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  1. Matt Bonner: living large

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:27 PM EST

    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.…

  2. Denver adds depth with Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:56 AM EST

    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…

  3. Summer League video highlights

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

    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.

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

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

    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…

  5. The reality: Shaq is not going to Miami

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:52 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

    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…

  7. Al Harrington signs five year deal with Denver

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:26 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:52 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 13, 2010, 8:49 PM EST

    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…

  10. Pat Riley finally gets Juwan Howard 14 years later

    Jul 13, 2010, 7:49 PM EST

    In the summer of 1996 — while you were watching a Charles Barkley-led Dream Team III roll to a gold medal in Atlanta — Juwan Howard was a rising star in the NBA. He was giving the Bullets 22 and 9 and he was just going into his third year in the league. And Pat…

  11. Jeff Bower out as general manager of Hornets

    Jul 13, 2010, 6:34 PM EST

    If you had to name the top five general managers in the game a year ago, Jeff Bower and Kevin Pritchard would have been on the list. Today, both are looking for a new job. Bower and the New Orleans Hornets have parted ways, which Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman had first and has been…

  12. Dan Gilbert thinks Tom Izzo would have been perfect for LeBron

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:57 PM EST

    The job falls to Erik Spoelstra, but the question still hangs over the situation: Who is the best coach for LeBron James? Who can connect with him, who can get more out of his game? Dan Gilbert was convinced that man was Tom Izzo, something he said in his Sports Illustrated interview (from which we…

  13. Dwight Howard, Chris Paul nominated for International Bowling Hall of Fame. Seriously.

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:42 PM EST

    It all comes down to this roll. Dwight Howard, a man-child, with a dream to topple bowling giant Chris Paul. If he strikes, he’s the 1979 Odor-Eaters Champion. He’s got one foot in the frying pan and one in the pressure cooker. Believe me, as a bowler, I know that right about now, your bladder…

  14. Dallas, Charlotte trade big men they don't want

    Jul 13, 2010, 3:19 PM EST

    Not all trades are thrilling. Case in point: The Dallas Mavericks are sending the Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najara to the Charlotte Bobcats for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Dampier’s expiring deal was the big carrot the Mavericks had this summer, and they just spent it on…

  15. Heat adding Zydrunas Ilgauskas to roster. Collection of old, slow but skilled bigs continues.

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:43 PM EST

    Kind of hard to picture Big Z in any uniform but Cleveland’s. But the tough week for that city continues. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is going to sign a deal to join the Miami Heat, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Terms of the deal are not yet public. Along with Juwan Howard, Ilgauskas…

  16. Al Jefferson traded to Jazz for picks. Minnesota's self destruction continues.

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Al Jefferson is not perfect, but the man had two 20-10 years, is 25, and gave Minnesota 17 and 9 last year trying to come back from a knee surgery he should be past this season. Minnesota’s telegraphing of trading him was so bad Utah was able to get him for two first round pick,…

  17. Juwan Howard about to join Heat

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    This is the kind of pickup we’ve been expecting from the Heat. Veteran — and we really mean veteran: 16 seasons and age 37 — forward Juwan Howard is closing in on a deal to join the Miami Heat, according to Ira Winderman writing for the Sun Sentinel. “Juwan wants to get a ring and…

  18. Bobcats out of big trade; Barbosa for Turkoglu still on

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

    Michael Jordan may made a descent owner after all. He had second thoughts about shipping out two solid big men — Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw — for one nice point guard — Jose Calderon. He was right. The Bobcats are now out of the reported big three-team deal, according to Ken Berger at CBSSports.…

  19. Chris Paul allegedly promises big three in New York

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:12 PM EST

    I was not invited to Carmelo Anthony’s wedding. Yes, I am disappointed, but I may send him a toaster anyway. So I certainly didn’t hear this first hand. Neither did the New York Post, which reported about statements there they got it from a person at the wedding. So, to recap: Second hand information from…

  20. Dirk Nowitzki: "I want Shaq"

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:29 AM EST

    The Dallas Mavericks are trying to decide if they want to take on Shquille O’Neal and all that comes with him. But their star player has weighed in on that: “I want Shaq.” That’s what Dirk Nowitzki told a German publication (via the fantastic DallasBasketball.com). The question is, do the Mavericks really need him? They…

  21. Kobe Bryant recruiting one time nemesis Raja Bell to join Lakers

    Jul 13, 2010, 10:19 AM EST

    You want to earn Kobe Bryant’s respect? Battle him. Get up for the task and challenge him. Go at him. Compete. Kobe will still win a lot of those battles — because he is Kobe — but he respects the effort. Raja Bell battled Kobe. In 2006 he taunted Kobe, was physical with him and…

  22. David Stern thinks LeBron might have handled all this better. Just like the rest of us.

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

      Here are the words of the man himself, speaking at a press conference after an owners meeting. Maverick Carter is really steamed somewhere after hearing this. Dan Gilbert was less steamed and more poor.

  23. Tiago Splitter is officially a Spur, and you don't realize how big this is

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:35 AM EST

    You know what deal Western Conference executives have been raving about this week in Vegas? Tiago Splitter to the Spurs. A deal that became official now and at an incredible price of three years for $11 million. Splitter clearly wants to be here as a he took a paycut to leave Saski Baskonia, the team…

  24. Luke Ridnour nears four-year deal with Timberwolves to add to team's point guard collection

    Jul 13, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

    The Minnesota Timberwolves brought in Kurt Rambis to run the triangle, but he had to partially abandon or alter many of those sets last year because he didn’t have the right personnel to do it. It was a team where the offense had to start with a slashing point guard, but the triangle is not…

  25. Nate Robinson is close to deal to remain in Boston

    Jul 13, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    Shrek and donkey will be back for another go around. Nate Robinson is close to a deal that will keep the backup guard in green for another season, according to his agent Aaron Goodwin, talking to the Boston Herald. “Things are going well,” Goodwin said. “We’re just trying to get something worked out. But both…

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