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  1. Tracy McGrady may come to Los Angeles — with the Clippers

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    How far has Tracy McGrady’s stock fallen? How about to the point he might come off bench for the Clippers next season. Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Clippers are talking with his agent and may set up a workout. McGrady wanted to play for a contender — he had been rumored to hope for a veterans’…

  2. Wesley Mathews headed to Portland, Jazz will not match offer

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz found Wesley Mathews — an undrafted rookie who started 48 games for them last year. But the Jazz are going to play Raja Bell’s tune next season. So Mathews is off to Portland, where he will be Brandon Roy’s backup. Portland had made an offer to Mathews for the mid-level exception of…

  3. Hornets withdraw offer to Luther Head

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    New Orleans had made a two-year offer to point guard Luther Head to be Chris Paul’s backup. Make that, former general manager Jeff Bower did. He’s out now. And the Hornets — and whoever is making player/personnel moves right now — have informed Head that he failed the physical and have pulled the offer off…

  4. Jazz, not Lakers, sign Raja Bell

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

    According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, free agent guard Raja Bell will sign with the Utah Jazz. Bryant was supposed to meet with Bell to recruit him to the Lakers, but the Jazz signed Bell to a deal before the meeting could take place.  The 33-year old Bell isn’t getting any younger, but his defense,…

  5. Dwyane Wade says the team to beat is the Lakers

    Jul 14, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    Some pundits (and a few of the NBA’s advanced stats community) are pretty willing to hand the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the Miami Heat. The other 29 teams, not so much. Actually, make that 30. Because Dwyane Wade doesn’t even think the Heat are the favorites, as he said before his charity golf event to…

  6. Michael Jordan says Kobe is the best player in the game right now

    Jul 14, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

      This actually happened last month at his camp but we just got the video and thought we’d pass this along. Michael Jordan says that right now, Kobe is the best player in the game, not LeBron. This is MJ, winning is what matters to him. So this shouldn’t be a shock. And with the…

  7. NBA Lockout, it's not an "if" but a "how long"

    Jul 14, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The owners had their meeting this week, and afterward David Stern talked about needing a fundamental change in how the economic structure of the NBA. Today, NBA Players Association President Billy Hunter said that he doesn’t buy the league’s economic figures and is telling his players to prepare for a lockout. In Vegas, this is…

  8. Mario Chalmers out 2-4 weeks with sprained ankle

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    According to our own Ira Winderman, Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers has suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain. The injury, which Chalmers sustained while “working out and playing ball,” will keep him out of action for the next 2-4 weeks.  When a high-ankle sprain occurs during the season, it’s one of the most frustrating injuries…

  9. Plea hearing scheduled for Delonte West

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    According the Associated Press, the plea hearing for Cavaliers guard Delonte West has been scheduled for Thursday morning.  West faces charges after Maryland police caught him speeding on a motorcycle last summer while carrying two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun and an 8 1/2 inch knife.  West is still technically under contract with the Cavaliers…

  10. Cavaliers sign Kyle Lowry to an offer sheet, Rockets will match

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    Restricted free agent guard Kyle Lowry will remain a Rocket next season. The Cleveland Cavaliers signed the 24-year old guard to an offer sheet, but Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced on Twitter that the Rockets will match Cleveland’s offer and retain Lowry’s services.  Morey thanked Rockets owner Leslie Alexander in a second tweet: “Credit…

  11. Bobcats near deal with Shaun Livingston

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    This makes me happy — I want to see Shaun Livingston back in basketball. And he is about to be — the Charlotte Bobcats are close to signing him to a deal, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. Length and terms are still being hammered out. Most people remember Livingston as the promising…

  12. Mike D'Antoni thinks the Knicks can make the playoffs. He's right.

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Hey New Yorkers: Right now is when you can start judging Mike D’Antoni. The last two years don’t count. Those were the climbing out of the hole years. The paying for the sins of your father years. David Lee was nice, the rest of the roster needed help. None of the pieces were there to…

  13. Quote of the day, where LeBron doesn't look so bad

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    “LeBron was criticized for making the pass instead of taking the hard shot and he made the right basketball play. Now he’s criticized for going and playing with other guys and trying to win. I thought that’s what we’re supposed to do.” –New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, on LeBron James’ decision to go to…

  14. Chris Paul must be watching Hornets management and counting the days until he can leave

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    There is more spin going on around the New Orleans Hornets right now than in the White House press room. Here is what we know: Jeff Bower is out as general manager. And that keeping Chris Paul happy is by far the most important thing to the franchise, and they are not doing a good…

  15. Las Vegas group "under contract" to buy NBA team if it builds arena

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Las Vegas might be home to more than the NBA Summer League soon. International Development Management LLC, has a deal to buy an NBA team if they can get an arena built in the city, Chris Milam, CEO of the group, told the Las Vegas Sun. “We have an NBA team under contract,” Milam said,…

  16. Matt Bonner: living large

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Matt Bonner signed just signed the biggest contract of his life — four years, $16 million. He is now living it large (as told to the News Express), rolling into the local deli with a new attitude. “When I splurge,” Bonner said, “I’m going to order double meat on my sandwich.” Just like Notorious B.I.G.…

  17. Denver adds depth with Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Denver found a couple of affordable veterans to round out their bench. Anthony Carter and Sheldon Williams reached deals with the Nuggets that are expected to be signed later in the day, as first reported by John Hollinger at ESPN. Both are signing for the veteran’s minimum. Carter has been with the Nuggets the last…

  18. Summer League video highlights

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The fine people at NBA.com have compiled a highlight video of plays from the concluded Summer League in Orlando (Vegas Summer League continues through the weekend). Summer League ball is much easier to watch this way — all the highlights without any of the palming violations, sloppy passes and gunning guards.

  19. Former Sixers General Manager Billy King near deal to take over reins of Nets

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    UPDATE: 11:03 am: It’s official, King has taken the New Jersey job, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. King spent almost a decade as the head man in Philly, but you have to wonder if new Nets owner Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov will want his own man calling the shots in a few years. For…

  20. The reality: Shaq is not going to Miami

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    Of course Shaquille O’Neal wants to be in Miami — he likes to be in the middle of the circus (as one Heat source said in Vegas). And next season there will be no bigger circus, no bigger spotlight than Miami. Plus, they could use a center, so… So what? When Shaq left Miami last…

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