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  1. Dwight Howard wants to play with Chris Paul. Jameer who?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard wants to win. He got a taste of it, he got to the doorstep of a title two years ago. Last year, there was Boston. The retooled — good bye Hedo, hello Vince — Magic could not match up. Jameer Nelson was back and the Magic did not get as far. So Howard…

  2. Could Boston get a max player? Almost, but would they jettison Pierce to do it?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Can you picture Dwyane Wade as a Celtic? Chris Bosh? Even that other big name? Reshaping the Celtics around that player and Rajon Rondo? It’s not impossible. But it’s not very likely either. Here’s how it shakes out. The Celtics have more than $15 million in room under the cap on paper, but not in…

  3. Knicks pitch to LeBron – build your own dynasty. Oh, and take less to do it.

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    The Knicks do not have the inside track on LeBron James anymore. They are considered on the outside looking in at the race. But they have a new strategy — tell LeBron he can build a dynasty in New York. He can be the leader of a team winning titles. He can bring home the…

  4. Bulls plan to get LeBron – get Bosh first

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    When the midnight bell strikes tonight and phone lines light up across the NBA, the Chicago Bulls are not going to call LeBron James. Oh, they want him. Big time. They will be in Cleveland to make their pitch to him. But the Bulls think the way to James’ heart is not through fancy dinners…

  5. Would Denver trade Carmelo Anthony? Maybe…

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony is the Denver Nuggets right now. He is the face of the franchise. He is the best player. He is the guy capable of leading them deep into the playoffs. He is also the guy that could be a free agent next summer. So far, Anthony has been the anti-LeBron, saying he wants…

  6. Maybe Amare Stoudemire will not be a free agent, to meet with Suns again

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    That whole plan to pair Amare Stoudemire with Dwyane Wade in Miami (which is the plan if the big plan in Miami falls through) may have to be put on hold. Amare Stoudemire may not be a free agent after all. Maybe. Even if the smart money is still on him testing the market. Stoudemire…

  7. Timberwolves to make run at Rudy Gay

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:23 PM EDT

    Somebody is going to overpay for the services of Rudy Gay. Might as well be Minnesota. While others are making midnight calls Thursday to LeBron or Wade or Bosh, Minnesota will be calling up Gay, according to the Star Tribune. Yes, you are remembering correctly, the Timberwolves did draft a small forward in Wesley Johnson…

  8. Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z standing tall over Madison Square Garden

    Jun 29, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

    Right on the corner of 34th and 8th in Manhattan, overlooking Madison Square Garden, looms the billboard of two people: Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z. The two owners of the New Jersey Nets. On the billboard it has the Nets logo and says “Blue Print For Greatness.” The message is not subtle — the Nets are…

  9. Cleveland will not do a sign-and-trade to send LeBron away. Duh.

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    If you have LeBron James, you do nothing to help him leave. Nothing. Under any circumstances. Even if it means more long-term pain. Do a sign-and-trade and the fan base will never forgive you. Cleveland’s front office knew that, but a report by Ric Bucher at ESPN confirmed it from his sources — the Cavaliers…

  10. The power struggle going on around LeBron

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    It’s about influence. And power. Influencing LeBron James decision on where to play next year, because it will add or subtract to the power of someone around him. Earlier today we talked about how it is better for William Wesley if LeBron James moves on from Cleveland. However, for Maverick Carter and LeBron’s high school…

  11. Heat take another step toward Superteam, waive James Jones

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    The dream is alive in Miami. Well, unless you’re James Jones. In their attempt to strip the team down to the studs and rebuild, the Miami Heat bought out the final two years of Jones’ deal, Ira Winderman reports. They had to pay him $1.86 million, but they are now out of his $4.65 million.…

  12. Most. Ridiculous. Spin. Ever: Knicks prefer Joe Johnson to LeBron James

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Need a good laugh in the middle of the day? We’re here to help. Read on. The Knicks are targeting Joe Johnson as their No. 1 free agent choice and believe he’s a better fit for the team than LeBron James, according to an NBA source with knowledge of the team’s plans. “Yes, we think…

  13. Report: Nets trade Yi Jianlian to Wizards

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:48 pm: This has basically become official, with multiple sources confirming it now. The deal is Yi Jianlian  and $3 million cold hard cash to the Wizards for Quinton Ross. Yi and Blatche will compete for the starting job power forward job, with just-drafted rookie Trevor Booker trying to find some minutes in there.…

  14. Mark Cuban on Mavs' approach to free agency: "Less B.S. and more business."

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Of course, no team can talk to the representative of a player before July 1. Nobody would ever dream of such a horrendous act. It’s not like teams have had constant back-door communications going on with all the players for weeks on end. (How exactly did all the teams know that they had to come…

  15. Report: Dirk Nowitzki opts out. But he's not going anywhere.

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Come midnight Thursday morning (or a much more reasonable 9 p.m. Wednesday on the West Coast) Dirk Nowitzki becomes a free agent. He is officially part of the class with LeBron, Wade and Bosh. But not really. He is opting out of the last year of his deal, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting. The letter…

  16. Report: Yao Ming not going to opt out of deal, stay with Rockets

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    There was no real doubt that Yao Ming was going to stay with the Houston Rockets, the only question was it with this current deal or a new one. The current one, apparently. Associated Press is reporting that Yao will pick up the $17.7 million player option for this coming season with the Rockets. That…

  17. Report: Brian Shaw to be head coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jun 29, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    In an interesting move that could be brilliant or backfire horribly, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring Lakers assistant Brian Shaw as their head coach. The reports are conflicting. Shaw is the man and a deal is being finalized according to a report from Sam Amick at FanHouse. However, the well-connected Brian Windhorst says that no…

  18. It's official, Steve Kerr is back in the broadcast booth

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    This was going to happen as sure as BP is going to try to buy its way out of paying its full share of damages by making large campaign contributions. Steve Kerr is back with TNT. He will be in the booth next year, taking the place of Doug Collins, who has gone to Philadelphia…

  19. Randy Foye can be yours, the Wizards let him walk

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    The Washington Wizards have their point guard of the future, and it is not Randy Foye. That is one reason the team declined to make a qualifying offer to Foye, making him an unrestricted free agent. You can have him. The Wizards are letting Mike Miller go as well this summer. So, the two guys…

  20. Are LeBron's friends and advisors really looking out for LeBron?

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    The LeBron James situation has gotten so crazy that Bodog — the online gambling site that you tell your girlfriend you never visit — has taken down the odds down on where LeBron will land. It’s all too unpredictable for bookies right now. Unpredictable in part because what is going on close LeBron is unpredictable.…

  21. Not everyone is opting out: Stojakovic and Radmanovic staying in their bloated deals

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:23 PM EDT

    It only seems like everyone is opting out of their contracts right now. There are some guys out there riding the gravy train of bad general manager decisions, guys who are perfectly happy to keep their current bloated deals for next season. Meet Peja Stojakovic and Vladimir Radmanovic. Stojakovic is owed $15.3 million next season…

  22. Derek Fisher says maybe Phil Jackson isn't really feeling the love

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:09 PM EDT

    We’re all talking about LeBron James decision, and the fruits of that tree. We forget that Phil Jackson is making a decision this week. One that could have more of a bearing on the next NBA champion than where LeBron lands. Phil Jackson and everyone around him have said it’s about his health, not about…

  23. Your latest LeBron rumor: He and Bosh to Miami with Wade. It doesn't work, yet…

    Jun 28, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:46 pm: ESPN salary cap guru Larry Coon blew this idea of Wade/Bosh/LeBron out of the water tonight. Here were his comments on twitter: If they re-sign Wade, waive Jones & renounce all other FAs, they will have $27,596,027 cap room. Bron/Bosh are $16,568,908 each. So one or both of them would have to…

  24. The Nets new managers are not the boogeymen. Just for the record.

    Jun 28, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    When Mikhail Prokhorov’s name first started coming up as a potential owner of the Nets, you heard whispers: Does the NBA want to touch a guy who has touched the Russian mob? Didn’t he get arrested for having prostitutes around? Turns out, he was clean — or as clean as any other NBA owner, which…

  25. Byron Scott waits on no man. Not even Phil Jackson or LeBron James. So he says.

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Don’t believe what you read. Because what you read would say Byron Scott is waiting to see what Phil Jackson does about the Lakers job (because Scott has said before he covets that job) and what LeBron James plans to do in Cleveland (because that would be the prudent thing to do). Once he has…

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