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  1. NBA salary cap to increase next year. Which sadly means a lockout is more likely.

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Business is good in the NBA. No. Seriously. The NBA released the salary cap numbers for next season and after all the reports of doom and gloom the numbers are going up for next season. The salary cap will be $58.044 million next season, making the luxury tax threshold $70.307 million (for every $1 in…

  2. Shaquille O'Neal wants to join the Spurs, talks have taken place

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal a Spur? That may be in the Book of Revelations as one of the signs of the Apocalypse. We’ll check and get back to you. But it may be a reality, not just a sign of the end times. According to FanHouse, Shaq had had interest from the Spurs and that is his…

  3. Everything you wanted to know about "The Decision" but were afraid to ask

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    Just like our wars and national disasters, it didn’t take long for the LeBron James special to have its name and logo. The theme music can’t be far behind. “The Decision” will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio starting at 9 p.m. eastern on Thursday night. The ESPN on-air team of Stuart Scott, Michael Wilbon…

  4. Chicago is your free agency loser – but they could still be better than Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 6:04 PM: Part one of the plan is coming together — the Bulls have an agreement with Carlos Boozer. Now, either LeBron changes his mind and comes to town, and they are instantly right there with the Lakers; or he doesn’t, they get a shooter like Allen or Redick, and they are still right…

  5. Warriors top pick Ekpe Udoh out with wrist injury

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Ekpe Udoh — who the Warriors selected sixth overall in the recent NBA draft — will miss Summer League and maybe more after injuring his wrist in a supervised workout. The Warriors can’t catch a break. So to speak. Udoh was working out with at the Warriors practice facility in the Bay Area with Stephen…

  6. Bulls agree to a five-year, $75 million deal with Carlos Boozer, may have bought their way back into the LeBron sweepstakes

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    UPDATE 5:47 PM: According to the Bulls’ website, Boozer’s deal will be worth about $75 million (via Mark Deeks/Sham Sports). UPDATE 5:38 PM: According to Sam Amick of NBA FanHouse, a league source claims that Boozer’s deal is less than the reported $80 million, but no clarified value has been given yet. 5:27 PM: The…

  7. Stan Van Gundy speaks for us all — does a basketball player need a television special?

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    We’re all sick of the hype. Oh, it’s working — LeBron is getting exactly what he wanted out of this. But we’re still sick of it. The always frank Stan Van Gundy is with us, people. As told to the Orlando Sentinel. “It takes 15 seconds to say, ‘I’ve decided to stay in Cleveland,’ but…

  8. Suns' Jared Dudley says LeBron James is going to New York

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    I really hope Jared Dudley is wrong about this, because if he’s right we’re all going to be hearing damn Jay-Z and Alicia Keys on a loop for the next year. Phoenix Suns bench guy and growing media darling (he is one of the best interviews in the game) Jared Dudley is saying it is…

  9. Like it or not, LeBron James' 'Decision' is all part of the plan, and it's working

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    When word broke that LeBron James would be announcing his decision regarding the biggest free agency signing in NBA history in a one-hour special on ESPN, the criticism exploded the internet like Brazil going down in flames did to Twitter. Everyone and their mother wants to point out LeBron’s ego, his unfathomable self-concept bent out…

  10. Report: Teams going after Carlos Boozer in last-ditched effort to lure LeBron

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The LeBron James sweepstakes are not over. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will be in Miami, and it is possible that James will join them (if Toronto will take on Michael Beasley’s contracts or if the big three are all willing to take a pay cut). But other teams are trying to provide an alternative.…

  11. Well, of course the Minnesota Timberwolves would meet with Luke Ridnour

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    The Minnesota Timberwolves already have Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions playing point guard, not to mention the rights to Ricky Rubio stuffed under their pillow. So naturally, David Kahn has done the only sensible thing a GM would do with two PGs under contract and fighting for minutes: try to go get Luke Ridnour. Good…

  12. Dwyane Wade says Chris Bosh coming to Miami was key to his return

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh went on ESPN Wednesday morning and made it official — they are both going to be playing for the Miami Heat next season. There was nothing else shocking in their interview, but they confirmed things already suggested in the media. Like that Wade seriously considered playing for his hometown Chicago…

  13. Bulls will do what they can, and move (sigh) Carlos Boozer and David Lee to the top of their wish list

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    Coming into free agency, the Chicago Bulls seemed to have it all: an up-and-coming point guard, a solid big man, one of the market’s most coveted coaches, decent role-playing talent, and oodles of cap space. The world was theirs, though now there’s a slight problem — it isn’t. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have both…

  14. Kevin Durant re-ups with the Thunder for five years, and there is much rejoicing

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant announced that he has agreed to a five-year extension with the Thunder (worth a reported $85 million) and the only loser is uniform grammar usage. He will remain a Thunder. The Thunder is lucky to have him. Are they? Damn those tricky, singularly plural team names. Of course, it’s of slightly more significance…

  15. LeBron reportedly considering making it three amigos in Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    What was laughed at a week ago as impossible is suddenly looking like it could happen — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on one team in Miami. A true superteam. The three amigos together in Miami. ESPN’s Chris Broussard — the reporter with the best connections to LeBron James right-hand-man Maverick Carter —…

  16. Teams, some in LeBron James camp caught off-guard by television program

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    You thought the LeBron James television special idea came out of the blue, imagine the teams that have been courting him? According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, officials from the teams that met with LeBron did not know of the television special until the word broke on ESPN last night. Here is…

  17. What does Wade/Bosh pairing mean for LeBron James? It doesn't help Cleveland's chances.

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are teaming up in Miami. The Eastern Conference is getting tougher at the top, the road to the finals and a shot at the ring James desperately wants is getting harder. That leaves LeBron James with a tough choice: Stay at home in Cleveland with a good team that has…

  18. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to team up in Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will team up in Miami to form the core of a team that could contend for a title. It has looked like things were leaning that way for several days, and the pair went on ESPN Wednesday and confirmed the news. The pair can sign the deals as soon as…

  19. Kevin Pritchard to interview for Nets GM job

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

    The man at the helm when Portland drafted one of the best young cores in basketball, then dumped because the people above him thought he was taking too much credit, is now on the radar in New Jersey. Kevin Prichard will interview for the New Jersey Nets job, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. He…

  20. Clippers set to hire Vinny Del Negro as coach

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    Two years ago, the Chicago Bulls were faced with a choice: the experienced and tactically wise Dwane Casey, or the energetic newcomer who had no experience but had a plan for developing young talent in Vinny Del Negro. Two years later, the Clippers were faced with the exact same choice — and they had gotten…

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