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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. Report: Suns close to acquiring Turkoglu, Childress in trades

    Jul 11, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    Well, this is certainly… something.  Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Phoenix Suns are close to two separate deals to acquire two small forwards at opposite ends of their careers, both with sizable contracts.  First up, hailing from Turkey and loving pizza, Hedo Turkoglu and your $43 million in remaining contract, head…

  4. Jesse Jackson compares Dan Gilbert's LeBron rant to slavery. Just when you thought that story couldn't get crazier.

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Jesse Jackson went off the deep end today. I have no other way to describe this commentary on the Rainbow Push Website. “(Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert) speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway…

  5. Team USA: The B-Team that actually wants to be there

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    Yahoo! Sports reports that Jerry Colangelo has confirmed that not a single player from the 2008 Olympic team will join Team USA for the World Championships in Turkey this summer.  In the midst of a public outpouring of rage and disgust over the behavior of how and where various free agents decided to exercise their…

  6. Nets ink Jordan Farmar, look to avoid a single impact signing

    Jul 11, 2010, 9:22 PM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets are making an offer to Jordan Farmar, which means a bizarre compromise on the part of both participants.  The Los Angeles times reports that Farmar has received an offer from the Nets but has not accepted it, while Ric Bucher of ESPN says the deal is done for three years and…

  7. Grizzlies sign Tony Allen

    Jul 11, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the Grizzlies have closed in on a deal with former Celtics back-up guard Tony Allen. Woj and Spears over at Yahoo! report the deal is for three-years, $10 million, a very reasonable price for a player that played a significant role for the Celtics during their Finals run.  It’s a smart…

  8. Michael Redd may be out until February '11

    Jul 11, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    So that’s why they were so aggressive in pursuit of Corey Maggette.  The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Michael Redd is not expected back in action before February 2011. Redd, age 30, has been largely replaced by both John Salmons and Maggette (along with Chris Douglas-Roberts) on the wing.  Redd tried to return from injury last…

  9. Heat have interest in Zydrunas Ilgauskas

    Jul 11, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    This should make Cavs happy. Did I say happy? I meant, “feel like they were kicked in the back of the head after getting hit in the groin with a tire iron.” Mike Wallace of the Miami Herald reports that Zydrunas Ilgauskas is “looking into the option” of joining LeBron James, a close personal friend,…

  10. Dorell Wright leaving Miami for Golden State

    Jul 11, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Not everybody wants to play in Miami right now. The Heat’s Dorell Wright is very close to leaving South Beach and signing a new deal with Golden State, a three-year contract worth more than $10 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The Warriors are not going to match the offer the New Jersey Nets…

  11. Windhorst: LeBron James was headed to Miami for years

    Jul 11, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Brian Windhorst was the MVP of sports media from the time the NBA season ended, right up through the first two weeks of July (and going strong). The beat reporter for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer has been following LeBron James since he was in puberty, following the prolific modern athlete through high school, his decision to…

  12. Heat have interest in Zydrunas Ilgauskas

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    This should make Cavs happy. Did I say happy? I meant, “feel like they were kicked in the back of the head after getting hit in the groin with a tire iron.” Mike Wallace of the Miami Herald reports that Zydrunas Ilgauskas is “looking into the option” of joining LeBron James, a close personal friend,…

  13. Carmelo Anthony weds La La Vasquez

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    There was most likely quite a party Saturday night in New York City, as Carmelo Anthony and long-time girlfriend La La Vasquez were married in a red-themed event, according to PEOPLE.  The event had been common knowledge and was being discussed as the reason LeBron James chose to hold “The Decision” in New York, even…

  14. Magic strongly considering matching Bulls' offer for Redick

    Jul 11, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic must really dislike the restricted free agency system. Because there have been several times where it really seems like they’re just matching offers from other teams out of spite. Last year it was Marcin Gortat, who was frozen in place despite an offer from the Mavericks that would have given him more…

  15. Samhan adapts, impresses in his second Summer League game

    Jul 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Everyone knows Omar Samhan was an extremely productive college player. At 6-11′, 265 pounds, Samhan was able to simply overwhelm most of his college opponents by using his size, strength, and    extremely advanced package of skills.  Samhan’s college numbers are impressive; he averaged 21.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game during his…

  16. Nike brings Cleveland 'Witness' banner down

    Jul 10, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    It’s got to feel a little bit like taking the ex’s stuff out of the closet after she runs off with her dance instructor friend, the one you never liked. Today Nike officials started bringing down the giant ‘Witness’ banner outside of Quicken Loans Arena, days after its star, LeBron James, abandoned the city to…

  17. Nuggets summer leaguer Brian Butch dislocates his left patella

    Jul 10, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    Nuggets summer league invite Brian Butch sustained what appears to be a serious injury during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. According to several sources, Butch has dislocated his left patella.  Butch went down in extreme pain, and the injury to his knee was plainly visible to the naked eye. Butch was…

  18. Cavs may be looking at Childress, Al Jefferson

    Jul 10, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Cavaliers are considering making an offer to former Hawks forward Josh Childress.  Childress was one of the NBA’s most efficient scorers when he played in the NBA, and has spent the last two years playing in the Greece for Olympiacos. The former Stanford product…

  19. Portland signs Wes Matthews to a five-year, $34 million offer sheet

    Jul 10, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    One year after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Utah Jazz, restricted free agent Wes Matthews has signed a five-year, $33.4 million offer sheet with the Portland Trail Blazers. According to Ross Siler of the Salt Lake City Tribune, Matthews will receive a $3.4 million signing bonus,which means he will make $9.2 million…

  20. The Nets may or may not be a chicken with its head cut off, sign Johan Petro

    Jul 10, 2010, 5:07 PM EDT

    When the Nets struck out in the Free Agency Summer of Doom, they had to figure out someway to fill out the roster. They drafted Derrick Favors because he was the smart choice, if not the most talented. And since then? They’ve been a little odd. Signing Travis Outlaw. Okay, sure. You need a wing…

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