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  1. Video: Guy makes LeBron James balloon sculpture. Really.

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James takes a break during a stoppage in play in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA finals in Miami

    Well, you don’t see that everyday. As a man with young daughters, I’m more familiar with balloon sculptures than I care to be, and frankly people who are good at it build impressive things. And I will say — building a life-size LeBron James out of balloons is an impressive feat. BYU student Joel Zae…

  2. Report: Kirk Hinrich now Bulls top target… not that thrilling

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

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    If Bulls fans were hoping to see their team get in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes or go after some other big name free agent, we’re sorry. Sounds like the Bulls are going to wait for Derrick Rose to heal and stay with the guys they have pretty much, if this tweet from the reliable K.C.…

  3. Ray Allen chase involves Celtics, Heat, Clippers, Grizzlies

    Jul 3, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Ray Allen, Nick Young

    Ray Allen may be 36 and have to have off-season ankle surgery after fighting through bone spurs all playoffs long, but that’s not slowing teams down much. The chase for Ray Allen seems to be a four team race, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com — Boston, Memphis, Clippers, Miami. It really comes down to what…

  4. Report: Suns offer Steve Nash $6 mill a year for just two years

    Jul 3, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    If true, can Steve Nash look at this as anything other than disrespect? Not that he was headed back to Phoenix anyway, but Paul Cavlvisi of KSTAR radio in Phoenix reports the Suns offer is two years, $6 million per year. (Via IamaGM.com). Take that with a grain of salt. But the two years thing…

  5. Report: Magic, Nets in talks to send Dwight Howard to Brooklyn

    Jul 3, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Twenty-four hours ago it looked like the Nets were moving on from Dwight Howard, but things change fast in free agency. I say change fast because a version of this deal wasn’t good enough for Orlando at last year’s trade deadline and even recently we heard the sides were far apart, but suddenly everything has…

  6. Clippers ready offers to Jamal Crawford, Chauncey Billups

    Jul 3, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    The Clippers need a two guard who can help them diversify their offense (we saw what happened when the Spurs stifled Chris Paul in the playoffs, it wasn’t pretty). Jamal Crawford can do that, even if last year’s Crawford should not be confused with the Sixth Man of the Year version. On another note, Paul…

  7. Well, now what Dwight Howard? Report says maybe Mavs.

    Jul 3, 2012, 2:34 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    I’ll say this for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony — it wasn’t pretty and drew the wrath of many upon them, but they ended up where they wanted to go. Dwight Howard is struggling with that. His plan to end up on the Brooklyn Nets — already a public relations disaster as he disavows saying…

  8. Kobe, LeBron lead list of nine who secured berths on Team USA

    Jul 2, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There are no surprises — did you think Kobe Bryant or LeBron James were going to be left off the team? —  but now we know nine of the 12 players who will represent the United States in the London Olympic basketball tournament. USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo laid it out for Chris Tomasson of…

  9. Report: Free agent Marcus Camby looking at six teams

    Jul 2, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    Marcus Camby is a big who can block shots in the paint, knock down the midrange jumper and play smart. There is real value in that. Which is why there are a lot of teams interested in him. He’s narrowed down his list down tow six, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. The unrestricted free-agent center,…

  10. Long shot Odom pulls self out of Olympic consideration; Lin leaves USA Select Team

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival  Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    He was a long shot anyway after the disaster of a season he just had, but Lamar Odom — who had an invite to Team USA Training Camp — is dropping out of consideration. Via the only other national media member that went to my high school, ESPNLosAngeles’ Arash Markazi, on twitter: Lamar Odom tells…

  11. Report: Jazz trade Devin Harris to Hawks for Marvin Williams

    Jul 2, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Utah Jazz - Game Three

    The Hawks have added another point guard to the mix — they have traded for Devin Harris from Utah, sending Marvin Williams back to the Jazz, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. This comes on the heels of Atlanta shipping out All-Star Joe Johnson and his anchor of a contract for a bevy of players. Hawks…

  12. Monday And-1 links: Free agency odds/ends edition

    Jul 2, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. Today, lots of free agency stuff. • Michael Jordan’s son Marcus, who plays college…

  13. Joe Johnson trade to Nets nearly complete, Brooklyn out of Dwight Howard chase

    Jul 2, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The Nets seem to be thinking about having an interesting team to open the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn with next season, the years beyond that be damned. And Dwight Howard be damned. He has said Brooklyn is the place he wants to be but when this trade for Joe Johnson goes through they would be…

  14. You can now own the ultimate Thundermobile. If you want.

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Thunder car

    You were probably thinking this morning, “What would be the most Thunder kind of car ever?” Here’s your answer, see the photo to the right (and below). That is a 1996 Suzuki X-90 completely Thundered-out by Oklahoma City’s own Drew Hooper. Who apparently said to himself one day, “I want a car with a picture…

  15. Undrafted Kevin Jones inks partially guaranteed deal with Cavs

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Kevin Jones, Gary Browne

    West Virginia’s Kevin Jones made my list of guys who didn’t get drafted but should have been. However, he is going to get a chance to make an NBA squad — the Cavaliers have signed him to a partially guaranteed deal, reports Adam Zagoria. What that means is he will play Summer League and likely…

  16. Brandon Bass has offers from six teams besides Celtics

    Jul 2, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Brandon Bass proved to be a huge upgrade for Boston over Glen Davis last season. By bringing consistent, professional effort nightly for one reason. In the playoffs his midrange game and timely cuts to the basket were a perfect fit in the Celtics offense. But as comes with success, the price of keeping the band…

  17. Report: Rockets, Lakers among teams interested in Dragic

    Jul 2, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    Rodrigue Beaubois, Goran Dragic

    When Kyle Lowry went down last season in Houston, backup point guard Goran Dragic stepped up and the Rockets barely missed a beat. Do that in a contract year and you get paid… even if you’re not going to get paid as much as you think you should. Then again, who among us does get…

  18. George Hill agrees to five-year deal to stay with Pacers

    Jul 2, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' Hill dribbles against Miami Heat's Chalmers during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Indianapolis

    When you have a good young team, keep them together. That is what is going on in Indiana, where along those lines they have agreed to terms with George Hill on a new five-year deal, tweets Mike Wells of the Indy Star. Terms of the deal are not yet known. So we can wait to…

  19. Report: Anthony Davis severely sprains ankle, out of Olympics

    Jul 2, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Draft Hornets Basketball

    And Team USA loses another potential big man for the roster. Recent No. 1 pick Anthony Davis severely sprained his ankle in a workout for the Hornets, which leaves him very unlikely to be ready when USA Basketball opens training camp Friday (July 6) in Las Vegas and he is now out for the games,…

  20. So maybe Jeremy Lin isn’t a total lock to return to Knicks

    Jul 2, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    It’s been the conventional wisdom around the league that Jeremy Lin would return to Knicks. They can match the $5 million any team could offer him next season and he is worth considerably more than that, somewhat on the court but more in terms of ticket sales, sponsors and marketing. He’s a steal at that…

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