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  1. Vegas Summer League: Smith shows up, Lawson continues to dominate

    Jul 13, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    On Tuesday afternoon, Nuggets shooting guard J.R. Smith surprised everybody by suiting up and playing in Denver’s 1:00 PM Summer League game against the Chicago Bulls.  Smith has been an NBA rotation player for some time now, and he was in the mood to put on a show against Chicago’s unimpressive Summer-League squad. Smith fired…

  2. Jeff Bower out as general manager of Hornets

    Jul 13, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    If you had to name the top five general managers in the game a year ago, Jeff Bower and Kevin Pritchard would have been on the list. Today, both are looking for a new job. Bower and the New Orleans Hornets have parted ways, which Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman had first and has been…

  3. Dan Gilbert thinks Tom Izzo would have been perfect for LeBron

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    The job falls to Erik Spoelstra, but the question still hangs over the situation: Who is the best coach for LeBron James? Who can connect with him, who can get more out of his game? Dan Gilbert was convinced that man was Tom Izzo, something he said in his Sports Illustrated interview (from which we…

  4. Report: Mavericks targeting Harrington with mid-level exception

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that the Dallas Mavericks will target free agent power forward Al Harrington with their mid-level exception.  Earlier on Tuesday, the Mavericks completed a trade for centers Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca; now it appears that they are searching for a big man with three-point range to round out their…

  5. Dwight Howard, Chris Paul nominated for International Bowling Hall of Fame. Seriously.

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    It all comes down to this roll. Dwight Howard, a man-child, with a dream to topple bowling giant Chris Paul. If he strikes, he’s the 1979 Odor-Eaters Champion. He’s got one foot in the frying pan and one in the pressure cooker. Believe me, as a bowler, I know that right about now, your bladder…

  6. Dallas, Charlotte trade big men they don't want

    Jul 13, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    Not all trades are thrilling. Case in point: The Dallas Mavericks are sending the Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najara to the Charlotte Bobcats for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Dampier’s expiring deal was the big carrot the Mavericks had this summer, and they just spent it on…

  7. Heat adding Zydrunas Ilgauskas to roster. Collection of old, slow but skilled bigs continues.

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Kind of hard to picture Big Z in any uniform but Cleveland’s. But the tough week for that city continues. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is going to sign a deal to join the Miami Heat, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Terms of the deal are not yet public. Along with Juwan Howard, Ilgauskas…

  8. Al Jefferson traded to Jazz for picks. Minnesota's self destruction continues.

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Al Jefferson is not perfect, but the man had two 20-10 years, is 25, and gave Minnesota 17 and 9 last year trying to come back from a knee surgery he should be past this season. Minnesota’s telegraphing of trading him was so bad Utah was able to get him for two first round pick,…

  9. Juwan Howard about to join Heat

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    This is the kind of pickup we’ve been expecting from the Heat. Veteran — and we really mean veteran: 16 seasons and age 37 — forward Juwan Howard is closing in on a deal to join the Miami Heat, according to Ira Winderman writing for the Sun Sentinel. “Juwan wants to get a ring and…

  10. Bobcats out of big trade; Barbosa for Turkoglu still on

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan may made a descent owner after all. He had second thoughts about shipping out two solid big men — Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw — for one nice point guard — Jose Calderon. He was right. The Bobcats are now out of the reported big three-team deal, according to Ken Berger at CBSSports.…

  11. Chris Paul allegedly promises big three in New York

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    I was not invited to Carmelo Anthony’s wedding. Yes, I am disappointed, but I may send him a toaster anyway. So I certainly didn’t hear this first hand. Neither did the New York Post, which reported about statements there they got it from a person at the wedding. So, to recap: Second hand information from…

  12. Dirk Nowitzki: "I want Shaq"

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks are trying to decide if they want to take on Shquille O’Neal and all that comes with him. But their star player has weighed in on that: “I want Shaq.” That’s what Dirk Nowitzki told a German publication (via the fantastic DallasBasketball.com). The question is, do the Mavericks really need him? They…

  13. Kobe Bryant recruiting one time nemesis Raja Bell to join Lakers

    Jul 13, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    You want to earn Kobe Bryant’s respect? Battle him. Get up for the task and challenge him. Go at him. Compete. Kobe will still win a lot of those battles — because he is Kobe — but he respects the effort. Raja Bell battled Kobe. In 2006 he taunted Kobe, was physical with him and…

  14. David Stern thinks LeBron might have handled all this better. Just like the rest of us.

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

      Here are the words of the man himself, speaking at a press conference after an owners meeting. Maverick Carter is really steamed somewhere after hearing this. Dan Gilbert was less steamed and more poor.

  15. Tiago Splitter is officially a Spur, and you don't realize how big this is

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    You know what deal Western Conference executives have been raving about this week in Vegas? Tiago Splitter to the Spurs. A deal that became official now and at an incredible price of three years for $11 million. Splitter clearly wants to be here as a he took a paycut to leave Saski Baskonia, the team…

  16. Luke Ridnour nears four-year deal with Timberwolves to add to team's point guard collection

    Jul 13, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    The Minnesota Timberwolves brought in Kurt Rambis to run the triangle, but he had to partially abandon or alter many of those sets last year because he didn’t have the right personnel to do it. It was a team where the offense had to start with a slashing point guard, but the triangle is not…

  17. Nate Robinson is close to deal to remain in Boston

    Jul 13, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Shrek and donkey will be back for another go around. Nate Robinson is close to a deal that will keep the backup guard in green for another season, according to his agent Aaron Goodwin, talking to the Boston Herald. “Things are going well,” Goodwin said. “We’re just trying to get something worked out. But both…

  18. Fear DeMarcus Cousins, for he is a beast

    Jul 13, 2010, 12:31 AM EDT

    How did this guy fall to No. 5 again? One Summer League game is a meaninglessly small sample size. But it was big enough to make you realize this — DeMarcus Cousins could be a beast in the NBA. He is a big man in a world of big men, but he has touch and…

  19. Barbosa, Boris Diaw, Tyson Chandler, Hedo Turkoglu trade on the rocks due to MJ

    Jul 12, 2010, 11:57 PM EDT

    UPDATE 11:57 pm: This deal may fall apart by the time you wake up in the morning. The seemingly omni-present Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo tweets that this seemingly done deal is now on the rocks. You can thank MJ. Charlotte owner Michael Jordan has had “second thoughts” on trade with Toronto and deal is suddenly…

  20. Miami is closer to filling out its roster than you think — and you know these guys

    Jul 12, 2010, 11:24 PM EDT

    Mike Miller has now agreed to terms with the Miami Heat, according to our man Ira Winderman down in Miami. That brings the Heat roster up to six signed — Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem and now Miller. That’s the top six of a contender. But how do they fill…

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