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  1. Mavs pick up Spurs alumnus Ian Mahinmi on the cheap

    Jul 12, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Brendan Haywood is the only center the Mavs have under contract for next season, so rotation bigs remain fairly high on Dallas’ off-season wish list. Erick Dampier will soon be shipped out to allow the Mavericks to benefit from his instantly expiring contract, and optimally the Mavs will need two more players who can hold…

  2. Stern fines Dan Gilbert $100,000 for LeBron letter

    Jul 12, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    David Stern has just announced that he will fine Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert $100,000 for his open letter to Cleveland fans, which Gilbert wrote shortly after LeBron James announced on ESPN that he would sign with the Miami Heat. When explaining the fine, Stern called Gilbert’s letter both “ill-advised” and “imprudent.”  Stern was not a…

  3. Pacers get $33 million to stay in. Would you stay in Indy for that?

    Jul 12, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    Does your city have an extra $33 million laying around? Indianapolis does, apparently. Monday the city and the Pacers announced a new deal where the city will pour $10 million a year to cover operations at the Canseco Field House, plus put in another $3 million in the next few years in upgrades and renovations…

  4. Dan Gilbert disagrees with Rev. Jesse Jackson's comment's about him

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Earlier this week, the Reverend Jesse Jackson issued a statement that said Dan Gilbert’s open letter personified a “slave master mentality,” and that Gilbert viewed James as a “runaway slave.” In case you missed it earlier today, here is video of Jackson defending his views on Gilbert.  On Monday, Gilbert released an extremely brief statement…

  5. Derek Fisher returns to the Lakers — but for three years?

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher was coming back to the Lakers. He flirted with Miami, but they could offer even less money than the Lakers. And more than money, it was about comfort. He fits well in the triangle. He could win titles in L.A. And Kobe Bryant wanted him back. It was going to happen. But for…

  6. Morrow to Nets will be a sign-and-trade, Warriors will not match

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Nets have made a sign-and-trade deal with the Warriors for Anthony Morrow.  Morrow had been a restricted free agent, but the Warriors agreeing to a sign-and-trade means that they have given up their right to match the three-year, $12 million dollar offer sheet Morrow signed with the…

  7. Udonis Haslem returning to the Heat

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    For once, it wasn’t about the money. Udonis Haslem got much larger offers from the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets and is returning to the Miami Heat, according to our own Ira Winderman (writing for the South Florida Sun Sentinel.). Haslem had wanted to stay in Miami, but he wasn’t sure how much the Heat…

  8. Udonis Haslem has some choices to make

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:23 pm: Just to add to the options for Haslem, the Denver Nuggets are also making a hard push for him. Denver also is offering the full mid-level exception, just like Dallas. And just like Dallas, they are looking for front line guys to match up against the Lakers. 9: 34 am: How badly…

  9. Jesse Jackson defends his statements about Dan Gilbert

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

      Hear the words from the man himself. And I will add this: He’s right about the fines, the accountability in the NBA. Mark Cuban and Steve Kerr got fined for tampering for innocent comments. Gilbert likely will not get fined for this. But what Gilbert did was a far bigger black eye for the…

  10. Quenton Richardson headed to the Orlando Magic

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    The Matt Barnes era in Orlando is over. Long live Quenton Richardson. Richardson has reached a deal with the Orlando Magic, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Richardson fits what Orlando likes to do — he shot 40 percent from three last year. And Orlando likes to shoot the three. He also is a pretty…

  11. JaVale McGee with a little Summer League showtime

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Summer League play — and the “defense” often played there” means guys get open, guys get breakaways in a way you don’t see in the regular season game. Washington’s JaVale McGee took full advantage of that. (He also had some nice connections with John Wall for dunks as well.) 

  12. Dan Gilbert sounds more reasonable now, but he can't get the high ground back

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert flew off the handle Thursday night and said some things he’d like to take back. We’ve all been there. We also know you can’t take them back. You live with it. Gilbert got personal in calling out LeBron James, gave up the high moral ground and lost any chance to be the sympathetic…

  13. Winderman: Tampering? That's a bigger fantasy than the one LeBron/Wade/Bosh had

    Jul 12, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    First there are negotiations. Then there are signings. And then there are recriminations. On that last count, we thought it wouldn’t get any more ludicrous than Dan Gilbert’s opening statement, and it certainly was a doozy. But this tampering talk might just top it. Look, players talk, players plan, players dream. You want to keep…

  14. Super-agent Ari Emanuel gave us LeBron James decision show, and he wants to see it again

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Backlash? Who cares? LeBron James’ “The Decision” got killer ratings and is a blueprint for the future if you ask Ari Emanuel. And if you don’t know who he is you don’t read the Hollywood trades — he is a super agent. William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Watch Entourage? The Ari Gold character is partially based…

  15. Golden State down to two bidders for franchise, ownership change can't happen soon enough

    Jul 12, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Anthony Morrow is being allowed to walk to New Jersey. Anthony Randolph will not be back next year, shipped out as part of a deal for the much more expensive David Lee (who had said he was excited by playing with Morrow, sorry man). It’s hard to understand exactly what the grand plan is of…

  16. Deron Williams frustrated as Utah watches key players walk

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Carlos Boozer: Gone. Kyle Korver: Gone. Deron Williams: Still in Utah. And he is “frustrated.” In a deep Western Conference, the Jazz have gotten worse this summer, he told the Desert News (via Slam). Although he tried to put a positive spin on it. “It was tough to see Booz (Carlos Boozer) and Kyle (Korver)…

  17. Mark Cuban may want one, but Cavaliers, Raptors not seeking investigation of Heat

    Jul 12, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Did the Miami Heat cheat? Looks like we’ll never know, officially. Mark Cuban isn’t sold that how Miami ended up with the Superfriends — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh — didn’t involve some shady back-room deals that violate league policy. He wants the league to look into it. But it appears neither Cleveland…

  18. ProBasketballTalk's top 25 free agents tracker

    Jul 12, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Free agency is almost over. LeBron is going to the Heat. Most of the top 25 are set, and the ones that aren’t will be soon. So here is a little wrap up, with a few loose ends out there. What follows is a list of the top 25 free agents on the market (by…

  19. Ben Wallace to stay in Detroit, agrees to two-year deal

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    Ben Wallace should retire a Piston. It just seems right. Now he will. According to Associated Press Ben Wallace has agreed a two-year deal to stay with the Pistons. He will make $1.9 million each year. “This is the place I want to retire,” Wallace said in a telephone interview with the AP. Wallace had…

  20. John Wall shows his world of potential, shows he is still 19 in first Summer League game

    Jul 11, 2010, 11:34 PM EDT

    John Wall is lightning quick. You think you know that watching his televised games while at Kentucky, but until you see him in person you don’t realize just how quick. It’s impressive, bordering on insane. He flashed that speed in his first ever Summer League game. Plus he showed his great length, good defensive instincts,…

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