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  1. Randy Foye nears agreement with Clippers

    Jul 8, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Randy Foye, who was let walk from the Washington Wizards, may be backing up Baron Davis for the Clippers next season. Foye is expected to soon reach a deal with Los Angeles, according to Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times. Backup point guard was a position the Clippers needed to fill after letting Steve…

  2. If not Miami, then where?

    Jul 8, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    All signs point to there being a South Beach party tonight thanks to LeBron James. Because there ain’t no party like a South Beach party. No, seriously. There isn’t. But what if LeBron is not going to Miami? What if this was all an elaborate smoke screen? What if he just walks up the podium…

  3. How desperate are the Knicks to get LeBron? Isiah Thomas made their final pitch.

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT

    There’s a long list of things that were just never going to work but got tried anyway. Napoleon invading Russia. Cop Rock. Lindsay Lohan and acting lessons. Isiah Thomas selling New York to LeBron James. Yes, that last one really happened. We’re not so sure about Lohan and acting lessons. When the Knicks needed to…

  4. Amare Stoudemire is one happy New Yorker, even if LeBron won't come play

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

      Amare Stoudemire was saying all the right things, about taking the first step to to build New York into a winner again. That would happen a lot faster if LeBron were in house, but we’re kind of past expecting that and into Hail Mary mode now, aren’t we?

  5. Mark Cuban thinks LeBron is staying in Cleveland

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban thinks LeBron to Miami is a smokescreen. A misdirection so LeBron can slip the card back into the deck without the audience noticing. A bit of slight of hand pulled off with the help of a public relations firm. A lot of people think that. Not a majority, and not me. But there…

  6. Heat near deal to move Beasley sign that LeBron to Miami no smokescreen

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    At this point in the funhouse of mirrors that are the rumors of LeBron James’ next move, reality has been hard to tell from dead ends and distorted reflections. Everything, every reaction looked like it could be the way out. But this afternoon, one tangible piece of evidence came though — the Heat are working…

  7. Interview with "Multiple Sources"

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    He has been everywhere — multiple sources have LeBron going to Miami. Multiple sources have David Lee going to Golden State. Multiple sources have Shaq going to the Hawks. Just who is “multiple sources?” TBJ exclusive: ‘Multiple Sources’ uncovered from The Basketball Jones on Vimeo.

  8. Another sign LeBron is going to Miami: Deal nearly done to trade Michael Beasley

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    If you needed one more sure sign that LeBron James is going to sign with Miami, here it is — the Heat are on the verge of trading Michael Beasley. They need to move him to be able to give LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all max deal money. In fact, this trade…

  9. Brendan Haywood reaches deal to return to Dallas

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Dallas gets it. Miami is about to get it — you need a big man to go alongside your flashy, scoring power forward. Brendan Haywood is a big man, and he is going to continue playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki for the next couple years. He has agreed to a six-year, $55 million deal with the…

  10. Jermaine O'Neal agrees to terms with Celtics

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    We warned you this was coming last night, and now it has… you really need to learn to trust us. Jermaine O’Neal has agreed to terms with the Boston Celtics, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The deal is reportedly two years of the full mid-level exception, or nearly $12 million total. O’Neal had a…

  11. Report: LeBron James planning big weekend party in Miami

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    There’s going to be a huge, star-studded party by the pool at the W Hotel in Miami this weekend. True, that happens every weekend, but this one is going to be a little different: LeBron James is throwing it. US Weekly has the scoop: LeBron James has rented six cabanas at the W Hotel South…

  12. LeBron could make more money in Miami than Cleveland – thank you state taxes

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Life in Miami is good. Warm weather all year around. Great beaches. Amazing clubs. Fantastic restaurants. Beautiful people. LeBron James has to be enticed by all that. Plus he would make more money in Miami. Yes, Cleveland can pay him more, for the first five years of the contract that comes to about $4 million…

  13. Martin Gortat says Magic are close to trading him

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Apparently they have annoying morning shows in Poland, too. Like the one roughly translated as “Coffee or Tea Center” But on that this morning, Magic backup center Martin Gortat said the team has told him they plan to trade him in the near future. That is what is in Sport.pl (via the fantastic Ben Q.…

  14. Report: Amare made his pitch, but LeBron wasn't buying

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Remember the good ol’ days, when the Knicks were the team seeming to be climbing up the LeBron James ladder? When they were a team on the rise? What was that, 36 hours ago? When the Suns Jared Dudley tweeted that LeBron was going to be a Knick. Now, LeBron is not buying the pitch.…

  15. Kobe Bryant wants Derek Fisher back. Oh, and he wishes LeBron well.

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    You can tell what gets Kobe’s passions going. When asked by reporters at his youth camp yesterday about LeBron James and the other free agents, he said all the right things. That he hoped they could make a decision that was best for them despite all the hype, he hoped that they were happy. But…

  16. Toronto signs Linas Kleiza to an offer sheet

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Toronto has made a move to sign the leading scorer from Olympiacos in Greece — former Nugget Linas Kleiza. Toronto has signed Kleiza to a four year, $20 million offer sheet, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. Denver still has the rights to Kleiza and now has seven days to match that offer or lose…

  17. LeBron's choices: It seems like Miami now, but in this drama things change

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    We don’t know. We won’t really know until some time between 9 and 9:15 pm Eastern tonight. What we have now is drama. Manufactured drama. And that makes every rumor suspect — if you were trying to create drama for a show like this, you’d leak different things to different people. You’d keep everybody guessing,…

  18. Reports: LeBron James leaning heavily toward Miami

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:04 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all on the same team. Wow. But it is looking more and more that way. Sources have told Alan Hahn at Newsday as well as the well-connected Chris Broussard at ESPN that LeBron is leaning heavily toward joining Wade and Bosh in Miami. Nothing is certain. The ground…

  19. Jermaine O'Neal nears a deal with the Boston Celtics

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    You didn’t notice last year because Dwyane Wade mesmerized you, but Jermaine O’Neal had a pretty good year. Danny Ainge apparently noticed. The Celtics are close to signing O’Neal according to Yahoo Sports. Of course, there are always other suitors. Denver and Dallas in this case. All three teams who could use some front line…

  20. Knicks, Warriors close to an Anthony Randolph, David Lee swap

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

    There were questions about how David Lee fit into the seven-seconds-or-less New York Knicks offense last season. So now he could end up with Golden State — one of the few teams to play even faster. The Knicks and Warriors are close to a deal that would sign-and-trade David Lee to the West coast and…

  21. NBA salary cap to increase next year. Which sadly means a lockout is more likely.

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Business is good in the NBA. No. Seriously. The NBA released the salary cap numbers for next season and after all the reports of doom and gloom the numbers are going up for next season. The salary cap will be $58.044 million next season, making the luxury tax threshold $70.307 million (for every $1 in…

  22. Shaquille O'Neal wants to join the Spurs, talks have taken place

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal a Spur? That may be in the Book of Revelations as one of the signs of the Apocalypse. We’ll check and get back to you. But it may be a reality, not just a sign of the end times. According to FanHouse, Shaq had had interest from the Spurs and that is his…

  23. Everything you wanted to know about "The Decision" but were afraid to ask

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    Just like our wars and national disasters, it didn’t take long for the LeBron James special to have its name and logo. The theme music can’t be far behind. “The Decision” will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio starting at 9 p.m. eastern on Thursday night. The ESPN on-air team of Stuart Scott, Michael Wilbon…

  24. Chicago is your free agency loser – but they could still be better than Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 6:04 PM: Part one of the plan is coming together — the Bulls have an agreement with Carlos Boozer. Now, either LeBron changes his mind and comes to town, and they are instantly right there with the Lakers; or he doesn’t, they get a shooter like Allen or Redick, and they are still right…

  25. Warriors top pick Ekpe Udoh out with wrist injury

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Ekpe Udoh — who the Warriors selected sixth overall in the recent NBA draft — will miss Summer League and maybe more after injuring his wrist in a supervised workout. The Warriors can’t catch a break. So to speak. Udoh was working out with at the Warriors practice facility in the Bay Area with Stephen…

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