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  1. Kings to make a play for Aaron Brooks?

    Jun 26, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    One of the big questions after the Kings’ draft-day moves was “Who is going to get the ball to all these guys?” They traded for John Salmons (21% usage)  to go with Marcus Thornton (25% usage), and Tyreke Evans (25 percent usage), then drafted Jimmer Fredette, who’s not a playmaker and who’s biggest contribution is…

  2. Report: Wolves targeted Coach K for coaching position until they remembered they’re the Wolves

    Jun 26, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Michigan v Duke

    It’s not like they’re going to have trouble getting a coach. Any head coaching position will draw interest, and will draw qualified candidates. There are only 30 NBA head coaching jobs, so most people if offered one will take it, no matter the circumstances. But the Minnesota Timberwolves are damaging their future ability to get qualified…

  3. Sacramento is very excited for the young man who John Salmons will be stealing shots from

    Jun 25, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Fredette stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Bucks as the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    I’m starting to feel like Jimmer Fredette is the NBA equivalent of “Snakes on a Plane.” You either get it and think it’s completely awesome, or you don’t, and think it’s completely stupid. Sacramento Kings fans? Well, they’re much like the Alamo Drafthouse Theater in Austin where I saw the opening of “Snakes on a…

  4. Leandro Barbosa is sticking around for another year

    Jun 25, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    With Leandro Barbosa facing an option for the 2011-2012 season, there was talk the Brazilian speedster might head back home in the event of a lockout, calling it quits in the NBA with his quickness fading due to wear and tear. Turns out that’s not the case, as the London Free Press reports: Toronto Raptors…

  5. Collins says Iguodala not being shopped; pair to meet

    Jun 25, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Doug Collin’s is doing what a lot of NBA coaches are doing right now — flying all over the country, racking up healthy cell phone minutes talking to the players on their roster. They talk about offseason workouts, parts of their game to focus on. Because starting next Friday — when the lockout almost certainly…

  6. Lockout impacts Wade’s involvement in huge charity event, Zo’s Summer Groove

    Jun 25, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Summer Groove All-Star Basketball Game

    This year marks the 15th anniversary of “Zo’s Summer Groove,” an annual massive charity weekend held in Miami, started by Alonzo Mourning. Of the incredible number of charity works put on by NBA players and their reps (and no kidding, for every arrest or stupid thing a player says there are about seventeen great charity…

  7. Mike D’Antoni says Iman Shumpert can guard Rose, Wade, or LeBron… or did he?

    Jun 25, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    Here’s a nice quote from Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni about first round pick Iman Shumpert that’s going to get misconstrued all over the place. From ESPN.com via IamaGm.com: “He has the athletic ability to guard a Derrick Rose or a Dwyane Wade or a LeBron James,” D’Antoni said Friday. via New York Knicks’ Mike D’Antoni…

  8. Video: An extremely hyper Dwyane Wade has a message for whoever hacked him online

    Jun 25, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade has had a busy month. Playing in (and, yes, losing) the NBA finals, traveling to Milan and Paris for what is apparently a series of fashion appearances, promoting his usual charity work, and apparently, dealing with a hacker. A deleted tweet mentioned that his e-mail had been hacked recently, and now a video…

  9. LRMR is back in with the Cavaliers

    Jun 25, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    Tristan Thompson

    LRMR has become kind of like C.O.B.R.A. from “G.I. Joe” to people. You don’t know what they do or how they work, exactly, you just know that they’re the bad guys. The marketing firm built around LeBron James and his brand are synonymous with the talk about how players care too much about their brand, and…

  10. Three biggest surprises of the NBA Draft

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    Tristan Thompson

    There are always a few surprises, like that guy you drafted you thought was 21 turns out to be 26. Funny, but really that mistake by the Timberwolves was moot because Tanguy Ngombo was never going to play in the NBA. But there were some surprises when the picks still mattered. Here are the three…

  11. Scottie Pippen does not think LeBron is better than Michael Jordan

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Chicago Bulls

    After the Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls in five games behind some incredible offensive, defensive, and crunch-time performances by LeBron James, former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen went on the radio and said that he believes LeBron “may be the greatest player to ever play the game.” A few weeks after LeBron folded in the…

  12. NBA Draft draws highest rating in 15 years

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Here’s an interesting bit from CNBC’s Darren Rovell: Nielsen: NBA Draft averages 3.2 million viewers, highest NBA draft rating in 15 years. Impressive given lack of stars. Even though the Heat weren’t involved in any way, the NBA continued to break previous ratings records. Just another sign that the NBA is heading into a lockout…

  13. Sargent: Ryan Hollins picks up player option

    Jun 24, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

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    This comes from Waiting For Next Year’s Scott Sargent: Source tells WFNY that Ryan Hollins has picked up his $2.5mm player option and will be with the #Cavs next season. The 7-foot Hollins appeared in 70 games for the Cavaliers last season, and averaged 5.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.8 fouls  in 17 minutes per game. The…

  14. Raptors, Valanciunas reach buyout agreement

    Jun 24, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

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    Via The National Post’s Eric Koreen: A source with knowledge of the negotiations confirms #Raptors reach buyout agreement with Lietuvos for Valanciunas. He joins TO in 12-13. Valanciunas was projected as a top-five pick in the weeks leading to the draft, but news that a buyout agreement would keep him from playing in the NBA for at…

  15. Heat’s Riley expects Ilgauskas, Jones, and House to return

    Jun 24, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

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    According to multiple sources, Heat president Pat Riley said earlier today that he expects veteran swingman James Jones and veteran guard Eddie House to pick up their player options for next season, which are worth a combined $2.66 million next season. Riley also said that he expects veteran center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who has already picked…

  16. Mike Miller undergoes surgery on left thumb

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Our own Ira Winderman has the report: MIAMI— Miami Heat forward Mike Miller is recovering from surgery for a ruptured tendon in his left thumb. Miller was injured during the latter stages of the regular season, finishing the postseason in protective bracing on his non-shooting hand. Miller sustained a similar injury to his right thumb…

  17. Mark Jackson thinks Jeremy Tyler can contribute right away

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

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    If top high-school prospect Jeremy Tyler had played all of his cards right over the last two years, he could easily have been a top-5 pick in last night’s draft. Instead, he skipped his senior year of high school, had a disastrous stint with a pro team in Isreal, and was most recently playing for…

  18. 21-year-old Timberwolves draft pick Ngombo is actually 26

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

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    It’s hard for a 57th overall pick to make headlines less than 24 hours after being drafted, but Timberwolves draft pick Tanguay Ngombo has managed to do that for all the wrong reasons. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express made the discovery: Uh-oh, looks like our guy T’Wolves draft pick Tanguy Ngombo has been busted for…

  19. Biyombo says current contract buyout a non-issue

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo

    In the run-up to the draft, there were a lot of questions about Bismack Biyombo’s buyout from his Spanish club, and if that was going to happen (or was going to be decided by the Spanish courts). In meeting with the Charlotte Bobcat media on Friday, Biyombo said that the buyout was not going to…

  20. Patrick Ewing to interview for Pistons head coaching job

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Up until now, Kim Hughes — the interim coach with the Los Angeles Clippers before Vinny Del Negro was hired — was the tallest NBA coach I remember seeing. A former NBA player, he is a legit 6’10’. But if the Detroit Pistons hire Orlando assistant Patrick Ewing, all bets are off. And Ewing will…

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