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  1. Cavaliers exercise team option on Eyenga

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    EYENGA_CHRISTIAN

    From the AP: CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised their third-year contract option on swingman Christian Eyenga. Eyenga, who averaged 6.9 points as a rookie last season, is under contract with the Cavs through the 2012-13 season. In 44 games last season, the Congo native averaged 2.8 rebounds and 21.5 minutes in 44…

  2. Blazers’ Matthews attempts to rehab ankle

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Matthews celebrates three-point shot against Dallas Mavericks in Portland

    The Oregonian’s Joel Freeman has some surprising news on the health of Blazers guard Wesley Matthews: When Wesley Matthews collapsed to the floor during a fluke post-practice accident in January, he hobbled into the trainer’s room in noticeable pain but was seemingly fine. He started at shooting guard the next night, scoring 26 points in a victory…

  3. Will the Heat run more next season?

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    The Heat Index’s Tom Haberstroh has an interesting article up today wondering whether we’ll see the Miami Heat get out in transition more next season: Over the weekend, Pat Riley lent us a peek into his offseason game plan. Would Erik Spoelstra and the Heat make it a priority to speed things up next season?…

  4. Dwight Howard pokes fun at former teammate Carter

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Vince Carter Planking

    If you’re not familiar with “planking,” it refers to lying face-down on something and having somebody take a picture of you while doing it. It has become a popular meme lately, even among NBA players such as Gilbert Arenas and Dwight Howard. Today, Howard used the “planking” meme to take a jab at former teammate…

  5. Pistons bring in Mike Woodson for second interview

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    Detroit fans want Bill Laimbeer, and other names have been mentioned, but former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson has always been the frontrunner to be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons. Thursday Woodson will be brought in for a second interview with Pistons management, the first guy to get one, according to the Detroit Free…

  6. Heat’s James Jones opts out of contract

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

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    Our own Ira Winderman of the Florida Sun-Sentinel has the story: MIAMI— Saying he merely was looking to “find the best situation for me,” Miami Heat forward James Jonesconfirmed Wednesday to the Sun Sentinel that he has decided to opt out of the 2011-12 season on his contract. Jones, however, stressed that the decision was not in response…

  7. Charlie Bell, Jarrett Jack suspended one game each

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Jarrett Jack of the New Orleans Hornets Charlie Bell of the Golden State Warriors, both of whom were arrested on suspicion of DUI in February and pled no contest to reckless driving charges (in separate incidents), have been suspended one game by the league it was announced Wednesday. Those suspensions will be for the first…

  8. Blazers to keep Oden, extend one-year, $8.8 million offer

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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    The Portland Trail Blazers are not willing to give up on Greg Oden quite yet. The team offered the oft-injured center a one-year, $8.8 million qualifying offer for next season, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo, on twitter. Oden can sign the offer (and well may), but just by offering it the Blazers reserve the right…

  9. In obvious move, Chicago exercises Taj Gibson option

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Bulls' Gibson celebrates after a dunk on the Heat during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    This was about as sure a thing as the next episode of CSI:Miami having overacting. The Chicago Bulls picked up the fourth year option on Taj Gibson, according to CSN Chicago. Gibson is an explosive athlete off the bench for the Bulls who averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season while playing…

  10. Mark Cuban pitches in to help find Dallas rapist

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    It’s an ugly story in amongst all the great things that happened in Dallas around the Mavericks winning their first NBA title — a woman who had gone to a Dallas bar to watch Game 6 was severely beaten and raped walking back to her car after the game. A reward fund was set up…

  11. NBA lockout tour of China being considered by agency

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    NBA players are looking to do things during the lockout other than workout and improve their Halo 3 skills. Well, some of them are, some just want to get better at Halo. Which leads to this interesting note out of the Sports Business Journal (via SLAM): Armed with its star-studded NBA client list, Wasserman Media…

  12. Thunder, Nazr Mohammed agree to one-year extension

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Oklahoma City wants to keep its defensive-minded rotation at center in place. To that end, they have reached a one-year extension with Nazr Mohammed, according to the Oklahoman. Terms of the deal are not public, but as a 13-year veteran you can expect it to be in the $1.5 million to $2 million range. At…

  13. Kevin Durant, union rep for the Thunder, unaware of CBA expiration date

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

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    Well, this is awkward. Kevin Durant is supposed to be the union representative for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Each team typically has a primary and an alternate player rep, and Durant is listed as the primary for his club on the NBAPA’s website. In this time of intense labor negotiations and with a lockout almost…

  14. Bosh finds way to disappoint with Vegas bachelor party

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Chris Bosh got a bad rap this season. People tried to paint him as a third wheel and a disappointment, but he had worked hard to find his groove with the Miami Heat (his scoring took a step back, but what did you really expect with those teammates?). When they needed him to step up…

  15. Is there any chance a lockout can be avoided? No, not really.

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    NBA commissioner and seemingly all-powerful deity David Stern said Tuesday after the owners meeting that there was still time to avoid an NBA lockout starting Friday. NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter said that if real progress was made during a last-ditch meeting between the owners and players Thursday, the owners might well postpone…

  16. Raptors pick Valanciunas dominates USA in under-19 game

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Scouts who had seen Jonas Valanciunas raved about him as maybe the player with the highest ceiling in this draft (or at least the guy most likely to reach a high ceiling of all the Europeans in the draft). Fans? Not sold at all. Plenty read the name and thought the Raptors just drafted a…

  17. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Dirk Nowtizki in Legos. We told you yesterday about the Atlanta Hawks hosting a pre-lockout free agent mini-camp. The Lakers and Suns are doing the same thing. A look back at the last NBA season in graphic form. The draft may have put a number of veterans around the league on notice their jobs are…

  18. Just in time for a lockout, NBA to offer official champagne

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    When you are ready to celebrate the lockout starting, pop open a bottle of the new official NBA champagne! In what may be the worst timing ever for a league generally pretty good at that with marketing, the NBA has a new league-sanctioned champagne about to come out. Seriously. NBA champagne. Because there is a…

  19. Pistons GM Dumars has “sense of freedom” with new owner

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons Introduce John Kuester

    It became clear within the last year (maybe before that really, but let’s not go there now) that it was time to break up the Detroit Pistons and start to rebuild. The roster that at one point was an Eastern Conference Finals fixture had been caught by father time. But general manager Joe Dumars’ hands…

  20. Video: See Dirk Nowitzki celebrated in his home town

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    Dirk Nowitzki still not particularly good at singing “We are the Champions” but nobody in Wurzburg, Germany, really cares. Wurzburg is Nowitzki’s home town and they threw a parade and party in his honor Tuesday for winning an NBA title. The crowd in the town square is totally into it, chanting MVP and singing along. Probably singing…

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