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  1. Cavaliers extend qualifying offer to Jawad Williams

    Jun 30, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Cavaliers have given a qualifying offer to free agent forward Jawad Williams, making him a restricted free agent.  Williams started the season as a benchwarmer for the Cavaliers, but eventually worked his way into the rotation, and even started six games for the Cavaliers.…

  2. Roger Mason Jr. has some interesting thoughts on free agency, Roger Mason Jr.

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    “How quickly people forget that I was considered the steal of free agency last year. A talented team, and injuries, got in the way this year.” Free agent guard Roger Mason Jr., via his twitter account As “Reasons to sign Roger Mason Jr.” go, these are some odd ones. Yes, Roger Mason Jr. was considered…

  3. Winderman: The negative campaigning to get LeBron may backfire

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    This was supposed to be a relatively simple process when it came to recruiting LeBron James: Sell your wares and build fears about how the Cavaliers simply have not done enough for James for him to remain in Cleveland. That was the notion back at the start of the season, when the Cavaliers were the…

  4. Rockets extend qualifying offers to Lowry, Scola

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, the Houston Rockets have extended qualifying offers to starting power forward Luis Scola and backup point guard Kyle Lowry.  Scola isn’t the most athletic power forward in the league, but he’s become an effective starter thanks to some crafty moves around the basket, a surprisingly solid mid-range jumper, and a…

  5. Tyson Chandler will not opt out of his contract

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    According to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, Bobcats center Tyson Chandler will not opt out of the final year of his contract. Chandler had the option to leave the $12.6 million he is owed next season on the table and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but ultimately chose to stay in Charlotte.  There’s almost no…

  6. Stephen Colbert to the Knicks. Please.

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Basketcase – Stephie’s Knicks Hoop-De-Doo http://www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News What, Colbert on the team will make them worse? Political comedian Stephen Colbert sat down with Mike D’Antoni to talk free agency. And mock the Knicks. Which someone had to do. There’s…

  7. Report: Atlanta Hawks to offer Joe Johnson six-year max deal

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    There is almost no bigger mistake a GM can make than paying a good player superstar money. That said, the reliable Michael Cunningham at the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks want to keep Joe Johnson badly enough to offer him a six-year, fully max contract. If so Johnson will take it.…

  8. Amare Stoudemire opts out of deal, but he and Suns still talking

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Come midnight — or 9 p.m. out in Los Angeles where he is stationed — Amare Stoudemire will become a free agent. He will sit while gentlemen callers to come knocking on his door to court him. But there is a chance he stays in Phoenix. Slim but it exists. After three hours of meetings…

  9. Doc Rivers to return to Celtics

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    After being away from the sting of losing in the NBA finals for a few weeks, Doc Rivers has decided he wants to be back on the sidelines for one more year, and one more run at a title. Rivers made it official by telling the Celtics his intentions today. The Boston Herald broke the…

  10. Raptors' preference for a Chris Bosh sign-and-trade likely means more suitors than ever and a better chance for a Miami supergroup

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    Why should the teams with cap space get to have all the fun? Even if the Cavs don’t want any part of a sign-and-trade for LeBron and Dwyane Wade seems locked into Miami, the Raptors not only appear open to the idea of signing-and-trading Chris Bosh, but Bryan Colangelo actually prefers it. From Marc J.…

  11. LeBron gets to choose his destiny as free agency begins

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Living in a free country has many advantages. You get to freely select where you live, who you marry, what you do with your time, where you work, what you do, what you say, and how you feel. But along with those freedoms is a cost. It’s the money you need to accomplish what you…

  12. Orlando Magic told Martin Gortat he could be traded

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Quality backup big men are hard to find. Sure, there are plenty of big stiffs around who will happily soak up salary and a few minutes here and there, giving you a big body for practice and the odd rebound. Bit guys who can actually contribute, much harder to come by. Martin Gortat can contribute.…

  13. If it's not too much trouble, Channing Frye would like a new contract, a photo-op, and one oversized check with his name on it

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    The Channing Frye of old was given a $2.2 million player option for 2010-2011, but the flashy new Channing Frye (complete with three-point shooting action!) values himself at a bit more. Frye will decline his option to become an unrestricted free agent with the rest of the bunch. This doesn’t necessarily mean Channing is done…

  14. Dwight Howard wants to play with Chris Paul. Jameer who?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard wants to win. He got a taste of it, he got to the doorstep of a title two years ago. Last year, there was Boston. The retooled — good bye Hedo, hello Vince — Magic could not match up. Jameer Nelson was back and the Magic did not get as far. So Howard…

  15. Could Boston get a max player? Almost, but would they jettison Pierce to do it?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Can you picture Dwyane Wade as a Celtic? Chris Bosh? Even that other big name? Reshaping the Celtics around that player and Rajon Rondo? It’s not impossible. But it’s not very likely either. Here’s how it shakes out. The Celtics have more than $15 million in room under the cap on paper, but not in…

  16. Knicks pitch to LeBron – build your own dynasty. Oh, and take less to do it.

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    The Knicks do not have the inside track on LeBron James anymore. They are considered on the outside looking in at the race. But they have a new strategy — tell LeBron he can build a dynasty in New York. He can be the leader of a team winning titles. He can bring home the…

  17. Bulls plan to get LeBron – get Bosh first

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    When the midnight bell strikes tonight and phone lines light up across the NBA, the Chicago Bulls are not going to call LeBron James. Oh, they want him. Big time. They will be in Cleveland to make their pitch to him. But the Bulls think the way to James’ heart is not through fancy dinners…

  18. Would Denver trade Carmelo Anthony? Maybe…

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony is the Denver Nuggets right now. He is the face of the franchise. He is the best player. He is the guy capable of leading them deep into the playoffs. He is also the guy that could be a free agent next summer. So far, Anthony has been the anti-LeBron, saying he wants…

  19. Maybe Amare Stoudemire will not be a free agent, to meet with Suns again

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    That whole plan to pair Amare Stoudemire with Dwyane Wade in Miami (which is the plan if the big plan in Miami falls through) may have to be put on hold. Amare Stoudemire may not be a free agent after all. Maybe. Even if the smart money is still on him testing the market. Stoudemire…

  20. Perkins has torn ACL, will be out until late December

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:31 AM EDT

    The hits just keep coming for the Boston Celtics. Losing game seven of the NBA Finals in heartbreaking fashion would be enough to ruin an entire offseason for most teams. In Boston, losing game seven was just the overture to an off-season of uncertainty and misery.  On Tuesday, 2008 Finals MVP and franchise mainstay Paul…

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