugget Linas Kleiza. Toronto has signed Kleiza to a four year, $20 million offer sheet, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. Denver still has the rights to Kleiza and now has seven days to match that offer or lose…

  4. LeBron's choices: It seems like Miami now, but in this drama things change

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    We don’t know. We won’t really know until some time between 9 and 9:15 pm Eastern tonight. What we have now is drama. Manufactured drama. And that makes every rumor suspect — if you were trying to create drama for a show like this, you’d leak different things to different people. You’d keep everybody guessing,…

  5. Reports: LeBron James leaning heavily toward Miami

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:04 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all on the same team. Wow. But it is looking more and more that way. Sources have told Alan Hahn at Newsday as well as the well-connected Chris Broussard at ESPN that LeBron is leaning heavily toward joining Wade and Bosh in Miami. Nothing is certain. The ground…

  6. Jermaine O'Neal nears a deal with the Boston Celtics

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    You didn’t notice last year because Dwyane Wade mesmerized you, but Jermaine O’Neal had a pretty good year. Danny Ainge apparently noticed. The Celtics are close to signing O’Neal according to Yahoo Sports. Of course, there are always other suitors. Denver and Dallas in this case. All three teams who could use some front line…

  7. Knicks, Warriors close to an Anthony Randolph, David Lee swap

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

    There were questions about how David Lee fit into the seven-seconds-or-less New York Knicks offense last season. So now he could end up with Golden State — one of the few teams to play even faster. The Knicks and Warriors are close to a deal that would sign-and-trade David Lee to the West coast and…

  8. NBA salary cap to increase next year. Which sadly means a lockout is more likely.

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Business is good in the NBA. No. Seriously. The NBA released the salary cap numbers for next season and after all the reports of doom and gloom the numbers are going up for next season. The salary cap will be $58.044 million next season, making the luxury tax threshold $70.307 million (for every $1 in…

  9. Shaquille O'Neal wants to join the Spurs, talks have taken place

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal a Spur? That may be in the Book of Revelations as one of the signs of the Apocalypse. We’ll check and get back to you. But it may be a reality, not just a sign of the end times. According to FanHouse, Shaq had had interest from the Spurs and that is his…

  10. Everything you wanted to know about "The Decision" but were afraid to ask

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    Just like our wars and national disasters, it didn’t take long for the LeBron James special to have its name and logo. The theme music can’t be far behind. “The Decision” will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio starting at 9 p.m. eastern on Thursday night. The ESPN on-air team of Stuart Scott, Michael Wilbon…

  11. Chicago is your free agency loser – but they could still be better than Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 6:04 PM: Part one of the plan is coming together — the Bulls have an agreement with Carlos Boozer. Now, either LeBron changes his mind and comes to town, and they are instantly right there with the Lakers; or he doesn’t, they get a shooter like Allen or Redick, and they are still right…

  12. Warriors top pick Ekpe Udoh out with wrist injury

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Ekpe Udoh — who the Warriors selected sixth overall in the recent NBA draft — will miss Summer League and maybe more after injuring his wrist in a supervised workout. The Warriors can’t catch a break. So to speak. Udoh was working out with at the Warriors practice facility in the Bay Area with Stephen…

  13. Stan Van Gundy speaks for us all — does a basketball player need a television special?

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    We’re all sick of the hype. Oh, it’s working — LeBron is getting exactly what he wanted out of this. But we’re still sick of it. The always frank Stan Van Gundy is with us, people. As told to the Orlando Sentinel. “It takes 15 seconds to say, ‘I’ve decided to stay in Cleveland,’ but…

  14. Suns' Jared Dudley says LeBron James is going to New York

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    I really hope Jared Dudley is wrong about this, because if he’s right we’re all going to be hearing damn Jay-Z and Alicia Keys on a loop for the next year. Phoenix Suns bench guy and growing media darling (he is one of the best interviews in the game) Jared Dudley is saying it is…

  15. Report: Teams going after Carlos Boozer in last-ditched effort to lure LeBron

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The LeBron James sweepstakes are not over. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will be in Miami, and it is possible that James will join them (if Toronto will take on Michael Beasley’s contracts or if the big three are all willing to take a pay cut). But other teams are trying to provide an alternative.…

  16. Dwyane Wade says Chris Bosh coming to Miami was key to his return

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh went on ESPN Wednesday morning and made it official — they are both going to be playing for the Miami Heat next season. There was nothing else shocking in their interview, but they confirmed things already suggested in the media. Like that Wade seriously considered playing for his hometown Chicago…

  17. LeBron reportedly considering making it three amigos in Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    What was laughed at a week ago as impossible is suddenly looking like it could happen — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on one team in Miami. A true superteam. The three amigos together in Miami. ESPN’s Chris Broussard — the reporter with the best connections to LeBron James right-hand-man Maverick Carter —…

  18. Teams, some in LeBron James camp caught off-guard by television program

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    You thought the LeBron James television special idea came out of the blue, imagine the teams that have been courting him? According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, officials from the teams that met with LeBron did not know of the television special until the word broke on ESPN last night. Here is…

  19. What does Wade/Bosh pairing mean for LeBron James? It doesn't help Cleveland's chances.

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are teaming up in Miami. The Eastern Conference is getting tougher at the top, the road to the finals and a shot at the ring James desperately wants is getting harder. That leaves LeBron James with a tough choice: Stay at home in Cleveland with a good team that has…

  20. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to team up in Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will team up in Miami to form the core of a team that could contend for a title. It has looked like things were leaning that way for several days, and the pair went on ESPN Wednesday and confirmed the news. The pair can sign the deals as soon as…

  21. Kevin Pritchard to interview for Nets GM job

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

    The man at the helm when Portland drafted one of the best young cores in basketball, then dumped because the people above him thought he was taking too much credit, is now on the radar in New Jersey. Kevin Prichard will interview for the New Jersey Nets job, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. He…

  22. Clippers set to hire Vinny Del Negro as coach

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    Two years ago, the Chicago Bulls were faced with a choice: the experienced and tactically wise Dwane Casey, or the energetic newcomer who had no experience but had a plan for developing young talent in Vinny Del Negro. Two years later, the Clippers were faced with the exact same choice — and they had gotten…

  23. LeBron to make his announcement on ESPN Thursday night

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    One hour that comes down to one word. LeBron James will make an announcement in an hour-long special Thursday night on ESPN, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern. Chris Broussard, the ESPN reporter who has the best contacts in the LeBron James camp of just about anyone, made the announcement on ESPN News. LeBron and his…

  24. Sloppy and slams: Summer League ball

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    This is what Summer League ball looks like — a bit sloppy, punctuated by slams and athletic plays. In this case, it is Jeremy Pargo with the slam from Gerald Henderson (who has looked good in these games and may be ready for some real run next year). 

  25. Smart money bet: LeBron stays in Cleveland, Wade and Bosh to Miami

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

    We don’t know. There is no 100 percent. But the signs are starting to point the same way, especially when you take a step back and look at them in total — LeBron James re-signs in Cleveland, while Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh team up in Miami. Take these tweets from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski: Cavs…

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