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  1. Rockets send David Andersen to Toronto

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    With Yao Ming back and Brad Miller now in the mix, Houston needed to thin out their front line. So they basically paid Toronto to take him off their hands. Which, ironically, is sort of how they ended up with him in the first place. Toronto picks up the Australian center plus some cash for…

  2. Josh Howard returns to Washington Wizards with one-year deal

    Jul 28, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    So a John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, Kirk Hinrich and Josh Howard back court rotation? Not shabby, not shabby at all. The last of that came together Wednesday when Howard agreed to a one-year deal that, with bonuses, could be worth near $4 million, Howard’s consultant told Marc Spears of Yahoo. Howard came over to Washington…

  3. Report: Lorenzen Wright found dead near Memphis

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    The worst possible outcome from when Lorezen Wright went missing recently has apparently come true. Sources confirmed with the Memphis Commercial Appeal that a body found southeast of Memphis is that of Wright. The paper has the details. According to sources, a 9-1-1 call was made from Wright’s cell phone on July 19. A Germantown…

  4. George Karl plans to coach when the season starts, but no guarantees

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    George Karl is doing well. That is really all that matters. The good news is he is feeling well enough to come back and coach next season, he told Dan Patrick on his widely syndicated radio show. But there are now guarantees. “I’ve committed but it’s not a guarantee. The doctor’s up until probably October…

  5. Ron Artest interviews Ron Artest

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    One summer double scoop of Ron Artest coming right up. Bless the people at ESPN, who not only came up with the idea of Ron Artest interviewing Ron Artest, but had the technology to put it together. (Thanks to Trey Kerby at Ball Don’t Lie for finidng this.) Because you can never get too much …

  6. What happens in Vegas… ESPN pulls unflattering LeBron James story

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 3:48 pm: CNBC’s Darren Rovell got this comment from ESPN: ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz tells us why the LeBron Vegas story was pulled: “The story should have never been published. The draft was inadvertently put on the server before going through the usual editorial process. We are in the midst of looking into the…

  7. Team USA cut to 15, no surprises

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    It went down pretty much exactly as Rob Mahoney told you earlier today. Tyreke Evans, Gerald Wallace, JaVale McGee and O.J. Mayo have been let go, bringing the roster down to 15. Three more guys will be let go after camp in New York and before the team heads to Turkey for the FIBA World…

  8. Will Bynum returns to be scoring spark off the bench for Pistons

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Will Bynum may be a better pure point guard than Rodney Stuckey. That doesn’t mean he should be starting in Detroit, but it means he has value. Good passer (he had a 20 assist game against the Wizards last season), can attack the rim, is a quality spark off the bench guy. All of which…

  9. You jonesing for real basketball? A fix courtesy Suns highlights

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    We all miss some real basketball. And few things are more entertaining than watching Steve Nash dish, Amare Stoudemire dunk and the Suns run. So here are their top 10 plays from last year. Enjoy.

  10. Prokhorov has a plan, it involves making a lot of money in Brooklyn

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov is about making money. Do not ever forget that. He’s also good at it. He has a plan. Prokhorov spoke with Forbes Russia and laid out his plans (which the New York Daily News translated): “When you’re talking about the business of sports, you can’t leave out passion and love. That’s why, in…

  11. Orlando Magic keeping Stan Van Gundy, Otis Smith around a few more years

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Bombs away, Orlando. The system of Dwight Howard in the paint and host of guys chucking up threes around him is not going anywhere soon — the Orlando Magic have extended the contracts of coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith through 2013, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Smith is now the president…

  12. Lakers trying to move Sasha Vujacic, save money

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    The Lakers had the highest payroll in the NBA last season — and you get what you pay for. They won. They got to have a parade and go on late-night talk shows. Ron Artest got validation and Kobe Bryant relaxed for nearly 24 hours. Next season the Lakers may have an even higher salary…

  13. Portland still trying to trade Rudy Fernandez, at least his agent thinks so

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez has gone where Chris Paul can’t — he has basically demanded a trade. The man wants out of Portland and away from Nate McMillan as fast as he can. Fernandez wants the ball in his hands, he envisions himself to be a playmaker. Portland already has those and McMillan just wants him to…

  14. Lakers still think they can sign Shannon Brown but Cavaliers have interest, too

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

    Shannon Brown opted out of a $2.15 million deal for next year, thinking that his role on back-to-back NBA championship teams could earn him a little raise and a longer term deal. It may not work out that way. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told the Los Angeles Times he still wants to sign Brown.…

  15. Memphis draftee Greivis Vasquez has surgery on ankle

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    Greivis Vasquez has a chance to get significant minutes as a rookie backing up Mike Conley as the Memphis point guard this season, if he can get a few things worked out. One of those things was worked out Tuesday — he had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. The team announced…

  16. Three thunder players on Team USA, tired legs come February? Coach isn't worried.

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant is the face, the front man, the Bono to Team USA’s U2. He is going to Turkey. Russell Westbook impressed at camp in Vegas and is a lock, and Jeff Green may go as well. That’s three players logging a lot of extra practice and games in the offseason. Does that worry coach…

  17. Warriors reach deal with Jannero Pargo

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Jannero Pargo is about to become the least popular Golden State Warrior. He has reached terms with the Warriors for a two-year, $2.4 million deal, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Why is Pargo about to be unpopular? Because he will be the backup point guard, the guy behind Stephen Curry and in front of…

  18. For Wizards games, you might want to eat before you get to the arena

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Among those hundreds of things Ted Leonsis was going to get around to fixing, not giving anyone food poisoning should be at the top of the list. Every single foot vendor at Verizon Center — home of the Washington Wizards and NHL counterpart the Capitals — were found with a critical violation in the last…

  19. Al Jefferson says Minnesota a couple years away from winning, so he likes Utah better

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    There is some talent on the Minnesota roster. Kevin Love can ball. Michael Beasley was a No. 2 overall pick for a reason. We’ll see what Wesley Johnson can bring as a rookie. We’ll watch Luke Ridnour get them the ball. Okay, not that much talent, and it is all being assembled in a haphazard…

  20. Magic Johnson picks Lakers to win the title, Heat will get theirs later. Who didn't see that coming?

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    San Francisco is cold in the summer. Mad Men is the best show on television (and is best enjoyed with a scotch in hand). BP will be the butt of late-night talk show jokes well past when it is funny. Justin Bieber is annoying. Some things are just givens. Same with this: Magic Johnson, part…

  21. Matt Barnes is California Dreaming

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes probably knows more about California than Arnold Schwarzenegger. When Barnes steps on the court for the Lakers this fall, he will become the first player ever to suit up for all four California teams — Kings, Warriors, Lakers and Clippers. The fine fold as the Elias Sports Bureau looked that up (via Ben…

  22. Dirk Nowitzki: I would have considered Miami if LeBron, Wade had asked

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    Nobody thought Dirk Nowitzki was going anywhere. He was technically a free agent but he loves Dallas and Dallas loves him. Especially Mark Cuban, and he had the biggest vote. So this was all a fait accompli… Or not. Nowitzki said he would have listened to offers where teams were closer to a title than…

  23. Kobe Bryant realizes he is not cut out to be a coach

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jerry West. Magic Johnson. Wayne Gretzky. Superstar players usually make bad coaches or managers. Players who can just do rarely have to study the game in detail like a coach. There are exceptions, like Pete Rose had a pretty good managerial record… well, there was that whole betting on baseball thing. We’ll go with Larry…

  24. Flo-Rida video: "We already won"

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Ain’t no reason to play no more games… Rajon Rondo thinks there is. Same with Dwight Howard. And do you even need to ask Kobe what he thinks? The Heat will be very good. But they are going to have to earn a title. And it will be harder than they think.

  25. Eddie may be back in the House for the Celtics

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    Boston is looking for some bench players, and thanks to the rose-colored-glasses of time, they remember how great Eddie House was in the finals in 2008, and since they are getting the band back together anyway…. The Celtics are in discussions to bring Eddie House back to the Celtics next season, according to the Boston…

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