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  1. Teams are interested in Roger Mason for who he's been, but is that who he'll be next season?

    Jul 3, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    When the San Antonio Spurs picked up Roger Mason Jr. two years ago in free agency, it was an absolute steal. Mason seemed like an ideal fit alongside the Spurs’ big three; as a knock-down shooter who could fill in at either guard spot and handle the ball a bit, Roger fit the Spurs’ needs…

  2. To keep a King, the Cavs invoked 'Family Guy.' Natch.

    Jul 3, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    The Cavaliers understood the seriousness of their meeting with the greatest player in franchise history today. Instead of the proposed 30 minute meeting, they stayed for nearly 90 minutes. Coach Byron Scott talked about how he planned to use LeBron James. They reminded James of all the good times he’s had in Ohio, of how…

  3. The Raptors reportedly don't want to deal anymore, could cut Bosh's list of suitors in twain

    Jul 3, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    On Wednesday, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo was enamored by the idea of a sign-and-trade for Chris Bosh, and as of today, he seems to have soured on the idea. Don’t you just love free agency? Here’s the report from ESPN.com’s J.A. Adande: Wherever Chris Bosh heads next, he’ll likely have to do so on his…

  4. Josh Childress is about to return to America cloaked in glory. And money.

    Jul 3, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    In a few days, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will figure out their dance partners. (Let us hope it is only a few days.) Then Joe Johnson will finally accept the max deal with Atlanta we all know he is going to take. And then Josh Childress’ phone is going to start ringing.…

  5. Dwyane Wade: It's about the next 40 years, not the next 10

    Jul 3, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    View more news videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/video.Dwyane Wade didn’t give anything away and mostly talked in generalities in an interview with the NBC affiliate in Chicago. He did say that he is taking a big picture view, and he seems to be enjoying the process. But listen to him for yourself.

  6. Jim O'Brien seems to think Lance Stephenson can play some point guard

    Jul 3, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    After an extended tour through the basketball hype machine, Lance Stephenson, the once highly-touted recruit out of New York’s Lincoln High, will stumble onto the NBA scene. Stephenson’s college career was predicted to be a short one, but few foresaw just how underwhelming Lance would be in his one year at Cincinnati. All of the…

  7. Cleveland fans have bombarded LeBron with love this morning

    Jul 3, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    LeBron James meets the final two suitors for his free-agent services this morning, and on his way in, the fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers have made it very clear that they would like him to stick around for a few more, well, careers. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer is outside the meetings and reporting…

  8. Why on earth is Minnesota meeting with David Lee?

    Jul 3, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    So you’re David Kahn. You’ve just signed Darko Milicic for $20 million. You drafted a 23-year-old combo wing the same night you traded for Martell Webster (and drafted another small forward). You have one significant trade chip, Al Jefferson, who’s a phenomenal young player that for some reason you don’t want and who has great…

  9. Today's NBA free-agency schedule: The final LeBron act, and Stoudemire meets Knicks

    Jul 3, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    LeBron James will meet with the Cleveland Cavaliers at 11:00AM EST, then with the Chicago Bulls at 1:30AM EST. That concludes James’ tour of teams on “the list.” He’s then expected to take Sunday to consider his options and discuss with his people on the holiday, then make his decision Monday. Again, “expected.” He very…

  10. Cavs to pitch LeBron James with humor, familiarity, and Chris Bosh

    Jul 3, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    The New York Knicks pitched a billion dollars. The Miami Heat pitched championship rings and the value of sacrifice. The New Jersey Nets pitched a media empire. The Los Angeles Clippers pitched… (giggle)… Baron Davis and Chris Kaman. So what are the Cleveland Cavaliers, the home team, the favorites in many’s eyes to retain the…

  11. Kevin Ollie to jump into coaching after 13 years in the NBA

    Jul 3, 2010, 3:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Ollie has never been a particularly great basketball player, but that didn’t stop him managing a long, consistent NBA run. From his rookie year to his career’s twilight, Ollie never averaged more than 6.5 points, 3.6 assists, or 23.1 minutes per game in any given campaign. He only registered a 10+ PER in five…

  12. Joe Johnson's having max contract remorse

    Jul 3, 2010, 3:10 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson said all along what he wanted was to be in Atlanta. Getting the Hawks front office and ownership all on one page for something is like herding cats, but Rick Sund did it — they got together and offered Johnson a max contract. Six years, $119 million. They did it because they are…

  13. Wade, Bosh meet with Bulls, now going to take Aretha Franklin's advice and think

    Jul 3, 2010, 2:37 AM EDT

    Friday night, the Chicago Bulls had a tandem with them in a room — Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — that combined could turn them into an instant title contender. Tomorrow, Bulls brass will be in a room with LeBron James, who alone could turn the team into an instant contender. If you paired James…

  14. The Bulls big play

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    Tonight, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were meeting together with the Chicago Bulls in the office of Henry Thomas, Wade’s agent. Tomorrow, the Bulls front office hops a plane and fly to beautiful downtown Akron, to make their pitch to LeBron James. They get the last word — they go Saturday afternoon after Cleveland. The…

  15. Mavs believed to have offered Dirk Nowitzki four years, $96 million

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki wants to stay in Dallas, and Mark Cuban is willing to pay whatever it takes to keep him there. That’s why Nowitzki’s meetings with Mavs GM Donnie Nelson have always been considered to be little more than a formality; with both sides desiring the same outcome, all that needs to be determined are…

  16. Dwyane Wade's cryptic tweet

    Jul 2, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    I don’t claim to be smart — I’m an NBA blogger, this is not what Rhodes Scholars do for a living — and on that note I’m not going to try to explain Dwyane Wade’s last tweet (as of this writing). It’s cryptic, and every team recruiting him (and a few that aren’t) could take…

  17. Sources: Salmons agrees to Bucks deal

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, John Salmons and the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed on a five-year, $39 million contract extension. After being traded to the Bucks at mid-season, Salmons averaged 19.9 points per game for the Bucks and was a big reason the Bucks were able to make the playoffs.  The Bucks have been…

  18. Steve Blake agrees to four-year deal with the Lakers

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

    The Lakers were looking for a new point guard, one who could knock down the three, play a little defense, and just be smart. They have found their man in Steve Blake. John Canzano of the Oregonian was first in reporting that Steve Blake had agreed a four-year deal with the Lakers (any deal cannot…

  19. How about LeBron and Bosh on the Cavaliers? Could happen.

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    In all the talk about pairing up top players — LeBron and Wade in Chicago; LeBron and Bosh in Chicago; Bosh and Wade in Miami; Bosh and Wade and LeBron in Miami — nobody talks about Cleveland. But it could happen. What if Cleveland re-signs LeBron and does a sign and trade with the Raptors…

  20. Report: James, Wade to join forces in Chicago?

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, free agent guard Dwayne Wade had a second meeting with Chicago Bulls officials on Friday, and is seriously considering leaving the Miami Heat.  According to Wojnarowski, Wade coming to the Bulls could represent the best chance LeBron James has at joining forces with another superstar:  Wade and James…

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