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  1. Derek Fisher returns to the Lakers — but for three years?

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher was coming back to the Lakers. He flirted with Miami, but they could offer even less money than the Lakers. And more than money, it was about comfort. He fits well in the triangle. He could win titles in L.A. And Kobe Bryant wanted him back. It was going to happen. But for…

  2. Udonis Haslem returning to the Heat

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    For once, it wasn’t about the money. Udonis Haslem got much larger offers from the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets and is returning to the Miami Heat, according to our own Ira Winderman (writing for the South Florida Sun Sentinel.). Haslem had wanted to stay in Miami, but he wasn’t sure how much the Heat…

  3. Udonis Haslem has some choices to make

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:23 pm: Just to add to the options for Haslem, the Denver Nuggets are also making a hard push for him. Denver also is offering the full mid-level exception, just like Dallas. And just like Dallas, they are looking for front line guys to match up against the Lakers. 9: 34 am: How badly…

  4. Jesse Jackson defends his statements about Dan Gilbert

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

      Hear the words from the man himself. And I will add this: He’s right about the fines, the accountability in the NBA. Mark Cuban and Steve Kerr got fined for tampering for innocent comments. Gilbert likely will not get fined for this. But what Gilbert did was a far bigger black eye for the…

  5. Quenton Richardson headed to the Orlando Magic

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    The Matt Barnes era in Orlando is over. Long live Quenton Richardson. Richardson has reached a deal with the Orlando Magic, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Richardson fits what Orlando likes to do — he shot 40 percent from three last year. And Orlando likes to shoot the three. He also is a pretty…

  6. JaVale McGee with a little Summer League showtime

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Summer League play — and the “defense” often played there” means guys get open, guys get breakaways in a way you don’t see in the regular season game. Washington’s JaVale McGee took full advantage of that. (He also had some nice connections with John Wall for dunks as well.) 

  7. Dan Gilbert sounds more reasonable now, but he can't get the high ground back

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert flew off the handle Thursday night and said some things he’d like to take back. We’ve all been there. We also know you can’t take them back. You live with it. Gilbert got personal in calling out LeBron James, gave up the high moral ground and lost any chance to be the sympathetic…

  8. Super-agent Ari Emanuel gave us LeBron James decision show, and he wants to see it again

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Backlash? Who cares? LeBron James’ “The Decision” got killer ratings and is a blueprint for the future if you ask Ari Emanuel. And if you don’t know who he is you don’t read the Hollywood trades — he is a super agent. William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Watch Entourage? The Ari Gold character is partially based…

  9. Golden State down to two bidders for franchise, ownership change can't happen soon enough

    Jul 12, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Anthony Morrow is being allowed to walk to New Jersey. Anthony Randolph will not be back next year, shipped out as part of a deal for the much more expensive David Lee (who had said he was excited by playing with Morrow, sorry man). It’s hard to understand exactly what the grand plan is of…

  10. Deron Williams frustrated as Utah watches key players walk

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Carlos Boozer: Gone. Kyle Korver: Gone. Deron Williams: Still in Utah. And he is “frustrated.” In a deep Western Conference, the Jazz have gotten worse this summer, he told the Desert News (via Slam). Although he tried to put a positive spin on it. “It was tough to see Booz (Carlos Boozer) and Kyle (Korver)…

  11. Mark Cuban may want one, but Cavaliers, Raptors not seeking investigation of Heat

    Jul 12, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Did the Miami Heat cheat? Looks like we’ll never know, officially. Mark Cuban isn’t sold that how Miami ended up with the Superfriends — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh — didn’t involve some shady back-room deals that violate league policy. He wants the league to look into it. But it appears neither Cleveland…

  12. ProBasketballTalk's top 25 free agents tracker

    Jul 12, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Free agency is almost over. LeBron is going to the Heat. Most of the top 25 are set, and the ones that aren’t will be soon. So here is a little wrap up, with a few loose ends out there. What follows is a list of the top 25 free agents on the market (by…

  13. Ben Wallace to stay in Detroit, agrees to two-year deal

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    Ben Wallace should retire a Piston. It just seems right. Now he will. According to Associated Press Ben Wallace has agreed a two-year deal to stay with the Pistons. He will make $1.9 million each year. “This is the place I want to retire,” Wallace said in a telephone interview with the AP. Wallace had…

  14. John Wall shows his world of potential, shows he is still 19 in first Summer League game

    Jul 11, 2010, 11:34 PM EDT

    John Wall is lightning quick. You think you know that watching his televised games while at Kentucky, but until you see him in person you don’t realize just how quick. It’s impressive, bordering on insane. He flashed that speed in his first ever Summer League game. Plus he showed his great length, good defensive instincts,…

  15. Jesse Jackson compares Dan Gilbert's LeBron rant to slavery. Just when you thought that story couldn't get crazier.

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Jesse Jackson went off the deep end today. I have no other way to describe this commentary on the Rainbow Push Website. “(Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert) speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway…

  16. Dorell Wright leaving Miami for Golden State

    Jul 11, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Not everybody wants to play in Miami right now. The Heat’s Dorell Wright is very close to leaving South Beach and signing a new deal with Golden State, a three-year contract worth more than $10 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The Warriors are not going to match the offer the New Jersey Nets…

  17. Jerry Buss is not handing over the Larry O'Brien trophy to Miami. At least not willingly.

    Jul 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Good luck prying the NBA title out of the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers. Lakers owner Jerry Buss was in Vegas to watch some Summer League ball (and play in the World Series of Poker; and probably not in that order) when Sam Amick from FanHouse asked him if LeBron James in Miami scared…

  18. Dan Gilbert marks down LeBron to discount prices

    Jul 9, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    Don’t know if you noticed, but Dan Gilbert was a little angry last night. What with the angry letter and the angry phone calls and the playing it up for the angry mob. Then this morning his company took a little dig at James. Gilbert is the owner of Fathead, the people that make life-size…

  19. Chicago Bulls reach deal with sharpshooter Kyle Korver

    Jul 9, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    There is the floor-spreading shooter the Bulls needed to round out their roster. Kyle Korver has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. This is very good deal for Chicago. New coach Tom Thibodeau plans to bring in a drive-and-kick offense to Chicago, with Derrick…

  20. Now what, Cavaliers?

    Jul 9, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Come early November, there will be NBA games at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Nobody in Cleveland wants to think about it today, but it will happen. And  can wonder what the Cleveland Cavalier roster will look like for Byron Scott. Who now has a very different job than the one he hoped for.…

  21. Boozer's gone, so now what, Utah?

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Cleveland is still in the mourning phase. Utah has moved on to the “what do we do now?” phase of rebuilding a team after losing a star. Except Utah is not really rebuilding, they are restructuring. The Jazz are in pretty good shape. In part because they have Deron Williams, one of the best point…

  22. Report: Heat trying to convince Cavaliers to do sign-and-trade for LeBron

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

    Things that are never going to happen: Dane Cook winning and Oscar for his acting; Jerry Buss selling the Lakers to Donald Sterling; Britney Spears recording a song I tolerate… And Cleveland agreeing to a sign and trade for LeBron James. But the Heat are asking. That according to the guy with the sources in…

  23. Who else fills out the Miami roster?

    Jul 9, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    For the most part, a guy making the minimum salary in the NBA is doing so for a reason. Not the kind of reasons that help with championships. But maybe a couple bigger names will take less money to play with Miami Thrice (is that what we’re calling them?) and Mike Miller in South Beach.…

  24. Complain about LeBron infomercial all you want, you still tuned in to watch

    Jul 9, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Media is the ultimate democracy in our profit driven world. We know exactly how many people come to this blog every day and what you read. Same with every other Web site out there. Same with television. Don’t like something, ignore it and it goes away. If you can’t deliver viewers to advertisers, if people…

  25. Evan Turner is having a rough Summer League

    Jul 9, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Welcome to the NBA, Evan Turner. Well, not even the NBA. Summer League, which is a  few steps below the NBA in terms of quality of play. But it has still flummoxed the No. 2 pick so far. I watched two games and he has had moments of quality play but mostly has struggled. He’s…

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