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  1. Knicks pitch to LeBron: You could make $1 billion playing here

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    For months, marketing experts have been saying, “It doesn’t matter where LeBron James plays, he makes the same money anywhere, he is a brand unto himself.” The focus of the New York Knicks’ pitch to LeBron yesterday (and a specially prepared report for the meeting): Hell yes it matters. Forbes got a hold of the…

  2. Mike Miller in serious negotiations with Lakers

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    The Lakers just won a title depending on Ron Artest and Sasha Vujacic to be their three point threats. Which is to say, they won despite having no consistent outside threats. They just count on things like Artest getting hot in Game 7. Mike Miller would change that. That’s why the Lakers are negotiating with…

  3. Paul Pierce reaches framework of deal to stay in Boston

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    This was never about leaving Boston, this was always just about business and a deal that would extend into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Paul Pierce has agreed to the framework of a deal to remain with the Boston Celtics — it’s a four-year deal at about $61 million (according to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger), although…

  4. Joe Johnson makes it official — he is an overpaid Hawk

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    We all knew the moment was coming when we heard that the Atlanta Hawks had made a max offer to Joe Johnson: six years at $119 million. He has accepted the offer and will stay in Atlanta, with the USA Today being the first to break the news. Johnson will sign the deal July 8,…

  5. PBT's Free Agent Roundup, Day 1: When average players get wildly overpaid

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    Recession? What recession? After pleading poverty for a year — remember David Stern said the teams would lose $400 million this season — teams went on a spending spree like Paris Hilton with a black American Express card. It was obscene. This will come back to haunt the owners during the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.…

  6. Suns show interest in Hakim Warrick

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:56 PM EDT

    According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns have shown serious interest in free agent power forward Hakim Warrick. The 27-year old Warrick averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in stints with the Bucks and the Bulls last season. Warrick isn’t a major free-agent prize; that said, his athleticism would be welcome on Phoenix’s front-line,…

  7. Hedo warming to the Raptors organization

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:47 PM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu was one of last season’s biggest free-agent flops. His play was inconsistent, his attitude was called into question, and the intangibles he was supposed to bring from Orlando didn’t keep the Raptors from being kept out of the playoffs.  After the season, Turkoglu made it worse by stating that he did not want…

  8. Nowitzki makes NYC visit

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki spent the majority of July 1st hanging out in New York City. According to the Associated Press, Dirk wasn’t there to get pitched by the Knicks or the Nets. Instead, Dirk spent much of the day hanging out with Jason Kidd, a friend of Nowitzki’s and the point guard for the Mavericks.  Nowitzki…

  9. Suns agree to give Channing Frye five years, $30 million to keep raining threes

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

    UPDATE 11:02 pm: Channing Frye and the Suns kept talking, and the two sides reached a deal this evening — five years, $30 million. That’s a good deal for him that extends into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. After the crazy contracts of the day, one might have thought Frye would see if he could…

  10. Wojnarowski: Several teams interested in Tyrus Thomas

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

    According to the twitter feed of Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and New Jersey Nets have all shown interest in free agent forward Tyrus Thomas.  Thomas is a restricted free agent, meaning that the Bobcats would be able to match any offer that Thomas gets. Since the Bobcats…

  11. Somebody wants to play in Toronto: Amir Johnson re-signs with Raptors

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:58 PM EDT

    From the refreshing change of pace category: “Amir (Johnson) didn’t want to play the free agency game,” (his agent Kevin) Bradbury said. “He wanted to go back to Toronto. He’s young and he has security and a lot of basketball left in him.” And so he has agreed to a five-year, $34 million deal, according…

  12. Spurs fans: Just when you thought you were rid of Richard Jefferson…

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Yesterday, everybody went, “what, really?” when Richard Jefferson opted out of his $15.2 million final year with the San Antonio Spurs. But he is already negotiating to come back to San Antonio next season, according to the San Antonio Express-News. And it really makes sense, if you think about it. Several NBA sources assume Jefferson…

  13. Paul Pierce talking to Celtics, no one else

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Can you really picture Paul Pierce in colors other than green and white? Pierce apparently can’t either. He has opened talks with the Boston Celtics on a new contract — and only the Boston Celtics. That according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Pierce just opted out of the last year of his contract, worth $21.5 million.…

  14. Phil Jackson says he is returning for one more year

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson made it official today — he is back for one more year as head coach of the Lakers. “Count me in,” said Jackson in the official statement on Lakers.com. “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its…

  15. Hornets say they're not trading Chris Paul, but nobody believes them

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    The Hornets keep saying they are not trading Chris Paul, but man is there still a lot of smoke coming from that direction. Last week’s hedge-your-bets statement from team owner George Shinn — we’re not trading Chris Paul, but we’ll look at any deal that improves the team — just threw more fuel on the…

  16. Rudy Gay agrees to five years, $82 million to stay with Memphis Grizzlies

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Is any free agent besides Chris Bosh going to change teams? Rudy Gay isn’t — he has agreed to a five-year, $82 million deal with a player option the last year to stay in Memphis. David Aldridge of NBA.com broke the story and Yahoo sports confirmed with his management. “I think Rudy likes Memphis a…

  17. Milwaukee Bucks close to five-year, $39 million with John Salmons

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    John Salmons was good to the Milwaukee Bucks. Now they are being very good to John Salmons. The Bucks and Salmons are close to a five-year, $39 million deal that would keep the swingman in Wisconsin, as reported by David Aldridge at NBA.com. There is nothing final — as CBSSports.com is reporting — and nothing…

  18. Who LeBron meets with and when

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Just so you are not in the dark about LeBron James schedule: Thursday: Nets and KnicksFriday: Heat and ClippersSaturday: Bulls and CavaliersSunday: Fireworks and barbecue Okay, we have no confirmation on the Sunday part, although we feel good about it. But the rest of it has been confirmed by Chad Ford and others. Ford adds…

  19. Have the Miami Heat contacted you? They've reached out to everyone else.

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    You think the human beings have yet to be cloned successfully. But after looking at what the Miami Heat have been up to in the first hours of free agency, I am convinced someone in Heat HQ has cracked the code. Otherwise there is no way they could have been in all these places. This…

  20. Why yes, Minnesota Timberwolves, Darko Milicic will gladly take your $20 million, please and thank you

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    David Kahn is the most dangerous GM in the world. Not in the Sam Presti or Daryl Morey way, either; you don’t need to worry about his diabolical scheming or adaptable strategy, but rather how much irreparable damage he’s capable of doing to his team in a short time. Well, add another bad move to…

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