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Kurt Helin

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. NBA Players Association about to send proposal to owners, which will get laughed at

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Back in February, the NBA Players Association laughed at and rejected outright a new Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal from owners. That proposal used the current economy as a reason to call for a radical shift in the NBA’s deal with players: Shifting 10 percent more of basketball income to the owners, a hard salary cap,…

  13. It's not just you, NBA executives think LeBron will be a Bull, too.

    Jun 27, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    You watched the draft day moves by the Chicago Bulls, saw they freed up almost enough room for two max guys to go along side Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, and you thought, “That is where LeBron is going to go.” You are not alone. According to one NBA executive who spoke with the New…

  14. Thinking about a backup big man? Stromile Swift says think of me.

    Jun 27, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    There is real value in low-cost, third-string veteran big men around the league who can help out a little during the long grind of an NBA season. DJ Mbenga has two rings, enough said. On July 1… well, really a couple weeks after that, teams will start to think about and call those guys. Stromile…

  15. If Nets are going to get Jerry Colangelo, they are going to have to pay

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    It was supposed to be: Mikhail Prokhorov = big spender. But Rod Thorn is stepping down as general manager in New Jersey and the rumblings around the league (according to Marc Stein and others) is that part of the reason was Thorn was asked to take a pay cut. Prokhorov was not spending big. Now…

  16. Report: Clipper coaching search down to Dwayne Casey, Vinny Del Negro

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

    Two former NBA head coaches — both fired with pretty good records but management thought they could find someone better — are the last two standing in the Clippers search for a head coach. Vinny Del Negro and Dwayne Casey are the two finalists for the Los Angeles job, reports Kevin Arnovitz at ESPNLosAngeles.com. Ironically,…

  17. Report: Rod Thorn stepping down as president of New Jersey Nets

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    In a surprise move, Rod Thorn is stepping down as president and general manager of the New Jersey Nets, ESPN reports. Thorn had met and gotten the approval from new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, and he is not being forced out or asked to leave, according to the report. This is just what Thorn wants. Thorn…

  18. LeBron James not going on recruiting tour

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    Remember talks of LeBron James going on a nationwide tour to be wined and dined by the teams and cities that wanted him? Yea, not so much. All meetings with teams will be at a neutral site, James’ right hand man Maverick Carter told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “LeBron is not going on a tour,” Carter…

  19. Celtics top pick to undergo ankle surgery

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Less than 24 hours after getting raves for picking Avery Bradley to backup Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics announced their new point guard is going to undergo ankle surgery. According to Danny Ainge (as reported by Associated Press) this is a scoping of the ankle. A relatively minor procedure, but he will miss Summer League.…

  20. Nets plan to be patient with Derrick Favors

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors is going to be good, maybe very good. Someday. Right now he is a raw rookie who is about to have to refine his game in the rough world of the NBA. It’s not an easy transition for the best of them. Avery Johnson knows this, and told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts…

  21. Your top draft picks saying all the right things

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

      Clearly all the top draft picks have gone to the Crash Davis school of knowing your cliches — I just want to fit in, do what I can to help the team, take it one game at a time. In today’s world, agents have these guys pretty polished for the basics on draft night.…

  22. Magic rumored to be considering a re-do with Hedo

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    And now, officially, we have heard everything. Rumors are swirling that the Magic are looking to trade Vince Carter to clear the way for Hedo Turkoglu to return to Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel confirms this Salvador Dali painting of a rumor. Details of how it would shake out are unclear, and frankly might never get…

  23. If Phil Jackson steps down, the Lakers need to go with Brian Shaw

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    For the next week, Lakers fans are heading to their local churches and lighting candles with a prayer that Phil Jackson decides to stay on to coach the Lakers. Fans are nervous, they are doing anything they can — meditating on it, offering rum to Jobu, burning incense to please the gods. There are PETA…

  24. Looking for an athletic big man? Talk to Golden State, they have a plethora

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    The Warriors made the right pick — Ekpe Udoh was the best player available at No. 6. He is long and athletic and likes to block shots into the third row. And he’s now part of one very crowded, very young and very athletic frontcourt. Look at the lineup: at the four you’ve got Anthony…

  25. John Wall speaks

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

      This is John Wall at his post-draft press conference. Saying all the right things. The guy is practiced and polished with the media, just like he is on the court.

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