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  1. Penny Hardaway wants to play for the Heat. Hey, so do I.

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway last stepped on an NBA court three seasons ago. And he wasn’t good at all in the 16 games he played. He hasn’t done anything of quality on a court since 2004. It’s been a decade since he was good (and if you go back 15 years he was very, very good).…

  2. Might the Warriors go after Erik Spoelstra? Kind of a stretch, but a fun one.

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Here’s what Warriors fans know: The Golden State Warriors have new owners, who will take full control of the team in a couple months. Here’s what Warriors fans hope: That there are big changes in the front office, that a new coach and a new direction come with the new owners. Here’s some fun but…

  3. Nate Robinson agrees to deal with Celtics

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    Boston is going to win a few games this season because Nate Robinson is going to come in blazing hot off the bench and just light up somebody’s second team. Boston is going to lose a couple games this year in part because Nate Robinson is going to come in off the bench ice cold…

  4. Who is the mystery "deal to go to Vegas" team? (Not Detroit)

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    UPDATE 7/16, 11:40 am: Well, you can cross the Detroit Pistons off the list (and they were the team mentioned in the original article. The Pistons released a statement on this issue: “Our ownership group has absolutely nothing to do with any proposal that would move the team to Las Vegas.” As we said, Detroit…

  5. Jeff Teague knows he has a opportunity, but will he grab it?

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Summer League is all about opportunity. The chance for players to be seen, to make a name for themselves, to find a place to get paid to play basketball. For some, it’s about a chance to step up and find their place in the NBA. Maybe nobody in Las Vegas right now has a bigger…

  6. Don Nelson wants to coach Warriors for one more season. Fans shudder.

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Warriors fans hope that a new owner means a new direction for the team. Don Nelson has other plans, he told Marc Stein if ESPN.com. “I’m excited about the new ownership,” Nelson said. “I think this team needed that kind of change. “I think we’ve made a couple good deals to improve the roster. I…

  7. Hedo Turkoglu has gallbladder surgery

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Apparently Hedo Turkoglu needs to lower his cholesterol. He has had minor gallbladder surgery while in Turkey preparing with the Turkish national team for the FIBA World Championships this August. That according to Turkish media (as found and translated by Real GM, via Rotoworld). The doctors advised me to undergo surgery on my gallbladder so…

  8. Report: Atlanta not interested in Shaquille O'Neal

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    There was a time Thursday night when radio stations in Atlanta were reporting that radio stations in Cleveland were saying a deal to sign-and-trade Shaquille O’Neal to the Hawks had been agreed to, according to Eric Knappenberger. Meanwhile, up in Cleveland, radio stations were reporting that radio stations in Atlanta were reporting the deal was…

  9. Magic match offer, keep JJ Redick

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

    What follows is a sentence that I never thought I would type three years ago: The Orlando Magic had no choice but to match the three-year, $20 million offer to JJ Redick. Orlando did just that Thursday, according to FanHouse (and confirmed by other sources now). Redick came into the league with that Duke hype…

  10. Wade on LeBron: `He didn't quit.''

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade already has LeBron’s back. “He’s not a quitter,” Wade said. “He didn’t quit.” That’s what Wade told the AP Thursday, referring to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert’s post-decision rant about LeBron James, saying he quit in the Celtics playoffs series. Wade will have none of hat. “LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, guys like…

  11. Hornets reach out to Kevin Pritchard to talk about GM job

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

    There is a buzz around New Orleans Hornets games at the Summer League in Las Vegas suddenly. Respected player development guys are seeing their phones ring off the hook — potential general manager candidates want to get to know the Hornets personnel. The first guy to get a shot seems to be just-fired Kevin Pritchard…

  12. LeBron was good for something in NYC: Knicks sell out season tickets

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    LeBron-a-palooza was still good for the Knicks in one way — they have sold out their season ticket allotment. That according to our man Darren Rovell at CNBC: CNBC has learned that the Knicks have now started a waitlist after selling out its allotment of season tickets for this upcoming season. The last time the…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.)…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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’…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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