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Kurt Helin

  1. What now for the Warriors?

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    It’s a new day for Golden State. Nothing was going to change for the struggling franchise until the ownership changed. Now that’s done — Joseph Lacob and Peter Guber are out in front of a group that has agreed to terms to buy team. They paid a record $450 million and that was enough to…

  2. It's not just you laughing at David Kahn, Chris Webber is on board, too

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    We’ve struggled to put into words how we perplexed we have been over Minnesota signing Darko Milicic to a four-year, $20 million deal then shipping Al Jefferson out for almost nothing. Chris Webber did it for us: “Good luck.” (Now read that quote again in a deadpan, sarcastic tone. That’s it, now you’ve got it.)…

  3. Delonte West agrees to plea deal on weapons charge

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    DeLonte West has accepted a plea bargain deal that will have him undergo court-supervised electronic monitoring as well as do community service, according to the Associated Press. Last September, West was arrested when speeding through Prince George’s County in Maryland, speeding on a three-wheel motorcycle while carrying two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun and a…

  4. Knicks talking about Shaquille O'Neal deal, but it's not going to happen

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    The Knicks have talked with the Cleveland Cavaliers about a sign-and-trade that brings them Shaquille O’Neal. Teams talk all the time. They talk like you and your buddies do about trades in your fantasy league. They ask about everything, some of it highly illogical. They do very little of it. And according to the New…

  5. Shannon Brown close to deal to return to Lakers

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant wanted Raja Bell. Instead, Lakers fans look like they are going to get their dunks back. With Bell clotheslining Kobe one more time and heading to Utah, the Lakers are moving closer to a deal to bring Shannon Brown back into the fold, according to Yahoo Sports. Lakers general manager “Mitch [Kupchak] and…

  6. Tracy McGrady may come to Los Angeles — with the Clippers

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    How far has Tracy McGrady’s stock fallen? How about to the point he might come off bench for the Clippers next season. Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Clippers are talking with his agent and may set up a workout. McGrady wanted to play for a contender — he had been rumored to hope for a veterans’…

  7. Wesley Mathews headed to Portland, Jazz will not match offer

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz found Wesley Mathews — an undrafted rookie who started 48 games for them last year. But the Jazz are going to play Raja Bell’s tune next season. So Mathews is off to Portland, where he will be Brandon Roy’s backup. Portland had made an offer to Mathews for the mid-level exception of…

  8. Hornets withdraw offer to Luther Head

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    New Orleans had made a two-year offer to point guard Luther Head to be Chris Paul’s backup. Make that, former general manager Jeff Bower did. He’s out now. And the Hornets — and whoever is making player/personnel moves right now — have informed Head that he failed the physical and have pulled the offer off…

  9. Dwyane Wade says the team to beat is the Lakers

    Jul 14, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    Some pundits (and a few of the NBA’s advanced stats community) are pretty willing to hand the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the Miami Heat. The other 29 teams, not so much. Actually, make that 30. Because Dwyane Wade doesn’t even think the Heat are the favorites, as he said before his charity golf event to…

  10. Michael Jordan says Kobe is the best player in the game right now

    Jul 14, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

      This actually happened last month at his camp but we just got the video and thought we’d pass this along. Michael Jordan says that right now, Kobe is the best player in the game, not LeBron. This is MJ, winning is what matters to him. So this shouldn’t be a shock. And with the…

  11. NBA Lockout, it's not an "if" but a "how long"

    Jul 14, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The owners had their meeting this week, and afterward David Stern talked about needing a fundamental change in how the economic structure of the NBA. Today, NBA Players Association President Billy Hunter said that he doesn’t buy the league’s economic figures and is telling his players to prepare for a lockout. In Vegas, this is…

  12. Bobcats near deal with Shaun Livingston

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    This makes me happy — I want to see Shaun Livingston back in basketball. And he is about to be — the Charlotte Bobcats are close to signing him to a deal, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. Length and terms are still being hammered out. Most people remember Livingston as the promising…

  13. Mike D'Antoni thinks the Knicks can make the playoffs. He's right.

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Hey New Yorkers: Right now is when you can start judging Mike D’Antoni. The last two years don’t count. Those were the climbing out of the hole years. The paying for the sins of your father years. David Lee was nice, the rest of the roster needed help. None of the pieces were there to…

  14. Quote of the day, where LeBron doesn't look so bad

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    “LeBron was criticized for making the pass instead of taking the hard shot and he made the right basketball play. Now he’s criticized for going and playing with other guys and trying to win. I thought that’s what we’re supposed to do.” –New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, on LeBron James’ decision to go to…

  15. Chris Paul must be watching Hornets management and counting the days until he can leave

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    There is more spin going on around the New Orleans Hornets right now than in the White House press room. Here is what we know: Jeff Bower is out as general manager. And that keeping Chris Paul happy is by far the most important thing to the franchise, and they are not doing a good…

  16. Las Vegas group "under contract" to buy NBA team if it builds arena

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Las Vegas might be home to more than the NBA Summer League soon. International Development Management LLC, has a deal to buy an NBA team if they can get an arena built in the city, Chris Milam, CEO of the group, told the Las Vegas Sun. “We have an NBA team under contract,” Milam said,…

  17. Matt Bonner: living large

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Matt Bonner signed just signed the biggest contract of his life — four years, $16 million. He is now living it large (as told to the News Express), rolling into the local deli with a new attitude. “When I splurge,” Bonner said, “I’m going to order double meat on my sandwich.” Just like Notorious B.I.G.…

  18. Denver adds depth with Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Denver found a couple of affordable veterans to round out their bench. Anthony Carter and Sheldon Williams reached deals with the Nuggets that are expected to be signed later in the day, as first reported by John Hollinger at ESPN. Both are signing for the veteran’s minimum. Carter has been with the Nuggets the last…

  19. Summer League video highlights

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The fine people at NBA.com have compiled a highlight video of plays from the concluded Summer League in Orlando (Vegas Summer League continues through the weekend). Summer League ball is much easier to watch this way — all the highlights without any of the palming violations, sloppy passes and gunning guards.

  20. Former Sixers General Manager Billy King near deal to take over reins of Nets

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    UPDATE: 11:03 am: It’s official, King has taken the New Jersey job, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. King spent almost a decade as the head man in Philly, but you have to wonder if new Nets owner Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov will want his own man calling the shots in a few years. For…

  21. The reality: Shaq is not going to Miami

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    Of course Shaquille O’Neal wants to be in Miami — he likes to be in the middle of the circus (as one Heat source said in Vegas). And next season there will be no bigger circus, no bigger spotlight than Miami. Plus, they could use a center, so… So what? When Shaq left Miami last…

  22. Celtics Ray Allen on Miami: We're still the better team

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    The Boston Celtics are the defending Eastern Conference champions. Miami, if you want that crown you are going to have to fight them for it. Ray Allen — who made it official yesterday inking his deal to stay a Celtic — said he and his teammates are ready to show Miami what team basketball looks…

  23. Al Harrington signs five year deal with Denver

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    Denver needed Al Harrington. When next season tips off, Chris “Birdman” Anderson and Kenyon Martin will still be sidelined. They had Nene at center but needed a four. Plus Denver wanted a bigger and deeper front line to deal with the Lakers come the playoffs. So they went pretty big with Harrington — five years…

  24. Cleveland fans offer to help billionaire Dan Gilbert pay fine

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert can afford to buy his own lunch. Sure he owns a company that did a lot of real estate loans and that’s not the most lucrative business in the world right now. And his basketball franchise is worth $150 million less than it was a week ago. He is still worth close to…

  25. Knicks sign center Timofey Mozgov from Russia, with love

    Jul 13, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

    Who? Never heard of new Knicks signing Timofey Mozgov? Knicks fans, he’s not that bad. That’s the consensus of a couple scouts we found at Summer League who have seen him play. He abused Ronny Turiaf (playing for France) in the European Championships. “Potential” was the word that came up. He’s athletic and 7’1″. That’s…

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