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  1. NBA Draft: Sacramento may take Ekpe Udoh over Greg Monroe, and Monroe could fall farther

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    What the Warriors want when they pick at No. 6 is DeMarcus Cousins. But if Mick Jagar has taught us one thing, it’s that you can’t always get what you want (because Sacramento takes him). But if they have to settle for getting what they need, that will likely be Ekpe Udoh out of Baylor,…

  2. Piston's Charlie Villanueva arrested on domestic assault charge

    Jun 22, 2010, 10:52 PM EDT

    The disappointments just keep coming from Charlie Villanueva. He was arrested and charged related to a May 19 incident in Burlington, Ontario, a Canadian city 65 miles from Buffalo, according to an Associated Press report.  His lawyer, Owen Wigderson, says Villanueva, “denies all allegations of wrongdoing and I’m very confident that he’ll be exonerated.”  Villanueva is…

  3. Kobe, Lakers want Raja Bell in free agency

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

    Do not adjust your computer screen. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers have taken a strong interest in free agent guard Raja Bell, with Kobe Bryant being one of Bell’s strongest advocates. Bell is a “Three-and-D” guard who is best known for his physical brand of defense and his feud…

  4. Nobody is sure what Phil Jackson is going to do, not even his family

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    Here’s the best part — we’re all going to know what Phil Jackson wants to do by the end of the week. Come back to the Lakers or stay on his ranch in Montana. But nobody knows what he is going to do. Apparently not even his family, although they think he may be done,…

  5. Durant expects to get extension done

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant can technically become a free agent after next season, but it looks like Durant wants to avoid all of that drama.  Durant is eligible to begin negotiating his first contract extension with the Thunder on July 1st. According to the Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry, Durant is fully expecting that the contract extension process will go smoothly: …

  6. Eddy Curry picks up player option, Knicks fans dream of a trade that won't happen.

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Eddy Curry is now owed $11.2 million for next season — he picked up the player option. Like everyone sane knew he would, because where else is Curry going to make that money? Of course, a few Knicks fans didn’t see that coming.  Now twitter and sports talk radio airwaves are filled with Knicks fans…

  7. Report: Bucks trade Gadzuric, Bell for Warriors' Maggette

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that the Bucks and Warriors have agreed to a trade that will send Corey Maggette to the Bucks in exchange for Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell.  This trade makes sense for both teams, albeit in different ways. For the Warriors, this was a cost-cutting move; Maggette…

  8. Video: Senator gives tribute to Manute Bol

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    (Video courtesy of the Washington Post, with a tip of the cap to Dan Steinberg.)  Recently deceased NBA Center and humanitarian Manute Bol has been mourned by people from all walks of life since his passing on June 19th. On the court, he was alternately awe-inspiring and endearing; off of it, he was much more…

  9. Blake Griffin working out at 100 Percent

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    After the great seasons Tyreke Evans, Steph Curry, James Harden, Brandon Jennings, Taj Gibson, Darren Collison, Ty Lawson, and so many more NBA rookies had last season, it’s easy to forget that the consensus #1 player in the 2009 draft didn’t even play a minute of NBA basketball next season.  After winning the AP National…

  10. Magic, Nets, Knicks ask about trading for Chris Paul

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:42 pm: The Magic’s offer to get Chris Paul out of New Orleans had to at least make the Hornets pause — Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter for CP3 and James Posey. That according to FanHouse’s Tim Potvik. That deal would save the Hornets money long term — this is the last year of…

  11. Trail Blazers rejected Nicholas Batum for No. 4 pick offer from Wolves

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    The Trail Blazers are very high on Nicolas Batum, the French player they are convinced can become the defensive stopper on the perimeter every team needs. Batum said after his exit interviews his goal is to be first team all NBA Defense next year. How high are the Blazers on him? That they rejected the…

  12. Add John Salmons to your list of summer free agents

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    No real surprise here, we’ve been expecting this for a couple months, but now it is official: John Salmons is going to opt out and test the free agent market. That’s what the Bucks general manager told FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson. “He’s given us indications that he will opt out,” Milwaukee general manager John Hammond, named…

  13. NBA finals Game 7 draws biggest television audience since Jordan retired

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    That sound you hear is David Stern opening champagne bottles at NBA Headquarters. Nielsen Co. reports that 28.2 million people watched the Lakers repeat as NBA champions in an ugly but entertaining Game 7. The last time that many people watched an NBA game Michael Jordan was pushing off Byron Russell to hit the game…

  14. Report: Timberwolves, Grizzlies near draft pick swap

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Memphis has talked about trying to move up in the draft, they may have fond a way. ESPN is reporting that Memphis is close to a deal to trade picks No. 25 and No. 28 to Minnesota in exchange for the No. 16 pick. This would mean that Memphis would have two picks, No. 12…

  15. Larry Bird hesitant to trade Brandon Rush

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    Whenever there is a Indiana Pacers trade rumor — for Tony Parker, for Jonny Flynn, basically for any point guard good at running the break in the NBA — Brandon Rush’s name comes up. In his second season, Rush looked at times like a guy starting to figure it out. A little. He certainly can…

  16. NBA draft: Xavier Henry gets a green room invite

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    It’s official: Xavier Henry is a big deal. It’s still a bit of an unknown whether Henry will fit better as a 2 or 3 in the NBA, but his talent is undeniable. We’re not necessarily looking at a John Wall-esque off-the-charts prospect or one with DeMarcus Cousins’ considerable collegiate résumé, but Xavier has the…

  17. NBA draft: Could Wesley Johnson really be the Nets' play at No. 3?

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE 1:01 pm: Now the very well connected Jonathan Givony at DraftExpress is confirming that it looks like the Nets will now take Johnson No. 3. These were is tweets. Wesley Johnson is moving up to 3, New Jersey, on our next mock coming shortly. Told New Jersey will take him and go for a…

  18. Quote of the day, how conflicting rumors get started

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    “Right now Wes is talking out of six sides of his mouth.” –One anonymous general manager, about what CAA employee and LeBron insider William Wesley is doing right now on the LeBron James and Chris Paul rumors (as tweeted by Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer).

  19. NBA draft: More fuel for the John Wall hype machine

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    Hi, could I have a minute of your time today to discuss the good word of John Wall? He has game that makes maidens cry, birds sing, and honeycrisp apples grow out of season. He once made a pass to a cutter 75 miles away, and directed every episode of The Wire. He has also…

  20. Linas Kleiza likes winning in Greece better than losing in Denver

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    The Denver Nuggets have extended a qualifying offer to Linas Kleiza — something they have to do to keep his rights, but if he accepts he could return to the Rocky Mountains. Whether or not the Nuggets want him back, he likes the life in Greece on a championship team better and is not coming…

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