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  1. Suns' Jared Dudley says LeBron James is going to New York

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:50 PM EST

    I really hope Jared Dudley is wrong about this, because if he’s right we’re all going to be hearing damn Jay-Z and Alicia Keys on a loop for the next year. Phoenix Suns bench guy and growing media darling (he is one of the best interviews in the game) Jared Dudley is saying it is…

  2. Report: Teams going after Carlos Boozer in last-ditched effort to lure LeBron

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    The LeBron James sweepstakes are not over. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will be in Miami, and it is possible that James will join them (if Toronto will take on Michael Beasley’s contracts or if the big three are all willing to take a pay cut). But other teams are trying to provide an alternative.…

  3. Dwyane Wade says Chris Bosh coming to Miami was key to his return

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:59 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh went on ESPN Wednesday morning and made it official — they are both going to be playing for the Miami Heat next season. There was nothing else shocking in their interview, but they confirmed things already suggested in the media. Like that Wade seriously considered playing for his hometown Chicago…

  4. LeBron reportedly considering making it three amigos in Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:27 AM EST

    What was laughed at a week ago as impossible is suddenly looking like it could happen — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on one team in Miami. A true superteam. The three amigos together in Miami. ESPN’s Chris Broussard — the reporter with the best connections to LeBron James right-hand-man Maverick Carter —…

  5. Teams, some in LeBron James camp caught off-guard by television program

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

    You thought the LeBron James television special idea came out of the blue, imagine the teams that have been courting him? According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, officials from the teams that met with LeBron did not know of the television special until the word broke on ESPN last night. Here is…

  6. What does Wade/Bosh pairing mean for LeBron James? It doesn't help Cleveland's chances.

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:27 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are teaming up in Miami. The Eastern Conference is getting tougher at the top, the road to the finals and a shot at the ring James desperately wants is getting harder. That leaves LeBron James with a tough choice: Stay at home in Cleveland with a good team that has…

  7. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to team up in Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will team up in Miami to form the core of a team that could contend for a title. It has looked like things were leaning that way for several days, and the pair went on ESPN Wednesday and confirmed the news. The pair can sign the deals as soon as…

  8. Kevin Pritchard to interview for Nets GM job

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:19 AM EST

    The man at the helm when Portland drafted one of the best young cores in basketball, then dumped because the people above him thought he was taking too much credit, is now on the radar in New Jersey. Kevin Prichard will interview for the New Jersey Nets job, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. He…

  9. Clippers set to hire Vinny Del Negro as coach

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:28 AM EST

    Two years ago, the Chicago Bulls were faced with a choice: the experienced and tactically wise Dwane Casey, or the energetic newcomer who had no experience but had a plan for developing young talent in Vinny Del Negro. Two years later, the Clippers were faced with the exact same choice — and they had gotten…

  10. LeBron to make his announcement on ESPN Thursday night

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:10 PM EST

    One hour that comes down to one word. LeBron James will make an announcement in an hour-long special Thursday night on ESPN, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern. Chris Broussard, the ESPN reporter who has the best contacts in the LeBron James camp of just about anyone, made the announcement on ESPN News. LeBron and his…

  11. Sloppy and slams: Summer League ball

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:05 PM EST

    This is what Summer League ball looks like — a bit sloppy, punctuated by slams and athletic plays. In this case, it is Jeremy Pargo with the slam from Gerald Henderson (who has looked good in these games and may be ready for some real run next year). 

  12. Smart money bet: LeBron stays in Cleveland, Wade and Bosh to Miami

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:49 PM EST

    We don’t know. There is no 100 percent. But the signs are starting to point the same way, especially when you take a step back and look at them in total — LeBron James re-signs in Cleveland, while Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh team up in Miami. Take these tweets from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski: Cavs…

  13. Toronto's choice: Veterans or rebuild from Bosh sign-and-trade?

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:22 PM EST

    Toronto’s front office is apparently torn. In a way that explains the oddly conflicting reports on what they are looking to do with a Chris Bosh sign-and-trade. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted the situation: According to exec familiar with Raptors thinking, TOR undecided on what type of sign-&-trade to look for if…

  14. LeBron has a new twitter account. He has the marketing game down.

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:19 PM EST

    It’s all about timing. Understanding the market and timing. Right now the sports world is focused on LeBron. (Well, American sports world, in Holland they are focused on other things.) He has never been more watched — even in the finals — and if you are going to launch a new marketing initiative, now is…

  15. Suns trying to get David Lee in sign-and-trade for Stoudemire

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:14 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire is not a New York Knick. Yet. Nobody can sign the paperwork until Thursday. That give the Suns to get a little value back for the man they almost traded at the deadline the last two years. Value back like David Lee, which is one scenario the Suns are working according to the…

  16. Jeff Bower bows out of New Jersey general manager search

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:37 PM EST

    Jeff Bower, the general manager for the New Orleans Hornets, is one of the most respected men in the field. Not a shock that he got a call to talk to New Jersey about their position being vacated by Rod Thorn. But in a statement on Tuesday, he pulled out of the race. “I appreciate…

  17. Byron Scott: "75 to 85 percent chance" Cavaliers keep LeBron

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

    Byron Scott is in. All in. Either way. But given the choice, “do you want to coach LeBron or not?” The answer is yes. And he told Mason and Ireland on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles he has a good shot. “If I’m going by my gut feeling I would say there is a 75…

  18. Carmelo isn't being traded, plus he'll sign the Denver deal. He has no real choice.

    Jul 6, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Amare wants to bring Carmelo Anthony to New York. He has not signed the $65 million extension in front of him from the Nuggets because he wants more out of them — if he doesn’t get it he could be gone. No, he’s not. The Nuggets aren’t going to trade him. He can posture, but…

  19. Knicks targeting Dwyane Wade. Again.

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:56 PM EST

    They got Amare Stoudemire. Things are different in New York now. They have an anchor to build around. So why not make another run at Dwyane Wade? All the signs point to him staying in Miami. That if he went anywhere it would be sweet home Chicago. But South Beach has been good to him,…

  20. Chris Bosh is your free agency lynchpin

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:18 PM EST

    LeBron James wants to play with Chris Bosh, sees him as the key to a team that can win titles. He’s reportedly trying to recruit him to Cleveland for that reason. Toronto has a sign-and-trade in place with Cleveland. Dwyane Wade wants to play with Chris Bosh, sees him as the key to a team…

  21. Signs pointing to Wade in Miami, Chris Bosh joining him. Unless Bosh goes to Cleveland with LeBron.

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:49 AM EST

    The New Jersey Nets are convinced that the Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh tandem is headed to Miami. Ira Winderman — the most connected guy with the Heat — is saying it looks like Wade will return to South Beach. But now reports are out there that the Cavaliers have a sign-and-trade in place with the Raptors…

  22. Amare Stoudemire talks bright lights, big city

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

      Amare Stoudemire said all the right things about loving New York and wanting to return the team to the top of the heap at his hastily called press conference to announce a verbal agreement. But he can’t do it alone, so he talks some LeBron as well.

  23. Orlando Magic sign Chris Duhon as their backup point guard

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:55 AM EST

    With their last year’s backup point guard — Jason Williams — turning 35 next season, the Orlando Magic wanted to get a little younger in their backup to Jameer Nelson. Hello Chris Duhon. The Magic have inked Duhon to a four-year, $15 million deal, according to Chad Ford at ESPN. The Magic have gotten younger,…

  24. Report: Atlanta Hawks make two year offer to Shaquille O'Neal

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:49 AM EST

    UPDATE July 6, 9:49 am: Perry Rogers, Shaq’s agent, denies that any offer has been made. He said they are still listening to Boston, Dallas and Atlanta. This is what agents do, keep options open for clients. However, frameworks are discussed before offers are made. So Atlanta wants to know Shaq’s reaction to two years…

  25. LeBron James isn't talking to anyone, but we're all still guessing

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:03 AM EST

    We don’t know. Nobody in the media knows. That won’t stop us from speculating. We’ll use a shred of information to concoct entire theories. We’ll guess. (Complain about that if you want, but those guesses get a lot of viewers — you like it so we keep doing it). But we don’t know what LeBron…

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