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  1. Wizards like what they see in Beal, want him more aggressive

    Jul 23, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal, Ernie Grunfeld, Randy Wittman

    Bradley Beal played well in the Las Vegas Summer League, well enough to make the all Summer League Team and averaged 17.6 points per game. I saw him a couple times and he had a nice way of letting the game come to him, he was trying to find his range on his shot (30…

  2. Deron Williams says last season his toughest “by far”

    Jul 23, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Basically Deron Williams has confirmed what we all already knew — it sucked to be a New Jersey Net last year. There was the 22-44 record (that’s a lot of losing). There’s being a lame duck team in the last year in New Jersey, where fans became indifferent. There were the constantly swirling trade rumors.…

  3. Dwight Howard silly season opens up. The Thunder? Will not happen.

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    With all Dwight Howard trade action — to the Rockets, to the Lakers in a three-team deal with Cleveland, to anyone — in a holding pattern, speculation is starting to run wild. Not rumors. Not “hey, GM X talked to the Magic to put in a bid.” But rather random, rampant speculation from the media…

  4. Report: Ronny Turiaf could play next season for Real Madrid

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Turiaf dunks ball during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    We were all a little surprised when Ronny Turiaf turned down his player option with the Heat and become a free agent. So where does he land? There are worse places to go than Madrid. European power Real Madrid is in the running, according to a report out of Spain (via Hoopshype): Turiaf likely is…

  5. Report: Derrick Rose out until likely March; Bulls close to Belinelli deal

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Bulls’ management will deny it, but this entire summer in Chicago felt like the Bulls have written next season off and will target 2013-14. And maybe beyond that. The Bulls are about to make a deal for Marco Belinelli — the shooting guard with a sweet three-point stroke who played for the Hornets last year…

  6. The Inbounds: How Danny Ainge created the FrankenCeltics monster

    Jul 23, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. As Boston entered last year’s playoffs, they were favored against the Hawks. The biggest reason for that, despite what anyone…

  7. Damian Lillard, Tobias Harris among the NBA Summer League standouts

    Jul 23, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

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    LAS VEGAS — The NBA Summer League unfortunately came to a close on Sunday night, ending a week and a half of wonderful basketball being played on the UNLV campus. Okay, so not all of the basketball was necessarily wonderful … but there were some players that helped themselves out quite a bit while spending…

  8. Andrew Bogut tweets good news/bad news about ankle

    Jul 23, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    If everyone is healthy next year, the Golden State Warriors should be entertaining and even a playoff team in the West. But that’s a big if since they are counting on Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut, two guys who have been injured a lot the past couple seasons, to return to form. You can argue…

  9. Video: USA vs. Argentina highlights

    Jul 23, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Bryant and James of Team USA react during their men's exhibition basketball game against Team Argentina ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona

    If you only watched the first quarter of this game, you would have thought the United States was on its way to a cakewalk win. Kevin Durant had 27 points, Kobe Bryant 18 and the USA raced out to a 19-3 lead, hitting their first seven shots of the game. But it’s not that simple…

  10. Report: Tom Penn in lead to become new Philadelphia GM

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    tom penn

    You know Tom Penn as the cap guru and former right hand man of Kevin Pritchard in Portland when they were making smart moves. Or maybe you know him as the ESPN television personality who provided some insights into front office thinking for that network after the Trail Blazers let him go. Now you may…

  11. Adam Morrison earned MVP chants on final day of NBA Summer League

    Jul 22, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT

    adam morrison

    LAS VEGAS — The NBA Summer League has unfortunately come to a close after ten wonderful days in a location that some refer to as Sin City. Fortunately it went out with a bang, though — complete with requisite MVP chants for Adam Morrison. The league’s actual MVP honors went to Portland Trail Blazers rookie…

  12. Report: Magic coaching search down to three candidates

    Jul 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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    The Orlando Sentinel reports that the search for the next Orlando Magic head coach is down to three candidates: Magic general manager Rob Hennigan conducted first-round interviews with six candidates and whittled the field down to three: Philadelphia 76ers associate head coach Michael Curry, Phoenix Suns player development coach Lindsey Hunter and (Spurs assistant coach)…

  13. Are the Heat frontrunners for Darko?

    Jul 22, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Brendan Haywood, Darko Milicic

    Our own Ira Winderman reports that with the Bulls opting to sign center Nazr Mohammed as their replacement for Omer Asik (likely on his way to Houston with the Bulls not matching his $25 million offer sheet), the Heat could be in position to form something great. Something tremendous. Something unexpected. They could be forming…

  14. USA has to work for win over Argentina. Just a reminder gold will not come easily.

    Jul 22, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Kevin Durant challenges Argentina's Luis A. Scola during exhibition game in Barcelona

    Team USA was back in Barcelona, wearing 1992 Dream Team throwback jerseys, which led to another round of the Dream Team vs. 2012 team talk. But the 2012 version of Team USA having to work for an 86-80 win Sunday over Argentina in an Olympics tune-up shows why comparing the two eras is hard (and…

  15. The most ridiculous game of hide-and-go-seek ever committed in Vegas. Twice.

    Jul 22, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    We really need to cover this. Because it’s hilarious. So there’s this weird thing going on in free agency. For restricted free agents, here’s the process. Qualifying offer tendered, rendering the player a restricted free agent. The player is free to negotiate an offer sheet with any team in the league, and sign it. If…

  16. Report: Celtics to sign Jason Collins, bench no longer complete disaster

    Jul 22, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    ESPN Boston reports that the Celtics are set to sign free agent center Jason Collins to a veteran-minimum deal. The 33-year-old Collins appeared in just 30 games last season for the Atlanta Hawks. Billed as the “Dwight Stopper,” Collins isn’t an elite defender but among veteran centers, he’s nothing to sneeze at. He’s able to…

  17. Team USA starts real tests with Argentina on Sunday

    Jul 22, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    manu-ginobili-argentina-fiba-americas-championship

    Every NFL fan knows you can’t predict what the New Orleans Saints season will be like based on their Aug. 5 Hall of Fame game performance (vs. the Cardinals). Along the same line, it’s hard to infer what will happen when the games matter by watching Team USA’s pre-Olympics tune-ups. We’re left making projections based…

  18. Video: Brandon Roy takes another step towards return with Seattle Pro-Am appearance

    Jul 22, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy‘s trip back to basketball relevance is a process. It won’t come over night and its apex is somewhere dramatically short of the career ceiling he had as an NBA star, which would have included the Hall of Fame. Now it’s more “capable role player who can contribute,” but there are still steps to…

  19. Reports: Bulls likely to sign Nazr Mohammed, paving way for Asik to head to Rockets

    Jul 22, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Peter Vecsey and ESPN Chicago report that the Bulls are “on the verge” of signing veteran C Nazr Mohammed. The big ramification of this is it signals the Bulls do not intend to match the three-year, $25 million offer sheet from the Houston Rockets for big man Omer Asik, clearing the way for Asik to…

  20. Wes Johnson found his touch Saturday at NBA Summer League

    Jul 22, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT

    wes johnson

    LAS VEGAS — To put it nicely, Wes Johnson was a bit underwhelming last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. That wasn’t the case on Saturday night inside Cox Pavilion, however, as the former fourth overall pick put together quite the performance against the NBA D-League Select team in lovely Las Vegas. The wing player has…

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