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  1. Dion Waiters shows he’s got some work to do after Summer League debut

    Jul 16, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters Summer League

    LAS VEGAS — The image you should take away of Cleveland’s Dion Waiters from his Summer League debut is him standing out by the arc, waiving his arm calling for the ball. Or maybe it is the image of him getting the inbound pass with his team down one and 3.9 seconds left in the…

  2. Report: Grant Hill leaning toward signing with Lakers

    Jul 16, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    When they brought in Steve Nash, the Lakers pushed their chips into the middle of the table to go after the title in the next couple of years. If you’re going that route, you don’t want rookies rounding out the squad, you want reliable veterans on your roster. Say for example, Grant Hill. Nash said…

  3. Brazil provides big test for Team USA Monday. Literally big.

    Jul 16, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler

    It is the one weakness for Team USA — after Tyson Chandler there are no other true centers on the USA Basketball roster due to injuries. In The USA’s first game, against the Dominican Republic, coach Mike Krzyzewski tried Kevin Love, LeBron James and seemingly everyone but Chris Paul at the five spot. The Dominicans…

  4. Sixers Silas undergoes facial surgery after Summer League fall

    Jul 16, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Xavier Silas

    It was the final day of the Orlando Summer League and Xavier Silas — an end of season call up by Philadelphia who was getting another look — was defending a point guard on the drive when center Solomon Jones came over for the block and elbowed Silas in the face accidentally. Silas suffered serious…

  5. Kobe Bryant opens up about how rape charges changed him

    Jul 16, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    It is the fork in the road for the public perception of Kobe Bryant. Back in 2003 he was charged with sexual assault of a hotel employee in Eagle, Colorado (where he had been for knee surgery). Kobe admitted infidelity in his marriage but denied this was a sexual assault. Eventually the charges were dismissed…

  6. Ray Allen takes out newspaper ad to thank Celtics fans

    Jul 16, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen knows full well that the next time he steps on the parquet in Boston he is going to get booed — he broke up Boston’s “big four” to join the rival Miami Heat. But Allen is trying to be classy about it and took out a full-page ad in the Sunday Boston Globe…

  7. Heat, Clippers to play two preseason games in China

    Jul 16, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade speak during a time out during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against New York Knicks in Miami

    Love them or hate them, the Miami Heat are the NBA’s biggest attraction right now. So the league is sending them to the world’s most populous country. The Heat and Clippers will play two exhibition preseason games and some other publicity stops in China before the start of next season, reports Ira Winderman of the…

  8. Knicks “probably” will not match Jeremy Lin offer

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

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

    Like seemingly all things in this latest Jeremy Lin odyssey, nothing is complete until the deadline is past. Up until then nothing should surprise us. But it looks more and more like Lin will be a Rocket next year. Multiple outlets are reporting the Knicks are leaning toward (or some say flat out) not matching…

  9. Toronto to trade James Johnson to Sacramento for pick

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    James Johnson Raptors

    The Kings have picked up a good wing defender who can give them some solid if not spectacular minutes, and do so at a good price. The Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade James Johnson to the Sacramento Kings for a second round pick, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Other reports have confirmed this and…

  10. The Inbounds: The new Brooklyn Empire and the Crown of Relevance

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets logo

    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. Sometime last Wednesday, after yet another round on Twitter battling the Brooklyn faithful (and they are a faithful lot for…

  11. Are NBA teams giving out “foolish” contracts? Yes. Lockout couldn’t stop that.

    Jul 16, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    NBA fans are shaking their heads when they see Jeremy Lin about to get $25 million over three years. Or when they see Brook Lopez getting a max contract. Or JaVale McGee not signing a $50 million deal while seeking more. Or countless more deals since the start of free agency. Fans thinking pretty much…

  12. NBA Summer League: Where Chris Copeland comes to shine

    Jul 16, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    chris copeland

    The NBA Summer League season continued on Sunday with seven more games of players looking to reach the next level by way of a couple solid exhibition games in lovely Las Vegas. It doesn’t seem like anyone is a can’t miss signee quite yet, but the odds began to favor a few players that have…

  13. It’s decision time in Portland, Batum signs Minnesota offer

    Jul 15, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Minnesota tried. They really tried to convince Portland to do a sign-and-trade for Nicolas Batum. They dragged the entire process out as long as they could. Portland wouldn’t play along — so now it’s time to write a big check or move on. It’s decision time. Finally Sunday night Portland has been given Minnesota’s four-year,…

  14. J.R. Smith suggests Lin contract would not go over well in Knicks locker room

    Jul 15, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    There’s a real question now whether the Knicks will match the Jeremy Lin offer sheet from Houston, a three-year, $25 million offer. They have until Tuesday to decide. On one hand there is the fact Lin is not worth that much, he’s really not worth the $14.2 million he makes the third year of the…

  15. Shaw, Malone both pull out of Magic coaching search

    Jul 15, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    It looks more and more like the rumor that Jacque Vaughn is the frontrunner for the Magic head coaching job is a lot more realty than gossip. Both Brian Shaw and Mike Malone — the first two guys interviewed for the job — have pulled their names out of consideration. Shaw, the former Phil Jackson…

  16. Suns win bidding war for Luis Scola; amnesty Childress

    Jul 15, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Luis Scola

    Channing Frye and Markieff Morris, your minutes have been put on notice. The Phoenix Suns have won the amnesty bidding war for Luis Scola, teams around the league have been told, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Scola was amnestied by the Houston Rockets as part of Daryl Morey’s quixotic quest for Dwight Howard. The Suns…

  17. Bulls shopping Rip Hamilton? That was fast.

    Jul 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Rip Hamilton

    Eight months ago, Rip Hamilton was going to be the difference maker for the Bulls. He would be the scoring guard that provided them with the offense they needed to put the whole package together. It was all set. Then everything fell apart. Hamilton was rarely healthy during the regular season, and just when he…

  18. Carmelo Anthony calls contract offer for Jeremy Lin ‘ridiculous’

    Jul 15, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    Want to stress this up front as much as possible. Carmelo Anthony is not talking about Jeremy Lin‘s game, or how good he is as a player. Every comment Melo has ever made about Lin has been that he is a promising young player who can help the team win. This is not Carmelo Anthony…

  19. Report: Jason Kidd arrested on DWI charge

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Well, hey, the good news is that no one drives in New York. Patch.com out of South Hampton reports that Knicks PG Jason Kidd was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of drunk driving. Details are still emerging, but Southampton Town police confirmed that the basketball star was arrested during the midnight shift. Kidd, 39,…

  20. Deron Williams wants no part of the Dream Team vs. 2012 debate

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    US Roster Basketball

    It’s easy to get sucked up into the debate. It’s compelling, right? The best team arguably ever assembled, but held up in spite of the vast differential in athleticism, conditioning, and speed of the game. The modern team held up as a contradictory juxtaposition, a contrarian’s dream, with Kobe, LeBron, and KD at the forefront.…

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