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  1. After Toronto's stumble, the race for Matt Barnes is now wide open

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    The Toronto Raptors thought they were close to acquiring Matt Barnes via sign-and-trade, but apparently somebody didn’t do their homework, causing the deal to go through. With no cap space left to sign Barnes, no Bird rights (or even early Bird rights), and the inability to use salary cap exceptions to sign him and subsequently…

  2. Caron Butler used to work at a Burger King, now owns six

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Have it your way, Caron Butler. There are few more interesting people in basketball than Butler, who came out of a tough background — he sold drugs at one point — to be one of the more socially conscious guys in the league. A guy who goes back home to Racine and donates time and…

  3. Kobe Bryant is America's most popular athlete. Didn't see that coming, did you?

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Five years ago, Kobe Bryant may have been America’s most loathed athlete. Calling his career as an endorser “washed up” would have been about the nicest way of putting things one could have. Now, he is America’s most popular athlete. According to a poll by Harris Interactive, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods are tied as…

  4. Andrew Bynum's knee surgery to July 28

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    It’s pretty amazing Andrew Bynum’s knee doesn’t have its own twitter account. Behind the wildly popular and South Beach-bound elbow of LeBron James, no other body part was more discussed during the playoffs. Bynum admitted during the playoffs he was going to need surgery to deal with the That surgery is now set for July…

  5. Lamar Odom playing his way back into shape with Team USA

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    On June 17, Lamar Odom walked off the floor at Staples Center after Game 7 of the NBA finals. Tuesday was the first time he walked back on one. After the first day of USA Basketball camp in Vegas, Odom admitted to FanHouse he has taken the last month off to enjoy life. And enjoying…

  6. Report: Hornets hire Dell Demps to man the good ship "Keep Paul"

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

    Dell Demps has a history of dealing with point guard controversies. He recently helped with the George Hill/Tony Parker situation. He knows that there’s a good part and a bad part to having two extremely talented point guards. This is a good thing, since he’ll be stepping into the exact same situation in New Orleans.…

  7. Magic agrees with Jordan: 'That's not what we were about'

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Times are different. LeBron is teaming up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Michael Jordan said the other day he wouldn’t have done that, he wanted to beat Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, not partner with them. Not everyone — including our own Ira Winderman — buys that. But Magic Johnson said he agrees with…

  8. Summer League sensation Jeremy Lin near two-year deal with Warriors

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:17 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin has struck it rich in Las Vegas. Lin, one of the stars of Vegas Summer League, is very close to a deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to both ESPN and the Contra Costa Times. Lin would be returning home with his deal, he is a Palo Alto native. He also would…

  9. Planet LeBron is a figment of your imagination

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Hey, remember that house with the beachfront and the gym in the bedroom and the tennis court for the guest house that LeBron James was going to buy? Yeah, not so much. Ira Winderman (our boy) has checked with the owner of the house that he was supposedly buying and he says no-go. `There’s been…

  10. Owner Leonsis thinking about all things Wizards — including urinals

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:22 PM EDT

    Owner Ted Leonsis is really thinking about the Wizards. Really thinking. About everything tied to your fan experience. I mean literally everything. Don’t believe me, check out this quote from the DC Sports Bog (via NBA Facts and Rumors): “So they go to the bathroom and they put their beer [cups] in their mouth,” he…

  11. David Lee injures finger on first day of USA Basketball camp

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    UPDATE 8:09 pm: ESPN got a quote from Lee himself, and it doesn’t sound good: “I looked down and my finger was completely turned to the side,” Lee said. “It’s possibly a tendon or a dislocation of some sort. It’s something I’ve got to go have looked at either way. 6:38 pm: The biggest fear…

  12. Report: Jason Kapono available via trade. You know, if you like shooters.

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:17 PM EDT

    There’s a reason the Miami Heat made sure to snatch up Mike Miller. Or that Chicago went out and got Kyle Korver. Or that Orlando chose to match an offer for JJ Redick. Great shooters are hard to find. Which is why Philadelphia will likely find interest in Jason Kapono, who they are shopping around…

  13. Richard Jefferson to re-sign with Spurs

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    One of the most bizarre free agent stories of the summer has come to an end. According to Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News, free agent forward Richard Jefferson will sign a long-term deal with the Spurs on Wednesday.  The 30-year old Jefferson was one of the most disappointing new arrivals of last season.…

  14. Lil' Wayne says LeBron in Miami means Tha Block Is Hot

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Lil’ Wayne knows basketball. Lil’ Wayne isn’t like everybody else. So it shouldn’t be a shock his take on the LeBron James differs from plenty of people out there, but is also pretty smart. From Wayne’s Website (via SLAM): Oh Lebron! The recent move by the Miami Heat confirms that we will someday soon have…

  15. Robin Lopez latest to pull out of Team USA

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Hey you. Yes, you. Want to play center for Team USA at the World Championships? If another players drops out, your phone just night ring. Center Robin Lopez dropped out just at the start of camp so he could do private rehab on the back injury that kept him from being effective during the playoffs.…

  16. Dell Demps is a wanted man in Phoenix, New Orleans. But in a good way.

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Dell Demps has emerged as the hottest general manager candidate out there right now. A lot of you just muttered out loud, “who?” Trust us, you want Demps on your team. He is the number two man in the San Antonio Spurs organization (and general manager of their D-League affiliate), a guy coming out of…

  17. Pistons' rookie Greg Monroe to have minor foot surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe was not blowing anybody away at Summer League in Las Vegas — well, at least until that 27 point, 14 point performance in his final game. The good news for Pistons fans is the raw rookie got better as the week went on. But now there is a minor setback, as he is…

  18. Penny Hardaway says he is not coming back to the NBA

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    We were a little skeptical and sarcastic when we heard Penny Hardaway said he thought he could help the Heat. Okay, we’re never a little skeptical and sarcastic — we’re bloggers. But in a follow up interview with the Orlando Sentinel Hardaway sounds like he understands where he is right now. And that is not…

  19. Chris Bosh is unnoticed no more — and loving it

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    See Chris Bosh on E! getting interviewed. See Chris Bosh as trendy Los Angeles restaurant. See Chris Bosh at the Hollywood premiere of “Inception.” See Chris Bosh enjoying the spotlight. LeBron James has been in the middle of it since he was a high school sophomore. Dwyane Wade led a team to a title in…

  20. Dirk Nowitzki says he is not playing in World Championships

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    He had hinted at this before and said he was still thinking about it, but Dirk Nowitzki made it official today: He will be skipping the FIBA World Championships next month (as reported at Dallasbasketball.com). “I have signed a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks,” Dirk said in making the announcement. “We have a new…

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