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  1. Did Ari Emanuel set up tonight's LeBron special?

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    According to the Los Angeles Times, prominent Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel may have played a critical role in making tonight’s LeBron James special a (horrifying) reality. Emanuel is best-known for being the head of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, being the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and the inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s…

  2. How desperate are the Knicks to get LeBron? Isiah Thomas made their final pitch.

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT

    There’s a long list of things that were just never going to work but got tried anyway. Napoleon invading Russia. Cop Rock. Lindsay Lohan and acting lessons. Isiah Thomas selling New York to LeBron James. Yes, that last one really happened. We’re not so sure about Lohan and acting lessons. When the Knicks needed to…

  3. Amare Stoudemire is one happy New Yorker, even if LeBron won't come play

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

      Amare Stoudemire was saying all the right things, about taking the first step to to build New York into a winner again. That would happen a lot faster if LeBron were in house, but we’re kind of past expecting that and into Hail Mary mode now, aren’t we?

  4. Mark Cuban thinks LeBron is staying in Cleveland

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban thinks LeBron to Miami is a smokescreen. A misdirection so LeBron can slip the card back into the deck without the audience noticing. A bit of slight of hand pulled off with the help of a public relations firm. A lot of people think that. Not a majority, and not me. But there…

  5. Heat near deal to move Beasley sign that LeBron to Miami no smokescreen

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    At this point in the funhouse of mirrors that are the rumors of LeBron James’ next move, reality has been hard to tell from dead ends and distorted reflections. Everything, every reaction looked like it could be the way out. But this afternoon, one tangible piece of evidence came though — the Heat are working…

  6. Interview with "Multiple Sources"

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    He has been everywhere — multiple sources have LeBron going to Miami. Multiple sources have David Lee going to Golden State. Multiple sources have Shaq going to the Hawks. Just who is “multiple sources?” TBJ exclusive: ‘Multiple Sources’ uncovered from The Basketball Jones on Vimeo.

  7. Lee/Randolph swap waiting on LeBron?

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors are ready to make a sign-and-trade deal as soon as LeBron announces he will sign with a team other than the Knicks. The Knicks are obviously hoping that James will decide to sign with them tonight, and are waiting to make…

  8. Another sign LeBron is going to Miami: Deal nearly done to trade Michael Beasley

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    If you needed one more sure sign that LeBron James is going to sign with Miami, here it is — the Heat are on the verge of trading Michael Beasley. They need to move him to be able to give LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all max deal money. In fact, this trade…

  9. Wojnarowski: Chris Paul to sign with LeBron's marketing company

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Hornets guard Chris Paul has left Octagon marketing to join LRMR, the marketing company run by LeBron James and three of his childhood friends. The firm now has three clients; James, Timberwolves guard Jonny Flynn, and Paul.  Earlier today, there were reports that the Cavaliers have been attempting…

  10. Van Gundy: Magic will likely match any offer given to Redick

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Stan Van Gundy believes the Magic will likely match any offer given to free agent shooting guard J.J. Redick this offseason: “I’m not worried about what J.J. might get from somebody,” Van Gundy said Wednesday between games of the AirTran Airways Pro Summer League at RDV Sportsplex. “That…

  11. Brendan Haywood reaches deal to return to Dallas

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Dallas gets it. Miami is about to get it — you need a big man to go alongside your flashy, scoring power forward. Brendan Haywood is a big man, and he is going to continue playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki for the next couple years. He has agreed to a six-year, $55 million deal with the…

  12. Jermaine O'Neal agrees to terms with Celtics

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    We warned you this was coming last night, and now it has… you really need to learn to trust us. Jermaine O’Neal has agreed to terms with the Boston Celtics, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The deal is reportedly two years of the full mid-level exception, or nearly $12 million total. O’Neal had a…

  13. Report: LeBron James planning big weekend party in Miami

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    There’s going to be a huge, star-studded party by the pool at the W Hotel in Miami this weekend. True, that happens every weekend, but this one is going to be a little different: LeBron James is throwing it. US Weekly has the scoop: LeBron James has rented six cabanas at the W Hotel South…

  14. LeBron could make more money in Miami than Cleveland – thank you state taxes

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Life in Miami is good. Warm weather all year around. Great beaches. Amazing clubs. Fantastic restaurants. Beautiful people. LeBron James has to be enticed by all that. Plus he would make more money in Miami. Yes, Cleveland can pay him more, for the first five years of the contract that comes to about $4 million…

  15. Mikhail Prokhorov makes his first big move, agrees to a five-year, $35 million deal with Travis Outlaw

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    After whiffing on Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Joe Johnson, and likely LeBron James as well, the Nets had to do something. So they’ve agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal with Travis Outlaw, which makes sense but doesn’t. Outlaw is a pretty average player, and he’ll make slightly more than that…

  16. Amar'e Stoudemire will only kind of leave the Suns empty-handed

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    UPDATE 11:38 AM: Although the plan described below is currently in place, LeBron James could make things a bit more interesting if he were to sign with the Knicks. From Paul Coro: However, if LeBron James picks New York today, the Suns could still have a chance at Lee. The Suns would have to do…

  17. Cole Aldrich is officially a Thunder

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    New Orleans and Oklahoma City’s draft night trade that sent the draft rights to No. 11 pick Cole Aldrich to the Thunder has been approved by the league, according Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman. For a refresher: the Hornets received the draft rights to No. 21 pick Craig Brackins and No. 26 pick Quincy Pondexter…

  18. Dwyane Wade wants Jason Williams to run the point for the Heat

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Regardless of whether LeBron James graces Miami with his presence, the Heat will need to fill out their roster with bargain bin talent. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will eat up a lot of cap space on their own, which means Miami just doesn’t have room to go after many mid-level players. That’s why Jason…

  19. Martin Gortat says Magic are close to trading him

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Apparently they have annoying morning shows in Poland, too. Like the one roughly translated as “Coffee or Tea Center” But on that this morning, Magic backup center Martin Gortat said the team has told him they plan to trade him in the near future. That is what is in Sport.pl (via the fantastic Ben Q.…

  20. Report: Amare made his pitch, but LeBron wasn't buying

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Remember the good ol’ days, when the Knicks were the team seeming to be climbing up the LeBron James ladder? When they were a team on the rise? What was that, 36 hours ago? When the Suns Jared Dudley tweeted that LeBron was going to be a Knick. Now, LeBron is not buying the pitch.…

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