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  1. Dorell Wright leaving Miami for Golden State

    Jul 11, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Not everybody wants to play in Miami right now. The Heat’s Dorell Wright is very close to leaving South Beach and signing a new deal with Golden State, a three-year contract worth more than $10 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The Warriors are not going to match the offer the New Jersey Nets…

  2. Jerry Buss is not handing over the Larry O'Brien trophy to Miami. At least not willingly.

    Jul 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Good luck prying the NBA title out of the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers. Lakers owner Jerry Buss was in Vegas to watch some Summer League ball (and play in the World Series of Poker; and probably not in that order) when Sam Amick from FanHouse asked him if LeBron James in Miami scared…

  3. Dan Gilbert marks down LeBron to discount prices

    Jul 9, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    Don’t know if you noticed, but Dan Gilbert was a little angry last night. What with the angry letter and the angry phone calls and the playing it up for the angry mob. Then this morning his company took a little dig at James. Gilbert is the owner of Fathead, the people that make life-size…

  4. Chicago Bulls reach deal with sharpshooter Kyle Korver

    Jul 9, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    There is the floor-spreading shooter the Bulls needed to round out their roster. Kyle Korver has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. This is very good deal for Chicago. New coach Tom Thibodeau plans to bring in a drive-and-kick offense to Chicago, with Derrick…

  5. Now what, Cavaliers?

    Jul 9, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Come early November, there will be NBA games at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Nobody in Cleveland wants to think about it today, but it will happen. And  can wonder what the Cleveland Cavalier roster will look like for Byron Scott. Who now has a very different job than the one he hoped for.…

  6. Boozer's gone, so now what, Utah?

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Cleveland is still in the mourning phase. Utah has moved on to the “what do we do now?” phase of rebuilding a team after losing a star. Except Utah is not really rebuilding, they are restructuring. The Jazz are in pretty good shape. In part because they have Deron Williams, one of the best point…

  7. Report: Heat trying to convince Cavaliers to do sign-and-trade for LeBron

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

    Things that are never going to happen: Dane Cook winning and Oscar for his acting; Jerry Buss selling the Lakers to Donald Sterling; Britney Spears recording a song I tolerate… And Cleveland agreeing to a sign and trade for LeBron James. But the Heat are asking. That according to the guy with the sources in…

  8. Who else fills out the Miami roster?

    Jul 9, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    For the most part, a guy making the minimum salary in the NBA is doing so for a reason. Not the kind of reasons that help with championships. But maybe a couple bigger names will take less money to play with Miami Thrice (is that what we’re calling them?) and Mike Miller in South Beach.…

  9. Complain about LeBron infomercial all you want, you still tuned in to watch

    Jul 9, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Media is the ultimate democracy in our profit driven world. We know exactly how many people come to this blog every day and what you read. Same with every other Web site out there. Same with television. Don’t like something, ignore it and it goes away. If you can’t deliver viewers to advertisers, if people…

  10. Evan Turner is having a rough Summer League

    Jul 9, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Welcome to the NBA, Evan Turner. Well, not even the NBA. Summer League, which is a  few steps below the NBA in terms of quality of play. But it has still flummoxed the No. 2 pick so far. I watched two games and he has had moments of quality play but mostly has struggled. He’s…

  11. Dwyane Wade has some roommates for "his house"

    Jul 9, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

      Dwyane Wade is a happy man today. Stunning, I know. But he also has always been the most driven of the three — he gets that this grand experiment is a failure if they don’t win multiple titles.

  12. Clippers sign Ryan Gomes

    Jul 9, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    It’s not LeBron, but it’s not bad, either. Actually, it’s pretty smart — the Los Angeles Clippers have reached a deal with Ryan Gomes, as reported by Associated Press. Combined with the signing of Randy Foye yesterday, the Clippers have upgraded themselves. Without breaking the bank — three years and $12 million for Gomes. You…

  13. It worked — the Heat are already sold out of season seats

    Jul 9, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    Want to pick up those Miami Heat season tickets for next season now? Too late. The Heat have sold out of season seats, according to friend-of-the-blog Ira Winderman, of the Sun Sentinel. And there is more — if you are a new season seat holder or an existing one who did not lock down by…

  14. Report: Knicks president Donnie Walsh may retire

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    UPDATE 9:54 am: It didn’t take long, and Walsh responded by saying the reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. From Alan Hahn at Newsday: “I’m sure there are guys around me that are predicting my death, right? I’m not there yet.” 9:33 am: Donnie Walsh spent the last two years digging the Knicks…

  15. Nets fans, patience. Just have patience.

    Jul 9, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets won 12 games last season. LeBron James wants a title. LeBron to New Jersey was going to be a long shot because of those two facts. But if not LeBron, then what? Rumors had been that Amare Stoudemire was the fallback plan, but he will take Manhattan. Then there was Carlos…

  16. Miami clears out Beasley for cap room, spends some of it on Mike Miller

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:45 AM EDT

    Pat Riley’s work was not done when LeBron James said “Miami” Thursday night. He made two more moves — one to free up cap space by trading away Michael Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The other was to sign Mike Miller, but doing that will necessitate the big three give back about $1 million a…

  17. David Lee headed to Golden State in sign-and-trade deal

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:09 AM EDT

    David Lee is crossing country for some big checks, he has been traded to Golden State David Lee is going to Golden State — and that is good for him in that he will get paid. He agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that nets him $80 million over six years, shipping him to Golden State…

  18. Can the Miami Heat win it all this season?

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:56 PM EDT

    Already you were hearing it — guys were saying it on ESPN and talk radio shows across the nation even before LeBron made his announcement. If the Heat don’t win it all this year, it’s a failure. That’s a bunch of manure. Winning a championship takes a lot of things, including luck with injuries and…

  19. Cleveland Cavaliers official statement

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Cleveland released a statement from General Manager Chris Grant: “We believe in this team, this organization, this community, and what we will do to compete at the highest level. We believe in the new coach and leader we have in Byron Scott, and the world class basketball organization and positive and strong culture we’ve established.…

  20. LeBron James goes to Miami

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    LeBron James is joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat, forming the best threesome the league has seen in decades. He made it official on his nationally televised ESPN special. “I’m looking forward to it,” he said on the show. “I can’t say I dreamed about it because I didn’t think it…

  21. Uh-oh Miami: Heat pull planned full page welcome ad from Miami Herald at last minute

    Jul 8, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Read into this whatever you want. Could be nothing, could be everything. LeBron-to-Miami may not be happening. Heat has canceled a full-page welcome ad in The Miami Herald. This time I’m serious. That is from Greg Cote, Miami Herald columnist. Ads get pulled from papers all the time for a lot of reasons. The official…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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