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  1. Winderman: Max contracts and amnesty, have the owners learned anything?

    Jul 12, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    With Elton Brand about to come off the market and Luis Scola about to go on the market, we’re reminded of why there is an NBA amnesty process in the first place: because of large-scale contracts that were shortsighted. And then we have Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert and Eric Gordon getting maximum-scale offers this summer…

  2. Report: Rockets to amnesty Luis Scola

    Jul 12, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Luis Scola

    Rockets general manager continues to be very aggressive, trying to break out of the mediocre rut Houston has been stuck in. In a league where quality big men are at a premium, the Rockets are going to use their amnesty clause to cut loose Luis Scola and his three-years, $31 million remaining, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

  3. Bobcats cut Augustin loose, Pacers sign him to deal

    Jul 12, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Darko Milicic

    So Indiana just traded Darren Collison then paid $1 million a year more to have D.J. Augustin backup George Hill? Interesting decision. But that’s what the Pacers have done (and got backup center Ian Mahinmi in the process). Here’s how it went down. On Wednesday the Pacers traded Collison to Dallas for Mahinmi. On Thursday,…

  4. Sloan interviews, pulls name out of Blazers coaching search

    Jul 12, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    That was over before it started. Which is good, because Paul Allen and Jerry Sloan? Train wreck. Jerry Sloan interviewed for the Trail Blazers open head coaching position but has decided to pull out, reports Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. Jerry Sloan on Portland: “I talked to them yesterday. But it just didn’t work…

  5. Lee, Mayo Timberwolves targets after Batum offer matched

    Jul 12, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bynum

    Minnesota used its amnesty provision on Darko Milicic, they are about to buy out Brad Miller and Martell Webster. They have cleared the way to make a big four-year, $45 million offer sheet to Portland’s Nicolas Batum. They tried to pressure Portland into a trade and that didn’t work, so they are going to call…

  6. Brendan Haywood amnestied by Dallas Mavericks

    Jul 12, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

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

    It was going to happen eventually, the only question is would it happen this year or next. The answer is this. The Dallas Mavericks have amnestied center Brendan Haywood, Marc Stein reports at ESPN. The big man was owed $35 million over four more years. Haywood now goes into a special waiver wire where for…

  7. Bobcats reach deal with point guard Ramon Sessions

    Jul 12, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    The lowly Bobcats just got better. The Bobcats have come to terms on a deal for point guard Ramon Sessions, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports and the Charlotte Observer. This is a good move, it gives the Bobcats a more known, steady entity to pair with Kemba Walker at the point. Sessions is…

  8. Blake Griffin twists knee in USA scrimmage, getting MRI

    Jul 12, 2012, 2:02 PM 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

    This is not good, but hopefully not that severe. Blake Griffin has left Team USA to return to Los Angeles and get an MRI on his knee after tweaking it in Wednesday’s Team USA scrimmage, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The severity of the injury is not yet known.…

  9. Jordan laughs at idea current Olympic team could challenge Dream Team

    Jul 12, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    1992-dreamteam

    Just like Charles Barkley… what did you really expect Michael Jordan to say? We’ve told you Kobe Bryant said he thought this current team could beat the Dream Team (because guys like Magic and Bird were at the end of their careers), that Mike Krzyzewski (who was an assistant coach in 1992) didn’t blow the…

  10. Shaq’s got a new television show, it sounds awful

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    There is going to be more Shaquille O’Neal on your television. Sorry, there is nothing we can do to stop it. Just don’t watch it and hopefully it goes away fast. Shaq has a new show that has been green lit, according to the Hollywood Reporter (via SLAM). TruTV has greenlighted “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal,”…

  11. Team USA ready to begin track meet to London against Dominican Republic

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    US Roster Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Any good coach plays to the strengths of the guys on his roster. And Mike Krzyzewski is a very good coach. He looks at a roster of elite players entering their peak, a roster deep with great athletes no other team in the world could match. He and assistant coach Mike D’Antoni…

  12. Barkley said what you did: Dream Team would beat current Team USA

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Charles Barkley Team USA Dream Team

    What did you think Charles Barkley was going to say? Pretty much what most of you did in the comments on this site yesterday — you’ll take the original 1992 Dream Team over this year’s Team USA. Barkley was a key part of the original Dream Team, and he’s not exactly soft-spoken, so you knew…

  13. Report: Timberwolves to amnesty Darko Milicic

    Jul 12, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko is free! Well, kind of. The Minnesota Timberwolves are about to amnesty Darko Milicic, reports Ric Bucher of ESPN. The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to amnesty center Darko Milicic in order to give an offer sheet to Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent Nicolas Batum, a league source says. Milicic has two years and $10…

  14. Woodson: Lin will start at point, Kidd will come off bench

    Jul 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Knicks guard Lin celebrates after his long pass hit Knicks forward Stoudemire for a layup against the Cavaliers in New York

    Jeremy Lin, the job is yours to lose. When the Knicks inked a deal with soon-to-be 40 Jason Kidd, it was assumed by many that he would play the same role he did in Dallas — Kidd would start, play key stretches of the game, but have limited minutes. That’s not what New York coach…

  15. Report: Bobcats target Sessions, Haywood in free agency

    Jul 12, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

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

    The Bobcats have some holes to fill on their roster. Stop with the joke about 15 holes, it’s too easy. They are trying to build, but in the short term they need to put together a roster that is less embarrassing than the one that rolled out there last season. So they are targeting a…

  16. Report: Moving on from Howard deal, Nets still shopping Brooks

    Jul 12, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    MarShon Brooks, Shannon Brown

    Anyone surprised that the Nets’ house of cards trade efforts to land Dwight Howard fell apart wasn’t watching closely the past year. Yes, it got closer this time around, but it took two other teams and 11 players — many on sign-and-trade deals — all to agree just to get it that close. It was…

  17. Kobe Bryant talks Andrew Bynum, DeMarcus Cousins

    Jul 12, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Bryant reaches for a ball while being guarded by Irving during the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS — As the elder statesman of Team USA — but you probably don’t want to call him that to his face — Kobe Bryant seems to get a lot of questions about the state of the team and his thoughts on other players from the media at USA Basketball practices. He had a…

  18. Elton Brand hopes Mavericks claim him off waivers

    Jul 12, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Elton Brand

    For a veteran like Elton Brand, the process of being amnestied is unnerving — he has lost control of where he will play basketball next season. The Philadelphia 76ers used the amnesty clause on him to get the $18 million he is owed off their books (he still gets paid, it just doesn’t count against…

  19. Report: Pacers to offer Gerald Green three-year contract

    Jul 11, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Gerald Green, Kris Humphries

    This would be a big bet on what could be. It would also make the Pacers the most dunktastic team east of the Clippers. The Indiana Pacers are going after Gerald Green, reports Mike Wells of the Indy Star. Pacers are expected to offer Gerald Green a 3-yr, $10 million contract. While Green is known…

  20. J.J. Hickson agrees to one-year deal to stay in Portland

    Jul 11, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Boris Diaw,  J.J. Hickson

    J.J. Hickson had his best season as a pro last year in Portland, there were moments you started to see the promise he showed next to LeBron James back in Cleveland. So the Trail Blazers are going to keep him for another year. Hickson has agreed to a one-year deal with Portland, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

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