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Kurt Helin

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

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    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.…

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

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:23 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:09 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 28, 2010, 7:46 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 28, 2010, 6:25 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:28 PM EST

    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…

  8. Warriors to make Anthony Tolliver a free agent (Chris Hunter, too)

    Jun 28, 2010, 3:55 PM EST

    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…

  9. Suns to plead with Stoudemire one last time not to leave

    Jun 28, 2010, 3:14 PM EST

    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…

  10. Nets set Keyon Dooling free

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

    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…

  11. Ownership and coaches, LeBron James has a lot to consider

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:32 PM EST

    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…

  12. Don Nelson chooses Maui over Las Vegas

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:58 PM EST

    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…

  13. Dwight Howard jumps to Dan Fegan as agent

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:24 PM EST

    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…

  14. Magic trade for Gilbert Arenas a "definite possibility."

    Jun 28, 2010, 12:53 PM EST

    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…

  15. Report: Dallas Mavericks to pursue Joe Johnson

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:56 AM EST

    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…

  16. LeBron in Chicago: The Jerry Reinsdorf question

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    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…

  17. Knicks "Plan B" of Johnson/Stoudemire fast becoming "Plan A"

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:10 AM EST

    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…

  18. Chris Bosh says he is serious about the Heat, too

    Jun 28, 2010, 9:33 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:41 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Jun 27, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 27, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:53 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:43 PM EST

    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…

  25. LeBron James not going on recruiting tour

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:29 PM EST

    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…

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