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  1. Report: Richard Jefferson opts out of deal; Spurs fans believe it is a miracle

    Jun 30, 2010, 7:55 PM EST

    If you are Dirk Nowitzki, it makes a lot of sense to opt out of the last year of your deal. You’ll lose a little money in the short term to make it back in the long haul over the next few years. Richard Jefferson used that logic in opting out of his deal with…

  2. Gay, Watson, Morrow latest to gets qualifying offers

    Jun 30, 2010, 6:52 PM EST

    Qualifying offers keep rolling in as the deadline approaches. Not surprises, but offers as teams make sure they have a chance to hang on to the players they like. The offers make players restricted free agents, meaning the team can match any offers that come in. For Memphis, that means extending a qualifying offer Rudy…

  3. Stephen Colbert to the Knicks. Please.

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:41 PM EST

    The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Basketcase – Stephie’s Knicks Hoop-De-Doo http://www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News What, Colbert on the team will make them worse? Political comedian Stephen Colbert sat down with Mike D’Antoni to talk free agency. And mock the Knicks. Which someone had to do. There’s…

  4. Report: Atlanta Hawks to offer Joe Johnson six-year max deal

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:19 PM EST

    There is almost no bigger mistake a GM can make than paying a good player superstar money. That said, the reliable Michael Cunningham at the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks want to keep Joe Johnson badly enough to offer him a six-year, fully max contract. If so Johnson will take it.…

  5. Amare Stoudemire opts out of deal, but he and Suns still talking

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:38 PM EST

    Come midnight — or 9 p.m. out in Los Angeles where he is stationed — Amare Stoudemire will become a free agent. He will sit while gentlemen callers to come knocking on his door to court him. But there is a chance he stays in Phoenix. Slim but it exists. After three hours of meetings…

  6. Doc Rivers to return to Celtics

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:54 PM EST

    After being away from the sting of losing in the NBA finals for a few weeks, Doc Rivers has decided he wants to be back on the sidelines for one more year, and one more run at a title. Rivers made it official by telling the Celtics his intentions today. The Boston Herald broke the…

  7. Orlando Magic told Martin Gortat he could be traded

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:33 PM EST

    Quality backup big men are hard to find. Sure, there are plenty of big stiffs around who will happily soak up salary and a few minutes here and there, giving you a big body for practice and the odd rebound. Bit guys who can actually contribute, much harder to come by. Martin Gortat can contribute.…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:23 AM EST

    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…

  11. Bulls plan to get LeBron – get Bosh first

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:50 AM EST

    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…

  12. Would Denver trade Carmelo Anthony? Maybe…

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:53 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

    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…

  14. Timberwolves to make run at Rudy Gay

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:23 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 29, 2010, 8:24 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:39 PM EST

    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…

  17. The power struggle going on around LeBron

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:08 PM EST

    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…

  20. Report: Nets trade Yi Jianlian to Wizards

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:48 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:33 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:53 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:26 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 29, 2010, 12:12 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

    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…

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