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  1. If you’re a free agent, do you play pickup during lockout?

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:25 PM EST

    Shane Battier Memphis Grizzlies

    Shane Battier is a free agent and he’s going to have options. The Memphis Grizzlies want him back as they try to relive their magical run. There are teams like the Clippers that could really use a three with his skillset. If you can defend — and Battier can — you have a place in…

  2. Timberwolves may get to keep 26-year-old draft pick

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

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    This will likely be the last time Tanguy Ngombo will ever be mentioned on this blog. Because the No. 57 pick (third from last) in the NBA Draft will never suit up for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But Ngombo made some headlines the day after because some records showed that the player out of the league…

  3. NBA franchise values, where some owners can make bank

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:59 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    It’s one thing left out of the calculations on whether an NBA owner is making money on his franchise — the money he makes on the worth of the franchise. It’s complex, it’s changing, but the fact remains that a lot of NBA owners have already made tons of money on their teams because what…

  4. On Deron Williams and the NBA players who likely won’t be following him overseas

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

    Deron-Williams

    Deron Williams, in his decision to suit up for the Turkish club Besiktas next season should the lockout continue, has officially opened the door for other locked out NBAers to seek employment elsewhere. The notion that top NBA players could jet across the Atlantic to play in European leagues is no longer a mere possibility;…

  5. Nowitzki walking away from endorsement dollars

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:53 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The game’s biggest names — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and the like — make more in endorsements and deals off the court than on it. Dirk Nowitzki could be one of those guys. Right now companies are willing to back Brinks trucks up to his house if he just signs on the dotted line. But…

  6. Video: “The Decision Remix” by DJ Steve Porter

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This is the last trip down memory lane about the decision, but this is more than worth it. DJ Steve Porter — the video mashup artist responsible for Press Hop and Press Hop 2 among others — put together a look back at the year for LeBron and put together this video. Which is impressive. Enjoy.

  7. Jim Gray talks “Decision,” says LeBron did not pay him

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

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    On the one-year anniversary of The Decision, LeBron’s interviewer Jim Gray sounded like others close to the production of the event — they don’t understand all the backlash. Gray went on the Dan Patrick Show (see the video below) and, as reported by CSN Chicago, and first he wanted to clear up the rumor he…

  8. Report: Real Madrid rebuffs Kirilenko over money

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko

    All this talk of NBA players jumping to Europe… there’s a few reasons we’re skeptical here. And not just because we’re skeptical of everything. One big issue is money — few European teams can afford to approach even an average NBA salary. At the high end of the rumors, Deron Williams would make $5 million…

  9. Report: Yao Ming to retire

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming, a player who was both one of the better all-around centers to ever play the game and a true ambassador of the sport — but leaves us all wondering what could have been — plans to announce his retirement. Yao, who had played just five games the past season due to injuries, has…

  10. Video: What would Charles Barkley do as Commissioner?

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:09 PM EST

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    If Charles Barkley were NBA commissioner for one day, what would he do? Solve the lockout? Break up the Miami Heat? Get rid of the big video board Kenny Smith had to walk over to all playoffs? No, he’d go after hecklers. That’s what he told the Golf Channel’s David Feherty, who has a new interview…

  11. Turkish team has special sponsor to pay for Williams

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:22 PM EST

    Deron Williams presser

    This is the second time in two years that Besiktas — a team that finished sixth in a Turkish league that is not considered one of the top divisions in Europe — landed and paid for a big time NBA star. Last year it was Allen Iverson, a future Hall of Fame player but a…

  12. Court ruling on NFL has little impact on NBA lockout

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    While the two sides seem close to a deal in the NFL lockout, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has come down with a ruling favoring the NFL — saying that the lockout can continue in that sport. What does that mean for the NBA lockout? Nothing much. The National Basketball Players…

  13. Tony Parker paid $5k to fly with a jet pack on vacation

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Tony-Parker-Flies

    There is no CBA in place right now, so if you do something — like get popped for having marijuana in the car — there is nothing the league or your team can do about it. So go ahead and take some risks, NBA players. Like, say, flying with water-propelled jet pack while on vacation…

  14. Report: Pacers about to hire former Blazers GM Pritchard

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

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    Larry Bird didn’t sound like a guy who wanted to hang around much longer, the Indiana Pacers were about to be a team in transition in the front office. It sounds like they found their guy, according to a tweet from Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers are in the process of hiring…

  15. Players union pushing idea ‘Melo, other stars might play in Europe

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:19 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Deron Williams has a deal in principle to play in Turkey should the lockout extend into September (and it almost certainly will be there at the start of the month). We have our doubts about how many other elite players will follow in those footsteps — but it is great leverage for the NBPA (the…

  16. Kevin Love and Blake Griffin are in jail (just kidding)

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Blake Griffin Kevin Love

    Blake Griffin tweeted this photo (look to the right) of him and Kevin Love Thursday night saying: I guess they’re taking this lockout stuff pretty seriously No, it is not a photo of a real arrest. No, they are not hanging out with Michael Beasley. Just a couple of All-Stars pretending to be the 2002…

  17. One year ago today, LeBron made “The Decision”

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

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    It someday may go down with the most legendary player moves in NBA history — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers, Dirk Nowitzki to the Mavs (on draft night for Tractor Traylor), and the Celtics turning Joe Barry Carroll into Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish. One year ago today, LeBron James told Jim Gray and the…

  18. Just so you know, Ilgauskas hasn’t made up his mind yet

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:31 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    A couple weeks ago, before the lockout kicked in, Zydrunas Ilgauskas picked up his $1.4 million option with the Miami Heat for next season. That doesn’t mean he’s going to play with the Heat. The floor-stretching center hasn’t decided yet, he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “If I play, it will be in Miami,”…

  19. Lorenzo Romar not leaving college for Timberwolves

    Jul 7, 2011, 9:10 PM EST

    NCAA Washington North Carolina Basketball

    The days of an NBA team just calling up and getting any college coach they want are gone. And money is one of the key reasons. We told you yesterday that among the potential replacements for Kurt Rambis in Minnesota — once they formally get around to firing him, er, promoting him — was University…

  20. Tyson Chandler still keeping his options open

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:52 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    You hear how a lot of teams would like a shot blocking, rebound machine like Tyson Chandler in the paint for them. Well, why get a player “like” Chandler when you can get Chandler himself — he will be a free agent. Well, once we get to free agency after the annoying lockout. The Mavericks…

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