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  1. Most. Ridiculous. Spin. Ever: Knicks prefer Joe Johnson to LeBron James

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Need a good laugh in the middle of the day? We’re here to help. Read on. The Knicks are targeting Joe Johnson as their No. 1 free agent choice and believe he’s a better fit for the team than LeBron James, according to an NBA source with knowledge of the team’s plans. “Yes, we think…

  2. Report: Nets trade Yi Jianlian to Wizards

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:48 pm: This has basically become official, with multiple sources confirming it now. The deal is Yi Jianlian  and $3 million cold hard cash to the Wizards for Quinton Ross. Yi and Blatche will compete for the starting job power forward job, with just-drafted rookie Trevor Booker trying to find some minutes in there.…

  3. Mark Cuban on Mavs' approach to free agency: "Less B.S. and more business."

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Of course, no team can talk to the representative of a player before July 1. Nobody would ever dream of such a horrendous act. It’s not like teams have had constant back-door communications going on with all the players for weeks on end. (How exactly did all the teams know that they had to come…

  4. Report: Dirk Nowitzki opts out. But he's not going anywhere.

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Come midnight Thursday morning (or a much more reasonable 9 p.m. Wednesday on the West Coast) Dirk Nowitzki becomes a free agent. He is officially part of the class with LeBron, Wade and Bosh. But not really. He is opting out of the last year of his deal, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting. The letter…

  5. Report: Yao Ming not going to opt out of deal, stay with Rockets

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    There was no real doubt that Yao Ming was going to stay with the Houston Rockets, the only question was it with this current deal or a new one. The current one, apparently. Associated Press is reporting that Yao will pick up the $17.7 million player option for this coming season with the Rockets. That…

  6. Report: Brian Shaw to be head coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jun 29, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    In an interesting move that could be brilliant or backfire horribly, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring Lakers assistant Brian Shaw as their head coach. The reports are conflicting. Shaw is the man and a deal is being finalized according to a report from Sam Amick at FanHouse. However, the well-connected Brian Windhorst says that no…

  7. It's official, Steve Kerr is back in the broadcast booth

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    This was going to happen as sure as BP is going to try to buy its way out of paying its full share of damages by making large campaign contributions. Steve Kerr is back with TNT. He will be in the booth next year, taking the place of Doug Collins, who has gone to Philadelphia…

  8. Randy Foye can be yours, the Wizards let him walk

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    The Washington Wizards have their point guard of the future, and it is not Randy Foye. That is one reason the team declined to make a qualifying offer to Foye, making him an unrestricted free agent. You can have him. The Wizards are letting Mike Miller go as well this summer. So, the two guys…

  9. Are LeBron's friends and advisors really looking out for LeBron?

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    The LeBron James situation has gotten so crazy that Bodog — the online gambling site that you tell your girlfriend you never visit — has taken down the odds down on where LeBron will land. It’s all too unpredictable for bookies right now. Unpredictable in part because what is going on close LeBron is unpredictable.…

  10. Not everyone is opting out: Stojakovic and Radmanovic staying in their bloated deals

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:23 PM EDT

    It only seems like everyone is opting out of their contracts right now. There are some guys out there riding the gravy train of bad general manager decisions, guys who are perfectly happy to keep their current bloated deals for next season. Meet Peja Stojakovic and Vladimir Radmanovic. Stojakovic is owed $15.3 million next season…

  11. Derek Fisher says maybe Phil Jackson isn't really feeling the love

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:09 PM EDT

    We’re all talking about LeBron James decision, and the fruits of that tree. We forget that Phil Jackson is making a decision this week. One that could have more of a bearing on the next NBA champion than where LeBron lands. Phil Jackson and everyone around him have said it’s about his health, not about…

  12. Your latest LeBron rumor: He and Bosh to Miami with Wade. It doesn't work, yet…

    Jun 28, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:46 pm: ESPN salary cap guru Larry Coon blew this idea of Wade/Bosh/LeBron out of the water tonight. Here were his comments on twitter: If they re-sign Wade, waive Jones & renounce all other FAs, they will have $27,596,027 cap room. Bron/Bosh are $16,568,908 each. So one or both of them would have to…

  13. The Nets new managers are not the boogeymen. Just for the record.

    Jun 28, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    When Mikhail Prokhorov’s name first started coming up as a potential owner of the Nets, you heard whispers: Does the NBA want to touch a guy who has touched the Russian mob? Didn’t he get arrested for having prostitutes around? Turns out, he was clean — or as clean as any other NBA owner, which…

  14. Byron Scott waits on no man. Not even Phil Jackson or LeBron James. So he says.

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Don’t believe what you read. Because what you read would say Byron Scott is waiting to see what Phil Jackson does about the Lakers job (because Scott has said before he covets that job) and what LeBron James plans to do in Cleveland (because that would be the prudent thing to do). Once he has…

  15. Warriors to make Anthony Tolliver a free agent (Chris Hunter, too)

    Jun 28, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    With the drafting of Ekpe Udoh last week, there became a frontcourt logjam in Golden State. Which seems weird for a team that needed more on an interior presence last season, but welcome to the Warriors. Don Nelson does that to you. General Manager Larry Riley cleared that up a little with a series of…

  16. Suns to plead with Stoudemire one last time not to leave

    Jun 28, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Tuesday afternoon, the Phoenix Suns will sit down one last time with Amare Stoudemire and try to convince him to stay. To stay with a team that made it to the Western Conference finals. A team with Steve Nash. A team where the style of basketball is fun. Stoudemire’s agent told FanHouse that Stoudemire will…

  17. Nets set Keyon Dooling free

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    If you love Keyon Dooling, set him free. That’s sort of what happened. In a pretty straightforward business move the Nets declined the option bought out the $3.8 million contract of Dooling to create even more cap space. The Nets liked him as a player, but want as much flexibility as possible this summer, and…

  18. Ownership and coaches, LeBron James has a lot to consider

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    At some point, it’s going to come down to just him. LeBron James sitting in a quiet room (or laying in his bed or wherever he does his best thinking) and weighing all the options. Then making a choice. But there are a lot of variables in front of him. One is ownership — he’s…

  19. Don Nelson chooses Maui over Las Vegas

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    At one point last season, Warriors coach Don Nelson publicly said he might coach the team’s Summer League entry in Las Vegas. But when the league starts in two weeks, Nelson will be in Maui, according to the Oakland Tribune. Assistant coach Keith Smart will run the show. The main reason for no Nelson? No…

  20. Dwight Howard jumps to Dan Fegan as agent

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    Two months back, Dwight Howard left Aaron Goodwin as his agent, with rumors swirling a family member would take over, but now he has landed with Dan Fegan. Which makes it a pretty good summer for Fegan, who also has John Wall on his client list. Ken Berger of CBSSports had the story first, and…

  21. Magic trade for Gilbert Arenas a "definite possibility."

    Jun 28, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    The Orlando Magic are in a tough spot. One season removed from the NBA finals the ground is shifting beneath their feet — Chicago could be a power, Miami could return to power, maybe both… the road to the finals in the East is getting harder. Desperate times call for desperate measures — and nothing…

  22. Report: Dallas Mavericks to pursue Joe Johnson

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson is one popular man. He will meet with the Atlanta Hawks this week before free agency begins. Once it does start, the Knicks will be talking to him not long after midnight. He has been rumored as a possibility with the Heat and Rockets as well. Now add Dallas to the mix. Yahoo’s…

  23. LeBron in Chicago: The Jerry Reinsdorf question

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    LeBron to Chicago, with Chris Bosh. Teamed with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. A force in the NBA for the next decade. That is unquestionably how it is going down, right? Except, there are a few questions. Starting with: Would Bulls onwer Jerry Reinsdorf be willing to pay the price for it? Does LeBron James…

  24. Knicks "Plan B" of Johnson/Stoudemire fast becoming "Plan A"

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    The Knicks will be in Cleveland on Thursday afternoon, making their pitch to LeBron James — you can be the biggest star on the biggest stage. We can bring in another star with you. There is nothing like winning in New York. But hours before they do that, they will be pitching Joe Johnson and…

  25. Chris Bosh says he is serious about the Heat, too

    Jun 28, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh is not just LeBron James’ lap dog, going wherever he goes and doing whatever he says. No sir. Chris Bosh is his own man. And would go to Miami to be with Dwyane Wade to prove it, so he tells the Miami Herald. “Miami is in top contention,” Bosh said during a quiet…

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