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  1. Lorenzen Wright reported missing by family

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:26 PM EST

    Lorenzen Wright — the 13-year NBA veteran center who has been out of the game for a couple years — has been reported missing by his family. He has been missing since Sunday, when he was expected to fly to meet family in the Memphis area, but never arrived. According to the report on WREG…

  2. The Pooh Jeter watch is over, he lands with the Sacramento Kings

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:14 PM EST

    People just like Pooh Jeter. He’s an undersized underdog who is a solid floor general and a good point guard. After graduating college he has spent the last four seasons either in the D-League or Europe. He blogged for DraftExpress. He was a Summer League staple. And he just kept working hard. Today the Sacramento…

  3. Kings reach deal with Antoine Wright

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    UPDATE: 5:01 pm: Antoine Wright is a King. You can all rest and enjoy your weekend now, and everyone in Sacramento may leave work early and head to happy hour. Wright has proclaimed you can. 11:57 am: The idea of getting a defensive specialist out of Toronto — the worst defensive team in the NBA…

  4. Rajon Rondo is feeling good, looking good

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

    With a deep backcourt that includes Chauncey Billups and Russell Westbrook, there were questions about Rajon Rondo on Team USA. Basically, how would his game translate to the international stage? Could his lack of a steady outside shot cost him? And was he really committed to the team after seeming to waffle on his commitment?…

  5. Lakers still expect to sign Shannon Brown, Luke Walton may be out for the season

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

    Theo Ratliff was introduced to the media today as the newest Laker. He’s excited. Can’t wait to play for Phil Jackson. All the usual stuff. But General Manager Mitch Kupchak gave some far more interesting insight into the Lakers plans with his comments (as reported by the rockin’ official Lakers blogger Mike Trudell): “We’re still…

  6. Rudy Gay is just like you – he was surprised by the Grizzlies contract offer

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:36 PM EST

    When the Memphis Grizzlies raced out of the gate to offer Rudy Gay a max deal (five years, $84 million) on the first day of free agency, it was as shocking as seeing a good new episode of Entourage. Nobody saw it coming. That includes Rudy Gay, as he told Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.…

  7. Kevin Durant on announcing his deal on twitter: What did you expect?

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    It wasn’t what Kevin Durant did this summer that was a surprise. Everybody knew Oklahoma City was going to offer him a max extension, and everybody knew he was going to sign it. What made it news was how it was handled was such a contrast to the other big free agent moves this summer.…

  8. Somebody drank Jobu's rum, because there is an injury curse on the Warriors

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Last year the Warriors were not hit with an injury bug, it was more like an injury plague of locust. In the nearly quarter century since the NBA started tracking this stuff, only one NBA team has ever lost more man games to injury. Golden State lost 501 man games last season. Then David Lee…

  9. Dwyane Wade on Jimmy Kimmel: LeBron owes Wade a few dinners

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:23 PM EST

    My favorite part of this two-part interview: Wade saying he gets texts from players saying they want to come to Miami, but they forget to leave their name. Fun interview, in large part because Kimmel just crushes it.

  10. David Stern's latest labor problem: his contractor

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Billy Hunter? He’s a pussy cat. Try dealing with a contractor. David Stern — a feared negotiator — is warming up for the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement battle by warming up with a conflict with his contractor, as reported by the New York Post (who else? via Ben Maller). When a next-door neighbor put his…

  11. Lakers sign Theo Ratliff, tell him to go easy on Bynum's knees in practice

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:31 AM EST

    The Lakers signed another big man, someone who can come off the bench and protect the rim. Theo Ratliff will not bring the high-quality iPod playlist that Josh Powell had in the Lakers locker room, but on the court the defensive-minded Ratliff should be a solid addition playing the same role. Ratliff reached a one-year,…

  12. Chris Paul to sit down with Hornets while his agent fields trade requests

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:09 AM EST

    If you’re a team interested in trading for Chris Paul, don’t send your request to the New Orleans Hornets, they’re not interested. Paul has two years left on his deal and the Hornets want to keep him. Send it instead to Leon Rose, Paul’s agent with Creative Artists Agency. He’s the one listening to offers…

  13. Kurt Thomas goes to Bulls on two-year deal

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

    Kurt Thomas will be the veteran big man off the bench in Chicago this season — and just as importantly play the role of mentor. In a nice little pickup, the Bulls and Thomas have agreed to a two-year deal (second being a team option). Thomas slides into the Brad Miller role — 15 minutes…

  14. Celtics bring back Marquis Daniels

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

    Last year was not a good one for Marquis Daniels in Boston — so he’s taking a mulligan. The Celtics and Daniels have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.5 million deal. He will be the backup two, and the Celtics are hoping for him to have a better year so he can spell Ray…

  15. Lakers sign Matt Barnes. While you were watching Miami, the champs got better.

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:33 AM EST

    The Lakers are two time defending NBA champions. And when they tip off next season, they will have improved. Chew on that for a second, Miami. The Lakers got better at the wing by signing Matt Barnes on Thursday night. The Lakers could offer only $1.7 million this year, next year it would be $1.9…

  16. Jerry Colangelo talks Team USA

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    Jerry Colangelo is THE MAN with USA basketball, so you should listen to him.

  17. Las Vegas mayor says public financing is the only way for city to get arena, NBA team

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    Here’s the deal Las Vegas: If you want an NBA team, you’re going to have to pay for it. That’s what Mayor Oscar Goldman essentially said this week. The only way an arena is getting built is with public financing, the Las Vegas Sun reports him saying. And he is saying a new arena is…

  18. Make no mistake Team USA is Kevin Durant's team

    Jul 22, 2010, 7:53 PM EST

    After Thursday’s practice, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski talked about how the players on this team have to get used to the more hockey-like shifts they take — three or four minutes of run at a time, keeping guys fresh. Except Kevin Durant, he’s getting 10-minute shifts, as John Schuhmann noted on the Hang Time…

  19. Kahn calls Chris Webber a "schmuck." Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

    David Kahn is the king of unintentional comedy. Remember back during Summer League, when Kahn sat down for an in-game interview with NBA TV and Chris Webber? And Kahn defended his signing of Darko Milicic by comparing him with Webber and asking Webber how long it took him to find his game in the NBA?…

  20. Report: Allan Houston may be named new Knicks GM. A win for irony.

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:52 PM EST

    Allan Houston, the former shooting guard famed for having one of the worst contracts in the history of the New York Knicks, may soon be the guy handing out the contracts for his former team. According to Ric Bucher of ESPN, Houston is a front-runner to fill the vacant general manager position for the Knicks.…

  21. LeBron, Wade and Bosh could be worth $1 billion to South Florida

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:21 PM EST

    Go ahead and mock LeBron for taking the easy way out in Miami. Make the SuperFriends your most hated team. They don’t care, and the Miami Heat don’t care. Because money talks. The Lakers had (still hold?) the trophy for most hated team in the league, and they generate more money than any team in…

  22. Coach K talks Team USA

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:27 PM EST

    Mike Krzyzewski talks about getting around not having enough centers on the roster and dealing with a young team. Although, still older than the kids he normally deals with.

  23. Who really is on Chris Paul's trade demand list?

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Chris Paul wants to get traded, we get it. What we don’t get is where, exactly. The first report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com said the Knicks, Magic and Lakers were on the list. But that’s not what ESPN’s Chris Broussard heard, and he is probably as well connected with LeBron’s people and the marketing…

  24. Thunder owners extend GM Sam Presti, then let basketball people make basketball decisions. Crazy.

    Jul 22, 2010, 1:38 PM EST

    Look at the lineup of teams where ownership lets the basketball people make basketball decisions: Spurs, Celtics, Lakers, Magic, Thunder. Notice the similarities there? Oklahoma City today announced it has extended its deal with general manager Sam Presti, the team announced today. That is the best move they made this off-season (and they’ve made a…

  25. New Orleans, you don't have to trade Chris Paul

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:49 PM EST

    Larry Coon, the salary cap guru employed by ESPN (you are going to read a lot of him next summer when the lockout comes), made a great point this morning: Three years ago, Kobe Bryant went ballistic. He was frustrated by the Lakers roster, the inability to win, so Kobe demanded a trade. He ripped…

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