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Kurt Helin

  1. Dwyane Wade's cryptic tweet

    Jul 2, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

    I don’t claim to be smart — I’m an NBA blogger, this is not what Rhodes Scholars do for a living — and on that note I’m not going to try to explain Dwyane Wade’s last tweet (as of this writing). It’s cryptic, and every team recruiting him (and a few that aren’t) could take…

  2. Steve Blake agrees to four-year deal with the Lakers

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:49 PM EST

    The Lakers were looking for a new point guard, one who could knock down the three, play a little defense, and just be smart. They have found their man in Steve Blake. John Canzano of the Oregonian was first in reporting that Steve Blake had agreed a four-year deal with the Lakers (any deal cannot…

  3. How about LeBron and Bosh on the Cavaliers? Could happen.

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    In all the talk about pairing up top players — LeBron and Wade in Chicago; LeBron and Bosh in Chicago; Bosh and Wade in Miami; Bosh and Wade and LeBron in Miami — nobody talks about Cleveland. But it could happen. What if Cleveland re-signs LeBron and does a sign and trade with the Raptors…

  4. Broadway singers pitch LeBron, too

    Jul 2, 2010, 5:25 PM EST

    We’re not sure that LeBron is a musical theater kind of guy, but New Yorkers will do anything to lure him. And in this economy, Broadway producers will do anything to hype their shows. With that, we bring you the cast of “Promises, Promises” singing about all the good reasons to come to New York.…

  5. Lakers, Derek Fisher not near each other on contract offer

    Jul 2, 2010, 3:43 PM EST

    A lot of fans only see playoff Derek Fisher, the guy taking over Game 3 of the NBA Finals in the fourth quarter. The guy who is unflappable under pressure, who embraces the big stage. But regular season Derek Fisher is not that guy. He is no longer a good — often not even an…

  6. Players submit Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal to owners at the right time

    Jul 2, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    Timing is everything. Back at the All-Star break, players scoffed at the first Collective Bargaining Agreement submitted by the owners, one that called for a hard salary cap and other major changes. The owners gave that to the players on the same weekend that David Stern was claiming the owners would lose $400 million this…

  7. Wade intrigued by New York Knicks pitch

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:28 PM EST

    Let’s be clear about this — Dwyane Wade is going to be in a Miami Heat uniform at the start of next season. He is going through the motions of meeting with other teams; other teams are going through the motions of presentations. But everyone knows how the movie ends. That said, Wade exited a…

  8. Report: Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks have framework of a deal set

    Jul 2, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    The New York Knicks have offered Amare Stoudemire a five-year, max contract deal that he may well accept. The framework of the deal is in place but the details still need to be hammered out, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Still, that could happen by the end of the day. The move could reunite…

  9. Sergio Rodriguez signs deal with Real Madrid

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:39 PM EST

    It’s official, Sergio Rodriguez is returning to Spain, He has signed a deal with Real Madrid, if you can believe the official Real Madrid Web site. We tend to. This is a three-year deal, according to the site. No shock here, Rodriguez has been unhappy and wanted to return across Atlantic and had been rumored…

  10. Goodbye Amar'e – Suns agree to terms with Hakim Warrick

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:54 AM EST

    After a final offer to Amar’e Stoudemire was rejected — the two sides could not agree on guaranteed years — the Suns turned their affection to Hakim Warrick. And it was a quick romance, the two sides have agreed to a four-year, $18 million deal, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. Warrick is a nice…

  11. Rockets offering a tempting sign-and-trade

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:27 AM EST

    The Rockets want an elite power forward. With one — combined with a healthy Yao Ming at center (the entire city of Houston just knocked on wood) and a back court of Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin — they are a contending team. They could challenge the Lakers and have the length to match them.…

  12. Knicks pitch to LeBron: You could make $1 billion playing here

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:35 AM EST

    For months, marketing experts have been saying, “It doesn’t matter where LeBron James plays, he makes the same money anywhere, he is a brand unto himself.” The focus of the New York Knicks’ pitch to LeBron yesterday (and a specially prepared report for the meeting): Hell yes it matters. Forbes got a hold of the…

  13. Mike Miller in serious negotiations with Lakers

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:37 AM EST

    The Lakers just won a title depending on Ron Artest and Sasha Vujacic to be their three point threats. Which is to say, they won despite having no consistent outside threats. They just count on things like Artest getting hot in Game 7. Mike Miller would change that. That’s why the Lakers are negotiating with…

  14. Paul Pierce reaches framework of deal to stay in Boston

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:03 AM EST

    This was never about leaving Boston, this was always just about business and a deal that would extend into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Paul Pierce has agreed to the framework of a deal to remain with the Boston Celtics — it’s a four-year deal at about $61 million (according to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger), although…

  15. Joe Johnson makes it official — he is an overpaid Hawk

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:51 AM EST

    We all knew the moment was coming when we heard that the Atlanta Hawks had made a max offer to Joe Johnson: six years at $119 million. He has accepted the offer and will stay in Atlanta, with the USA Today being the first to break the news. Johnson will sign the deal July 8,…

  16. PBT's Free Agent Roundup, Day 1: When average players get wildly overpaid

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:17 AM EST

    Recession? What recession? After pleading poverty for a year — remember David Stern said the teams would lose $400 million this season — teams went on a spending spree like Paris Hilton with a black American Express card. It was obscene. This will come back to haunt the owners during the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.…

  17. Suns agree to give Channing Frye five years, $30 million to keep raining threes

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:02 PM EST

    UPDATE 11:02 pm: Channing Frye and the Suns kept talking, and the two sides reached a deal this evening — five years, $30 million. That’s a good deal for him that extends into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. After the crazy contracts of the day, one might have thought Frye would see if he could…

  18. Somebody wants to play in Toronto: Amir Johnson re-signs with Raptors

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:58 PM EST

    From the refreshing change of pace category: “Amir (Johnson) didn’t want to play the free agency game,” (his agent Kevin) Bradbury said. “He wanted to go back to Toronto. He’s young and he has security and a lot of basketball left in him.” And so he has agreed to a five-year, $34 million deal, according…

  19. Spurs fans: Just when you thought you were rid of Richard Jefferson…

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 PM EST

    Yesterday, everybody went, “what, really?” when Richard Jefferson opted out of his $15.2 million final year with the San Antonio Spurs. But he is already negotiating to come back to San Antonio next season, according to the San Antonio Express-News. And it really makes sense, if you think about it. Several NBA sources assume Jefferson…

  20. Paul Pierce talking to Celtics, no one else

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:42 PM EST

    Can you really picture Paul Pierce in colors other than green and white? Pierce apparently can’t either. He has opened talks with the Boston Celtics on a new contract — and only the Boston Celtics. That according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Pierce just opted out of the last year of his contract, worth $21.5 million.…

  21. Phil Jackson says he is returning for one more year

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:20 PM EST

    Phil Jackson made it official today — he is back for one more year as head coach of the Lakers. “Count me in,” said Jackson in the official statement on Lakers.com. “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its…

  22. Hornets say they're not trading Chris Paul, but nobody believes them

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:47 PM EST

    The Hornets keep saying they are not trading Chris Paul, but man is there still a lot of smoke coming from that direction. Last week’s hedge-your-bets statement from team owner George Shinn — we’re not trading Chris Paul, but we’ll look at any deal that improves the team — just threw more fuel on the…

  23. Rudy Gay agrees to five years, $82 million to stay with Memphis Grizzlies

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:10 PM EST

    Is any free agent besides Chris Bosh going to change teams? Rudy Gay isn’t — he has agreed to a five-year, $82 million deal with a player option the last year to stay in Memphis. David Aldridge of NBA.com broke the story and Yahoo sports confirmed with his management. “I think Rudy likes Memphis a…

  24. Milwaukee Bucks close to five-year, $39 million with John Salmons

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:25 PM EST

    John Salmons was good to the Milwaukee Bucks. Now they are being very good to John Salmons. The Bucks and Salmons are close to a five-year, $39 million deal that would keep the swingman in Wisconsin, as reported by David Aldridge at NBA.com. There is nothing final — as CBSSports.com is reporting — and nothing…

  25. Who LeBron meets with and when

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:38 PM EST

    Just so you are not in the dark about LeBron James schedule: Thursday: Nets and KnicksFriday: Heat and ClippersSaturday: Bulls and CavaliersSunday: Fireworks and barbecue Okay, we have no confirmation on the Sunday part, although we feel good about it. But the rest of it has been confirmed by Chad Ford and others. Ford adds…

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