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  1. Will Bynum returns to be scoring spark off the bench for Pistons

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Will Bynum may be a better pure point guard than Rodney Stuckey. That doesn’t mean he should be starting in Detroit, but it means he has value. Good passer (he had a 20 assist game against the Wizards last season), can attack the rim, is a quality spark off the bench guy. All of which…

  2. You jonesing for real basketball? A fix courtesy Suns highlights

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    We all miss some real basketball. And few things are more entertaining than watching Steve Nash dish, Amare Stoudemire dunk and the Suns run. So here are their top 10 plays from last year. Enjoy.

  3. Gerald Wallace, Tyreke Evans, and O.J. Mayo expected to be victims of first Team USA cuts

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    Team USA is scheduled to announce their first trimmings from the roster in a few hours, but Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse reported that Gerald Wallace, Tyreke Evans, and O.J. Mayo are “expected to be” among those cut from the team this afternoon. Evans was an obvious cut. After tweaking an ankle early in Team…

  4. Sixers' arena changes name to 'Wells Fargo Center'

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    In a change that’s barely even cosmetic, the home court of the Philadelphia 76ers (and the Philadelphia Flyers, natch) has changed it’s name from the ‘Wachovia Center’ to the ‘Wells Fargo Center,’ according to the Associated Press. Maybe now they can take out a loan so they can actually buy a bucket? Or put up…

  5. Prokhorov has a plan, it involves making a lot of money in Brooklyn

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov is about making money. Do not ever forget that. He’s also good at it. He has a plan. Prokhorov spoke with Forbes Russia and laid out his plans (which the New York Daily News translated): “When you’re talking about the business of sports, you can’t leave out passion and love. That’s why, in…

  6. Don Nelson is done, and the rest of his tenure merely a formality

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Joe Lacob isn’t technically the co-owner of the Golden State Warriors yet, but he’s already making a hell of an impression. From Marcus Thompson of Inside the Warriors: Lacob said what everybody else already knows: the Nellie era is done. And Lacob said in the interview that he wants a young coach in the new…

  7. Sylven Landesberg signs with Maccabi Haifa

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    It seems that there is money out there for the glut of talented, undrafted free agents this summer, it’s just not in the States. Following a number of college stars and productive Summer Leaguers who have already made the jump, Sylven Landesberg has signed a two-year deal with Maccabi Haifa, according to the Associated Press.…

  8. Orlando Magic keeping Stan Van Gundy, Otis Smith around a few more years

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Bombs away, Orlando. The system of Dwight Howard in the paint and host of guys chucking up threes around him is not going anywhere soon — the Orlando Magic have extended the contracts of coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith through 2013, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Smith is now the president…

  9. Winderman: Want to stop superstar defections? Toughen the new CBA.

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    With the NBA’s issuance of its hands-off memorandum when it comes to teams attempting back-channels overtures to Chris Paul, it will be interesting to see how far the league goes to avoid the next in a list of superstar defections that began with Chris Bosh and LeBron James. How much does the league want to…

  10. Lakers trying to move Sasha Vujacic, save money

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    The Lakers had the highest payroll in the NBA last season — and you get what you pay for. They won. They got to have a parade and go on late-night talk shows. Ron Artest got validation and Kobe Bryant relaxed for nearly 24 hours. Next season the Lakers may have an even higher salary…

  11. Portland still trying to trade Rudy Fernandez, at least his agent thinks so

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez has gone where Chris Paul can’t — he has basically demanded a trade. The man wants out of Portland and away from Nate McMillan as fast as he can. Fernandez wants the ball in his hands, he envisions himself to be a playmaker. Portland already has those and McMillan just wants him to…

  12. Lakers still think they can sign Shannon Brown but Cavaliers have interest, too

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

    Shannon Brown opted out of a $2.15 million deal for next year, thinking that his role on back-to-back NBA championship teams could earn him a little raise and a longer term deal. It may not work out that way. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told the Los Angeles Times he still wants to sign Brown.…

  13. Memphis draftee Greivis Vasquez has surgery on ankle

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    Greivis Vasquez has a chance to get significant minutes as a rookie backing up Mike Conley as the Memphis point guard this season, if he can get a few things worked out. One of those things was worked out Tuesday — he had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. The team announced…

  14. Three thunder players on Team USA, tired legs come February? Coach isn't worried.

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant is the face, the front man, the Bono to Team USA’s U2. He is going to Turkey. Russell Westbook impressed at camp in Vegas and is a lock, and Jeff Green may go as well. That’s three players logging a lot of extra practice and games in the offseason. Does that worry coach…

  15. League warns teams against tampering with Paul

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    Almost any team in the league would love to have Chris Paul, but they’d better not tell Paul or his agent that.  According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the NBA has issued a memo to warn teams about the consequences of making illegal contact with Paul: ESPN.com learned that the memo spells out that “no…

  16. Warriors reach deal with Jannero Pargo

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Jannero Pargo is about to become the least popular Golden State Warrior. He has reached terms with the Warriors for a two-year, $2.4 million deal, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Why is Pargo about to be unpopular? Because he will be the backup point guard, the guy behind Stephen Curry and in front of…

  17. For Wizards games, you might want to eat before you get to the arena

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Among those hundreds of things Ted Leonsis was going to get around to fixing, not giving anyone food poisoning should be at the top of the list. Every single foot vendor at Verizon Center — home of the Washington Wizards and NHL counterpart the Capitals — were found with a critical violation in the last…

  18. Al Jefferson says Minnesota a couple years away from winning, so he likes Utah better

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    There is some talent on the Minnesota roster. Kevin Love can ball. Michael Beasley was a No. 2 overall pick for a reason. We’ll see what Wesley Johnson can bring as a rookie. We’ll watch Luke Ridnour get them the ball. Okay, not that much talent, and it is all being assembled in a haphazard…

  19. Heat sign Shavlik Randolph

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat continued to fill out their roster on Tuesday when they signed 26-year old forward Shavlik Randolph to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum. The deal is not fully guaranteed. The Heat now have 14 players under contract, meaning they have one roster spot left.  Randolph was once one of the top…

  20. Will Jermaine O'Neal make the Celtics better?

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    It’s something you don’t see every offseason: Jermaine O’Neal had one of the worst playoff series in recent memory when the Heat met the Boston Celtics in the first round of last year’s playoffs, going a combined 9-44 from the field in five playoff games. Then, after the Celtics learned Kendrick Perkins will need surgery…

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