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  1. Blazers waive Ryan Gomes

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    According to several sources, the Blazers have announced that they will waive recently acquired forward Ryan Gomes. This is obviously a cost-cutting move for the Blazers, and will put them $1.9 million under the luxury tax. The Blazers acquired Gomes, along with the draft rights to Luke Babbitt, in a draft-day trade that sent Martell…

  2. Jazz extend qualifying offers to Fesenko, Matthews

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, the Utah Jazz will extend qualifying offers to both Kyrylo Fesenko and Wesley Matthews. Because they extended the offers, the Jazz now have the right to match any offers Fesenko and Matthews receive in free agency.  Matthews, an undrafted rookie, was an extremely pleasant surprise for the Jazz last season.…

  3. Cleveland will not do a sign-and-trade to send LeBron away. Duh.

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    If you have LeBron James, you do nothing to help him leave. Nothing. Under any circumstances. Even if it means more long-term pain. Do a sign-and-trade and the fan base will never forgive you. Cleveland’s front office knew that, but a report by Ric Bucher at ESPN confirmed it from his sources — the Cavaliers…

  4. The power struggle going on around LeBron

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    It’s about influence. And power. Influencing LeBron James decision on where to play next year, because it will add or subtract to the power of someone around him. Earlier today we talked about how it is better for William Wesley if LeBron James moves on from Cleveland. However, for Maverick Carter and LeBron’s high school…

  5. Heat take another step toward Superteam, waive James Jones

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    The dream is alive in Miami. Well, unless you’re James Jones. In their attempt to strip the team down to the studs and rebuild, the Miami Heat bought out the final two years of Jones’ deal, Ira Winderman reports. They had to pay him $1.86 million, but they are now out of his $4.65 million.…

  6. Most. Ridiculous. Spin. Ever: Knicks prefer Joe Johnson to LeBron James

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Need a good laugh in the middle of the day? We’re here to help. Read on. The Knicks are targeting Joe Johnson as their No. 1 free agent choice and believe he’s a better fit for the team than LeBron James, according to an NBA source with knowledge of the team’s plans. “Yes, we think…

  7. Report: Nets trade Yi Jianlian to Wizards

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:48 pm: This has basically become official, with multiple sources confirming it now. The deal is Yi Jianlian  and $3 million cold hard cash to the Wizards for Quinton Ross. Yi and Blatche will compete for the starting job power forward job, with just-drafted rookie Trevor Booker trying to find some minutes in there.…

  8. Mark Cuban on Mavs' approach to free agency: "Less B.S. and more business."

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Of course, no team can talk to the representative of a player before July 1. Nobody would ever dream of such a horrendous act. It’s not like teams have had constant back-door communications going on with all the players for weeks on end. (How exactly did all the teams know that they had to come…

  9. Report: Dirk Nowitzki opts out. But he's not going anywhere.

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Come midnight Thursday morning (or a much more reasonable 9 p.m. Wednesday on the West Coast) Dirk Nowitzki becomes a free agent. He is officially part of the class with LeBron, Wade and Bosh. But not really. He is opting out of the last year of his deal, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting. The letter…

  10. Report: Yao Ming not going to opt out of deal, stay with Rockets

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    There was no real doubt that Yao Ming was going to stay with the Houston Rockets, the only question was it with this current deal or a new one. The current one, apparently. Associated Press is reporting that Yao will pick up the $17.7 million player option for this coming season with the Rockets. That…

  11. Report: Brian Shaw to be head coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jun 29, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    In an interesting move that could be brilliant or backfire horribly, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring Lakers assistant Brian Shaw as their head coach. The reports are conflicting. Shaw is the man and a deal is being finalized according to a report from Sam Amick at FanHouse. However, the well-connected Brian Windhorst says that no…

  12. Shannon Brown wants to get in on the free agent fun

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    It seems the Lakers could have a clean slate at point guard. With Derek Fisher an unrestricted free agent and Jordan Farmar a restricted one, L.A. was set to move forward into the off-season with Shannon Brown as the sole PG secured for next season. However, apparently Brown has decided that he will “probably” turn…

  13. It's official, Steve Kerr is back in the broadcast booth

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    This was going to happen as sure as BP is going to try to buy its way out of paying its full share of damages by making large campaign contributions. Steve Kerr is back with TNT. He will be in the booth next year, taking the place of Doug Collins, who has gone to Philadelphia…

  14. The terrifying possibility of a LeBron-Wade-Bosh triumvirate in Miami inches closer to becoming a reality

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    UPDATE 11:12 am: The Miami Herald and other sources are reporting that this summit did not happen in Miami. Turns out Wade spent last weekend in his hometown of Chicago. Although ESPN’s sources say they were all together in Miami. Whatever. See, there is this fancy new technology called the telephone where the three of…

  15. Randy Foye can be yours, the Wizards let him walk

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    The Washington Wizards have their point guard of the future, and it is not Randy Foye. That is one reason the team declined to make a qualifying offer to Foye, making him an unrestricted free agent. You can have him. The Wizards are letting Mike Miller go as well this summer. So, the two guys…

  16. Are LeBron's friends and advisors really looking out for LeBron?

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    The LeBron James situation has gotten so crazy that Bodog — the online gambling site that you tell your girlfriend you never visit — has taken down the odds down on where LeBron will land. It’s all too unpredictable for bookies right now. Unpredictable in part because what is going on close LeBron is unpredictable.…

  17. Not everyone is opting out: Stojakovic and Radmanovic staying in their bloated deals

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:23 PM EDT

    It only seems like everyone is opting out of their contracts right now. There are some guys out there riding the gravy train of bad general manager decisions, guys who are perfectly happy to keep their current bloated deals for next season. Meet Peja Stojakovic and Vladimir Radmanovic. Stojakovic is owed $15.3 million next season…

  18. Derek Fisher says maybe Phil Jackson isn't really feeling the love

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:09 PM EDT

    We’re all talking about LeBron James decision, and the fruits of that tree. We forget that Phil Jackson is making a decision this week. One that could have more of a bearing on the next NBA champion than where LeBron lands. Phil Jackson and everyone around him have said it’s about his health, not about…

  19. Bosh officially becomes free agent, Colangelo expects him to leave

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

    It’s far from surprising news, but Chris Bosh’s free agency has now become official. After missing the playoffs with the Toronto Raptors last season, forward Chris Bosh has decided to opt out of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.  Raptors GM Brian Coangelo sat down for an interview with Toronto’s…

  20. Your latest LeBron rumor: He and Bosh to Miami with Wade. It doesn't work, yet…

    Jun 28, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:46 pm: ESPN salary cap guru Larry Coon blew this idea of Wade/Bosh/LeBron out of the water tonight. Here were his comments on twitter: If they re-sign Wade, waive Jones & renounce all other FAs, they will have $27,596,027 cap room. Bron/Bosh are $16,568,908 each. So one or both of them would have to…

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