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  1. Chris Paul must be watching Hornets management and counting the days until he can leave

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    There is more spin going on around the New Orleans Hornets right now than in the White House press room. Here is what we know: Jeff Bower is out as general manager. And that keeping Chris Paul happy is by far the most important thing to the franchise, and they are not doing a good…

  2. Las Vegas group "under contract" to buy NBA team if it builds arena

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Las Vegas might be home to more than the NBA Summer League soon. International Development Management LLC, has a deal to buy an NBA team if they can get an arena built in the city, Chris Milam, CEO of the group, told the Las Vegas Sun. “We have an NBA team under contract,” Milam said,…

  3. Matt Bonner: living large

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Matt Bonner signed just signed the biggest contract of his life — four years, $16 million. He is now living it large (as told to the News Express), rolling into the local deli with a new attitude. “When I splurge,” Bonner said, “I’m going to order double meat on my sandwich.” Just like Notorious B.I.G.…

  4. Denver adds depth with Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Denver found a couple of affordable veterans to round out their bench. Anthony Carter and Sheldon Williams reached deals with the Nuggets that are expected to be signed later in the day, as first reported by John Hollinger at ESPN. Both are signing for the veteran’s minimum. Carter has been with the Nuggets the last…

  5. Summer League video highlights

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The fine people at NBA.com have compiled a highlight video of plays from the concluded Summer League in Orlando (Vegas Summer League continues through the weekend). Summer League ball is much easier to watch this way — all the highlights without any of the palming violations, sloppy passes and gunning guards.

  6. Former Sixers General Manager Billy King near deal to take over reins of Nets

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    UPDATE: 11:03 am: It’s official, King has taken the New Jersey job, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. King spent almost a decade as the head man in Philly, but you have to wonder if new Nets owner Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov will want his own man calling the shots in a few years. For…

  7. The reality: Shaq is not going to Miami

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    Of course Shaquille O’Neal wants to be in Miami — he likes to be in the middle of the circus (as one Heat source said in Vegas). And next season there will be no bigger circus, no bigger spotlight than Miami. Plus, they could use a center, so… So what? When Shaq left Miami last…

  8. Celtics Ray Allen on Miami: We're still the better team

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    The Boston Celtics are the defending Eastern Conference champions. Miami, if you want that crown you are going to have to fight them for it. Ray Allen — who made it official yesterday inking his deal to stay a Celtic — said he and his teammates are ready to show Miami what team basketball looks…

  9. Al Harrington signs five year deal with Denver

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    Denver needed Al Harrington. When next season tips off, Chris “Birdman” Anderson and Kenyon Martin will still be sidelined. They had Nene at center but needed a four. Plus Denver wanted a bigger and deeper front line to deal with the Lakers come the playoffs. So they went pretty big with Harrington — five years…

  10. Cleveland fans offer to help billionaire Dan Gilbert pay fine

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert can afford to buy his own lunch. Sure he owns a company that did a lot of real estate loans and that’s not the most lucrative business in the world right now. And his basketball franchise is worth $150 million less than it was a week ago. He is still worth close to…

  11. Knicks sign center Timofey Mozgov from Russia, with love

    Jul 13, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

    Who? Never heard of new Knicks signing Timofey Mozgov? Knicks fans, he’s not that bad. That’s the consensus of a couple scouts we found at Summer League who have seen him play. He abused Ronny Turiaf (playing for France) in the European Championships. “Potential” was the word that came up. He’s athletic and 7’1″. That’s…

  12. Pat Riley finally gets Juwan Howard 14 years later

    Jul 13, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    In the summer of 1996 — while you were watching a Charles Barkley-led Dream Team III roll to a gold medal in Atlanta — Juwan Howard was a rising star in the NBA. He was giving the Bullets 22 and 9 and he was just going into his third year in the league. And Pat…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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