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  1. Quote of the Day: Derrick Williams doesn’t pass the buck

    Jul 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    “If I had played a little better, maybe we wouldn’t be having this talk,” Williams said Friday, July 13, on the first day of the Timberwolves’ minicamp at Target Center to prepare for next week’s NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. “I had an up-and-down rookie season. I know I can play better than what…

  2. Knicks sign-and-trade for Raymond Felton, is Jeremy Lin on the way out?

    Jul 14, 2012, 11:53 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Things went from “easy and predictable” to completely insane Saturday night in Gotham. It had been a few days since things with the Knicks had seemed berserk, so of course, all that detonated as news broke that the Knicks’ point guard situation could be altered dramatically in a matter of hours. Here’s a rundown of…

  3. Charlotte ‘wins’ Brendan Haywood amnesty auction

    Jul 14, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Bobcats forward Maggette drives on Mavericks center Haywood during their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    This is legitimately a good move. The Bobcats need a true starting center, and Bismack Biyombo is not it. You can pair Brendan Haywood with Biyombo and have incredible length and size and Biyombo can focus on improving in space and be a weak-side help guy. This is a fine move. It’s really cheap, as…

  4. Hornets match Eric Gordon’s offer sheet on Saturday

    Jul 14, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Update 6:16 p.m.: The Hornets officially matched the offer this afternoon. Gordon is under contract to the New Orleans Hornets for four years. Damage control time! The Hornets weren’t kidding around. They weren’t bluffing, joshing, yanking anyone’s chain or pulling anyone’s leg. They were always serious, and on Saturday, they’re making it real. They’re matching…

  5. Joe Johnson says the Nets are ‘definitely’ better than the Knicks. Here we go.

    Jul 14, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson

    Let the Battle for the Basketball Boroughs commence. We’re headed for a new rivalry, as the Nets and Knicks face off for the soul of hoops in Gotham, and the Nets have no plans to enter the arena humbly nor quietly. At a pep rally in Brooklyn introducing Joe Johnson, Johnson told reporters that the…

  6. Video: Lakers fans welcome Steve Nash to L.A. with a beer. Between two cars. At full speed.

    Jul 14, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Steve Nash Kobe Bryant

    This is just nuts. In every way. Steve Nash had to have concerns about how the Lakers fans would react to him after he’s beaten them so many times throughout the years including two eliminations in the first-round in back-to-back years and a tight Western Conference Finals in 2009. But he feels better after Lakers…

  7. Cavaliers could make an amnesty bid on Luis Scola

    Jul 14, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Luis Scola

    ESPN reports that the Cavaliers are considering making an amnesty bid on Luis Scola. The minimum bid on Scola’s $21 million remaining is $3 million the first season and a $10 million total. The Mavericks are also interested, despite picking up Elton Brand off the wire. The idea of the Cavs picking up Scola is…

  8. Rockets task Olajuwon with re-signing Dwight Howard if they pull off the trade

    Jul 14, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Rockets have a dream. And to keep the dream, should they get the dream, they’re going to use the Dream. Fox Sports Florida spoke with Hakeem Olajuwon regarding the Rockets’ prospective acquisition of Dwight Howard, and the Hall of Famer confirmed that should Houston pull off the biggest trade in franchise history (and there…

  9. Boris Diaw agrees to re-sign with Spurs

    Jul 10, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Boris Diaw was largely a punchline for the few seasons he spent in Charlotte. Primarily people joked about his weight and how he was on such a bad team with such a bad contract. Then he was traded to San Antonio, and low and behold, he became a playoff contributor who was able to make…

  10. J.R. Smith agrees to re-sign with Knicks for two-year deal

    Jul 10, 2012, 2:06 AM EDT

    Knicks' Smith shoots during their win over the Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    That’s it. I’m calling it. Creative Artists Agency is run by aliens. That’s the only conclusion I have as the behemoth representation agency that counts among its clients LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and several members of both the Knicks’ roster and management office has announced that J.R. Smith will return to the Knicks,…

  11. Hawks meet with Anthony Randolph as Ferry keeps bargain hunting

    Jul 9, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Randolph_Anthony

    Anthony Randolph had himself a nice little season last year. After years of being the do-it-all forward who couldn’t do anything, he landed in Minnesota and showed some genuine talent and the ability to legitimately play the 4, something which had eluded him for years in Golden State. With Minnesota, he finally made some progress,…

  12. 50 Observations about NBA Free Agency

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    From time to time, I drop random observations because it’s too long for a tweet and too short for a full post. Also because it allows me to crack jokes, which is really the reason I’m here. That and the money. Mostly the money. Anyway, it’s been a crazy week of free agency. Here are…

  13. Report: Ersan Ilyasova close to five-year, $45 million deal with Bucks

    Jul 8, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova   goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors' Alan Anderson during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee Wisconsin

    HoopsHype reports: Free agent forward Ersan Ilyasova is close to an agreement on a five-year, $45 million contract to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks, agent Tolga Tugsavul tells HoopsHype. via HoopsHype’s post on Basketball | Latest updates on Sulia. Ilyasova stands as one of the best value contracts on the market. he was hyper-productive and efficient…

  14. Avery Bradley to have shoulder surgery, will miss start of season; Celtics to pursue Courtney Lee

    Jul 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Perhaps you are confused, after Avery Bradley had shoulder surgery during the Eastern Conference Finals. Yeah, he has to have the other one done. Not good. CSN New England reports that Bradley will have surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday, and the injury will keep him out for the start of the season. That’s…

  15. Report: Hornets in talks for sign-and-trade for Ryan Anderson

    Jul 8, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    This is unexpected. Yahoo Sports reports that restricted free agent Ryan Anderson will not re-sign with the Magic and will be moved in a sign-and-trade. Shortly thereafter, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Hornets are in talks with the Magic for a sign-and-trade of the stretch four. The news comes as a shocker with huge…

  16. Nic Batum’s agent hopes the Blazers won’t do something they are totally going to do. He should learn to live with disappointment.

    Jul 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    CSN Northwest spoke with Nicolas Batum‘s agent, who is living in  fairytale world and is desperate to get around reality. Funny thing. Reality just kind of is. Batum has agreed to terms with the Timberwolves on a large 4-year, $45 million offer sheet. He is restricted, so the Blazers are going to match. Considering the…

  17. Kirk Hinrich agrees to deal with Chicago Bulls

    Jul 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Back where his career began. You love homecoming stories. Unless you’re one of the fans who turned on him, then you probably hate it. But still! Kirk Hinrich is headed back to the Bulls, via the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson: Hinrich, who spent his first seven seasons with the Bulls, is expected to sign a…

  18. Breaking News: Blake Griffin can still dunk so hard NBA stars freak out

    Jul 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    One thing that is commonly said by reporters covering Team USA, outside of the annoying lack of media access, the joy of being in Vegas long-term, and the long travel hours traipsing the world for exhibitions and the games, there’s usually a level of awe at the amount of talent in one room. Kobe Bryant,…

  19. Camby postpones Heat visit, will meet with Knicks, as Nets come in as dark horse

    Jul 8, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    Remember what we told you about Marcus Camby and the Heat and visiting and maybe a sign-and-trade? Yeah, chill on that. From the Miami Herald: Free agent center Marcus Camby’s scheduled Saturday visit to South Florida to meet with the Heat was postponed Saturday morning because the Heat no longer has its $3.1 million mid…

  20. Serge Ibaka thinks Spain can hang with the U.S.

    Jul 7, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Serge Ibaka doesn’t always know the right thing to say in English. He’s still got a sizable language barrier in terms of his English fluency. So whenever he speaks out on something, like he did about LeBron’s defensea few months ago and then apologized, calling it a mistake, you need to take it with a grain of…

  21. Celtics reach agreement with Jeff Green

    Jul 7, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    The question is “how much?” Regardless of how much the deal is worth, the Celtics have reached an agreement on a deal with Jeff Green via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. The deal is very likely to be a four-year deal, and there are reports of the range being close to $40 million. The Celtics cannot…

  22. Blazers president Larry Miller steps down

    Jul 7, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    trail blazers logo

    Larry Miller lost a power struggle. When Neil Olshey was hired as the new general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers, it was considered to somewhat be a loss for President Larry Miller who was against the hire. Today that process came full circle as Miller stepped down as President of the Blazers. From the…

  23. Ainge refuses comment on Allen rift with Rondo, looks to move forward

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The Boston Globe spoke with Danny Ainge about the departure of Ray Allen. Ainge wouldn’t specifically mention Allen, focusing only on the future because he didn’t want to comment publicly before the July 11th period where teams can actually sign free agents starts. From the Globe (comments excerpted, read the entire post for more context…

  24. Ray Allen joins Miami Heat: No such thing as traitors here

    Jul 7, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    In 2007, Ray Allen had spent five years in Seattle. There were likely kids in Seattle who had Ray Allen jerseys. Sonics fans touted him as a great scorer. The team wasn’t great. But Allen had ties to the Sonics at that point, since coming over in a trade from Milwaukee. Allen didn’t have a…

  25. Camby will still meet with Heat after Allen signing, sign-and-trade possible

    Jul 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    They got LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh. They got Shane Battier. They landed Ray Allen Friday night. The rich could get even richer. Yahoo Sports reports that Marcus Camby will still visit the Miami Heat on Saturday. How on Earth, with the money the Heat have committed, could they possible add Marcus Camby and…

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